Kate '18

New Twist on Tommie-Johnnie 

As a St. Thomas student, I consider the Tommie-Johnnie football game to be almost like a holiday, and personally, one of my favorite days of the entire year. There was a special announcement recently made regarding TOJO for the upcoming 2017 season leaving the Tommies with a lot of anticipated excitement.

As one of the country’s best college football rivalries between the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, this annual game, will take on a new twist in the 2017. Dating back over a century, this historic rivalry, known as Tommie-Johnnie, will be held at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.

The Twins President, Dave St. Peter, is quoted saying, “The Twins organization is honored and excited to be hosting one of Minnesota’s great traditions.” This will be the first-ever football game to be played at Target Field, and this Tommie-Johnnie rivalry is promised to be a memorable experience for the players, coaches and fans alike.

Both the Tommies and the Johnnies are ready to soar attendance records of this historic game of 17,327 to the Target Field seating capacity of 39,000. The St. Thomas head football coach, Glenn Caruso, explains that his team is excited for many reasons. “What a great opportunity to play the nation’s biggest Division III rivalry in a venue such as Target Field. It not only allows us to highlight both proud institutions and our tremendous history, but it also lets us bring the game to a much larger game-day audience.”

Mark your calendars for kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as this game is going to be unlike anything you have experienced before. Tickets will be made available at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6th for St. Thomas football season ticket holders as well as Twins season ticket holders. For the greater St. Thomas community tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, and tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, December 13th. More information can be found through the Twins ticket office.

Kate '18

One Borough at a Time

I firmly believe travel is what you make of it. Each person has different perceptions of what this might consist of, but I personally love days filled with adventure, yet laid back enough to actually enjoy what you are seeing and doing. Today was one of those days, and I can honestly say I enjoy every minute of it.


This morning I met up with 5 other girls and we had a day packed with sight seeing, delicious food and experiencing unique nooks and crannies of London! Our delightful group started at Portobello Market and meandered our way through the food, jewelry, clothing and leather stalls. I am a sucker for markets, and while Portobello was not my personal favorite, it is iconic and well worth the journey. Portobello is also tucked into Notting Hill, which is an area famous for the Notting Hill movie as well as the bright and pastel colored buildings.


I don’t know if you have ever seen London from a bird’s eye view, but it’s incredible and completely worth the journey up to the top of Sky Garden which is located on the 34th level of the 20 Fenchurch Street skyscraper. The architecture is quite impressive and the view of London is astonishing- Saint Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London are just a couple of the impressive ariel views.



Milkshakes on milkshakes on milkshakes! I don’t think I have ever been this excited to try a dessert in my entire life! Molly Bakes is a gourmet milkshake shop famous for their over the top milkshake creations! Needless to say, these were delicious and don’t worry, we split because they were very tasty, yet massive!


Who doesn’t love the Parent Trap?? The 1998 version of the Parent Trap movie, starring Lindsay Lohan, has a famous scene where Annie and Hallie’s mom lives in an iconic London home. The actual house still stands today and can actually be located amongst the streets of London. Located just a couple of blocks from Harrods, the neighborhood is considered to be a rather upscale area and 23 Egerton Terrace, Kensington is definitely the most gorgeous and well maintained house on the block. It was surreal standing in front because the movie was very popular when I was growing up and I can easily replay the scene over and over in my head as Lindsay Lohan opens the door for the first time to meet her mother in the film.


I am a huge fan of the royal family of England and if I were to ever meet Kate Middleton, I would probably faint. Today I actually went to Kensington Palace where William and Kate live. While I didn’t exactly see either of them, I was hopeful they were inside the gorgeous brick walls having tea together. While very beautiful, Kensington Palace is quite different than what I expected. I was surprised that the palace is actually nestled into a rather quiet and remote area of London right next to Kensington Gardens.


London is incredible and I am extremely blessed to be here for an entire semester. It is really special to explore the different boroughs of London you normally wouldn’t get to experience on a vacation. I have a long bucket list of things to do still in my time remaining, so stay tuned for more London adventures!

Kate '18

A Modern Take at the Tate

Our world is a beautiful place that is ever changing and complex. Art mirrors this undescribable phenomenon and provides a unique perspective of an era by incorporating a diverse range of human events, emotion, historical happenings and original taste of the artist. Dating back thousands of years, art has the ability to capture my heart over and over again as I venture through art museums all over Europe. Art can draw in a viewer or leave vivid feelings of disdain. I ultimately love art because each viewer sees something completely different. Often times I forget that as an ever changing practice, art from present day can be just as appealing as “traditional” art, yet, at times, completly overlooked.

