Final-tally numbers haven’t changed much but the composition of the student body is evolving. Reflecting a trend in recent years, we have more undergrads and fewer graduate students, and a more diverse group than ever.
Aquinas yearbook adviser Kim Rueb was discouraged when she began to watch a video titled “Lost Generation” because it paints a bleak picture on what people 18-30 expect their lives to be like at 50. But the video’s ultimate message, Rueb writes today in The Scroll, is that young people – including St. Thomas students – want to make the world a better place.
Fifteen students from Justice and Peace Studies Professor Dr. Mike Klein's "Conflict Transformation" class contributed teaching guides for the ebook "Teaching the Compassionate Rebel Revolution: Ordinary People Changing the World."
Promoting statecraft as soulcraft delivers us into the great temptation of idolatry. Whenever anyone proposes empowering government through the force of law to enjoin the right way to think or to shape the right way to feel, we should be nervous.
As she has looked around at full rooms since the beginning of the academic year, Susan Alexander has been pleased. People showed up in droves for the Academic Convocation and a brown-bag lunch sponsored by President Julie Sullivan – ample proof that there is a lot of life at St. Thomas these days, Alexander writes in The Scroll.
Dave Nimmer has a lot of hopes for seniors such as Lindsay Goodwin, a communications and journalism major, but above all is this: He wants them to leave St. Thomas next May “with a sense of passion.” In the meantime, he writes today in The Scroll, he hopes they enjoy their final year here and take time to hear the Christmas concert, enjoy the wit and wisdom of a professor and just sit on the library steps as the campus comes awake.
St. Thomas is beginning the search for its next executive vice president and provost. President Julie Sullivan has appointed a search committee and a search consultant, and they will assist her in choosing a successor to Dr. Susan Huber, who will retire next June 30.
A case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court focused on intellectual property rights. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Court addressed the question of whether a farmer who buys patented seeds may reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission. The Court decided in favor of Monsanto. But was this, and other cases of intellectual property protection, best for the common good? Here, a law professor and a lawyer alumnus debate the question.
That’s what Carol Bruess was told during a summer workshop, and she found it difficult to do that – and nothing else – for a full minute. In fact, she just about lost it at 43.5 seconds. But she held on, and today in The Scroll she advises how meditation and mindfulness make us better at almost everything we do. So slow down – and just breathe!
The second Internet Cat Video Film Festival is back by popular demand. Last year's inaugural event, conceived by Katie Hill '12 M.A. in art history, drew more than 10,000 spectators and spawned countless "copy cat" festivals around the world.
With positive news found in nearly every aspect of the Twin Cities real estate market, interest rate hikes shouldn’t harm the recovery if they are slight and gradual, according to a monthly analysis prepared by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the Opus College of Business.