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Flower bed Caretaker is our True Harbinger of Spring

Somewhere in the middle of the rain storm last week. I got to thinking that maybe spring isn’t far away. The thought of people unbundling, ice melting and robins returning made me almost giddy. But I know...
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Love: Not a Spectator Sport

One of my favorite concepts to teach in the Family Communication course is how, in our families and intimate relationships, we need to understand each other’s “relational currencies." Relational currencies...
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A Final Journey With Cardinal Laghi

Any beginning student of the Italian language would have difficulty with the name Cardinal Pio Laghi. It is, after all, a singular Christian name, Pio (Pius), appearing to describe a plural noun, Laghi...
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A Jolt of Pride, Satisfaction and Gratitude

Do you ever have those stretches of time when you are moving so fast – running to meetings, keeping up with email and voice-mail, handling the latest emergency – that you don’t sit down long enough to...
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January Term not so Quiet After all, and That’s OK

Quiet . . . a cold January morning, 20 degrees below zero. Trudging through the snow to campus, everything seems different. It’s quiet, there are very few students milling around and I can finally find a...
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Purple Pride and Being No. 1

Editor's note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. For weeks, as the St. Thomas men’s basketball team’s undefeated record grew, I...
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He’s Proud of his Heritage . . . Again

Watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama Tuesday in Scooter’s – packed with students, staff and faculty – I couldn’t help recalling my experience 48 years ago in Madison, Wis., when John F....
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She’s Obsessed With “Streamlining”

Streamlining: “To construct or design in a form that offers the least resistance; to improve the efficiency of; to organize; to simplify; to improve something by removing the parts that are least useful or...
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Hopes and Homespun Notions for 2009

The prospect of a new year generally prompts some reflection upon the passing one and a wish list for the one to come. Over the years, my reflections have been more generous than grumpy and my wishes...
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Keep the Lights on!

Before the holidays, fellow old-timer Barbara Rath and I were looking forward to that lovely gift of time that Father Dease gave employees – two additional days off at Christmas. Barbara, who has been in the...
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Do Advent

The slim and tall radiator cover in the corner of our dining room has become an attractive and preferred dumping ground (or as my dear friend calls it, “a pile of disrespect”) for any and all pieces of...
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His Perfect Christmas Gift

With Christmas just two weeks away, I am reminded that I’ve never been lucky in receiving or giving Christmas gifts. I get something I don’t need or want and turn around and do the same for a...
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FINISH STRONG!

After a much-needed Thanksgiving break filled with family time and that homemade food that they craved all semester, students are realizing there are just two short weeks left before the end of the semester....
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Holiday Rituals are a Rush

On campus, there is a palpable feel of “I can’t wait to get home for the holidays!” In the past few days, I’ve overheard more than a few students chatting on their cells with Mom or Dad: “Can’t...
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When the Library is First

At the beginning of the fall term at Oxford University in England, new students gather in groups of about 500 and are marched into the Radcliffe Camera where they will pledge an oath as has been carried on for...
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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

This week, I ran into a student from 20 years ago. He clearly thought I remembered him perfectly, from his name right down to his minor. I didn’t. But as we talked and he revealed more about himself, I...