1,000 paper cranes and a welding project: one entry’s First Days activity

While the weeks between quarantine and classes brought many out of their dorms to enjoy the outdoors, the first-year residents of Mills-Dennett 4 (MD4) found themselves inside, doing quite the opposite. Working in dorm rooms, common areas and hallways for two weeks, they collectively folded 1,000 origami cranes, creating an art installation and meaningful bonds.

Large gatherings of students violated the public health guidelines. The College’s response has been spotty.

If you walk past Frosh Quad at 11 p.m. on a Friday, you’ll hear pounding music and see groups of first-years wandering between buildings. It almost seems like a regular Friday night — not one in the middle of a pandemic. In the weeks since students returned to campus there have been a number of instances in which students violated the College’s public health guidelines — which limit gatherings to groups of 10 — sometimes with gatherings of dozens of students. The College’s responses to different instances and types of violations have varied widely.

What do the 2020 Emmys mean for the future of television?

Williams alum, Jason Hehir (’98) won his first Emmy for The Last Dance (Photo Credit: Yahoo)

Last Sunday, the 2020 Emmy Awards, hosted virtually by Jimmy Kimmel from the Staples Center, gave us a glimpse into the future for both award shows during the COVID pandemic and the path that television consumption is on. Despite the circumstances, Kimmel managed to make the most with the many A-listers nominated, including a mini Friends reunion with the show’s female leads.

COVID by the numbers: A look into the College’s pandemic spending

Life across campus has shifted radically in order to implement safety measures and ensure socially distanced learning and residential life. These changes have had financial implications for the College, from dining, to academics, to personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation, as well as a host of other alterations.

A lesson in acquisition: what we can learn from the cancellation at the Whitney

Last month, the Whitney Museum of American Art canceled its planned exhibition “Collective Actions: Artist Interventions in a Time of Change” after numerous artists criticized the methods with which many of these works were acquired. The exhibition, announced on Aug. 25, was intended to display prints, photographs, posters and digital files that have been created this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Many of these pieces, however, were purchased from social justice and COVID-19 fundraisers and included in the show without the input of the artists.