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The Select Board originally intended to find a permanent Town Manager by November, but instead will begin a second search in January. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Select Board keeps Blanchard as interim town manager

Ella Marx and Rachel Schmidt December 1, 2021
The Williamstown Select Board voted 4-1 on Nov. 18 to retain interim town manager Charlie Blanchard through the end of April while it continues to search for a permanent town manager.
Stephen Sondheim ’50, visionary theatre composer, dies at 91

Stephen Sondheim ’50, visionary theatre composer, dies at 91

Tali Natter December 1, 2021
Stephen Sondheim ’50, widely revered as musical theatre’s most visionary composer and lyricist, died on Friday in his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 91.
Mandel virtually “handed” Bruce Grinell ’62, advocate for the abolition of fraternities on campus, the Bicentennial Medal on a Nov. 22 Zoom call. (Sofie Jones and Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Mandel awards Bicentennial Medal to Bruce Grinnell ’62 for his role in abolishing fraternities at the College

Emily Kuwaye December 1, 2021
President Maud S. Mandel awarded the Bicentennial Medal to Bruce Grinnell ’62 during a Nov. 22 Zoom webinar for his role in abolishing fraternities at the College.
Both lawsuits alleging that the College violated Title IX have been in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Springfield. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

What to know about two lawsuits alleging unfairness, gender bias in College sexual misconduct cases

Irene Loewenson December 1, 2021
In the last five years, two male students who had been found responsible of sexual misconduct have sued the College for alleged unfairness in its disciplinary process. The two students — each anonymized in court as “John Doe” — said the College treated them unfairly because they were men, in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

Campus Safety Services December 1, 2021
The past two weeks in the files of Campus Safety Services (CSS).
Students protest for public divestment from fossil fuels

Students protest for public divestment from fossil fuels

Sasha Tucker November 17, 2021
In recognition of the College Climate Coalition’s Divestment Day of Action on Nov. 12, the College’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) chapter held a protest on Paresky steps, calling on the College to publicly commit to divesting from fossil fuels.
Students reported frustrating experiences with the Health Center. (Sabrine Brismeur/The Williams Record)

Seeking reproductive health care at the College brings confusion and frustration, some students say

Maria Lobato Grabowsky, Tali Natter, and Kitt Urdang November 17, 2021
Accessing reproductive health care while at the College can be difficult given limited local treatment options and hours of operation at the Thompson Health Center. And three students who spoke to the Record said these difficulties can be exacerbated by unsatisfactory information and negative interactions they had while seeking reproductive health care at the Health Center. 
College holds first-ever Williams Firsts Celebration Week

College holds first-ever Williams Firsts Celebration Week

Lily Napach November 17, 2021
Williams Firsts Celebration Week — which ran from Nov. 6 to Nov. 12 — marked the first time the College has dedicated a week to recognizing and celebrating Williams Firsts students. 
College helps expand Northeast renewable energy supply through Farmington Solar Project

College helps expand Northeast renewable energy supply through Farmington Solar Project

Maria Lobato Grabowsky November 17, 2021
The Farmington Solar Project — a 490-acre solar array in Maine funded by Williams, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and Bowdoin through a contract with energy company NextEra Energy — became operational in late October, Provost Dukes Love announced on Nov. 1.
Environmental committee to  propose ‘Climate Damage Charge’ for College-funded air travel

Environmental committee to propose ‘Climate Damage Charge’ for College-funded air travel

Maria Lobato Grabowsky November 17, 2021
At today’s faculty meeting, the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC) will propose that the College implement a “Climate Damage” fee on all College-funded air travel.
Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

Campus Safety Services November 17, 2021
This week in the files of Campus Safety Services (CSS).
A Record survey found that students are struggling and think their friends are doing even more poorly. (Lulu Whitmore/The Williams Record)

As students struggle with mental health, unprecedented demand for therapy overwhelms IWS

Nigel Jaffe November 10, 2021
Amid a nationwide crisis in student mental health, a Record survey found that students at the College are facing significant mental health challenges this semester, while the College has struggled to keep up with unprecedented demand for mental health services. 
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