Student support for faculty, Mandel remains high as CC approval declines

This past week, the Record sent out its semiannual approval ratings survey, giving students the options of “approve,” “disapprove” and “neutral” for a variety of campus institutions. Of the 500 randomly-selected students to whom the survey was emailed, 192 responded, a response rate of 38 percent. 

For consistency, the fall 2019 approval ratings survey will be compared to the fall 2018 survey rather than spring 2019, unless otherwise noted.

WCMA to potentially move to old inn

Members of the administration, faculty, staff and trustees have identified the former Williams Inn location as the designated site for a potential relocation of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA).

Proposal for gun store withdrawn

A request for a special permit to operate a controversial sporting goods store has been withdrawn after a heated public hearing on the matter. At a Williamstown Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Sept.

Cap and Bells starts fall season with funding problems, difficulty in obtaining rights

Cap and Bells is seeking to regain its footing after grappling with issues of funding and rights acquisition going into its fall season. Since the beginning of the academic year, the student-run theater group has been forced to change two of its show choices, after having been denied the rights to Jonathan Larson’s RENT and Claire Baron’s Dance Nation, even though they auditioned casts for both shows prior to obtaining the rights.

Prominent civil libertarian to discuss free speech on College campus

New York Law School Professor and Former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) President Nadine Strossen will participate in an interview and panel discussion this Thursday at 7:30 PM on the role of speech on college campuses and the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion’s recently released report. 

Located in Goodrich Hall, the event will take place in two parts, starting with an interview with Strossen and followed by a panel discussion. Landon Marchant ’20 will conduct the interview and moderate the panel.

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.

Students, faculty spar over free speech, speaker invitations

Last Wednesday, Nico Perrino, Steven Gerrard and Luana Maroja responded to student questions surrounding their positions on free speech at the College. ARRINGTON LUCK/NEWS EDITOR

The Society for Conservative Thought hosted a panel and discussion last Wednesday surrounding issues of campus free speech and expression, titled “Considering the Case for Campus Free Expression.” Sponsored by the political science department and the Class of 1971 Public Affairs Forum, the panel consisted of Associate Professor of Biology Luana Maroja, Professor of Philosophy Steven Gerrard and Communications Director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Nico Perrino.

Mary-Claire King to deliver commencement address

This year’s commencement speaker, Mary-Claire King (left), discovered BRCA1, and baccalaureate speaker, Ophelia Dahl (right), co-founded Partners In Health. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY-CLAIRE KING AND OPHELIA DAHL.

College Council probes potential OSL influence in treasurer election

College Council (CC) is currently looking into an email sent to all club sport athletes regarding the CC treasurer election and club sport funding by Kris Hoey, the assistant director for student organizations and clubs sport in the Office of Student Life (OSL), which some on CC believe may have influenced the outcome of the election. 

Hoey’s email did not explicitly support either candidate. The email, however, was read by some on CC as an implicit endorsement for the then-sailing club treasurer Jamie Vaccaro ’21.