Mental Health in College Athletes

By Skylar Stephens On March 10, 2022, Ohio State lineman, Harry Miller, decided to retire from his career as a college football player. After playing since 2019, he was done with the sport for his senior year. In his retirement announcement, Miller said that his retirement would be for the sake of his own mental health. “Prior to the season last year, I told Coach Day of my intention to kill myself. He immediately had me in touch with Dr. Candice and Dr. Norman, and I received the support I…

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From Bison to Gold Rush: Hannah Stoutmire Restarts Her College Athletic Career

By Kareemah Muhammad She transferred from Howard University. Now at Xavier, Hannah Stoutmire has had to start over her career in track and field after injury and setbacks. But she has been surrounded by sports ever since she was a little girl. Giving up is not in her DNA. “I grew up running track because it was always just around me,” said Stoutmire, who is from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Mass Communication. “My parents both ran track in high school. My mom ran track at LSU, and my dad played…

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Students Learn Coping Strategies at Mental Health Awareness Day

By Corbin Johnson Many say that college is a great time to find out what is your lifelong dream, but that has sometimes been an understatement. When young adults enter college, it can be hard to adjust due to new experiences, having new responsibilities, and growing pains. It is also nerve-wrecking because this is the first-time students will have to navigate their own physical and mental health without the help of their parents. As a result, students can develop mental illnesses or other physical illnesses as well. College is a…

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Students Find Great Stress Relief through Animals

By Faith LeMelle Pets can be a great way to help reduce anxiety, according to Medical Health Foundation. With all the weight of dealing with personal issues, pets can help students find a healthy way to cope with stress. Xavier’s Mobilization At Xavier program’s Pet Awareness With Students or PAWS, partners with local pet shelters to allow students to volunteer with the shelter animals. Animal Rescue New Orleans hosts ten to twelve students with weekly trips to play with the shelter dogs and cats. The shelter is home to dogs…

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Xavier Lifts Mask Mandate

By Hannah Stoutmire As of Oct. 3, Xavier’s president Dr. Reynold Verret notified campus that the mandatory mask mandate put in place this semester for the university has been officially been lifted. This statement caused mix feelings from the Xavier community, some good and some bad. “The prevalence of COVID-19 infections has declined significantly, and the new bivalent vaccines protect against the omicron sub variants,” Verret said his statement. “Thus, the university no longer requires masking indoors. Persons may wear their mask at their own discretion. We encourage members of…

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Seafood. No Thank You!

By TaShia Hogue When you think of New Orleans, the Big Easy, Louisiana, you think of great music, culture, and the abundance of food. However, many people give me the side-eye when I voice the unpopular opinion: “I dislike seafood.” The texture, the scales, the mess, the tangy, the smell, the flavor, just only salt? Did I say the smell again?? Uh, can’t get it out my nostrils. Many of the restaurant menus out here cater to seafood lovers, but what about those who’d rather have a ten-piece Korean BBQ…

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XULA Brings Football Experience to Campus

By Mylah Joseph Xavier Activities Board hosted a football-themed Live Music Friday on the University Center Yard to give students an HBCU tailgating experience. Students flocked to the yard on Sept. 23 to enjoy a live performance by XULA Golden Sound, hamburgers, and receive gift bags. To match the theme of the event, students came dressed out in their favorite football jerseys, shirts, and hats. “I wanted to bring a football vibe to the school, since we don’t have a football team,” said Madison Brydie, chairperson for Live Music Fridays.…

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Campus counseling staff share mental health resources

By Tyler Hailstork As September continues, the awareness for suicide prevention carries on. On Sept. 14, 2022, Xavier counselors created a workshop to help prevent stress and anxiety among the students on campus. This event was held on the second floor of the University Center from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The seminar allowed students to express their concerns and emotions about having anxiety and stress in their lives. Most college students use the same techniques and methods to relieve their anxiety and stress, counselors said. When presenting this workshop,…

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Election Results Night kicks off this years’ student government

By Madison Grant The Student Government Association election board hosted the 2022 results night on Sept. 21, in the University Center Ballroom. Students on Xavier’s campus attended to learn of their new student government representatives for the Freshman class and Pharmacy Student Association P1 government. The event introduced the election board, announced the results of the election and next steps within the election. For the freshman class this was their first event related to student government at Xavier University of Louisiana. This event is held every year to commence the…

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XU Talks Discusses Sex and Relationships for Sexual Health Awareness Month

By Skylar Stephens On average, about 1.7 million sexually transmitted infections will be acquired by Americans in September, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. September is also Sexual Health Awareness Month, where experts spread awareness about well-being in relation to sexuality. During September, many colleges take the time to educate students about sexual health on campus. College students often partake in sexual activity without knowledge about sexual health, putting themselves at risk. A 2021 study by The Journal of Sex Research has found that high sex drive…

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