Low-cost housing faces challenges


Davis Collison ’21 created a documentary about the Spruces Mobile Home park and its destruction in Hurricane Irene. While community members in many Berkshire County towns, including North Adams, are contending with gentrification, Williamstown residents have been discussing affordable and low-income housing from the vantage point of an already-affluent college town.

Log mural gets label following controversy

A label has been added to contextualize the depictions of Native people in a mural in the Log. (Nicky Wu/The Williams Record)

Last month, the College hung an informational label beside one of the murals in the Log, fulfilling a 2016 recommendation made by the Committee on Campus Space and Institutional History in response to controversy surrounding the mural’s depiction of Native Americans.

A closer look at departures of College faculty of color

An increased number of faculty of color are going on temporary leave or departing from the College this year compared to recent years. These faculty cite multiple reasons for leaving, ranging from professional to personal to cultural concerns. 

These departures come at a moment in which the struggles of students, faculty and staff of color have occupied a key role in recent campus protests, events and discussions.

Stop & Shop workers reach tentative agreement, end strike

Stop & Shop workers across New England returned to work on Monday for the first time in 11 days, ending the strike that began on April 11. According to Skyhook, a location technology company, visits to Stop & Shop locations across the area declined by between 50–70 percent during the strike. 

The strike was organized by five United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local unions that represent over 31,000 workers, including members of UFCW Local 1459, which includes the Berkshires.

Stop & Shop workers go on strike

New England Stop & Shop workers went on strike on Thursday after months of tense negotiations with the grocery chain. Five United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) chapters, representing 31,000 workers in the area, organized the strike.

Beyond the Purple Bubble

Stop & Shop releases “final offer” to workers threatening strike

Following weeks of tense negotiation, Stop & Shop updated its “final offer” to the five local unions that authorized a strike against the grocery store chain in March. Among the unions moving toward a strike is United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459, which represents workers in Western Massachusetts.

Licensing company reprimands theatre department

Following the College’s March production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” the theatre department received a reprimand via email from Dramatists Play Service for breaking copyright law and breaching its licensing agreement. 

These accusations stemmed from decisions made during the production process to cut lines actors found to be offensive, as well as the inclusion of a dance number in the performance. Dramatists, one of the three main companies that sell play licenses, emailed the department after being tipped off by a letter from community member Ralph Hammann, a local teacher and director, who wrote a letter to the editor for this issue of the Record.