Though students have been invited back to Williamstown for the fall semester, the campus that awaits them will be dramatically different from the one they have known. Whether students will actually abide by the College’s guidelines for campus life is another matter.
The College has announced that it will reopen the campus to students for the fall semester, though with stringent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and with a 15 percent lower cost of attendance.
The College is “essentially in a hiring freeze,” and other key points from Dean of the Faculty Denise Buell’s email on Friday.
Forty-three percent of rising first-years surveyed by the Record said they would likely take a gap year if classes remained online in the fall, and 68 percent of surveyed current non-senior students would “seriously consider” taking the fall semester off if it were held remotely. Despite the challenges that a greatly decreased enrollment would pose, administrators said the College will not prevent students from taking gap years or leaves of absence.
Professor of Economics Sara LaLumia has a tradition of traveling to races with her mother: The professor usually runs a half-marathon, while her mother, who lives in Pennsylvania, runs a 5K. The pair continued that tradition recently — though this time with no travel involved — through a virtual fun run and day of physical fitness organized by Williams for Williamstown, a student-led initiative to buy food and other supplies from Berkshire businesses for medical workers in the area, and Williams Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
President Maud S. Mandel and several of her senior staff held an open phone call for Williams families on Monday to provide information about the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five main takeaways from the call.
Mapes has decided to withdraw from the remainder of her classes and re-enroll next spring, allowing her to play a full senior season in the Purple Valley.
Storytime has continued to offer ways for community members to share stories, including through a weekly virtual event held on Zoom.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Clark Art Institute have not been spared the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with both museums announcing temporary closures last month. MASS MoCA has laid off 120 of its 165 employees, but there have been no layoffs at the Clark.
The Record offers 10 movie recommendations from Williams’ free-to-access movie archive.