Category: Op-Eds

The Hispanic identity: The limitations of the U.S. Census

A few weeks ago, the Trump administration made public its new additions to the U.S. Census. Except for the usual suspects, most media outlets’ responses were not positive. With one…

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The price of fiction: Unpacking the effects of media on our lives

I just want to live my life like I’m the protagonist of a movie: confident, handsome and effortlessly successful. Don’t we all though? Wouldn’t everyone like to live the glamorous,…

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Justifying the change: JAAB members explain its decision process and next steps

In a year marked by falling application numbers, record-high rejection rates for Junior Advisor (JA) offers and negative campus discourse surrounding the JA system, the endurance of the residential structure…

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Compensation and the future of the JA Role: Examining historicity and looking forward

First, it is of paramount importance that we recognize the students that have been working to change and improve the Junior Advisor (JA) system. Old and new Junior Advisor Advisory…

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Lamenting JAAB’s decision: The dangers of sweeping changes

A little over a year ago, with 30 seconds remaining to choose whether to accept my Junior Advisor (JA) offer or to spend a semester abroad, I flipped a coin.…

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A first-year’s perspective: An argument for paying JAs for their emotional labor

This weekend, I went through social overhaul. I felt lost, annoyed and mostly frustrated. In a time when I had very few people, my Junior Advisors (JAs), Julia Vargas ’19…

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Beware, we are need-aware: A call for need-blind admissions for international students

Williams College offers need-blind admissions for all students except internationals. For many of us, this policy embodies a hurtful attitude towards students that lack the privileges that come with American…

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Wrapping up America’s food crisis: Why food waste is more than just an environmental problem

Wasted food is a growing problem in the United States. Did you know that 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted each year? The Environmental Protection Agency…

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Defending the CC censure: Why the Sailing Club needs to be held accountable

In last week’s edition of the Record, a member of the Williams Sailing Club, Jamie Vaccaro ’21, wrote an op-ed taking issue with College Council’s (CC) decision to censure the…

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Preserving history: Reconsidering decisions to take down monuments

In the early morning hours of March 8, 1966, an explosion ripped through the streets of Dublin. Moments later, a statue of Lord Horatio Nelson came crashing down from its…

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