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bbno$ to headline Spring Fling, ACE announces at Battle of the Bands

Rosario Carranza February 21, 2024
Rapper and songwriter bbno$ will headline the Spring Fling concert on April 27, All Campus Entertainment (ACE) announced at the end of its Battle of the Bands event on Feb. 16.
Massachusetts state bill proposes tax on college endowments exceeding $1 billion

Massachusetts state bill proposes tax on college endowments exceeding $1 billion

Dylan Mealey February 21, 2024

On Feb. 16, Massachusetts State Representatives Natalie Higgins and Christine Barber proposed legislation to impose an annual 2.5-percent excise tax on endowments of higher education institutions whose...

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Faculty votes to allow reversals of Pass/Fail designations

Haley Zimmerman February 21, 2024
Faculty voted to amend the course catalog to allow students to undo Pass/Fail designations for previous courses until their penultimate semester at the College.
Photo courtesy of Julia Cassell.

Students, faculty, alums remember Charlie Kerzner

Beatrice Larzul February 21, 2024

Charlie Kerzner, who enrolled at the College in the fall of 2018, died on Jan. 26 at the age of 23. Charlie is remembered at the College as a warm, welcoming, and talented community member. Charlie...

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Actresses Laura Linney, Jessica Hecht discuss arts careers, education at student film screening

Hannah Marx and Emily Zas February 21, 2024
On Sunday, Feb. 18, actresses Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht spoke to a packed Paresky Auditorium about their careers, the importance of the arts to a liberal arts education, and the changing landscape of creative fields. The event culminated Hecht’s Winter Study filmmaking course, featuring a screening of six student-produced short films
SJP holds ‘die-in’ protest in Paresky Center

SJP holds ‘die-in’ protest in Paresky Center

Haley Zimmerman February 21, 2024
Approximately 40 students participated in a “die-in” protest at Paresky Center organized by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on Feb. 16. In the middle of Baxter Hall, protestors laid on their backs under white sheets, simulating the posture of a corpse, while supporters and onlookers watched from the sides.
CSS hosts active shooter training, Jewish Association to follow suit

CSS hosts active shooter training, Jewish Association to follow suit

Aliya Huprikar February 21, 2024
Campus Safety Services (CSS) hosted an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER) training for students, faculty, and staff in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance on Feb. 13. Led by Director for Emergency Management Amalio Jusino, the hour-long training covered the College’s current emergency practices and an overview of nationwide practices, such as the “Run, Hide, Fight” program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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Students for Justice in Palestine, Jews for Ceasefire seek College divestment from weapons manufacturing

Lena Kerest February 14, 2024

The College’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) participated in the National Student Day of Action for Divestment, which was coordinated by the national SJP organization, on Thursday,...

Town residents spoke during Monday’s Select Board meeting. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin)

Town residents, students advocate for Select Board resolution on Gaza ceasefire

Max Billick February 14, 2024

Members of Berkshires for Collective Liberation, a group made up of Town residents, and students from the College’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) spoke in favor of a proposed resolution...

Career center adjusts ASIP to broaden access for shorter internships

Career center adjusts ASIP to broaden access for shorter internships

Max Billick February 14, 2024
The ’68 Center for Career Exploration will adjust the parameters of the Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP) for summer 2024, allowing shorter internships to qualify for grants and introducing a new sliding scale for the size of each grant, which will vary according to the length and format of the internship, as well as each student’s financial needs.
Keli Gail to retire as Secretary of the College in July

Keli Gail to retire as Secretary of the College in July

Hannah Marx February 14, 2024
After 30 years at the College, Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College Keli Gail will retire this July, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email on Feb. 6. A search committee, led by Mandel, will hire Gail’s successor. 
Raphael Picciarelli (left) joined WTF as managing director of strategy and transformation, and Jenny Gersten (right) will exit as interim
artistic director following the 2024 summer theatre season. (Photos courtesy of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.)

Williamstown Theatre Festival shifts artistic leadership model following management shake-up

Luke Chinman February 14, 2024

The Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) will shift to a “rotating collective artistic leadership model,” the organization announced in a press release on Feb. 8. Jenny Gersten will conclude her...

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