One in Two Thousand: Crystal Ma ’21


We both met Crystal as first-years, Kaira through Willy E (she and Crystal are now roommates), Rebecca through crew. Crystal always brightens our days with her animated anecdotes and quirky style.

Resurfaced 2009 report sheds light on struggles of minority faculty, staff

Departures of faculty of color in 2007 prompted the formation of the Faculty Staff Initiative (FSI), a grassroots group that examined the experiences of minority faculty and staff at the College. Led by Professor of Latina/o studies Maria Elena Cepeda, then-Professor of Africana Studies at the College and current Associate Professor of English at Rutgers Stéphane Robolin and Professor of American Studies Dorothy Wang, FSI published a report in 2009 that outlined many problems faculty and staff of color faced and provided suggestions for concrete future steps. 

The recent cancellation of couses by Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Kai Green ’07 and Assistant Professor of English Kimberly Love has compelled a closer examination of the College’s history regarding its retention and well-being of faculty of color.

Students, faculty discuss free speech

On Oct. 29, several members of the faculty sent out a petition calling for the College to adopt the Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression, originally released by the University of Chicago in July 2012.

Survey examines approval ratings of campus groups


This week, the Record sent out its biannual approval ratings survey, which measures student views on a variety of campus institutions. Students could answer “approve,” “disapprove” or “neutral” for each question.

Six Hours in Great Barrington

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.

Halloween on Hoxsey stirs controversy

On Oct. 15, Williamstown community and Select Board members pushed back against student organization Reclaim Childhood’s requested closure of Hoxsey Street for their annual fundraiser, Halloween on Hoxsey.

In Other Ivory Towers: News across higher education

Affirmative action trial challenges Harvard’s admissions system

On Monday, Oct. 15, a trial began against Harvard regarding its affirmative action practices (“Michael Wang ’17 takes part in advocacy related to anti-Asian discrimination lawsuit,” Oct.

JAs react to new system, larger entries

Last year, the Junior Advisor (JA) system underwent significant changes. Due to gradual decreases in both applications and in students accepting the position, the Junior Advisor Advisory Board (JAAB) changed the standard entry format from having two JAs responsible for approximately 20 to 25 first-years to having three or four JAs responsible for approximately 30 to 50 first-years.