As the fall semester approached, Nathan Thimothe ’22 and Gavin Li ’22 saw an inefficiency in the College’s “COVID-19 dashboard” — and with it, an opportunity. The statistics on cases and testing provided by the dashboard were not being regularly disseminated or promoted to community members, and the page could be found only after multiple clicks into the College’s website. “I noticed that we were spending a lot of time just trying to get to the COVID dashboard,” Li said.
During the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders of COVID-19’s first wave in the spring of 2020, a distinct trend spread among college students quarantined at home: building virtual campuses on Minecraft servers.
No group of students at the College has stepped up to meet the challenge — until now.
Brian Hirshman ’06 revealed the true story behind the ‘B+’ on Amherst College’s football field. (Photo courtesy of Brian Hirshman.)
In the digital nooks and crannies of Willipedia, one name keeps popping up: Brian Hirshman ’06.
Last Thursday, in direct violation of the College’s COVID-19 regulations, a representative of a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) set up a table by Paresky Lawn –– at the edge of Rte. 2 –– for several hours. TPUSA’s intentions in setting up the table included to form a Williams chapter of the organization, according to the representative.