Heard on campus: George Mitchell, Douglas E. Van Houweling

February 27, 2004

"Before the United States became an economic and moral super power, it was a great nation."
-- Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, speaking on his perspectives for peace in the current world at The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University Feb. 26. For a picture from his visit, go to http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2004_02_27_mitchell/index.html

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"I maintain the Internet could not have started anywhere but the higher education community. One big company after another turned down the opportunity to take the Internet technology commercial prior to the time the National Science Foundation sponsored [NSFNET, the backbone regarded as the start of the Internet]. I think the key here is that those of us in the higher education community are the only people who understand that enormously good things can happen even when nobody's in charge."
-- Douglas E. Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet 2, speaking on "Prospects for the Internet," at the Penn State Forum lecture on Feb. 27 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. For pictures and audio files, go to http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2004_02_27_forum/index.html

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