Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's visit headlines week events on campus

Tuskegee Airmen event, M.B.A. information session, Musketeer basketball fill week | February 16, 2004

Four-term Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is speaking at a "Rally for Peace, Justice and Jobs" in the Gallagher Student Center theater on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 9:15 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Xavier college democrats and the Kucinich for President campaign. The theater seats 360, so those who wish to attend are advised to arrive early. For more information, visit or call toll-free 866 413-3664.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. Army's first African-American military aviators, are speaking at the University on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center Banquet Room. This Black History Month event is free and open to the public.

The Tuskegee Airmen are notorious for becoming one of the most celebrated fighter combat groups in World War II. Airmen veterans speaking at the event include: James Madaris Sr. who began his service in 1938 and served in Africa, Italy, Germany and Sicily; Godfrey Miller, a B25 command pilot; Willie Norton, the former president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen; and Samuel L. Finley, who was the first African-American air traffic controller and who served the U.S. Air Force for 23 years.

In addition, the movie "The Tuskegee Airmen," which details the aviators' story and stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, John Lithgow and Malcolm Jamal Warner, is being shown on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 8:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The speaking engagement and related movie screening are co-sponsored by the department of residence life, the resident student association and the black student association. For more information, contact Angie Kneflin at 513 745-3323.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the peer leadership team hosts this week's international coffee hour at 3:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center, second floor. For more information, call 513 745-2864 or e-mail

Also on Wednesday, an M.B.A. informational session is being held at 6:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center. The session offers prospective M.B.A. students a chance to learn about program options, curriculum and the admission process. A current M.B.A. student also is available to answer questions. For more information or to register, call 513 745-3525 or e-mail

Wednesday evening, the men's basketball team travels to La Salle University's campus in Philadelphia for an Atlantic 10 Conference game at 7:00 p.m. The Musketeers are hoping to extend their four-game winning streak.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the center for career and leadership development (CCLD) is hosting a professional experience program (PEP) talk from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the CCLD office in the Gallagher Student Center, Room 310. The program refers resumes of qualified students to employers to assist them in pursuing part-time, internship and summer employment opportunities. For more information, call 513 745-3141 or e-mail

Thursday evening, the Xavier Players student theater group is continuing its series of performances of Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The play tells the story of Lady Beatrice and Lord Benedick, who have a love-hate relationship before falling in love with the help of their close friends. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for parents, faculty, staff and senior citizens. For more information, call the box office at 513 745-3939.

Also Thursday, the women's basketball team travels to La Salle for an A-10 game at 7:00 p.m. The lady Musketeers are hoping to come out with a win after losing their past three consecutive games.

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