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EVERYONE needs a little lift-off in their lives. We are all blessed to be standing here this Graduation Day. But we are imperfect human beings, so sometimes that knowledge is not enough. Sometimes it takes something more to compensate for the fact that too often many of us - myself included - are not aware of how fortunate we truly are. I am not going to be so bold to claim to have the secret to sustained happiness throughout life. But I do know one thing. It is essential that each of us seek out those little moments, those key elements in life that can give us unadulterated joy, if only for a brief instance. When you find them, then you experience the happiness that - in theory - most of us should feel all the time.
I T'S ALWAYS amusing that people refer to the college experience as the start of "the real world." Because - and thank goodness for this - it is about as far from the real world as one could get without controlled substances. The distance between the University and the pressures of the "real world" provide us the proper time to reflect on what kind of people we want to be. As graduation approaches, I ask myself, "Is this it?" Am I the man I was supposed to become? Just what does the University mean to us? U.Va., my dear, I will miss you. You're tattooed on my soul in a way unlike any other, and what a blessing our time together has been.
WELL, WE can all breathe a sigh of relief for now. At least until the president has to make the final decision to sell arms to Taiwan, we can relax. Our fliers are home, thank goodness, safe and sound. What is not quite so safe or sound is the state of relations between our country and China. In fact, it is safe to say that they have fallen to their lowest point since the Tiananmen Square massacre way back when we were in elementary school. We don't trust the Chinese. In turn, the Chinese think we are trying to take over the world. In some respects, maybe we already have.
SOMEHOW we knew it would come down to this. He played the moderate card for a
YOUR FINAL few weeks here at the University can lead to a lot of reflection. You begin to think about how the University has changed you and how you in turn would like to see changes in the University. Most of the latter is simply idle speculation - few of these ideas will ever see the light of day. But at the very least they can be interesting ideas to kick around in your head. With this in mind, you and I need to have one last talk about our University's honor system.
LET'S FACE it, we are a divided country. As the last elections proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, we are not yet "One Nation Under God," but instead two fairly distinct cultures with two ways of looking at the world. You could chalk it up to simple population density if you wanted. Almost every city in America with a high population density supported Al Gore. The rural areas and small towns supported President Bush. We are divided between the blues (Gore supporters) and the reds (Bush supporters) as the now well-known voting map indicated. And there is no better way to witness first-hand the divisions in our national culture than a spring break drive down to north Florida.
GUV'NUH Jim, you should know a lot better. All this pain for the sake of a tax cut we don't need. It makes me wonder whether you've gone and forgotten where you went to school in the first place.
I AM TIRED of hearing about it. You are tired of hearing about it. We all are tired of hearing about it. But as we quickly are learning, former President Clinton is anything but tired of supplying us with scandal fodder.
SOMETIMES we say the right things for the wrong reasons. And sometimes we say the wrong things for the right reasons. It is human nature to express well-intentioned beliefs that are counterproductive. People who fall into this category should not face criticism, but we should counter their beliefs at the appropriate time.
HI, I'M JOHNNY Knoxville and this is Extreme Irresponsibility.
BEFORE we begin, let me just take my hat off to both sides in this debate. Over the past weeks, the University community has been privilege to some of the most clever fliers ever posted on Grounds. If every student organization marketed themselves this well, you would hear far fewer complaints about student apathy.
EVERYONE has a few. You pass by them every day. Perhaps it is in the computer lab, or maybe one of the fitness centers. It could be that you spot them on Thursday nights on the Corner. Or maybe you've shared a few classes with them over the years, but have not spoken a word to one another. These are the people we pass every day, but ironically, we have no concrete relationship with them. Despite our lack of serious contact, the almost-anonymous strangers who populate our daily lives are one of the key elements that make our university the University.
I HAVE been blessed more than most. The Big Man Upstairs, in His eternal and infinite wisdom, opted to give this sinner far more than he ever deserved. In this life, I will never be able to explain why I have been so fortunate, but I appreciate my many blessings every day nonetheless. If you have been as blessed as I have, Thanksgiving just does not cut it as far as offering thanks for all the good fortune I have stumbled upon in my almost 22 years.
WHERE my freaks at?!? I will tell you where they're at - Clemons Library.
OKAY, first things first: Ralph Nader can kiss my ass.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 7 - People wake up. They vote. They go to work. They come home. This sounds like a routine Election Day anywhere in America. And our nation's capital is no exception.
MAYBE you dealt with them last week. Maybe you are dealing with them right now.
LET'S GET one thing straight: negative campaigning is good. Focus groups might not like it, women voters might not like it. But in a campaign like this, is there any better way to engage voters than by bashing your opponent?
MANY OF us might remember those bumper stickers that bitter Republicans slapped on their cars following the 1992 election. "Don't blame me, I voted for Bush," the message read. Okay, we won't blame you for what has happened since then -- just don't try to take credit for it.
WE WANT to address it, but all we really do is dance around the issue at hand. When it comes to race relations, the University has yet to face the most fundamental, underlying truths about the question of race. A few times a year we exchange pleasantries across ethnic lines and promise to do more to combat separation between groups here at the University. But nothing really changes.