As the chair of the Class of 1970’s 50th reunion, which was to be held June 10-14, I have been leading our 50th reunion effort since 2015. While I may be the chair, I am supported by many other classmates and their spouses who have volunteered their time and energy to raise money for our class gift, build a class website, prepare a special class book and organize the programming for the reunion weekend, including selecting meals and event venues. In addition, we mounted an extensive outreach program, which has been ongoing since 2015.
In her review for the Record, staff writer Lily Goldberg ’22 argues that the recent original production Our Time failed to provide critical perspective on the archival material from which the play’s scenes are crafted and inadequately explored the determinative role that Stephen Sondheim’s identity as “gay and Jewish” played in his experience at Williams.
We commend the College’s decision to move to a universal pass/fail system, which we believe is the best way to account for the unevenly distributed challenges to students’ lives posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As President Maud S. Mandel noted in her email yesterday, this situation is unprecedented for all of us. When it comes to deciding which grading system is best, students have generally formed opinions based on their own experiences.
When our peer institutions started dropping like flies, many students at Williams were questioning the future ahead of them. When Amherst, leading the NESCAC, announced their decision to go remote on Monday night, the end felt all too imminent and, for those that identified with the concerns that other students were sharing at our peer institutions, all too eerie.
Speaking to my fellow international friends on Tuesday night about their concerns on paying for a ticket home or just the insecurity that home possesses altogether led me to question a few things.
We believe it is critical to continue sharing our community’s stories. In doing so, we will seek to shine a spotlight on both the physical campus and the dispersed Williams community. We plan to report ethically and compassionately, both with the knowledge of our shared struggles and with the consistent goal of faithful and accurate journalism. As we continue to publish, we welcome any questions, comments or concerns regarding our coverage.
I’ll be upfront — I’m asking you, if you have yet to vote in your state’s Democratic primary, to do so and to vote for Senator Bernie Sanders. Here’s a quick case for why.
I believe that in the world’s most powerful and wealthiest nation, no person should die from a lack of health insurance.
Lately I’ve been thinking about justice and accountability. When someone in my life or community has done something wrong, where do we go and what do we do. Do we banish them? How do we forgive them? How do we let them back in? I find myself not knowing what to do or think, so I don’t do anything. Pretend they don’t exist. Don’t say hi on the sidewalk. Watch them eat by themselves. Don’t allow a way for re-entry. The first instinct is to be punitive because that’s the norm, but that has never felt right. It feels very conflicting and makes me anxious. How productive is shaming? Is it justice or just punishment?
Last Saturday after midnight I was couched just outside ’82 Grill with some friends. Looking up at the circular brick wall extending toward Lee’s, we wondered: What would a student mural look like here?
In the very first days of my training as a chaplain, we learned that the foundations of effective chaplaincy and spiritual care lay in the ability first to notice, and gradually undo, one’s tendency to operate from assumptions. Such a teaching may appear obvious, but remains central in helping a developing chaplain — or anyone — to sit with genuine concern and compassion for another.