By Martha McKinley
oto by Katie Lenz
Photo by Martha McKinley
Photo by Ted Brakob
St. Thomas fosters an environment where the entire student body has access to events that cater to all different interests. Whether people are musically inclined,
enjoy engaging in dialogue around current issues, or are interested in community service
work, there is a plethora of opportunities available throughout the semester.
Thursday Night Live performances featured various artists throughout the semester
and created a relaxed environment for gatherings in Scooter’s at the end of the week.
Sara Masterson, a singer/songwriter from Chicago, was one of the musicians featured
this fall. Junior Maddie Reese expressed how these events are a great way to take a
break during the week: “I enjoy having performers come to campus because it is a great
way to unwind and spend time with friends outside of the academic environment of a
In addition to new events on campus, there are also recurring traditions each fall. The
Mississippi River Cleanup has been an important part of St. Thomas community service
work since 1993. The St. Thomas campus and its surrounding area is settled along the
river, encompassed by molting trees as the season changes. The area is often subjected
to disregarded trash, and the cleanup is an outlet for the St. Thomas community to
improve the neighborhood. This year’s volunteers gathered on Oct. 31.
Each semester, the Student Alumni Council hosts the Community Cleanup volunteer
event. This fall, “Rake-a-Difference” was held on Nov. 8. Student clubs and organizations
and individuals gathered to clean the yards of elderly and disabled neighbors. This
service event is an opportunity for St. Thomas community members to come together
and benefit the local neighborhood.