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Sandstrom announces potentially delayed arrival, greater restrictions on socializing, other changes to spring semester

The College may consider delaying the arrival of students to campus. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record)
Irene Loewenson and Annie Lu January 15, 2021
If COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and across the country continue to rise, the College may consider delaying students’ arrival to campus, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced today in an email to students, staff, faculty, and families. Sandstrom also noted in the email several changes to plans for the spring semester, including a prohibition on socializing indoors with non-podmates during the “campus quarantine.”

Nine staff, faculty test positive for COVID since early December

Nine staff, faculty test positive for COVID since early December
Annie Lu January 11, 2021
In the weeks since most students departed campus at the end of November, the College has reported an increase in the number of COVID cases among faculty and staff from three to 12, according to the College’s COVID dashboard. 

Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit

Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit
Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Rebecca Tauber December 24, 2020
On Dec. 15, Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Scott McGowan withdrew a lawsuit he filed this August against the Town of Williamstown, Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 and former WPD Chief Kyle Johnson. The withdrawal of the lawsuit came immediately following Johnson’s resignation as police chief on Dec. 14.

Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct

Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct
Jeongyoon Han, Kevin Yang, and Rebecca Tauber December 14, 2020
Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 announced that WPD Lieutenant Mike Ziemba would take responsibilities for Johnson as interim chief.

Student enrollment plans suggest increased population on campus in the spring

Approximately 83 percent of the student body indicated that they planned to enroll on campus in the spring. (Lulu Whitmore/The Williams Record)
Annie Lu and Ella Marx December 9, 2020
1,824 undergraduates plan to be on campus during the spring semester, a significant increase from the fall.

Yang, Loewenson, Fox and Jones to lead 2021 Record Editorial Board

Yang, Loewenson, Fox and Jones to lead 2021 Record Editorial Board
Kitt Urdang and Tali Natter December 9, 2020

Kevin Yang ’22, Irene Loewenson ’22, Joey Fox ’21 and Sofie Jones ’22 have been elected by the Record 2020 Editorial Board to lead Williams College’s student newspaper in 2021. Yang will be...

Approval ratings survey reveals broad approval of College’s COVID response

Graphic courtesy of Rachel Buccalo.
Annie Lu December 9, 2020
The results of the survey revealed broad approval of the College’s response to COVID-19, though most institutions experienced a decrease in approval as compared to last spring.

On-campus holdouts confront a newly emptied campus

With the in-person semester completed, the campus is now home to only 157 students. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record)
Joey Fox and Kit Conklin December 9, 2020

With the in-person semester completed, the campus is now home to only 157 students. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record) On the weekend before Thanksgiving, the College was a flurry of packing...

Digging into the data from the 2019–2020 Honor Committee report

The Honor and Discipline Committee heard only three cases last spring, as detailed in its recently released report for the 2019-2020 academic year. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)
Irene Loewenson December 9, 2020

The Honor and Discipline Committee heard only three cases last spring, as detailed in its recently released report for the 2019-2020 academic year. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record) The Honor...

The College just formed a Residential Life working group. Here’s what they’re working on.

The College just formed a Residential Life working group. Here’s what they’re working on.
Megan Lin December 9, 2020

In response to the Learning Beyond the Classroom strategic planning working group’s recommendations for improving student life on campus, the College recently formed a Residential Life Working Group....

Professor Steven Miller issues legal statement suggesting PA ballot irregularities; conclusions repudiated by statisticians, political scientists

Professor of Mathematics Steven Miller issued a legal statement suggesting ballot irregularities in PA. (Samuel Wolf/The Williams Record)
Samuel Wolf November 25, 2020

Professor of Mathematics Steven Miller issued a sworn legal statement suggesting ballot irregularities in Pennsylvania. (Samuel Wolf/The Williams Record) Professor of Mathematics Steven Miller...

One semester, ten cases: A timeline

With most students leaving campus behind, the Record looks back on the semester’s positive COVID tests. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)
Joey Fox and Annie Lu November 25, 2020

With most students leaving campus behind, the Record looks back on the semester’s positive COVID tests. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record) Fourteen weeks since students first arrived on campus...

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