The end of the semester i s a time for assessment – of our grades, College facilities and services and the trials and tribulations of the past few months. For our last issue of the fall, we decided to take a look at how other semesters on campus have ended.
-Sam Hine ’15
Dec. 6, 2006:The end of the academic year just six years ago saw the doubling of average house damage bills. Damages in dorms totaled $7900 as of Nov. 3; College officials chalked up the dramatic increase to “a few acute incidents,” including a single unregistered party in Spencer house. According to the article, “Partygoers punched holes in the walls and ceilings of the recreation room with pool cues. They also cracked the pool table’s slate stone, found under the felt playing surface and damaged its ball-return mechanism” (“House damages double average levels,” Dec. 6, 2006). It took a repair team 34 hours to restore the room to its previous condition. A subsequent investigation pinpointed several students responsible, and they were reportedly charged for repair costs.
The Record reported that a total of 177 College alumni, or 4.54 percent of grads overall, were listed in the 1928-29 edition of Who’s Who in America, placing Williams eighth in the list of over 500 colleges whose living alumni had been accorded the honor (“Williams Ranks Eight in Percentage of Graduates Listed in ‘Who’s Who’ With 177 Alumni Represented,” Dec. 2, 1930). Hampden-Sydney, a small college for men in Virginia, topped the list with 7.45 percent of grads, or 52 men, listed, followed in order by Amherst, Harvard, Wesleyan, Trinity, Yale and Hobart. When ranked according to the actual number of alumni on the list, the College fell back to 18th on the list. Harvard, Yale and Princeton headed the column with 1374, 937 and 480 men, respectively.