Sound Bites

"Martin Luther King, like Jesus, sought emulation rather than commemoration of what he said and did. And yet, in the wake of his murder, there has been far more commemoration than emulation. Were we true to the legacies that King would want, we would sing his praises by continuing his work."
--New York University Professor of Law and author Derrick Bell, in a January address at Kenyon titled "Martin Luther King: Was He a Twentieth-Century Jesus?"

"Cinderella: I'm a budget shopper, so if I could have a carriage made out of a pumpkin, I'm all for that."
--Ms. Kenyon contestant Leslie Parsons '09, when asked which fairy tale prince or princess she would choose to be, and why

"Found: yellowish number 2 pencil with pink eraser . . . tell me where you dropped it and approximately how much [it] has been used and it's yours."
--Sent via e-mail to the all-student distribution list

"Whenever there is an encounter between two human beings, anything can happen. That is the power of human relationships . . . I could not believe how human his face was. And I thought, 'Whatever he has done, he is worth more than the worst thing of his life.'"
--Death-penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean, referring to her first meeting with Patrick Sonnier, the first death-row inmate she counseled. Prejean, the author of Dead Man Walking, spoke at Kenyon in February.