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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.

Arrington Luck and Rebecca Tauber 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 complete.
“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

Arrington Luck, Jacob Posner, and Jackson Hartigan August 5, 2020
“I remember a white student complaining to me about how me and my black friends participated too much/too well to the point that we ‘dominated’ the class, and informed me how other non-white classmates felt the same way,” reads a June 30 post from the Instagram page @blackatwilliams. “It was as if he was asking me to give him a chance. And to top it off, it was an Africana course. His entitlement infuriated me.’”
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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck May 23, 2020
For over a decade, Ben Mygatt ’20 has honed his craft as a violinist, and he has no plan to stop anytime soon.
Record Recs: (Free) coming-of-age films and crime dramas

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

Arrington Luck and Saud Afzal 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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 by President of the College Maud S. Mandel assess the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of reopening the College for the Fall 2020 semester.
Students abroad in non-European countries decide whether to return home

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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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 working group draft reports represents the latest development in a process that began in September 2018 and is expected to have wide ranging effects on many facets of the College’s operations.
Several Davis Center CEFs resign

Several Davis Center CEFs resign

Arrington Luck February 19, 2020
Several members of the Davis Center’s Community Engagement Fellows (CEFs) team resigned on Tuesday, marking the latest episode in a series of organizational changes within the office of institutional diversity, equity and inclusion.
Davis Center undergoes structural changes

Davis Center undergoes structural changes

Nigel Jaffe and Arrington Luck January 29, 2020
Earlier this month, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leticia S.E. Haynes ’99 announced that the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI) has decided to restructure the Davis Center such that three new roles will be created and others will be eliminated. Three Davis Center staff members have left the College in recent weeks, leaving the Center staffed on a largely interim basis until the new positions have been filled.
Student support for faculty, Mandel remains high as CC approval declines

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

Arrington Luck and Joey Fox 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

Arrington Luck November 20, 2019
Members of the administration, faculty, staff and trustees have identified the former Williams Inn location as the designated site for a potential relocation of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA).

Proposal for gun store withdrawn

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Rose Houglet and Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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,...

Netflixs Bobby Kennedy for President follows legacy of the late senator

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

Arrington Luck 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

Arrington Luck 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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