Author: The Williams Record Editorial Board

Revising transcript access: A plan to prevent prejudging students while not hindering professors’ work

A recent College Council (CC) meeting raised the issue of faculty’s open access to student and alumni transcripts. CC and the Committee on Educational Affairs discussed the issue, and we…

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Reworking the gender cap: Considering how to ensure that campus housing reflects our values

The Office of Student Life (OSL) maintains that no more than 60 percent of occupants of an upperclass residence hall may be of the same gender. OSL obtains its gender…

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Bridging mental health gap across oceans: The College’s duty to improve access to psychological supports for students studying abroad

When students from the College study abroad, they face an alarming discrepancy in access to mental health services compared to what they can access in Williamstown. Difficulties in procuring care…

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Aligning the punishment with the offense: Opposing a censure and calling for greater transparency

In considering the possible censure of Cap & Bells at tonight’s CC meeting, we believe that CC members should vote against censuring the group. The nature of the incident was…

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Progressing with clarity: Why JAAB’s shift away from the gender binary was a good idea executed poorly

On the whole, we commend the Junior Advisor Advisory Board (JAAB) and the Junior Advisor Selection Committee (SelCom) for no longer requiring that Junior Advisor (JA) co-pairings follow the one…

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A better UL for all: On the need for a more transparent and accountable Uncomfortable Learning

The decision by College Council (CC) to incorporate Uncomfortable Learning (UL) as a CC and Office of Student Life-recognized student organization (RSO) is a good first step towards making UL…

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Honoring the spirit of Winter Study: Why the College must combat LSAC’s grade recalculation policy to fairly represent student academic records

This fall, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) announced that it will begin incorporating Winter Study grades into the cumulative GPAs of law school applicants from the College. This will…

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A campus of compassion: Addressing mental health concerns in the classroom

According to a recent College Council (CC) poll attached to the weekly “State of CC” email, 30 percent of student responders do not know who to contact for assistance if…

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Mourning together: On the College’s death notification policy

In the wake of the passing of Joshua Torres ’ 15, the College must reflect on how it engages its students when it receives tragic news. While the administration sends…

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Responding to prejudice: The College’s responsibility to address post-election events

In addition to the repulsive nature of the vandalism in Griffin Hall and the troubling decision of students to protest the election in that way, the administration’s response to the…

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