The Williams Record

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.
Editorial: After the Wood party, the next few days are critical

Editorial: After the Wood party, the next few days are critical

Editorial Board February 28, 2021
The Record is taking the unusual step of publishing an editorial now, rather than with our weekly issue on Wednesday, in recognition of the extraordinary risks that our community is facing after Friday night’s party at Wood House. We call on the College to act now by suspending athletic practices, recognizing the transmission risk they pose. We ask professors to make their classes temporarily remote. And we urge the students who attended the party to do the right thing.
As a difficult semester winds down, advice for the College on student mental health

As a difficult semester winds down, advice for the College on student mental health

Editorial Board December 9, 2020
As we reflect on all of the ways that the semester was successful and express gratitude to those who made it so, we also want to point to one area in which the College can do better.
It’s time to remove the WPD chief and hold the town government accountable

It’s time to remove the WPD chief and hold the town government accountable

Editorial Board November 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This editorial mentions instances of sexual assault, sexual harassment, racism and anti-Semitism. The racial harassment of a Black student. A photograph of Hitler hung in a station...

Make Election Day a College holiday

Make Election Day a College holiday

Editorial Board October 28, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, many College students, faculty and staff who are eligible to vote are preparing to cast their ballots in person. In future years, the College should make...

The continuous model can work – if the faculty respects health days

The continuous model can work – if the faculty respects health days

Editorial Board October 21, 2020

Though it may still feel a lifetime away, the spring semester is fast approaching — and with it come many momentous decisions about how the College will operate. The first of those decisions came last...

A call to students and the administration on social distancing

A call to students and the administration on social distancing

Editorial Board October 7, 2020

120 unmasked students gathered near Poker Flats on Sept. 8.  No distancing. No masks. While community-spreading within our campus has not yet happened, our networks of friends, families...

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