• The Scroll

    • 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, editing and designing: I’m getting too old for this stuff. It’s like trying to herd cats. “Nim, No one’s calling me [...]

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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 landmarks. The benefits later next year will be huge and apparent to all of us. Lee and Penny Anderson are providing the [...]

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    • One Proud Parent

      Doug Hennes

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    • Our Graduates are Thinkers, Seekers, Listeners, Givers

      With the class of 2009 graduating on May 23, I’m curious about what the graduates took with them – lessons, experiences, insights – as they encounter these challenging times in the “real” world. What I recall when I left the University of Wisconsin was that I wouldn’t have to struggle through a poem whose meaning [...]

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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 eventually working with, families and/or couples in therapeutic, educational or research settings. I was delighted – but [...]

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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, and it marks the end of many things: classes, internships and club meetings. While many things seem to be [...]

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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 with chasing stories, teaching classes, managing calendars and, well, feeling important. So [...]

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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 it. He looked around and saw a rusty, dirty water pump. He started [...]

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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 evening talking baseball with veteran sportswriter Mike Augustin, and I mentioned in passing that Cretin High School had won another state high [...]

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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 advancing stereotypes? Are we being inclusive? Are we able to fully comprehend the emotions and connotations of this [...]

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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 shrinking retirement annuities would last as long as we will. The only thing scarier, we agreed, is to be a graduating college [...]

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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 saying ours has a great personality. When Lee Anderson so generously donated the money for the ramp (as well as [...]

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    • Uganda and its Students Continue to Impress

      He wasn’t just blowing cigar smoke when Sir Winston Churchill declared Uganda to be the “Pearl of Africa.” It is truly one of the lushest and most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen (and I am not saying this because it ranks third – after India and the People’s Republic of China – in the numbers [...]

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    • Tommie Basketball=Teamwork

      While listening to the radio, a frantic housewife called her elderly husband’s cell phone. She knew his regular route. When he answered from his car, the wife, with fear in her voice, told him that one person was driving the wrong way down Interstate 94. “Oh, Herman, be careful.” He responded, “One! There are hundreds [...]

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    • Confessions of a One-time St. Patrick’s Day Grouch

      Editor’s note: Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies at St. Thomas, submitted this guest column to The Scroll. Not that long ago, I wore black on March 17. Not that long ago, I was very arch about all the parading. I used to look down my nose at all the four-leaf clovers, [...]

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    • It’s March Madness – and Sweet Sixteen – Time!

      How do I know when spring is nearing? It’s March Madness time! During the long, cold winters living in North Dakota and Minnesota, basketball carried me through! From my old playing days at the University of North Dakota, practice, weights and games made the seemingly long winter season go by fast. It’s hard to believe [...]

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    • St. Thomas Day Winners Leave one Inspired

      Go to enough award ceremonies and you can get pretty blasé about the awards and the people who get them. I have a good reason to be jaundiced, given my background in broadcast news, where the local Emmys have an award category for everything but cleanliness of the newsroom. That’s why St. Thomas Day (March [...]

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    • If You Only Had Six Words

      If someone asked you to develop a six-word statement of your identity – a half-dozen words capturing your entire life story – what would those six words be? Six words: No more, no less. Inspired by bestselling book “Not Quite What I Was Planning,” (which, by the way, was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s famous tale [...]

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