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COVID campus updates: College reports 29 new student and five new faculty and staff positive cases

COVID campus updates: College reports 29 new student and five new faculty and staff positive cases

Record Staff January 27, 2022
Jan. 27 | 12:15 p.m. On Thursday, the College reported 29 new student and five new faculty and staff positive cases.
Professors Long, Siniawer to serve as next Dean, Provost

Professors Long, Siniawer to serve as next Dean, Provost

Megan Lin, Julia Goldberg, and David Wignall January 26, 2022
Professors of History Gretchen Long and Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97 will assume the roles of Dean and Provost of the College, respectively, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email on Tuesday.
Faculty, staff base pay increases by 3 percent

Faculty, staff base pay increases by 3 percent

Gabe Miller January 26, 2022
Inflation has made its way to Williamstown. Faculty and staff salaries raised 3 percent to combat rising prices, Provost Love announced on Dec. 14.
College reports highest COVID rates

College reports highest COVID rates

Ella Marx January 26, 2022
Amid rising national COVID-19 cases due to the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the College reported record cases over Winter Study, 263 as of publication.
Williams Reads investigates institutional histories

Williams Reads investigates institutional histories

Charlotte Staudenmayer January 26, 2022

Copies of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder — professor at MIT and former professor of history at Williams — are available...

(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

Students report difficulties accessing psychiatric medication

Julia Goldberg January 26, 2022
Students are struggling to access consistent and reliable psychiatric resources at the College, according to several student interviews with the Record. An increase in demand for mental health services this fall has contributed to a months-long waitlist to see the only psychiatrist currently at the College, Dr. Susan Mahler.
College announces new “recover-in-place” policy as part of COVID isolation protocol

College announces new “recover-in-place” policy as part of COVID isolation protocol

Tali Natter and Lucy Walker January 12, 2022
In a campus-wide email sent on Wednesday, Jan. 12, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced a “recover-in-place” strategy for students who test positive for COVID-19. The College will permit students who test positive to isolate in their rooms, as long as they live in a single dorm.  

College reports 20 new student and seven new faculty and staff positive cases

Record Staff January 12, 2022
Jan. 12 | 10:45 a.m.  On Wednesday, The College reported 20 new student and seven new faculty and staff positive cases. 1666 test results were added to the COVID dashboard around 9:30 a.m. This brings the weekly positive total to 83 for students, faculty, and staff combined, and 66 for students.
College confirms in-person classes to begin on Jan. 10, extends take-out only service in dining halls

College confirms in-person classes to begin on Jan. 10, extends take-out only service in dining halls

Kent Barbir, Ella Marx, and Megan Lin January 7, 2022
Winter Study courses will return to in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 10, Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische announced in an all-campus email this afternoon. Dining halls will be open for take-out only through Jan. 16 — all seating areas inside these areas will be closed, Reische wrote.
College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

Ella Marx, Tali Natter, Bellamy Richardson, and Kitt Urdang December 30, 2021
The first week of classes and events during Winter Study will be held remotely, and students will quarantine in their dorm rooms upon arrival to campus until they receive one negative COVID-19 test result, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email this morning. 
The College announced a change to twice weekly COVID testing for all students, which will take place on the second floor of Greylock Hall. (Kent Barbir/The Williams Record)

College announces stricter COVID policies for Winter Study

Tali Natter and Bellamy Richardson December 21, 2021
Winter Study will be held on campus with tighter COVID-19 restrictions, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced in an all-campus email this afternoon.
The vaccine clinic entrance was located at the east door of the Towne Field House, which also serves as the site for the College’s COVID testing program. (Fiona Seibert/The Williams Record)

College requires students, faculty, staff to get booster by Feb. 1

Irene Loewenson December 20, 2021
Eligible students, faculty, and staff must receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Feb. 1, President Mandel announced this afternoon. Those who are not eligible by Feb. 1 must receive their booster within 30 days of becoming eligible.
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