When a number of students began making a big fuss about the announcement that Paresky would be closing between 2 and 7 a.m. every night, I was a bit surprised. Having spent four years at Middlebury where the student center was never open past 2 a.m., it seemed normal that Paresky would close during its off-peak hours. While I’m all for standing up for what you believe in, I also know that you’ve got to pick your battles, and this didn’t seem like it was worth it.
The recent racist and homophobic incidents on campus, on the other hand, are issues that merit a big fuss. Members of the Williams community should speak out and let it be known that they will not stand for such intolerance. As a member of this community, I was pleased to see such a large crowd gathered to rally against hate on Wednesday night in Paresky. Though it is unfortunate that something so grossly offensive had to occur and that a specific group of people was targeted, the huge response from students (as well as staff and faculty) shows that they understand what is truly worth fighting for.
Campus Life Coordinator