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Some Habits die Hard

Dave Nimmer is trying to be a "modern media consumer" by reading blogs and Web sites. But as he writes today in The Scroll, he's also still in love with "slow-and-old television," such as this week's new Ken Burns documentary on national parks.
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Donna Brazile and me

Susan Alexander was pleased to discover on Monday night that she has a lot in common with Donna Brazile, who spoke on campus. And as Alexander writes today in The Scroll, she has a greater appreciation for the value of St. Thomas' CommUNITY series.
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Sharing Acts of Kindness

Simple acts of kindness, Father Erich Rutten writes today in The Scroll, "can be a powerful response to difficulty and tragedy," as well as just a nice thing – and the right thing – to do regardless of the circumstances. The director of Campus Ministry invites you to join in a new St. Thomas effort to engage in acts of kindness.
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Finding a Better Place

Dave Nimmer met many interesting people last month in Morocco while doing interviews with one of the finalists for the Opus Prize. But none, he writes today in The Scroll, remains as vividly in his memory as a little girl he met on the street.
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Living our Mission Every day

As we begin a new school year, Tonia Jones continues to find herself overwhelmed with pride in St. Thomas and the "amazing talents" of faculty, staff and students with whom she works. In The Scroll today, she reflects on how beautifully they live out the university's mission.
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Fresh, new and Exciting: It’s fall!

Carol Bruess wasn't crazy about the prospects of her kids "redecorating" their rooms, but she agreed to help. As she wandered endlessly down the aisles of Target and Ikea, she writes today in The Scroll, she realized that her project at home also gave her the opportunity to observe the back-to-school shopping habits of St. Thomas students – and she grew enthusiastic about the "fresh start" always provided by a new school year.
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The Best Place

As St. Thomas prepares to observe its 125-year anniversary this year, Father Dennis Dease, president, reflects today in The Scroll about the importance of building upon the efforts of past generations of students, faculty and staff. He also appreciates the symbolic importance of having a "best place" from which to view our work.
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Stroke Doesn’t Knock out This Champion

Two weeks ago Wednesday, Erik Olson pitched five innings for the St. Thomas baseball team in a 5-0 win over St. Mary’s University, keeping the Tommies in first place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Eight days later, Olson was in United Hospitals in St. Paul, undergoing a series of tests for what were determined to be blood clots in his right index finger and his brain, and suffering a mild stroke in the process.
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We Honor a Genuine Leader

Father John Malone joked on Thursday at our ceremony to rename Selby Hall as Flynn Hall after Archbishop Harry Flynn that the occasion might be the closest I ever would get to naming a baby. Father Malone was right, in his own inimitable fashion. He was even more right when he added that I chose a good time to do so. Truth be told, I couldn’t have chosen a better time.
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Poetry Puts Soul in his Life

For almost 40 years, between 25 and 65, I rarely read a poem – except perhaps a verse or two I came across in The New Yorker. I’m not proud of that; in fact, I’m a little chagrined, but my life was busy with ch...
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The Best Coach in the Game

Editor's note: Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, submitted a guest column to The Scroll. Back in the mid-1980s, I was sitting around the St. Paul Pioneer Press newsroom one e...
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We Are Family

As a family studies scholar, I am usually quite particular about the use of the word “family.” I sit up and take note when the word is applied, sung, touted, disregarded, defined or bantered about. Are we advan...
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Parking lot Blues

Recently, I walked over to inspect the Anderson Parking Facility. It’s probably the most attractive parking ramp in St. Paul. If there were a beauty contest for parking ramps, believe me, no one would be saying...