Category: Editorials

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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Information, not appropriation: College outreach can help prevent harm on Halloween

The Office of Student Life (OSL), faculty members and the administration took productive steps this year in advance of Halloween to inform students about cultural appropriation. The information was intended…

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Up, up and away: The College’s consideration of GPA doesn’t make the grade

Data provided by the Office of the Registrar, reveals that the average grade at the College has risen over the years, and that the averages across academic divisions vary considerably.…

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Petitioning for change: The College’s obligation to prioritize student health

A recent petition addressed to “Williams Administration” called on the College to sell several slabs of the new library quad marble to pay the salary of another therapist at the…

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Three’s a crowd: Why communicating between departments should not require a new dean

The College’s creation of a new administrative position to oversee the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid, though well-meaning, is a misguided attempt to solve a problem that could be…

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Starving off the Sophomore Slump: How to ease the transition between first and second year at the College

Saturday marked the launch of the College’s new Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) initiative. The program aims to ease the transition from students’ first to second years by providing sophomores with…

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