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Xaverian Students to Perform at Live@theX on Thursday

Live@theX will take place this Thursday evening at 7PM sharp in the XBHS Theater. Admission is free and all are welcome. The last Live@theX of the year will feature The XBHS Chorus, The XBHS Jazz Band, the X-Men, Skits from Mr. Cavanaugh’s theater class, and various other musical acts. For more information visit the Xaverian Fine and Performing Arts News Page.


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Camp Harbor View Cleanup Recap

The Alumni Service and Outreach Committee worked hard and planned a fantastic day for the Xaverian community to volunteer at Camp Harbor View in Quincy…

…and then it rained.

Three weeks later, sunshine greeted seventy-five Xaverian volunteers as they arrived at Camp Harbor View. There was plenty of work to be done, and the alumni, students, faculty and staff were up to the challenge. Representatives from Camp Harbor View estimated that the day’s labor saved the camp $30,000. This was the second year Xaverian Brothers High School has volunteered at Camp Harbor View. Thank you to all our volunteers!

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Xaverian Global Encounter 2011: Ecuador

By Josh Evans ’12

During April vacation I got the opportunity to travel with ten other of my classmates to Duran, Ecuador. On this trip we got to live out Rostro de Cristo’s motto, “to be not to do”. It wasn’t until this week long trip did I understand the meaning of “being” and not “doing”. This trip opened my eyes to something that changed my life in a great way.

Before going on this trip I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and nervous. I was going somewhere that would bring me out of my comfort zone to the max. When we got there and got to meet the neighbors and kids, we were welcomed with open arms. I have never seen such a strong and happy community. I have also never seen an area so poor in my life. The smells, the views, the scenes were so distinct I can still remember specific scenes and smells. I couldn’t help but think “what can I do for these people,” but all I could do was be there for them.

Going to different people’s houses, helping out in the after school programs, and going to Damian House opened my eyes to what relationships were all about and what life was all about. We met an 82 year old guy named Gabriel. He lived a simple life as a leather worker and before we left he gave us some advice about life. He said there are three things you need to do, “make conversation, dialogue, and make relationships”

Those three things are what this Ecuador trip was all about. Not only to show you something that is very present in the world today, but to also get to know people’s stories and make relationships and be there for them. That is what we as human beings need to do for each other. Be there and try to understand where others come from.

(For more photos of the Ecuador Global Encounter Trip, visit our Flickr page.)

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Xaverian and Ursuline Students Raise Funds For Charity

Last Sunday, students from Xaverian Brothers High School and Ursuline Academy teamed up to raise money for My Brother’s Keeper in Easton. The 1st Annual Purple and White event featured a football game between Ursuline Juniors and Seniors, a cheerleading halftime show featuring Xaverian Juniors and Seniors, a ‘Dunk the Dean’ dunk tank, and a postgame cookout.

The students did a fantastic job, and the event successfully raised over $4,000 with the proceeds going to My Brother’s Keeper. For more photos of the event, visit Ursuline’s online gallery. For a great video of the football game, click here.

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Live@theX: Reduce Reuse Recycle

Live@theX: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Wednesday, April 13, 2011:
“… What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us.” Ecclesiastes 1: 9 – 10

Well, new to me… so they say about used cars and other things… and if you haven’t heard the XBHS Jazz Band’s version of the “Theme from The Odd Couple” I dare say, I think you’d be impressed by the spirit of reinvention that went into it. Add a little garlic and onion powder to Kraft macaroni and cheese and you’ll be singing a different tune.

So what if it’s old! Like the poet Ezra Pound, we will be taking the old and “making it new” on Wednesday evening and I certainly hope you’ll be there for the remix, redux, and rewind as we sample from and swirl together the best of the best of 2010 – 11. New… maybe not. Different… like, yah!!!

~ Mr. Belmonte

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Pulitizer Prize Winner Tracy Kidder Speaks at Xaverian

By John Morton ’11

This past week, Xaverian was pleased to have Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder visit the school. Kidder studied at Harvard University and went on to the Iowa Writing Convention where he had the intention of being a fictional writer. However, he soon became inspired to focus on the lives of real people and events. Mountains Beyond Mountains is an excellent example of this powerful work. Incoming freshman to the Human Geography course at Xaverian read this inspiring book that became Xaverian’s first community read. Students and family members were encouraged to read it with their sons.

