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Bellamy Richardson, Executive Editor for Features

Bellamy Richardson ’23 is a prospective English major from New York, N.Y. She is the executive editor for features. She previously served as a section editor for the features section.

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Students volunteered remotely for local Berkshire nonprofits and businesses over winter break. (Hannah Bae/The Williams Record)

Lehman, CLiA launch remote support program for local businesses

February 17, 2021
Over the extended winter break, 45 students participated in the Remote Support Program, an entirely online community service project organized by Lehman Community Engagement Vice President Allison Li ’22.5.
Free University participation surges with cancellation of Winter Study

Free University participation surges with cancellation of Winter Study

January 23, 2021
Founded in the 1980s, the Free University Winter Study program organizes classes taught by students for students. This year, the program offers 48 unique courses — a 41 percent increase from last year’s 34 courses — which are being attended by over 600 people in the College community.
This semester in Williams history

This semester in Williams history

December 9, 2020
For the sake of posterity, and to provide a chance to reflect, the Record put together a recap of its coverage during this unusual semester.
The Artist Otherwise Known As: Joel Nicholas ’23

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Joel Nicholas ’23

December 9, 2020

Joel Nicholas ’23 composes electronic music from his studio at home. “I picked up music by ear, pretty much,” student musician and composer Joel Nicholas ’23 said. “In my old house in Rochester...

It’s not during Winter Study this year: Students perform at I/O New Music Festival throughout fall semester

It’s not during Winter Study this year: Students perform at I/O New Music Festival throughout fall semester

November 18, 2020

Masked musicians perform six feet apart while unmasked musicians perform behind shields, 15 feet apart. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Miller.) When asked what I/O stands for, violist and pianist Rebecca...

Jim Reische: The man behind the administration’s COVID-19 updates

Jim Reische: The man behind the administration’s COVID-19 updates

November 11, 2020

Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische works in partnership with many senior staff members to craft emails and other communications. (Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record) With COVID-19 changing...

What Mountain Day will look like in a pandemic

What Mountain Day will look like in a pandemic

October 7, 2020

The Mountain Day T-shirt, designed by Kristen Chou ’23, shows a mask above the mountains. (Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record) “It’s pretty straightforward,” Williams Outing Club (WOC) Director...

Frosh Quad entries now divided by floor

Frosh Quad entries now divided by floor

September 23, 2020

Frosh Quad entries in Sage and Williams Halls are now organized by floor. (Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record) Decades ago, first-year students lived in Morgan while upper-classmen lived in Mission;...

Eight JAs step down to study remotely or take time off

Eight JAs step down to study remotely or take time off

September 16, 2020

In a normal year, only one or two Junior Advisors (JAs) choose to step down from their role after accepting it. But due to campus restrictions and the option to study remotely or take time off, eight...

JAs push for first-year affinity spaces

JAs push for first-year affinity spaces

July 8, 2020

As the College prepares for an in-person fall semester, a large majority of Junior Advisors (JAs) is pressing the College administration to implement changes to the entry system for the 2020-21 academic...

First Days, entry system, JA role modified for fall semester

First Days, entry system, JA role modified for fall semester

July 7, 2020

With the College’s decision to welcome students back for an in-person but socially distanced fall semester will inevitably come changes to first-year student traditions, including EphVentures, the entry...

Seniors celebrate graduation off-campus

Seniors celebrate graduation off-campus

May 23, 2020

(From left to right) Seniors Jared Bathen, RB Smith, Emily Elder and Matt Wiseman stand atop the mountain they plan on hiking — in caps, gowns and hiking boots — when they celebrate their graduation.(Photo...

Faculty on sabbatical change plans due to COVID-19

Faculty on sabbatical change plans due to COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Professor of Theatre Amy Holzapfel now works on completing her book manuscript from home.(Photo courtesy of Amy Holzapfel.) Through all of her 28 years at the College, Professor of Political Science...

Love in the time of COVID-19

Love in the time of COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Zia Saylor '23 and Mohammad Faizaan '23 go on virtual dates through the online gaming site Club Penguin. (Photo courtesy of Mohammad Faizaan.) Since the campus closure, many student couples have had...

JA excursions revamped into one-on-one video calls

JA excursions revamped into one-on-one video calls

April 29, 2020

On Sunday, JAAB hosted a webinar where they discussed the algorithm used to create JA co-groups.(Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record) At this point in the school year, Junior Advisors (JAs) to the next...

One in Two Thousand: Will McCormick ’23

One in Two Thousand: Will McCormick ’23

April 29, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Will McCormick.) 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...

