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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

A few weeks ago, I (N.W.) attended the first half of the Williams-Middlebury football game. It was my first viewing of a Williams football game since my undergraduate days in the 1950s, and it was quite...

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.
College must reinstitute last year’s academic flexibility

College must reinstitute last year’s academic flexibility

Isabelle Wood November 17, 2021
Isabelle Wood '22 argues that the pandemic continues to negatively impact student mental health, and urges the College to reinstitute flexible policies such as increased Pass/Fail limits to promote student wellbeing.
Students are asking for help. The College should listen to us.

Students are asking for help. The College should listen to us.

Gina Al-Karablieh November 17, 2021
Gina Al-Karablieh ’22 argues that in order to combat health issues faced by students this semester, the administration and faculty must be more responsive to students’ needs, and that an organization should be set up to facilitate communication between students and the College.
Homecoming: A return of the College community in more ways than one

Homecoming: A return of the College community in more ways than one

Amy Sosne November 17, 2021
Amy Sosne ’05 reflects on the return of in-person Homecoming festivities, encouraging the Williams community to prioritize mental rest and meaningful connections.
Editorial: How professors can help support student mental health

Editorial: How professors can help support student mental health

Editorial Board November 10, 2021
As the College acknowledged last year, academic stress and pressure play an outsized role in students’ well-being. For this reason, the editorial board asks faculty members to consider how they can better support students’ mental health. 
Can we trust the trustees?

Can we trust the trustees?

Will Royce November 10, 2021
Will Royce '24 argues that members of the College's investment committees hold ties to the fossil fuel industry, and that these connections may be the reason behind the College's refusal to publicly commit to divestment.
With academic freedom under threat at MIT, Williams must commit to free speech

With academic freedom under threat at MIT, Williams must commit to free speech

Niko Malhotra November 10, 2021
Niko Malhotra ’24 argues that in the wake of MIT’s cancellation of a talk by a climate scientist in response to controversy surrounding his views on affirmative action, the College must commit to free speech and academic freedom.
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