Crosstown Helpout makes cold weekend warm-hearted

Faculty art exhibit, meteorologist visit and A-10 basketball keep campus fired up | January 23, 2004

Xavier and the University of Cincinnati may be opponents on the basketball court, but both schools are cooperating rather than competing to give back to the community during this weekend's seventh annual Crosstown Helpout on Saturday, Jan. 24. Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and UC President Nancy L. Zimpher both are helping to kick off the event as volunteers from both schools gather at UC's Fifth Third Arena at 8:00 a.m.

Approximately 900 volunteers, including students, alumni and friends of both universities, are expected. From the arena, volunteers are splitting up into teams and heading to 37 schools and agencies in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas to work on various projects. For more information, contact Mary Ann Schomaker at Xavier at 513 745-3081 or Phillip Lanham at UC at 513 556-4405, or visit

This weekend brings a host of events on campus, as well. Students shivering through the single-digit wind chills on campus Friday afternoon can dream of tropical temperatures at a lecture on weather forecasting by Cincinnati's Channel 12 WKRC meteorologist Tim Hedrick. "Chillin' With Tim," the fourth Physics in Careers lecture of the academic year, is at 1:30 p.m. in Lindner Hall, Room 103. The lecture is free and refreshments are being served. For more information, call 513 745-3626.

Friday evening begins with an artistic flair when the Xavier community is invited to a reception at Cohen Art Gallery, where art faculty members are presenting an exhibit of their recent works. The reception is from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., and the exhibit is showcasing a medley of ceramics, drawings, electronic media, fibers, graphic design, paintings, prints and sculptures. The faculty's works are remaining on display until Feb. 13.

Friday also is taking Musketeer tennis and basketball teams on the road. The men's and women's tennis teams are beginning their spring season with a men's match at Ohio State University at 10:00 a.m. and a women's match against the University of Akron at 1:00 p.m. at the Mercy Fairfield tennis courts. The women's basketball team is hitting a different kind of court, traveling to the University of Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m. for an A-10 conference match after a 81-69 win against Fordham University last week.

Saturday evening, the Xavier Players student theater group is presenting this year's "24-Hour Theatre" event. The performance is the result of 24 hours of hard work by the Players, who received the scripts for the production at the Gallagher Student Center theater Friday night. The students then have until the curtain goes up Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to choose directors and casts, rehearse the shows, and add finishing touches to the productions with costumes, props, set pieces, lighting and sound. General admission seating is $3, and tickets are available at the door. For more information, contact the box office at 513 745-3939.

Also Saturday, the rifle team is traveling to the University of Kentucky for an 8:00 a.m. conference match. At home, the men's and women's swim teams are taking on Wright State University at the O'Connor Sports Center in a 1:00 p.m. meet, during which the senior Musketeers are being honored.

Sunday, Jan. 25, the men's basketball team is hosting the University of Richmond at the Cintas Center arena, while the women's basketball team is hitting the court at the University of Rhode Island, both in 2:00 p.m. Atlantic 10 conference contests.

Sunday afternoon, classical pianist and Time magazine 1995 top-10 recording artist Thomas Tirino is performing in the Gallagher Student Center theater at 2:30 p.m. as part of the University's classical piano series. A recitalist and recording artist, Tirino's most recent project is a five-CD series of Latin American piano music for the KOCH International label. Ticket prices range from $17-19. For more information, call 513 745-3161.

Sunday evening, the resident student association is sponsoring its first free movie night, featuring "American Wedding," at 8:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. For more information, call 513 924-5850 or e-mail

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