The Pulse: 1 September 2009

It was nice while it lasted. A group of 12,937 people in Mexico City claim to have broken the ‘Thriller’ dance record, which 242 students here broke in April. Guinness has to confirm that all of the participants performed the entire dance, so the College still holds the title for now.

Two 21-year-olds have been charged by police with spray-painting “KKK” on signs around Williamsburg and York County. Kameron S. Harwood and Steven J. Currey were arrested yesterday. It’s not a hate crime, police say, because no group was targeted.

Carbon Leaf enjoyed its Friday performance on campus, according to the band’s Twitter: “William and Mary show rocked last nite. absolute downpour on Lake Matoaka and EVERYONE STAYED. nice.”

“Big Fan,” starring Patton Oswalt ’91, has received good reviews, including a Critics’ Choice in The New York Times, a ‘B+’ from The Onion (A.V. Club) and a ‘B-‘ from the Christian Science Monitor. The New York Daily News, however, gave it two stars.

U.S. Representative Rob Wittman, a Republican whose district includes Williamsburg, held a town hall meeting last night to discuss — what else? — health care at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. He patted the half-foot-thick House Bill 3200, proposed by Democrats, and said he opposes quick government action on health care. And yes, a birther did manage to question President Barack Obama’s citizenship.


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