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Students reflect on a semester in new TAPSI housing  communities

Students reflect on a semester in new TAPSI housing communities

Luke Chinman January 25, 2023
For the 2022-2023 academic year, the College approved four Theme/Affinity/Program/Special Interest (TAPSI) housing proposals. After a semester, the Record spoke to students living in the Williams Interfaith Dialogue House, the International House, the Sustainable Living Community, the Eban House — which is for Black affinity housing — about their experiences.
One in Two Thousand: Tommy Goodwin ’25

One in Two Thousand: Tommy Goodwin ’25

Luke Chinman January 25, 2023
This week, Tommy Goodwin ’25 discussed Where Am I?!, the wrestling team, and his love for Mariah Carey.
‘The best class I’ve ever taken at Williams’: Students explore new hobbies through Free University

‘The best class I’ve ever taken at Williams’: Students explore new hobbies through Free University

Emily Zas January 25, 2023
This Winter Study, students taught and attended a record 66 Free University courses — an 18 percent increase from the 56 courses offered last year and nearly double the 34 courses offered during Winter Study in 2020. Whether they were crocheting sweaters, tasting cheeses, or pursuing any of the other unique course options, students at the College embraced many new hobbies this January.
Town residents find inclusive gaming community at Purple Dragon Games

Town residents find inclusive gaming community at Purple Dragon Games

Safiyah Anwar-Chuku January 25, 2023
Spring Street’s Purple Dragon Games prides itself on its inclusivity, which keeps store-goers loyal. Some patrons commute for up to an hour to participate in the various events hosted by the store.
How communities across campus collaborate to reduce food waste

How communities across campus collaborate to reduce food waste

Sasha Horvath December 7, 2022
The Record spoke to Dining Services, the Zilkha Center, and members of WRAPS to understand the collective efforts that help limit food waste from dining halls. 
(Izzy Polanco/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Vania Gautam ’26

Izzy Polanco December 7, 2022
This week, Vania Gautam ’26 discussed the annual Reindog Parade, Leading Minds, and the band Weston Estate.
Schedules from the Williams College Archives detail the list of events during previous Asian American Awareness Months at the College. Photo courtesy of the Williams College archives.

A look back in the archives: Students celebrate Asian American Awareness Month at the College

Tali Natter and Lucy Walker December 7, 2022
Beginning in 1991, Asian American Students in Action (AASiA) coordinated Asian American Awareness Month programming, which featured various speakers and cultural events. The Record spoke to Bowen Chung ’93 and Harry Yoon ’93, two of the main organizers for the event’s inaugural year.
Inside the world of investment banking recruiting

Inside the world of investment banking recruiting

Haley Zimmerman and Ellie Davis December 7, 2022
The Record spoke to three students entering the world of IB to answer some key questions: Why do so many kids go into IB? What’s the process like? What is IB, anyway?
Students prepare for a WOOLF trip in 1979 — one of the first trips after the program’s founding two years earlier. Photo courtesy of The Williams Record.

‘A different way of getting to know people’: Founders recount the beginnings of WOOLF

Emily Swope and Catherine Debenham December 7, 2022
An unsatisfactory orientation experience as a first-year student that led Laschever to imagine a different start for first-years at the College. In his senior year, he helped establish Williams Outdoor Orientation For Living as First-years (WOOLF), which is now a four-day wilderness adventure orientation program, alongside a group of students two years below him.
Many students seek employment at businesses on Spring Street, where they interact with the greater Town community. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

For some students, working on Spring St. casts light on class divides, Town-College relations

Haley Zimmerman and Catherine Debenham November 30, 2022
The Record spoke to three students who have had off-campus jobs at Spring Street businesses as they discussed their observations on Town-Gown relations.
A 1978 map from Wayne Eckerson’s thesis shows the location of White Oaks. Photo courtesy of the Williams College Archives.

The White Oaks neighborhood has a hidden racist history connected to the College

Safiyah Anwar-Chuku November 30, 2022
Bilal Ansari reflects on the construction of the White Oaks Congregational Church, which was built in 1866 to “civilize” the Black residents of White Oaks.
‘Mindfulness Examined’  tutorial explores meditation

‘Mindfulness Examined’ tutorial explores meditation

Caleb Ockman November 30, 2022
For the past five years, Kim Gutschow, a senior lecturer in religion, anthropology, and sociology, has taught a tutorial called “Mindfulness Examined.” In pairs, its students explore the benefits that mindfulness provides through in-class meditation and weekly readings.
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