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The Scroll: Feeling Good About the Inauguration

Dave Nimmer was impressed last week by the inauguration ceremony for St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan, finding it “crisp and clean, purposeful and passionate, reverent and respectful.” And, as he writes today in The Scroll, Nimmer is equally impressed by the new president and her “attitude, background, candor, determination and focus.”
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The Scroll: Fountain Dashing

Senior Lisa Weier once questioned the value of the fountain on John P. Monahan Plaza. But after spending last semester studying in Rome, she writes today in The Scroll, she has an appreciation for how the fountain helps to unite the campus.
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The Scroll: St. Thomas Unplugged

Strong, candid conversation filled a brown-bag luncheon discussion about online learning Monday on the Minneapolis campus. Intrepid correspondent Susan Alexander was there to report for The Scroll.
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The Scroll: This is Not a Lost Generation

Aquinas yearbook adviser Kim Rueb was discouraged when she began to watch a video titled “Lost Generation” because it paints a bleak picture on what people 18-30 expect their lives to be like at 50. But the video’s ultimate message, Rueb writes today in The Scroll, is that young people – including St. Thomas students – want to make the world a better place.
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The Scroll: Showing Up . . . and Following Up

As she has looked around at full rooms since the beginning of the academic year, Susan Alexander has been pleased. People showed up in droves for the Academic Convocation and a brown-bag lunch sponsored by President Julie Sullivan – ample proof that there is a lot of life at St. Thomas these days, Alexander writes in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: It’s Time for Seniors to ‘Bring It Home’

Dave Nimmer has a lot of hopes for seniors such as Lindsay Goodwin, a communications and journalism major, but above all is this: He wants them to leave St. Thomas next May “with a sense of passion.” In the meantime, he writes today in The Scroll, he hopes they enjoy their final year here and take time to hear the Christmas concert, enjoy the wit and wisdom of a professor and just sit on the library steps as the campus comes awake.
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The Scroll: Just Breathe, Darn It

That’s what Carol Bruess was told during a summer workshop, and she found it difficult to do that – and nothing else – for a full minute. In fact, she just about lost it at 43.5 seconds. But she held on, and today in The Scroll she advises how meditation and mindfulness make us better at almost everything we do. So slow down – and just breathe!
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The Scroll: My Italian Playlist

Lisa Weier wrapped up her Rome Catholic Studies semester by dancing to “L’amore Verrá” with a classmate and their teacher, “a sassy and confident Italian woman named Marta.” Weier writes about the experience – one of many great memories of her semester in Rome – today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: What a Good Man is and What He Does

Dave Nimmer has many fond memories of Father Dennis Dease and the 22 years they have worked together at St. Thomas. As Dease prepares to retire next month, Nimmer pauses to offer his thanks today in The Scroll to “a man of uncommon decency."
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The Scroll: A Sense of Potential and Possibility

May is a month ripe with possibilities, and it always evokes “a sense of celebration” for Dr. Salina Renninger, director of training in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. The arrival of spring brings “a sense of potential and possibility,” she writes today in The Scroll, whether it be the trees becoming full with leaves or our graduates celebrating their accomplishments and embarking on a successful path beyond St. Thomas.
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The Scroll: The Rainbow Experience

Have you ever had a “Rainbow Experience”? Susan Alexander writes today in The Scroll about three (so far …) she has had this month. The first two were not that all enjoyable but, arm in sling and with encouragement from her friends, the self-described "klutz" has learned to grin and bear it, and it won’t be long before she is typing with both hands.
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The Scroll: The Pros and Cons of Online Learning and MOOCs

Massive, open online courses (MOOCs) are creating a stir in higher education, and for good reason, says Dave Nimmer. But as advantageous as they may seem on the surface, he still prefers “the lively, interactive nature of a well-taught class” on campus, he writes today in The Scroll – a richness “not always available from a 24-by-20 inch screen, a dozen icons and a blinking cursor.”
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The Scroll: Walking to Work

Susan Alexander believes she gets her best ideas – as well a jump-start on her daily tasks – when she walks to work, and she also picks up empty cans and bottles along the way. “My synapses are firing!” she declares. You can read how she pulls all of this off in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: It’s Impossible Not To

Carol Bruess is seeing a little more foot traffic around her home these spring days, and the visitors are stopping to “oooooo and “ahhhhh” at her Little Free Library. You should check it out, too, she suggests today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Nutella, Inspiring Humility Since 2013

Lisa Weier was, in her own words, “a mess.” Breakfast covered the hand of The Scroll’s Rome correspondent, in the Eternal City this semester for studies as a St. Thomas junior, and Pope Francis hovered near by. What was she to do? Read The Scroll today to find out.
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The Scroll: Recovery, Redemption, Resurrection

Dave Nimmer still remembers a Good Friday service a decade ago when Christ’s words touched him and those who asked Jesus to remember them when he came into his kingdom. “I was watching all of humanity, through eons of time, pass in front of me: the young and old, the youthful and fragile, the saints and sinners,” he writes today in The Scroll, and "I knew all was well with my soul.”
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The Scroll: Rats on a Wheel

Susan Alexander has run across an interesting study about the effect of exercise on rat intelligence, and she suggests today in The Scroll that the results that be useful to us humans, too.
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The Scroll: Google vs. UST

Susan Alexander was intrigued when she read that Google had been named Fortune magazine’s best place to work in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Just what kind of amenities does Google offer? She checked them out and offers a report – and her analysis of how St. Thomas stacks up – today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: The Legend of the ‘Sciarpa della Vittoria’

Junior Lisa Weier is studying in Rome this semester – studying and, of course, checking out the Italian culture and bargaining with street vendors for their wares. In The Scroll today, read about her adventure in buying a scarf.
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The Scroll: It’s Take a Tommie to Lunch Time!

When Diane Kulseth graduated from St. Thomas in 2011, she decided not to get over-involved with activities for a year. Then she saw the Take a Tommie to Lunch invitation and couldn’t resist, having been mentored by an alumna during her senior year. Diane writes about that experience today in The Scroll in hopes that you – students and alumni alike – will sign up for the program by March 5.
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The Scroll: Hail to the Seniors!

Over the last four years, Dr. John Tauer has had the pleasure of coaching five outstanding student-athletes who will be honored Wednesday at “Senior Night” when the men’s basketball team takes on St. Olaf in Schoenecker Arena. In The Scroll today, Tauer reflects on the special character of these men, who have contributed to a 98-15 record and four consecutive MIAC championships.
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The Scroll: One Gone, One Gained

St. Thomas junior Rachel Murray didn’t think she would have anything in common with Cierra, a Cristo Rey High School student, when they began working together last fall as part of a St. Thomas class. But then Cierra stepped up and comforted Rachel as she dealt with the death of a friend, and Rachel’s impression of the teenager changed dramatically. Carol Bruess writes about their encounter today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Observations From the ‘Peanut Gallery’

Dave Nimmer has some suggestions – he calls them “obstreperous observations” – that he wants to share about what's going on at St. Thomas, and he hopes people take him seriously. Read about what’s on his mind today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Myth or Fact?

(Mis)information drives Susan Alexander crazy, regardless of whether the issue is as global as the effectiveness of the gold standard or as local as whether St. Thomas has special programs to recruit and support veterans. She addresses those issues today in The Scroll and also offers a quiz!