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Class of 2022 Prizes and Fellowships

June 24, 2022
A list of prizes and fellowships won by the Class of 2022 provided by the dean’s office.
At the faculty meeting in Griffin Hall, the faculty prepares to vote on the CEA’s motion to eliminate the swim requirement. (Irene Loewenson/The Williams Record)

Faculty votes to scrap swim requirement

Irene Loewenson May 11, 2022
The faculty voted at the May 11 faculty meeting to eliminate the swim requirement, which the Committee on Educational Affairs has criticized for having a disparate impact on students from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
This year, more than 140 students applied for 33 HC positions. (Photo Courtesy of Annie Gustafson.)

Increased enrollment, delays prompt student concerns over general housing lottery

Megan Lin and David Wignall May 11, 2022
The general housing lottery has been delayed — first from May 3 to May 5, and now indefinitely.
Spring approval ratings survey shows increased approval for the Office of Financial Aid, decreased disapproval for the Registrar’s Office and CSS

Spring approval ratings survey shows increased approval for the Office of Financial Aid, decreased disapproval for the Registrar’s Office and CSS

Katherine Yang May 11, 2022

The Record sent its twice-annual survey last week to 500 randomly selected unixes to gauge student approval of various College institutions and policies. While general approval for the...

The student-led event took place on the front steps of the Paresky Center. (Kitt Urdang/The Williams Record)

Community responds to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade

Kitt Urdang and Julia Goldberg May 11, 2022
On Friday afternoon, a group of around 50 students and Town residents gathered on the steps of Paresky Center to demonstrate support for abortion rights and take action to protect reproductive freedoms.
Students will now be allowed to work at the College for a maximum of 20 hours per week instead of 10. (Tali Natter/The Williams Record)

College raises student weekly work limit to 20 hours, TA positions to become hourly

Gabe Miller and Rachel Schmidt May 7, 2022
Effective for the next academic year, the College will raise the limit on the number of hours students can work on campus to 20 hours per week from the previous 10 hour limit, convert teaching assistant (TA) jobs to hourly positions, and allow paid residential leadership position holders, including Junior Advisors (JAs), House Coordinators (HCs), and Residential Directors (RDs) to hold other paid on-campus positions.
Students gathered outdoors on Science Quad for the first Spring Festival, held by ACE and the RLT. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Oh.)

Student groups host first Spring Festival

Izzy Polanco May 4, 2022
All-Campus Entertainment (ACE) held its first Spring Festival in collaboration with the Residential Life Team (RLT) and WCFM, the student-run radio station at the College, on Saturday.
Students and faculty discussed future sustainability goals for the College. (Luke Chinman/The Williams Record)

Students create environmental time capsule, host discussion about future of climate change

Luke Chinman May 4, 2022
On Thursday, students and professors gathered on the steps of the Class of ’66 Environmental Center to discuss the future of climate change and fill a time capsule with students’ personal statements, quotations from the event, and other climate-related materials. Organized by Sabrine Brismeur ’22.5 and Isabel Kelly ’23 for their environmental studies course, “Communicating Climate Change,” the event brought together faculty from the environmental studies, theatre, and classics departments for an interdisciplinary conversation.
Staff and interns at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives worked on the 2022 STARS proposal. (Tali Natter/The Williams Record)

College achieves STARS gold rating in sustainability

Tali Natter April 27, 2022
The College has earned a gold rating — the second-highest possible rating — from The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Operated by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS is a self-reporting framework for colleges to measure the environmental sustainability of their campuses.
Staff at the testing center in Greylock Hall. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

College reports 26 new cases on Wednesday

Gabe Miller April 27, 2022
On Wednesday, the College reported 20 new student cases and six new faculty and staff positive cases. 1140 new tests were added to the COVID dashboard on Wednesday, bringing the number of positive tests in the past seven days to 56. These cases bring the College’s weekly positivity rate to 1.91%.
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Class of 2022.5 to participate in Commencement

Kiara Royer April 27, 2022
Members of the Class of 2022.5 will be allowed to join the Class of 2022’s Commencement, with stipulations.
Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97 gave the Earth Week keynote address (Photo courtesy of Danielle Deane-Ryan.)

Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97 delivers Earth Week keynote address on environmental justice

Kitt Urdang April 27, 2022
Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97, director of equitable climate solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund, returned to the College on Thursday to deliver the Earth Week keynote address “Is it too late? Moving into a decisive decade for addressing climate crisis.”
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