reading the lastest edition of the Chicago magazine:
And yet through such as thou the race has passed
To freedom -- superstition's dreadful gate
Hath open upon the courts of truth at last;
Nor all the fears of an imagined fate,
Nor all the goblin crew of error vast
Can shut the mind from learning's fair estate.
Howard Spencer Fiske
(on our Cobb Gate, that guards the entrance to the Quads, within which each generation of graduating seniors is framed, momentarily, on its passage toward Convocation and adulthood.)
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in difficult times you really see the extraordinary generosity of humanity - and its flipside, the extraordinary cruelty and meaness of spirit. but i'd like to -- just quietly salute those who worked long and hard in their academic institutions to make sure that students in the affected colleges will continue with their education in other institutions all around the country, so that the city's -the state's- next generation can gain the skills and knowledge they will need to return home to rebuild.