The Pulse: 4 Dec. 2009

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Swem Library will be open 24 hours for most of the finals period. You can enjoy camping out this Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, as well as next week from Sunday through Wednesday.

You may have to deal with odd smells, though. From Swem’s Twitter yesterday: “There is an odor of maple syrup in parts of Swem this morning. Someone’s having pancakes & didn’t bring enough for everyone. :(”

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin ’95 got a mention on the popular Fox medical drama “House” last week in a nod toward his resemblance to actor Omar Epps. “I feel like Mike Tomlin,” the gruff doc, played by Hugh Laurie, says, addressing Epps’ character, Dr. Eric Foreman. “Probably not as much as you do, but you get the idea.”

Shawn Boyer ’94 has been named Virginia’s Business Person of the Year by Virginia Business, a news organization focusing on business in the commonwealth. Boyer founded the Richmond-based, a job recruit¬ment website.

Government professor Lawrence Wilkerson appeared on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” Tuesday night to discuss Dick Cheney’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. “I saw former Vice President Cheney’s remarks as sort of being like Macbeth, accusing the king of getting in the way of his lady’s dagger. This is incredible,” Wilkerson told the liberal talk show host. “It would now be accusing a president, who inherited a mess they created, of malfeasance in office. This is laughable, Keith.”

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation Wednesday, Representative Eric Cantor J.D. ’88 (R-Va.) called on Democrats to avoid tax increases until the unemployment rate drops below 5 percent. The national rate is currently above 10 percent. The minority whip also called on Congress to approve free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama.

Wear your green and gold. The Green Leafe’s New Town location will host a football party tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to watch the Southern Illinois game.


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