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A sign from WAAC’s activism in favor of divestment from South Africa. (Photo couresty of The Williams Record.)

Former U.S. Rep. Andy Levin ’83 and Williams Anti-Apartheid Coalition members reflect on the importance of student activism

Maya Prakash April 10, 2024
“If I can get annoyingly ‘Williams’ about it, I think my experience of the Williams Anti-Apartheid Coalition [(WAAC)] has shaped my whole life,” said Andy Levin ’83, who was a U.S. Rep. from Michigan’s 9th Congressional district from 2019 to 2023, in an interview with the Record. 
Photo courtesy of Zach Bishop.

One in Two Thousand: Zach Bishop ’26

Ellie Davis April 10, 2024
Each week, the Record (using a script in R) randomly selects a student at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature, excluding current Record board members. This week, Zach Bishop ’26 discussed French press coffee, Norwegian heavy metal, and using economics to compose music.
WOC led a trip to D.A.R. state park to experience the eclipse in the path of totality. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Nadalin ’27.)

Even classes eclipsed by astronomical spectacle

Phoebe Pallesen April 10, 2024
If the tinted, paper glasses strewn across Lee Snack Bar tables, the recent buzz about “paths of totality,” and obscenely-early alarms didn’t alert you, on Monday, swaths of the United States experienced a total solar eclipse — an astronomical event in which the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, momentarily shielding the Sun’s light. 
Bill Cotter ’21, otherwise known as ‘Billy Fooball,’ is running for Congress. (Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter.)

Bill Cotter ’21, or ‘Billy Football,’ kicks off congressional campaign

Hugh Kane and Maya Prakash April 10, 2024
“Turning 21 is fun, turning 22 is fine, and then you end up at 25,” Bill Cotter ’21 reflected in an interview with the Record. Cotter — better known online as Barstool Sports’ “Billy Football” —  saw his 25th birthday less as a tempus fugit reality and more of an opportunity: Having just hit the age threshold to be elected to Congress, Cotter saw himself as a fresh face to represent New York’s 3rd district in the House of Representatives. 
North Adams Regional Hospital is offering in-patient care for the first time in 10 years. (Photo courtesy of Berkshire Health Systems.)

North Adams Regional Hospital reopens inpatient care

Ellie Davis April 10, 2024
Students seeking medical care beyond the capacity of the College’s Thompson Health Center often travel to nearby providers. As of March 29, in addition to emergency room and outpatient services, the North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH) at the Berkshire Medical Center is offering in-patient care for the first time in 10 years.
Ruth Ozeki is a distinguished visiting professor of English at the College. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Ozeki.)

Just visiting: Bestselling author Ruth Ozeki teaches advanced fiction at the College

Ellie Davis and Alina Ramirez March 13, 2024

In 2017, Aisha Abdrashitova ’22  – then a student at the Berkshire School – reached out to bestselling author and then-Professor of English at Smith College Ruth Ozeki asking what book she should...

One for the books: Milne Public Library celebrates 150th anniversary

One for the books: Milne Public Library celebrates 150th anniversary

Emily Zas and Phoebe Pallesen March 13, 2024

On March 9, 1874, it was 23 degrees below zero in Williamstown — but the cold did not deter Town residents from attending that year’s Town Meeting, where they voted to establish a public library....

The College’s robotics team — named the “Cattlebots” ­— earned second place in the VEX U robotics competition in New York last month. (Photo courtesy of Estefany Lopez-Velazquez.)

Robotics club fosters inclusivity, secures second place at VEX U competition

Dilay Kalınoğlu March 13, 2024
On Feb. 4, the College’s robotics club, the “Cattlebots,” entered its first competition,  the VEX U college and university competition, hosted at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York City.  The Cattlebots competed against eight other schools — the majority of which were engineering universities — and won second place. 
(Photo courtesy of Catherine Farman-Farmaian.)

One in Two Thousand: Logan McClennen ’24

Ellie Davis March 13, 2024
Each week, the Record (using a script in R) randomly selects a student at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature, excluding current Record board members. This week, Logan McClennen ’24 discussed his early March Madness insights, the exciting end to his intramural (IM) basketball career, and being the subject of a song by his ex-girlfriend.
Dodd House transformed into Las Vegas for ACE’s annual Casino Night, where students placed bets and won big. (Quinn Casey/The Williams Record)

My trip to Las Vegas: Inside ACE’s Casino Night

Quinn Casey March 6, 2024
As the clock approached 9 p.m. last Friday, intrepid Record reporter Quinn Casey followed groups of well-dressed students on their way to Las Vegas. Well, sort of. He found himself inside ACE's Casino Night.
The Record reported 100 years ago on a professor’s remarks defending the character of his students. (Photo courtesy of The Williams Record.)

This Week in Williams History: Professor defends the modern student, College changes academic schedule, students hold forum on bias incidents

Emily Zas March 6, 2024
“This Week in Williams History” is a column that looks back at memorable moments in the College’s past through articles in the Record. This week in history, a professor defended modern students, the College changed its schedule, and students held a forum on bias incidents. 
(Photo courtesy of Aarju Poudel.)

One in Two Thousand: Aarju Poudel ’27

Phoebe Pallesen March 6, 2024
Each week, the Record (using a script in R) randomly selects a student at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature, excluding current Record board members. This week, Aarju Poudel ’27 discussed her hometown, dyeing her hair red, and her love for untranslatable words.
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