The Tate Modern is housed in the former Bankside Power Station and strikingly remodeled after an international competition to select an architect for the new gallery. This impressive building is home to pieces 1900 to the present day and the artwork is not displayed in chronological order. Open, interactive, and full of mystery- the Tate Modern it is truly like no other art gallery I have ever seen or experienced before.

Two very specific criteria are usually expected when viewing art. The first being beauty and the second an interest in viewing a pieces of art work that you, yourself could not have made. Contrastingly, the unique pieces housed in the Tate fulfill just the opposite of this. Modern and contemporary, the art is needless to say, very different- some pieces simply look as though I could have thrown them together in a matter of minutes, and to be quite frank, others were absolutely atrocious. Yet despite all of this, I was completely drawn to the work exhibited and mesmerized by the simplicity in the beauty of everyday items and common happenings. If you ever get the chance, set all previous feeling of modern art aside, and go explore the Tate Modern because I promise, you won’t be disappointed.









Kate '18

Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest 

Time is running out for the annual study abroad photo contest! If you are studying abroad, St. Thomas would love to see your best pictures! All submissions must be received before midnight on Saturday, October 15th, 2016!

How to submit your photos:

E-Mail photos and entry form to studyabroad@stthomas.edu. Subject line: Photo Contest. Rename entry form: Last name first name.


If your work is selected, you will be awarded with a cash prize of $100 for 1st prize, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd prize, and you be reproduced in a university publication for advertising, design, editorial, and other areas of communication.

Four categories:

Global Classroom, A sense of Place, Tommies Abroad, and Most Epic Selfie. There is a limit of three submissions for each category.

Attach entry form:

Be sure to attach the submissions entry form with your pictures and review the guidelines.



Can’t wait to see all of your photo submissions, Tommies!

Kate '18

St. Thomas, Fall Looks Good On You

Once you get to college, the community of new people around you starts to become your family. St. Thomas is my home away from home, and while studying abroad is fantastic is so many ways, I really miss my Tommie family!!! Fall is also such a special time at St. Thomas- the school year is already in full swing, and just as the Tommies settle into their routines, fall begins to creep up, renewing a burst of beauty and enthusiasm.

5 Things I Miss about St. Thomas:

1.) TOJO

Tommie Johnnie is one of the longest standing traditions at St. Thomas. Our students have pretty much turned TOJO into the biggest holiday of the year, and I truly miss the sea of purple and all of the Tommie pride!

UST students cheer on the Tommies during the annual Tommie Johnnie football game at Clemens Stadium at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, on September 26, 2015. St. Thomas won the game by a final score of 35-14.


2.) Summit Avenue

Nothing says fall like the leaves turning colors on Summit Avenue. Fall in St. Paul is gorgeous and is such a becoming season on our stunning campus.

Students walk along the lower quad through trees covered in brilliant autumn color October 3, 2011. The statue of John Ireland is at right.

3.) The Annual Health and Wellness 5K

The annual Tommie 5K is put on by the Health and Wellness center and always is a great way to kick off homecoming weekend. The race is lead by none other than our very own president, Dr. Julie Sullivan.

Students pose for a photo with UST President Dr. Julie Sullivan before participating in the annual Wellness 5K on Summit Avenue in St. Paul on October 17, 2015, in St. Paul.


4.) The Binz!!

Not going to lie, the food in London is pretty mediocre and I really miss food from the States. Bacon is just not the same here! A Binz burger sounds incredible right now, not to mention the ice cream bar- YUM!


5.) Walks to the Mississippi River

In London you could walk to the River Thames, but it just doesn’t even compare to the Mississippi. Just a short walk from campus, the Mississippi River is the perfect escape from reality and a chance to take in all the fresh air and embrace nature at its finest.

Taken from the Marshall-Lake bridge over the Mississippi River to the southeast.
Kate '18

Don’t Let the Muggles get you Down

I have been completely obsessed with Harry Potter ever since the books first came out about 15 years ago. The Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour was on my London bucket list and proved to be one of my favorite things I have done to date in England.

