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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 scrambles to keep up as larger on-campus population disrupts dining, housing

Ella Marx September 22, 2021
A lack of silverware, longer dining hall lines, and a shortage of caps and gowns for seniors participating in Convocation: The first few weeks of the academic year have been marked by logistical challenges, caused by shipping delays, the national labor shortage, and an especially large on-campus student population.
Sullivan, who likes to be known as “Sully,” has worked in public safety for 13 years. (Photo courtesy of Eric Sullivan.)

Eric Sullivan hired as new director of CSS

Cameron Pugh September 22, 2021
Eric Sullivan will replace Dave Boyer as director of Campus Safety Services starting Sept. 27. Sullivan’s hiring comes as the College community grapples with questions surrounding racism and police misconduct in Williamstown and nationally.
College unveils new COVID dashboard

College unveils new COVID dashboard

Nigel Jaffe September 22, 2021
The College's COVID dashboard has been updated to include more granular data on positivity rates, visualizations of long-term trends, and information on the local public health context.
Amherst’s COVID regulations are among the strictest in the NESCAC.  (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: Other colleges face outbreaks, stricter COVID rules

Fiona Seibert September 22, 2021
As colleges nationwide reopen for the fall semester, some peer institutions have implemented public health restrictions notably stricter than the College’s COVID-19 rules. Others have had to change their policies in response to sharp upticks in student COVID cases.
Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

Campus Safety Services September 22, 2021
Wednesday 9-1-21 7:00 a.m.: A resident in College housing on Southworth Street reported an odor of gas around the building. Campus Safety Services (CSS) officers found the odor coming from an exhaust vent.
College embarks on fully in-person semester, but not without hiccups

College embarks on fully in-person semester, but not without hiccups

Nigel Jaffe and Iman Shumburo September 15, 2021
The College welcomed students back this month for the first fully in-person semester since before the pandemic, entering a moment that President Maud S. Mandel called “precious and also precarious” in her Sept. 9 letter to the community.
(Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Summer students struggle with meal plans, lack of financial support

Cameron Pugh September 15, 2021
More than 500 students lived on campus this summer and many expressed frustration with the College’s approach to summer meal plans, saying that they were too expensive and did not provide enough food — issues that disproportionately affected low-income students.
After a virtual Convocation in 2020, the ceremony made its in-person return for the Class of 2022. (Sofie Jones/The Williams Record)

College ushers in 2021-2022 academic year with in-person Convocation ceremony

Milo Chang September 15, 2021
The College marked the start of the 2021-2022 academic year on Saturday in the annual fall Convocation ceremony, which was held in Chapin Hall with over 400 members of the classes of 2022 and 2022.5 and final-year candidates in the College’s graduate programs in attendance. 
Williamstown Select Board summer recap: DA Harrington answers questions about Brady list, DIRE committee adds new members

Williamstown Select Board summer recap: DA Harrington answers questions about Brady list, DIRE committee adds new members

Ella Marx and Saud Afzal Shafi September 15, 2021
Over the summer, the Select Board hosted Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington to answer Town residents’ questions about policies concerning police officers who have committed or been accused of committing misconduct. The board also confirmed new members to the DIRE committee and announced plans to release the findings of an investigation into WPD misconduct.
Students gather in front of Paresky with a little more than a week to go before the start of classes. (Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record.)

College prepares for in-person semester amid Delta variant concerns

As students begin to return, College reintroduces weekly testing; four students test positive
Sofie Jones, Katie Jung, and Kiara Royer September 3, 2021
The prevalence of the Delta variant has led the College to reimplement an indoor mask mandate and a weekly testing requirement. And if the campus sees an outbreak, the College could implement more stringent restrictions.
Students will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

College reinstates mask mandate in public indoor spaces

Sofie Jones and Irene Loewenson August 10, 2021
Masks will be required in all academic and administrative buildings as of tomorrow, regardless of vaccination status, President Maud S. Mandel announced on Tuesday, Aug. 10. There is still no mask requirement outdoors, in private offices, or in residence halls.
National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

Eichhammer claimed photo in locker was a joke; Town manager unwilling to fire him
Ella Marx August 7, 2021
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization that focuses on racial justice, published a letter on Monday calling for the removal of Officer Craig Eichhammer from the WPD for the officer’s display of a photograph of Adolf Hitler in his station locker.
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