UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent St. Thomas mentions of interest in various media.

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  • “Commentary: America, in all of its complexity: The realistic,” Star Tribune, Nov. 16, 2005. “Nick Coleman's Nov. 4 column (‘Should we shun or debate torture memo lawyers?’) suggests that readers should attend today's Federalist Society debates featuring former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo. We agree. We would also suggest that people read the 2002 memorandum drafted by Yoo and St. Thomas Law School Prof. Robert Delahunty, as most commentators on this issue apparently have not.”
  • “Gophers at home in the Metrodome,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 16, 2005. “The [baseball team] Gophers' only two games at Siebert Field, their on-campus stadium, will be April 18 against St. Thomas and April 19 against Northern Iowa.”
  • “Events calendar,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 16, 2005. “Festival explores religion through art: Religious artwork by area artists Chillon Leach, Hend Al-Mansour and Sandra Brick are on display at the University of St. Thomas' 2005 Sacred Arts Festival, "Expressions of Faith, Rooted in the Abrahamic Traditions." The free display runs through Nov. 25 at the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center foyer and O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center in St. Paul. The ongoing festival also explores music, drama, dance, poetry and film. For more information, go to
  • “Rauenhorst builds on a social conscience,” Star Tribune, Nov. 17, 2005. Gerald Rauenhorst, honored at Philanthropy Day events last week by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a St. Thomas alumnus and longtime member of the university’s board of trustees.
  • See also: “Other award winners,” Star Tribune, Nov. 17, 2005. Included was “Outstanding professional fundraiser: Don Taylor, who has worked for Courage Center the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas and has been active in the association.”
  • “Persuading terrorists is no friendly game,” Star Tribune, Nov. 17, 2005. Columnist Katherine Kersten writes, “On Wednesday, Prof. John Yoo, a legal expert on the war on terror, spoke at the University of St. Thomas Law School. From 2001 to 2003, Yoo worked at the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, where, among other things, he analyzed the legal status of war-on-terror prisoners. The Minnesota Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society invited Yoo here to shed light on the challenges we face.”
  • See also: “Corrections,” Star Tribune, Nov. 18, 2005. “In a photo caption on Page B4 Thursday, the number of protesters wearing orange jumpsuits at an event on the University of St. Thomas Law School campus in Minneapolis was incorrectly reported. About 100 protesters held a prayer vigil before the event. During the event from seven to 10 protesters wore jumpsuits.”
  • St. Thomas dean said to be on court list,” Star Tribune, Nov. 18, 2005. A UST School of Law professor “is the president's probable pick for a federal judgeship in Minnesota, according to a source familiar with the nomination process. Patrick J. Schiltz, a Harvard Law School graduate, is going through FBI background checks before his name is nominated to the Senate for confirmation, the source said.”
  • “Survey shows tighter holiday budgets,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 18, 2005. “Barring a change in consumer sentiment, 2005 holiday spending will total $750 per metro-area household, down 6 percent from $796 last year, according to the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “KARE-TV weathers another big loss,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 18, 2005. “‘When you've got a change like what's happening at Channel 11, it's an invitation for viewers to play with the clicker and go see what's happening somewhere else,’ said former TV reporter Karen Boros, who now teaches journalism and mass communications at the University of St. Thomas. ‘This creates a time when people will sample other stations.’”
  • “Debate stirs protest over prisoner of war abuse,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 17, 2005. “Many in attendance at a forum at the University of St. Thomas' law school in Minneapolis were less interested in the topic at hand than in other legal work by one of the debaters. John Yoo, a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, co-wrote the controversial ‘torture memo’ that critics say created legal justification for the Bush administration to authorize abusive techniques by U.S. interrogators.”
