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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  • "Cuban singer salutes her new country – literally," Star Tribune, Oct. 3, 2009. "Mirdalys came to the United States in 2003 speaking little English. She became fluent by reading Harry Potter books, in English and Spanish, over and over, highlighting words she didn't know. She became an excellent student at Mounds Park Academy in Maplewood, played classical violin, and got accepted to the University of St. Thomas, where she's studying criminal justice with the plan of going to law school. Meanwhile, she sings with her father's band, sometimes studying during breaks."
  • "Brazile: World Class fare," Insight News, Oct. 5, 2009. "Donna Brazile can cook…literally and figuratively! True to form, she delivered the world class fare that she is known for last month when she addressed a capacity audience at University of St. Thomas’ CommUNITY 2009 Lecture Series.  A weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN, Brazile was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign.  She headed the Al Gore presidential campaign in 2000."
  • "Street assessment fee hikes criticized at St. Paul hearing," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 7, 2009. "No one spoke against the so-called 'social host law,' which has been adopted by 31 Minnesota cities or counties, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. If it passes, hosts would be responsible for making sure everyone at their party is old enough to drink legally, St. Police Sgt. Paul Schnell said. 'People will have to make sure who's in their home,' Schnell said. The stricter measure would not apply to unaware property owners, just those who were responsible for planning and hosting the event. It would be a misdemeanor to violate the proposed ordinance, which also carries an exception for drinking during religious observances. Most underage citations are written in neighborhoods that have higher populations of college-age students, Schnell said. 'Campus housing obviously has been an issue,' he said. John Hershey, neighborhood liaison for the University of St. Thomas, said he supports the proposal. The ordinance is expected be voted on next week, and would go into affect a month later, if approved."
  • See also: "St. Paul social host ordinance seems roundly supported," Star Tribune, Oct. 7, 2009.
  • See also: "St. Paul considers social host ordinance," Fox9 News, Oct. 7, 2009." Police think the social host ordinance would quickly put an end to large house parties they've seen near the University of St. Thomas."
  • "QB questions with Bob Sansevere," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 7, 2009. Sports columnist Sansevere offers this Q and A column with UST football coach Glenn Caruso.
  • "Gehry house move update," Residential Architect Online, Oct. 7, 2009. "ra first reported on plans to move a Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guesthouse from its original location in Wayzata, Minn., to the Owatonna, Minn., campus of the University of St. Thomas in September 2008."
  • "Connected to history," The Catholic Spirit, Oct. 8, 2009. Photo caption: "David Neuschwander, a seminarian from the Diocese of Superior, Wis., who attends St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, greets Msgr. James Lavin following evening prayer Sept. 24 at the seminary. Msgr. Lavin entered the University of St. Thomas as a freshman 73 years ago and served at the school for most of his priesthood."
  • "New center director," The Catholic Spirit, Oct. 8, 2009. "John Merkle, professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph and St. John’s University in Collegeville, has been named director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, which is co-sponsored by St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas. He served as associate director of the center for 13 years before becoming its interim director earlier this year after the retirement of Rabbi Barry Cytron."
  • "Area school update: Saturday's games to watch," Star Tribune, Oct. 9, 2009. "St. Thomas, which is ranked No. 15 in the Div. III poll, has opened MIAC play with impressive victories over St. Olaf (27-16), Hamline (63-10) and Gustavus (45-12)."
  • "Watchdog: Your Next Job: 'Mini' master's classes are one way some job hunters seek an edge," St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 10, 2009. "At the University of St. Thomas, the Mini MBA Program is a 52-hour version of the master's in business administration degree, typically a two-year program. The mini MBA is geared more to people who want to sharpen their skills and freshen their résumés. Increasingly, students who sign up for the class are either unemployed or nervous about the possibility.
  • "Companies enlist employees in health debate," St. Cloud Times, Oct. 11, 2009. "That’s an important distinction in the world of business ethics, said Ken Goodpaster, who holds the Koch endowed chair in business ethics at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. 'There’s a line one doesn’t want to cross,' he said. 'I guess the line has to do with consequences with one’s employment if a certain political position was somehow not taken.'"