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MAKING QUITE A RACKET: XU sophomore Nour Abbes of Tunisia remained unbeaten as a collegiate singles player this weekend, defeating Georgia Gwinnett's Valeria Podda 6-3, 6-2 to win the ITA/USTA NAIA South Regional women's title. The victory qualified Abbes - who is 26-0 in singles at Xavier - for the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at Sumter SC Oct. 9-12.

GREAT BLAZES: Division of Business majors took their code of conduct pledge and donned their iconic business coats for the first time during the third annual Blazer Ceremony. Among those participating were: (L-R) Brittany Nicholas, AMA co-president; Rassan Hollis; Howard Rogers IV '04, financial advisor at Raymond James and the featured speaker at the event; Hakeem Frank; Dr. Joe Ricks, Division Chair; Kevin Chaouat; and Kennedy St. Charles.

ON SITE: Officers and members of Xavier's college chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) huddle with XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis at the 72nd Annual NAACP Louisiana State Conference in Marksville LA. On hand are: (L-R) VP Iyesha Rosser, President Chanel Miller-Phillips, Francis, Historian Kiera Bonaparte, Community Service Chair Kenra Mills, Secretary Yolanda Jackson, and member Kristen White.

TAKING IN A LITTLE CULTURE: Xavier students join in on the action during a presentation by professional Chinese performers at the Confucius Institute Day and the traditional Moon Festival celebration held in the University Center Ballroom. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute globally.

HOT SHOT: This action shot of Xavier long jumper Devinn Rolland taken by current XU Herald Editor-in-Chief Eric Craig during the 2014 GCAC Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium last April has been named a Top 10 finalist for an Associated Collegiate Press' national photo excellence award. The winner will be announced next month. It's the first time the Herald has placed in any of the ACP award category.

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