Final exams bring weekend of studying

Improv show, Xavier Idol competition, men's basketball game highlight events | December 12, 2003

As final exams begin this weekend, campus events include opportunities for students to grab a study break and entertain their minds—and a few events designed just for those who can't tear themselves away from their books.

On Friday, Dec. 12, students of the department of chemistry are presenting various seminars from 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. in Logan Hall, Room 100. Students participating include Shaun Rostron, Peter Suer and Audrey Martin. For more information, call 513 745-3352 or e-mail

Also on Friday, the Xavier Idol 2 singing competition continues as contestants try to win over the audience with their favorite 1980s renditions. The contest begins at 8:00 p.m. on the ground level of the Gallagher Student Center.

Immediately following the competition is a live performance of the Xavier Players comedy and improvisation show, Toolbox. The show is featured Friday as well as Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Cost to attend each evening of skits is $3, and Saturday's performance is concluding with free pizza outside the auditorium.

Saturday marks the first official day for fall semester final exams on campus.

A Nintendo Mario Kart tournament is being sponsored by Habitat for Humanity from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday in the student center, Room 214. Participants have a chance to compete for first- and second-place prizes of $75 and $25 gift certificates to Best Buy. For more information, contact Katrina Mahlerwein at

Also on Saturday, the men's basketball team takes on undefeated Mississippi State University, 6-0, at 8:00 p.m. The game is being broadcast on Fox SportsNet, and the X-treme fan club is hosting a party in Ryan's Pub for anyone who'd like to gather on campus to watch the game and cheer the Musketeers. Food specials are available for club members.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, students and Mass participants are asked to wear their Sunday best for the 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Masses. As a continued tradition, participants dress up for the final Mass celebrated together at Bellarmine Chapel before Christmas.

Also Sunday, students can take refuge at Gallagher Student Center for some stress relief. Free massages, food and prizes are offered being from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, call 513 745-3534 or visit the student activities council web page. The student center is open 24 hours Sunday for the convenience of students preparing for exams.