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XU and UC students advertise Freedom Center

By David Maxwell
On November 21, 2012

Members of Xavier University and University of Cincinnati community were invited to attend UC-XU Day. At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Nov. 10.
The event was designed to increase awareness of the Freedom Center, promote the Freedom Center's core values and promote the upcoming Crosstown Classic men's basketball game.
Erik Alanson, academic advisor and life skills coordinator for Student Athlete Academic Support Services attended the event with some of Xavier's student-athletes.
"The intention of the day was to help raise awareness for the Freedom Center as it is an important part of Cincinnati's history. The museum conveys a powerful story about past and present oppression and Cincinnati's representation of freedom during much of the 19th century," Alanson said. "I know that the individuals that visited came away with a greater appreciation for the freedom and privilege that we currently possess in the United States."
Xavier and UC students received free admission to the Freedom Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, anyone wearing Xavier or UC spirit gear received discounted admission.
The event featured appearances by Xavier and UC mascots and an autograph session that featured student-athletes. Door prizes were also raffled off for those who completed a scavenger hunt throughout the Freedom Center.
Displays created by both institutions were also featured highlighting community engagement efforts and volunteer opportunities for students at the Freedom Center.
"The XU-UC Freedom Center Day was a great event that showed a strong connection between Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati to benefit a good cause. Both institutions were represented very well by students, staff and members of the Cincinnati community," Alanson said.
The Dec. 19 Crosstown Classic will be the first meeting between the Xavier and UC men's basketball teams since a brawl ended last year's game and resulted in the suspension of several players from both squads.

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