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The College switched two students to remote status for violating COVID rules. Now, one has returned to campus.

The College switched two students to remote status for violating COVID rules. Now, one has returned to campus.

September 30, 2020

When a Junior Advisor (JA) moved back to campus in late August, they thought they had followed the College’s rules for the five- to seven-day in-room quarantine the College required each student to...

“This is being Black at Williams:” Instagram account amplifies Black voices, issues of racism within the College

“This is being Black at Williams:” Instagram account amplifies Black voices, issues of racism within the College

August 5, 2020

Editor's Note: The posts quoted in this article have been chosen based on their length and content, and attempt to portray the range of experiences posted on the page. “I remember a white student...

Responding to demands by JA class, Mandel promises affinity pods, other changes to first year experience

Responding to demands by JA class, Mandel promises affinity pods, other changes to first year experience

July 13, 2020

President Maud S. Mandel responded on Thursday to a list of demands sent by the incoming Junior Advisor (JA) class, promising affinity pods and further changes to the first year experience for JAs and...

Ben Mygatt ’20 has played violin for over a decade, and he is just getting started

Ben Mygatt ’20 has played violin for over a decade, and he is just getting started

May 23, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Ben Mygatt.) For over a decade, Ben Mygatt ’20 has honed his craft as a violinist, and he has no plan to stop anytime soon. Starting on the violin at age three, the North Carolina...

Record Recs: (Free) coming-of-age films and crime dramas

Record Recs: (Free) coming-of-age films and crime dramas

May 13, 2020

It has been more than a month and a half since most students left campus and returned home to finish the semester remotely. If you are anything like us and have found yourself in a bit of an entertainment...

New Title IX regulations strengthen rights of accused

New Title IX regulations strengthen rights of accused

May 7, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new Title IX regulations on Wednesday that would serve to strengthen the rights for students accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault on college...

Campus petition demands extension of contracts for fellows and visiting assistant professors

Campus petition demands extension of contracts for fellows and visiting assistant professors

May 7, 2020

A petition calling for the College to extend the appointments of junior non-tenure track faculty is circulating among the faculty, staff, students and alumni communities, as multiple committees convened...

Students abroad in non-European countries decide whether to return home

Students abroad in non-European countries decide whether to return home

April 1, 2020

As students studying abroad in Europe have faced course cancellations and advisories to return home by both their programs and the College, students studying outside of Europe are also grappling...

A look into the Learning Beyond the Classroom working group

February 26, 2020

Earlier this month, the College released the draft report of the Learning Beyond the Classroom working group, alongside 11 other draft reports from its strategic planning groups. The release of these...

Several Davis Center CEFs resign

Several Davis Center CEFs resign

February 19, 2020

Several members of the Davis Center’s Community Engagement Fellows (CEFs) team resigned on Monday, marking the latest episode in a series of organizational changes within the office of institutional...

Davis Center undergoes structural changes

Davis Center undergoes structural changes

January 29, 2020

The Davis Center will be restructured amid several staff departures. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record) Earlier this month, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leticia...

Student support for faculty, Mandel remains high as CC approval declines

Student support for faculty, Mandel remains high as CC approval declines

November 20, 2019

This past week, the Record sent out its semiannual approval ratings survey, giving students the options of “approve,” “disapprove” and “neutral” for a variety of campus institutions....

WCMA to potentially move to old inn

WCMA to potentially move to old inn

November 20, 2019

Though a final decision has not been made, WCMA may move to the old Williams Inn from Lawrence Hall. (Nicky Wu/The Williams Record). Members of the administration, faculty, staff and trustees have...

Proposal for gun store withdrawn

October 23, 2019

A request for a special permit to operate a controversial sporting goods store has been withdrawn after a heated public hearing on the matter. At a Williamstown Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Sept....

Cap and Bells starts fall season with funding problems, difficulty in obtaining rights

Cap and Bells starts fall season with funding problems, difficulty in obtaining rights

October 9, 2019

Cap and Bells is seeking to regain its footing after grappling with issues of funding and rights acquisition going into its fall season. Since the beginning of the academic year, the student-run theater...

Prominent civil libertarian to discuss free speech on College campus

Prominent civil libertarian to discuss free speech on College campus

September 25, 2019

New York Law School Professor and Former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) President Nadine Strossen will participate in an interview and panel discussion this Thursday at 7:30 PM on the role of speech...

