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UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent stories of interest that mention St. Thomas.

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  • “Twin Cities Catholics celebrate selection of Pope Benedict XVI,” Star Tribune, April 19, 2005. Reported the Associated Press, “Archbishop Harry Flynn, head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said Ratzinger visited St. Paul in 1984 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of St. John Vianney Seminary. Ratzinger also spoke at the University of St. Thomas and received an honorary degree, Flynn said. ‘He stayed at the archbishop's residence for a few days and was a genial and convivial guest, and enjoyed playing the piano,’ Flynn recalled.”  
  • “Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany presented to the world as new pope,” Shaw Cablesystems (a Canadian firm), April 19, 2005. A story copyrighted by The Canadian Press, notes “‘Ratzinger was one of the principle contributors of much of what John Paul wrote in his later life,’ said Greg Coulter, a Catholic studies professor from Toronto who was in St. Peter's Square. ‘He partly represents continuity with the core thoughts of John Paul II. And personally, I think he's a fine man, and a humble man.’ Coulter, who teaches at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn., said Catholics looking for change in the church should not lose hope.”
  • “A future pope reflects,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 19, 2005. “Editors' note: Here is the text of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's homily given in St. Paul on Feb. 12, 1984. He addressed seminarians at St. John Vianney Seminary for its 15th anniversary celebration. He also spoke the next day at the then College of St. Thomas. ”
  • “Future pontiff visited St. Paul,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 20, 2005. “Ratzinger's visit – his first to the United States – offered a glimpse of the man who became the church's 265th pope Tuesday. His honorary doctorate citation from what is now the University of St. Thomas said Ratzinger was chosen in this life for ‘the deeper study of the sacred sciences to assist the church in the task of proclaiming the Gospel.’”
  • “Experts in Minnesota size up new pope,” Star Tribune, April 20, 2005. “Ratzinger could make significant advances in defining the role of the laity and the scope of the liturgy at a time when the church crosses myriad cultures from Africa to north Asia, said Don Briel, director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Twin Cities visit revealed his intellect, loyalty to tradition,” Star Tribune, April 20, 2005. “On a visit to the College of St. Thomas in 1984, the man who was named pope on Tuesday revealed a memorable blend of intellectual force, humility and loyalty to the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.”
  • “Rowley still feels called to serve society,” Star Tribune, April 20, 2005. Former Minneapolis FBI agent Coleen Rowley, who was named one of Time magazine's three "Persons of the Year" in 2002 for exposing pre-Sept. 11 security issues, has three children: “Two are already out the door, the oldest still in the Twin Cities but married and expecting a child, and the second-oldest attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.”
  • “Rybak to reimburse taxpayers $10,000 for newsletter,” Star Tribune, April 20, 2005. “The three-member [city of Minneapolis ] ethics board has a vacancy. The board is appointed by the deans of the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas law schools and the chief judge of Hennepin County.”
  • “Small colleges: Football on their mind,” Star Tribune, Ap
    ril 20, 2005. The column also notes: Augsburg 's wrestling team will be part of the NCAA Winter Championship Show on Saturday on CBS. The show will air locally at noon on Channel 4. It will also feature coverage of 11 small-college and nonrevenue winter-sports championships. Included will be Division III men's hockey ( St. Thomas was the national runner-up) and women's hockey (Gustavus was third).”
  • “Roseville officers honored,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 20, 2005. “Sletner nominated her colleague Scheider for the performance award for her tenacity and dedication to work. Scheider has worked for Roseville since 1997. A 1996 psychology major from Augsburg College, Scheider was drawn to law enforcement while working on class projects, she said. Later she earned a master's in police leadership administration and education from the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Shirt retailer Kuhlman has big plans,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 20, 2005. “Kuhlman's simplified pricing is at once an asset and liability, said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas. ‘It's a positive for some (shoppers) because it keeps things simple. On the other hand, if you are looking for bargains, you won't find them there.’”
  • “Future pontiff moved priests,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 21, 2005. “ ‘We were all introducing ourselves, and he stopped me and said, 'I was there, visiting the University of St. Thomas,'’ a reference to Ratzinger's 1984 visit to St. Paul. ‘We chatted a little bit and then moved on. It was neat to have a more personal connection with him.’”
  • “From the archives: U.S. must see moral consequences of faith, Cardinal Ratzinger says,” The Catholic Spirit, April 25, 2005. Here’s a reprint of the Catholic Bulletin’s  1984 article covering then-Cardinal Ratzinger's visit to St. Paul.
  • “Ramsey County events,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 22, 2005. “Discussion on art: Artist Anthony Sweere of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace on Monday will discuss the Russian-style icon he is creating for the University of St. Thomas. His free presentation on 'Christ the Teacher' is at 7:30 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. The university is at 2115 Summit Ave. For more information, call 651-962-5700.”
  • “Former ambassador to discuss Mideast,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 24, 2005. “Martin Indyk, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel and assistant secretary of state, will discuss the Mideast peace process in a talk at the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday. His free presentation, "New Openings for Peace? Hope, Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East," will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk. The university is at 2115 Summit Ave. ”
  • “Seller beware,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 24, 2005. “Experts aren't ready to call this a buyer's market. ‘What we have is something closer to a normal market in which the advantage lies neither with the buyer nor the seller,’ said George Karvel, professor of real estate at the University of St. Thomas.”
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    dquo;Area college sports,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 25, 2005. “Tommies rally past St. Scholastica: Mike Moran went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, and Sean Young drove in three runs with a sixth-inning double to lead St. Thomas (18-9) to a 10-4 nonconference victory over St. Scholastica ( 25-3-1 ) in St. Paul. St. Scholastica had gone unbeaten in 23 consecutive games. St. Thomas trailed 4-1 in the sixth inning, when nine Tommies stroked hits.”
  • See also: “St. Thomas president denounces Coulter speech,” WCCO-TV, April 26, 2005. The Associated Press’ version of the story above ran on WCCO’s news Web site as well as those of other local TV stations.