  • “Analysts: Pioneer Press likely to endure,” Star Tribune, Nov. 19, 2005. “Neither Finnegan nor his former crosstown rival Dave Nimmer, managing editor of the Minneapolis Star from 1974 to 1978, want to see the number of newspapers in the Twin Cities shrink further. ‘I see value in a two-newspaper town,’ said Nimmer, a former journalism professor at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “She knows why it's important to ask hard questions,” Star Tribune, Nov. 19, 2005. Columnist Doug Grow begins, “Sigrid Bachmann, a retired pediatrician who recently turned 80, was nearly busted this week. Her brush with authority came Tuesday when she was distributing petitions during a human rights event at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus the day before John Yoo spoke at the law school there.”
  • “Frustration is frequent in first week of drug plan,” Star Tribune, Nov. 20, 2005. “He has good company. Said Paul Albers, a retired University of St. Thomas statistics professor, 67: ‘I read all this stuff and I'm baffled. I call up Medicare and I'm still baffled.’”
  • “A very frugal Christmas,” Star Tribune, Nov. 20, 2005. But simplicity and practicality usually do not translate into higher sales. In the Twin Cities, the average household plans to spend $750 on gifts this holiday season, according to a University of St. Thomas survey of 339 households, conducted between Oct. 6 and Nov. 4.”
  • “College ‘first-graders’ are thankful, too,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 20, 2005. The paper’s annual “what kids are thankful for” Thanksgiving feature included a sidebar of quotes from college freshmen, including this one: “ ‘Family and friends, and I guess the opportunity to go to school here.’ — Brett Tuma, 18, Minnetonka, engineering, University of St. Thomas”
  • “Ramsey County events,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 20, 2005. “Play: State Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, is one of the principal cast members in a play that takes a closer look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The free event is sponsored by the University of St. Thomas. The play "L'An: Four Jewish Characters in Search of Israel 's Future" and a follow-up discussion will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. The university is at 2115 Summit Ave. For more information, contact Jennifer Perusek at 651-962-6136.”
  • “Post-high school pathfinders,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 20, 2005. “[Chris] Wills, who attended Sauk Centre High School, said he had no clear path for his future. He didn't know how to apply for scholarships or financial aid. He didn't know his college options. And he didn't select one until right before he started his freshman year. Despite his confusion, he ended up at the University of St. Thomas. He played basketball, graduated with a journalism degree, and started his own business, which is now profitable and growing at a 20 percent clip. The Roseville-based company, Student Paths, is dedicated to making sure other high school students aren't faced with the same frustration he experienced.”
  • “Best Buy, alums sow innovation,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 20, 2005. Business columnist Dave Beal writes, “The most visible of [Best Buy founder Richard Schulze’s] outside initiatives is the recently opened Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, in a $22 million building on the University of St. Thomas campus in downtown Minneapolis. The school serves as a monument to the entrepreneurial culture that Schulze and his fellow employees built at Best Buy.”
  • “Small Business: Pair gamble on upscale pet care,” Star Tribune, Nov. 21, 2005. “The expert's opinion: Dave Vang, chairman of the Department of Finance at the University of St. Thomas College of Business, likes Pet Crossing's strategy of investing in real estate.”
  • “GM cuts point to shift in industry,” Star Tribune, Nov. 22, 2005. “Fred Zimmerman, professor of manufacturing technology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, had a different view. He said the GM cuts are a symbol of the overall decline in the prospects for people who once aspired to well-paid jobs in elite manufacturing firms. ‘Nobody's going to replace those kinds of salaries and fringe benefits,’ Zimmerman said. ‘We're not going to make it up with people working at Target and Wal-Mart. And we're not going to make it up selling lottery tickets to one another.’”
  • “Sports: Hockey,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 22, 2005. “Senior forward Colin Greenless of the University of St. Thomas was honored as men's player of the week by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Greenless scored the winning goals in both games during the Tommies' sweep of St. Mary's. St. Thomas' Jackie Carroll of St. Paul was the women's MIAC player of the week. Carroll, a standout at Cretin-Derham Hall, had four goals and an assist in her team's sweep of St. Mary's.”