• The Scroll

    • 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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    • St. Thomas Day Winners Are All Teachers In Their Own Right

      Dave Nimmer walked away from Saturday’s St. Thomas Day celebration smiling in gratitude for the way the five award winners so beautifully define joy, passion, trust, challenge and faith. He explains how today in The Scroll.

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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.

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    • Five Secrets of a Better (Valentine’s?) day

      Carol Bruess has five tips to help you develop happier and healthier interactions with the people around you, and that means all of you – regardless of “whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day,” she writes today in The Scroll. And the tips can last far beyond what she calls today’s “love holiday.”

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    • Antarctica – Or Bust!

      There are a few people who thought Susan Alexander was a little crazy to head to Antarctica for a January Term break. But as it turns out, the weather there was considerably milder than what we have experienced this winter, and she got to check out the chinstrap penguin population, too. She writes about her trip today in The Scroll.

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    • Need Inspiration? Help Build a Better Community

      Sarah Gallenberg finds inspiration hard to find, especially in the dead of winter. Then she sees the good work done by programs such as Tutor-Mentor and Literacy Connections that her spirits are buoyed and her faith renewed. She writes about her experiences today in The Scroll.

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    • A Stranger in a Cold, Strange Land

      Freshman Lisa Weier thought she knew cold weather and how to adjust, having arrived here from Nebraska. But Minnesotans have a different attitude about the cold, she writes today in The Scroll, having trailed “scantily clad” guys around campus and watching people eating ice cream in a blizzard.

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    • Good Men Whose Team Reflects Their Character

      The spring semester started this week and life on campus is back to normal. Students hurry across the Quad with cell phones tucked to their ears. The days get longer. The Grill gets busier. And the basketball Tommies again sit atop the MIAC men’s standings, ranked No. 8 in the nation in Division III.

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    • The Bear and a Very Merry Christmas

      Bob “The Bear” Schrank and Dave Nimmer were buddies for 45 years, and they celebrated one memory-filled Christmas Eve with Visitation sisters in north Minneapolis. Nimmer recalls what happened that evening in The Scroll.

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    • Michael Larson: An Uplifting Presence In Our Lives

      As he sat in a prayer service Saturday night for Michael Larson, Father Dennis Dease felt thankful for the impact that the young man, who died in a house fire earlier that day, had on so many lives. The president of St. Thomas explains why today in The Scroll.

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    • Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Waaay . . .

      Carol Bruess loves the creativity of St. Thomas students this time of year, and their latest effort at building a snowman (snowwoman?) has brought some cheer and laughter to her neighborhood east of campus. Check out the creature and its lifestyle amenities today in The Scroll.

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    • A Loss That Hurts

      After Saturday’s football playoff loss to Bethel, Glenn Caruso was candid with his Tommies: “I told the team this hurts, it should hurt and it will hurt for awhile,” he said. Darned right it hurts, reflects one fan today in The Scroll. He tries to explain why.

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