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News Digest
December 17, 2007

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News Digest is your weekly collection of news releases and Web feature stories. For more resources on campus events and programs, check these Web sites:

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Today's edition will be the last News Digest of 2007. Our staff wishes everyone a happy, safe holiday season, and a prosperous new year!

Campus News
SLU Government Honorary Wins Two Grant Awards
St. Lawrence University's chapter of the national political science and government honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, has been awarded two grants by the organization's national office. For more
Alumni in the News
Viggo Mortensen '80 Gets First Golden Globe Nomination
Viggo Mortensen '80 has received his first nomination for a Golden Globe award, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for his portrayal of a Russian mobster in Eastern Promises. Nominations were announced December 13. For more
Douglas Dempster '77 Named Dean At U-Texas/Austin
Douglas Dempster '77, who had been acting interim dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin since fall 2006 and senior associate dean of the college since 2001, has been appointed dean of the college. Dempster, who holds the Marie and Joseph D. Jamail Senior Regents Professorship and the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Fine Arts as a professor in the college's department of theatre and dance, was named after a national search.
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St. Lawrence in the News
St. Lawrence is well represented in the January 2008 issue of the national magazine Rowing News. The cover photograph, taken at the Head of the Charles, shows the St. Lawrence varsity men's 8+; the issue includes an essay about rowing at the University by Chelsea Isdell '07; and a photograph of Kathleen Oscadal '06 is included as an illustration with an article about technique.
The December issue of Spirit, the in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines, included a story about the bequest of Kim Gannon '24, designating that one-third of royalties earned by his compositions go to St. Lawrence; he was co-composer of the holiday classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Gannon also wrote the University's alma mater.
A study by Associate Professor of Psychology Pamela Thacher, showing that pulling all-nighters does not help students achieve higher grades, made the national news last week in a BIG way. A national Associated Press story on December 14 resulted in 248 news Web sites from around the world carrying the story. Among them: CBS News Radio, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS News, CNN/Time, USA Today, New York, NPR, the weekend Today show, Inside Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, the Hartford Courant and regional TV and radio newscasts across the nation. The story was among the 10 most-e-mailed stories from the Yahoo! News Web site on Friday, December 14. It has also been cited and appeared on hundreds of blogs. 
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Saints Athletics
Men's basketball earned a hard-fought 85-81 overtime victory at Ithaca to close out the first semester. Men's hockey lost 4-3 in overtime to Vermont, after holding a 3-2 lead in the third period. Women's hockey, which entered the weekend No.4 in the nation, dropped 4-1 and 3-1 decisions to Minnesota-Duluth, the No. 3 team in the country.

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Web Site Updates and Features

Take SLU with You! Check out our NEW podcasts. New this week are favorite holiday tunes as sung by the Laurentian Singers, and a special feature story on the University's varsity golf team. Our podcasts also are available on iTunes. Podcasts are just one of the many features of SLU Live! which has links to our admissions video, our photo albums, our student blogs, and our Web cam.

Keep up with our bloggers! St. Lawrence has become a veritable snow globe--the snow began falling on Sunday, and it has only recently begun to taper off. The campus looks absolutely beautiful covered in the glistening snow...and I've finally acclimated to the colder temperatures. (I never thought I would consider 20* comfortable!) Besides making me smile every time I walk outside, the snow serves as a great source of comic relief. Snowball fights, sledding, skiing on the golf course, and making snow sculptures are the new sources of entertainment on campus. The colder weather also makes it easier to stay inside and do finals week nears, this becomes increasingly important. I suppose I'm so fascinated and obsessed with the winters at St. Lawrence, because they are completely different than what I grew up with in Kansas. I think the winters were what I feared the most about coming to SLU, and I'm quite positive they will be one of the things I miss after I graduate!Read more...

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