UST in the News

UST in the news

Here’s a roundup of recent stories of interest that mention St. Thomas.

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  • Median home sale price takes a one-month plunge, but price remain up for year,” Star Tribune, Oct. 15, 2003. "This is not signaling a collapse of the housing market," said George Karvel, distinguished chair in real estate at the University of St. Thomas. "It is a return to more normal price increases."
  • “St. Paul police investigate gropings at St. Thomas,” Star Tribune, Oct. 16, 2003.
  • “St. Thomas law school unveiled,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 17, 2003.
  • “Student raped in dorm at Concordia University in St. Paul,” Star Tribune, Oct. 19, 2003. “[St. Paul Police Department spokesperson Paul] Schnell said police have no reason to believe that the rape is related to one last spring at Macalester College in St. Paul or recent incidents at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in which female students were sexually groped by a stranger. Schnell said police arrested a suspect in those gropings.”
  • “St. Paul: Concordia student raped in her dorm room,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 19, 2003. “Last week, University of St. Thomas authorities sent an e-mail warning that public safety officers had received four reports of sexual assaults on the campus since the beginning of the fall semester. Most of the incidents involved fondling, and in one, a man was arrested.”
  • “Author starts up publishing house for regional writers,” Star Tribune, Oct. 20, 2003. “[Chris] Moroni's background is in music. She has a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas and 30 years' experience teaching in the public schools and also a master's degree in theology … .”
  • Ex-prison chaplain Francis Vrana dies,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 20, 2003. “Vrana was born in a working-class family in St. Paul. He graduated from Cretin High School and went to the University of Michigan, the then-College of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Seminary. After his ordination in 1953, Vrana was assistant pastor at the Church of St. Leo in St. Paul for 10 years and at the church of St. Jerome in Maplewood for five years before becoming a prison chaplain.”
  • “Rape at Concordia University leaves students, schools on high alert,” Star Tribune, Oct. 21, 2003. “An e-mail about the Concordia rape was sent to students, faculty and staff members at the nearby University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. That campus is already dealing with its own series of incidents this year, including the groping of a 20-year-old student in front of a residence hall on Oct. 12. A 27-year-old man was arrested in that incident. Jim Winterer, a St. Thomas spokesman, said Monday that doors, emergency phones and other safety measures on campus have been inspected since Saturday.”

  • “College campuses: Students need to be proactive about safety,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 21, 2003. The newspaper’s editorial states the issue well: “While colleges can host seminars, install security cameras and hire more security personnel, individual as well as institutional attitudes matter. This is a new way of thinking for many young people living on their own on relatively safe campuses.”
  • “Class A soccer: Mahtomedi siblings different yet similar,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 21, 2003. Angelo [Fruci], a senior who is a coaches all-state honorable mention forward for the [Mahtomedi boys soccer] team, had classes the next day at the University of St. Thomas and was in bed by 9 p.m. He had a multi-variable calculus class at 8:15 a.m. ‘Oh, it's a great thing to wake up to that early,’ Angelo said. ‘It's a real kick-in-the-pants class.’”