“Loss of ice contributing to rise in sea levels,” Star Tribune, Dec. 1, 2012. “The loss of ice covering Greenland and Antarctica has accelerated over the past 20 years, contributing substantially to sea level rise, said a study conducted by 26 laboratories around the world.”

“My Take: The religious roots of our political gridlock,” CNN, Dec. 5, 2012. “The divide between Democrats and Republicans that has frozen the mechanisms of American politics has many causes, but one of them is tangled up in the faith differences of our legislators.”

“Tommies’ Curtis James is a speech coach who just happens to be a football star,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 5, 2012. “When you hear someone is a player-coach, you usually would be right if you guessed it was in the same sport.”

“Minnesota Orchestra reports record deficit of $6 million,” Star Tribune, Dec. 6, 2012. “The $6 million shortfall is for fiscal 2012, which ended Aug. 31. So it doesn’t take into account the musician lockout that began Oct. 1.”

“Study Shows Americans Are Taking On More Debt,” WCCO, Dec. 6, 2012. “A new study shows net worth among American households has dropped to $57,000, a 43-year low.”

“Reunited as Tommies, brothers happy together,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 6, 2012. “Brothers Logan and Luke Marks line up next to each other on the line of scrimmage for the University of St. Thomas football team.”

“University of St. Thomas student found dead in dorm room; St. Paul police investigating,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 7, 2012. “St. Paul police are investigating the death of a student in his University of St. Thomas dormitory room Friday afternoon, Dec. 7.”

“St. Thomas student found dead in dorm,” Star Tribune, Dec. 7, 2012. “A University of St. Thomas student was found dead Friday afternoon in his campus apartment.”

“St. Thomas student found dead in dorm,” MPR, Dec. 8. 2012. “A 22-year-old junior from Nebraska has been found dead in his dorm room at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. No foul play is suspected.”

“Minneapolis ad agency adjusts to life after Target,” Star Tribune, Dec. 10, 2012. “After the ‘devastating blow’ of losing Target, Peterson Milla Hooks bounced back with big-name clients.”

“Missouri community wants to rebuild after 2011 flood,” Kansas City Star, Dec. 9, 2012. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers destroyed the town of Pinhook, Mo., when it blasted the Birds Point levee in 2011, knowingly sending the Mississippi River gushing into homes there. But it did not destroy the community.”

“Hawkins helps Tommies lift national volleyball title,” ABC Newspapers, Dec. 10, 2012. “Blaine High School graduate Elizabeth Hawkins and her University of St. Thomas volleyball team made history when they defeated Calvin (Mich.) College, 13-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-9, Nov. 24 in Holland, Mich., to win the NCAA Division III volleyball championship.”

“St. Thomas advances to national title football game,” Post-Bulletin, Dec. 10, 2012. “St. Thomas of Minnesota quickly made sure it would be playing for the national championship.”

“DeLand: There’s no smoke, but plenty of signals at St. John’s,” St. Cloud Times, Dec. 12, 2012. “If you’ve been watching the chimney out at St. John’s Abbey lately for signs of black smoke, or white smoke, you’ve no doubt been somewhat disappointed at the complete lack of any sort of smoke signals.”

“St. Thomas coach Glenn Caruso: Tommies hoping to take final step,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 12, 2012. “This impressive run of success started for the University of St. Thomas football team in January 2008 when Glenn Caruso took over a Tommies team that had finished 2-8 a few months earlier.”

“COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Valesano, Tommies play for national title Friday,” Brainerd Dispatch, Dec. 12, 2012. “Senior Mike Valesano of Brainerd will start at inside linebacker when the University of St. Thomas plays top-ranked Mount Union for the NCAA Division III championship in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl at 6 p.m. Friday in Salem, Va.”

“Lacking Fight and Song, Coach Gives Team Both,” New York Times, Dec. 13, 2012. “With his family as well as his football team, Glenn Caruso, the coach at the University of St. Thomas, established three rules.”

“St. Thomas’ national championship teams have a Cretin-Derham Hall connection,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 13, 2012. “The University of St. Thomas has won six Division III national championships in four sports since 2001. On each championship team, a Cretin-Derham Hall graduate played a starring role.”

“St. Thomas to face perennial power Mount Union for D3 title,” KARE, Dec. 13, 2012. “In 27 years as the head football coach at Mount Union, Larry Kehres’ record is 331-24-3.”

“CRE leaders mildly pessimistic about future,” Star Tribune, Dec. 14, 2012. “Commercial real estate leaders in Minnesota that their previous optimism (albeit, mild optimism) of 2010 and 2011 has slipped into “mild pessimism,” according to a semi-annual poll conducted by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas.”

“Social media connections can help heal,” Star Tribune, Dec. 15, 2012. “After a tragedy, the urge to connect with others is natural.”

“St. Thomas football plays for first national championship,” KMSP, Dec. 14, 2012. “For the first time in school history, the University of St. Thomas will play for a football national championship tonight when they face Mount Union.”

“Mount Union beats St. Thomas 28-10 in Stagg Bowl,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 14, 2012. “Mount Union is back on top of Division III football, and failure was the inspiration.”

“Coupon clicking: Like, share, annoy,” Star Tribune, Dec. 16, 2012. “By clicking instead of clipping, shoppers can instantly get deals via social media.”

“Handing down the holiday,” Star Tribune, Dec. 16, 2012. “Passing Christmas from one generation to the next can pitch granddaughter against grandmother.”

“Rosenblum: St. Thomas class project warms heads and hearts,” Star Tribune, Dec. 16, 2012. “Zach Quinn and Brian Keller already have learned Rule One about building a business. Break the rules.”

“Schafer: The reason companies never tell us they’re sorry,” Star Tribune, Dec. 16, 2012. “The British bank HSBC last week resolved a sweeping investigation into activities that included allowing drug cartels to launder at least $881 million, agreeing to a record $1.92 billion in fines and forfeitures with government authorities.”

“St. Thomas now knows road to Stagg Bowl,” Pioneer Press, Dec. 15, 2012. “Emotional goodbyes and tear-jerking tributes went deep into the morning Saturday, Dec. 15, for the University of St. Thomas football team.”

“Beyond Bounds: ‘Brutally Honest’ Grandpa Helps Create An All-American,” WCCO, Dec. 15, 2012. “From as early on as elementary school, Taylor Young‘s grandfather dished out basketball critiques of his granddaughter without pulling any punches.”