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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!
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The Scroll: Snow Turns Students Into Good Samaritans

There is nothing like a foot of snow to turn Tommies into roving Good Samaritans, Doug Hennes writes today in The Scroll. He cites three thank-you notes written about students whose good deeds helped neighbors deal with the nasty weather and, in the process, spread “the true Christmas spirit” and inspired a girl to act with kindness toward others.
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The Scroll: The Smiling Face of Coffee Bené

Traves Lundberg has a special place in Dave Nimmer’s heart. He brews a perfect cup of coffee in Coffee Bené in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, and he loves fishing. As a result, Dave calls Traves a “five-day-a-week Christmas present” today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: O, The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Nothing busts up a negative attitude like a little snow. Or, this week, a lot of snow! So says Lisa Weier today in The Scroll, and she offers 10 reasons why she – and perhaps you – should appreciate all that snow.
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The Scroll: Happy Birthday, Title IX!

In this 40th year of Title IX, the federal regulation that mandates equity for women in collegiate sports programs, Susan Alexander salutes the St. Thomas team that won the national volleyball championship last month. She writes today in The Scroll that she couldn’t be prouder of our women student-athletes and how they balance sports and academics.
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The Scroll: Cornbread and Calculus

A student wondered what it would be like to be a kid at Carol Bruess’ dinner table, so the communication and journalism professor teamed up with her paired-course partner, Jeff McLean of the Mathematics Department, and invited the class over. Bruess tells you what happened – and what they ate – today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: “I Give You Thanks, For All You’ve Done”

Dave Nimmer says he is not a “big fan” of holidays, but he likes Thanksgiving because it gives him the opportunity to reflect on blessings in life and to thank people for the difference they have made. He offers some special thanks today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Christmas in the North (Campus)

Susan Alexander is beginning to think a lot about Christmas, now that lights and other seasonal decorations are making their appearances. Her advice today in The Scroll is for you to follow her lead and string your own lights before too much snow flies.
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The Scroll: Ten Things I ‘Hate’ About St. Thomas

Susan Alexander says one complaint she hears about The Scroll is that “it is too upbeat and pleased with everything purple.” In an effort to provide a little balance, she came up with a list of 10 things she doesn't care for at St. Thomas. You can read them today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Being Present

A sentimental Lisa Weier is discovering the increasing importance of the need to be present to people here and now. She explains why today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: A Man’s Work Becomes ‘Stuff of the Soul’

Will Wallace attended St. Thomas more than a decade ago and never completed his degree, but Dave Nimmer couldn’t be prouder of the former gang member. Wallace took what he learned in his two years at St. Thomas, turned his life around and became “a mentor, father figure and spiritual confessor” to troubled young men, Nimmer writes today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Talk About the Llama

Jordan Zahrte likes to hear all “the chatter” around campus about politics these days. She wants to hear more, she writes today in The Scroll, and she hopes that students will continue to engage in rich conversations and walk away knowing more about other perspectives as well as their own.
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The Scroll: First Homecoming as an Alumna

Krissy Schoenfelder, a 2009 alumna and Young Alumni communications chair, put on her reporter’s hat and interviewed a classmate back for her first Homecoming since graduation. You can read their Q-and-A in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: A Million (x 500) Little Details

Carol Bruess is excited about the big parties on campus this week to celebrate the conclusion of the Opening Doors capital campaign. Today in The Scroll she gives a few hints on what to expect on Wednesday night and over the noon hour on Thursday.
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The Scroll: Habitat for Humanity was ‘Win-Win’ Experience for Volunteer

Krissy Schoenfelder had her doubts when friends suggested she should volunteer with a Young Alumni group on a Habitat for Humanity project in a North Minneapolis neighborhood hit by a tornado last year. But the 2009 alumna agreed to participate and found the experience very rewarding, she writes today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Now for Something a Little bit Different

As Father Dennis Dease’s final year as president rolls along, Susan Alexander admits she is nervous about the search for her boss’ successor. She writes in The Scroll today that the St. Thomas community will survive – and thrive – during this uncertain time as long as we are open to possibilities, trust each other and remain true to our mission.
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The Scroll: Civil Discourse Needed More Than Ever

Dave Nimmer is tired of what he calls the “mean season” of politics, where candidates for public office run ads that, in his words, “stretch the truth” at the least and “trample it” at the worst. He remains hopeful, he writes today in The Scroll, that civility might yet prevail.
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The Scroll: That’s My School

Martha McCarthy graduated in 2011, but she still feels linked to the St. Thomas community every day and what is happening on campus because of social media and the Web. Sharing that “common bond” is important and exciting, she writes today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: The Perils of Summer Cleaning

Is your office a mess? Susan Alexander long realized hers was just that, and then one day over the summer she wandered into Kris Bunton’s sparkling office and became inspired. Susan returned to her Aquinas Hall office and began what she called a “renovation.” Read about it today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: Got Gas?

Carol Bruess, bargain hunter extraordinaire, has discovered a deal almost too good to be true: A 10 percent discount on gasoline at the Sinclair station on Grand Avenue, thanks to the St. Thomas eXpress Card, and they’ll even wash your windows. She exudes about the deal – and the full service – today in The Scroll.
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The Scroll: A Fond Farewell, Steve Trost!

Steve Trost retires Wednesday as greenhouse manager at St. Thomas. Dave Nimmer, writing in The Scroll, talks about his buddy's 32 years of working magic in flower beds and collaborating with biology students and professors.