Credit where credit is due: Commending the College’s response to crisis

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.

Letter from the editor

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.

Vote Bernie Sanders: The case for the Vermont senator

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.

Is justice the same as punishment? Meditations on the restorative power of compassion

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?

Chaplains’ Corner: (An)other Spring Break

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.