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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

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

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








Liz '17

What no one tells you about working in Admissions

Although this might be an extremely biased opinion since I’ve been very actively involved in the St. Thomas admissions department over the course of my time here at St. Thomas, but I think that it is one of the best, yet most underrated departments on campus.

I think that since the Admissions department helps students out prior to attending the university, they are often forgotten, but they are honestly so important. The admissions department is completely in charge of getting students to come to St. Thomas. Whether that be through visit days, individual tours and appointments or recruitment at high schools and college fairs across the country. It takes a very skilled person to work in the admissions department, and I know people always say it, but it really is not a job for everyone. If you don’t like to be around people, or don’t like to talk–then admissions is definitely not for you.

Within the admissions department, there are so many different people that go into every single aspect of the department to make it the huge success that it is. There are students that are hired to give tours around campus, there are admissions counselors who tell the students and families about the school, there are people that organize all of the tours and answer the phones, there are people that oversee all of the different aspects of the department, there are people who volunteer to help host students in their own dorm rooms; you probably get it, there’s a lot to admissions.

Once a student goes to school, the admissions department is often forgotten, but honestly if it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be at St. Thomas or any other school for that matter.

Being part of the admissions department has been one of my favorite things that I have been involved in here at St. Thomas. I have had so many different roles within the department, ranging from blogging for the university, to giving campus tours, to being an ambassador for accepted seniors, to stuffing and addressing envelopes that will be sent to prospective students. If I could do more within the department, I honestly would.

Being part of the admissions department has changed my life since I starting at St. Thomas almost four years ago. I know that sounds super cliche, and super extreme, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for this department. Admissions has given me some of my absolute best friends, they aren’t kidding when they say you’ll find your bridesmaids in college, and I found them within the admissions department. (Lol so cheesy,yet so true) Admissions has taught me how to do so many things that I will be able to use the rest of my life. I have learned how to speak in front of large groups of people and be comfortable with it, I’ve learned how to interact with many different types of people and how to meet everyone’s needs all at the same time. Admission has helped me to remember that although I may have done something 10,000 times, that doesn’t mean that everyone has and that what seems so normal to me, may be new for someone else, which has helped me to become more patient with those around me. I’ve also learned how to walk backwards, almost better than I can walk forwards, which is sure to be a resume booster! (;

Through being part of the admission department, I’ve been able to see how much goes on “behind the scenes” of an event or an organization. When we have our visit days and everything looks so easy and put together, I know that that is because so many people worked many long days with more sleepless nights than they can count so that everything would be perfect. Every little thing, for the visit days especially requires a little extra effort from everyone on the team, because if it weren’t for all that hard work, the events wouldn’t be as successful as they are.

With that being said, thank you to all those I’ve gotten to meet, learn with, interact with, work with, learn from and so much more within the admissions department here at St. Thomas, I have really cherished every moment with you all over these past few years. If it wasn’t for all of you, this department wouldn’t be the way that it is today. Special thank you to Mary Pat and Bryan for all that they do for the admissions department. I know that it is no easy task to make the program the success that it is. Of course all of the success wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for everyone else in the department, but you both have a huge role in that, and I think it goes unrecognized too frequently. So thank you for all that you have done not only for me, but for this entire department as a whole.

I’m so sad that I only have one year left working in the admissions department here at St. Thomas, but I can’t wait to make this last year the best one yet!

Kate '18

Minnesota Wild Follow Up!

A huge thanks to Laura Johnson from the Minnesota Wild for coming and speaking to the St. Thomas AMA Chapter today! She talked about her role as a marketing manager for the Minnesota Wilds and how she got into this position. With a background in marketing and entrepreneurship, she had never envisioned herself entering the sports marketing field. Johnson talked about her responsibilities of segmentation, new product development, marketing campaigns that influence ticket sales, the Fan Loyalty program, as well as working with supporting agencies.

Peterson gave us an inside look at the Wild, as well as what it’s like to be apart of the Wild family. She concluded by answering questions, sharing internship opportunities within the Minnesota Wild, and by giving out prizes including a puck signed by Zach Parise!


Kate '18

Minnesota Wild Marketing Manager

The Minnesota Wild marketing manager will be speaking tomorrow at the St. Thomas AMA meeting!

Join us tomorrow during Convo Hour in JRC 126, where Bridget Johnson from the Minnesota Wild will be speaking on her position as the marketing manager as well as the key roles her job entails. Johnson has her degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and is very excited to come and speak to AMA. Food will also be provided.

The St. Thomas American Marketing Association Chapter is a non-profit, student run organization whose primary objective is to promote a better understanding of marketing and the role it plays in the business world today. AMA is open to all majors and stoves to get members involved and educated on real business experience.

Hope to see you there!



Kate '18

A Letter to Future College Freshman

Dear College Freshman,

I was exactly where you are now 2 years ago. I was a high school senior, who was ready to be done with high school, and very excited (but also very nervous) about starting my future. With the rapidly approaching college deadline, also known as “decision day” there is a lot of pressure to choose a school that is perfect for you. It is very important to closely consider all of the schools on your list, and yes, it’s scary, but your choice of school to attend will impact you for the rest of your life. The education and opportunities you will be receiving in the next 4 (or more) years will shape you into a person who is ready to embark and step foot into the “real world.”

This is one of my all time favorite quotes:

“They say that a goal without a plan is just a dream.”

To me, college was always part of the plan, but the dream was attending St. Thomas. From day one of my college search, St. Thomas stood out to me and no other school even came close in comparison. Sure, I submitted applications and toured other schools, but I knew I had to make St. Thomas my reality. I can actually say it was the perfect match for me.

I could go on and on about the reasons why I love St. Thomas. I have experienced things here at St. Thomas that I could have never even dreamed of, and here are just a few of my favorites:

1.) This fall I will be studying abroad in London for the semester!!!

2.) I attended a St. Thomas dinner held by CEOs in the Twin Cities- this networking event was great for meeting people, establishing connections, and learning business etiquette. Not to mention, the CEO at the table gave me 4 lower level Wild Tickets!

3.) My freshman year, Piper Chapman spoke at St. Thomas about her book and popular Netflix series, Orange is the New Black

4.) My sophomore year, the attorney in the Steven Avery/Brendan Dassey case, and the well known show, Making a Murderer spoke at the St. Thomas Law School

5.) I have the pleasure of writing blogs for the university!!!

6.) I modeled for the university in images used in the rebranding.

7.) The Twin Cities area is amazing- there is so much to do here, I could never be bored.

Choosing a college is very difficult, and it may be one of the biggest choices you will ever have to make. I turned my dream of attending St. Thomas into my reality with persistent hard work, fervor, and by the gracious help of my family. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am now, but in the end, it was all worth it. I am so excited for my future, and because of St. Thomas, I know that I am starting out on the right path.

Best of luck with your college decision.


Kate Drankoff- St. Thomas class of 18’


Visiting St. Thomas my senior year of high school


A recent photo of my family at St. Thomas

Kate '18

St. Thomas Women in Business Club

Tomorrow is the first meeting of the semester for the St. Thomas Women in Business club! Join us in McNeely 236 at 11:45 for our guest speakers on their company, Truce. Truce is Minnesota’s first fresh-pressed juice shop, and they will be speaking about what it’s like to start your own business.  Free Mexican food will also be served!

Read up on Truce here:

Watch a Truce interview here:

Women in Business is a club at St. Thomas that focuses on empowering women who are interested in business. We strive to explore business opportunities, learn professional skills, and network with business professionals. At Women in Business we are learning valuable skills while making friends, eating food and having fun!

Everyone is welcome, see you there ladies!