This Saturday the University of St. Thomas football team hosts St. John’s University, one of the storied rivalries in the MIAC conference. We wish our team well and a great time for all of the fans. As the game fast approaches, we would like to remind everyone to use good sports conduct, respect all in attendance and to represent our school in a positive manner. This especially applies to the selling, purchasing and wearing of T-shirts that disrespect the human dignity of another person. My colleagues – vice presidents at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s – are sending a similar message to their students.

The NCAA Division III policy clearly states that “Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment.” In an effort to foster this environment, home and visiting  guests wearing clothing that are disrespectful to others will be asked to change before gaining entrance to the football game.

It is going to be a grand day beginning with the Purple on the Plaza celebration at 10 a.m. with food, fun and games. Get there early as we will have a huge crowd for the game; the O’Shaughnessy Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. for the 1:10 p.m. kickoff. All UST students and employees can enter free with a valid UST ID. A special Tommie student cheer section will be set up.

We want to create a positive experience for you, our guests, parents, alumni and friends who may be attending the game. We want you to cheer and support our players with positive attitude and excitement. Show your Tommie spirit, wear purple and enjoy the game!

Go Tommies!