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I’m a Big(ger) Kid Now . . .

Lisa Weier’s sister is getting married next month, and that brings back memories of when they played “wedding dress-up” as little girls. Now the real deal is about to happen, Lisa reports today in The Scroll, and she’s feeling a bit older as a result.
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Let’s Move Forward, Not Back

Mike Orth, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, was a little nervous when he went to a neighborhood meeting to talk about building stronger relationships between students and neighbors. But once he got there, he realized everybody wants the same thing: a prosperous and livable neighborhood. Given that common goal, he writes today in The Scroll, it's time for everybody to work together.
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The Truth That Lies in “Time Flies”

Martha McCarthy no longer is in school, but the 2011 St. Thomas alumna says she still is startled at how fast this semester is flying by. She has some advice for seniors today in The Scroll: Enjoy the spring, because it will be gone before you know it, and you will be joining her in “The Real World.”
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‘Passion Play’ Still Burns Brightly

Twenty years after Dave Nimmer participated in a modern version of the “Passion Play” at St. Thomas, he remembers the serenity he felt that evening. It still gives him solace to this day, and he explains why in The Scroll.
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No Pinterest? No Twitter? No Way!

“Oh, the pain and the agony!” writes Carol Bruess in describing the reaction of communication and journalism students when told their assignment was to “unplug” for four straight days and write about the experience. No cell phones, no computers, no television and no radio. They survived, Bruess reports today in The Scroll, and she shares the essay of one freshman who believes that technology “has evolved into a creature with a restrictive stranglehold on our society.”
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A Winner Talks to Winners About Winning . . . and Watches

Ted Riverso stopped by St. Thomas the other day to talk to the women’s basketball team about what it takes to win a national championship. He should know. His Tommies won the 1991 NCAA Division III title, and Riverso shared those moments – and what he carries from them to this day. Read what he had to say today in The Scroll.
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Our Young Alumni Are Doing Quite Well in The Job Market

Susan Alexander has been worried about the economy, our tuition and how much we contribute to the earning power of our graduates. So she went to “Dr. Mike” for answers and came away from their conversation feeling very reassured. She shares those answers today in The Scroll.
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Got Coconut Bra?

Carol Bruess used to see eyes rolling every time she talked about teaching a January Term course … in Hawaii! But she insists the class has incredible value, and today in The Scroll she relates what happened on this year’s trip (which she was not on) to explain its “profound cultural and academic service-learning experiences.”
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To Merit or Not to Merit

The Faculty Senate is considering a report from the Merit Pay Task Force, and Susan Alexander has some words of advice from her days of teaching Principles of Microeconomics: Keep in touch with your inner primate, and treat people fairly. She explains why today in The Scroll.
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Stars, Rome and Home: My Spring Semester (So Far)

Lisa Weier is having one of those semesters … busy, as usual, but nothing out of the ordinary enough to merit attention as a solo topic for The Scroll. So she has decided to weigh in on a number of issues.
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Ooh, Tan . . .

Susan Alexander learned all kinds of intriguing tidbits after she wrote in The Scroll earlier this month that purple is her favorite color. She now knows what trochaic tetrameter is, that violet – and not necessarily purple – may best define St. Thomas, and why her personal color is “logical tan.” Seriously! Read about this and take your own color (aura) quiz today in The Scroll.
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What’s News . . . Or Not

Dave Nimmer got around to comparing headlines the other day and concluded that St. Thomas, where talk is about mice in buildings, the demise of old couches and the towing of expensive cars, is in “very good shape” considering the gloom and doom elsewhere. Or it could be, he writes today in The Scroll, “that trouble and turmoil are relative.”
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These Seniors are What’s Right with Division III Athletics

John Tauer is going to miss Carolyn Dienhart, Tommy Hannon, Ali Johnson, Peter Leslie, Haley Loesch and Sarah Smith after they graduate – and not just because they have played on championship St. Thomas basketball teams over the last four years. As Tauer writes today in The Scroll, he will miss these six seniors because of their teamwork, their character and the way they have inspired others on and off the court.
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The Anderson Airport

Martha McCarthy isn’t suggesting that St. Thomas rename the Anderson Student Center, but the 2011 alumna sure finds a lot of similarities between the building and an airport. One difference: Our “hub,” she notes today in The Scroll, is “much prettier, and packed with purple pride.”
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Ooh, Purple

Purple is Susan Alexander’s favorite color, and she explains why today in The Scroll.
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A Good Relationship

Carol Bruess loves good relationships, and you might expect that, given her personality and the research that she does. She sees all kinds of healthy relationships here at St. Thomas, built on attributes such as mutual affection, hard work and good old-fashioned communication, and she writes in The Scroll today that she hopes you will show up to see them on display Wednesday at the "Years of Service Celebration."
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Tired of Buying Textbooks? Rent them!

Everyone knows textbooks are expensive, but the St. Thomas Bookstore is trying to provide alternatives for students, including a new Rent-a-Book program that will save students a lot of money. Dave Nimmer writes about the program today in The Scroll.
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Alert From the Department of Dog Advocacy

Susan Alexander was all set to roll out a big political campaign on behalf of dogs at St. Thomas. Then she read the university’s Political Activity Policy and realized she would need to shelve her plans to champion the rights of canines that have come to trust her as their leader on campus. Read about her predicament today in The Scroll.
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Swing Dancing Across the Keyboard

Lisa Weier is keeping very busy this January Term. Top on her list is writing her first book, Swing Dancing for Dummies, and she hopes to see you at a Swing Club event soon. You'll have a blast, she promises today in The Scroll.
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Shelby Bringing His Basketball Passion to St. Thomas

Here's a tip on a good way to spend this Saturday: Walk down to Schoenecker Arena, watch the Tommie men and women basketball teams play Augsburg, and listen to Don Shelby call the games as the public address announcer. The former WCCO-TV news anchor also will sell The Season Never Ends, a short stories anthology that Dave Nimmer describes today in The Scroll as "crisp … insightful … and poignant."
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Merry Christmas From the Super 8

Dave Nimmer will hang out this Christmas weekend at a Super 8 motel and a nursing home in Wisconsin. He writes in The Scroll today that he can't think of a better way to spend Christmas.
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2012 Challenge: Email on a “Human Scale”

Are you tired of email? Do you dread checking your inbox every morning knowing it will take too much time to go through it – and that you will repeat the exercise throughout the day? Well, Carol Bruess has some sound advice for you today in The Scroll to make you a better emailer, and, consequently, she promises a "happier and healthier" person in 2012.
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Pride and Passion

The words “pride” and “passion” are everywhere these days when it comes to the St. Thomas football team, and for good reason. The Tommies are 13-0 heading into Saturday’s NCAA Division III semifinal battle against UW-Whitewater, carrying with them a pride and passion instilled by Coach Glenn Caruso. Doug Hennes writes about the words – and what they mean to generations of football fans – today in The Scroll.
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A University of Immigrants

Recent remarks by a speaker about the African-American migration from the south nearly a century ago brought reminders to Susan Alexander about an even earlier migration – of Irish to America – and the more-recent migration of Hmong and Somalis to this region. She writes in The Scroll today that all are healthy reminders of the value of immigrants – both to this country and this university, which was founded by John Ireland, an immigrant himself.
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Sticking to the Sidewalks

Lisa Weier is enjoying our rather mild weather but she knows winter is just around the corner, and that’s OK with her. In fact, she’s looking forward to the return of the snow and the cold because, as she writes today in The Scroll, “it will be beautiful."