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Anne Arundel 100

 Said on Campus

Quotes from recent lectures and talks at St. Mary's College of Maryland

General RosecransGenerals would come up with a game plan before a battle: ‘Come in when you hear it begin, then attack here,’ Most of the time this worked well. But acoustic shadows could be a problem. In the Battle of Iuka (Mississippi, Sept. 19, 1862), the generals planned a pincer move. … General Rosecrans attacked at 4 in the afternoon. Generals Grant and Ord saw smoke, but heard no noise. They thought it was a fire, and never heard the huge battle (their cue to attack from the other side). Price escaped.

 – Charles Ross, professor of physics and dean of Longwood University’s College of Arts and Sciences, describing Oct. 8 how sounds outdoors can be impacted by wind, air, temperature, the ground and trees, and how this affected the outcomes of battles in the Civil War.

People who are genius know how to steal from others.

– Ben Wallace, senior software engineer for Bungie Studios (creator of the Halo series of video games for XBox), referring to borrowing the best from other video/movie animation for Halo 3. Wallace was guest speaker for the Math & Computer Science Department Sept. 8.

The petals around the center are of different colors and represent liberation. The center part is a lotus flower and signifies the essence of the mandala: unconditional complete love.Tibetan Monks sand art

 – Tibetan superior Lama Geshe-la in a lecture Sept. 17 describing the significance of the mandala, a brightly colored sand painting. Tibetan monks returned to St. Mary’s campus this year to - grain by grain - create the mandala, lecture on Buddhist spirituality and, then, spectacularly destroy the mandala to reflect the impermanence of all life

On the economy:

Eight years ago, we had a huge surplus, now we have a huge deficit that has to be confronted.…First thing to balance our budget is to get our troops out of Iraq. We are a trillion dollars in debt, we spend $10 billion a month. We are not better off because of that war.…Take the money being spent in Iraq and spend it right here in our country.

On leaving Iraq:

Back in 2007, the President said the surge would give Iraqis breathing time to take over their country. Well, today we have as many troops in Iraq as before. There is no end in sight. The Iraqis don’t want us there, they want their country back.Benjamin Cardin

On energy:

If we made an Apollo-type commitment, we can become energy independent. Three goals: economic independence, better security, and helping the environment. All come together when we become energy independent. …But we are not going to do it by drilling. We cannot drill our way out of it. I disagree very much with this Administration’s energy priorities.

– U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), speaking on “National Issues Facing America at Home and Abroad” Sept. 5, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Democracy.

I’ll bet that was the first time he ever walked away from a fight. He didn’t want to hurt the program that was so important to him, and he didn’t want me to see the person he used to be.

– Agnes Wilcox, artistic director of Prison Performing Arts, which  teaches maximum security inmates in Missouri to become Shakespearean actors, Oct. 20.

Four out of 10 people don’t have access to clean water.

– Davis Bookhart, who directs Johns Hopkins University’s sustainability initiative, talking Sept. 16 on how so many of our environmental problems are human-induced.

Many made their mark because of, not in spite of, this.

CMRS seal– Nicholas Crowe, dean of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, on Sept. 23 explaining the seemingly rebellious tendencies of Oxford students, such as political philosopher John Locke, during the Enlightenment in the 17th century. This era caused an  intellectual shift as students began to understand the importance of critical inquiry, causing a move towards religious tolerance, greater academic freedom, and the scientific method - a move that was often frowned upon by traditional conservative academics.

Parris GlendeningIt will be nice to know that some future student will come through this building and wonder, ‘who was that guy Glendening?’ It will be far more important that that young person begin a journey of knowledge, values and enlightenment that helps make this a better world. It will be a journey that leads him or her to step forward when next he or she sees inequality or injustice and says, “No, we will not permit this. We will pursue a different, a more just cause. That is my vision of the value of the Parris Glendening Student Services Building.”

– Parris Glendening Oct. 4 for the ribbon-cutting of the Glendening Student Services Building.