UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent St. Thomas mentions of interest in various media. Read the stories by clicking on the links. Links do expire and change as papers move stories to “archive” status, and if links have expired, you're welcome to purchase access to the stories or use a search engine such as Lexis Nexis, available on the UST Libraries' Web site. In some cases, you’ll need to register on the publication’s Web site in order to access full text.

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  • Fox 9 News, Aug. 2, 2007. Dr. John Abraham, of the UST School of Engineering, was interviewed extensively about the I35W bridge collapse. (Not yet available online.)
  • "Student Photographer Covers Minnesota Bridge Disaster," National Press Photographers Association, Aug. 2, 2007. Andy Worrall, an alumnus of this summer’s ThreeSixty journalism workshop at St. Thomas who will be a freshman at the University of Missouri this fall, took some photos of the I35W bridge collapse that got national attention.
  • "Item World: Last call," Star Tribune, Aug. 3, 2007. "The late Don Ringnalda should have a barstool at the Artists' Quarter dedicated in his honor, since he spent so many nights at the St. Paul jazz club, soaking up the sounds. A genial, longtime English prof at the University of St. Thomas and author of the acclaimed book 'Fighting and Writing the Vietnam War,' Ringnalda recently succumbed to throat cancer. He will be feted with an tribute/memorial at the AQ on Sunday at 4 p.m. -- followed by an 'Erotic Poetry Slam.' In literary heaven, Ringnalda no doubt is smiling down on this curious double bill."
  • "Molnau gets defensive; Pawlenty may give in on gas tax increase," Minnesota Public Radio, Aug. 3, 2007. "But one engineering expert calls the bridge collapse a systematic failure -- from inspection to the politicians. 'If a bridge of this nature falls, some major mistakes were made. And I think they were systematic,' said University of St. Thomas engineering professor John Abraham. He said there's a lot of blame to go around. 'The welding at the joints was terrible. They had extensive rust and vertical pitting. There were vertical cracks in the cross beams,' said Abraham. 'This report essentially says, 'Hey, either replace the bridge or do remedial repair.' And what was done was virtually nothing.'"
  • KARE-TV "Whatever Show", Aug. 4, 2007. ThreeSixty, the UST-sponsored journalism workshop for teens, was featured on this show produced by and for teens. The segment was rebroadcast Aug. 12. Not yet available online, but here is the show's Web site:
  • "World shrinks in face of tragedy," Star Tribune, Aug. 4, 2007. " Dave Nimmer isn't surprised by our suddenly shrinking planet in times of tragedy. The media in general, but mostly that big flat screen my worried London cousins call the telly, becomes an 'electronic campfire,' said the professor emeritus in the school of journalism at the University of St. Thomas. We gather 'round to watch a woman, a rope tied around her waist, plunge underwater toward a car. We see a school bus perched perilously close to the edge , and folks helping to lower victims in stretchers onto safer ground. We see ourselves. We see our loved ones. And, suddenly, we need to make the call. 'Maybe it's just my age,' said Nimmer, 67, who has heard from several colleagues and friends over the past few days, 'but it reminds me how fragile life is and how little time I spend on relationships.' A bridge collapse, a tornado, a bombing, a plane flying into a building, all these tragedies became excuses, he said, 'to reach out and connect, to make sense out of life. It's an attempt to deal with that part of ourselves.'"
  • "Starbucks and staples (and more of them)," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 5, 2007. " 'For the consumer, it forces them to be exposed to more merchandise by having longer runs like that,' said David Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. 'The idea is it would result in more sales.'"
  • "Hoping for the worst," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 5, 2007. "As alarming as such numbers may sound, David Vang, a finance professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, said 'there isn't a big danger that (investors shorting the stocks) is going to cause the stock price to go down.' Though he was surprised at the high percentages for some Minnesota companies, Vang says the growing popularity of 'going short' is 'more of a commentary on the growth of hedge funds.'"
  • "Business people," Star Tribune, Aug. 5, 2007. "University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, named Ann Bateson director of the Schoenecker Law Library, associate dean and professor of law. She was director of the law library at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul."
  • "Pushing his franchise model to the limits," Star Tribune, Aug. 6, 2007. "The expert says:Mark Spriggs, head of the entrepreneurship department at the University of S
    t. Thomas Opus College of Business, said that an owner like Zarecki can be a franchisor's dream -- as long as the company is comfortable with additions to its plan."
  • "Amid crisis all eyes focus on Molnau," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 11, 2007. "'It seems to me, compared to the governor, that she was not really as graceful and forthcoming,' said Dave Nimmer, a former reporter and editor now teaching journalism at the University of St. Thomas. 'But her reaction may be part of an urge to protect 'her people.''"
  • "Business people," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug. 11, 2007. "The University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, named John Bannigan Jr., Patricia Dorn Jaffray, Sister Carol Keehan, D.C., and Geoffrey Gage to its board of trustees."
  • "Young women are winning battle of the pay gap," Star Tribune, Aug. 12, 2007. "[Kelcey] McKean, 22, graduated in May from the University of St. Thomas with a real estate degree. A month later, she began working at a commercial real estate firm in Minneapolis. Goodbye, breezy summers. Hello, property assessments and market evaluations."