The Williams Record

Bellamy Richardson, Managing Editor

Bellamy Richardson ’23 is an English major and Jewish studies concentrator from New York, N.Y. She is a managing editor. She previously served as the executive editor for features and as a section editor for the features section.

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Four in Two Thousand: Joey Fox ’21, Sofie Jones ’22, Irene Loewenson ’22, and Kevin Yang ’22

Four in Two Thousand: Joey Fox ’21, Sofie Jones ’22, Irene Loewenson ’22, and Kevin Yang ’22

May 11, 2022
For the last regular issue of the spring semester, current managing editor Bellamy Richardson ’23 sat down the former Record management team — with Fox on Zoom — to discuss their experiences leading the Record online-only last spring and returning to print last fall.
Photo courtesy of Williams College English Department.

College remembers late Professor of English Walter Johnston

May 11, 2022
Former Visiting Professor of English Walter Johnston passed away on Jan. 12 at the age of 41.
Professor Andrea Danyluk, who was the first woman hired into the computer science faculty at the College, died on March 3. (Photo courtesy of the Williams Office of Communications.)

College remembers late computer science professor Andrea Danyluk

April 27, 2022
Professor of Computer Science Emerita Andrea Danyluk died on March 3 at the age of 59 after a long battle against pancreatic cancer.
College to launch nation’s first all-grant financial aid program

College to launch nation’s first all-grant financial aid program

April 13, 2022
The College will eliminate all loans, required work study, and summer earnings contributions from all students’ financial aid packages effective fall 2022, becoming the first institution of higher education in the United States to do so, excluding military and work colleges.
‘Pioneer Williams women’: Female students’ experiences studying at the College before coeducation

‘Pioneer Williams women’: Female students’ experiences studying at the College before coeducation

March 16, 2022
The College didn’t fully welcome women until 1971, when the institution officially became coed. Yet there’s a lesser-known history of women learning at the College long before coeducation was ever on the horizon — women who studied alongside male students but did not receive degrees until years or decades later, if they received a degree at all. 
Hormonious Flo is a new app that offers an AI menstrual health coach that provides personalized suggestions based on the user’s age, cycle, and symptoms. (Image courtesy of Sasha Cayward.)

Sasha Cayward ’22 launches new menstrual health app

March 9, 2022
At the end of this month, Sasha Cayward ’22 and co-founder Alexis Abayomi will launch their new app, “Hormonious Flo,” which provides an AI menstrual health coach.
Antisemitic, racist flyers found in books in Sawyer

Antisemitic, racist flyers found in books in Sawyer

February 23, 2022
Copies of an antisemitic and racist flyer were found in history books in Sawyer Library on Feb. 15. After consulting the Libraries leadership team as well as Campus Safety Services (CSS) and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), Director of Libraries Jonathan Miller posted a sign in the Sawyer Library entrance condemning the flyers, which were made to look like Confederate States of America currency, and asking members of the College community to bring them to the library’s Access Services Desk if found.
Photo courtesy of Lemmy Evans.

Two in Two Thousand: Lemmy Evans ’23 and Petros Markopoulos ’23

February 16, 2022
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Record brings you its annual profile of a campus couple. This year, the Record interviewed Lemmy Evans ’23 and Petros Markopoulos ’23. I caught up with them to discuss how they appreciate each other’s cultures, their memories of cooking together, and their advice for fellow Ephs on Valentine’s Day. 
This Week in Williams History:  First female dean, Rock Fan removal, Paresky grand opening

This Week in Williams History: First female dean, Rock Fan removal, Paresky grand opening

February 9, 2022
This week in history, the College appointed its first female dean, removed the infamous Rock Fan from in front of Chapin Hall, and debuted the Paresky Center.
You’ve been summoned for jury duty — now what?

You’ve been summoned for jury duty — now what?

