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Rekindling family friendships
When U.Va. won the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship May 28, it further cemented a long friendship between the Starsias and the Rotellis. Cavalier coach Dom Starsia was a college teammate of Pete Rotelli at Brown University. Pete’s son, Chris, was Virginia’s — and the nation’s —best player this season. But Dom Starsia and Pete Rotelli share something else: Both have 17-year-old children who are mentally challenged. Richard Rotelli and twins Maggie and Emma Starsia were classmates at a Providence, R.I., school for children with disabilities and developmental delays. “We have common family issues that the nature of Chris’ career wasn’t going to affect,” Dom Starsia said. “But having it go well is just icing on the cake. It’s just made for a really, really nice four years.”
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 23)

Smoothing out hiring cycle
The boom-or-bust cycle of state funding for public colleges and universities is “not conducive to building an exceptional faculty,” economics professor William R. Johnson recently wrote in a Chronicle of Higher Education commentary. In good times, departments are under pressure to fill many vacancies at once — and at the same time that other public universities are also hiring. They face the choice of compromising on faculty quality or leaving vacancies they fill with temporary faculty. In down times, temporary faculty are the first to go, leaving a department understaffed. Johnson suggested a three-step plan designed to smooth out the peaks and valleys in hiring.
(Christian Science Monitor, June 6)

Bush reluctantly follows predecessors
President Bush, who once criticized Bill Clinton for becoming too involved in Middle East peacemaking, has now plunged into the effort. It was inevitable, politics professor William Quandt told the National Post of Canada. “There are tangible American interests in the Middle East that are sufficiently compelling that no American president can for very long just turn his back on the region,” he said.
The depth of Bush’s interest remains to be seen, Quandt said. “If the president is really serious … it
is going to take more than one meeting.”
(National Post, June 5)

All lawyer jokes aside …
Addressing the graduates of the Dickinson [Pa.] School of Law, history professor Julian Bond — also chairman of the NAACP — recalled when he first needed a lawyer. As a young Morehouse College student, he was arrested during a sit-in at the Atlanta city hall’s “whites-only” cafeteria. Knowing he was technically guilty — he failed to leave on a policeman’s orders — he wasn’t sure how to respond when the judge asked how he wanted to plead. Looking to his right, he was stunned to find one of his lawyers asleep. Fortunately, the lawyer on his left whispered, “Not guilty, you fool.” “Fortunately, I left out the final two words when I spoke to the judge,” he told the graduates.
(Harrisburg [Pa.] Patriot, June 1)


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