Backyard rivals Dayton Flyers land at the Cintas Center this weekend

Other events include sculpture exhibit, retreats and swimming championships | February 20, 2004

Hitting the court strong after five straight wins, the men's basketball Musketeers take on the University of Dayton Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The rivalry match-up headlines events on campus this weekend, and Xavier alumni chapters across the country also are gathering to watch the game, which is being broadcast on ESPN. For more information on alumni viewings, visit the alumni association web site.

The scents of international entrées fill the air on Friday, Feb. 20, for the Romero International Student Center's annual World Eats potluck dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the O'Connor Sports Center. Cost is $7, or free for those who bring a dish to share with at least eight people. For more information, contact Miki Yamada at

Friday evening, the Xavier community is invited to the opening reception of an exhibition of collaborative sculptures by Xavier assistant professor Kelly Phelps and his brother Kyle Phelps, art professor at the University of Dayton. The reception is from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Cohen Art Gallery, where their sculptures are remaining on display until March 12.

Before the grey clouds disappear and the sunny days of spring appear, students are riding the ski slopes one last time on Friday as the student activities council sponsors its annual trip to Perfect North. Cost is $20 for skiing and $15 for snow tubing. For more information, call the student activities council at 513 745-4520.

The Xavier Players student theater group is concluding its series of Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado about Nothing" with a final four performances this weekend. The play is at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22. On Saturday, there is also a matinee at 2:00 p.m. Reserved seating is $12 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens, faculty and staff. To reserve seats, call the box office at 513 745-3939. For more information, contact Josh Neumeyer at

Also this weekend, mission and ministry is sponsoring two retreats for students. The urban plunge weekend experience in Over-the-Rhine, located in downtown Cincinnati, informs students about the neighborhood's people's movement. Students who prefer some quiet and reflective time can visit the Milford Spiritual Center for the With Open Hands retreat. For more information about either retreat, call 513 745-3567.

Weekend sports begin on Friday with the men's and women's swimming teams competing in the second day of the three-day Atlantic 10 championships in Buffalo, N.Y., at 6:30 p.m. The team got off to a strong start Thursday, breaking five school records.

On Saturday, the baseball team's season opener is at East Tennessee State, with the first pitch being thrown at 1:00 p.m.

Also Saturday, the men's and women's tennis teams are hitting the courts. The men travel to St. Louis for a match against the University of Evansville at 10:00 a.m., while the women's team remains at home to take on Murray State University at 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the jazz ensemble is performing at 8:15 p.m. in Edgecliff Hall's Long Recital Hall. For more information, call 513 745-3801.

Sunday's sports begin early with the men's tennis team remaining in St. Louis to take on St. Louis University at 9:00 a.m. The women's tennis team faces the University of Miami (Ohio) at 1:00 p.m. in Hamilton, Ohio. And at noon, the baseball team faces off with East Tennessee State for the second time this weekend.

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