Race for charity, movies, cards, Xavier Idol highlight weekend

Near Naked Mile and basketball kick off events for long holiday weekend | January 15, 2004

Despite the predication of frigid temperatures, Xavier students are kicking off their three-day holiday weekend by getting ready to run Friday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the "Near Naked Mile" race for charity. This year's theme is the jungle, and runners are required to dress either in costume or in minimal attire.

The race begins at Bellarmine Circle, where Ledgewood Avenue reaches the Xavier campus near Bellarmine Chapel. Competitors then are running a mile-long path through the residential mall. Prizes are being awarded for the top female and male runners as well as for the best-dressed competitor.

Registration is at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the general public to participate is $12, which includes a T-shirt. The price for Xavier students is $5 to compete, or $7 to compete and receive a T-shirt. Proceeds of the event are benefiting the Imago Earth Center in Cincinnati and STYUKA, a student-run spring charity festival.

Also Friday, the Xavier women's basketball team comes into this weekend's home venue for a 7:00 p.m. game against St. Joseph University just 2,347 fans short of 100,000 for its tenure at the Cintas Center facility. To celebrate the occasion, Xavier is giving the 100,000th fan two airline tickets for anywhere in the continental United States and four Xavier women's basketball season tickets for the 2004-2005 season. Xavier has drawn 97,653 fans in 51 games in three and a half years playing at Cintas Center, which opened in the fall of 2000.

Later Friday evening, the ongoing Xavier Idol singing competition based on the popular American Idol TV show continues at 9:00 p.m. when the remaining contestants step up to the microphone at the ground level of the Gallagher Student Center.

Also Friday, the late-night film series sponsored by the student activities council is presenting a free viewing of the major motion picture "Radio" for students at 11:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The film, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, is based on the true story of the relationship between a high school football coach in South Carolina and the illiterate mentally-challenged man nicknamed Radio whom he mentors.

Friday also brings the men's and women's swim teams' first meet of the semester at 6:00 p.m. against dual opponents, host Case Western Reserve University and guest Ohio Wesleyan University.

Saturday, Jan. 17, the men's basketball team is hosting undefeated A-10 rival Saint Joseph's, currently ranked sixth in the nation, at the Cintas Center. In other Saturday athletic events, the swim teams stay on the road, traveling to Cleveland State University to compete in a 1:00 p.m. meet.

Also Saturday, the office of student life is hosting a student euchre tournament at 7:30 p.m. outside the Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Players have a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a gift certificate to Kenwood Towne Center and a digital camera. For more information, contact the office of student life at 513 745-3202.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, classical pianist Misha Dacic takes center stage at the Gallagher Student Center theater for a 2:30 p.m. performance. Protégé of Kemal Gekic and current student of Alan Fraser, Dacic is known for his natural talent that comprises warmth, poetry, brilliance and overall heart. Tickets range from $17-19. For more information, call 513 745-3161.

Also Sunday, the rifle team returns to the Walsh Memorial Rifle Range for its first competition of the semester, facing off against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 8:00 a.m. Later in the day, at 2:00 p.m., the women's basketball team is hitting the court against Fordham University at the Cintas Center.

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

Monday, Jan. 19, the University is closed to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At 8:00 p.m., students and Cincinnati area poets are commemorating his life at the Martin Luther King Poetry Café event in the Gallagher Student Center. For more information, call 513 745-3534.

Monday is also the first day for Xavier students to enter the lottery for this year's Crosstown Shootout on Feb. 3. Any full-time undergraduate student may enter the lottery by signing on to their StudentOnlineServices account. The last day to enter the lottery is Friday, Jan. 23. Winners are notified by e-mail on Wednesday, Jan. 28.