Xavier Hall News & Announcements

Events, Resident Highlights, & Family Announcements

Ursula Le Guinn Pizza-Party Dream Boards

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6:30-8pm

Xavier Lobby

Have some pizza and make a dream board to help you figure out what your time at SU and beyond would be. We'll have plenty of magazines to be creative with, and eat some pizza beforehand.
Sign Up for Thanksgiving

Are you planning on staying during the Thanksgiving holiday? You will need to let us know by signing up to stay. Closing deadline for sign-up will be Sunday, November 22nd at 5pm. Contact Deanne if you have other considerations.

A Message from your Resident Minister - Bill O'Connell

Wednesday, October 28th in Campion Ecumenical Chapel, 7 p.m.

Being, Becoming, Believing.

Quiet, relaxing, open space for prayer, meditation and reflection

Contact Elin Skaardal with Campus Ministry for more information.

Saturday, November 14th, St. James Kitchen Garden, 9 a.m. to Noon.

Fall Garden Work Event preparing garden that supplies fresh food to St. James Cathedral Parish Kitchen serving persons in need in local community

Optional pot luck following work party (Minister Bill will provide pot luck items on behalf of Xavier folks)

Need for 4-5 volunteers

Contact Resident Minister Bill O’Connell for more information or to register as a volunteer

Family Business

Classrooms 020, 030,& 070

All plugs and multimedia need to be replaced if you have used the rooms to play games or watch movies. Classes that meet in the mornings are not able to start their classes on time because of this intrusion. Should this continue, the classrooms will be closed in the evenings.

Lost/Stolen items

The front desk has any items that might be lost or stolen for a very short time. They will be turned over to Public Safety after a week.


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... a word from your RD

As we turn the corner to November, it brings a certain rush towards the finish line. We are headed towards the holiday season, thinking of our families and what it will be like when we go home again after being away for so long. Finals are coming up, and the stress of papers and cramming for a test is in the near future. It can be an emotional time, and that's okay!

As I sit here with Oscar and Guinness in their beds and me snuggled in my blanket, I am grateful. I'm grateful for you all, the residents in Xavier, the things you've discovered about yourself this quarter, and the ways you are growing that you are not even aware of. I'm grateful for the staff at the desk and your RAs, and the ways they think about how to make life in Xavier more fun, more manageable, and more like home. As we start to think more about what it means to be HOME, whilst packing up to go somewhere that may or may not be "home" for you, I want to offer this poem by Mary Oliver about this season that belongs to you and to me.

Coming Home
by Mary Oliver

When we are driving in the dark,
on the long road to Provincetown,
when we are weary,
when the buildings and the scrub pines lose their familiar look,
I imagine us rising from the speeding car.
I imagine us seeing everything from another place--
the top of one of the pale dunes, or the deep and nameless
fields of the sea.
And what we see is a world that cannot cherish us,
but which we cherish.
And what we see is our life moving like that
along the dark edges of everything,
headlights sweeping the blackness,
believing in a thousand fragile and unprovable things.
Looking out for sorrow,
slowing down for happiness,
making all the right turns
right down to the thumping barriers to the sea,
the swirling waves,
the narrow streets, the houses,
the past, the future,
the doorway that belongs
to you and me.