Category: Op-Eds

Thriving over surviving: Reframing our approach to mental health

Last October, Vice President for Campus Life Steve Klass introduced the new director of Psychological Counseling Services (PCS), Wendy Adam, along with updates regarding the College’s long-term goals for student…

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Learning to love local (and sustainable): Reconsidering where our seafood comes from

We have a terrestrial bias at the College. Yes, we live in Williamstown, about 150 miles from the Atlantic, but we are inherently linked to the health and fate of…

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Out of the dorms, beyond our values: The mal-effects of off-campus housing and its traditions

Most parties at the College feel like a reenactment of Groundhog Day. Same people. Same places. Same stories. I don’t drink any less than I used to when I was…

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Continued remembrance: Calling for an end to “softcore” Holocause denial

My original draft of this op-ed read something like this:  Stop softcore denying the Holocaust. Stop softcore denying the Holocaust. To conclude, stop softcore denying the Holocaust. The staff of…

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J’ai une cheville cassée: Insight from the back end of a broken ankle injury

Sitting in bed, I have a bag of ice on top of my left ankle: the new center of life. For someone like me, studying abroad is an opportunity to…

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Bleaching our shirts: Beginning a dialogue on the JA system

Today, over 45 Junior Advisors (JAs) from two different JA classes are wearing bleached JA shirts to initiate a dialogue about how the JA system can provide support for JAs…

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In defense of art in a time of fear: The increasing purpose of art in today’s political climate

There’s a quote that, among people who love the arts, gets passed around when something terrible happens. I first heard it during my sophomore year of high school, when news…

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Confronting complacency: Asking students to look beyond the purple bubble

The 2016-2017 academic year is the year of “Confronting Climate Change” at the College. First-years were sent a copy of The Sixth Extinction by our very own Environmental Fellow-in-Residence Elizabeth…

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Embracing the Curricular Triad: Evaluating the impact of the College’s core requirements

Last month, the faculty of the College replaced the Exploring Diversity Initiative (EDI) with the Difference, Power and Equity (DPE) requirement. This change is the result of years of work…

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On conflicts of interest: Holding the Board of Trustees to a higher standard

As alumni from the class of 1966, which gave $5 million to build the new Environmental Center, we hope President Adam Falk will attend environmentalist Bill McKibben’s campus lecture on…

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