Category: Op-Eds

Seeking a bridge builder: the qualities we should look for in a new chaplain

Not long after filling the position of Jewish chaplain, the chaplain’s office expects another vacancy to appear this December, and another search process to hire the next chaplain to the…

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Understanding the other side: valuable lessons about domestic politics from abroad

I’m a junior studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. I’ve already spent 2 months here and have less than half left to go until I return to the purple bubble.…

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Diversity in the dean’s office: students call for change

Recently an article was published (“No Team in TeamEph: How Orientation Can Divide Us” (Sept. 20, 2017)) regarding a subculture on campus. Some members of the College community, especially those…

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Documenting microagressions: on the @femco_overheard_at_williams Instagram

A week after the launch of the Feminist Collective’s new Instagram accounts, a member of the board told us about negative comments she had heard about one of our pages.…

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Improving uncomfortable learning: Increasing the effectiveness of controversial speakers

After attending my first Uncomfortable Learning talk last Wednesday, Christina Hoff Sommers’ “Closing The Feminist Mind,” I felt uncomfortable, but not in the way intended. I did not feel my…

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The importance of nature: why students should get outside more

I wake up to the sound of birds conversing in the trees outside my window. They chirp and flit from one branch to the next, darting through the crisp morning…

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Supporting the Davis Center: Examining the College’s commitment to diversity

Our names are Linda Worden and Claire Bunn, and we were two of the community builders at the Davis Center last year. The community builders are students hired by the…

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Passing the buck on misogyny: The epidemic of complacency towards sexism

There are many men who, for one reason or another, feel personally faultless when it comes to misogyny and rape culture. These men tend to respond to conversations surrounding rape…

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The advantages of TeamEph: Promoting understanding about athletic orientation

About a month ago, a student released an op-ed (“No Team in Team Eph” (Sept. 20, 2017)) calling for the abolition of a first-year orientation program called TeamEph, correlating it…

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Play hard, work harder: The emotional life of work at the College

Among the many comparisons I use to explain Williams – “homework-themed summer camp,” for example – my favorite is the monastery metaphor. As if called by some ascetic purpose, students…

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