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Day of the Dead Documentaries

By Sofia Wolf

As many people celebrate Halloween today, another holiday is being celebrated: Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. This holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico, particularly in the central and southern regions of the country, where the celebration originated. Day of the Dead is also observed in other regions where people with Mexican ancestry live, especially in the United States. This multi-day celebration, which takes place from October 31st -November 2nd, is a day of remembrance for loved ones and a celebration of their lives.

If you would like to learn more about the Day of the Dead or other holidays celebrated throughout the world, the Music & Media Collection has vast databases with documentaries about world religions, anthropology, sociology, language, art and many other subjects.

Below are links to several documentaries about Day of the Dead:

Festivals: Day of the Dead, Mexico

Mexico: Day of the Dead – My Americas

Day of the Dead: A Mexican Celebration

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Treasures from the Rare Book Collections – The Father Brown Mysteries


G. K. Chesterton’s fictional detective Father Brown is one of his most popular fictional creations. While initially produced as contributions to periodicals like the Pall Mall Magazine and McClure’s Magazine, the Father Brown stories soon gained great popularity and were later compiled into anthologies.

The hero of the stories  –  a short, squat, helpless appearing Catholic priest – was based on an actual priest, Father John O’Connor.  O’Connor was a lifelong friend of Chesterton and contributed to his conversion to the Catholic faith.

The original inspiration for the stories was Chesterton’s discovery of Fr. O’Connor’s profound knowledge of the depths of human depravity.  This came about through a conversation at a dinner party at which two Cambridge University students commented sarcastically about the naïveté of modern Christian priests.  Chesterton was struck by the paradox of the outwardly innocent appearance of his priest friend and a his friend’s deep understanding of sin and evil.

Father Brown’s detective pursuits are truly Chestertonian in that they shun the techniques of science and the undiluted rational powers of man. “Mere facts are commonplace,” says Father Brown. The sleuth depends on a deep knowledge of the human heart instead of methodical observation to solve mysteries.

The Chesterton-Belloc Collection housed the Department of Special Collections features over 1200 works by the English author G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936).     Among the materials in this collection, you will find a variety of editions of works from his Father Brown detective series.



Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Mindfulness Films

By: Sophia Wolf

In mid-October, it is now more than a month into the semester. As essays, exams, and presentations begin to pile up, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. However, mindfulness, stress relief, and mediation are closer than you think. The Music & Media Collection offers many films on these topics, both as physical DVDs or through the online streaming databases. Take a look at three new mindfulness and mediation films and documentaries now available to borrow from the Music & Media Collections. These films can be found on the “New to Our Collection” bookends!

The Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health 
Call Number: BF 161 .M56 2016 DVD

In this program, learn about the relationship between physical health and emotions. Researchers and clinicians talk about how improvements in psychological functioning can mitigate and even prevent the symptoms of many diseases. Learn how mindfulness techniques such as meditation and yoga can improve emotional problems and how physical exercise can lift mood, sharpen thinking, and ease stress.

On Meditation
Call Number: BL 627 .O5 2016 DVD

This documentary explores the deeply personal practice of meditation. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond “thinking” into a deeper state of awareness. But what does this path truly look like? Learn from the first-hand experiences of those who have developed a meaningful practice, from teachers to everyday people to celebrities.

A Zen Life
Call Number: BQ 988 .U887 Z4 2006 DVD

D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was one of the 20th century’s most important writers and thinkers. During his life, Suzuki became the first advocate of Zen Buddhism and its practices for those in the West. He traveled and lectured around the world and has had a major impact on religious, artistic and philosophical thinking. This vivid portrait of the man includes rare footage of Suzuki himself and commentary by many whose lives and thinking he influenced.

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Tommies! New Resources!

By Sofia Wolf

As UST welcomes new students to campus – whether first year, international, or transfer students – the Music & Media Collections at OSF Library cannot wait to share the many resources we have available for these new (or returning) Tommies. Found in room 104A in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the Music & Media Collections has over 25,000 physical DVD and CD titles available for check out as well as numerous streaming databases featuring academic films and interviews, documentaries, foreign films, major motion pictures, and everything in between. Viewing stations, listening/view rooms, and external disc drives available for check out make it easy to utilize our resources. If you have been to the Music & Media Collections in the past, make sure to drop by this semester to browse the many new titles that were added throughout the summer.


Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Additions to Swank Streaming Service

By Sofia Wolf

If your summer of Netflix-binging has left you desperately searching for a good movie, Swank has your solution. Swank is a video streaming service available for free to all UST students, faculty, and staff through the Music & Media Collections and we recently added 41 great movies to its online collection

These new films include many recent hits spanning multiple genres to match any movie night you are planning. Adventure and comedy can be found in the hilarious coming-of-age story The Edge of Seventeen or Newt Scamander’s magical missteps in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Get your fill of drama, romance, and heartbreak in the films The Danish Girl, Sense & Sensibility, or Things to Come. Seeking action and suspense? The crime drama Dheepan or the horror/thriller Get Out are sure to excite.

Swank can be found in the list of “Online Video Resources” on the UST Films page and easily accessed on or off-campus by signing in with your St. Thomas username and password. Follow the arrows to access the database.




Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Tales from the Archives — 40th Anniversary of Coeducation

Did you know that University of St. Thomas was officially an all-male school in its undergraduate program for the first 92 years of its history?  It wasn’t until September 1977  that women were first admitted as full members of the undergraduate class.   While the school’s administrators anticipated that only 100 – 125 women would enroll in the first year, St. Thomas welcomed 221 women students for the Fall Semester.


From the Aquin, September 7, 1977

To accommodate the women undergraduates, the physical campus underwent a bit of a facelift prior to their arrival.   Bathrooms and locker rooms were remodeled in existing buildings to provide spaces for women. But the most visible change to the campus landscape was an addition to Murray Hall.  Constructed during the summer of 1977, housing for up to 94 female students was created.

Construction of the Murray Hall residence addition June 1977. 

The transition to a coeducational institution went very smoothly by all accounts.  By the 1980-81 academic year, 40 percent of the undergraduate student body were women.  That same year, Rachel Wobschall was voted the by the student body to be the first female Tommie Award (formerly the “Mr. Tommy” award) winner.

Two female students in a Murray Hall residence room, May 1978. 

To explore more of the history of the University of St. Thomas, visit the University Archives webpage.


Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Coffee Bené Rewards its Loyal Customers!

Get Rewarded!

The Coffee Bené Rewards program is now in place – you can sign up at to earn points for your purchases at Coffee Bené!

Just remember to give your phone number to the barista whenever you order and your purchase will be recorded and points awarded.  Click to  Read more about it!

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s Coffee Bené shop is set to open again this Fall Semester and we can’t wait!!    Enjoy your August and we’ll see you soon!


Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

Book a Media Viewing/Listening Room for your next group project!

By Sofia Wolf

The second UST summer session just began and before you know it, so will fall classes! Many courses require students to view or listen to content which will contribute to assignments, tests, or class discussion. However, students often face the problem of where this content should be viewed, especially if it must be done as a group. The Music & Media Collection in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library makes it convenient to watch a film or listen to audio with a group by offering two Viewing/Listening rooms, now available for reservation! Booking one is as simple as booking a group study room at the library – simply visit the “Films” tab within the OSF Library homepage, select “Book A Media Viewing/Listening Room,” choose your date, duration, and which room you would like to reserve, then reserve a room using your UST student information.

Be sure to take advantage of one of the many fantastic resources offered by the Music & Media Collections and ace your next group project!

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Tommie alum reads from his new baseball novel in O’Shaughnessy-Frey, July 26, 6:30 pm

Tom Murray ,78 and his father John Murray ’50

Tom Murray, St. Thomas class of ’78, will read from his new novel, Father, Sons and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball, on Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.
Reading is free and open to all – books will be available for purchase – refreshments provided!

For complete details, please read Newsroom article here!

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Happy summer!!!

By Liz Legatt

As everyone departs from campus and begins their summer jobs, classes, and vacations, don’t forget that the Music & Media Collections is still capable of meeting your needs from home! Because of our continuously updated streaming services, members of the St. Thomas community have access to thousands of films and music through our databases.

If you find yourself in need of a film for class or simply have some free time on your hands, you can find our Online Video and Music Sources right through the St. Thomas Libraries website. And if you still need to come in to the Music & Media Collections for face-to-face help, effective May 22nd our hours will be changed as follows:

Music and Media Collections Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed