Students get a taste of the French Quarters on Campus

By Madison Brydie, Staff Writer At Xavier,  the anticipated experience consists of not only Black excellence, but an authentic New Orleans atmosphere. On Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, the Xavier Activities Board held, “Xavier’s Bourbon Street,” featuring street like performers scattered throughout campus to mimic the atmosphere of New Orleans iconic Bourbon street. Some of the performers included: a saxophonist, pianist, a bass player, a guitar player, a tarot card reader, and a Micheal Jackson impersonator.  “I’ve only seen one performance but I think it’s a really great vibe,” said Amaya…

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The Black Community v. Mental Health

By Kiersten McCollum, Staff Writer Access to fair and equitable mental health aid is a struggle that can be recognized internationally. Within the Black American community, there is a long and complicated history surrounding the stigma of mental health as well as the inequality and inaccessibility of mental health resources and aid.  “Up until recently, I don’t believe it [mental health] was taken very seriously,” said Harper Cooper, a freshman Biology pre-med from Atlanta, Georgia. “ I feel like people took it as if you had mental health issues you…

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Ethicality of Compensated Activism?

By Kiersten McCollum, Staff Writer Earlier this month CBS and Global Citizen announced their new collaborative show, a five-episode reality competition series titled “The Activist”. The show would put six contestants against each other to compete in various “activism-themed challenges” and be judged by celebrity co-hosts Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Julianne Hough. Following the network’s promotional announcement they were met with social media criticism resulting in the show’s format being reworked. CBS and Global Citizen decided to get rid of the competition aspect of the show and make it…

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Top 5 Black Horrors that are a MUST for the Upcoming Sinister Season

by Bailey Whitley, Staff Writer Horror Movies. This violent genre of film is known to induce fear into the hearts of its watchers, yet some relish in the idea of coming back for more. No one really understands why thought. It may be the adrenaline running through their veins of not knowing what may come next. It may be just plain insanity. However, there is one thing that black people know for sure will always remain the same- the token black character will never make it to the end. Whether…

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Xavier Experiences Two Sets of Freshmen

By Leah Clark, Staff writer As the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year begins, it is apparent that this year is different from others as many feel that there are two sets of freshmen on campus. Of course, there is the actual freshmen class of 2025, but a portion of the upperclassmen are also considered to be freshmen in a sense that they were not able to receive what some would call a “full” college experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This second set of “freshmen” are the sophomore…

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Hurricane Ida hits New Orleans with devastating impacts

By Tea Stewart, Staff Writer Hurricane Ida, a category 4 hurricane, made its way towards Louisiana and the Gulf coast. The storm hit the shores of Louisiana on Sunday, August 29th, which happened to be the date of the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. “This was a very scary experience for non-local folk and I do wish we could’ve better prepared for this life-changing moment as many people come to Louisiana,” said Lauryn Wallace, a freshman student who remained on campus post-hurricane. The Xavier University of Louisiana, one…

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Baseball Returns To Xavier

Xavier baseball’s Coach Holloway, left-handed pitcher and outfielder Blair Frederick, and center fielder Coco Simoneaux stand in the Annex Center before practice. Many higher education institutions initially put a hold on athletic programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Xavier has done the complete opposite by reinstating the men’s baseball program after 61 years. In September 2019, Xavier announced the return of the athletic program for the 2020-2021 academic year. This brought nothing but excitement to prospective college students who wanted to pursue college athletics at a historically Black university.  Among them…

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Xavier Students Adjust to College Experience During a Global Pandemic

Santerrius Barlow, a graduate student at Xavier University of Louisiana majoring in mental health counseling, sits inside Xavier South. Barlow is from Griffin, Georgia and is on Xavier's track and field team. This semester, Barlow has been taking online classes and lives off campus at the Hilton Riverside hotel.

Santerrius Barlow, a graduate student at Xavier University of Louisiana majoring in mental health counseling, sits inside Xavier South. Barlow is from Griffin, Georgia, and is on Xavier’s track and field team. This semester, Barlow has been taking online classes and lives off-campus at the Hilton Riverside hotel. Since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020, for the past two semesters, students at Xavier University of Louisiana have been trying to adjust to online learning and a new college environment.  Students shared they had a fear of the unknown and…

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SGA’s Election Night Watch Party At Xavier

2020 has been anything but a year of the norm. With the coronavirus pandemic still looming over the United States and the racial tension here in the states being as high as it has been since the Civil Rights Movement, Xavierites still made it a necessity to prepare for the crucial election. Xavier students and officials prioritize their right to vote, putting an emphasis on the importance of voting in this year’s election and voting all year round. On Tuesday, November 3rd the Student Government Association held an election night…

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Cooking Series aims to connect Xavier’s Campus one Issue at a Time

What started as a way to connect with students and faculty members during what many thought would be a temporary interruption of the Spring 2020 academic semester, unexpectedlyturned into a favorite online segment for many Xavier University of Louisiana students and faculty. The up and coming Youtube channel, “Cooking with Curtis,” features Xavier University’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Curtis Wright, cooking delicious vegetarian meals step-by-step while addressing current events. Wright includes professional chefs, thought leaders and students in his cooking segments to bring a meaningful conversation around a hearty…

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