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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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Zippity Doo Dah

You remember the words to that song, don't you? Carol Bruess sure does. She seems to hear them every day, and she concludes today in The Scroll that our campus has the same "zippity" and a large dose of "doo dah" this week, thanks to a "post-Thanksgiving, pre-finals, beginning-of-Advent buzz."
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Teaching Makes Him Appreciate Those Who Taught Him

Brady Narloch enjoys helping out in a seventh-grade classroom this semester because it forces him to play the role of a teacher, not just a college student, yet at the same time he has fun trying to think like a kid. He writes about the experience today in The Scroll.
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He Is Especially Thankful This Year

Dave Nimmer always likes Thanksgiving, but even more so this year, and he tells you why today in The Scroll. Dave has that glass-half-full smile because of everything he sees around campus these days: good jobs, good teaching, a new athletic and recreation complex and an undefeated football team making everyone proud at Homecoming. And it helps, he adds, to be able to buy a great cup of coffee right here in our library. Happy Thanksgiving!
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It’s Time to Catch a Little Tommie Spirit

Miles Trump doesn't blame Minnesota sports fans for getting a little down on their teams. A lot of what he sees out there isn't pretty ... except, that is, at St. Thomas! The sports editor of TommieMedia.com finds success everywhere he turns on campus these days – and a lot of fans are caught up in the excitement. Check out what Miles has to say today in The Scroll, and take note: He expects to see you at a Tommie game soon, starting with Saturday's NCAA football playoff opener in O'Shaughnessy Stadium.
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Reflecting on “Airplane Day”

Sarah Gallenberg celebrated what her family calls "Airplane Day" earlier this month, and it gave her a chance to reflect anew on her life as a South Korean adoptee who grew up in the United States. Sarah writes about her experiences – and how "the unknown aspects of who I am show up in the mirror every morning" – in The Scroll.
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And In This Corner …

Susan Alexander loves a good fight, especially when our guy is right. The fight hasn't been in the boxing ring (yet … ), but the verbal sparring between engineering professor John Abraham and climate skeptics such as Christopher Monckton has been fun to watch and ­ in her case ­ even be a minor participant. Susan brings us up to date today in The Scroll.
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But Will He Text and Tweet?

Dave Nimmer finds his aversion to the technology revolution both "stubbornly stupid and intriguingly insightful," so he wasn't surprised that he was scratching his head in wonder when he heard about a new Social Media in Communications course. He reflects on the course today in The Scroll.
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Why I Work at the University of St. Thomas

In August, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named the University of St. Thomas one of Minnesota’s 10 best places to work in the large employer division. Very few educational institutions ever make that kind of list. How the heck did we get that?
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Sasha the Wonder Dog

What's it take to get a two-year-old boy to eat? Cecilia Petschel was nearly going crazy with her son's picky eating habits. Then they met Sasha, and their problems were over. Learn more about this amazing dog and his effect on people young and old in The Scroll.
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It’s Time to Show People That you Care

Sarah Gallenberg is disturbed by reports of bullying incidents around the country. She has a solution, she writes today in The Scroll: Stand up for other students, and those who are bullied must find their voice and always remember that they are loved.
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News Flash: Health Care premiums will not go up in 2011!

Susan Alexander almost felt like grabbing a bullhorn, climbing on top of the Arches and shouting out the news to faculty and staff members when she learned that her health care premiums will not – repeat, NOT – go up in 2011. She writes today in The Scroll that she's trying to figure out how to spend the money that she thought would go to Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Have any ideas? Drop her a line!
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A Good Sendoff

Don Shelby will retire next month after 32 years as an anchor and reporter for WCCO-TV, and recently was saluted with an appropriate "roast" sponsored by St. Thomas and its ThreeSixty journalism program. Dave Nimmer provides the highlights of the fun evening in The Scroll.
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Saved by Textbooks

Yung Jen Vang returned to class earlier this week and told students and her professors about the accident when she was hit by a truck in the intersection of Cretin and Summit avenues. As it turns out, Carol Bruess explains today in The Scroll, Yung was saved by textbooks in her backpack.
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Alex Schulte: Teacher as Well as Student

Miles Trump has a lot of good professors at St. Thomas, but one of his best teachers has turned out to be sophomore Alex Schulte, who lost most of his vision in a traffic accident. Writes Miles today in The Scroll: “Alex has taught me to take a little bit more pride in the things I do each day and to be a little bit more courageous about the things I haven’t done.”
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Tommie Spirit

Cecilia Petschel is still feeling that Tommie spirit on campus following last Saturday's stunning 27-26 overtime win over St. John's in football. "It is," she writes today in The Scroll, "a great victory to savor."