Word on the Quad: Pre-frosh edition

 What’s the most surprising thing about your Previews experience? 

“The creepy red exit signs in the common room.”-MADELINE OML 

“I didn’t expect the entry  to have funds to play  around with.”-LYDIA VON SCHWANENFLUEGEL 

“The tradition of having prefrosh sleep [in the common room].”-RYAN ROWE   

“Even though I had just  arrived, the students treated me as if I had known them for years.”-SAM MILO   

We must do better

When students from the Afro-American Society occupied Hopkins Hall on April 4, 1969, the Record published an editorial that day responding to the students’ demands for, among other things, the formation of an Afro-American studies department and affinity housing for students of marginalized identities. The editorial offered broad support to the majority of the Afro-American Society’s demands but couched its language in calls for moderation and critiques of the “uncompromising tone” of student activists, terming them “a narrow and selfish interest group.” 

This was hardly an isolated incident.

On the need for affinity housing

Creating space for minoritized students

On Friday, the Coalition Against Racist Education (CARE) Now released an open letter to the Board of Trustees with a list of 12 demands calling upon the College’s trustees to fulfill their “obligation to the well-being and safety of its students, faculty and staff.” A group of student activists seeking to continue “in the legacy of Black-led organizing efforts on the Williams College campus,” CARE Now was formed last year, its name recognizing the original CARE movement that occupied Jenness House in 1988. CARE Now’s letter indicates ways in which students believe the College can work toward making the College a less harmful place for those of marginalized identities and to take steps toward becoming a more inclusive institution.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: 

I am writing to express my exasperation regarding the op-ed “Standing against the right of return: Analyzing the logical inconsistencies in BDS’ arguments,” published in the Record last week. I am a proud Jewish student, and I stand in unwavering solidarity with the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and the Palestinian Right of Return.

An Open Letter to the Trustees of Williams

We are the Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now), an active and growing collective of student activists born out of resistance to the 2018 faculty petition on free speech. We garnered over 300 student and alumni signatures in protest of predatory and hate speech.

We forget ourselves under the title: Reimagining student governance at the College

We forget what College Council is – a body fashioned after the flaws of institution. Student management positions have always been breadcrumbs, approved by and handed to us by administrators as some figment of autonomy, their main function to be an intermediary, to redirect the energy or concerns of the student body away from the administration back onto itself (Record articles from 1914, 1934).

Standing against the right of return: Analyzing the logical inconsistencies in BDS’ arguments

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — which seeks to impose a total academic, financial and cultural boycott on Israel and Israeli goods — continues to sweep across American college campuses, and its appeal is understandable. One sees the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza in contrast to the economically and militarily formidable Israel, and reasons that economic pressure could force Israel to ease the Gaza blockade and level the negotiating table.