News of the Collegespring2007

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“Whenever one political party aligns itself with the most retrograde and reactionary ideas in the public, I’d hope that black people would not align themselves with that. If you look at the political profile of black Americans, about 10 percent are Republicans and regularly vote for the Republican Party in every election. In the most recent election, that figure went up about 2 or 3 percent, and I don’t doubt that it’s due to the party playing to the prejudices and ignorances of certain members of the community who believe that if people are gay, they just say ‘I don’t want to be gay’ and then they won’t be gay anymore. But that’s like me saying ‘I don’t want to be black anymore, and hey! I’m not black anymore!’” —NAACP chairman Julian Bond, keynote speaker for Black History Month 2007 in February at Reed

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“I wrote this book about the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, and I’m sure some of you—when you write your papers—have encountered this situation where you‘re researching something and you find a tangent that is, in a way, more interesting than your original topic. If you write your college papers the way I did, there’s not a lot of extra time to go down those paths. And that’s the great thing about writing a book, other than getting paid.” —Sarah Vowell, author of Assassination Vacation and a forthcoming book on the Salem witch trials, speaking at a Gray Fund lecture in April