Category: Editorials

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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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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