"One of the reasons why Enron Corporation itself didn't give money directly to members of Congress was that it's illegal for the corporations to give corporate moneys to candidates. But it's not illegal for them to give money to the political parties, so Enron gave millions of dollars to the political parties through the soft money provisions that they rely on to get that access."
Government Professor Anthony Corrado, on NPR's Talk of the Nation on January 30, discussing campaign finance reform proposals being considered by Congress.
"It's not the civil population [that's a problem]. The problem is that the fish spoils from the head and we always treat the tail. It's time to cut the head. . . . If Milosovic is there [on trial for war crimes in The Hague] that does not mean the whole problem is solved."
Oak Human Rights Fellow Sevdie Ahmeti, an Albanian Kosovar, on person-to-person relations with Serbs as opposed to relations with the Serbian government. (Her work is being used as evidence in Milosovic's trial.)
"It's a larger time for all of you to live than it even was a decade or two decades ago for the men and women of that generation. There's something about these moments that gives an opportunity, a challenge for greatness, that sometimes doesn't happen in other eras."
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin '64, talking to Colby students about life after September 11, after quoting Abraham Lincoln on the relative lack of opportunities for his generation to change the world.
"It's basically a huge restaurant; this was a chance to put out restaurant-quality fare."
Jody Pelotte, dining services production manager, introducing a new lineup of specialties, better china and fresher portions, as Dana dining hall geared up for second semester and the introduction of "Ultimate Dining."
"I think the fundamental tensions are still there. The gridlock is still there. While we have these sort-of islands of consensus right now, I think we'll find, in the long term, they're relatively small and they won't keep us from going back to what is normal here. And normal is a kind of government that most Americans are pretty unhappy with."
Presidential Professor of Government G. Calvin Mackenzie, in a December 7 All Things Considered story on Americans' post-September 11 trust in government.
"More than just a formidable work of historical synthesis, American Colonies [by Alan Taylor '77] provokes us to contemplate the ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity."
Reviewer Andrew R.L. Cayton in the New York Times Book Review, December 2.