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College Row


A compilation of recent remarks made at Amherst.

“Cheating is on the rise because the gap between rich and poor is so vast. Even as the carrots have grown bigger at the top, the sticks have been hitting harder at the bottom.”

David Callahan
Discussing his book The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead
Babbott Room, Oct. 7, 2004

“I’m not saying that we have to worry about the wildlife because they’re out to get us. The point is that we have to worry about what we do. The problem is that we’re creating these strange sorts of wildlife refuges in suburbia, in our own back yards. We have to figure out what to do about that.”

NPR science correspondent David Baron
In a talk about his new book, The Beast in the Garden
Cole Assembly Room, Oct. 21, 2004

“The shape of this curve [showing increasing lung cancer in women] is the definition of a manmade epidemic.”

David Kessler ’73, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and current dean and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of California at San Francisco
In a talk titled “Tobacco Wars”
Cole Assembly Room, Oct. 21, 2004

“When I visited Virgil, he was sitting and stroking his cat in a very systematic way. I asked him what he was doing, and he said, ‘I’m correlating the cat.’”

Neurologist Oliver Sacks
Discussing the adjustment problems of a patient—a blind man whose sight was restored—from his book An Anthropologist on Mars, during Orientation’s common-reading program
Johnson Chapel, Aug. 25, 2004

“Most geologists tend to think in tens of thousands or millions of years. But if bottom-water formation in the oceans stops, the effect on global climate would happen in tens of years—on a human scale, in my kids’ lifetime.”

Professor of Geology Peter Crowley
In an Amherst Today lecture on  climate change
Geology Lecture Hall 5, Sept. 17, 2004


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