University of St. Thomas spokesman Jim Winterer says of the felt rug:
Most people don’t walk around it. They tiptoe around it. They think it’s rude. It’s how you might treat a religious figure.
It’s on the fourth floor of Loras Hall on the south campus.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.