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"I watched the festivities and speeches today with my colleagues and with the middle school students I teach. I wasn't surprised that I felt emotional about watching history, but I was surprised that the young students were so excited and attentive. I hung a poster next to the TV that read, 'Today, I hope...' and I asked students to write down a hope if they wanted. I was delighted by the thoughtful statements students posted."

Lisa Jacobson '97, one of the Smithies who sent reactions, reflections and photos of their experience of the January 20 inauguration of Barack Obama to the Smith College Facebook page

"It's a whole new world!"

Joan McLaughlin Bouchard '64, in another inauguration comment on Facebook; for more, go to

"Lehman Brothers did for the Democrats what the Democrats could not do for themselves."

Celinda Lake '75, political strategist and president of a Democratic polling firm, suggesting how Lehman's bankruptcy and the troubled economy helped Barack Obama win the presidential election during a post–mortem of the 2008 race

"Public Safety has been notified about a few bear sightings on campus. So far, they have evaded officers. If we do spot one, we attempt to keep people out of the area until the bear ambles elsewhere."

Paul Ominsky, director of public safety, discussing with Smith's Grécourt Gate news site a spate of bear sightings on campus this past fall

"We've learned to use the media. I have The New York Times on [speed dial] in my cell phone."

Luma Mufleh '97, founder and coach of the Fugees, a soccer team for refugee children, joked while describing to an Otelia Cromwell Day audience how she has learned to get help for her organization from the media and community and business leaders

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