"So, now it is almost over. It is a melancholy time. There are more neckties and dresses. Your voice-mail messages--once quite crude--have become the oh-so-smooth voices of people looking for work."
Earl Smith, who moves from dean of the college to special assistant to the president, speaking at the 17th annual Senior Banquet.
"It was funny, how she would talk to men. She would say to boys and men, 'You have allowed a few men to boss you. What is the matter with you? I can't believe you're so cowardly.' She'd shame them. She'd berate them."
Elliot J. Gorn of Purdue University, author of Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America.
""I think I feel a task force coming on."
Randy Helm, vice president for college relations, at a meeting to discuss how Colby should archive electronic documents and Web pages.
"I date Colby's first course with economic content to 1825, when the Waterville College catalogue shows a junior year, second-term course called modern philosophy. Remember that Adam Smith, who was the founder of our subject, taught Modern Philosophy at Glasgow University."
Jan Hogendorn, the Grossman Professor of Economics, in a lecture commemorating 175 years of economics at Colby.
"Unlike Florida, every vote counts here!"
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs Janice Kassman, explaining that, with some 900 votes cast online, the SGA run-off election for president and VP was decided by seven votes, the treasurer's race by 10 votes and senior class officers by five.
"I'm in the Guinness Book of World Records now for the length of a notebook throw during a negotiation. There were moments of great frustration but also close connection."
U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross, taking questions on Mideast negotiations after delivering the Goldfarb Lecture on May 1 at Colby.
"Most of the people who go to the protests are not anti-globalization, they're against the way things are going now. They feel that if we globalize it must be done to help a majority of the world, not just the few."
Visiting Instructor Jonathan White (sociology), speaking about the protests against the FTAA conference in Quebec City, April 21.
"This is your first commencement and there never will be another one like it. You were meant to enjoy it. It is singular. It is unique. But for the rest of youmy learned colleagues in drag to the left and your parents and friends--this is altogether a very familiar scene."
2001 commencement speaker Rev. Peter J. Gomes.
"When we were in the Philippines, we met with an eight-year-old boy named Jep, and I asked him a question I ask a lot of the children who I meet. I asked him, 'have you ever been to school?' And he stopped for a long time, and he looked up to his father who was working right next to him and he asked, 'What is school?' Not only had he never been to school, he had never once left the garbage dump where he lived."
Craig Kielburger, founder of Free the Children, an organization of "children helping children" escape child labor and poverty.
"What isn't distinctive in the West is slavery, but what is distinctive is the abolition of slavery."
Conservative author and policy maker Dinesh D'Souza, on the history behind affirmative action in America.
" . . . The nomination system is a national disgrace. It encourages bullies and emboldens demagogues, silences the voices of responsibility, and nourishes the lowest forms of partisan combat. It uses innocent citizens as pawns in politicians' petty games and stains the reputations of good people. It routinely violates fundamental democratic principles, undermines the quality and consistency of public management, and breaches simple decency. . . ."
Cal Mackenzie (government) in the Washington Post's Outlook section, April 1.