It has been 50 years since the first 40 women students transferred to the College, along with 50 women exchange students, blazing the trail as a group of 95 women in a school with about 1,250 men.
Navigating time zones has been one of the many challenges that remote international students have to face as they adapt to physically being in one part of the world and intellectually being part of another, even as they socially belong to both.
This week the computer (using a script in R) chose Jacob Fink ’23, who discussed growing up in Williamstown, his experiences as a Duncan Robinson superfan, his interests in psychology and Malcolm Gladwell.
As the fall semester approached, Nathan Thimothe ’22 and Gavin Li ’22 saw an inefficiency in the College’s “COVID-19 dashboard” — and with it, an opportunity. The statistics on cases and testing provided by the dashboard were not being regularly disseminated or promoted to community members, and the page could be found only after multiple clicks into the College’s website. “I noticed that we were spending a lot of time just trying to get to the COVID dashboard,” Li said.
This year’s move-in for the 1,455 College students who returned to campus was no ordinary one. For some, it was their first time moving in, for others, their last, but all arrived to a changed campus.
This week the computer (using a script in R) chose Madeline Rawson ’21, who discussed gender and race in academia, the study abroad experience, her Etsy shop and seven houseplants.
Every October, students start hypothesizing about which of the first three Fridays of the month will be Mountain Day, but this year, many were unsure if Mountain Day would even happen due to COVID-19. However, after months of planning for a pandemic-safe day of hiking and getting outdoors, many Mountain Day traditions live on, with a few key changes.
Daisy, Professor of Biology Steven Swoap’s beautiful Goldendoodle, is 34 inches tall. That is one of the fun facts I have learned about Swoap, the new director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford (WEPO), during our U.K.-mandated 14-day quarantine.
During the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders of COVID-19’s first wave in the spring of 2020, a distinct trend spread among college students quarantined at home: building virtual campuses on Minecraft servers.
No group of students at the College has stepped up to meet the challenge — until now.
This year, the entry experience has moved online for remote students. (Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record)
I made many predictions for my freshman year, but making my first college friends over Zoom was not one of them.
Hordes of yellow jackets have been harassing students eating outside because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record)
It’s impossible to miss them.