Author: The Williams Record Editorial Board

An unappealing process: Continuing progress toward fair housing accommodation

The old system for securing special housing considerations was deficient in many ways, and we commend the decision to reconsider it. Nevertheless, we find that aspects of the revised system…

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Putting the books back in ‘bookstore’: Making the College bookstore a community space

While the Williams Bookstore has its upsides, including a friendly and helpful sales staff, we believe that the bookstore’s corporate management fails to cater to the needs of the community…

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Claiming our campus: Supporting the need for student spaces beyond dorms and libraries

Facilities’ Planning, Design & Construction Group’s mission states that it exists “to support the administration, faculty, staff and students in the successful planning and development of quality facilities projects that…

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Getting behind schedule: Where CSC’s considerations for calendar revisions miss the mark

The Calendar and Schedule Committee’s (CSC) Annual Report from the 2016-2017 academic year, available on the College’s website, recommends the consideration of major changes to the current academic calendar to…

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All on the same team: Contemplating the objective of EphVentures

Campus discussion about the value of TeamEph, including a panel held last Thursday, has sparked important questions about the goal of First Days and EphVentures, particularly for fall athletes who…

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On “being the best:” Recognizing the potential and value of all in the community

The recommendations of David Kane ’88 in his op-ed last week (“What does it mean to be the best?: An alum considers the relative importance of admission criteria,” Sept. 20,…

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Not passing on pass/fail: Embracing the spirit of ‘Your 32’ in promoting ungraded course options

According to the registrar’s office, students may designate up to three courses as pass/fail during their college career. However, many classes – including some introductory, 100-level courses – are designated…

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Repairing a defection in selection: Considering the conversion of the JA Selection Committee into a Winter Study Class

In past years, the Junior Advisor Selection Committee (SelCom) met at night during the months of January and February to perform its duties. Beginning with the selection of the Junior…

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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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