One in Two Thousand: Jacob Fink ’23

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.

Students develop Twitter bot to track campus’ COVID-19 updates

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.

Notes From Quarantine


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.

What Mountain Day will look like in a pandemic

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.

Prof’s Corner: New WEPO Director Steven Swoap

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.