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The 1997 WSO homepage was far handier than it is now. (Screenshot courtesy of the Wayback Machine.)

The early days of WSO: When Williams students claimed a corner of the World Wide Web

Josh Picoult May 5, 2021
Thanks to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, Williams Students Online’s earliest days are preserved like a digital time capsule, recording over 25 years of students’ online personalities.
(Photo courtesy of Carson Stephenson ’23.)

One in Two Thousand: Carson Stephenson ’23

Grady Short May 5, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Carson Stephenson ’23, who talked about the value of bilingualism in the medical field, the name “Carson,” and giving Lexapro to fish.
(Bellamy Richardson/The Williams Record)

Prospective frosh attend Virtual Previews as Class of 2025 takes shape

Shannon Billups, Kit Conklin, and Emily Kuwaye April 21, 2021
On April 16 and 17, the College hosted Virtual Previews for the Class of 2025. Learning from online events hosted over the last year, the College expanded the length of its program to two days, compared to one day last year.
Students line up past Prospect House for Driscoll dinner on Build-Your-Own-Bowl night. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record)

How Dining creates its menus

Justin Zen April 21, 2021
Part of a series of new initiatives by Dining Services, Build Your Own Bowl nights have been received as a welcome break from the regular meal cycle. The Record spoke with Dining staff to learn more about nutritional, cultural, and logistical considerations in the menu creation process.
Kirsten Rose ’94 competed on Jeopardy! in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kirsten Rose.)

Three Ephs reflect on ‘Jeopardy!’ experiences

Bellamy Richardson April 21, 2021
Mike Furlanetto ’93, Kirsten Rose ’94, and Zach Safford ’09 have all shown off their trivia skills on Jeopardy! — Safford twice, almost a decade apart. These three alums spoke to the Record about their time on the show.
Circle of Women members pose for a group picture. Photo courtesy of Marya Rana ‘21.

Circle of Women continues philanthropy work in spite of pandemic

Ethan Jeon and Isabella Nadel April 21, 2021
The Williams chapter of Circle of Women, a student organization which works to expand girls’ access to secondary education around the world, has had to adapt to the many challenges of working and fundraising in a pandemic.
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Madsen.)

One in Two Thousand: Amanda Madsen ’21

Cameron Pugh April 21, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Amanda Madsen ’21, who talked about her dog Rosie, being a member of the Ephlats, and how the pandemic has affected her senior year.
This Week in Williams History: Vietnam, dance marathons, and microcomputers

This Week in Williams History: Vietnam, dance marathons, and microcomputers

Dover Sikes April 14, 2021
“This Week in Williams History” is a column dedicated to looking back at memorable moments in the College’s past through articles in the Record. This week in history, the College dealt with draft deferment, hosted dance marathons, and invested in computer technology.
Chad Topaz explores cultural and social issues with QSIDE. (Photo courtesy of Chad Topaz.)

Spotlight on Research: Chad Topaz quantitatively explores social inequalities with QSIDE

Cooper Desmond April 14, 2021
Professor of Mathematics Chad Topaz and his colleagues at the Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (QSIDE) use quantitative evidence to explore cultural and social issues. QSIDE conducts its research in five main categories: criminal justice, arts and media, education equity, healthcare equity, and environmental justice. 
(Kent Barbir/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Shenba Vairavan ’24

Kent Barbir April 14, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Shenba Vairavan ’24, who talked about dancing, high school podcasts, and her first snowfall.
(Lulu Whitmore/The Williams Record)

How frats persisted for decades after they were banned

Irene Loewenson April 7, 2021
The Record has traced several threads of post-1970 fraternity activity, from the relocation of fraternities to Vermont, to the emergence of a fraternity-like club in the 1980s, to the existence of a secret fraternity through perhaps the present day.
Professor Janneke Van de Stadt at home in Mass. (Photo courtesy of Janneke Van de Stadt.)

Finding home abroad: International professors reflect on their journeys to the College

Hikaru Hayakawa and Dover Sikes April 7, 2021
Van de Stadt is not alone in her multinational background. Before settling in Massachusetts, many other members of the College’s faculty lived, learned, and worked in countries around the world. 
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