Just met with @whitmanpio editors. Impressive, inspiring team!

— A tweet from David Boardman, executive editor of The Seattle Times, during his visit to Whitman College, where he delivered the 2012 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture.

Looks like a real female is approaching. Makes it a little hard for us to figure out who’s being courted: the robot or the real female.

— Gail Patricelli ’93 on the PBS program “Nature,” which documented her effort to use a remote-controlled hen sage grouse to help her investigate the courtship behavior of the birds.

Our focus isn’t on if they’re breaking the law, our focus is that they’re humans who deserve the same chance to live as anyone else.

— Keiler Beers ’14 in a Walla Walla Union-Bulletin article about his volunteer work with No More Deaths, a group that provides humanitarian aid to illegal immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert.

One of the coolest things about college is the fact that you’re surrounded with other intelligent, hard-working people who have vastly different skills and interests from you. I’ve learned just as much from late-night conversations with my peers over a pint of ice cream as I have from lectures and discussion sections.

— Rachel Alexander ’13 in a Huffington Post piece titled “In Defense of College.”

There was a good 20-year period at the beginning of the 20th century of moral panic, real fear about the fact that the country’s staple bread was being touched by the hands of these presumably diseased and scary new immigrants.

— Associate Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain during an interview about his book “White Bread” that aired on the National Public Radio show “Morning Edition.”