by Michael Watson on March 4, 2009

W&M alum seeks congressional nomination
Jan Donatelli (’82) sought the Democratic nomination to contest the election for the Congressional seat for the 5th District in Illinois, which was vacated by Rahm Emanuel when he took the position of White House Chief of Staff. She faced 11 other candidates in the primary, which was held March 3, for the special election April 7. Since graduating from the College, Donatelli has served in the U.S. Navy as pilot, flown commercial aircraft, and worked as a consultant. She desires to reduce corruption in Illinois politics, and was supported by similar demographic groups to those that propelled then-Senator Barack Obama to the Democratic Presidential nomination. Results of the primary were not available at press time.

Freshmen discover new virus in Crim Dell
A previously unknown strain of bacteriophage was discovered by freshmen conducting biological research as part of a seminar course. The students collected soil samples and tested them for the presence of bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect bacteria. The research, guided by Professors Margaret Saha, Mark Forsyth, and Kurt Williamson, was sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and aided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Technicians at Los Alamos identified one of ten phage samples as “novel,” which means that preliminary tests indicate it is previously unidentified. The phage, named Crim D, is currently undergoing genome mapping by the students, whose seminar lasts through this semester.

Black history trivia contest held
In commemoration of Black History Month, the Black Faculty and Staff Forum held the 10th Annual Black History Trivia Contest at the Sadler Center on February 19. The event, billed as “an excellent opportunity for diversity,” served to teach attendees about accomplished African-American scientists, inventors, and civil rights workers. There were forty people in attendance to watch the gold team defeat the green team in an educational setting with a relaxed atmosphere. Both teams consisted of College administrators, and the green team included one graduate student.

President Reveley announces Mascot Committee
In a message to students and the community, College President Taylor Reveley announced the creation of a Mascot Committee. The Committee is comprised of faculty, alumni, administrators, and two student representatives. The Student Assembly has also created its own Mascot Committee, it is uncertain the level of cooperation the two will achieve. The official school committee is accepting suggestions for a new mascot here.

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