The Pulse: 29 September 2009

Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are examining the body of a humpback whale that washed up Saturday on the York River, near Gloucester Point, home to the VIMS campus. Whales typically do not enter rivers, preferring to stay in the ocean, making this 25-footer something of a mystery.

But can he pop a wheelie? Cory Scott ’10 took 19th overall in Saturday’s 577-competitor ITU World Duathlon Championships in Concord, N.C., placing fifth in the 34-and-under age group. Scott finished the 10K run, 40K cycle and a final 5K run in 1:48:37, a full 26:56 ahead of the average time.

Gene Nichol just can’t escape his past. The former College president, now a UNC law professor, may be invited to debate UNC’s chapter of conservative organization Youth for Western Civilization about his removal of a cross from the Wren chapel, one of his most controversial decisions during his tenure at the College.

If you’re looking to hit the links, the Williamsburg Inn’s Golden Horseshoe golf course is one of the best. Golf Digest just named the course to its list of 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.

Jonathan Jarvis ’75 was confirmed by the senate last week as the Director of the National Park Service. Jarvis, a 30-year NPS veteran, studied biology at the College.

Speaking of national parks, if you’ve been watching PBS’s new Ken Burns documentary, don’t look too hard for the Colonial National Historic Park, which includes the Colonial Parkway, Jamestown and Yorktown; the famed documentarian instead focused mostly on western parks such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.


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