Family entertainment at women's basketball game kicks off weekend

Campus busy with Xavier Idol finale, alumni network group, Montessori open house | February 5, 2004

The women's basketball team, which has won its last five games, returns to the court to try for a sixth win against La Salle University Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:00 p.m., complete with pregame family entertainment and a halftime charity event. An hour prior to tip-off, children can go to the Kroger Kids Zone in the west concourse, where children of all ages can get face paintings, capture pictures with their favorite Musketeer mascots and make their own spirit signs to display during the game. The Kroger Kids Zone is being held prior to each of the rest of the regular season home games.

Then, during halftime, students and fans are cutting their hair to donate it to the Locks of Love charity. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children across the United States who are suffering form long-term medical hair loss. For more information, contact Rebecca Foley at 513 924-5662.

Also on Friday, the alumni association is hosting its monthly networking meeting, featuring George Gordon as the keynote speaker. The hour-long meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Cintas Center. A human resource professional and executive career development coach, Gordon is offering tips on how to make the most out of your job experience in your current or future position. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Rosemary Tenoever at 513 745-3333 or

Friday afternoon, 1977 graduate Randy Lyman is presenting "Physics in Intelligence and National Security" as part of the physics in careers lecture series at 1:30 p.m. in Lindner Hall, Room 103. Lyman is advisor to the commander of the Aerospace Data Facility in Aurora, Colo. The lecture is free, and refreshments are being served. For more information, call 513 745-3651.

Also on Friday, students are packing their bags for a trip to the Milford Spiritual Center for Campus Ministry's annual Approach Retreat. The experience offers participating sophomores, juniors and seniors time to examine their relationships with themselves, God and others. For more information, call 513 745-3321 or e-mail

Friday night, the University community is invited to the finale of the ongoing Xavier Idol 2 singing competition at 9:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center's lower level. The audience is choosing a winner between finalists Dan Brown and Betty Harris; the grand prize is a trip to New York City. For more information, call 513 841-0203 or e-mail

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the office of student life is sponsoring free movie tickets to the AMC Theater at Newport on the Levee. Sign-up sheets are available in the office of student life in the Gallagher Student Center, Room 320. For more information, call 513 745-3202.

Saturday also brings a host of Musketeer athletic events. The men's tennis team competes in a dual match against the University of Texas-El Paso and host Eastern Kentucky University at 8:00 a.m. The rifle team, 8-1, competes at Ohio State University at 11:00 a.m. And after Tuesday's Crosstown Shootout victory against No. 10 University of Cincinnati, the men's basketball team remains at home for an Atlantic 10 conference game against Fordham University at 2:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, the women's basketball team is taking on Temple University at 4:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The game is being televised on ESPN2. Prior to the game, the X-treme Fan Club is hosting a Hollywood Getaway for students in the Kuhlman Residence Hall basement featuring free food, T-shirts and prizes.

In other Sunday athletics, the men's and women's swim teams travel to Indiana to compete in a dual meet with Wright State University and Youngstown State University at 2:00 p.m.

Also Sunday, the Cintas Center is hosting a "College Goal Sunday" event. Part of a national tour, the event is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop for college students, high school seniors and their families. From 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., a financial coaching staff is offering line-by-line assistance completing the paper or electronic FAFSA application. Those interested should bring their most recent tax information to the workshop. For more information about the FAFSA, visit the U.S. Department of Education web site.

Late Sunday morning, seniors are invited to come reminisce about the dining hall meals of their earlier college years and return to the cafeteria for the annual seniors' Sunday brunch. Seniors can dine between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the cost of $3 per person.

Also Sunday, Xavier's Montessori lab school is hosting an open house from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in Joseph Hall (1024 Dana Ave.), Room 111. The Montessori lab school is the cornerstone of the Montessori teacher education program and has received national and international stature. The open house is an opportunity to discuss Montessori philosophy, tour classrooms and meet staff. For more information, call Kathleen Voyles at 513 745-3424.

Sunday afternoon, guitarist and 2000 Orville H. Gibson award recipient Lily Afshar is performing in the Gallagher Student Center theater at 2:30 p.m. as part of the University's classical guitar series. Afshar is head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis, and she recently released her latest album, titled "Possession." Tickets are $12. For more information, call 513 745-3161.

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