Spring semester begins this week

Start of classes, men's basketball game highlight week events | January 12, 2004

Students returned to campus this weekend after a three-week holiday break, and the spring semester officially began with the start of classes on Monday, Jan. 12.

The new fitness schedule also begins this week at the O'Connor Sports Center. Introductory aerobics classes are being offered to students and members for free every day through Friday, Jan. 16. Schedules for the classes are available at the center's customer service desk. For more information, contact Leslie Dulle at dulle@xavier.edu.

The X-treme fan club is hosting a tailgate party on Wednesday, Jan. 14, for students and other Xavier basketball fans at the Gallagher Student Center, lower level. All participating X-treme club members receive food specials at Ryan's Pub. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. with the start of the men's basketball game versus Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. For those unable to travel with the team or participate in the tailgate party, the game also is being televised on Fox Sports Network. For more information about men's basketball events, visit the athletics web site or call 513 745-3411.

On Thursday, Jan. 15, the office of multicultural affairs is hosting this year's Martin Luther King Celebration at 7:00 p.m. in Bellarmine Chapel. This year's celebration, titled "Bridging the Gap: King Then and Now," features keynote speaker Bishop E. Lynn Brown, presiding bishop of the Second Episcopal District. Pastor Peter Matthews of St. Stephens AME Church of Evanston also is reflecting on King's life and achievements. The event also features student presentations and performances by the University gospel choir. For more information, call 513 745-3181 or e-mail jamesp@xavier.edu.

Also on Thursday, the late-night film series sponsored by the student activities council is presenting a free viewing of the major motion picture "Radio" for students at 11:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The film, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, is based on the true story of the relationship between a high school football coach in South Carolina and the illiterate, mentally-challenged man nicknamed Radio whom he mentors.