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 expire and change as papers move stories to “archive” status. If a link has expired, you’re welcome to purchase access to the stories or use a search engine such as Lexis Nexis, available on the UST Libraries’ website. In some cases, you’ll need to register on the publication’s website in order to access the full text.

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“Gadhafi Death Hits Home for Some Minnesotans,” KSTP, Oct. 20, 2011. “The death of Moammar Gadhafi is welcome news throughout many parts of the world. For decades he used oil revenues from Libya to funnel to terrorist groups both in his country and elsewhere.”

“Pulled From Drain Pipe, Gadhafi Was Shown No Mercy,” KSTP, Oct. 20, 2011. “Dragged from hiding in a drainage pipe, a wounded Moammar Gadhafi raised his hands and begged revolutionary fighters: ‘Don't kill me, my sons.’”

“The R Word,” Inside Higher Education, Oct. 20, 2011. “The e-mail to some faculty members at the College of William & Mary came out of the blue, reminding them to be careful about the language they use in class and, specifically, asking them not to use the word ‘retarded’ in class.”

“Good Question: Why Are Successful Banks Raising Fees?” WCCO, Oct. 20, 2011. “Wells Fargo is imposing a $3 monthly debit card fee for customers in five states, a move that comes after Bank of America increased its debit-card fees to $5 a month. So, why are banks raising fees even after reporting record quarterly profits?”

“May debate over marriage include facts,” Star Tribune, Oct. 20, 2011. “My friend and colleague, Mark Osler, gives good advice in his recent commentary "May inevitable year of debate be constructive" (Oct. 15).  He counsels Minnesotans discussing the marriage-protection amendment (commonly misidentified as the gay-marriage amendment) to avoid insulting those they are in conversation with, and to ‘argue toward the principles the other side professes.’ I would add one more piece of advice: Know the facts.”

“YouTube made MassageNerd an industry celebrity, plus it pays off,” Pioneer Press, Oct. 21, 2011. “When Ryan Hoyme began teaching massage therapy, he spouted so much information that a student once told him, ‘Oh, you're such a massage nerd.’ The name stuck. Now Hoyme, 38, and business partner Ken Chang, 37, upload videos to a YouTube site called MassageNerd.”

“Giving back to the community is in queen's blood,” Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 23, 2011. “She was bogged down with loads of homework on the day she found out. After spending hours studying, Katie Landen checked her phone to find a missed text message from her mom, Patty Landen: Call me right away. Never did Katie imagine the news she would receive. On that day several months ago, she was told she would be crowned the 115th queen of Ak-Sar-Ben.”

“Robinson results under microscope,” Star Tribune, Oct. 23, 2011. “Investors in troubled times often look to C.H. Robinson Worldwide for steadiness. But Robinson, one of the nation's largest and most stable transportation and logistics firms, wasn't offering much hope over the summer, when the markets were retreating and speculation was growing about a second recession.”

“St. Anthony: A 'cool' company hopes to go public,” Star Tribune, Oct. 23, 2011. “Proto Labs is a fast-track Minnesota manufacturing company trying to make its way through a sticky public-offering pipeline.”

“Distressed home sales push down price data,” Star Tribune, Oct. 24, 2011. “Prices on distressed sales in the Twin Cities have fallen three times more than prices on traditional deals in the past few years, a report revealed Monday, underscoring the impact foreclosures and short sales have had on the local housing market.”

“Good Question: Are Athletes Arrested More Than Others?” WCCO, Oct. 24, 2011. “The arrest of a Minnesota Vikings player over the weekend for domestic assault brought the team into the lead of a very dubious category: most arrests of any team in the NFL over the past 11 years. But do professional athletes get arrested more than the rest of us?”

“New St. Thomas housing index breaks out median prices on traditional sales,” Pioneer Press, Oct. 24, 2011. “The University of St. Thomas' new housing price index shows a price decline of nearly 10 percent for traditional sales in the Twin Cities since the peak period of early 2005 - far less than other reports.”

“September house price index from the University of St. Thomas,” Star Tribune, Oct. 24, 2011. “Prices on distressed sales in the Twin Cities have fallen three times more than prices on traditional deals in the past few years, a report revealed Monday, underscoring the impact foreclosures and short sales have had on the local market.”

“State of Metro's Home Sales Not so Bad, Say Local Experts,” KSTP, Oct. 24, 2011. “Real estate experts in St. Paul say the picture of the metro home sales market isn't as bad as a national indicator shows.”

“Real Estate Guru Talks Refinance Plan,” KMSP, Oct. 24, 2011. “President Barack Obama announced phase two of the Home Affordable Refinance Program will soon get under way, and FOX 9 News spoke with Herb Tousley, director of the real estate program at the University of St. Thomas, about the new initiative and how it may affect the Twin Cities.”

“Students get dose of loan debt reality,” KARE 11, Oct. 25, 2011. “You may have heard the new statistic that Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards. The average college graduate is now leaving school with a record amount of debt. One trillion dollars.”

“Debating the economic benefits of wilderness,” Red Lodge Clearinghouse, Oct. 26, 2011. “Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R) told the House Natural Resources Committee in March that more golfers play the floating green in Coeur d'Alene in a single day than visit the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness in an entire year. It was a bold claim by the governor of a state that has the third most wilderness of the lower 48 states.”

“Survey: U.S. Catholics' identity alteration,” KARE 11, Oct. 25, 2011. “While one in every four American considers themselves Catholic, a new survey finds "Catholic" may be more of a brand label than a religious identity.”

“Some Jefferson Avenue Bikeway neighbors try to brake project,” Minnesota Public Radio, Oct. 25, 2011. “The Twin Cities usually gets high marks as a great place to ride a bike. Federal dollars are paying for more programs to encourage alternatives to driving. But one proposal to expand cycling in St Paul has some residents considering legal action.”

“Discount retailer’s ‘Big’ expansion in Eagan,” Dakota County Tribune, Oct. 26, 2011. “The nation’s largest closeout retailer recently chose Eagan as part of its latest expansion. Big Lots opened a store Oct. 20 at 1284 Town Centre Drive in Eagan.”

“6 Tommies Help Make 'Short' Work Of Their Opponents,” WCCO, October 2011. “As you can see Fritz Waldvogel isn't a ‘big receiver’ but he's one of six Tommies that have helped make short work of their opponents this season.”

“St. Thomas Coach, Star Player On Unbeaten Season,” WCCO, October 2011. “We are pleased to have in studio, the head coach of the unbeaten St. Thomas Tommies, Glenn Caruso, and one of his star players, senior wide receiver, and do everything offensive guy, Fritz Waldvogel, Mark Rosen reports.”