Category: Opinions

The “West Point of Wall Street” paradox: Improving our approach to finance

Several months back I was visiting the big banks along with other Williams students on the Wall Street trek. Many of the bankers and traders we met were Williams alums.…

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Getting behind schedule: Where CSC’s considerations for calendar revisions miss the mark

The Calendar and Schedule Committee’s (CSC) Annual Report from the 2016-2017 academic year, available on the College’s website, recommends the consideration of major changes to the current academic calendar to…

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On marginalization of faith at the College: a call to erase bias in religious life

Recent op-eds in the Record have sparked an important conversation about the College’s mission. As alumni from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, we found that the piece written by President of the…

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Confronting our investments: examining the College’s financial ventures

Last year’s Williams Reads theme of “Confronting Climate Change” and this year’s focus on mass incarceration both engage systemic injustices that predominantly harm poor, black, brown and indigenous communities. The…

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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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Letter to the editor: Update from the Dean’s Office

Over the last three months, two beloved colleagues from the dean’s office staff, Rashanda Booker and Rosanna Ferro, have left the College to pursue personal and professional opportunities. We in…

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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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