Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, celebrated a Mass Feb. 12, 1984 in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Depth of Field: Cardinal Ratzinger on Campus

Before he became Pope Benedict XVI, he was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger -- and he visited St. Thomas in 1984 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of St. John Vianney Seminary.
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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.
Aquinas Hall (AQU) is shown through snow-covered trees after a winter storm April 1, 2008.

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.
O'Shaughnessy Hall Time Capsule

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!
Anderson Student Center

Anderson Student Center – a Year by the Numbers

Early plans for the student center focused on ways to bring the community together - to meet, eat and play. Is the building a success? Well, the numbers are in and it's clear that Tommies love a good meal and new UST swag. Check out all the impressive numbers from the first year.
Marianne Short

Trustee Profile: A Voice of Reason

Marianne Short considers herself fortunate to have been counseled by brilliant lawyers and wise judges throughout her career, but she believes the best advice she ever received was from her father when she was a child – and it had little to do with her chosen profession.
Christopher Michaelson

On Meaningful Work and the Good Life

Before my grandfather died, I said to him that someday I would write a book about our family. I’m not sure that the book on meaningful work that I recently began will turn out to be the book he was expecting, but I would like to think he would recognize its origins.
Solar Panels

A Passion for Alternative Energy That Crosses Borders

There is a great need for social entrepreneurship with the goal of developing economical and robust systems that provide fresh water and electricity. The engineering challenges are significant but surmountable. It simply takes will and funding.
Campus Scene

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.
Traves Lundberg

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.
NCAA Football Championship

Long Drives Frustrate Tommie Defense

The St. Thomas defense slowed a potent Mount Union attack, but in the end the Purple Raiders made enough plays to post a 28-10 victory Friday night and claim the program’s 11th Division III national championship.
Campus Scenes

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.
Volleyball National Championship

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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Glenn Caruso Voted One of Five Division III Coach of the Year Award Finalists for 2012

In his five years as coach, Caruso has led St. Thomas to a 56-7 record with four consecutive NCAA playoff quarterfinal and three consecutive 10-0 regular seasons. The Tommies are host to UW-Oshkosh in an NCAA semifinal contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The Tommies also advanced to the semifinals in 2011 before losing to eventual national champion UW-Whitewater.