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The Scroll: Google vs. UST

Susan Alexander was intrigued when she read that Google had been named Fortune magazine’s best place to work in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Just what kind of amenities does Google offer? She checked them out and offers a report – and her analysis of how St. Thomas stacks up – today in The Scroll.
G Lee Xiong, '13, presents at the McNair Scholars Fifth Annual Summer Research Symposium at James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall last August.

G Lee Xiong: Ally for Social Justice

Senior social work major Xiong was inspired by a childhood friend to research the challenges faced by the LGBTQ Hmong American community. She hopes her research will contribute to a better sense of unity in the Hmong community.
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The Scroll: It’s Take a Tommie to Lunch Time!

When Diane Kulseth graduated from St. Thomas in 2011, she decided not to get over-involved with activities for a year. Then she saw the Take a Tommie to Lunch invitation and couldn’t resist, having been mentored by an alumna during her senior year. Diane writes about that experience today in The Scroll in hopes that you – students and alumni alike – will sign up for the program by March 5.
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South Field Will Receive Artificial Turf This Summer

St. Thomas will replace grass with artificial turf on the entire South Field this summer to provide an improved and more durable surface for the university’s soccer and softball teams as well as students who use the field for recreational purposes.
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Undergraduate Tuition Will Increase 4.5 Percent Next Year

Tuition rates will increase 4.5 percent for undergraduate students and an average of 3.3 percent for graduate students beginning this summer, the St. Thomas Board of Trustees decided Thursday. The board approved the increases as part of the university’s 2013-2014 budget, which also calls for a 2.5 percent increase in overall funding for the faculty and staff salary pool.
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The Scroll: Hail to the Seniors!

Over the last four years, Dr. John Tauer has had the pleasure of coaching five outstanding student-athletes who will be honored Wednesday at “Senior Night” when the men’s basketball team takes on St. Olaf in Schoenecker Arena. In The Scroll today, Tauer reflects on the special character of these men, who have contributed to a 98-15 record and four consecutive MIAC championships.
St. Thomas School of Law

The Politics of Purple: Focusing on Dialogue, Not Partisanship

When the presidential election was in full swing and political tempers were flaring, a new student organization at the University of St. Thomas School of Law was formed to resist the partisanship and vitriol. The Public Discourse group focuses on quite the opposite: open, nonpartisan debate about how public policy issues intersect with law.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.