Community, College join Global Climate Strike

Students at the college, as well students from local students, gathered on the steps of Paresky to call for environmental action. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record)

Members of the Williamstown community, as well as students, faculty and staff at the College, came together on Friday to participate in the Global Climate Strike, a coordinated worldwide movement, on the steps of the Paresky Center.

Sean Saifa M. Wall ’01 reflects on time as intersex activist

For almost two decades, Sean Saifa M. Wall ’01 has worked as an intersex rights activist, fighting to end medically unnecessary surgeries. (Photo courtesy of Sean Saifa M. Wall)

Looking back after almost two decades as an intersex rights activist, Sean Saifa M. Wall ’01 said he now finds it funny that he initially intended to follow one of the more typical career paths chosen by so many of his peers.

WilliNet showcases Eph teams, coaches in weekly shows

Kris Dufour (right), who has hosted the Williams College Football Show for 15 years, welcomes head coach Mark Raymond to discuss game highlights.(Photo Courtesy of WilliNet.)

Hidden away behind the glass doors of Spring Street, next to where Mad Macs used to stand, are the WilliNet TV studios, home of Williamstown’s very own community TV network. 

WilliNet’s programming ranges from recaps of community meetings to art and musical showcases. Two of their most consistent and beloved series, however, are the Williams College Football Show and Williams College Basketball Show, hosted by members of the College community.

Volleyball wins out over Trinity

On Friday, volleyball (8–3, 1–0 in the NESCAC) defeated Trinity (4–4, 0–1 in the NESCAC) in three sets and fell to Roger Williams the next day in a tough five-set match. In the first set against the Bantams, the Ephs jumped out to an early 7-1 lead behind the serving of Lydia Kurtz ’22.

College endowment returns impacted by 2017 federal tax

Joey Fox/The Williams Record

In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a law that included a tax on the returns from certain college and university endowments, of which the College’s endowment is one. 

This past summer, the U.S. Treasury Department released a document outlining which institutions would be affected by the tax and to what extent. The document describes “eligible educational institutions” as private colleges and universities with at least 500 tuition-paying students, more than half of whom are located in the U.S., and whose assets total at least $500,000 per student.

Farm Fun in the Sun: Students engage with local farming

Around 200 students have volunteered at the organic-practicing Peace Valley Farm in Williamstown since the early 1990s. (Photo courtesy of Marco Vallejos.)

When Marco Vallejos ’20 walks into breakfast at Mission dining hall, he sees familiar “faces” — not a friend or a staff member, but the potatoes he recently dug up at Peace Valley Farm that are now turned into golden homefries.

In Other Ivory Towers: DOE investigates UNC, Duke Program

The U.S. Department of Education has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to make changes to their jointly-run Middle East studies program, due in part to the program’s alleged bias in favor of Islam and against other religions. In an Aug.