Beyond the Bubble

English department boycott gains national attention

On Oct. 30, a group of student activists called for a boycott of the English department, citing a curriculum that they saw as insufficiently attentive to ethnic literature and a culture that they viewed as toxic for some faculty of color.

Bearers of distinctive unixes reflect on their initials

“Are you seriously going to write an article about my biggest college insecurity, other than my general incompetence at most things?” Morgan Nelson ’21 asked when I first broached the topic of interviewing her about her unix, man2. 

The unix, she said, has caused her continuous grief ever since it was assigned to her two years ago. “I blame the school for this sometimes,” Nelson said.

Greylock Dining Hall, closed since 2011, holds mystique

The semi-abandoned Greylock Dining Hall is home to a variety of strange spaces, including a room closed off with chicken wire. (Samuel Wolf/The Williams Record)

Eight years ago, amidst a struggling economy and the recent opening of Whitmans’ Dining Hall, Greylock Dining Hall closed its doors for good.

Haben Girma speaks on Deafblind advocacy

Haben Girma, the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, spoke to the College at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance on Monday. During the event, which was sponsored by the office of accessible education, among other campus organizations, Girma spoke on her personal journey and her lifetime of advocacy for people with disabilities. 

Girma is far from the only person in her family to have struggled with adversity.

Former prof faces misconduct allegations

A former professor at the College and prominent attorney has come under fire for an  inappropriate sexual relationship with a student while teaching at the College. 

David Sanford, who at the time was named David Weissbord, taught at the College from 1989 to 1991, and, according to multiple former students, had a months-long sexual relationship with one student in 1989. Sanford has received accolades for his work on gender discrimination cases, and recently hosted a fundraiser for former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Conservative professors discuss life at the College

At a predominantly liberal institution, conservative faculty are in the minority

OpenSecrets records reflect that College employees donate far more often to Democrats than Republicans. In 2016, the precinct containing the College supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a margin of 87 percent to 8 percent.