Spring Street Blues

From the files of Campus Safety and Security

Monday 9-30-19 

7:39 p.m. Fitch House: Officers responded to a tip line submission stating there was a chipmunk in the kitchen. They did a thorough look in the area and did not find a chipmunk.

College’s expression policies met with skepticism

Changes to the College’s policies have impacted the guidelines for posting fliers and banners, among other aspects of student activism. (Nicky Wu/The Williams Record)

Campus leaders have raised concerns over a breakdown in communication between students and administrators after policies concerning campus expression were published online over the summer.

Mailroom changes affect student workers

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Jessica H. Park Mailroom changed its closing time from 8 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in an intended cost-saving measure, resulting in a loss of working hours for the mailroom’s student workers. 

According to Doug Schiazza, director of the Office of Student Life, the new hours are in fact a reversion to the hours in use several years ago. Schiazza told the Record in an email that the hours were extended past 4:30 p.m. “a couple of years ago…to offer students more time to pick up packages.” 

The administration determined prior to this academic year, however, that the benefits of the expanded hours did not outweigh the financial costs.

Log mural gets label following controversy

A label has been added to contextualize the depictions of Native people in a mural in the Log. (Nicky Wu/The Williams Record)

Last month, the College hung an informational label beside one of the murals in the Log, fulfilling a 2016 recommendation made by the Committee on Campus Space and Institutional History in response to controversy surrounding the mural’s depiction of Native Americans.

CC considers its own future following fall elections results

As College Council (CC) leadership re-evaluates the organization’s future role following a series of controversies and sharp drop in popularity last spring, both CC and the honor and discipline committee announced their newly elected candidates for this year on Monday. Though the executive board will look toward new members and the student body to determine its direction in the upcoming months, low numbers of candidates, dwindling voter turnout, and underrepresentation of many identities pose serious concerns in the eyes of many CC executive board members.

Community, College join Global Climate Strike

Students at the college, as well students from local students, gathered on the steps of Paresky to call for environmental action. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record)

Members of the Williamstown community, as well as students, faculty and staff at the College, came together on Friday to participate in the Global Climate Strike, a coordinated worldwide movement, on the steps of the Paresky Center.