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The Case For Voting

The Case For Voting

Ben Platt October 11, 2020
Voting is the most profound act of civil participation for an American citizen. It actualizes American democracy to a degree that our country’s founders could have barely dreamt of. For many of us this is the first presidential election that we will be eligible to vote in. It’s imperative that we vote in the 2020 general election.
Comic

Comic

Darin Li October 7, 2020

Earning the right to say it

Earning the right to say it

Jim Reische July 28, 2020
This summer, Black Lives Matter signs appeared in front of homes of all kinds, in Williamstown and out in the surrounding countryside. Judging by their numbers you’d expect Williamstown to have solved racism by now.

Letter to the Editor: 100% Renewables is Doable

Olivia White July 14, 2020
The way that we produce and consume energy is dangerously problematic. Evidence of climate change in Massachusetts is clear. Sea levels are rising, extreme weather events are occurring more frequently, and pollution-related respiratory problems are common, especially in vulnerable communities.
Responding to demands by JA class, Mandel promises affinity pods, other changes to first year experience

Responding to demands by JA class, Mandel promises affinity pods, other changes to first year experience

Arrington Luck July 13, 2020

President Maud S. Mandel responded on Thursday to a list of demands sent by the incoming Junior Advisor (JA) class, promising affinity pods and further changes to the first year experience for JAs and...

Ben Mygatt ’20 has played violin for over a decade, and he is just getting started

Ben Mygatt ’20 has played violin for over a decade, and he is just getting started

Arrington Luck May 23, 2020
For over a decade, Ben Mygatt ’20 has honed his craft as a violinist, and he has no plan to stop anytime soon.
Mandel announces reduction of required courses from four to three, elimination of Winter Study for 2020-2021 academic year

Mandel announces reduction of required courses from four to three, elimination of Winter Study for 2020-2021 academic year

In an all-campus email sent today, President Maud S. Mandel announced plans to adopt a revised version of the regular two-semester academic calendar for the 2020-21 academic year. Regardless of whether classes are in-person or remote, students will be required to take a minimum of three courses each semester rather than four. Winter Study will not take place in January 2021.
College considers trimester or three-semester calendar for 2020-2021 academic year

College considers trimester or three-semester calendar for 2020-2021 academic year

Samuel Wolf, Annie Lu, and Lucy Walker May 14, 2020

In an all-faculty meeting on Wednesday, President Maud S. Mandel announced that she is strongly considering adopting either a trimester or a three-semester model for the 2020-2021 academic calendar....

New Title IX regulations strengthen rights of accused

New Title IX regulations strengthen rights of accused

Arrington Luck May 7, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new Title IX regulations on Wednesday that would serve to strengthen the rights for students accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault on college...

Campus petition demands extension of contracts for fellows and visiting assistant professors

Campus petition demands extension of contracts for fellows and visiting assistant professors

Arrington Luck May 7, 2020
A petition calling for the College to extend the appointments of junior non-tenure track faculty is circulating among the faculty, staff, students and alumni communities, as multiple committees convened by President of the College Maud S. Mandel assess the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of reopening the College for the Fall 2020 semester.
The hardest decision: A look inside the weeks of deliberations that led to campus closure

“The hardest decision”: A look inside the weeks of deliberations that led to campus closure

Jeongyoon Han and Bellamy Richardson April 1, 2020

Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4:21 p.m.: President of the College Maud S. Mandel sends an email to the entire campus community, titled, “Update: Williams prevention and preparedness measures for coronavirus.” At...

Kenneth Marshall ’20 (left) and Ben Hearon ’20 (right) have begun exploring the five different aspects of a pentathalon this year. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Hearon and Kenneth Marshall.)

Pentathlon Pair: Hearon ’20 and Marshall ’20 take on five-part feat

Grace Dailey January 29, 2020

Kenneth Marshall ’20 (left) and Ben Hearon ’20 (right) have begun exploring the five different aspects of a pentathalon this year. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Hearon and Kenneth Marshall.) Benjamin...

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