University homeless awareness week marked by Shantytown

Week also brings Wellness Day, Academic Day activities to campus | October 20, 2003

Shantytown, the University’s homeless awareness week, began Sunday, Oct. 19, with the construction of the shanties on the academic mall. Students, faculty and staff are participating in many Shantytown activities throughout the week, as they work to educate people about the plight of the homeless in Cincinnati and around the world. The weeklong homeless awareness event is raising money for the Drop Inn Center, The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless and Tender Mercies. For more information, contact Claire Mugavin at 513 745-3005 or Dave Cicerchi at 513 924-8929.

But Shantytown is just one of the main events on campus this week. Tuesday, Oct. 21, the University celebrates the annual Academic Day, a daylong celebration that features performances by students and presentations by faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. This year's event carries the theme of perspectives on diversity and includes panel discussions on a variety of diversity-related topics. For more information, contact Mary Walker at 513 745-4236.

Day classes do not meet Tuesday, allowing students to participate in the day’s activities or volunteer for community service. Students interested in the service opportunity should meet at 1:15 p.m. in front of the Cintas Center. Participants each receive free lunch, a T-shirt and shuttle service to and from one of five service sites. Shuttles return to campus by 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Woods at 513 745-3004 or

Wednesday, Oct. 22, the weekly international coffee hour theme is India, and it is being celebrated with a Diwali Celebration on the second level of the Gallagher Student Center at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 513 745-2864 or e-mail

Also Wednesday, the volleyball team is competing in an Atlantic 10 match at the University of Dayton (Ohio), at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are hitting the courts in ITA Championships in Western Michigan. Last week, both teams recorded 7-0 sweeps at the IPFW tournament at home.

Also Thursday, 75 high school students are coming to campus for the fourth annual high school business simulation competition, sponsored by Xavier’s management club. The competition is from 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall. In the simulation, high school students are human resource managers who must keep employee productivity and morale high, while watching profits rise or decrease with their progress. Winners receive gift certificates to an area retail store. For more information, contact Donna Waymire at 513 745-2927 or

Thursday is also Wellness Day at the University, as the wellness team sponsors exhibits providing wellness information, a pilates demonstration, a yoga demonstration and a chair massage. Activities take place in the Gallagher Student Center from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The keynote presentation by Kathy Green, titled “Living with Balance,” is from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall. For more information, call 513 745-3022 or e-mail

Also Thursday, the second Conversations magazine discussion of the semester is from 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center, Room 214. The issue's topic is "Toward a Global Vision," exploring the challenges of educating students for the world, the international face of higher education, study abroad and global solidarity. Daniel Otero, department of mathematics, is moderating. Kathleen Smythe, department of history, and James Brodzinski, department of management, are the opening speakers. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call 513 745-3777 or e-mail

Thursday evening, Peace and Justice Programs, the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and Open House Cincinnati are sponsoring “Jerusalem Women Speak,” a tour from Partners for Peace, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall. The tour features presentations by three women of three faiths with one shared vision. A question and answer session follows the presentations. Refreshments are being served. For more information, contact Benjamin Urmston, S.J., at 513 745-3320 or

Also Thursday evening, the Xavier Players are performing August Wilson's Fences at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The play addresses issues of pride, dignity and both literal and figurative fences. Reserved seating is $12 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, faculty and staff. For tickets, call the box office at 513 745-3939. For more information, contact Josh Neumeyer at

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