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The Spring Street Market and Cafe recently raised the prices of its sandwiches by $1 in response to inflation. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Inflation hits Spring Street restaurants

Skylar Yarter and Julia Goldberg November 30, 2022
Businesses on Spring Street have experienced shortages and increases in supply costs due to inflation.
At the 2022 Town Hall meeting, voters approved small amendments to the charter. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Williamstown seeks to review Town Charter

Ella Marx November 30, 2022
The Charter Committee hopes to perform a larger, more comprehensive review of the Town Charter, solicit input on the revision from Town officials and residents, and propose changes to the charter at the 2024 Town Meeting.
Retiring faculty members offer words of advice

Retiring faculty members offer words of advice

Fiona Seibert November 30, 2022
Ten faculty members will retire this year. The Record asked them to share wisdom with the College before they leave.
IWS responds to record student demand for services at Pond House. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin)

IWS responds to record student demand

Max Billick November 30, 2022
Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) has experienced record demand for mental health services this semester. Amid this uptick in demand, IWS is working to ensure that no student who requests help from IWS will be denied mental health services.
Ry Brennan leads a teach-in outside in Santa Barbara in lieu of typical class time. (Photo courtesy of Ry Brennan.)

Williams alums fight for better pay, housing in UC worker strike

Kitt Urdang November 30, 2022
Forty-eight thousand postdoctoral researchers and graduate student workers across the University of California (UC) system have been on strike since Nov. 14 — the largest strike of the year in the United States and ever at any academic institution.
Faculty votes to approve Africana studies major

Faculty votes to approve Africana studies major

Cameron Pugh, Tali Natter, and Iman Shumburo November 16, 2022
At the Nov. 16 faculty meeting, faculty approved the creation of an Africana studies major that will go into effect in fall 2023, with 70 voting in favor, zero not in favor, and three abstaining. For students who have been eager to see the confirmation of the major, the vote was a momentous step in improving their academic and personal lives.
Jóhannesson talked about fostering “positive patriotism” in his conversation with Bernhardsson on Nov. 9. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

President of Iceland Guðni Jóhannesson visits Williams, discusses presidency

Annie Lu and Ella Marx November 16, 2022
Jóhannesson, Iceland’s sixth and current president, came to Williamstown on Nov. 9 and gave a talk titled “Cool Iceland: The Fascinating Challenges and Opportunities of Being a Small State.”
The office of the president is located on the second floor of Hopkins Hall.

College to create anti-racist task force

Gabe Miller and Julia Goldberg November 16, 2022
President Maud S. Mandel and Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leticia S.E. Haynes ’99 will form an anti-racist task force to address race-based bias at the College.
Goff posted a notice offering a $250 reward for information about the damage. (Gabe Miller/The Williams Record)

Williams Shop damaged over Homecoming

Gabe Miller November 16, 2022
A window of the Williams Shop storefront was broken shortly after 11 p.m. on Nov. 12. Located at 15 Spring St., the Williams Shop — commonly known as “Goff’s” among students — opened as normal on Sunday, and owner Bruce Goff ’83 boarded up the damaged window with removable shed doors.
Student survey shows high interest in Asian American studies ahead of new proposal

Student survey shows high interest in Asian American studies ahead of new proposal

Annie Lu and Tali Natter November 16, 2022
Faculty, staff, and students submitted a proposal for an Asian American studies (AAS) program on Nov. 3 to the Committee on Educational Affairs (CEA), the student-faculty committee that will deliberate on the proposal and decide whether it will be discussed at an upcoming faculty meeting.
Representatives from 21 offices to serve on new DEI committee

Representatives from 21 offices to serve on new DEI committee

Mia Calzolaio November 16, 2022
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness, and Action Working Group (IDEA²) — a new committee composed of representatives from 23 different offices across the campus, including the chaplains’ office, the dean’s office, Campus Safety and Security, and the Office of Communications — met for the first time on Oct. 5.
Approximately 2,130 students are enrolled this semester, a figure 115 students higher than the average fall enrollment between 2016 and 2019. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

College to implement stricter COVID-19 policies after Thanksgiving

Gabe Miller November 16, 2022
The College will require masking almost everywhere on campus from Nov. 27 to Dec. 6 and require students to test for COVID-19 once before they return to campus after Thanksgiving Break and twice after they arrive, according to an all-campus email sent on Nov. 14 by Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische.
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