The Pulse: 20 Oct. 2009

Avast! The New Town Old Navy will close Nov. 6 after three years in business. Replacement retailers are negotiating for the space, New Town reported.

Sal’s may not be back yet, but Scala Pizzeria on Richmond Road is back in business. The Italian restaurant had to close in September when a rainstorm caused the roof to collapse.

More controversy for State Senator Tommy Norment J.D. ’73 (R-3rd): the embattled legislator, already under fire for receiving a $160,000 salary from the College while lobbying for more funds in the GA, has been appointed to TowneBanke’s main board of directors. The bank took pains to note that Norment has not had any transactions that would need to be reported to the SEC.

College students across the nation are seeking more psychiatric help than ever before, according to a University of Michigan survey of university therapists. 90 percent of respondents noted an increase in the number and severity of students with mental health problems, and the percent of students who have been diagnosed with depression has increased from 10 percent in 2000 to 15 percent in 2007.

You may have heard “The Sound of Music” at Yankee Candle on Richmond Road Saturday — literally. Four grandchildren of the famous Captain von Trapp sang selections from the 1965 musical along with other songs. The teens were in the middle of an American concert tour.

Asurvey from CNN/ found that college professors have the third best job in the nation, after systems engineers and physician’s assistants. Profs also pulled the third-lowest stress level (behind training consultants and physical therapists) and the eighth most flexible job.


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