It will be screamed a lot as more than 144 golfers divided into 36 teams are hitting the links on Saturday at the Pebble Creek Golf Course to participate in the 15th annual Fenwick Open charity golf outing in an effort to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Last year the tournament raised nearly $4,000.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was also the beneficiary last year. While the student government association and the office of student development, which co-sponsor the event, typically rotate the charities each year, it was chosen again this year because two members of the freshman class suffer from the disease.
“We thought maybe our support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation last year might be a reason they chose Xavier,” says Joe Van Deman, SGA administrative vice president. “We wanted to show them that we care.”
Cystic fibrosis, an inherited genetic condition, affects about 3,200 babies born in the U.S. each year, according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The disease causes frequent lung infections and can lead to respiratory failure, but advances in medical research have extended the life expectancy of patients into their 30s and 40s. There is still no cure.
The participants tee off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Lunch is provided by Subway and dinner is from Outback Steakhouse. Players are competing for door prizes and trophies. The charity event ends with an awards ceremony where the circle of honor award is to be presented.
It is just one of many events taking place this weekend on campus. On Friday, Sept. 24, students are parking themselves on the campus green for “Drive-In” movie night sponsored by the student activities council and the Gallagher Student Center. The movie “Troy,” featuring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, starts at 10:00 p.m.
For those who prefer music to movies, a Latin dance is in full swing on Friday from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. at the Cintas Center.
Or, on Saturday, the Xavier University jazz ensemble is playing at the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival in the Maysville Theater at Second and Upper Market streets in Maysville, Ky. The 25-student jazz ensemble, directed by John Defoor, opens for Roberta Flack. The students play from 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and Flack performs at 6:00 p.m. General admission is $15 and tables are $100. For more information, call 859 255-0717.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Xavier Classical Piano Series presents Richard Raymond at the Gallagher Student Center theatre from 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Raymond is an accomplished pianist who has played with the Montreal and Toronto symphonies and has produced three compact discs under Analekta and Musica Viva labels.
Other students are spending at least part of their weekend exploring the "real world," as the center for career and leadership development along with the Williams College of Business host the Business and Industry Career Xpo is on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Cintas Center from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. It's the students first chance of the new school year to network with a variety of companies and organizations that are set up in the Cintas Center. This event is free and open to all students, who are asked to bring copies of their resumes to hand to prospective employers and be prepared to interview as well.
Finally, sports of all sorts take place this weekend. The women’s soccer team plays Interstate 75 rival University of Dayton at the Xavier soccer complex on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.. It’s the team’s first Atlantic 10 conference game of the season.
And on Sunday, the men’s soccer team takes on Butler University at 1:00 p.m. at the home field. The game concludes a stretch of three games in four days for the men's team.
Other Musketeer teams, including women’s golf, women’s tennis, volleyball and cross country, face action this weekend at contests away from home.