How staff at the College prepared for the changes that came with campus closure

How staff at the College prepared for the changes that came with campus closure

April 15, 2020

In Director of Campus Safety and Security Dave Boyer’s three decades-long career at the College, no decision has been more significant than the move to remote learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I...

History professors reflect on historical trends relating to COVID-19, its future significance

History professors reflect on historical trends relating to COVID-19, its future significance

April 15, 2020

(Drawing courtesy of Matthew Roychowdhury '21.) Whether we realize it or not, we are all currently living through a potentially transformational historical event. While it is difficult to gauge the...

“The hardest decision”: A look inside the weeks of deliberations that led to campus closure

April 1, 2020

Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4:21 p.m.: President of the College Maud S. Mandel sends an email to the entire campus community, titled, “Update: Williams prevention and preparedness measures for coronavirus.” At...

Andrew Quinn ’13 discusses career as speechwriter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Andrew Quinn ’13 discusses career as speechwriter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

February 26, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW QUINN.Andrew Quinn ’13 has worked with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a speechwriter for the past two years. Andrew Quinn ’13 did not plan on becoming a...

“The Cult” explores spirituality in nature

“The Cult” explores spirituality in nature

February 19, 2020

BELLAMY RICHARDSON/THE WILLIAMS RECORDNoah Savage ’21, founder of the Cult, draws a rune using charcoal from the club’s first meeting. A new club at the College that calls itself “the Cult”...

One in Two Thousand: Ronni Ramos '23

One in Two Thousand: Ronni Ramos ’23

February 12, 2020

Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College. So long as the owner of the selected unix is on campus, willing to be interviewed and not a member of the Record board,...

Entry “4mal” combines  Paris and Fortnite

Entry “4mal” combines Paris and Fortnite

January 29, 2020

The Armstrong-Pratt 4 entry poses for a photo before their formal. The theme was “a 4tnite in Paris.” PHOTO COURTESY OF PETROS MARKOPOULOS.  A Fortnite-themed backdrop adorned the wall of...

One in Two Thousand: Petra Baldwin '21

One in Two Thousand: Petra Baldwin ’21

January 29, 2020

ETHAN DINÇER/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College. So long as the owner of the selected unix is on campus, willing to be interviewed...

Local Ephs discuss experiences

Local Ephs discuss experiences

December 6, 2019

Williamstown native Niku Darafshi ’21 works at Lickety Split, a job she has held since before college. (Photo courtesy of Niku Darafshi) Williamstown native Niku Darafshi ’21 does whatever she...

Peter Elbow ’57 reflects on development of freewriting

November 13, 2019

“If your pencil stops moving, the room is gonna blow up. Just keep writing,” Peter Elbow ’57 said, describing the practice of “freewriting.”  Elbow pioneered freewriting in the early...

Zilkha Center starts Food Justice Week and Beyond

Zilkha Center starts Food Justice Week and Beyond

October 30, 2019

As part of Food Justice Week and Beyond, students participated in a sustainable cooking workshop. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record) Many environmentally focused events have popped up around campus...

Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94 writes music for ‘Frozen 2’

Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94 writes music for ‘Frozen 2’

October 23, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94 and her husband Robert Lopez won the Best Original Song Academy Award for “Let It Go,” from the Frozen soundtrack. With Frozen...

Chess boxing: students spar with strikes and smarts

Chess boxing: students spar with strikes and smarts

October 23, 2019

Gaston Aime ’23, Matias Enriquez ’23 and Yuichi Fukunaga ’23 prepare ramen for a club meeting. (Photo courtesy of @williamschessboxing.) This fall, Gaston Aime ’23 and Matias Enriquez ’23...

JAs receive new housing benefit

JAs receive new housing benefit

October 23, 2019

In the 2019-2020 housing lottery, which began last week with the co-op lottery, all groups with at least one Junior Advisor (JA) will receive two pick numbers and use only the better of the two. The benefit,...

Seniors study away

Seniors study away

October 9, 2019

Many juniors choose to take breaks from the Purple Bubble to study away and return refreshed for their senior years. But each year, a handful of seniors decide that their penultimate semester is instead...

Lour Yasin ’23 bridges East, West through unique pop music

Lour Yasin ’23 bridges East, West through unique pop music

September 18, 2019

Photo courtesy of Tali Natter. Lour Yasin ’23 is an international musician from Palestine. A guitarist, singer and composer, Lour mixes Arabic and English as well as Eastern and Western music styles.  How...

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