The Williams Record

Letter from the editor: Renewing our commitment to justice and community representation

Letter from the editor: Renewing our commitment to justice and community representation

Kitt Urdang January 26, 2022
Editor-in-Chief Kitt Urdang ’23.5 describes the Record’s continued commitment to its mission of representing the Williams community through fair and equitable journalism.
COVID restrictions have negatively affected our school culture and mental health

COVID restrictions have negatively affected our school culture and mental health

Niko Malhotra January 26, 2022
Niko Malhotra ’24 argues that the College’s COVID-19 policies create barriers between members of the Williams community, negatively affecting student mental health and school culture.
Remembering Alden Powers ’24

Remembering Alden Powers ’24

Lillie Bushway December 8, 2021
In a piece adapted from a eulogy given at the Nov. 2 on-campus memorial service for Alden Powers ’24, Lillie Bushway ’24 remembers Powers as a kind and creative friend who made the world “that much more beautiful.”
Editorial: College should publicly commit to divestment

Editorial: College should publicly commit to divestment

Editorial Board December 8, 2021
Divestment is not just about pulling money out of fossil fuel companies; it is also about sending a message that monetary gain acquired through fossil fuel extraction is unethical, the editorial board writes. Until the College signals this to the broader public, it will not have truly divested.
Carbon charges on travel: Imperfect yet important

Carbon charges on travel: Imperfect yet important

Brodie Leo December 8, 2021
Brodie Leo ’25, while approving of the intention behind the recently proposed Travel Emissions Reduction Plan, maintains that the equity and efficacy of the policy require further scrutiny.
From the Record office: Urdang, Lu, Richardson, Natter, and Pugh to lead the Record in 2022

From the Record office: Urdang, Lu, Richardson, Natter, and Pugh to lead the Record in 2022

Megan Lin December 8, 2021
Record editors Kitt Urdang ’23.5, Annie Lu ’23, Bellamy Richardson ’23, Tali Natter ’23, and Cameron Pugh ’23 have been elected by the Record’s 2021 editorial board to lead the newspaper in 2022.
Staff with terminal degrees matter, too: On keeping and growing staff of color

Staff with terminal degrees matter, too: On keeping and growing staff of color

Christopher Sewell December 1, 2021
Former Associate Dean Christopher Sewell ’05 writes that the College does not support staff with terminal degrees who wish to do research or academic work, leading to disproportionately high turnover among Black and Brown staff members.
The challenge of violence in sport

The challenge of violence in sport

Nicholas Wright and John Bell December 1, 2021
John Bell ’63 and Nicholas Wright ’57 argue that the College fails to adequately address the increasingly violent nature of collegiate sports and the troubling injuries athletes must suffer as a result.
To understand the divestment debate, look at hedge funds

To understand the divestment debate, look at hedge funds

Darin Li December 1, 2021
Darin Li ’21.5 argues that the College’s investment in hedge funds complicates its ability to divest, especially given that alternatives to hedge funds are also not free of obstacles.
The case against single-stream recycling

The case against single-stream recycling

Regina Fink December 1, 2021
In light of the College’s switch to single-stream recycling, Regina Fink ’22.5 argues that such a system yields serious environmental and economic problems, including increased contamination rates in recyclables and higher costs.
Remembering Ahmad Praileau ’24

Remembering Ahmad Praileau ’24

Samuel Riley November 17, 2021
Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a eulogy written and delivered by Samuel Riley ’23 during a Nov. 14 on-campus memorial service for Ahmad Praileau ’24, who died in August.
Disabili-tea: The exhaustion of doing disability all day, every day

Disabili-tea: The exhaustion of doing disability all day, every day

Ari Quasney November 17, 2021
Ari Quasney ’25 explains the medical and social models of disability and how these perspectives intersect with privilege and gatekeeping culture in higher education.
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