Because winter plays a significant role during life in Minnesota, St. Thomas does not fall short in providing
exciting events and opportunities on campus. At the end of the first semester, club meetings, concerts and
student-focused events give students the opportunity to engage in campus life.
This year, the St. Thomas Saudi Club hosted Saudi Night on Nov. 6 for students, faculty and staff. The evening
began in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium where students performed a play showing the
experiences of Saudi Arabian students growing up in their homeland and moving to the United States to attend the St. Thomas. The play included traditional Saudi dance, which captivated the audience with stories of
the performing students. The event featured Middle Eastern and Saudi food, followed by a dj playing Saudi
and Western music
Pulse – a club for students passionate about dancing, singing, and performing – held its end-of-the-semester
show on Dec. 11t. Senior Megan Speltz participated in her sixth Pulse Show; she loves the Pulse community
and how it welcomes students and their talents. “Regardless of experience, everyone brings something different to the table, so it’s fun to see how everyone works together,” she said. One standout dance in which
Speltz performed used glow sticks as lighting. A creative routine where stick figures danced along to a mash-up of popular songs, the audience laughed and clapped along.
Winter featured numerous cultural group celebrations. Both the Hmong United Student Association and the
Chinese Cultural Association hosted celebrations for their respective New Year’s festivities as an opportunity
to share traditions from two rich cultures. The Black Empowerment Student Alliance hosted a Black History
Month Dinner at the end of February, with authentic soul food, performances, and Minneapolis NAACP
President Jason Sole.
No matter how cold the weather gets, the St. Thomas campus is red hot with events, speakers, performances
and ways for students to get involved during their time here.
1. Student performers dance in Schoenecker Arena for the
Pulse Show on Dec. 11th.
2. A memorable group of performers, including Megan
Speltz and Kallie Larsen in the Pulse Show dance with the
lights off to a remix of songs that had the audience clapping
3. Beautiful campus photo of the famous St. Thomas Arches
on a sunny winter day.
4. A student speaks at Saudi and American Night on Nov. 6.
5. A still from BESA’s Black History Month Dinner on Feb. 26.
Photos: Caitlin Morley ( 1, 2) Allie Vognild ( 3-5)
Page: Emma Bassier