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Students collect their art in-person at WCMA on pick-up day. (Shizah Kashif/The Williams Record)

WALLS returns after COVID hiatus; students express mixed feelings

Shizah Kashif September 22, 2021
WALLS returned on Sept. 14 after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many celebrated its long-awaited return, an unprecedented high number of signups this year and consequent technical glitches led others to express disappointment with the new allocation process.
National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

Eichhammer claimed photo in locker was a joke; Town manager unwilling to fire him
Ella Marx August 7, 2021
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization that focuses on racial justice, published a letter on Monday calling for the removal of Officer Craig Eichhammer from the WPD for the officer’s display of a photograph of Adolf Hitler in his station locker.
The theme of “Forum on the Status of Women in Politics” was chosen in honor of the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage, the fifty years since women first matriculate at the College, and Kamala Harris’s swearing-in as the first woman to serve as vice president of the United States. Photo courtesy of Veronica Bosley.

White House correspondents reflect on women in politics in virtual forum

Emily Kuwaye and Declan Houlihan March 10, 2021
Maggie Haberman and Yamiche Alcindor participated in a College-organized webinar on March 3 titled “Forum on the Status of Women in Politics,” which was moderated by Michel Martin.
Before Schapiro began his tenure as President of Northwestern University, he served as president of Williams, and as a professor of economics. Photo courtesy of Northwestern University.

Former Williams President Morty Schapiro to step down from Northwestern presidency

Josh Kirschner March 10, 2021
On March 4, former President of the College Morton “Morty” Schapiro issued a statement to the Northwestern community announcing his intent to retire from the university on Aug. 31, 2022, once his contract expires. Schapiro has served as President of Northwestern University for 13 years, since he left Williams in 2009.
Sara Diaz ’93 took a selfie of her and Jamie Kerman ’93 with a bulky 35mm camera in front of Santa Croce, Florence. (Photo courtesy of Sara Diaz.)

Jamie Kerman ’93 and Sara Diaz ’93

February 10, 2021

“I already knew at the beginning, but it took her a while,” Kerman said. Diaz laughed before agreeing.  The two first met during the first social event arranged by the JAs of their entry. That...

John Maher ’12 and Robert Khederian ’12 prepared a charcuterie board for the final day of the Michelangelo tutorial that brought them together. (Photo courtesy of Robert Khederian.)

John Maher ’12 and Robert Khederian ’12

February 10, 2021

Maher and Khederian first met in Professor Stefanie Solum’s ARTH 232 Renaissance Rome class, wherein Khederian’s first words to Maher were a compliment on his socks. “And I was not out yet at that...

Dennis Kuo ’93 and Kathrine Kuo ’93 argue to this day about how they first met. (Photo courtesy of Kathrine Kuo.)

Dennis Kuo ’93 and Kathrine Kuo ’93

February 10, 2021

The circumstances of their first meeting are a point of contention for Dennis and Kathrine Kuo. “Allegedly, we met at a Combo Za concert,” she said. “And I say allegedly because I don’t remember...

Slavery and the College

January 10, 2021

Selena Castro ’17 traced the establishment of the College to the stolen labor of the Black people Ephraim Williams enslaved in “the mountains! the mountains!: Slavery in Williamstown, MA,” a research...

A nationwide reckoning about colleges’ ties to slavery

January 10, 2021

In recent years, colleges across the country have faced questions about how they should account for the racism of their founding figures. How should racist benefactors, especially those who were enslavers,...

The lives of Ephraim Williams and those he enslaved

January 10, 2021

Born in 1715 in Newton, Mass., Ephraim Williams Jr. became a soldier and land speculator like his father, Ephraim Williams Sr.  The younger Ephraim Williams moved to Stockbridge in roughly 1742. He...

What comes next for the College

January 10, 2021

Unlike with Johns Hopkins, the fact that Ephraim Williams was an enslaver has never been a secret. It comes up multiple times in both Ebony & Ivy by Wilder and Colonel Ephraim Williams: A Documentary...

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