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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  • "Gehry House move runs into delays," Owatonna People's Press, Sept. 15, 2009. The house was donated to the University of St. Thomas in 2008.
  • "U.S. universities still fire-fighting," Financial Times, London, Sept. 13, 2009. Building up cash is another liquidity management technique. Some endowments let their cash holdings grow last year, allowing them to now rebalance areas of the portfolio that are the most out of sync with the investment policy. That is what Michael Sullivan, chief investment officer at Minnesota’s University of St. Thomas, has done. Mr. Sullivan simply held on to cash as it became available last year – through donations, manager terminations and other events, such as a fund of hedge funds manager closing and returning cash. Cash is now about 16 per cent of the $400m (£214m, €274m) portfolio; the investment policy holds cash at zero. 'We weren’t trying to time anything; it was a by-product. We just had cash and we didn’t know what to do so we kept it as cash,' Mr. Sullivan says. 'From a strategic point of view, cash should always be minimised. It was just that this was such an abnormal time,' Mr. Sullivan says. 'We are not changing our strategy to have large amounts of cash.'"
  • "Star Tribune bankruptcy plan OK'd," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 17, 2009. "'For the new owners, 'the problem is the $100 million (debt load) is probably too high,' said Mark Neuzil, a journalism professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul."
  • "Local business reax: Fed Chief says recession 'very likely' over," KARE-TV, Sept. 17, 2009. "'We're probably in the worst part of it right now is what the chairman is trying to say,' says University of St. Thomas economics professor David Vang.
  • "Editorial: A lack of diversity on Court of Appeals," Star Tribune, Sept. 12, 2009. "'People understand why it's important to have diverse juries. We have to ask the same questions about our judges, our gatekeepers of justice,' said Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, an assistant dean at the [University of St. Thomas School of Law] who is the Infinity Project's current president."
  • "Channeling her energy: Woman swims from England to France," Kenosha (Wis.) News, Sept. 20, 2009. “‘I had a few panic attacks before getting in,’ said Simon, a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas, adding her parents, Kelly and Paul Simon, were on the spotting boat to give her encouragement. ‘Once I got in, I knew I could do it.’”
  • See also: “Villager’s granddaughter fulfills goal of swimming across the English Channel,” The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun, Sept. 21, 2009.
  • MIAC roundup, Star Tribune, Sept. 20, 2009. “St. Thomas 27, St. Olaf 16: Ben Wartman scored three second-half touchdowns to lead the No. 18 Tommies past the visiting Oles. Wartman finished with 176 yards in 24 carries. The Tommies had scoring drives of 73, 80, 80 and 67 yards to end a four-game losing streak to the Oles.”
  • “Gang database: Just how accurate, how fair?” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 20, 2009. “‘The community wants to feel safe,’ said Nekima Levy-Pounds, a University of St. Thomas law professor and director of the law school's Community Justice Project. ‘We want to balance the public safety issue with making sure people aren't being falsely labeled or profiled.’”
  • “Newcomers in the Twin Cities grocery wars are taking market share from longtime leaders,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 21, 2009. “‘One of the things you have to recognize with Target and Supervalu is, this is their home market, so they will defend this market at virtually any cost,’ said Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas.”
  • “Good Question: What Makes A Good Question, Good?” WCCO-TV, Sept. 21, 2009. “[John] Tauer and communications studies professor and marriage researcher Carol Bruess have been in more than 40 Good Question segments, making them our most-quoted ‘experts.’”
  • “Good Question: Why Do Kids Ask Tough Questions? WCCO-TV, Sept. 21, 2009. “‘They're developing by asking questions,’ said Dr. Carol Bruess, a communication studies professor at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. … Dr. John Tauer studies social psychology, examining why we do the things we do. ‘The inherent needs are the need to feel good and the need to be right,’ he said. ‘Any time we expose vulnerability, we're saying, 'Well, I don't know the answer' and sometimes that can also feel lousy,’ he explained.”