Currently, the Davis Center is operating with two full-time staff members, with plans to onboard new members. BROOKE HOROWITCH/EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Davis Center grapples with insufficient funding, staffing

April 24, 2019

Currently, the Davis Center is operating with two full-time staff members, with plans to onboard new members. BROOKE HOROWITCH/EXECUTIVE EDITOR On April 17, the Coalition Against Racist Education Now...

Last Wednesday, Nico Perino, Steven Gerrard and Luana Maroja responded to student questions surrounding their positions on free speech at the College. ARRINGTON LUCK/NEWS EDITOR

Students, faculty spar over free speech, speaker invitations

April 10, 2019

Last Wednesday, Nico Perrino, Steven Gerrard and Luana Maroja responded to student questions surrounding their positions on free speech at the College. ARRINGTON LUCK/NEWS EDITOR The Society for Conservative...

This year’s commencement speaker, Mary-Claire King (left), discovered BRCA1, and baccalaureate speaker, Ophelia Dahl (right), co-founded Partners In Health. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY-CLAIRE KING AND OPHELIA DAHL.

Mary-Claire King to deliver commencement address

March 13, 2019

This year’s commencement speaker, Mary-Claire King (left), discovered BRCA1, and baccalaureate speaker, Ophelia Dahl (right), co-founded Partners In Health. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY-CLAIRE KING AND OPHELIA...

College Council probes potential OSL influence in treasurer election

College Council probes potential OSL influence in treasurer election

February 27, 2019

College Council (CC) is currently looking into an email sent to all club sport athletes regarding the CC treasurer election and club sport funding by Kris Hoey, the assistant director for student organizations...

Students rebuild the memorial in Hollander Hall after the original one was deconstructed by a faculty member. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

President instructs students to relocate memorial, citing fire safety

February 20, 2019

Students rebuild the memorial in Hollander Hall after the original one was deconstructed by a faculty member. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR Two additional installations honoring Love and Green were...

College Council elects new presidents, vice presidents, class representatives

College Council elects new presidents, vice presidents, class representatives

February 13, 2019

College Council (CC) held its elections this past week, voting in a new slate of presidents, vice presidents and representatives. 478 students voted in this year’s election, which featured only one...

Alex Zilkha ’20 runs for College Council  on platform of abolishing College Council

Alex Zilkha ’20 runs for College Council on platform of abolishing College Council

February 6, 2019

With College Council (CC) elections this week, 2020 class representative candidate Alex Zilkha ’20 has staked a position as a staunch critic of the governing body. Zilkha, when writing his self-nomination,...

Proposed changes to Title IX rules could impact campus policy

Proposed changes to Title IX rules could impact campus policy

January 23, 2019

On Nov. 16, the Department of Education released its proposed changes to existing Title IX regulations. Citing a need “to ensure that Title IX grievance proceedings become more transparent, consistent...

A Closer Look: Use of College resources for student activism

A Closer Look: Use of College resources for student activism

December 5, 2018

Mike Bodnarik, the associate director of the Office of Student Life (OSL), sent an email on Nov. 1 to all student groups, clarifying the College’s policy toward the use of college resources for political...

Because they are reusable, the new plastic containers are anticipated to save money in the long term, despite costing more upfront than the paper containers. 
Katie Brule/Photo Editor.

Dining Services introduces reusable takeout boxes

November 7, 2018

In recent weeks, the College has switched from compostable paper takeout boxes to reusable plastic takeout boxes at the dining facilities in Paresky.   In 2010, with $5,000 from College Council,...

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Netflix’s “Bobby Kennedy for President” follows legacy of the late senator

November 7, 2018

The third chapter of the Netflix documentary series Bobby Kennedy for President, which played at Images Cinema on Sunday, is bookended by scenes of violence. The show’s opening credits are followed...

Wang (center) has argued that colleges and universities discriminate against Asian Americans during the application process, citing his personal experience applying to colleges.
Photo courtesy of Michael Wang.

Michael Wang ’17 takes part in advocacy related to anti-Asian discrimination lawsuit

October 17, 2018

On Monday, a trial regarding anti-Asian discrimination at Harvard was brought to the United States District Court in Boston. The plaintiffs, along with the Department of Justice (DOJ), allege that...

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