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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New Year, New Season, Still COVID

By Mekayla Marshall Amid uncertainty for a complete athletic season last year at the Xavier University of Louisiana, the university launched a new softball program. Last year, Leslie Ballard and LSU standout, Shemaiah Sanchez, coached the first-ever softball team at the Xavier University of Louisiana. “Last year, we had a lot more challenges not knowing if we were going to play because of COVID,” Ballard said. “We’ve had a few scares, one that resulted in canceling a series of games.”  Considering this is the first colligate softball program in New…

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XULA student-athletes face challenging work-life balance

By Karrington Stewart In the 2021-2022 school year, multiple athletes have complained about being overworked, burned out, and not receiving enough breaks to recover their bodies.  The majority of sports teams in Xavier University attend practice early mornings about five to six times a week.  “Being a student-athlete at Xavier is all about what you make it out to be. You have to give it your all or nothing at all,” said Kynnedy Turner, a Xavier track and field athlete. “I am homesick because of track. I haven’t been able…

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The Women’s Athlete Perspective on the Disparities Between Men’s and Women’s Sports at the Collegiate Level

By Kiersten McCollum The U.S. Women’s soccer team has just settled their equal pay lawsuit after a six-year legal battle and yet discrepancies between Women’s and Men’s sports continue at a rampant rate. While inequity at the professional sports level is beginning to receive more national attention, these same issues at the collegiate level are still yet to be widely covered. despite collegiate athletics being the root of many of the problems seen in professional leagues.  “Honestly, after looking at the numbers and stuff and being realistic, you can’t be…

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XU Herald Sports – Jamal Allen

By Daylan Paige Jamal Allen is a junior Business Finance major from Birmingham, Ala. He is currently a right-hand pitcher on the Xavier Baseball team. In the future, he aspires to be an entrepreneur or an MLB pitcher, or an investor. The future holds no limit.  Fun fact: He enjoys cookies and cream ice cream. What position do you play on the team and how do you think you impact the team? I’m a pitcher and I try to have a positive impact on my teammates on and off the…

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XU Herald Sports – Ja’Mya Rucker

By Daylan Paige Athlete of the Week, Ja’Mya Rucker was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a graduating senior, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. “I plan to be an OBGYN in the near future. Hopefully, I will have my own practice right at home because I believe in pouring resources back into the communities I grew up in, instead of leaving those communities for better opportunities. I am a flyer on Xavier’s Cheer Team, as well as a Head captain. A fun fact about…

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HBCU students respond to the spate of recent bomb threats.

By Madison Grant | Staff Writer Students at Historically Black Universities and Colleges woke up excited about the first day of Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. However, the start of a month of celebration of Black history was marked by a feeling of uncertainty as a number of HBCUs across the country went into lockdown due to reported bomb threats. The campuses quickly issued alerts for students to shelter in place and postponed classes and campus activities at 14 HBCUs across the country.  “ALERT! XULA has received…

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XU Herald Sports – Lewis Wilson

By Daylan Paige Lewis Wilson is the Herald’s latest, ‘Athlete of the Week’. Wilson is a senior Psychology Pre-Medical major from Upper Marlboro, MD. He currently serves on Xavier’s Track and Field team as a thrower, with his main events as shot put and discus. In the future, he aspires to become a sports physician. What does the season look like for you?  We have a couple of meets left for our indoor season but will soon be gearing up for our outdoor season.  What events do you compete in…

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Campus Housing Applications for the 2022-2023 school year open Monday. Here are the details

By Youma Diabira It is around that time of the year where current Undergraduate students at Xavier begin applying for on-campus residential housing.  Phase one of the housing application for the 2022 Fall Semester goes live on January 31st at 9 a.m. and closes on February 7th  at 7 a.m. At this time, students who plan to reside in on-campus housing for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester will be required to access their housing portal and submit their applications for housing.  Phase two, roommate selection, begins on February 7th at…

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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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