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University responds to war in Iraq

Rosaries being made for the military, prayer vigils among war-related events taking place on campus

04/22/03

As the United States' war with Iraq continues, the University is offering activities, information and resources that relate to the conflict. Events taking place this week include: Rosary making for the military Requests have been made to provide 300,000 rosaries for members of the military, and members of the University community are gathering on campus to contribute to this effort. Everyone is welcome to join the effort on Thursday, April 24, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center, Room 330. No experience is necessary. Materials and instructions are provided. Experienced rosary makers will be there to assist. For questions, please contact Evelyn Brannen at 513 745-2963 or e-mail Brannen@xu.edu. Silent peace vigil A silent peace vigil is taking place on the X on the academic mall daily in response to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities' appeal to Jesuit institutions to engage in prayers for peace. The vigils are intended to witness Christ's message of peace and the possibility that humanity can creatively envision ways to resolve conflict without violence. The vigil times are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:20 p.m.-12:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:45 p.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information, contact programs in peace and justice at ext. 3046 or Tom Sheibley at Sheibley@xavier.edu. Nepal academic service learning semester suspended The academic service learning semester in Nepal for fall 2003 has been temporarily suspended because of the war in Iraq and generally unstable political conditions in other parts of the world. Organizers are concerned primarily for the protection and safety of Xavier students who have been accpeted into this program. For more information, contact Susan Namei at Namei@xavier.edu or ext. 3042. Safety on campus The University's campus police department has issued information on how the University is protecting the campus and how it will respond to issues of terrorism should any occur. The campus police department can be reached at 513 745-1000. RESOURCES Campus resources directly or indirectly involved in issues as they relate to the war include: • The McGrath Health and Counseling CenterPsychological Services CenterBellarmine ChapelThe Office of Residence LifeCampus MinistryPeace and Justice Programs LINKSCNNFox NewsNew York TimesWashington PostCincinnati EnquirerAmerican Red CrossHoxworth Blood CenterDepartment of Homeland Security