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JMU alumni, professors and students cited in the news

“Black Seminoles fought side by side, died, bled, for those lands in Florida. They’ve been together; they’ve been good brothers and good neighbors for three centuries. It makes no sense now, to say they’re not Indians.”
— Joseph Opala, history professor

Opala, who has worked to preserve the black Seminole legacy, appeared on CBS News’ 60 Minutes II on July 10. A $56 million federal payment to the Seminoles for “lost Florida lands” is dividing the tribe. Black Seminoles cannot share this money says Chief Jerry Haney and the government because blacks were slaves of the red Seminoles, and thus could not have owned land. Read the transcript <www.cbsnews.com/stories/ 2002/07/01/60II/main513944.shtml>.

“The Clinton experience was that you can survive these things if you can honestly make a case that you didn’t do something criminal and you’re doing a good job otherwise.”
— Robert N. Roberts, political science professor

Roberts responds to “Candidates are trying to contain and overcome personal controversies by touting their competence.” From the USA Today article, “Corruption cases reshaping political races,” June 18.


“It’s a thinking person’s sport.”
— Stanley Ulanski, geology professor, fly-fisherman

Fly-fishing takes not force or strength, but science and brainpower. From The Tackle Box, part of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, which aired June 11, 12 and 15.Many administrators view lunch as “We need to feed the kids, and nobody looks forward to being there when it’s going on.”
— Michael Rettig, education professor

From “The Chalkboard, leaving some room for lunch,” The Boston Globe, April 21.


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