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‘Forever grateful’: After two years, Class of 2020 celebrates commencement in person
Cameron Pugh August 13, 2022
The Class of 2020 finally celebrated its in-person commencement on July 23, more than two years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic upended typical graduation plans. Roughly 430 graduates and 1200 guests attended the ceremony, which graduates said was overdue closure on their time at the College.
After reversal of Roe v. Wade, activists, College leaders renew commitment to abortion access
Justin Zen, Kitt Urdang, Izzy Polanco, and Julia Goldberg July 15, 2022
On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned the precedent it set in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1973 and 1992 cases that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Student and local organizers, alums who work in abortion access, and College administrators must now reckon with a new political reality. 
Class of 2022 Prizes and Fellowships
June 24, 2022
A list of prizes and fellowships won by the Class of 2022 provided by the dean’s office.
Remembering Paula Buxbaum
Cameron Pugh June 24, 2022
Paula Buxbaum, a North Adams resident and the owner of Spring Street store Bux Vintage, died in a car accident on Oct. 29, 2021. Her family held a memorial service in her honor on June 18.
Randal Fippinger and Jane Patton elected to Williamstown Select Board
Ella Marx May 11, 2022
Randal Fippinger and Jane Patton were elected yesterday to serve three-year terms on the Williamstown Select Board, defeating Bilal Ansari to win their seats. Patton was elected to the board with 921 votes, according to unofficial results released last night by the town clerk. Fippinger garnered 881 votes, and Ansari amassed 677.
At the faculty meeting in Griffin Hall, the faculty prepares to vote on the CEA’s motion to eliminate the swim requirement. (Irene Loewenson/The Williams Record)
Faculty votes to scrap swim requirement
Irene Loewenson May 11, 2022
The faculty voted at the May 11 faculty meeting to eliminate the swim requirement, which the Committee on Educational Affairs has criticized for having a disparate impact on students from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
Frankie Stola ’21.5 competes for the Ephs. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)
Frankie Stola ’21.5 kicks off professional football career in German league
Marit Hoyem May 11, 2022
For most athletes at the College, their senior season brings an end to their competitive playing career. However, for Frankie Stola ʼ21.5, graduation signaled the beginning of a professional career, albeit in a very different environment than Williamstown. Stola, a former receiver for the football team who holds six career and single-season receiving records, recently signed a season-long contract in April to play and coach for the Cottbus Crayfish American Football Club in Cottbus, Germany.
Two Record editors joined Mandel over the course of a Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President.
A day in the life with President Maud S. Mandel
Izzy Polanco and Alessa Somer May 11, 2022
How does President Mandel spend her time outside of executive decision-making? To investigate, we shadowed her for a day, joining her for a few of the events on her itinerary.
Editorial: A call for transparency and planning in the housing process
Editorial: A call for transparency and planning in the housing process
Editorial Board May 11, 2022
The Record editorial board argues for more transparency in housing decisions and the campus planning project.
Isaac Wilkins ’22 (center right) and the cast of Fun Home perform the opening number, “It All Comes Back.” (Photo courtesy of Joe Fox.)
Fun Home celebrates discovering identities in a college setting
Kathryn Cloonan May 11, 2022
Fun Home, a Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, will be performed in the ’62 Center’s Directing Studio from May 12 to May 14.