Big Falcon-Little Falcon
How It Started
The Big Falcon-Little Falcon program, in which a senior is paired with one or more freshmen, was started in 1993 when Brother Lawrence Harvey was principal. The program originally was to be called Big Brother-Little Brother, but that met with concern from the Big Brothers organization, so the program was called Big Falcon-Little Falcon.
Why It Started
Freshman orientation introduced ninth graders and transfers to Xavier but this is an effort to accompany students beyond the initial orientation.
What’s The Purpose
Preserves the culture of Xavier where the seniors help acclimate the freshmen to the school.
Seniors show freshmen how everyone treats each other with respect and compassion.
The values of the Xaverian Brothers charism are exhibited. The seniors share their zeal for the school and activities that they do; a trusting relationship is quickly established. Humility calls the seniors to an attitude of service; the simple things the seniors do (say hi in the hallway, text one another, etc.) make a big difference.
What’s The Impact
Alex Schumann '22 on his Big Falcon Ben Neubig '19. “Knowing that he is here, that I can always talk to him when I need him … tell him what I’m feeling … I can trust him, he’s a great guy, really smart.”
Sam Norris ’19: “It gives the freshmen that senior presence that they need. It provides a friendly face and lets them know that we’re here for them.”
The Falcon Blast, largely a day of fun and games in late summer to acclimate the freshmen before their first day of school, is an offshoot of the Big Falcon-Little Falcon program. It was started in 2006 by Headmaster Brother William Ciganek and Principal Bill Garrity.
“We wanted the first taste of Xavier to be fun, not just freshman orientation,” Garrity said. “Brother Williams was always thinking of new ideas and told me he wanted something like this.”
Brother William said it was “all part of having the kids feel comfortable with Xavier and feel connected … to see that there would be fun as well the seriousness of their studies. We wanted the students to ease into the schedule, discipline and spirit of the school right from the beginning.”