The Williams Record

Editorial: A call for transparency and planning in the housing process

Editorial: A call for transparency and planning in the housing process

Editorial Board May 11, 2022
The Record editorial board argues for more transparency in housing decisions and the campus planning project.
Editorial: Expanding Dining Services next year will benefit students and Dining staff

Editorial: Expanding Dining Services next year will benefit students and Dining staff

Editorial Board May 4, 2022
The Record editorial board argues for reforms to dining at the College for fall 2022.
Editorial: The College must provide more support for students in wake of three bias incidents

Editorial: The College must provide more support for students in wake of three bias incidents

Editorial Board February 23, 2022
The College promises to support students who have felt targeted in any way. However, it must first focus on building transparency and accessibility into the reporting process.
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.
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. 
Editorial: College guidelines on parties, and CSS enforcement of them, imply control, not safety

Editorial: College guidelines on parties, and CSS enforcement of them, imply control, not safety

Editorial Board October 20, 2021
CSS officers should not be in student dorms unprompted, the Record board writes. Monitoring students in their living spaces violates the only real sphere of privacy they have on a small, residential campus.
Editorial: Let’s relax the limit on outdoor gatherings

Editorial: Let’s relax the limit on outdoor gatherings

Editorial Board May 19, 2021
Pointing to the low risk of outdoor COVID transmission and the increasing safety of campus, the editorial board calls on the College to let students gather outdoors in groups of up to 25 for the remainder of the semester.
Editorial: The Select Board election is a referendum on racial justice. Treat it as such.

Editorial: The Select Board election is a referendum on racial justice. Treat it as such.

Editorial Board May 9, 2021
On Tuesday, May 11, Williamstown voters will determine the Town's approach to racial justice for years to come, the Record board writes. With two Select Board seats being contested, the Town election offers an opportunity to make the Select Board more progressive.
Editorial: To ‘return in earnest,’ students should be required to get vaccinated

Editorial: To ‘return in earnest,’ students should be required to get vaccinated

Editorial Board April 21, 2021
By requiring students to get vaccinated, the Record board writes, the College would send a clear message: We care about the health of our community. We care about the pursuit of knowledge. And we care about acting on that knowledge to do what is right.
Editorial: Amid COVID cases and CSS patrols, College’s communication is lacking

Editorial: Amid COVID cases and CSS patrols, College’s communication is lacking

Editorial Board April 7, 2021
Students are not being given the transparency we need to feel comfortable in the environment in which we live and work. The administration’s lack of clear communication has forced students to hunt for information needed to make appropriate decisions for our health, to understand how the College conducts investigations into public health guideline violations, and to navigate the increased presence of CSS in our living spaces.
Editorial: The College needs to support Asian Americans — and commit to Asian American studies

Editorial: The College needs to support Asian Americans — and commit to Asian American studies

Editorial Board March 31, 2021
We need action now. While hiring two professors is a commendable start, the editorial board calls on the College to commit to establishing a concentration in Asian American studies.
Editorial: Accountability, enforcement, and transparency after Wood

Editorial: Accountability, enforcement, and transparency after Wood

Where the community can go from here
Editorial Board March 3, 2021
The party at Wood House was a grave and potentially harmful mistake that has had massive implications for student life and College policy. For the sake of the College community, the Record asks students to hold both themselves and each other accountable; the administration to send a strong, consistent message about the consequences of COVID-19 guideline infractions; and CSS and the deans to provide greater transparency in their investigations and disciplinary actions.
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