Parents and siblings of students join University for Family Weekend

Musketeer Madness, Xavier Players' performances and WorldQuest competition highlight events | October 23, 2003

Parents and siblings of Xavier students join the Xavier community on campus Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, for the annual Family Weekend. The weekend is filled with a wide range of events for students and their families, from athletic rallies to artistic exhibits and performances. For the complete Family Weekend schedule, visit

Included in Family Weekend activities for the first time this year is Musketeer Madness, the annual peek into the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The madness takes place on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Cintas Center arena. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The women's basketball team takes the court for a scrimmage at 7:00 p.m., followed by the men's team’s scrimmage at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Basketball isn't the only sport in action over the weekend, though. Friday morning the men’s and women’s tennis teams travel to East Lansing, Mich., to participate in the weekend-long ITA Championships at Michigan State University. Both teams have undefeated records so far this season, with the men’s team at 3-0 and the women’s team at 2-0.

Also, the women’s soccer team has its inaugural game on the newly resurfaced Xavier soccer complex versus A-10 rival Fordham University at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Earlier in the day, the men’s team also plays a conference game against Fordham in the Bronx, N.Y., at 2:00 p.m.

Friday evening, the international students’ society hosts its annual WorldQuest international trivia quiz in the Cintas Center at 6:00 p.m. Students, faculty and staff compete in eight-person teams in a trivia battle designed to test their international intelligence. For more information, call 513 745-2862 or e-mail

Also Friday evening, the music department is presenting student recitals in Edgecliff Hall's Long Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. The recital features performances by music majors Elizabeth Brewer, Amy Clark, Scott Oosting, Maria Friel, Candace Smith, Chris Conlon, Phil Revekant and Laura Conners. For more information, call 513 745-3801 or e-mail

The Xavier Players student theater group is presenting three weekend performances of Fences, by Pulitzer prize-winner August Wilson, in the Gallagher Student Center theater. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. The play, which tells the story of a young man who learns the value of work, responsibility and education, is recommended for anyone ages 12 and up. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, children, faculty and staff. For more information, call, 513 745-3576 or e-mail

Also on Saturday, Karl Galinsky, a distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Austin who has gained an international reputation for his work in Augustan age Roman civilization, literature, religion and art, is speaking on campus as part of the annual John W. Rettig Lecture Series. His lecture, titled “From Romulus to Isis: Religion as a Cohesive Force in Ancient Rome,” begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall. For more information, call 513 745-1931 or e-mail

Saturday morning, the rifle team hosts Jacksonville State University at 9:00 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Bruggeman Center for Dialogue is hosting Women in World Religions: Rethinking Their Role for the 21st Century at 1:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. Free and open to the public, the conference examines the changing roles and status of women and the implications of these changes on past, present and future societies. Specialists in religion and in women’s studies— from Xavier and other universities and organizations—serve as panelists and speakers throughout the day. For more information, call 513 745-3922.

Also on Sunday, the classical piano series welcomes Robert DeGaetano for a live performance in the Gallagher Student Center theater at 2:30 p.m. DeGaetano is known for his performances of “The Challenger,” a solo piano tribute to the seven astronauts killed in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle tragedy. For more information, call 513 745-3161 or e-mail

Also on Sunday, the men and women’s soccer teams compete against LaSalle University in A-10 conference games at 1:00 p.m. The men’s team travels to Philadelphia, while the women’s team hosts LaSalle at Xavier’s soccer complex.

For more information about any of the above athletic events, call 513 745-3411.