Category: Opinions

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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Rethinking purple: JAs consider standards of inclusivity

The following piece was written with the intent of being included in last week’s issue alongside the views of other Junior Advisors (JAs). We chose to separate it purely for…

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What does it mean to be the best?: An alum considers the relative importance of admission criteria

The mission of Williams is to be the best in the world. “Best” means two things: First, we want the most academically talented students. Second, we want those students to…

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No team in Team Eph: How orientation can divide us

As a tour guide, I spend a great amount of time articulating the intentions and goals of Williams. When I take my tour past the Lasell gym, I talk about…

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Chinks in the armor: Nuanced differences are sabotaging the Democratic Party

Democrats should have learned two very difficult lessons from the 2016 presidential election: People do not care about racism and sexism as much as they are made out to, and…

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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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WOTQ: Who is your fantasy pick to become president of the college?

"Childish Gambino." David Beau '21 "Daniel Lynch and Anna Neufeld." Steven Kreuch '20 "Michael Scott from the Office." Kenny Liu '19 "It is a tie between Michelle Obama and Gudetama."…

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Is there fakeness in honesty?: The honest confessions of a not-so honest person.

After the exhilarating high of completing Voices, the First Days event where students speak about community on campus, there was one common response from that night: They told me and…

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On active indifference: In response to a recent incident on campus

We write on behalf of the Junior Advisors (JAs) to the class of 2021 to address the act of vandalism that occurred last Thursday when one of our peers painted…

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Continuing the dialogue about the purple shirt: Personal accounts from JAs to the class of 2021

Last spring, the Record published an op-ed written by Junior Advisors to the Class of 2020 (“Bleaching our Shirts: Beginning a Dialogue on the JA System,” April 19, 2017). We,…

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