Davis Center grapples with insufficient funding, staffing

Currently, the Davis Center is operating with two full-time staff members, with plans to onboard new members. BROOKE HOROWITCH/EXECUTIVE EDITOR

On April 17, the Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now), published a list of demands to College President Maud Mandel.

Memorial pays tribute to Spanish Civil War volunteer Barton Carter ’37

A plaque commemorates the service of Barton Carter ex-’37, who volunteered for anti-fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War. NIGEL JAFFE/FEATURES EDITOR

The walls of Thompson Memorial Chapel are lined with the names of soldiers who lost their lives in American wars, with each entry accompanied by the corresponding date and place of death.

CC votes to reject WIFI

Last night, College Council (CC) voted 13–8 with one abstention to reject a request from the Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) to become a registered student organization. The vote came a week after the club’s request was tabled at a previous CC meeting, and the meeting involved nearly two hours of protracted and heated debate among both CC members and a large number of guests attending.

Stop & Shop workers reach tentative agreement, end strike

Stop & Shop workers across New England returned to work on Monday for the first time in 11 days, ending the strike that began on April 11. According to Skyhook, a location technology company, visits to Stop & Shop locations across the area declined by between 50–70 percent during the strike. 

The strike was organized by five United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local unions that represent over 31,000 workers, including members of UFCW Local 1459, which includes the Berkshires.

Poster disappearances spark discussion

The disappearance of posters last week, including materials for student activism and for an anti-gun violence event organized by Joy James, the Francis Christopher Oakley third century professor of humanities, sparked conversations about campus climate toward materials advocating for civil and human rights. In a campus-wide email, “Creating a healthier campus culture,” sent on Monday, President of the College Maud Mandel called for the campus community to “treat each other with respect when differences inevitably emerge.”  

“Love and Justice,” which was financially supported by the political science and Africana studies departments, Converging Worlds and the Feminist Collective, featured Dorothy Holmes and Shapearl Wells, two Chicago-based Black activist mothers who had lost their children to gun violence.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

 By the Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now)

This piece includes summaries of the demands CARE Now has published in the full, 12-page version of this open letter with the history, context, means, and ends of what we want. Read the full letter at bit.ly/dearmaud 

We are the Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now), an active and growing collective of student activists born out of resistance to the 2018 faculty petition on the Chicago Statement.

CARE Now sends open letter to President Mandel

Following its letter to the Board of Trustees on April 12, the Coalition Against Racist Education (CARE Now) released an expanded petition to President of the College Maud Mandel last Wednesday, stating its demands to make the College a more inclusive space for minoritized groups. CARE Now has called for Mandel to respond to the demands by Friday at 5 p.m.

The new list of demands expands upon the 12 objectives that were requested of the Board of Trustees that call for institutional progress, and includes sections recommending more hiring of faculty of color, enhanced Minority Studies programs, increased funding to the Office of Institutional Diversity, investigations of Campus Safety and Security (CSS), expansions of Title IX administration and increased pay for Dining and Facilities. 

Mandel responded to this request in an email to CARE Now, and will meet and discuss the demands along with several other deans and administrators today.