The Office of Admission and Financial Aid will implement a test-optional policy for students applying to the College as first-years and transfers during the 2020-2021 admission cycle. This move comes after the cancellation of many standardized testing dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Richard Besser ’81, former acting director of the CDC, reflects on COVID-19 and his career since Williams
Dr. Richard Besser ’81 said he met his wife during his “first outbreak,” a befitting idiosyncrasy for the CEO ofthe largest philanthropic health organization in the United States, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Besser’s career spans almost four decades, including as former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Barack Obama and later as ABC’s chief medical correspondent.
Following Gov. Charlie Baker’s March 15 order for schools across Massachusetts to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some faculty at the College have had to contend with caring for their children in addition to restructuring curricula for remote learning. School closures were initially set to expire on April 6, but an extension ordered by Baker will keep public and private schools and non-emergency daycare programs closed until at least May 4.
In a statement issued yesterday, Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) announced the cancellation of all live performances for the 2020 summer season. The seven plays set to perform this year at WTF — including a Robert O’Hara-directed revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and five world premiere works — will instead be released as readings on Audible, the popular platform for audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.
As the chair of the Class of 1970’s 50th reunion, which was to be held June 10-14, I have been leading our 50th reunion effort since 2015. While I may be the chair, I am supported by many other classmates and their spouses who have volunteered their time and energy to raise money for our class gift, build a class website, prepare a special class book and organize the programming for the reunion weekend, including selecting meals and event venues. In addition, we mounted an extensive outreach program, which has been ongoing since 2015.
Remote physical education (PE) classes began this week, in an effort to allow seniors still in need of PE credit to fulfill their requirements and to provide other students with a healthy option for exercise amidst social distancing. The athletics department announced in March in an all-student email that it will continue to offer five PE classes in digital form.
Students and faculty have made the transition to remote learning in the wake of the closure of campuses across the country. (Alice Qu/The Williams Record)
Classes resumed remotely on Monday, plunging students and faculty into the unfamiliar world of online learning.
College advises students planning on studying abroad this fall to register for on-campus classes, housing lottery
Students who applied to study away programs this upcoming fall have been advised by the Office of Study Away to register for Williams classes and housing in the coming weeks should programs be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We do not know yet if programs will be back up and running in the fall and we likely will not for another few months,” wrote Assistant Director of International Education and Study Away Isabel Hansen in an email to all students who applied to study off campus next semester.
We randomly select unixes from a list of all current students at the College for our weekly One in Two Thousand. So long as the owner of a selected unix is willing to be interviewed and not a member of the Record board, that person becomes the subject of our interview. For this week, the computer (using a very simple script in R) chose Dominique Burgess ’20.
Like many of his classmates at the College, Ian Di Pietro ’23 left campus in the middle of March to find his hometown significantly altered. Just as Ian was departing for his home in Manhattan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that schools, restaurants and bars in the city would close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.