Mary-Claire King to deliver commencement address

This year’s commencement speaker, Mary-Claire King (left), discovered BRCA1, and baccalaureate speaker, Ophelia Dahl (right), co-founded Partners In Health. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY-CLAIRE KING AND OPHELIA DAHL.

High winds topple trees, damage Dodd chimney, cause power outage

A tree blocked Mission Hill Drive after winds knocked it over on Monday. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

High winds averaging 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 65 mph caused damage around campus on Monday, including the collapse of and damages to the Dodd House chimney and two student rooms, respectively.

Students attend CC meeting dressed as Papa Smurf after cartoon character elected

During the College Council (CC) elections last week, Papa Smurf received nine write-in votes for the class of 2021 representative – more votes than three of the students actually elected. In response, some students drafted a resolution that CC ultimately passed, outlined a “Blue New Deal” – which did not pass – and dressed up as Papa Smurf for the first CC meeting.

Dining revamps certification program

In preparation for the National Restaurant Association’s annual sanitation certification test, three students used Winter Study to create and teach a food safety curriculum for dining services staff, increasing the pass rate at the College from 42 percent to 100 percent. The curriculum was implemented by Katrina Wheelan ’21, Josh Reynolds ’21 and Sam Jocas ’21 in conjunction with ServSafe, a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association.

Panelists discuss opioid epidemic in Berkshires

Last Wednesday, panelists Alex Sabo of Berkshire Medical Center, Wendy Penner of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Kenna Waterman of the nonprofit Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life addressed the opioid epidemic in northwestern Massachusetts as a part of this year’s Williams
Reads initiative. 

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – this year’s Williams Reads book, which all incoming first-years read over the summer and discussed during First Days – deals with issues of racism, addiction and poverty. The program has extended beyond First Days, however, including a campus visit by Ward in October, a campus-wide installation titled “Complicated Love” this upcoming February and a panel on the opioid epidemic that was conducted this past week. 

“It’s a program that invites faculty, students, staff and community members to gather together to have a shared reading experience and to be able to explore diversity and have critical, engaging discussions,” Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom explained at the panel.

A Closer Look: The summer earnings requirement

A recent op-ed by Konnor Herbst ’20 helped to amplify the conversation around the summer earnings requirement for students receiving financial aid (“On summer earnings: A case against an unequitable requirement,” Sept. 19, 2018).