Category: Op-Eds

Standing up to sexual assault: Addressing leniency on readmission of students found responsible

Content warning: This op-ed deals with accounts of sexual assault and may be triggering to survivors. A friend recently told me of a peculiar phenomenon she encountered. Last spring, the…

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Money matters: Leveling the financial playing field at Williams

As an alumna, I have many reasons to feel nostalgia for my four years as an undergraduate. Most of those reasons I anticipated prior to graduation: I knew that, after…

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Taking it easy: Recognizing the merits of unproductivity

“In my four years at the College, I’ve taken challenging classes in many departments, studied abroad and performed independent research. I’ve spent valuable time with great friends and teammates, participated…

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Once more to the campo: A student’s exploration of origin

One memory about the Dominican Republic (D.R.) sticks out to me. I was in kindergarten and the teacher told the class to draw a place that we loved being at.…

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Redefining ‘the best’: Clarifying the College’s mission

The recent opinion piece by David Kane ’88, “What Does It Mean to be the Best?” (Sept. 20, 2017), is based on two premises that are, to be charitable, retrograde…

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Standing with all of our students: Faculty and staff unite against quantifying human value

It sounds so easy: Drop a few dozen mostly low-income and minority students, admit more students with very high SAT scores and voila! Excellence achieved. Who needs a whole admissions…

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The importance of orientation for athletes: Emphasizing the merits of TeamEph

I was disappointed to read last week’s op-ed “No team in TeamEph: How orientation can divide us” (Sept. 20. 2017). As a coach and former student-athlete at the College –…

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‘Best’ as harmful metric: Rejecting admissions based on academic superiority

The mission of Williams is not to be the best in the world. A comparison is implied in the superlative. We find a painting entrancing, and we call it good,…

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Rethinking purple: JAs consider standards of inclusivity

The following piece was written with the intent of being included in last week’s issue alongside the views of other Junior Advisors (JAs). We chose to separate it purely for…

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What does it mean to be the best?: An alum considers the relative importance of admission criteria

The mission of Williams is to be the best in the world. “Best” means two things: First, we want the most academically talented students. Second, we want those students to…

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