St. Thomas’ future in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference remains unclear after a Presidents’ Council meeting on Thursday. According to sources, presidents of the league’s 13 schools were expected to discuss a potential change in bylaws that would allow the MIAC to expel St. Thomas, one of the five schools that helped found the athletics conference in 1920. MIAC commissioner Dan McKane and associate commissioner B.J. Pickard were also expected to attend. In a statement on its web site, the MIAC said the President’s Council met “for a discussion on philosophy, competition, and membership” but offered no further details. Sources close to the situation told the Pioneer Press this week the group would discuss an enrollment cap that would immediately make St. Thomas ineligible for league membership. “The presidents of all 13 MIAC institutions attended and agreed to continue discussions at future meetings,” the MIAC said. … [Read more...] about MIAC presidents meet, take no action on proposal to expel St. Thomas
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Over the past two weeks, news that St. Thomas could be expelled from the MIAC has raised plenty of questions. Will the Tommies really get booted from a conference they helped found 99 years ago? Should they move to Division I? If they go, what happens to the annual football showdown between St. Thomas and St. John’s? While there are no answers yet, there is no shortage of speculation. The Star Tribune reported on April 5 that presidents of the 13 MIAC member schools would meet Thursday to consider a bylaw change, which would effectively push St. Thomas out. The effort has been shrouded in secrecy; neither the league nor its schools publicly acknowledged it until Wednesday, when St. Olaf issued a statement saying it is “engaged in a discussion of membership.” According to the Star Tribune report, the movement to eject St. Thomas is rooted in its size — it has about twice as many undergraduates as St. Olaf and Bethel, the next-largest MIAC members with … [Read more...] about Does St. Thomas have a future in the MIAC?
Somebody in the MIAC wants St. Thomas out. Nobody in the MIAC want to talk about it. Presidents from the 13 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools will meet Thursday to discuss the possibility of changing league bylaws that would result in the ejection of St. Thomas, which helped found the athletics conference which has been associated with the NCAA’s Division III since 1973. A source close to situation told the Pioneer Press that school presidents, plus MIAC commissioner Dan McKane and assistant commissioner BJ Pickard, will meet in person to discuss the possibility of expelling St. Thomas — winner of 15 national titles since 1973 — from the league. No one from the conference or member schools would comment on Thursday’s meeting, or what might have brought complaints about St. Thomas to a head. The Pioneer Press has reached out to all 13 schools and nearly all of them either declined comment through a spokesperson, deferring to the MIAC for … [Read more...] about Some in MIAC want St. Thomas out. Nobody in MIAC wants to talk about it.
A variety of crafts vendors participated in last year’s fair. St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Palmetto Bay once again will host its annual Fall Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored again by the Women of St. Thomas Lutheran Church and the proceeds will be used by the church to help those in need in the community. Diana Orme, one of the fair’s organizers, said she is looking forward to the event and wants to invite everyone to attend. “Come join us for a fun day of fellowship, shopping and food,” Orme said. “It’s our 17th annual Fall Fair, and it will feature our ‘Previously Loved’ rummage sale, local craft vendors, delicious homemade baked goods and the Hot Dog Café.” Craft vendors offer a variety of handmade goods, art, jewelry and other items. OneBlood will be present for blood donations. Vendors hoping for a last minute chance for space at this popular event should call 305-232-1227 as soon as … [Read more...] about Fall Fair returns on Nov. 3 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church
By TIM O’SULLIVAN Monitor staff Thursday, October 04, 2018 Print The Belmont girls’ soccer team was coming off a tough loss, facing a quality opponent and missing a defensive starter going into Friday’s home game against St. Thomas. After the match began, the Raiders lost another member of its back line.Things could have spiraled out of control for Belmont, but Morgan Rule grabbed control from her center back position. The sophomore held together the new-look defense on one end and on the other end freshman Kailey Gerbig found the game’s only goal in the 75th minute to give the Raiders (8-2-1) a key 1-0 win.“Morgan Rule played the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Belmont coach Mark Dawalga said. “She was incredible.” Dawalga had praise for the entire defensive unit – Rule’s fellow center back Deanna Bourque, sweeper Sana Syed, keeper Emma Cochran (seven saves) and outside backs Rebecca Fleming (who was … [Read more...] about High schools: Belmont girls’ soccer overcomes adversity to beat St. Thomas, 1-0