Campus gets musical for the weekend

Fall music festival, Xavier Idol competition and open mic nights keep campus events in tune | October 9, 2003

Xavier’s campus is humming with live entertainment this weekend, forcing students and other local music lovers with the luxury of choosing from a whole host of performances.

The main attraction is the music department’s first fall music festival, which hosts a series of concerts featuring performances by faculty and students throughout the weekend. The festival is free and open to the public. The first concert, featuring performances by the University's vocal chamber ensemble and concert choir, is Friday at 7:30 p.m. The festival continues Saturday with a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m., and concludes Sunday, Oct. 12, the final performance, which features the concert winds and the University's chamber orchestra at 7:30 p.m. All concerts are in the Gallagher Student Center theater. For more information, call 513 745-3801 or e-mail

Outside of the theater's lobby, on the ground level of the Gallagher Student Center, the first round of Xavier Idol 2 is also taking place Friday evening. The top 10 performers from auditions held last month are competing in hopes of advancing to the next round and winning a trip to New York City. The competition starts at 9:00 p.m., and for those who don't want to be idolized, open karaoke is following the competition. For more information, call 513 841-0203 or e-mail

Up on the third floor in the center's Clocktower Lounge on Friday night, the first Floetically Speaking open mic session takes place at 7:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by the black student association, offers artists the opportunity to showcase their talents in the form of a five-minute spoken word or song performance. For more information, call 513 745-3181.

Also Friday, Styuka is sponsoring a free viewing of this summer's movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" in the Gallagher Student Center theater at 11:00 p.m. Styuka is a annual festival that raises money for a charity, and volunteers are selling candy for 50 cents during the movie. For more information, contact 513 745-4887 or e-mail

Before those events, Friday also brings the first in a series of talks hosted by The American Institute of Physics featuring Xavier graduates speaking on the importance of their physics education in their careers. The event is Friday, Oct. 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Linder Physics Building, Room 103. Refreshments are being provided. For more information, call 513 745-3626 or e-mail

Xavier’s health services administration program is also hostings its fourth annual health care leadership conference at the Cintas Center Friday morning from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Patricia Cahill, recently retired president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, is discussing "Leadership in the Health Care Environment." Cost is $75 and includes a buffet breakfast. For more information, contact Michelle Jones at 513 745-3392.

The weekend also includes plenty of battles on the athletic front. Friday, the cross country team looks to continue its run of success in the All Ohio Championships in Delaware, Ohio. Also Friday, the men and women's soccer teams both compete against Atlantic 10 Conference foe the University of Massachusetts. The men's team hits the field at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati, while the women's team travels to Amherst, Mass., for a 7:00 p.m. game. The volleyball team also faces A-10 rival Duquesne University on Friday in Pittsburgh, beginning an exteded series of road games.

For those students who aren't on the golf team but still like the links—or any alumni or friend of the University—the 14th annual Fenwick Open takes place Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Pebble Creek Golf Course starting at 1:30 p.m. The student government association sponsors this golf outing to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Participants can enjoy lunch, dinner, golf tips, door prizes, trophies and more. For more information, contact Joanie Weidner at 513 745-4250.

For those who are quick on their feet, the newly formed improvisation group Scared Scriptless Improv is hosting a workshop on Saturday in the Gallagher Student Center, Room 330, from 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Brain Kilbane, a former Xavier Players president, founded the group. The workshop teaches the basic fundamentals of improvisation and how to apply them to improvisation comedy games.

And the Gallagher Student Center programming board offers a great chance to put those improv skills to work with an open mic night on the center's lower level at 8:00 p.m. Those who are interested can call the office to sign up or just come ready to perform. For more information, call 513 744-4339.

The sports action continues on Saturday as well, with the men's and women's tennis teams hitting the courts—the men traveling north for the Dayton Invitational hosted by Wright State University, and the women traveling to Oxford, Ohio, for the Miami University Invitational. And, it's once again time to hit the pool. The swim team begins its season Saturday, traveling to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete in the IUPUI Invitational at noon.

Saturday evening, the volleyball team travels to Washington, D.C., for an A-10 game against George Washington University at 7:00 p.m. And Sunday, the men and women's soccer teams face the University of Rhode Island in A-10 conference matches. The men's team competes at 1:00 p.m. at Cincinnati's Anderson High School, while the women's team travels to Kingston, R.I., for a 1:00 p.m. match.

For more information about any of the above athletic events, visit the athletics web site or call 513 745-3411.