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96% of on-campus students have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Record survey estimates

Vast majority of students are not yet fully vaccinated
Annie Lu, Grady Short, and Kevin Yang May 5, 2021
Ninety-six percent of students living on campus have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a Record survey sent to the entire student body on Saturday estimates. Only 9.6 percent of the 751 on-campus students who responded, however, are fully vaccinated, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines as occurring two weeks after the final required dose.
Rows of breakfast orders await pickup outside of Goodrich Hall on Sunday morning. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Goodrich reopens for mobile ordering, faces influx of student demand

Jaiha Lee May 5, 2021
Goodrich, the popular student-run coffee bar, has reopened for takeout orders during the first three weekends of May after being closed since the pandemic began. Demand for the Goodrich offerings was so high that on the coffee bar’s second day back in business — Sunday, May 2 — the online ordering software crashed.
College to require students to get vaccinated before fall semester

College to require students to get vaccinated before fall semester

Irene Loewenson April 23, 2021
The College will mandate that students get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Aug. 1 unless they receive a medical or religious exemption.
If confirmed, Wormuth '91 would become the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Army. (Photo Courtesy of Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons.)

Biden to nominate Christine Wormuth ’91 to be first female Army secretary

‘A baton relay race’: Wormuth discusses her career in public service with the Record
Annie Lu and Kitt Urdang April 21, 2021
On April 12, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Christine Wormuth ’91 to serve as Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve in this role. 
Rosemary Kehoe ’24 works on her plot. (Photo courtesy of Justyn Friedler.)

Students, faculty, staff begin planting in College community garden

Fiona Seibert April 21, 2021
In November of last year, the College began construction of the Williams College community garden, located on the field behind Poker Flats. Now, at the end of March, after five months, the construction process has finished, and students, staff, and faculty who signed up have been assigned plots to begin planting. 
Dr. Craig Smith ’70 decided to go to medical school after two-year graduate school fellowship at Dartmouth and a year of working as a telephone lineman. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.)

College awards Bicentennial Medal to Dr. Craig Smith ’70

Emily Kuwaye April 21, 2021
On April 14, President Maud S. Mandel conferred the Bicentennial Medal, awarded to alumni each year “for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor,” to Dr. Craig Smith ’70, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
The increase in the 2021-22 school year cost of attendance reflects a fully in-person fall next year. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

College raises price of attendance to pre-COVID cost in preparation for in-person fall

Megan Lin April 21, 2021
On April 14, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an email that the College’s comprehensive fee for the 2021-22 academic year would be $74,660.
(Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record)

A year into the pandemic, staff still face unique burdens

Joey Fox and Nigel Jaffe April 14, 2021
The Record sent a survey to every staff member at the College, and spoke with seven of them about their experiences since the pandemic began. The stories they told speak to the challenges staff have confronted in the past year, the ways staff feel they do and don’t fit in at Williams, and the hopes many staff have for a post-COVID future.
(Map courtesy of the Massachusetts vaccination location webpage.)

How on-campus students will get vaccinated — and how some already have

Annie Lu and Grady Short April 14, 2021
Beginning April 19, the College will provide transportation to COVID-19 vaccination sites at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center in North Adams and Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield for students, faculty, and staff without personal transportation. In the meantime, some students who are already eligible have been able to get vaccines.
Campus will not be vaccination site; College to provide shuttles instead

Campus will not be vaccination site; College to provide shuttles instead

Irene Loewenson April 9, 2021
The College will not become a COVID-19 vaccination site. Instead, the College will provide shuttles to vaccination sites in North Adams and Pittsfield for all students, as well as for any faculty or staff without personal transportation.
Without help from the College, the term-limited faculty whose contracts have already ended or will end after this semester must find new positions. Many are struggling to navigate job markets with little demand for their labor. (The Williams Record/Emily Zheng)

Term-limited faculty face uncertain futures amid pandemic job market

Jacob Posner, Josh Kirschner, and Katharine Cook April 7, 2021
During spring 2020, despite widespread calls for support from term-limited faculty members, the College declined to offer a blanket extension of all term-limited faculty members’ contracts, citing financial uncertainty. Instead, it provided term-limited faculty members the option to take an unpaid research associate position to aid in the job search. While some term-limited professors were ultimately offered extensions on a case-by-case basis, others were left to face a beleaguered job market.
College used WiFi data to track presence at Wood party, increases CSS patrols in dorms

College used WiFi data to track presence at Wood party, increases CSS patrols in dorms

Lucy Walker April 7, 2021
The College used WiFi data as part of its investigation of the Feb. 26 Wood House party, Dean Sandstrom and Director of CSS Dave Boyer told the Record. Boyer also said that the College has increased CSS patrols in students’ residential spaces following the party.
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