President Maud S. Mandel and several of her senior staff held an open phone call for Williams families on Monday to provide information about the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five main takeaways from the call.
As institutions of higher education across the world are grappling with the question of reopening in the fall, the College has developed a plan to work toward a decision.
Since the campus closure, many student couples have had to trade dates at Images and Blue Mango for virtual Netflix parties and FaceTime baking. From first-years who have just begun dating, to seniors who are planning their post-college lives together, all Williams couples — even those in quarantine together — are adapting their relationships to find the best ways to be together while apart.
Let me start with an apology. Through no fault of your own, seniors, you are graduating in the midst of a global pandemic. You will not get your swan song of spring semester, finish that final research project or walk in the graduation you worked so hard to earn. It is a truly terrible twist of fate.
It was the beginning of April, just a few weeks after Franklin Reilly ’21 returned home to Edwards, Colo. He had recently finished his winter season on the Nordic ski team and had been gearing up for a spring season running track that was ultimately cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For many students, life in quarantine has been characterized by mundanity, days that move drearily into one another without remark. Almost two months since the College canceled in-person classes, students are beginning to experience self-isolation as a new normal, habituating to the lifestyle in a way that makes it feel all the more dull as they become numb to emotions outside of their standard quarantine mood.
College announces no virtual commencement, postponement of 2020 ceremony to undetermined future date
Yesterday, the College announced its decision to reschedule the commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 to an undetermined future date, ruling out the option to hold a virtual ceremony on June 7.
Blogs, journals and memes: Library seeks to preserve student experiences through COVID-19 archival project
Rito Tanaka ’23 had a rather boring Monday. “Nothing Interesting Happened Today,” he wrote in his blog, Live From Quarantined Williamstown, before summarizing his day with a simple and evocative emoticon: ‘ :[ ’.
At this point in the school year, Junior Advisors (JAs) to the next year’s freshman class would typically be in the midst of JA excursions, or “dates,” with the goal of determining who they want to work with in a co-group next year. JA dates usually entail meeting up with a group of three to six JAs and doing an activity on campus together. However, due to most students being off campus as a result of COVID-19, these excursions look very different this year.
Aanya Kapur ’20 lived in Horn Hall before COVID-19 began causing school closures. When the College shut down, she worried she would not be able to return home because her parents live in Australia, whose borders had closed.