Quotes to note: from tobacco bans to text messages

Editor’s note: From tobacco bans to text messages, these are among our favorite quotes from the past several days.

“You might say — just this one time — that what STOPS here changes the world.”
— William Sage, vice provost for health affairs for the UT System, on the new campus-wide tobacco ban, according to a press release.

“Today I was put in an awkward position by Ted Cruz, a man I’ve come to know and respect. Ted sent me a text suggesting I ask him a set-up question for Friday’s United States Senate debate. In my mind, this is nothing more than an attempt to rig the system.”
— U.S. Senate candidate Craig James on a text message he received from fellow candidate Ted Cruz, according to a press release. In the text message, Cruz asked James to question competitor and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dewhurst’s absenteeism at debates.

“I think we’re at a unique time that we can reset the budgeting game in Texas. … I’ve looked at the landscape. I’m going to be the senior statesman, so to speak. This is the time.”
— Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the possibility for a more conservative state budget in the next legislative session, according to The Texas Tribune.

“I don’t know why it’s taken so long. … But I know the corps’ process is that they will always put the best people in the spot. I can honestly say my race didn’t play a factor. I hope it’s because I was legitimately the best person for the job.”
— Marquis Alexander on his election as the first black commander of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets, according to The Associated Press.

“We explain to the parents it is a one-year scholarship that’s renewed every June. But if your son, if he has a felony or flunks out of school or doesn’t try at all, he’ll be gone for [having a felony or failing] and the third one, we’re going to try to help you get us make him try. Other than that he’ll have his scholarship.”
— UT head football coach Mack Brown on the decision to vote against turning the current system of awarding athletes one-year renewable scholarships to multiyear scholarships, according to HornsNation. The NCAA proposed the change in policy to protect student-athletes who have their scholarships cut by their universities for reasons such as not performing or getting injured, among other reasons such as the ones Brown mentions. UT aligned with the entire Big 12 conference, as well as other major football schools, to oppose the NCAA and defeated the proposal by .4 percent of the vote.