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The University of the South commencement

13 May 2016 - 06:39 PM


"CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose was awarded an honorary degree at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Saturday.

Despite a student population of barely 1,700, the school has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars. Sewanee, as the school is known, is considered one of the great liberal arts colleges in the country.

In that tradition, graduation weekend opened Friday with a talk called "The Art of Conversation," where Rose sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Sewanee alumnus Jon Meacham.

"I learned more listening than talking," Rose said.

"That's true of many of us. Not everyone," Meacham responded.

"And certainly not in this political campaign," Rose said.

"No, no, no," Meacham said.

Saturday's commencement began with a procession through campus. The ceremony took place not outside but in the chapel.

the terrorist among us

12 April 2016 - 05:59 AM

Presidential Debate

03 April 2016 - 06:42 PM

I don't know which got dumber since 1980 the candidate or the voter. Today's voter would've totally tuned out this debate and started texting memes in five minutes

Found my presidential write in candidate

14 March 2016 - 11:17 PM

Admiral Mike Rogers... Only bad thing I could find about him is he's an Auburn grad.



RIP Pat Conroy

06 March 2016 - 05:11 PM

Donald Patrick Conroy was born in Atlanta on Oct. 26, 1945, the first of seven children in a military family that moved often. He came back and lived here for a time as an adult; it was in Atlanta that Conroy wrote “The Great Santini.” The 1976 novel, which became a film starring Robert Duvall, was a thinly veiled account of his turbulent childhood and its publication resulted not only in a divorce from his first wife, but also the divorce of his parents. “His mother presented a copy of ‘The Great Santini’ to the judge as evidence in divorce proceedings against his father,” the biography on Conroy’s website notes.
Conroy wrote about his alma mater, The Citadel, in the nonfiction book “The Boo,” the affectionate nickname given to Assistant Commandant of Cadets Lt. Colonel Thomas N. Courvoisie. A fictional inspiration, Col. Thomas Berrineau, known as “The Bear,” showed up in his novel “Lords of Discipline.”
It, too, inspired a film by the same name, starring David Keith and Robert Prosky, and also caused a personal rift. Many in The Citadel community took issue with the jarring depiction of the school and he was persona non grata for decades.
The school and writer reconciled, though, and Conroy was invited to speak at commencement in 2001. His speech was as unflinching as his novel had been.
“There were many years when I thought that Saddam Hussein or Jane Fonda had a better chance of addressing this class than I did,” he said. He then took a graceful turn in citing the first line of his controversial book.
“I tried to think of a line or words that would sum up better than anything how I felt and how other people feel about this college … I came up with this line: ‘I wear the ring.’ I think it is the best line I have ever written and the best English sentence I am capable of writing.”