"For a lot of these women, it's...

"For a lot of these women, it's a way to give a voice to their

personal journey. It's a way to enable them to say, 'This is a way

I've grown personally, and I want to help others grow.'"

-- Kelly Walter Carney, chair of Vanguard University's division of

modern languages and literatures, on the college's new women's

studies minor that will begin in the spring 2004 semester

"How many people have to die here before the city takes action?"

-- Andrea Burkhart, a Newport Beach resident, on the S-curve on

Irvine Avenue, where many car accidents have taken place

"We are Orange County's best kept secret, it seems like."

-- Laura Lyons, nursery manager at the UC Irvine Arboretum, on the

school's gardens

"This is not life or death for me. I am committed to improving the

city, and it doesn't matter if I do it from the dais or the podium."

-- Eric Bever, one of two Costa Mesa City Council hopefuls, on the

council's 2-2 deadlock while trying to appoint former Mayor Karen

Robinson's replacement on the council

"This isn't my whole life. As much as I am committed to serving,

life goes on."

-- Mike Scheafer, the other City Council hopeful, on the same


"We're trying to diversify it by having different performances and

we're trying to educate people about the culture. We're trying to

educate them about the history and significance of Cinco de Mayo."

-- Karina Enriquez, co-chair of the committee that planned the

Cinco de Mayo festivities at UC Irvine, on its purpose

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