Each morning began early with two volunteers in full protective gear knocking on his door for a temperature check. The hazmatted figures, who only returned to his room to drop meals off, made Peter Le ’21 feel like he was in a movie.
Imagine you are a Williams professor. You care deeply for your students. You try to develop a high-quality, intellectually invigorating experience. But the College has shut down, and a pandemic threatens the world. You’re at home, perhaps with a child or two to take care of, and an elderly parent to worry about. Your only teaching tools are online — Zoom, Glow, Piazza — but you’ve never taught online.
Seven students’ stories reveal the consequences of the College’s decisions and underscore the diverging home situations of the student body
JACOB POSNER/THE WILLIAMS RECORDCommunity members transcribe documents from the College’s early history at the Transcribe-a-Thon last week. “The name of [the] Indian boy who lives with me is Joshua Shantupe,” reads the first line of a 19th-century letter in the library’s Special Collections.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JULES CLARDY.In her Frosh Quad single (above), which smells pleasantly of herbs, Clardy said she has “completely maxed out all of my wall and ceiling space.”
Album covers and art adorn Clardy’s room, which she has filled with decoration she finds beautiful and evoke memories. “At my great-grandmother’s house on Cape Cod, we have a really terrifying hall that’s just filled with oil paintings of my dead relatives,” Jules Clardy ’23 said.
Greg Parslow, who is no longer incarcerated, went to the Berkshire County House of Correction (BHoC) for selling narcotics. He had joined a gang at a state institution, but while at BHoC, he renounced his membership and the violent ideology in which he had been indoctrinated.
When he entered the prison system, he had been a normal kid, he said.
Steve Simon, pictured with his cat Shoshie in the President’s House, has settled into life as First Gentleman of the College. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record)
Steve Simon, President Maud Mandel’s husband, is the first First Gentleman of Williams in the College’s long history.
At a Nov. 1 Williams Forum meeting, students broke into small groups and discussed alternatives to the Electoral College.
Photo courtesy of Jason Hoch. “I was one of those alums who was here every year for something, so I was never far away,” Jason Hoch ’95 said.