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Editorial: How professors can help support student mental health

Editorial: How professors can help support student mental health

Editorial Board November 10, 2021
The College prides itself on providing students a rigorous and exemplary liberal arts education. That is part of why all of us — students and faculty alike — choose to come here. But a narrow emphasis on so-called rigor often has adverse effects on students’ mental health and, subsequently, academic experience.
Editorial: Let’s relax the limit on outdoor gatherings

Editorial: Let’s relax the limit on outdoor gatherings

Editorial Board May 19, 2021
Pointing to the low risk of outdoor COVID transmission and the increasing safety of campus, the editorial board calls on the College to let students gather outdoors in groups of up to 25 for the remainder of the semester.
Editorial: To ‘return in earnest,’ students should be required to get vaccinated

Editorial: To ‘return in earnest,’ students should be required to get vaccinated

Editorial Board April 21, 2021
By requiring students to get vaccinated, the College would send a clear message: We care about the health of our community. We care about the pursuit of knowledge. And we care about acting on that knowledge to do what is right.
Editorial: Amid COVID cases and CSS patrols, College’s communication is lacking

Editorial: Amid COVID cases and CSS patrols, College’s communication is lacking

Editorial Board April 7, 2021
In the days and weeks following the gatherings at Wood and Gladden Houses, students have too often been left scrambling to understand the current public health situation on campus. Students are not being given the transparency we need to feel comfortable in the environment in which we live and work. The administration’s lack of clear communication has forced students to hunt for information needed to make appropriate decisions for our health, to understand how the College conducts investigations into public health guideline violations, and to navigate the increased presence of Campus Safety and Security (CSS) in our living spaces.
As a difficult semester winds down, advice for the College on student mental health

As a difficult semester winds down, advice for the College on student mental health

Editorial Board December 9, 2020
As we reflect on all of the ways that the semester was successful and express gratitude to those who made it so, we also want to point to one area in which the College can do better.
It’s time to remove the WPD chief and hold the town government accountable

It’s time to remove the WPD chief and hold the town government accountable

Editorial Board November 18, 2020
WPD Chief Kyle Johnson and officers under his command face allegations of racial harassment, anti-Semitism and sexual assault in a federal lawsuit against the department.
Make Election Day a College holiday

Make Election Day a College holiday

Editorial Board October 28, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, many College students, faculty and staff who are eligible to vote are preparing to cast their ballots in person. In future years, the College should make...

The continuous model can work – if the faculty respects health days

The continuous model can work – if the faculty respects health days

Editorial Board October 21, 2020
We applaud the decision that was ultimately made, and we appreciate that student preferences — which were strongly in favor of the continuous model — were in the end taken into account. But the adoption of the continuous model also presents new challenges which we hope faculty and administration will consider as they look toward the spring.
A call to students and the administration on social distancing

A call to students and the administration on social distancing

Editorial Board October 7, 2020

120 unmasked students gathered near Poker Flats on Sept. 8.  No distancing. No masks. While community-spreading within our campus has not yet happened, our networks of friends, families...

Holding the Record accountable: reckoning with race and its intersections with journalism

Holding the Record accountable: reckoning with race and its intersections with journalism

Editorial Board August 25, 2020

In our June 6 statement “In solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” our editorial board expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and called on the College, its students and its alumni to...

On the College’s plan for the fall: A note of thanks and a call for answers

On the College’s plan for the fall: A note of thanks and a call for answers

Editorial Board August 19, 2020
During the hardest of times and facing insurmountable challenges, those who keep Williams running have risen to the occasion. That having been said, no plan is perfect.
In solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Where the Record, and the College, have faltered, and necessary next steps

In solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Where the Record, and the College, have faltered, and necessary next steps

Editorial Board June 6, 2020
Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Oscar Grant. These are the names of only a few of the Black people who have become victims of state-sanctioned police brutality. The deaths of these people are directly tied to the anti-Black violence that first brought enslaved people to Jamestown in 1619, and that has permeated this country ever since. This violence — a system directly enabled by white supremacy — is embedded in our nation’s institutional structures through mass incarceration, hyper-surveillance of Black bodies, economic inequities and inequitable distribution of wealth.
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