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A bishop’s efforts led to origins of St. Louis University

St. Louis University was located in this building at Washington and Ninth Streets in Downtown St. Louis until moving to its current campus in 1888.

St. Louis University grew from a few dozen students in a rented house to 13,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain.

Bishop Louis William DuBourg founded the university in 1818 as St. Louis Academy. It was considered the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi.

Housed in a private residence near the Mississippi River, it later was known as St. Louis College.

Old, new frontiers cited at SLU bicentennial Mass

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Talking together before Mass, cross bearer, Sean Barry, SJ was joined by Kathryn Jabek, Emily Borgemenke, Katrina Ludwig and Sarah Plunkett.
Saint Louis University marked its bicentennial by celebrating the first Mass under the St. Louis Gateway Arch.  Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the main celebrant for the gathering of over 5,500 people along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Frontiers were the focus as St. Louis University kicked off the celebration of its bicentennial Sept. 23 with the first Mass ever under the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi riverfront.

St. Louis aldermanic committee passes Board Bill 203

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St. Louis Ward 19 Alderwoman, Marlene Davis, expressed her concern over Board Bill 203 during the  Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee meeting. Chair and Ward 17 Alderman Joseph Roddy, listened. Davis made an effort to amend the proposed ordinance but the measure passed without it.  The St. Louis Housing, Urban Development and Zoning committee passed Board Bill 203 and will be sending it to the entire St. Louis Board of Aldermen. The bill, introduced by Alderwoman Megan Green, is an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on a person's reproductive health decisions or pregnancy; and containing a severability clause and an emergency clause.

A proposed St. Louis City ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions and pregnancy could have an effect on Catholic small business owners, such as Craig Schlapprizzi and his family.

Calling Board Bill 203 "overly broad," Schlapprizzi, vice president of Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law, added that "on the most basic level, it's a violation of a person's fundamental right to freedom of religion, and there's no exemption for private business owners."

SLU administrator helps fight med students’ depression

Dr. Stuart Slavin, associate dean of curriculum for the SLU School of Medicine, is tackling the problem of far too many students in medical school who become burned out, anxious and depressed. He is developing a national following for his efforts, with publication in various medical/education journals, and is partly responsible for changes implemented at the SLU Med School. He talked with his students after they took an pharmacology exam.

When Dr. Stuart Slavin started his administrative duties at the St. Louis University Medical School, the mental health of medical students was not one of his concerns.

About nine years ago Slavin, the associate dean of curriculum, came across material about a problem of depression and anxiety among med students. He almost dismissed it, thinking that the problem didn't exist at SLU. "They seemed happy," Slavin said of his students. "I knew some students were suffering because medical school is demanding, but overall I thought our students were doing well."

Coach Stone has SLU women’s basketball on the rise

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Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, has lead the St. Louis University women’s basketball team for five years and has a 67-61 record at the school. She coached the team in timeout in the Billikins’ 90-49 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Nov. 15 at Chaifetz Arena.

Coach Lisa Stone has the St. Louis University women's basketball program thriving.

The 2015-16 Billikens enjoyed the most successful season in program history: a school-record 26 victories; a share of its first conference title; and reaching the third round of the WNIT.

SLU promises to be equally good or even better this year, with the team off to a 5-0 start.

Exhibit portrays the real cost of unrelenting violence

"Sudarios" by Erika Diettes is a collection of portraits of women reliving "the moment that divided her life in two," alive but not living with grief from witnessing family embers who were victims of violence during unrest in Colombia.

The exhibition of 20 intimate portraits of women reliving a tragic period of their lives is moving — both figuratively and literally.

The photographs by Colombian artist Erika Diettes in "Sudarios" are of women who were forced to witness the torture and murder of their loved ones during Colombia's 50 years of civil conflict. The display is carefully designed to make the portraits come alive.

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