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Xavier Players reenact crime of the century

Play highlights weekend events as stage and screen provide relief on campus from wintry weather

12/04/03

The Cincinnati World Cinema and the Xavier Players are joining forces to present a series of stage and screen works this weekend based on the story of the 1924 "crime of the century" of infamous murderers Leopold and Loeb.

The Xavier Players student theater group is performing Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story, a play that tells the story of the two young millionaires who abducted and killed a 14-year-old boy, and then stood trial for their crimes. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call 513 745-3939 or e-mail neumeyer@xavier.edu.

Two related films also are being presented by Cincinnati World Cinema in conjunction with the stage production. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the film "Compulsion" is being shown at 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. On Sunday, Dec. 7, the film Swoon is being shown at 4:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Discussions follow both films. Tickets for the general public are $6 per screening or $10 for a ticket to see both films. Tickets are available at the Cincinnati World Cinema web site and at the door. Tickets for Xavier students are $4 for each film and are available at the door. For more information, visit ww.cincyworldcinema.com or call 859 781-8151.

But the weekend's events extend beyond film and screen to live discussions. On Friday, chemistry professor David Chess is presenting this week's chemistry seminar on " A Novel Synthetic Approach to 2-Metallatetraboranes." The lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. in Logan Hall, Room 100. For more information, call 513 745-3352 or e-mail mcloughlin@xavier.edu.

Also Friday, the annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala committee sponsors a fashion show featuring the latest in formal wear on Friday from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513 745-3181.

For those hoping to make the season festive for everyone, join Bacchus as they decorate cookies on Friday in Buenger Hall's basement. Those who participate have a chance to receive prizes and can watch "Santa Clause 2" featuring Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell. Snacks are provided.

Jazz fans can stop by the Gallagher Student Center Friday evening to hear the University's jazz band perform in Ryan's Pub. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513 745-3801 or e-mail seurkamp@xavier.edu.

Magician Mike Winter appears on campus on Friday in the Gallagher Student Center theater at 10:00 p.m. The performance is free. For more information, call 513 745-3534.

Freshmen embark on the Journey Retreat sponsored by Campus Ministry this weekend. This overnight retreat is designed to give first-year students an opportunity to build friendships and reflect on the new experiences they have faced since coming to Xavier. For more information, call 513 745-3567.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, the music department hosts their holiday concert featuring the concert winds and chamber orchestra at 3:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. For more information, call 513 745-3801 or e-mail seurkamp@xavier.edu.

The weekend is also filled with athletic action as the women's basketball team hosts the Provident Bank Xavier Invitational Woman's Basketball Tournament at the Cintas Center. On Saturday, the tournament begins at 1:00 p.m. as Xavier battles Central Michigan University; at 3:00 p.m. High Point University battles East Tennessee State University. The championship game takes place on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Also, the swim teams travel to Akron to participate in the Zippy Invite on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 p.m.