Month: December 2011

Where Does Passion Lead?

As the College community continues to grapple with how we can better address is- sues of hate and discrimination, it is clear that true passion lies behind the discussion of how to improve the College’s culture. After pushing the administration to cancel classes on Nov. 14, the student movement has coalesced as Students Against Silence (SAS). Meanwhile, the administration is forming a committee in order to clarify the College’s protocol for response to similar incidents of overt discrimination. It seems certain that good will continue to come from the hateful words scrawled in Prospect on Nov. 12.

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Asian-American alumni respond to racism

To the Editor: As members of the Williams Asian American Alumni Network, we echo the sentiments expressed by the Presi- dent and Vice President of the Society of Alumni in…

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College community continues to respond to Nov. 12 hate crime

Following the racial hate crime committed on the morning of Nov. 12 and the cancellation of classes on Nov. 14, there continues to be wide-ranging conversation on issues of diversity, discrimination and racism.

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Occupational hazards: Questioning the need for institutionally-supported activism

In an editorial of Nov. 9, the Record declared it “lamentable” that students seeking to demonstrate against a proposed oil pipeline were forced to assume the responsibilities of fundraising and making logistical arrangements (“Developing a plan,” Nov. 9). Taking issue with the claim that “it is incumbent upon the administration to make resources and funding” available to would-be activists, I write to dispute the implication that the College should work to make this sort of political activism an easy and painless undertaking.

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In pursuit of empathy: The College’s hate crime problem is not just rooted in hate

I am a hate crime, and I won’t go away. I am Williams. Following the events of Homecoming weekend, how can we narrow the disconnection between outrage and action that has betrayed our community time and again?

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CC clarifies issues surrounding funding transparency, petition for vote of no confidence in CC sees little support

This article was updated on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 to reflect the events of the last week; updates are ongoing.  In the wake of the hate crime and allegations about College Council (CC) funding transparency, students have released a petition, written by CC Treasurer Jack Noelke, calling for a vote of no confidence in CC. They have also said, based on information they say was provided by Noelke, that CC has kept $120,000 worth of Student Activities Tax (SAT) funds hidden from the College and the rest of campus.

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Emphasizing ethical responsibility

Williams has an educational policy against fraternities. The reason it is an educational policy is the expressed belief that the organization of the college environment around a fraternal system will ultimately lead to the inculcation of “bad values” which are inappropriate for college-aged people.

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Racism, activism pervade College history

The hate crime perpetrated in Prospect on Nov. 12, when the phrase “All N***rs Must Die” was found on the wall next to a bathroom, has fuelled a wave of student activism at the College surrounding issues of racial bigotry and intolerance. The actions of numerous students led the administration to cancel classes on Nov. 14 in order to allow the College community as a whole to engage with issues of discrimination.

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Williams-Exeter response

To the Editor:

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International food fair

To the Editor:

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