Harry Potter is a phenomenon that captured the hearts of millions around the world, and the films transformed J.K. Rowling’s vivid imagination on paper to come to life on the screen. For 10 years, the Harry Potter cast and crew took over this Warner Bros Studio and filmed all 8 of the Harry Potter films on set. The studio boasts an impressive lot home to the different scenes throughout the movie such as the Great Hall, Gryffindor Tower, Hagrid’s hut, Dumbledore’s office, the Potions classroom, the famous Quidditch stadium, Malfoy Manor, 4 Privet Drive, Diagon Alley and many more. It was unbelievable to see the amount of detail that went into the sets, props, special effects, engineering and construction departments, and not to mention the hair, makeup and costumes.

It is hard to put into words what it was like to be on set- I felt like a Muggle who fell into a magical world that couldn’t possibly be real life. I can image this is what Harry would have felt like his first time in Diagon Alley shortly after meeting Hagrid. It was incredible to step into the wizarding world and experience the magic come to life right in front of my eyes. Don’t even get me started on Butterbeer… It is soooo good! The best way I can explain it is being a delicious and fizzy combination of butterscotch and cream soda topped with a dollop of heavy cream- YUM! Needless to say, I loved every minute of my four hours spent on set and never wanted to leave.


The iconic Butterbeers- don’t worry they’re nonalcholic


Took a little ride on the triple decker Night Bus (made from three different double decker buses welded together)


Enjoying Butterbeers in front of 4 Privet Drive- Jenna is the best travel buddy and may love all things Harry Potter even more than me!


The Hogwarts Express


Couldn’t quite make it through the platform wall


The Great Hall- one of the only sets that remained standing for all 8 movies


Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Kate '18

Kilting up in Scotland

Over the long weekend, I escaped the crowded and hectic streets of London to retreat to the lovely Highlands of Scotland. Pictures do not do Scotland justice as the landscape is incredibly beautiful and truly takes your breath away. It is a different kind of beauty and you feel removed and completely out of touch with your real life- it is all very peaceful and quite refreshing.


Kilt Up and Let’s Go: 

Decked head to toe in Patagonia, North Face jackets and rain boots (known in Scotland as Wellies) our group of 30 ventured through Scotland over the course of 4 days by coach, and let me tell you, we covered a lot of ground and had a ton of fun along the way. Our guides, Duncan and Sergio, from Haggis Adventures gave us a taste of the high life and truly left me wanting to kilt up and buy a home to “holiday” at on one of the Lochs in the Highlands. Essentially there is a lot to do in Scotland and nearly impossible to see and experience everything in a single trip. As our coach bus rumbled through the curvy hillsides, our guides did an excellent job of breaking up the long journey with frequent stops for incredible views, sight seeing opportunities and of course, some delicious homemade Scottish food and drinks in the local pubs. We would then take up camp for the night and stayed in secluded hostels in small towns nestled between Lochs and large herds of sheep. This was my first time staying hostels, and to be quite honest, it was a ton of fun to interact and trade stories after a long and fulfilling day of travel. There was also a huge toga party that was definitely a night to remember!





Hit the Road “Jackabouts”:

Our guides divulged the cultural components of Scotland through history, battles, the complex relationship with Britain and of course some very outlandish fairytales. My trip highlights included the Wallace Monument, the castle of Eilean Donan, the Helix- home of the Kelpies, meeting up with some hairy coos, hiking the 3 sisters of Glenco, venturing through 2 national parks and exploring the quaint town of Isle of Skye. The weather was nothing short of amazing and made the entire journey perfect.





Just a “Wee” Walk Down the Path:

One of the best parts about this trip was how much time we spent in the fresh air. Each time we would flock like sheep off the bus and our guide, Duncan, would proclaim, “we will just be going for a wee bit of a walk down the path.” Let me tell you, this phrase evidently holds a wide variety of meanings ranging from a short stroll to a rather treacherous hike down the side of a slippery bluff. Regardless of what we were doing, I loved every second of these adventures and the Scottish country side is absolutely breathtaking. After explaining a rather complicated fairytale, Duncan lead us to the River of Eternal Beauty. To this day, the river is believed to hold powers of eternal beauty and leaves the face of the person who dips their face into the water absolutely stunning. It was hilarious to see each of our group members balancing along the slippery rocks trying to hold their faces in the flowing water for 7 seconds- 3 girls in our group actually toppled right into the river inevitably leaving their entire bodies glowing (and soaking wet) with eternal beauty.



