Wit & Wisdom



"I'm waiting for the white smoke to come out of my child's room."
Denise Walden, associate director of admissions and multicultural enrollment, quoting the parent of an admitted student just before the deadline for making a tuition deposit.

"In Canada, we're not very prone to creating celebrities. He is an amazing man."
David Coon, policy director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, urging participants in the Green Campus Summit on April 2 to "sneak away at dinnertime" to see Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, commander of UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda, the keynote speaker at a different student-initiated conference""Shadows of Rwanda."

"This is not an easy time to be a social critic, but I concede to you that this may be the most important time to be a critic"to find your voice."
Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here, in his keynote address to the 2005 Colby Diversity Conference, "The Pecking Order: A Conference on Class," organized by students.

"As you get older, it's a race between wisdom and senility."
Peter Bohlin, who designed Bill Gates's home and Colby's new Diamond Building, speaking in Page Commons on March 15.

"I've adapted other writers' work, too, from time to time, and I can always see what's wrong with their work. I just have more difficulty seeing what's wrong with mine."
Former English professor Richard Russo, quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about adapting his Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls into a screenplay for an HBO movie.

"We didn't think Superman would last. We thought he was too invulnerable and would run out of stories."
Jerry Robinson, who was instrumental in creating the Joker and Robin characters for the Batman comics, in a lecture on the impact of Jews on comics and the influence of their work during World War II.