On the cancellation of ‘Beast Thing’: Considering representation and affirming our commitment to uplifting student voices

Last week, the College’s theatre department cancelled its fall show, Beast Thing, in response to students’ concerns about the play’s potentially traumatizing content and their experiences in the show. 

Many students involved in the show expressed frustration with their inability to bring their concerns about the show’s content and overall working process to the creative team. The theatre department has a responsibility to treat students with respect and to make sure that their concerns are not being invalidated or de-legitimized.

BSU holds town hall exploring affinity housing

On Sunday, the Williams College Black Student Union (BSU) organized a town hall in Griffin Hall on affinity housing and Davis Center renovations. As the event flyer read, the gathering was to be “a space for students, particularly Black students, to reflect on recent events and the general student experience here,” granting students the opportunity “to voice concerns and work towards solutions.” The meeting was attended by students of varying racial, economic and sexual identities, as well as by a few members of the staff and faculty, including President Maud Mandel.

Ephs make cards for Michael Johnson, discuss criminal justice system

This past Thursday, students of Assistant Professor of English Ianna Hawkins Owen’s “Black Writing To, From, and About Prison” class hosted a teach-in and card-making event wishing an early happy birthday to Michael Johnson. This event invited the College community to consider the ways in which literature and writing portray issues of racism in the justice system.

Football trampled by Amherst Mammoths in season finale

In the 133rd annual “Biggest Little Game in America”, Amherst opened up a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back, defeating Williams (5-4, 5-4 in the NESCAC) 14-45. The Ephs and Mammoths played an exciting first quarter in which both offenses were able to move the ball effectively.

Men’s soccer falls in first round of NCAA Tournament

Last Saturday, men’s soccer lost to Elizabethtown 1-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Williams opened the scoring in the contest when Andrew Mathew ’20 launched a throw in 30 yards out to the left of Elizabethtown goalie Brian Gately.

College analyzes communism centennial

As a student-organized event, “Peace Party,” celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of  November 11, 1918,  a completely different centennial event was also celebrated at the College this weekend: the anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), an important political development of the last century. A conference sponsored by the Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy, as well as the political science department, provided the setting for a gathering of several dozen scholars of the history of the CPUSA.