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MUD-dy times at XU

Students using land for recreation

By Kevin Tighe
On October 26, 2011

On any given warm afternoon, Xavier students can be found adjacent to Herald Avenue, practicing or playing sports atop a large green space, in the shadow of Fenwick Place.

As Xavier University is still undetermined in its potential

use of the coined Mixed Use Development (MUD) location on the eastern end of campus, Club Sports and students are taking advantage of the additional recreational and practice location. Men's club lacrosse practice every Wednesday and ultimate frisbee practice every Monday and

Wednesday on the MUD location. Despite their appreciation of the additional space to practice, the location is not exactly up-topar in field quality. "It's not exactly flat or ideal, but it gets the job done," junior Matt Rosandahl, vice president of men's club lacrosse, said. "We used to go a few minutes off campus to go practice on a field that wasn't even good quality." club ultimate frisbee player, sophomore Alex Riahi said. "Having a spot on campus is very beneficial." In order to develop the previously deserted land, over the summer, President, Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. called for a steering committee to form. The plan for the large Xavierowned plot of land is not definitive, though Xavier administration has high hopes for the location.

"The plan is to have a developer lease the land and develop the property for a mix of uses. For example,

student apartments, hotel, office building, retail space, etc.,"

Dr. Kathleen Simons, associate provost for Life and Leadership said in an e-mail correspondence.

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