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(June 13, 2002, Gazette)

"We can’t pick the name of a university based on the kind of acronym that people might use."

—Edward Roberts, chair of the Board of Regents, commenting on the board’s recommendation to the provincial government that Memorial University of Newfoundland’s name be changed to Memorial University. CBC Morning Show, May 30

"By writing these letters [of your degree] after your name, you are making three commitments: first, you promise that you will never stop learning, then you promise that you will leave your world a better place than you found it with relationships more healthy because you have worked to make them so. And, finally, you promise that you will open yourself to be held accountable for this privileged learning that is yours."

—Convocation address, Sister Elizabeth Davis,
May 30, 10 a.m.

"Bob is an industry leader in corporate and project finance. Within the past year his team raised more than $10 billion including a revolving construction credit facility."

—Chairman, CEO and president Pete Cartwright of the San Jose-based Calpine Corp, the largest independent power company in the U.S., commenting on the promotion of Robert D. Kelly (B. Comm. ’79) to the position of executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Reported May 7 in the Express.

"Happily, we are getting better at throwing off the shackles of blind obedience. But it is slow going, a pace glacial enough for us to heed the lesson of our stateside cousins — that defiance in the face of clear injustice is vital. It is the sustained anger of faithful Catholics — not the creeping awakening in Rome — that will drive reform in the church."

—Cathy Finn (BA ’83) writing in Telegram Forum to contrast the reactions of the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador to the child and sexual abuse and cover-up revealed in the Hughes Inquiry compared with the reaction of the Citizens of Massachusetts’ to the current Church scandal there. Reported in the Telegram, May 18

"It doesn’t surprise me that there are teachers around the province, for their own personal interest and for things around the classroom, are spending some money … To say it’s $500 a year on average. Wow. That’s a lot of money. If a teacher wants to award excellence in his own classroom and so on, that’s up to the individual teacher. I don’t think the Department of Education would get involved in that."

—Assistant deputy minister Robert Young, Department of Education, (B.Comm. ’68) commenting on a report by the Canadian Teachers Federation which estimates that teachers across Canada on average spend $485 dollars a year of their own money for classroom supplies. For this province’s 6,000 teachers that translated into $3 million.

Do you have any interesting alumni notes and quotes to report? Send them to wkearley@mun.ca