College endowment returns impacted by 2017 federal tax

Joey Fox/The Williams Record

In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a law that included a tax on the returns from certain college and university endowments, of which the College’s endowment is one. 

This past summer, the U.S. Treasury Department released a document outlining which institutions would be affected by the tax and to what extent. The document describes “eligible educational institutions” as private colleges and universities with at least 500 tuition-paying students, more than half of whom are located in the U.S., and whose assets total at least $500,000 per student.

In Other Ivory Towers: DOE investigates UNC, Duke Program

The U.S. Department of Education has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to make changes to their jointly-run Middle East studies program, due in part to the program’s alleged bias in favor of Islam and against other religions. In an Aug.

Prominent civil libertarian to discuss free speech on College campus

New York Law School Professor and Former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) President Nadine Strossen will participate in an interview and panel discussion this Thursday at 7:30 PM on the role of speech on college campuses and the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion’s recently released report. 

Located in Goodrich Hall, the event will take place in two parts, starting with an interview with Strossen and followed by a panel discussion. Landon Marchant ’20 will conduct the interview and moderate the panel.

Currier Quad art installation prompts student complaints

WCMA will relocate the auditory exhibit to Hopkins Observatory. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record)

In response to student noise complaints, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will relocate the installation of Sonance for the Precession, an artistic project that required the placement of speakers outside windows of Currier Quad’s residential buildings, to the Hopkins Observatory building.

College voting data spurs renewed push for registrations

Last week, the College released its first student voting report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), an organization which studies voter registration and turnout on college campuses around the country. The data showed increases in student voting participation  between 2014 and 2018 that are attributable to various registration efforts on campus, more of which are currently ongoing this fall.

Bae ’17 gets three years in prison

On Monday, Judge Michael Callan of the Berkshire Superior Court sentenced Yoonsang Bae ’17 to not less than three years and no more than three years and a day in prison. Callan had previously convicted Bae of rape on Sept.

Spring Street Blues

Monday 9-9-19

3:00 p.m. Sage Hall: A groundskeeper called CSS and requested an officer to respond concerning the collision of a College vehicle with the corner of a marble block, causing a flat tire and minor damage to the rim. The officer drove the truck back to the shop and filled the tire with air after reseeding it.

Ethan Zuckerman ’93 steps down from MIT Media Lab over Epstein concerns

Ethan Zuckerman ’93, a prominent internet media scholar and entrepreneur, announced Aug. 20 that he is resigning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, stating that the lab contradicted its own values in working with Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and the leader of a pedophilia ring who recently committed suicide while awaiting trial.