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Vista board members presented on the history and the future of Latina/o studies at the College in Goodrich Hall during the teach-in event. (Photo courtesy of Angel Santiago)

AASiA, Vista, BSU host ethnic studies teach-in, affirm support for Asian American studies

Tali Natter and Lucy Walker September 28, 2022
Members of the Black Student Union (BSU); Vista, the College’s Latinx and Allies Student Organization; and Asian American Students in Action (AASiA) hosted an annual teach-in at Goodrich Hall on the history and future of ethnic studies at the College.
College will host Omicron booster clinic

College will host Omicron booster clinic

Annie Lu September 28, 2022
Students, faculty, and staff will be able to receive the new, Omicron-specific booster shot for COVID-19 at the Towne Field House from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 21, in partnership with Berk- shire Health Systems (BHS). Vaccines will be administered at no charge.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Title IX-related case alleging College wrongly decided allegation dismissed

Gabe Miller September 28, 2022
On Sept. 7, a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts granted the College’s motion for summary judgment in a Title IX-related lawsuit originally filed on Feb. 18, 2020. The decision dismissed the claims of a former student who brought the lawsuit under the pseudonym John Doe, whom the College previously found responsible for sexual misconduct.
WSU hosts its meetings in the People’s Office in the second floor of Paresky. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

Elections prompt WSU constitutional change, no juniors run for Honor and Discipline

Gabe Miller September 28, 2022
Last week, the student body elected 12 members to the Williams Student Union (WSU) for the fall semester and six members to the Honor and Discipline Committee for the academic year. Two seats on the Honor and Discipline Committee remain unfilled.
The Rice Center for Teaching was announced at the Sept. 21 faculty meeting. (Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

College opens the Rice Center for Teaching

Ella Marx September 28, 2022
The College has launched the Joseph L. Rice III 1954 Center for Teaching, the first center at Williams dedicated to helping faculty develop their pedagogies and providing them with resources for their development as teachers.
Over 1600 students, alums, and faculty signed an open letter calling for the university to recognize YU Pride Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.)

IOIT: Yeshiva University suspends club activities after Supreme Court allows creation of LGBTQ+ club; Black UVA students react to hate crime

David Wignall September 28, 2022
Students at Yeshiva University (YU) and the University of Virginia (UVA) demand change after YU suspended club activity instead of approving an LGBTQ+ club and UVA reported a hate crime.
Student opinion on College COVID policies differed by class year, with first-years expressing highest levels of approval. (Rachel Cruz/The Williams Record)

Record survey reveals split student opinion on College’s COVID policies

Annie Lu, Cameron Pugh, Grady Short, and Ari Quasney September 21, 2022
Student opinions of the College’s COVID-19 policies are divided, a Record survey found. Almost a third of students expressed neutrality about the College’s protocols, while the remainder were almost evenly split between approval and disapproval, slightly weighted towards the former. Survey responses were also divided on whether the College should escalate its COVID protocols to include mandatory weekly testing and an additional booster shot that would protect against Omicron variants. As of Sept. 17, 12.2 percent of respondents reported having contracted COVID while on campus this semester.
College will cover lodging, transportation for employees seeking abortion services

College will cover lodging, transportation for employees seeking abortion services

Annie Lu September 21, 2022
The College has adopted an amendment to its employee health insurance plans that will cover transportation and lodging costs for plan members who seek abortion services and reside in a state in which such services are restricted, Chief Human Resources Officer Danielle Gonzalez announced in the Daily Messages on Monday. 
220 students have self-reported positive tests since arriving on campus.

College relaxes masking and testing protocols for fall; COVID cases spike

Izzy Polanco September 21, 2022
With 110 students in isolation as of Monday morning, the Record summarizes the College’s most significant amendments to its policy regarding COVID-19.
A student initially filed the complaint against Brown in May 2020. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: Brown lawsuit, Oberlin settlement, UT endowment

David Wignall September 21, 2022
IOIT: Brown University has agreed to pay $1.5 million to students enrolled during spring 2020 to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding COVID-19 tuition reimbursements. The settlement, which a federal judge approved on Sept. 5, represents the end of a legal battle that has persisted for more than two years.
Berkshire DA will not charge officer involved in fatal shooting of 22-year-old Pittsfield man Miguel Estrella

Berkshire DA will not charge officer involved in fatal shooting of 22-year-old Pittsfield man Miguel Estrella

Ella Marx September 21, 2022
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington will not press charges against the police officer who fatally shot Miguel Estrella, a 22-year-old Pittsfield resident, in March.
The office of the president is located on the second floor of Hopkins Hall.

For the first time, president, provost, deans of college and faculty positions are all held by women

Julia Goldberg September 21, 2022
For the first time in the College’s history, all four academic members of the senior staff — the president, provost, and deans of the faculty and the college — are women. 
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