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Missing the Past. Loving the Present. Excited for the Future.

Darcy Haubrick says she has "a conflicting relationship" with September. She misses life as an undergraduate, she writes today in The Scroll, although as a graduate assistant in Campus Life she sure loves helping students develop their individuality.
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In the Neighborhood

Carol Bruess loves living close to St. Thomas for a variety of practical and philosophical reasons. Over the weekend, she tells The Scroll, she came to an even-greater appreciation for neighborhood life when people showed up for an impromptu party to pay tribute to her dying “Big Old Tree.”
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Some Habits die Hard

Dave Nimmer is trying to be a "modern media consumer" by reading blogs and Web sites. But as he writes today in The Scroll, he's also still in love with "slow-and-old television," such as this week's new Ken Burns documentary on national parks.
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Experience the Richness of Your College Years

Brady Narloch has loved his years at St. Thomas, and the senior knows his time is running out. He's not quite ready to go, however, he writes today in The Scroll, and he intends to make a "desperate push" to take advantage of everything that St. Thomas offers while he can.
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Donna Brazile and me

Susan Alexander was pleased to discover on Monday night that she has a lot in common with Donna Brazile, who spoke on campus. And as Alexander writes today in The Scroll, she has a greater appreciation for the value of St. Thomas' CommUNITY series.
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Sharing Acts of Kindness

Simple acts of kindness, Father Erich Rutten writes today in The Scroll, "can be a powerful response to difficulty and tragedy," as well as just a nice thing – and the right thing – to do regardless of the circumstances. The director of Campus Ministry invites you to join in a new St. Thomas effort to engage in acts of kindness.
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Finding a Better Place

Dave Nimmer met many interesting people last month in Morocco while doing interviews with one of the finalists for the Opus Prize. But none, he writes today in The Scroll, remains as vividly in his memory as a little girl he met on the street.
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Living our Mission Every day

As we begin a new school year, Tonia Jones continues to find herself overwhelmed with pride in St. Thomas and the "amazing talents" of faculty, staff and students with whom she works. In The Scroll today, she reflects on how beautifully they live out the university's mission.
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Fresh, new and Exciting: It’s fall!

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.
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The Best Place

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.
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Budding High School Journalists Inspire him

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,...
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Opportunity Knocks: Opportunity Costs

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...
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Stroke Doesn’t Knock out This Champion

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.
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A Fond – but Necessary – Farewell to The Aquin

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.
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We Honor a Genuine Leader

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.
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Got Rocks? It’s time to unload them.

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...
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Linkages Mentors Embody Servant Leadership

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,...
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Poetry Puts Soul in his Life

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...
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A Community That Knows how to Prime the Pump

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...
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The Best Coach in the Game

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...
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We Are Family

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...
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Seniors and the Job Market: Focused and positive.

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...
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Parking lot Blues

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...