As the demolition of O’Shaughnessy Hall began Thursday, with the west wall of the third-floor gymnasium coming down stone by stone, Doug Hennes wondered, “What would Tom Feely have thought about this?” The late Feely played, coached and taught in the gym for 50 years. You can read Hennes’ observations today in The Scroll.
When Tonia Jones changed jobs at St. Thomas, she found herself both excited and nervous because of the “vastly different” nature of her new work as an academic counselor. She quickly learned, she writes today in The Scroll, that one aspect has not changed: “I am still charged to serve students.”
Years ago, Carol Bruess jotted on a Post-it note the observations of then-dean Tom Connery on what distinguishes the best professors. She still has that Post-It note, and today in The Scroll she reflects on what it means to her.
The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center and Susan Alexander both have new windows. While Susan appreciates hers, she writes today in The Scroll that she is more grateful for the library’s stained-glass tribute to Zora Neale Hurston.
Brady Narloch hardly ever thinks about sports like curling, luge and short track. But then the Winter Olympics roll around and he finds himself transfixed by athletes who, he writes today in The Scroll, “fuel my fascination” because of their sacrifices.
The directive by the St. Thomas Board of Trustees last fall to cut in half undergraduate tuition increases presented the university community with what Father Dennis Dease calls “the most formidable budget challenge” in his 19 years as president. He writes about the process today in The Scroll, and how he’s convinced the changes will lead to a stronger St. Thomas.
A little down because of our cold and snowy winter? Never fear, Dave Nimmer counsels today in The Scroll. Winter is just about over, to be replaced by a glorious spring full of tulips and tomatoes and Frisbees and just being lazy in the great outdoors.
Darcy Haubrick is really tired of winter. So tired that she is thinking of looking for her first post-graduate job in a much warmer climate. But then, she writes today in The Scroll, she remembers everything she would miss about Minnesota winters.
Dave Nimmer is fed up with the money that dominates big-time football, especially Division I athletics and the NFL. And that, he writes today in The Scroll, is why he has even greater appreciation for the emphasis on student athletes at Division III schools such as St. Thomas.
Susan Alexander misses Charlie Keffer, who held myriad responsibilities as provost of St. Thomas, including one of “last resort in a pinch.” Want to know why Susan misses Charlie? It has something to do with “diseconomies of scale,” but for more, you really need to read The Scroll today.
Somehow, during January Term, I lucked out and had one of the smartest and most engaging bunch of students in my Family Communication course. They worked hard, keeping up with the grueling “every day is a week” schedule, and did so with grace, intelligence and fortitude. One of the assignments asked each student to consider [...]
Brady Narloch is back from traveling in Europe this month, and he reports today in The Scroll that all those stories he heard over the years about the virtues of international travel and study were right on the mark.
Dave Nimmer likes to listen to St. Thomas baseball coach Dennis Denning talk about how the most important thing in college sports is “the path” and all of the friendships accumulated while on it. Nimmer reflects today in The Scroll on why Denning, who will retire Feb. 1, will be missed so much.
Is “information overload” taking its toll on you? Susan Alexander writes today in The Scroll about the issue and asks: “As individuals, how can we keep informed without being swamped by too much information?”