Spirit Celebration this weekend kicks off new school year

Event highlights weekend activities, including volleyball tournament, open mic night | September 5, 2003

The 11th annual Spirit Celebration fills the campus with joy and jubilance this weekend as the University commemorates the beginning of another academic year. The celebration begins with a Mass on the campus green on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4:00 p.m. Presided by Vice President for Mission and Ministry Leo Klein, S.J., the Mass includes a homily by Joe Wagner, S.J., a professor of mathematics and math education who has returned to Xavier after eight years away. The Mass is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University. A family picnic that includes a barbecue, entertainment and activities for children takes place in front of the Cintas Center following the Mass. In case of rain, the celebration will be moved inside of the Cintas Center. For more information, e-mail Diane Alexander at alexandd@xavier.edu or call campus ministry at 513 745-3567.

Students also will be enjoying the final days of summer weather throughout the weekend. On Friday, Sept. 5, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority is having a barbecue for new and returning students on the campus green in front of the Gallagher Student Center.

Also Friday evening, the volleyball team plays its first home game of the season, versus Appalachian State, in the fourth annual Mike Castrucci Automotive Xavier International at the Cintas Center at 7:30 p.m. The team, which began its season with three straight wins to sweep a tournament at Jacksonville University in Florida, continues with tournament play on Saturday with a doubleheader against Stetson University at 1:30 p.m. and Central Michigan University at 7:30 p.m.

Students who attend the invitational have chances to win prizes in various school-sponsored promotions. At Friday's match, the first 50 students to fill seats receive a free tournament T-shirt. Friday and Saturday matches also feature the game "Let's make a Deal," during which prizes and gift certificates are given to student spectators. Students, who are admitted free to all the matches with their ALL Cards, are encouraged to bring friends. If 150 students attend each game, one lucky volleyball fan will be selected to receive a prize package.

Also on Friday, the women’s soccer team competes against the University of Louisville at the Town and Country Sports Complex in Northern Kentucky at 8:00 p.m., and then takes on Ball State University on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Norwood Stadium.

The men’s soccer team is on the road this weekend, traveling to Western Kentucky University for a match at 8:00 p.m. Friday. Then on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., the team battles the University of Louisville in Bowling Green, Ky.

Also traveling this weekend is the women’s golf team, which is spending the weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to participate in the annual Bay Tree Classic.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, Open Mic Night premieres for the new school year at the Gallagher Student Center from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. The event is open to any student interested in seeing friends and classmates sing to their favorite tunes. For more information, contact Jim Miller at 513 745-3201.

For more information about any of the above sport events, see the athletic department's web site or call 513 745 3411.