Category: Op-Eds

Activist politics: Government from the bottom up

Since last November, I have been helping to draft and promote a piece of legislation called the Williamstown Immigrant Trust Act. If passed, this ordinance will have a few effects.…

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Voice in my head: Struggling with mental health at the College

I wake up at 8 a.m., check my weight, have breakfast and then go for a morning workout. I am feeling well, I have lost weight, my back is not…

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Predatory behavior: Discussing consent at the College

Look at your knuckles. Are they scraped? No? Exactly. You’re not a Neanderthal. Control yourself. This was a statement about controlling sexual urges and predation that resonated with me. Have…

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Defending the environmental strategy: On the effectiveness of the College’s renewable energy plan

In September of 2015, President Adam Falk and the Board of Trustees announced that the College would achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2020, first by reducing energy use…

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Education and discourse: Lessons in political discourse at the College

We are all guilty of the impulse to accept and argue for the simple answer even if it is wrong, but that is why we are at a place like…

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Make America greater: The case for optimism in trying times

This we can say with certainty: on the morning of Jan. 20, 2016, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Beyond that, there…

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Embracing free speech on campus: Political engagement in the age of Trump

As our country now faces the reality of Donald Trump occupying the Oval Office, we at the College need a renewed commitment to free speech and engagement with opposing viewpoints;…

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Conflict and faith: Re-evaluating InterVarsity’s role at the College

Gay, and atheist; I come from a place where to be placed in either category is to be located outside of respectable society. The hierarchy of gender role is a…

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Metaphorical abuse: Why ‘victim blaming’ is the wrong route

In a recent opinions piece on sexual assault at the College, David Kane ’88 compared the problem of rape to students being hit by cars on Route 2 (“Looking Both…

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In defense of identity politics: Progressive politics needs to address more than class issues

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, political pundits have rushed to explain the causes of Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat. Some popular critiques have rested on the weaknesses of Clinton…

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