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A Matter Of Opinion

Thu., April 19, 2007, 4:02 p.m.

WSU visitors

One of the more interesting things about working on an editorial board is we get to meet people doing interesting things in the world.

Today, retiring WSU president V. Lane Rawlins came in with the man who is replacing him, Elson Floyd.

Our 40-minute conversation covered a variety of topics, including a five year down-the-road-look at WSU-Spokane, the phenomenon of high school students not going onto college in great numbers and the reality of mental illness on college campuses, in light of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Editorial board meetings with our guests sound more formal than they are in practice. The best ones are dialogues with people who have in-depth knowledge on topics we know just a little about.

(Current Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins, left, with his successor Elson S. Floyd. Brian Immel photo for The Spokesman-Review)

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