Civic responsibility: “civic” comes from the Latin word civicus, meaning citizen. Responsibility comes from the Latin word responsum, meaning reply. What these definitions in pair emphasize to me is the importance of action, and they encompass a great deal of power if we are always engaged.
Lisa Weier got a nice "pick me up" the other day when she observed some "monkeys" and "leopards" at play on campus, and she writes today in The Scroll about how we all can regain a little enthusiasm for life if we follow their lead.
Students at St. Thomas are back from spring break, just as the REAL spring is about erupt on the St. Paul campus. Yep, I know. It’s about time. Spring is my favorite season of the year and this is my favorite place to watch it come – a sensual feast for those who walk slowly, looking and listening.
Father Dennis Dease knows why St. Thomas is a great place to work. It’s the people. The president will pay tribute to 280 people today in the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards Celebration. He writes about their contributions in The Scroll, and he hopes you join him at 3:30 p.m. today in OEC auditorium.
Susan Alexander was nervous when she heard the Undergraduate Student Government wanted St. Thomas to consider whether it should have tobacco-free campuses. She imagined quite the fight developing over the issue, but as she writes today in The Scroll, she has been pleasantly surprised at how the USG has handled the issue.
It took a little prompting from her daughter, but Cecilia Petschel realized the other day just how grateful she is for so many things – big things like a daughter’s love and little things like a parking spot on the main campus – in her life. Today in The Scroll, she asks: How about you?
As the men's basketball team prepares to play Friday evening in the NCAA Division III Final Four, Doug Hennes pays tribute to coach Steve Fritz in The Scroll, thanking his colleague and friend for everything he has done for the St. Thomas basketball team over the last 44 years.
Lisa Weier says she has been "blown away" by all of the talent around her at St. Thomas, whether it be her fellow singers in the Liturgical Choir, professors in the classroom or Frisbee players on the quad. She writes about her experiences and salutes singer Luke Spehar today in The Scroll.
As she looked around OEC auditorium the other evening during the lecture by Gail Collins, author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, Susan Alexander nodded in appreciation for the changes wrought by the "older women" in the audience. As for the "younger women," Alexander writes today in The Scroll, they "have changes of their own to make."
Dave Nimmer walked away from Saturday's St. Thomas Day celebration smiling in gratitude for the way the five award winners so beautifully define joy, passion, trust, challenge and faith. He explains how today in The Scroll.
Carol Bruess and Kevin Sauter know why colleague Tom Connery was selected by faculty as Professor of the Year. It’s because he is St. Thomas. They elaborate today in The Scroll.
Sunday's tension-filled MIAC playoff championship win over Gustavus was sweet for the St. Thomas men's basketball team, which moves on to the NCAA Division III tournament. Doug Hennes reflects in The Scroll today on another banner season for the Tommies and wonders about the real meaning of the "good times never seemed so good" reference in "Sweet Caroline," which is played at halftime.
Lisa Weier was sitting around watching a movie with a bunch of friends during her "snow day" on Monday when they learned that somebody's car had been snowed in big time. With only their hands – and no shovels – at the ready, they went out to rescue the car, and in the process she discovered a lot of heroes. She writes about them today in The Scroll.
Cecilia Petschel thought she was above today's "instant gratification" syndrome, so she was ambivalent about the latest twist on that theme: You can get your Girl Scout cookies right away, instead of ordering and waiting. But then her dishwasher broke, the repair man couldn't come right away and she got a little edgy. In hindsight, she writes today in The Scroll, the Girl Scouts may be on to something after all, and having those cookies in hand makes it easier to cope with this nasty winter!
Dave Nimmer is a proud Packer fan, and for reasons other than the team's Super Bowl win. He admires the community's ownership of the Packers and how that enabled the team to renovate Lambeau Field a decade ago, and he hopes the Vikings can figure out a way to build a new stadium. But please, he writes today in The Scroll, spare him the threats of moving.
Dr. John Tauer, who teaches psychology and coaches men's basketball, loves to work with student-athletes who live out the St. Thomas motto, "Challenge yourself, change our world." This year, he has seen that attitude reveal itself over and over in the eight seniors who play for the men's and women's teams. He writes in The Scroll today about how beautifully they reflect the Division III experience and the balance between academics and athletics.
There are a few people who thought Susan Alexander was a little crazy to head to Antarctica for a January Term break. But as it turns out, the weather there was considerably milder than what we have experienced this winter, and she got to check out the chinstrap penguin population, too. She writes about her trip today in The Scroll.
Sarah Gallenberg finds inspiration hard to find, especially in the dead of winter. Then she sees the good work done by programs such as Tutor-Mentor and Literacy Connections that her spirits are buoyed and her faith renewed. She writes about her experiences today in The Scroll.
Freshman Lisa Weier thought she knew cold weather and how to adjust, having arrived here from Nebraska. But Minnesotans have a different attitude about the cold, she writes today in The Scroll, having trailed "scantily clad" guys around campus and watching people eating ice cream in a blizzard.
The spring semester started this week and life on campus is back to normal. Students hurry across the Quad with cell phones tucked to their ears. The days get longer. The Grill gets busier. And the basketball Tommies again sit atop the MIAC men’s standings, ranked No. 8 in the nation in Division III.
John Kascht draws on truth and exaggeration to capture his subjects
Nearly four years after the I-35W bridge collapse, Jenny Xiong '11 continues to persevere and inspire
On an ice rink or in the real estate market Ron Peltier '73 M.A. has always "wanted to compete"
Ray Barton's steadfast vision has Great Clips approaching 3,000 stores and $1 billion in revenue