XBHSMountains Beyond Mountains is the gritty story about the endeavors of Dr. Paul Farmer who ardently attempts to bring healing into the lives of people suffering with tuberculosis and AIDS in Haiti. Farmer’s passion for healing led him to be one of the principal figures in establishing Partners in Health (PIH) PIH is a collection of health care specialists seeking to treat people suffering with TB. Framer’s work and legend soon spread to Peru and Russia. Kidder captures Farmer’s story of perseverance and dedication to what he feels is simply “his duty”.

Tracy Kidder answered questions in an informal gathering with a small group of Xaverian students who were interested in writing. In this session, he described how successful Partners in Health has been by saying that 16 hospitals have been built in Haiti as a result of their efforts. Kidder also described his experience working with Farmer.

XBHSAccording to Kidder, Farmer hated the business side of his profession; preferring to work with his patients. Kidder joked that Farmer seemed to know everything. He reminisced about a book of rare diseases and picked one that he thought he could stump Farmer. But Farmer was able to tell him everything about this disease and even went more in depth than the book!

Turning to a more serious note, Kidder felt that his experience in Haiti was certainly an awareness rising moment. He said it was not like he would sell everything he owned but he grew to have a better appreciation of his place in the world. Similar to how he described Farmer’s work, Kidder said that, “We are all human and have a responsibility to help each other.”

XBHSKidder also provided information about aspiring writers when he said that his favorite authors were William Shakespeare and Herman Melville. He also stressed about the importance of rewriting, rewriting and rewriting again in journalism. Kidder went through five drafts of Mountains Beyond Mountains until he got it right.

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Kidder supported this theory with powerful imagery during his slide show. His presentation showed before and after pictures of some of the poorest Haitian citizens that Farmer and Partners in Health had treated. One picture showed a Haitian local who looked almost skeletal in the before picture. He had suffered severely from both AIDS and TB. After Partners in Health treated him, he was shown as healthy, strong man holding his daughter. It was certainly a poignant moment for those present in audience of over 400.

Kidder said one of his intents writing the book was to make us realize that we could all be a little like a Paul Farmer with whatever career we decide to pursue. This message was certainly aimed at the Xaverian students present. Above all, Kidder wanted to make Paul Farmer a prominent but real figure for all of his readers. He wanted us to experience the same awareness and sense of awe he experienced when he first met Farmer. One of the most admirable quotes occurred near the end of Mountains Beyond Mountains when Farmer said to Kidder, “That’s when I feel most alive, …when I’m helping people.”

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Ski Club 2011 Recap

By John Regan ’14

My name is John Regan and I am a freshman at Xaverian Brothers High School. At the beginning of the school year, I knew right away that I was going to join Ski Club. I have been skiing my whole life and I absolutely love it.


The first ski trip we went on was to Okemo Mountain in Vermont. It was still pretty early in the season, but they managed to have 65 trails open. The conditions were great and the lines were short. My friends and I had a blast! The second trip we went on was to Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. Mount Sunapee was a little smaller than Okemo, but they had the best terrain park I’ve ever been to. Every jump was perfectly groomed. Once again, the conditions were great!

For the third trip, we went on to Waterville Valley, also in New Hampshire. Waterville was my favorite of the trips so far. Basically all of the trails were open as well as the glades. The last trip we went on was to Attitash Mountain. Attitash had a ton of trails open. The conditions were the best so far because of the warmth. That was my first time ever skiing in March and it was awesome. It was so warm I didn’t even need my jacket. Since it was the last ski trip we made a stop at the Pizza Barn before going home. It was a lot of fun there and they had great pizza.

A lot of the kids going on the trip already own skis. I was not one of them. The rentals at every mountain were quick and easy and they didn’t cut into the amount of time you ski. Another great thing about the Xaverian Ski Trips is that, they allow anyone to take either a half-day or even a full-day lesson. This is great if you have never skied before, or if you are just looking to improve. Overall, I had a lot of fun during the trips this year and can’t wait until next year.