For Jules Clardy ’23, witchcraft deepens link with ancestors

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JULES CLARDY.In her Frosh Quad single (above), which smells pleasantly of herbs, Clardy said she has “completely maxed out all of my wall and ceiling space.”

Album covers and art adorn Clardy’s room, which she has filled with decoration she finds beautiful and evoke memories. “At my great-grandmother’s house on Cape Cod, we have a really terrifying hall that’s just filled with oil paintings of my dead relatives,” Jules Clardy ’23 said.

New club promotes staff appreciation

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN HEUER.At a dinner held by new club Williams Appreciates Staff, Ryan Young ’22 addressed staff members. Lauren Heuer ’20 and Katherine Mahoney ’20 founded Williams Appreciates Staff (WAS), a new club on campus, because of what they saw to be a lack of appreciation and inclusion for staff at the College. 

“Williams prides itself on having a strong community, but really when we say community, what we actually are including are the students,” Mahoney said.

One in Two Thousand: Ronni Ramos ’23

Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College. So long as the owner of the selected unix is on campus, willing to be interviewed and not a member of the Record board, that person becomes the subject of that week’s One in Two Thousand.

Isaiah Krugman ’20 spices up Shabbat preparation

Jacob Shuman ’20 (left) and Isaiah Krugman ’20 (right) chop cilantro in preparation for the weekly Shabbat dinner in the Jewish Religious Center. BELLAMY RICHARDSON/THE WILLIAMS RECORD

“Lemme tell ya, Isaiah is a mensch.”

When I asked Williams College Jewish Association (WCJA) co-Religious Director Melvin Lewis ’22 to tell me about Isaiah Krugman ’20, these were the first words out of his mouth. 

Krugman is one of two Jewish Religious Center (JRC) kitchen directors, along with Claudia Inglessis ’22, who is away for Winter Study. His job, along with Inglessis’, is to prepare and serve dinner at the JRC after Shabbat services conclude there every Friday evening.

New Arabic studies course on Iran garners interest

A new class in the Arabic studies department called “Introduction to the Persian Language and Contemporary Iranian Culture,” created in December, has gained student interest recently in part due to the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassim Soleimani at the hands of the U.S. government. The class will be focused on basic spoken Persian, with an emphasis on learning through art, readings and films.

The class was created by Professor of History and Arabic Studies Department Chair Magnús Bernhardsson after “an energetic and ambitious group of students started organizing a Persian language table” this past fall, Bernhardsson said.

Entry “4mal” combines Paris and Fortnite

The Armstrong-Pratt 4 entry poses for a photo before their formal. The theme was “a 4tnite in Paris.” PHOTO COURTESY OF PETROS MARKOPOULOS. 

A Fortnite-themed backdrop adorned the wall of the fourth-floor Armstrong common room Thursday night as dozens of students crowded the halls, talking and posing for photos.