University holds special Mass in opposition of pending war

Film series on racism, lectures, dance also highlight remainder of week | February 12, 2003

The University is continuing its joint effort with Jesuit universities around the country in staging events in opposition to the pending war against Iraq. Yesterday, the peace and justice programs held a presentation and dialogue about "The U.S. and Iraq: Why Give Peace a Chance," which was followed later by 1995 graduate Mary Schoen detailing her recent trip to Iraq. Shoen gave a lecture and presented a collection of images and messages she brought back from the people of Baghdad. Today, Thursday, Feb. 13, a special Mass for Peace is being held at Bellarmine Chapel at noon. All of these events coincide with a letter of the U.S. Jesuit Provincials sent to President Bush in opposition to the war. Also on Thursday, the campus continues its film and discussion series on racism and reconciliation by taking a look at what unites African-American men with Spike Lee's film Get on the Bus. The movie follows an eclectic set of characters who discuss issues surrounding the Million Man March, manhood, religion, politics and race. The film and discussion begin at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium. It's sponsored by the peace and justice programs, the office of multicultural affairs and the Brueggeman center for interreligious dialogue. Upcoming events in the series are the film Long Night's Journey into Day on Thursday, Feb. 20, and an interfaith worship service at Bellarmine Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 27. The film is free and open to the public. A discussion follows the screening. For more information, call 513 745-3320. On Friday, Feb. 14, Daniel Ketcha, professor of chemistry at Wright State University, is speaking on "Combinatorial Chemistry: Paradigm Shifting into a New Millennium," as part of the department of chemistry's seminar series. The talk takes place from 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. For more information, contact Daniel McLoughlin at mcloughlin@xavier.edu. Also, consultant and author Verne Harnish is sharing his business acumen with business leaders on Friday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Cintas Center. Named one of the top 10 minds in small business by Fortune Small Business magazine, Harnish is speaking on "Dominating Your Industry: Four Critical Decisions." Harnish is the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and chairs its premier CEO program, Birthing of Giants, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the "Growth Guru" columnist for Fortune.com and was recently appointed by the secretary-general of the Organization of American States, to chair the Millennium 1000 Award, which identifies and honors the top 1,000 young entrepreneurs in the Western Hemisphere. Cost for the conference is $49 for Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce members and Tri-state Chamber Collaborative members. Cost for nonmembers is $98. Price includes a copy of Harnish's book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm. For more information, call 513 579-3111 or go the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce web site. On Saturday. Feb. 15, the University swings into the weekend with a syncopated rhythm and some smooth dance moves at the When Swing Was King dance at the Xavier Armory. Driving the riffs is the Xavier student swing band. The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. with swing dance lessons from the Arthur Murray dance studio. The dance runs from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. with a dance contest and door prizes. Cost is $4 for students presale and $5 at the door. Adult tickets are $7. Ticket sales benefit the pep band, swing band and symphonic wind ensemble. For more information, contact xuband@hotmail.com.