In Other Ivory Towers is the Record’s look at colleges and universities outside the Purple Bubble. In recent weeks, schools nationwide have been considering the question of whether classes can be held on campus in the fall.
This year marks my eighteenth consecutive Ramadan fast and, still, the dryness in my throat, hunger pangs and fatigue can feel intense at times. I still glance at my watch on occasion to see that there’s another nine or more hours until breaking the fast at sunset.
With less than a month until classes end, students may be wondering how they’ll pass the time without lectures to fast-forward through and Zoom seminars to attend. If you’re one of them, you’re in luck — the College Libraries provide access to Swank, a free movie service that makes hundreds of classic titles available at the push of a button.
1:30 p.m. Sawyer Library: Officers responded to an intrusion alarm. They found a staff member from the Office for Information Technology (OIT) working who did not realize the building was armed. Monday 4-20-20
4:41 p.m. Cole Field: Officers responded to a report of several groups using the athletic fields. All groups were informed that the athletic fields were closed due to COVID-19 concerns, and everyone departed without incident.
Dear Williams students,
As I wander the campus, I have a sense of loss. I miss you, all of you.
On the morning of Monday, Feb. 24, I walked into the Alumni Relations Office and passed the office door of my colleague, Leila Derstine, who leads the Williams Alumni Travel Study program. She didn’t look happy; I asked what was wrong. Her one-word answer: “Coronavirus.” That weekend, outbreak clusters in Italy had surfaced, including the country’s first death. Leila knew that her work would likely never be the same again. Over the coming weeks, the rest of society, including our broader Williams family, would come to realize our lives were forever altered.
This week, the Record asked faculty to send us pictures of their home working environments, including feline, canine and small human coworkers when applicable. Though face-to-face office hours are becoming a distant memory, professors have adapted well to the world of remote teaching, substituting kitchen islands for desks and keeping close to natural light.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has turned the universe upside down, including our personal, professional and social lives. However, this is not the time to retreat and allow pessimism, negative thoughts, self-doubt and bad habits to consume our core. We have been given a unique opportunity to embrace optimism, creativity and reflection.
We randomly select unixes from a list of all current students at the College for our weekly One in Two Thousand. So long as the owner of a selected unix is willing to be interviewed and not a member of the Record board, that person becomes the subject of our interview. For this week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Will McCormick ’23, who is at home in Brookline, Mass.
Mapes has decided to withdraw from the remainder of her classes and re-enroll next spring, allowing her to play a full senior season in the Purple Valley.