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Friday’s party was the latest in what Wood House residents described as a pattern of illicit gatherings that violated the College’s public health guidelines. (Megan Lin/The Williams Record)

Students come forward as College continues investigation of Wood House party

Kevin Yang, Annie Lu, and Megan Lin March 3, 2021
Following the illicit gathering of an estimated 80 to 100 students at Wood House on Friday, Campus Safety and Security has begun to identify students who were involved. A number of students have come forward to the administration to admit that they attended the party, according to Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom. Some Wood residents said that Friday’s party was one instance in an ongoing pattern of illicit gatherings at Wood House, to which they believed the College’s response has been inadequate.
Four Area Coordinators will be hired to live in student dorms, with two in freshman housing and two in upperclassmen housing

College to hire live-in residential staff, implement affinity and special-interest housing

WSU, HCs criticize components of plan
Megan Lin March 3, 2021
The College will put in place two major initiatives for residential life starting fall 2021: hiring live-in residential staff and providing affinity and special-interest housing.
Boyer came to the College in 1989 seeking a position in the athletic department before he was hired as a CSS officer. (Photo courtesy of Dave Boyer.)

Director of CSS Dave Boyer to retire after 32 years at College

Kiara Royer and Ella Marx March 3, 2021
Director of Campus Safety & Security (CSS) Dave Boyer will retire this August after 32 years at the College.
Tom Bernard ’92, who has served as the mayor of North Adams since 2018, will not run for a third term this year. (Photo courtesy of Tom Bernard.)

Tom Bernard ’92 announces he will not seek reelection as North Adams mayor

Joey Fox March 3, 2021
North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard ’92 announced Feb. 23 that he would not seek reelection this year to a third term in office. Bernard, who grew up in North Adams before attending the College, was elected in 2017 and reelected in 2019, both times with commanding majorities.
Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

Campus Safety and Security March 3, 2021

Monday 2-22-21 10:39 a.m. Hopkins Hall: An officer picked up a medical supplies package for a student in quarantine at Dodd House, who would be moving to isolation at the Center for Development Economics...

Feb. 22 Select Board meeting: Board plans hiring process for interim police chief, town manager

Feb. 22 Select Board meeting: Board plans hiring process for interim police chief, town manager

Also: In annual review, Select Board praises Hoch for leadership of Town
Ella Marx February 28, 2021
At the meeting on Feb. 22, the Williamstown Select Board planned for the hiring of an interim town manager and an interim chief of the Williamstown Police Department.
An indoor party at Wood House was attended by an estimated 80 to 100 people, Mandel said. (Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

Students hold massive indoor party; College to delay planned loosening of restrictions

Students found to have been involved will be told to leave campus
Kevin Yang and Irene Loewenson February 27, 2021
An indoor party was held on Friday night at Wood House with between 80 and 100 attendees, President Mandel announced in an email on Saturday. As a result, students will not be allowed to socialize indoors with non-podmates until March 15 at the earliest, two weeks later than planned.
Two students who tested positive for COVID-19 were isolated for 10 days in McGinnis House, which was previously occupied by graduate art students. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

2 weeks, 11 cases: COVID cases rise among students

College sees first evidence of community transmission
Annie Lu and Kiara Royer February 24, 2021
Eleven on-campus students have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving for the spring semester, a significant increase relative to the number of COVID cases reported at a comparable time in the fall.  Seven of this semester’s cases were reported upon arrival, with the remaining four positives occurring after the student had initially tested negative. Three of those students, who at first moved to quarantine in Dodd House after coming into close contact with COVID-positive students, have since tested positive themselves and moved to isolation. One staff or faculty member tested positive on Feb. 15.
WSU to hold referendum on continued existence; WSU, FAST to hold elections

WSU to hold referendum on continued existence; WSU, FAST to hold elections

Milo Chang and Jaden Block February 24, 2021
The Williams Student Union (WSU) is holding a referendum on its continued existence concurrently with once-per-semester elections. Voting will be open from March 3 to March 13, with results scheduled for release on March 15. The WSU elections will occur simultaneously with elections for Facilitators for Allocating Student Taxes (FAST), the funding body of the Three Pillars student government.
Ericka Hart delivered the morning keynote address at Claiming Williams Day 2021. Photo courtesy of Ericka Hart.

Ericka Hart calls out College in Claiming Williams’ morning keynote address

Kiara Royer and Emily Kuwaye February 24, 2021
Activist Ericka Hart delivered the morning keynote on Claiming Williams Day on Thursday in a Zoom webinar titled “(Calling Out) Williams Day!” Hart called on the College to address past and present institutional racism against Black and Indigenous people.
Civil rights lawyer and author Michelle Alexander delivered the evening keynote for Claiming Williams Day. Photo courtesy of Michelle Alexander.

Michelle Alexander delivers Claiming Williams evening keynote on restorative justice

Declan Houlihan, Rachel Jiang, and Megan Lin February 24, 2021
Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer and author of the New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, presented the evening keynote address for Claiming Williams Day on Thursday to an audience of 605 viewers.
Williamstown takes first steps to remove old streetlights. (Megan Lin/The Williams Record)

Williamstown CO2-lowering committee takes first steps towards converting street lights to LEDs

Isabelle Zollinger February 24, 2021
After a decade of community organizing, Williamstown may soon be getting new street lights. On Feb. 8, the Williamstown Select Board unanimously approved an intra-municipal agreement to transfer jurisdiction of Williamstown’s street lights from the fire department to the Town Hall, making the Town fiscally responsible for the lights. The decision is the first step in the Town making the switch from high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to more environmentally friendly LED ones.
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