Xavier’s annual Cajun fest held at Convocation center, details here.

By Kiersten McCollum As the 2021-2022 academic year comes to an end at Xavier University, the Xavier Activities Board and Student Government Association put on one of the final events of the year, the annual Cajun Fest. On April 22, 2022 students could be seen gathering outside the Convocation Center to celebrate. “We partnered SGA and XAB together to create an event at the end of the year when students can come out have a good time and get some Louisiana culture,” said Deeuatrail Nichols, the 2021-2022 Xavier Activities Board…

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Late Lunar New Year Celebration with XULAVA

By Jasmine Christopher Xavier University of Louisiana Vietnamese Association hosted Xaigon Night, a celebration of Vietnamese culture, and a late Lunar New Year celebration during the spring semester. The event started with milk tea and Thai tea boba and an assortment of Vietnamese foods for the event attendees to enjoy, followed by a performance by the Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team.Their performance had the crowd shouting and clapping in amazement. “Our initial expectation was 50 people, but then over 50 people RSVP’d, and we’re like, oh ok, we’re back popping…

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Independent film City of a Million Dreams screens at Xavier University of Louisiana

By Roderick Elston The Xavier University of Louisiana presented a film adaptation of City of a Million Dreams by writer and producer Jason Berry, featuring Xavier’s very own Dr. Michael White. The mid-afternoon event kicked off at the Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion, with attendees being greeted by the sounds of the Dr. Michael White Quartet and complemented with cold cuts, sweet confections, and refreshing beverages. The film offers the cultural depiction of how jazz and funerals co-exist in the largely described “backward” New Orleans. The city’s cycle of invention, struggle, death,…

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returns to the city

By Endya Gillard The Annual New Orleans Jazz Fest is back. New Orleans residents are excited to have festivalseason back, but most importantly, Jazz Fest. The event kicks off on April 29 and ends on May 8.The event headlines major artists such as Luke Combs, Erykah Badu, Big Freedia, and more. “Jazz Fest is so original, and jazz just makes the city come together,” said New Orleansnative Erica Woodridge. The city of New Orleans centers around Jazz, and the city took a huge hit during Covid whenthe festival was inactive.…

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Musicians, Artists find their Voice during challenging times

By Irvin Washington Within the last two years, we have seen the dynamics of the world change before our eyes. From theintroduction of COVID-19 to the current war between Russia and Ukraine, these are just a few of themany things that are changing the world as we know it. Some of the greatest works of art, from music to painting, have been created through times of great strife. “My focus is usually on my fans…I make this music not only for me but for them,” said U’Ronnie Banksin regards to…

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The Artists of Xavier University of Louisiana work to find exposure on campus

By Roderick Elston Though the Xavier University of Louisiana is known for its science majors, there is a wide range of creatives on the small campus. These creatives have the motive to attend college in New Orleans with the goal to get their foot in the door in the arts. For some, this goal is not as attainable as it sounds. When the majority of students live off-campus, it reflects the campus’s culture in all aspects, the same culture that fuels various creative outlets. “Sometimes you can fit your art…

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The Unsung Forms of the Art World

By Irvin Washington The spike in demand for digital currency has seen the rise of a new form of “art,” better known as NFTs. For those who don’t know what an NFT is, an NFT, better known as a non-fungible token, is a form of cryptocurrency, which is non-fungible, meaning they only have one of its types and can’t be traded for the same thing.  NFTs take the form of art pieces, or as some call them, “trading cards,” which can be bought on the blockchain or with cryptocurrency for…

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XAB aims to get students more involved on campus 

By Jasmine Christopher Xavier Activities Board, XAB, hosts an event almost every week to get students involved with their community and make Xavier University of Louisiana a fun and comfortable place for students.  They have many different things planned for this year, each event correlating with whichever theme is fitting from month to month, such as their upcoming Movie Night, a screening of Batman.  “We’re just trying to figure out different ways to combine ourselves with other organizations to keep that school spirit alive,” said Dee Nichols, president of XAB. …

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Nyx Parade embroiled in racial controversy 

By Briana Griffith This year, the Nyx parade has the smallest number of members due to the controversy in 2020 with the founder Julie Lea, who posted “All Lives Matter” onto her Facebook page after George Floyd’s death.  Many members of the racially diverse all-female krewes were outraged and blasted Lea for being insensitive. Lea tried to apologize but still refused to embrace the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” This caused the once largest parade with the largest group of members to quickly become the smallest with only an astounding two…

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Cuban Culture Brought to Xavier’s Campus

By Madison Brydie On Saturday, 13 November, Xavier University hosted the ‘El Corazon Cubano: Celebrating the African Heartbeat of Cuba’ presented in the campus’ Opera Workshop. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. guest clinicians explored the African influences in Cuban Culture through interactive language, dance, and percussion classes in Xavier’s Music Building. Cultural differences and similarities, such as dialect, within the African community were emphasized during this time. “They [dialects] represent the people before you, and who taught you how to speak by accepting who you are and expressing how…

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