December events begin on campus

Week’s activities include a presentation of the season's various religious holidays | December 2, 2002

As the snow begins to fall and the Thanksgiving holiday gives way to Christmas, the hustle and bustle of campus life once again picks up this week.On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the men’s basketball team battles Purdue University at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center arena. The game is also being televised on Fox Sports Net Ohio. For ticket information, call 513 745-3411. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Brueggeman chair Farid Esack is presenting "Rituals, the Sacred and Power in Islam" at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall. Preceding Esack's talk is an explanation and history of the different religious holidays Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Eid Fetr (Muslim) from representatives of each faith. Tickets are $2 at the door with the proceeds benefiting the Alternative to Spring Break charity. The event is sponosored by the Muslim student association. For more information, e-mail The Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is hosting a workshop on Wednesday for high school guidance counselors at the Cintas Center from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is the third year Xavier has hosted the event, which updates guidance counselors on financial aid issues. Kimberly Jeffers, associate director for financial aid at Xavier, and Randy Ulses, associate director for financial aid at the University of Cincinnati, are presenting the workshop to more than 100 participants. For more information, call 513 745-4257. On Friday, Dec. 6, the department of art displays the senior thesis work of Maria McCafferty and Natalie Suer in the Cohen Center art gallery. The exhibition kicks off with an artists’ reception from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the gallery. McCafferty is exhibiting her most recent figurative studies and Suer is showing her collection of black-and-white imagery prints. The show runs through Sunday, Dec. 13. The gallery hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 513 745-3811. Edgecliff College alumni are raising money for the Edgecliff Scholars through the Maxwelton Magic event on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The event takes place in Maxwelton Hall on the former Edgecliff campus at Edgecliff Pointe in Cincinnati. Edgecliff alumni and supporters are invited to enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by the Epic Winds Trio and a silent auction of handcrafted wreaths. Proceeds go to the Edgecliff Scholars fund, which provides financial aid to students related to Edgecliff College graduates. Cost is $20 if accompanied by a gift or gift certificate to be raffled off at reunion weekend; $50; or $100 for an overnight stay at Maxwelton. For more information, contact Joan Thompson via e-mail at or by calling 513 745-2078. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Xavier calendar web page.