Watch out Nessie, We’re Coming for You:

We have all heard stories about the monster, Nessie, who inhibits the waters of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. I fulfilled my duties and went out on the trek to hunt down Nessie. I didn’t actually see anything, but I know she is down there ready to emerge from the surface and leave the viewers of this spectacular moment with a $10 million dollar prize.


Scotland was stunning and I did not want to leave. I was shocked by the amount of lakes, or Lochs, which fill the gorgeous sites of Scotland. I truly enjoyed every second of my time here and it’s already on my bucket list to be back, decked out in my kilt and ready to go. Thank you Scotland for the incredible sites, memories and giving me the best holiday yet!



Liz '17

That moment when you know you made it.

As I’ve matured, I’ve begun to realize just how much I took for granted when I was younger. I never thought anything of the fact that as a child, that was going to be the last time I would live under the same roof as my family, or that my built in best friends (my brothers) weren’t bullies. Over the last few years, my family has become my number one. I would always say that I loved them and that I couldn’t live without them, but I don’t think I really meant it. Now that I live six hours away from my parents and little brother and across the country from my older brother, I wish I could just have one more day of us all living together. Of course I see my family, but the five of us are really only under the same roof for a few days around the holidays.

This past weekend, my parents drove six hours each way just so they could spend less than 24 hours with me. It was honestly the greatest thing ever, and I thank them so much for being so selfless and doing this for me. They drove up to St. Paul early Friday morning and left on Saturday afternoon. The main reason for them coming was for the 10k race that I ran on Saturday morning. Last weekend was family weekend, but they weren’t able to come up because I was working the whole weekend. It meant more to me than I will ever be able to express to see them on the sidelines when I started the race as the sun was rising. Less than an hour later, I saw them again holding up a big sign and calling my name as I ran back past them down the hill towards the finish line. Having my parents there at my race to support me was so encouraging. I think the fact that they have been there on the sidelines of so many of my big accomplishments definitely helped that as well, but it was also knowing that they don’t just live around the corner, but that they drove nearly 300 miles to be there. It was incredible.

The night/day before the race, they took me out to lunch and took me shopping. On Saturday, they did the same thing. I honestly spent almost that entire 24 hours with them, and it rocked. Four years ago when I was a senior in high school, if you would have told me that I was going to not only look forward to seeing my parents, but enjoy spending time with them, I would have thought you were completely crazy and out of your mind. Over the last few years, my parents have honestly become my best friends and I love it so much. I am constantly looking forward to the next time I get to see them and spend time with them, not because I know they’re going to be buying me food (which is for sure a plus ;)) but because I genuinely want to hangout with them like I would any of my other friends.

Being friends with your parents is almost better than being friends with your peers. My parents have lived so much more life than I have, so they have so much more wisdom and knowledge that I haven’t encountered yet. As much as I hate to admit that my parents are right, they really and truly are, no matter how much I have fought it.

The day I realized that my parents weren’t just my parents but that they were my companions and my best friends; that was the moment that I knew that I had made it.

Kate '18

Taking Art History out of the Classroom

While studying abroad in London, one of the courses I am taking is art history. As a requirement of the liberal arts foundation, art history is a course that challenges students of looking at art as more than pretty pictures and to study and understand it as a way to connect directly to other people- across the globe, across time and across language. The art history department at St. Thomas expresses this courses is not about memorizing facts and dates, rather about asking critical questions, undertaking research and using analytical tools to find answers. Once a week for four hours, our class of 13 is guided by a lovely British professor throughout different art museums in London. As we explore these different art museums, our class gains a clear understanding of how art dates back to history of the past and is a critical factor in the way people have communicated over time.

London is very art and historically (the city is so OLD) focused, and this is promoted by free museum access to all museums throughout the city. The National Gallery towers over Trafalgar Square and is home to a stunning collection of art pieces. I am the type of person who loves art and could walk through an art museum and enjoy what I see immensely, however, I would never understand the background and stories behind the pieces I am viewing. I was excited to take this course in London because I was eager to hear the stories of the past and couldn’t wait to experience these incredible pieces come alive. Our professor, who also happens to be one of the most knowledgable art lectures in the world, has a way with telling the stories of the pieces leaving the viewer eager to dive right into the painting or even being able imagine themselves peering over the shoulder of the artist carefully stroking away on the canvas.

