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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Here are the best quotes we heard from our sources today. (Click through to read the full stories.)

Michael Sorrell (pictured above, standing), president of Paul Quinn, a historically black college in Dallas: “I always found it distasteful when schools recruited me because I’m black. I don’t want to be your diversity experience.”

Kevin Lafferty, a parasitologist at UC Santa Barbara: “I believe in preserving all aspects of biodiversity, [and] I’m sure some people will argue on moral grounds, but I’ve yet to see someone volunteer to act as a host for the last remaining pair of guinea worms.”

Andrew Siemion, director of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence research center at UC Berkeley: “Getting a Ph.D. in astrophysics is already like jumping off a fucking bridge.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)