Maxine Burkett ’98 discusses climate reparations, connections between racial hierarchy and climate change

“While the disproportionate effects of the climate crisis are starting to receive due media coverage in the current moment of heightened awareness, there’s a century-long relationship between environmental degradation and racial hierarchy that also deserves deeper exploration,” Maxine Burkett ’98 told her Zoom audience on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Burkett presented a lecture sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies and the Class of 1960 Scholars Program in Environmental Studies, entitled “First Do No Harm: Climate Migration, Reparations, and the Guarantee of Non-Repetition.”

In Trivial, Quizbowl is not all fun and games

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was late May, and the ballroom of the Hilton Atlanta teemed with hormones and promise. Six hundred and sixty two middle schoolers had touched down the previous night, and a few rubbed jet lag out of their eyes as they snacked on granola and reviewed flashcards, preparing to spend the next three days fighting tooth and nail for glory.

Science student groups juggle community-building with COVID-19 restrictions

Last fall, the lounge spaces of the Science Center were home to groups of students working together through most hours of the day and night. But this semester, the buildings remain eerily quiet, and study nooks, labeled with maximum occupancy and supplied with hand sanitizer, go unused. Science student groups are having to get creative to find modes of collaboration in the age of COVID.

A look into the honor and discipline committee’s all-student email

On Nov. 6, the Honor and Discipline Committee sent an email to the student body to “communicate a piece of information and a few suggestions.” The email, sent by Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Chair of the Honor and Discipline Committee Sarah Jacobson and student chair of the committee Morgan Noonan ’22, came as the committee considers a potential rise in honor code cases compared to previous semesters.

Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

I don’t recall exactly how my view of Helene Ryu ’22 changed when she started painting distorted portraits of her own mutilated face. For most of her friends and family, though, Ryu said her more vivid pieces tend to come as a bit of a shock. “It surprises them that a lot of the stuff that I make ends up being kind of dark and violent,” she said. “That’s not really how my personality usually comes across — or at least, my performed personality — so sometimes there’s some dissonance.”

After four Cello Shots, College goes wild

The cello ensemble Cello Shots — including, from left, Nat Davidson ’22, Esther Kim ’23 and Michael Fallon ’24 — held their fall semester concert remotely last week. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record.)

Ten cellos.