Joanne Boyle

President, Seton Hill University

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President of Seton Hill University, a small liberal arts college near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

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Apple's new  iPad  blew out of stores on Saturday. Some 300,000 of them went home with consumers according to Apple.

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