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“The Golden Globes looked ridiculous. It just was pitiful. And the Oscars can’t afford to be pitiful. The pressure on them will be enormous.”
Toby Miller, professor of cultural studies, on the effect the writer’s strike has had on the awards ceremonies in Hollywood.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
“There is much to be gained by increasing the percentage of high school graduates who go to college. The most important gain is for the students themselves, but the region and its economy benefit as well.”
Robert Grey, acting chancellor, commenting on efforts to encourage more Inland Empire students to attend college.
“In the past, we’ve heard you can’t make people happy sustainably because happiness is genetic or because life’s circumstances won’t allow it. I argue that there are things we can actually change.”
Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor, on her belief that adopting “happiness intervention strategies” will increase the level of happiness in a person’s life.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD
“There’s a fingernail in Bangkok, a tooth in Sri Lanka – very famous. A relic is an absolutely sacred object. You’d bow down. It’s as close as you can get to the Buddha. It’s more important than any text.”
Justin McDaniel, assistant professor of religious studies, commenting on how, for the first time, a relic of the Buddha – what is thought to be a piece of his breastbone – will be permanently housed in the United States.
THE FRESNO BEE
“They have to act rationally rather than emotionally, because that’s what keeps the cogs of the industrial machine cogging along.”
Tom Lutz, associate professor of creative writing, on how, as women move into more stressful jobs, they will need to curb their tendency to cry.
“Twenty percent of the population owns 65 to 70 percent of the arable land. It’s a class issue. Tribe has been used to mobilize populations. You don’t want (poor) people going against the landowners. You want them to fight among themselves.”
Ray Kea, professor of history, who believes that the roots of the unrest in Kenya lie in the economic disparity.
“We’re seeing a real surge of interest in this primary. Students are more engaged than they’ve ever been in the past.”
Lenita Brownlee Kellstrand, director of special services for student affairs, commenting on her perception that more students felt compelled to vote in this year’s primary.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION