The Pulse: 21 Aug. 2009

New freshmen and transfer students arrived on campus today. Although it seems like orientation is all library tours, hall meetings and the dreaded, there’s plenty of fun to be had as well. Tomorrow evening at the Rec is a swim- and sports-fest until midnight. Sunday at 9 p.m. don’t miss illusionist Craig Karges, and on Monday the Sadler Center hosts dancing, a game show, billiards and karaoke. (By the way, don’t forget to stop by The Flat Hat’s table at Tuesday’s activities fair.)

Although the fire that destroyed Sal’s by Victor shut down a nearby ABC almost a month ago, the College’s closest source of alcohol has recovered from smoke damage — the store reopened last Friday. Don’t worry, the booze is safe for consumption; state inspectors examined it all before deeming it safe for sale.

Gunatanamo terror trials in Newport News? Not if Tommy Norment J.D. ’73 has anything to say about it. Norment, a state senator representing an area including Williamsburg and part of Newport News, is opposed to the possibility of trying alleged terrorists, joining other state legislators and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman. He suggested moving the trials to a federal courthouse in Chicago.

Alan B. Miller ’58, the namesake of the business school’s new building, weighed in on the national healthcare debate in the Wall Street Journal last week. “Most people in America are satisfied with the care they receive, so it is important that we take the time to fix only the parts of our system that need repair,” the United Health Services, Inc., CEO wrote. “Let’s not destroy a system that works well for most Americans. Let’s judiciously change only the areas in need.”

He looked clean-shaven when he visited campus in June, but Virginia Senator Mark Warner may actually be homeless, satirical newspaper The Onion reports. The parody article cites a (hopefully fictional) decline in Warner’s appearance and hygiene as evidence, along with photos of Warner washing his socks in a congressional bathroom. No word from the senator’s office on whether Warner was amused.


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