Health Center’s summer closure limits students’ options

The Health Center and Integrative Wellbeing Services will be closed this summer, posing challenges for students. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

The Student Health and Wellness services, which includes the Health Center and Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS), closes each summer, posing challenges to the increasing number of students who work on campus over the summer.

WIFI continues to operate after CC setback

In the aftermath of College Council’s (CC) April 23 vote to reject Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) as a registered student organization (RSO), a decision that came under scrutiny from both President Maud Mandel and national media, members of the club are committed to continuing to operate as a student group. Molly Berenbaum ’21, founder and interim president of WIFI, said the club has worked with faculty advisor Rabbi Seth Wax, Mandel and other faculty and administrators to discuss how WIFI could exist, operate and gain funding on campus without being an RSO.

Spring Street Blues

Monday 4-29-19

3:25 p.m. Horn Hall: Officers responded to Horn Hall for a report of a bias incident concerning words written on a whiteboard. Officers documented the incident and notified college officials. 

Wednesday 5-1-19

5:58 a.m. Kellogg House: Officers responded to a complaint of some writing of concern on one of the blackboards.

Mandel writes on inclusion

On May 3, President Maud Mandel sent an all-campus email, “Our past, current and future work for an inclusive Williams,” detailing ongoing and future initiatives for inclusion at the College. This email came two weeks after the Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now) sent an open letter to Mandel with 12 demands regarding equity and inclusion on campus.

CC rejects Williams Initiative For Israel

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At its April 23 meeting, College Council (CC) voted 13–8 with one abstention against recognizing Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) as an official registered student organization (RSO). During a CC meeting one week earlier, Council members had voted to table WIFI’s initial request to gain RSO status.

College Council looks for balance between transparency, safety in public records of weekly meetings

After students received threats following the widespread digital dissemination of a previous College Council (CC) meeting livestream, CC chose to make its meeting minutes anonymous and not provide live video for its April 23 meeting in an effort to balance transparency with student safety concerns. During the CC meeting last night, a public Facebook livestream was up for all of the meeting, with the exception of during anti-bias training, and full minutes, including the names of CC members and consenting guests, will be available to all students who sign in through their Google accounts.

A closer look: Williams Inn approval

The Williams Inn will be completed this summer after lengthy collaboration between College officials and town representatives. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

The construction of the new Williams Inn, which Senior Project Manager Michael Wood says will be complete this summer, has involved an unprecedented level of cooperation and dialogue between College officials and Williamstown representatives.

Spring Street Blues

Monday 4-22-19

9:10 p.m. Facilities: Campus Safety and Security (CSS) took a report from the facilities parking lot of a minor motor vehicle accident involving two college vans. 

10:16 p.m. Driscoll Dining Hall: The fire alarm was triggered. Officers found that a toaster was left on in the main dining area with burned crumbs.

Mandel commits to responding to CARE Now demands by Friday

The Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now) has extended its deadline for President Maud Mandel’s response to its list of demands from the original date of April 26 to Friday, May 3. According to CARE Now, Mandel confirmed that she would respond to its concerns in an all-campus email by Friday. 

CARE Now’s letter to Mandel outlines 12 objectives that its members believe would resolve what they perceive to be contradictions between the College’s practices and stated mission.