"There isn’t a more entrepreneurial and innovative campus [than UB] within the system. What’s happened here in the time I’ve been at [the] system is quite remarkable."
—William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, at a March 16 open forum for UB faculty and staff at which he presented system’s new strategic plan
"Alex Rodriguez to Texas was the worst signing in the history of baseball in my view. Why? Because he played as well as you can possibly ask the kid to play. … [And] the team didn’t improve. Attendance didn’t go up. But hey, they got the lead story on ESPN."
—Andy MacPhail, president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles, in a Q-and-A session following his Feb. 10 keynote speech at the UB School of Law’s third annual Professional Sports Symposium
“I kind of like the secondary/tertiary characters. The major characters tend to beat you up. They talk all the time; they never shut up. They think they’re writing the book and they’re not. Every time they open their mouths, they suck all the oxygen out of the book.”
—Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison in response to a question about which of her characters is her favorite; Morrison delivered the March 30 keynote address for “Applying Feminism Globally,” the UB School of Law’s 2011 Feminist Legal Theory Conference, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
“With hindsight, I think it is fair to say that policymakers overestimated the extent to which high unemployment would keep inflation from accelerating, and as a result waited too long to withdraw monetary stimulus. … I believe we need to heed the lesson of the last recovery that inflation is capable of rising even if the level of economic activity has not returned to its pre-recession trend.”
—Jeffrey M. Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, in his April 14 talk on the economic outlook as part of the Merrick School of Business Speaker Series
“People say ‘follow your passion’ and they just leave it at that. … I don’t think you should do things you don’t like—and I don’t mean washing dishes, I mean karmically. You should give what you wanna receive, you should give something that you feel is good and useful and is lasting and promotes happiness.”
—Russell Simmons, CEO of Rush Communications and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, at his Feb. 3 Merrick School of Business Speaker Series talk to promote his newest book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All