Carol Bruess wasn’t crazy about the prospects of her kids “redecorating” their rooms, but she agreed to help. As she wandered endlessly down the aisles of Target and Ikea, she writes today in The Scroll, she realized that her project at home also gave her the opportunity to observe the back-to-school shopping habits of St. Thomas students – and she grew enthusiastic about the “fresh start” always provided by a new school year.
As St. Thomas prepares to observe its 125-year anniversary this year, Father Dennis Dease, president, reflects today in The Scroll about the importance of building upon the efforts of past generations of students, faculty and staff. He also appreciates the symbolic importance of having a “best place” from which to view our work.
I say it every year in the middle of our ThreeSixty Journalism Workshop at St. Thomas (concluding last Friday) for high school students who come here to try their hand at reporting, writing, photographing, editing and designing: I’m getting too old for this stuff. It’s like trying to herd cats. “Nim, No one’s calling me [...]
The sound of opportunity knocking at St. Thomas this week is the sound of the wrecking ball. Construction on the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex has begun with the demolition of large campus landmarks. The benefits later next year will be huge and apparent to all of us. Lee and Penny Anderson are providing the [...]
With the class of 2009 graduating on May 23, I’m curious about what the graduates took with them – lessons, experiences, insights – as they encounter these challenging times in the “real” world. What I recall when I left the University of Wisconsin was that I wouldn’t have to struggle through a poem whose meaning [...]
Two weeks ago Wednesday, Erik Olson pitched five innings for the St. Thomas baseball team in a 5-0 win over St. Mary’s University, keeping the Tommies in first place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Eight days later, Olson was in United Hospitals in St. Paul, undergoing a series of tests for what were determined to be blood clots in his right index finger and his brain, and suffering a mild stroke in the process.
In the past two weeks, I’ve heard a few squeals of protest from former Aquin editors lamenting the planned disappearance of the hard-copy newspaper – this Friday’s edition will be the final one – in favor of the “all-digital student media convergence” at TommieMedia.com beginning this fall.
Father John Malone joked on Thursday at our ceremony to rename Selby Hall as Flynn Hall after Archbishop Harry Flynn that the occasion might be the closest I ever would get to naming a baby. Father Malone was right, in his own inimitable fashion. He was even more right when he added that I chose a good time to do so. Truth be told, I couldn’t have chosen a better time.
It was one of those moments in class the other night. I peered around the room at our 17 students enrolled in the Family Studies capstone course – all majors or minors interested in learning about, and some eventually working with, families and/or couples in therapeutic, educational or research settings. I was delighted – but [...]
Spring: It’s the time of year we all wait for with anticipation after a long winter, with warm weather, budding trees and flowers. Spring also is a time when the campus becomes more alive with activity, and it marks the end of many things: classes, internships and club meetings. While many things seem to be [...]
For almost 40 years, between 25 and 65, I rarely read a poem – except perhaps a verse or two I came across in The New Yorker. I’m not proud of that; in fact, I’m a little chagrined, but my life was busy with chasing stories, teaching classes, managing calendars and, well, feeling important. So [...]
The story is told about a man who was stranded in a desert. He was lost and dehydrated. As he crested another dune, he feared the old shack he saw was merely a mirage, but with his last energy, he stumbled to it. He looked around and saw a rusty, dirty water pump. He started [...]
Editor’s note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. Back in the mid-1980s, I was sitting around the St. Paul Pioneer Press newsroom one evening talking baseball with veteran sportswriter Mike Augustin, and I mentioned in passing that Cretin High School had won another state high [...]
As a family studies scholar, I am usually quite particular about the use of the word “family.” I sit up and take note when the word is applied, sung, touted, disregarded, defined or bantered about. Are we advancing stereotypes? Are we being inclusive? Are we able to fully comprehend the emotions and connotations of this [...]
Jim Shoop, a former newspaper colleague and fishing buddy, and I were at breakfast the other day, sipping coffee and eating a heart-healthy bagel with low-fat cream cheese. We talked about whether our shrinking retirement annuities would last as long as we will. The only thing scarier, we agreed, is to be a graduating college [...]
Recently, I walked over to inspect the Anderson Parking Facility. It’s probably the most attractive parking ramp in St. Paul. If there were a beauty contest for parking ramps, believe me, no one would be saying ours has a great personality. When Lee Anderson so generously donated the money for the ramp (as well as [...]
He wasn’t just blowing cigar smoke when Sir Winston Churchill declared Uganda to be the “Pearl of Africa.” It is truly one of the lushest and most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen (and I am not saying this because it ranks third – after India and the People’s Republic of China – in the numbers [...]
While listening to the radio, a frantic housewife called her elderly husband’s cell phone. She knew his regular route. When he answered from his car, the wife, with fear in her voice, told him that one person was driving the wrong way down Interstate 94. “Oh, Herman, be careful.” He responded, “One! There are hundreds [...]
Editor’s note: Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies at St. Thomas, submitted this guest column to The Scroll. Not that long ago, I wore black on March 17. Not that long ago, I was very arch about all the parading. I used to look down my nose at all the four-leaf clovers, [...]
How do I know when spring is nearing? It’s March Madness time! During the long, cold winters living in North Dakota and Minnesota, basketball carried me through! From my old playing days at the University of North Dakota, practice, weights and games made the seemingly long winter season go by fast. It’s hard to believe [...]
Go to enough award ceremonies and you can get pretty blasé about the awards and the people who get them. I have a good reason to be jaundiced, given my background in broadcast news, where the local Emmys have an award category for everything but cleanliness of the newsroom. That’s why St. Thomas Day (March [...]
If someone asked you to develop a six-word statement of your identity – a half-dozen words capturing your entire life story – what would those six words be? Six words: No more, no less. Inspired by bestselling book “Not Quite What I Was Planning,” (which, by the way, was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous tale [...]
Editor’s note: Dr. Kevin Sauter, professor of communications and journalism, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. MUMBAI, India – It added a different level of interest and intensity to be sitting in the middle row of a theater filled with Indians, in the middle of the city of Mumbai, on the second day after [...]
Who are you, anyway? Some of us have well-defined roles in our professional lives. Some of us overlap categories. In any case, we define ourselves at work in many ways. Sometimes our sense of self is so complicated we have trouble with a simple name and role introduction. When I introduce myself these days, I [...]