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Lines, vouchers, and textbooks: The history of the book grant

Lines, vouchers, and textbooks: The history of the book grant

Luke Chinman and Emily Zas February 8, 2023
The Williams Bookstore was lively this week as students scoured its shelves for their spring semester books. While some students pay full price for their textbooks, many others receive a book grant from the College that covers the full cost of all necessary course materials. The Record uncovered the history of the book grant — from the 1914 Memorial Library, to a book voucher system, and then a final shift to the grant system as it exists today.
What’s so special about Special Collections? Inside the College Archives and Chapin Library

What’s so special about Special Collections? Inside the College Archives and Chapin Library

Max Billick and Inés Garcia February 8, 2023
Special Collections holds hundreds of thousands of items. It is composed of two main components: the College Archives, which contain materials pertaining to the College’s history, and Chapin Library, which holds rare books and other special materials outside the scope of the Sawyer and Schow library collections.
This week in Williams history: The origin of Claiming Williams

This week in Williams history: The origin of Claiming Williams

Ella Marx February 8, 2023
“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 responded to a racist incident; one year later, it hosted the first Claiming Williams day, due largely to student activism in response to the racist incident.
One in Two Thousand: Eve Shulman ’26

One in Two Thousand: Eve Shulman ’26

Izzy Polanco February 8, 2023
Each week, the Record (using a script in R) randomly selects a student at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature, excluding current Record board members. This week, Eve Shulman ’26 discussed walking onto the women’s crew team, her first Winter Study experience, and the Williamstown Apothecary.
‘Simon says,’ or rather, creates: Cindy Simon spreads joy through art

‘Simon says,’ or rather, creates: Cindy Simon spreads joy through art

Quinn Casey February 8, 2023
As a self-described “found objects creative,” Cindy Simon has shared her public art installations with the community for years. This year, Cindy Simon, she spent her annual visit to Williamstown decorating a fence with handmade, colorful yarn creations.
Students reflect on a semester in new TAPSI housing  communities

Students reflect on a semester in new TAPSI housing communities

Luke Chinman January 25, 2023
For the 2022-2023 academic year, the College approved four Theme/Affinity/Program/Special Interest (TAPSI) housing proposals. After a semester, the Record spoke to students living in the Williams Interfaith Dialogue House, the International House, the Sustainable Living Community, the Eban House — which is for Black affinity housing — about their experiences.
One in Two Thousand: Tommy Goodwin ’25

One in Two Thousand: Tommy Goodwin ’25

Luke Chinman January 25, 2023
This week, Tommy Goodwin ’25 discussed Where Am I?!, the wrestling team, and his love for Mariah Carey.
‘The best class I’ve ever taken at Williams’: Students explore new hobbies through Free University

‘The best class I’ve ever taken at Williams’: Students explore new hobbies through Free University

Emily Zas January 25, 2023
This Winter Study, students taught and attended a record 66 Free University courses — an 18 percent increase from the 56 courses offered last year and nearly double the 34 courses offered during Winter Study in 2020. Whether they were crocheting sweaters, tasting cheeses, or pursuing any of the other unique course options, students at the College embraced many new hobbies this January.
Town residents find inclusive gaming community at Purple Dragon Games

Town residents find inclusive gaming community at Purple Dragon Games

Safiyah Anwar-Chuku January 25, 2023
Spring Street’s Purple Dragon Games prides itself on its inclusivity, which keeps store-goers loyal. Some patrons commute for up to an hour to participate in the various events hosted by the store.
How communities across campus collaborate to reduce food waste

How communities across campus collaborate to reduce food waste

Sasha Horvath December 7, 2022
The Record spoke to Dining Services, the Zilkha Center, and members of WRAPS to understand the collective efforts that help limit food waste from dining halls. 
(Izzy Polanco/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Vania Gautam ’26

Izzy Polanco December 7, 2022
This week, Vania Gautam ’26 discussed the annual Reindog Parade, Leading Minds, and the band Weston Estate.
Schedules from the Williams College Archives detail the list of events during previous Asian American Awareness Months at the College. Photo courtesy of the Williams College archives.

A look back in the archives: Students celebrate Asian American Awareness Month at the College

Tali Natter and Lucy Walker December 7, 2022
Beginning in 1991, Asian American Students in Action (AASiA) coordinated Asian American Awareness Month programming, which featured various speakers and cultural events. The Record spoke to Bowen Chung ’93 and Harry Yoon ’93, two of the main organizers for the event’s inaugural year.
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