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The Office of Accessible Education will use new software to process disability accommodations in fall 2023. Photo credit: Ashley Shan/Williams Record

Office of Accessible Education will use new software to alleviate staff shortage

Max Billick January 25, 2023
The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) will adopt a new software program in the fall of 2023 to streamline its workload amid a staff shortage. The program, which is called Accommodate, aims to simplify the process of renewing academic accommodations — the most common kind of disability accommodation handled by OAE.
(Photo courtesy of Ivonne García.)

Ivonne García joins OIDEI as assistant vice president

Lena Kerest January 25, 2023
The College announced its newest addition to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), Ivonne García, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. She will serve as assistant vice president for OIDEI.
MassDOT studies possible passenger train service from Boston to North Adams

MassDOT studies possible passenger train service from Boston to North Adams

Inés Garcia and Gabe Miller January 25, 2023
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is conducting the Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study to explore the feasibility of passenger train service between North Adams and Boston, as called for by the commonwealth’s 2020 budget.
First weeks of January bring milder weather to the Berkshires

First weeks of January bring milder weather to the Berkshires

Grady Yuthok Short January 25, 2023
Until a storm blanketed the College in nine inches of heavy snow Sunday night, Winter Study had lacked one of its most characteristic features. The first two weeks of January included just one day of measurable snowfall in Williamstown, totaling only 0.3 inches, according to data provided by the College’s Environmental Analysis Lab.
Members of the College’s Chinese community detailed to the Record their experiences with Chinas Zero-COVID policy and its recent rollback. (Ashley Shan/The Williams Record)

Members of the College’s Chinese community describe experiences under China’s Zero-COVID policy

Katie Lu January 25, 2023
In December 2022, China began to roll back its COVID-19 restrictions, moving away from mass P.C.R. testing in areas not considered “high risk” and relaxing quarantine and isolation requirements for symptomatic individuals and international travelers.
In Other Ivory Towers: Amid controversy, Yale alters leave policies

In Other Ivory Towers: Amid controversy, Yale alters leave policies

Julia Goldberg and Megan Lin January 25, 2023
On Jan. 18, Yale University revealed updates to its policies regarding leaves of absence and withdrawals, following a year-long review of its mental health policies by the Yale College Dean’s Office.
Williamstown police officers unanimously support the use of body cameras.

Williamstown appoints Michael Ziemba as its first permanent police chief in two years

Ella Marx December 28, 2022
Since December 2020, Michael Ziemba has served in several different roles within the Williamstown Police Department (WPD), including lieutenant, acting chief, interim chief, and — as of Dec. 20 — permanent chief.
The College accepted 27 percent of early decision applicants to the Class of 2027. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

College admits 255 students to Class of 2027 through early decision after record-breaking 943 applications

David Wignall December 9, 2022
The College accepted 255 students — 27 percent of applicants — to the Class of 2027 through early decision today. In total, the College received 943 early applications this year, making it the largest early decision applicant pool in the College’s history. This year’s early acceptance rate, a six-percent decrease from last year’s, is also the lowest on record.
Faculty votes to approve Asian American studies program

Faculty votes to approve Asian American studies program

Tali Natter, Cameron Pugh, and Julia Goldberg December 7, 2022
At the Dec. 7 faculty meeting, faculty voted to approve the creation of an Asian American studies (AAS) program that establishes a concentration beginning fall 2023, with 81 voting in favor, five voting against, and three abstaining.
Williamstown police officers unanimously support the use of body cameras.

WPD to implement body cameras

Julia Goldberg December 7, 2022
The Williamstown Police Department (WPD) will equip all of its officers with body-worn cameras after the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security awarded it an $18,941 grant.
Record approval ratings survey shows increased approval of IWS, COVID policies

Record approval ratings survey shows increased approval of IWS, COVID policies

Gabe Miller and Julia Goldberg December 7, 2022
The Record sent its biannual survey to 500 randomly selected unixes last week to gauge students’ approval of College policies and institutions.
A participant at the vigil holds up a candle and a sheet of blank paper. (Grady Short/The Williams Record)

Vigil honors Ürümqi fire victims, supports protesters in China

Grady Short December 7, 2022
Last Thursday evening, a group of approximately 10 College community members held a vigil outside Paresky, shielding candles from frigid gusts of wind. The event commemorated the victims of an apartment fire in Ürümqi, a city of 4 million in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.
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