Poster disappearances spark discussion

The disappearance of posters last week, including materials for student activism and for an anti-gun violence event organized by Joy James, the Francis Christopher Oakley third century professor of humanities, sparked conversations about campus climate toward materials advocating for civil and human rights. In a campus-wide email, “Creating a healthier campus culture,” sent on Monday, President of the College Maud Mandel called for the campus community to “treat each other with respect when differences inevitably emerge.”  

“Love and Justice,” which was financially supported by the political science and Africana studies departments, Converging Worlds and the Feminist Collective, featured Dorothy Holmes and Shapearl Wells, two Chicago-based Black activist mothers who had lost their children to gun violence.

Staff discuss low morale, feelings of alienation

Custodians recount discontents with management; some cite Williams Staff Committee, strategic planning as encouraging steps toward staff inclusion

Among College staff, a “significant morale issue on campus, especially among support staff workers” has existed for up to a decade, according to the Williams Staff Committee (WSC). 

Staff members say that they feel expendable and unvalued at the College, a perception that is exacerbated by a lack of involvement in decision-making and an inability to advocate for themselves. Fear of “retaliation,” staff members said and WSC confirmed, often dissuades staff from voicing their concerns to management.

Pay disparities among Dining and Facilities workers remain after 2010 pay restructuring

Disparities in staff wages have resulted from the July 2010 discontinuation of a pay system that provided seniority-based raises for hourly staff in Dining and Facilities. Staff hired under the market-driven system instituted after the change have earned less than employees hired under the former system, although they work the same job. 

The five-year step plan previously in place had allowed staff to receive scheduled raises in their early years on the job, as well as a yearly cost-of-living increase.

Staff Issue: Letter from the Editor

Today’s edition explores issues that staff face at the College and details facets of staff members’ lives both at and outside the College. The staff issue, like all other issues, investigates problems that affect members of the College community.

Staff members balance multiple jobs

Ada Moreno, a cook at Whitmans’, also cares for elderly people in their homes and cleans apartments. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR

One fifth of College staff who responded to the 2017 Williams Staff Committee (WSC) staff survey said that they worked another job in addition to their job at the College.

College unaffected as three schools find admission files breached

The College’s admission database remains secure, according to the office of admission and the office for information technology (OIT), after three liberal arts colleges saw their databases hacked last week. Some applicants to Grinnell, Hamilton and Oberlin received emails on Thursday morning offering them to purchase their admission files at the cost of one bitcoin, approximately $3890.

Letter from the editor

Last week, we reported that Kimberly Love, assistant professor of English, and Kai Green ’07, assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, had canceled their spring semester courses. Love had cited “the College’s violent practices” as the reason for her departure in an email to students enrolled in her courses; Green had written in an email to a reporter that the College was “not a safe place” for them.