Exploring the National Gallery is a real treat and I am eager to wander deeper into different pieces within this museum and many others as the semester progresses. This is an incredible opportunity St. Thomas encourages it’s students to embrace and full heartily dive into.


The first piece, “The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian,” was completed in 1475 by Antonio and Piero del Pollaiuolo. The two Florentine brothers, masterfully worked together to craft this piece commissioned by a family as the alter piece of a church. At first the distressed man in the painting appears to be Christ, but then clues of a bow and arrows lead the viewer to recognize the man as Saint Sebastian, the saint who people of the era prayed to for relief of the deadly plague. Our art lecturer let us in on a little secret, and told her guests to look carefully at the men in the painting and notice the similarities of their features. This undoubtedly was only one model, and the brothers show off their artistic talent with the slight body reposition and muscle definition of this man in different poses.


The next art piece was, “The Judgement of Paris,” approximately painted between the years of 1632-1635 by Peter Paul Rubens, a German artist. This piece contains striking nudity, and as Jacqui dove deeper into the story, she skillfully pieced together the story, making the Goddesses come alive. I could almost feel the agony of competition between these three beautiful women and how the intense outcome resulted in the Trojan War. Our guide, also pointed out the well covered, yet visible, changes the artist made to the piece, and explained as oil ages, it becomes see-through over time, though the artist masterfully covered these changes at the time.


Our final piece of the tour was of the beautiful lady who was once the mistress of King Louis XV and is titled “Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame.” Painted by Francois-Hubert Drouais from 1763 to 1764, the French artist actually first painted her lovely face first, and then went on to complete the rest of the painting soon after Madame de Pompadour’s death. The art lecturer pinpointed the detail in the lady’s exquisite lace outfit and explained what the objects in the room meant, including the embroidery frame which indicated a person’s position in society during this era.


Kate '18

Thank You St. Thomas for Giving Me the World- Bonjour, Paris 

Paris was absolutely incredible and I honestly loved every minute of my time spent there. I wish I could explain to you how beautiful I thought Paris was because my pictures don’t even do it justice.

As the City of Love, Paris is stunning and has so much to offer. There was so much I wanted to do in Paris, and truly not enough time to do it all. I went to the Notre Dame Cathedral, The Arc de Triomphe, enjoyed the River Seine’s unique views of the city on a sunset boat cruise, shopped the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and explored a local market. I experienced three incredible museums: the Musee D’Orsay, the Louvre and the Picasso Museum, which were hands down my favorite part of Paris.

Our group had a French dinner at a cafe near by our hotel in the Bastille neighborhood. French dinners are viewed as more of a social outing, and this meal lasted over three hours and consisted of absolutely delicious food and drinks. I had “timbale de saumon fumé à la purée d’avocat et son sorbet citron” for my entrée, “piéce du boucher poéleé, sauce poivre, frites maison et salade verte” and for dessert, “moelleux tiéde au chocolat, aux amandes et ses sauces.” All of the food was incredible and much needed after a long day of travel. I truly had the best night talking and laughing all of my closest friends right next to me in Paris.

Naturally, I completely fell in love with the Eiffel Tower itself and viewed it both during the day and at night. At night, I actually went all the way to the top and looked over the city all lit up. The Eiffel Tower “sparkles” each hour for 5 minutes when it’s dark out and seeing it sparkle from afar is truly breathtaking. The Eiffel Tower was more amazing than I ever could have imagined.

I also took an incredible trip out to Versailles which is about 12 miles out of Paris and toured the palace as well as it’s gorgeous Gardens. Louis the XIV apparently envisioned this incredible palace, Louis the XV enjoyed it and Louis the XVI had to pay for it with the French Revolution. The palace is absolutely over the top and completely gorgeous from floor to ceiling, and every square inch in between.

There is a French cafe on just about every single corner on the streets of Paris. I had an amazing meal and just embraced the French mentality of lingering and enjoying life pass by. The city itself is dirty, but it feels almost like being in a fairytale because your surroundings are so picturesque.

I was surprised by how easy it was to get to Paris by taking Eurostar- it is only about a two hour train ride from London to Paris. The language barrier was not too big of an issue either. I honestly only know two french words- “bonjour” and “merci,” but I got by well enough and quite a few of the French people actually speak English as well. It felt quite strange returning to London and referring to it as “going home.” I truly enjoyed every minute in Paris and the trip almost felt like I was living in a fairytale because I just had such an phenomenal time!

Paris, France