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Universal pass/fail is the best grading option for the spring semester

Universal pass/fail is the best grading option for the spring semester
Editorial Board March 25, 2020

Yesterday, President Maud S. Mandel announced that the College would follow peer institutions such as Bowdoin, Columbia, Dartmouth, Smith and Wellesley by instituting a system in which all classes will...

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor
Samuel Wolf March 15, 2020

Dear students, faculty, staff, alums and all members of the Williams community, We at the Record have been doing a lot of thinking about our mission in light of the College’s decision to switch to...

Why Strategic Planning matters: On taking charge of the College’s future

Why Strategic Planning matters: On taking charge of the College’s future
Editorial Board February 26, 2020

In what direction is our community headed over the next 10 and 15 years? How will the College improve to become more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and transparent? On Feb. 12, President of the...

Three Pillars: Imperfect but improved; The Record endorses Task Force proposal, despite shortcomings

Three Pillars: Imperfect but improved; The Record endorses Task Force proposal, despite shortcomings
Editorial Board February 12, 2020

Voting on a referendum that offers the choice between two distinct paths forward for student governance at the College opened last Sunday and will close on Friday night. A Yes vote would abolish College...

A letter from the editor: Why town and gown matter

A letter from the editor: Why town and gown matter
Nicholas Goldrosen December 6, 2019

I remember, when I first found out about Williams College, wondering whether the town was named after the College or the College after the town; I later found out that Ephraim Williams, in a display...

Toward a better English department

Toward a better English department
Editorial Board November 6, 2019

Last week, students circulated a petition calling for a boycott of classes taught by the English department that do not “engage critically with minority issues.” The petition came directly following...

Town, gown and trash: Improving composting at the College and in Williamstown

Town, gown and trash: Improving composting at the  College and in Williamstown
Editorial Board October 30, 2019

Given the substantive lack of composting options in and around the College and Williamstown as a whole, we at the Record believe that the College and town should develop a more holistic solution to managing...

Calling for accountability, transparency from CC

Calling for accountability,  transparency from CC
Opinions Desk October 9, 2019

As College Council (CC) begins its fall term following the chaos and controversy of last semester, we encourage its members to consider the following issues and suggestions. We recognize that there is...

Seeking clarity in protest policy: Students deserve input, clearer guidelines

Seeking clarity in protest policy: Students deserve input, clearer guidelines
Opinions Desk October 2, 2019

In a Sept. 5 email, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom notified students of revised and updated policies for campus protest, postings and speakers, citing the administration’s desire to be “as...

Called to action by the climate strike: The College must divest

Called to action by the climate strike: The College must divest
Editorial Board September 25, 2019

Friday’s climate strike at the College and the broader Global Climate Strike movement call attention to the necessity for leaders to take meaningful action on the climate crisis. We thank the organizers...

Editorial: Calling for more transparency, accountability in discipline for sexual assault

Editorial: Calling for more transparency, accountability in discipline for sexual assault
Editorial Board September 18, 2019

In 2014, Yoonsang Bae ’17 sexually assaulted another student while on campus. After lengthy legal proceedings, the Berkshire Superior Court found him guilty of rape on Sept. 6, and has since sentenced...

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor
Nicholas Goldrosen September 11, 2019

We at the Record are thrilled to begin another semester in the Purple Valley, and I am personally grateful to have this opportunity to address our readership at the beginning of my time as editor-in-chief....

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