Over the past decade, Western Massachusetts has been devastated by a nationwide opioid crisis that has proved especially calamitous for the rural northeast. According to a study published by Brandeis University on Sep.
Though the office of accessible education (OAE), the College’s designated office for students with disabilities and other special needs, was only created in 2016, Director G.L. Wallace already sees a need for the office’s expansion. OAE currently has two full-time staff, Wallace and Assistant to the Director Jean Grant, as well as a number of student employees.
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.
Professor of English John Kleiner’s use of the N-word in a class precipitates petition, website, broader conversations
“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.
Adam Jones ’21, among other students, took issue with College Council at its Oct. 22 town hall.
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, 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.
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.
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.