To the editor:
In recent campus discourse, both in and out of the Record, there have been many allusions made to Students for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue (SIPD). In the wake of College Council’s (CC’s) rejection of the Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI), some have pointed to SIPD as an already existing pro-Israel group on campus. I write as a founding member of the SIPD board in the hopes of clarifying the mission of the organization.
SIPD is neither pro-Israel nor pro-Palestine.
I got to know Hannah Goldstein ’20 through our work together in Students for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue. I was immediately struck by her sense of adventure, willingness to take risks and care for other people and their stories.
This semester, the Mental Health Committee (MHC) has been working to amend the structure of You Are Not Alone (YANA). In the past, YANA occurred once a semester and featured three students who spoke on topics of mental health, followed by an open mic session.
Continuing the Record’s exploration of Berkshire County, we headed down to Great Barrington. While just over an hour drive south of Williamstown, the trek showcased the area’s beautiful fall foliage.
On Thursday night, acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams. Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, is the author of the National Book Award-winning book Between the World and Me. His newest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, is a collection of his essays during the course of the Obama presidency.
This weekend, a document written by the Minority Coalition (MinCo) Steering Committee began circulating, which explained MinCo’s plans to request that $34,000 of College Council’s (CC’s) remaining supplemental funding be allocated towards the MinCo supplemental fund. The fund, which currently consists of $6000, would be distributed to MinCo groups and other groups of underrepresented identities on campus, largely for Heritage Month events.
During last weekend’s annual fall meeting, the College’s Board of Trustees elected Liz Robinson ’90 as its next chair. Robinson, who will begin her term on July 1, will succeed current board chair Michael Eisenson ’77.
In an email sent to the College community, President Maud Mandel praised Eisenson for his dedication during his four-year term as chair.
In the coming months, Williamstown’s first marijuana dispensary will open in the Colonial Plaza shopping center. The 238 Main St.
This past week, College Council (CC) conducted its semiannual elections. After initial technical issues with the online BigPulse voting system that required elections to be postponed, the voting period lasted from Friday to Monday.