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A Tribute to Miles Trump

Dave Nimmer always develops special relationships with students, and when it is time for them to graduate and move on, he feels both pride and regret. He knows how much he will miss them. Next year, he's going to really miss Miles Trump, and he pays tribute to the senior today in The Scroll.
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Dr. Seuss Was Right

Sarah Gallenberg graduates next weekend, and as she anticipates moving on to a new chapter in her life she remembers the wisdom of what Dr. Seuss had to say her in her favorite book, Oh! The Places You'll Go! She offers some advice for her fellow grads today in The Scroll.
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Happiness and Memory

Susan Alexander used to worry about her forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. No more. She has learned – and researchers seemed to have proved – that happy people are more forgetful. And she is a pretty happy person right now, she writes today in The Scroll. Are you?
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The Best In All Of Us

When the news flashed across the television screen Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Doug Hennes immediately thought of John Rigo, a 1975 St. Thomas alumnus who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Hennes pays tribute to Rigo today in The Scroll.
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Lessons From the Royal Wedding

Cecilia Petschel got up early on Friday to watch the Royal Wedding, and she loved the pomp and circumstance. But she found the most meaning, she writes today in The Scroll, in the opening line of the bishop of London's homily: "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
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A Napkin Full of Notes

Lisa Weier made a new friend during a recent trip to a nursing home as part of Wash My Feet, a Campus Ministry program, and in the process she discovered that she received much more than she gave that day. Read about her experience today in The Scroll.
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Withdrawal Pains

Carol Bruess’ assignment to the Communications and Citizenship course students sounded simple: “Give up all technology for four consecutive days, and then write about it.” But it turned out to be quite a challenge, and today in The Scroll Bruess shares entertaining and illuminating excerpts from two students’ essays about their unplugged experiences.
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But Do You Really Know?

Carol Bruess is intrigued by – and quite fond of – what she calls the latest “conversational concoction,” a slang phrase that seems to fit just about any situation. Read The Scroll today to find out why she thinks “I know, right” has become so popular.
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Dress Like a Word

Carol Bruess’ daughter had to dress like a word for school a few weeks ago. That got our intrepid professor and blogger wondering in The Scroll how faculty, staff and students might dress like the words that roll off the tongue around campus these days. Tell us what word you would choose to dress like – and why.
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The Importance of Civic Responsibility

Civic responsibility: “civic” comes from the Latin word civicus, meaning citizen. Responsibility comes from the Latin word responsum, meaning reply. What these definitions in pair emphasize to me is the importance of action, and they encompass a great deal of power if we are always engaged.
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Lessons From the Zoo

Lisa Weier got a nice "pick me up" the other day when she observed some "monkeys" and "leopards" at play on campus, and she writes today in The Scroll about how we all can regain a little enthusiasm for life if we follow their lead.
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It’s Time to Enjoy the REAL Spring

Students at St. Thomas are back from spring break, just as the REAL spring is about erupt on the St. Paul campus. Yep, I know. It’s about time. Spring is my favorite season of the year and this is my favorite place to watch it come – a sensual feast for those who walk slowly, looking and listening.
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Here is Why St. Thomas is “A Best Place to Work”

Father Dennis Dease knows why St. Thomas is a great place to work. It’s the people. The president will pay tribute to 280 people today in the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards Celebration. He writes about their contributions in The Scroll, and he hopes you join him at 3:30 p.m. today in OEC auditorium.
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Tobacco-free Campus Debate Offers Lesson in Civil Discourse

Susan Alexander was nervous when she heard the Undergraduate Student Government wanted St. Thomas to consider whether it should have tobacco-free campuses. She imagined quite the fight developing over the issue, but as she writes today in The Scroll, she has been pleasantly surprised at how the USG has handled the issue.
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Grateful . . .

It took a little prompting from her daughter, but Cecilia Petschel realized the other day just how grateful she is for so many things – big things like a daughter’s love and little things like a parking spot on the main campus – in her life. Today in The Scroll, she asks: How about you?
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Not an All-American . . . But a Great American

As the men's basketball team prepares to play Friday evening in the NCAA Division III Final Four, Doug Hennes pays tribute to coach Steve Fritz in The Scroll, thanking his colleague and friend for everything he has done for the St. Thomas basketball team over the last 44 years.
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Gifts Apparent

Lisa Weier says she has been "blown away" by all of the talent around her at St. Thomas, whether it be her fellow singers in the Liturgical Choir, professors in the classroom or Frisbee players on the quad. She writes about her experiences and salutes singer Luke Spehar today in The Scroll.
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Changes for Women, Old and Young

As she looked around OEC auditorium the other evening during the lecture by Gail Collins, author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, Susan Alexander nodded in appreciation for the changes wrought by the "older women" in the audience. As for the "younger women," Alexander writes today in The Scroll, they "have changes of their own to make."
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A Salute to Our Professor of the Year

Carol Bruess and Kevin Sauter know why colleague Tom Connery was selected by faculty as Professor of the Year. It’s because he is St. Thomas. They elaborate today in The Scroll.
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Good Times . . . Now and Then

Sunday's tension-filled MIAC playoff championship win over Gustavus was sweet for the St. Thomas men's basketball team, which moves on to the NCAA Division III tournament. Doug Hennes reflects in The Scroll today on another banner season for the Tommies and wonders about the real meaning of the "good times never seemed so good" reference in "Sweet Caroline," which is played at halftime.
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Everyday Heroes

Lisa Weier was sitting around watching a movie with a bunch of friends during her "snow day" on Monday when they learned that somebody's car had been snowed in big time. With only their hands – and no shovels – at the ready, they went out to rescue the car, and in the process she discovered a lot of heroes. She writes about them today in The Scroll.
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Waiting for Cookies

Cecilia Petschel thought she was above today's "instant gratification" syndrome, so she was ambivalent about the latest twist on that theme: You can get your Girl Scout cookies right away, instead of ordering and waiting. But then her dishwasher broke, the repair man couldn't come right away and she got a little edgy. In hindsight, she writes today in The Scroll, the Girl Scouts may be on to something after all, and having those cookies in hand makes it easier to cope with this nasty winter!
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Vikings Stadium Dilemma Intrigues Packer Backer

Dave Nimmer is a proud Packer fan, and for reasons other than the team's Super Bowl win. He admires the community's ownership of the Packers and how that enabled the team to renovate Lambeau Field a decade ago, and he hopes the Vikings can figure out a way to build a new stadium. But please, he writes today in The Scroll, spare him the threats of moving.
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Passion and Motivation for Their Sport, Their Studies and Their Teams

Dr. John Tauer, who teaches psychology and coaches men's basketball, loves to work with student-athletes who live out the St. Thomas motto, "Challenge yourself, change our world." This year, he has seen that attitude reveal itself over and over in the eight seniors who play for the men's and women's teams. He writes in The Scroll today about how beautifully they reflect the Division III experience and the balance between academics and athletics.