January 26, 2022
If you live in Massachusetts for at least 50 percent of the year, you are eligible for jury duty, which means most students at the College are eligible and required to serve in response to a summons. But what happens when a busy college student actually gets summoned for jury duty?
College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

December 30, 2021
The first week of classes and events during Winter Study will be held remotely, and students will quarantine in their dorm rooms upon arrival to campus until they receive one negative COVID-19 test result, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email this morning. 
The College announced a change to twice weekly COVID testing for all students, which will take place on the second floor of Greylock Hall. (Kent Barbir/The Williams Record)

College announces stricter COVID policies for Winter Study

December 21, 2021
Winter Study will be held on campus with tighter COVID-19 restrictions, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced in an all-campus email this afternoon.
This week in Williams history: Stolen computer, PeopleSoft, bookstore plans

This week in Williams history: Stolen computer, PeopleSoft, bookstore plans

December 8, 2021
This week in history, the College suspended a student for stealing a computer, launched its new PeopleSoft system, and received support for its own bookstore.
Emma Levy ’20 (left) visited the College for Homecoming and got to see her friend, Cassidy Pawul ’22 (right). (Photo courtesy of Emma Levy.)

A long-awaited Homecoming: Class of 2020 returns to campus

November 10, 2021
The Class of 2020 had its senior spring cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this weekend, many members of the class came back to campus for Homecoming. Members of the Class of 2020 were able to enjoy a day back in the place they called home pre-pandemic.
The Sustainable Living Lab partnered with the Zilkha Center to host a sustainable Cider Day on Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy of Huijun Huang.)

TAPSI housing begins with single sustainability-themed house

November 3, 2021
The first Theme/Affinity/Program/Special Interest (TAPSI) house for upperclass students is the Sustainable Living Lab in Hubbell House. Despite difficulties in applying for and implementing affinity housing, members of the community are hopeful for a future where affinity housing becomes more prevalent and accessible.
(Bellamy Richardson/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Julian Speyer ’24

October 27, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Julian Speyer ’24, who talked about his gap year, his WCFM radio show, and acceptable slang.
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One in Two Thousand: Tajis Lyn ’25

October 20, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Tajis Lyn ’25, who talked about his family’s farm, playing on an intramural soccer team, and competing in “Super Smash Bros” tournaments.
This week in Williams history: Mission arson, Coming Out Week, fecal cleanups

This week in Williams history: Mission arson, Coming Out Week, fecal cleanups

October 20, 2021
“This Week in Williams History” is a column dedicated to looking back at memorable moments in the College’s past through articles in the Record. This week in history, the College dealt with an act of arson in the Mission parking lot, celebrated National Coming Out Week, and cleaned up a series of bio-crimes.
CSS confiscated Curren Flaherty’s tea kettle during room checks but left behind the power base. (Photo courtesy of Curren Flaherty.)

‘A sea of kettles’: What happens to items CSS confiscates for fire safety

September 29, 2021
Students parted ways with their tea kettles, rice cookers, hot plates, and heating lamps on Sept. 22 as members of CSS entered dorms to perform routine room checks.
This Week in Williams History: Frat reforms, library flasher, Forbert concert, Noam Chomsky

This Week in Williams History: Frat reforms, library flasher, Forbert concert, Noam Chomsky

September 22, 2021
“This Week in Williams History” is a column dedicated to looking back at memorable moments in the College’s past through articles in the Record. This week in history, Phi Delta Theta became the last fraternity on campus to end overtly racist and antisemitic fraternity rushing practices, an alleged flasher was chased by police outside Sawyer library, and Noam Chomsky visited the College.
Kirsten Rose ’94 competed on Jeopardy! in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kirsten Rose.)

Three Ephs reflect on ‘Jeopardy!’ experiences

April 21, 2021
Mike Furlanetto ’93, Kirsten Rose ’94, and Zach Safford ’09 have all shown off their trivia skills on Jeopardy! — Safford twice, almost a decade apart. These three alums spoke to the Record about their time on the show.
Seven sophomores picked into Mission this semester. From left to right: Brian Hernandez ’23, Mariana Hernandez ’23, Shiara Pyrrhus ’23, Hector Hernandez ’23, Kenneth Chiu ’23, Karla Mercedes ’23, and Morin Tinubu ’23. (Photo courtesy of Karla Mercedes.)

A re-entry experience: Non-JA upperclass students live in first-year housing

March 31, 2021
Due to this year’s pod system, some JAs chose to pull in non-JA, non-first-year friends to live in their pods. Additionally, other non-JA upperclass students — who were remote in the fall like Karla Mercedes '23 — were able to pick into some unoccupied rooms in Mission.
March 11, 2021 marks one year since the announcement of the campus shutdown due to COVID-19. (Graphic by Devika Goel.)

Students reflect on the year when COVID changed everything

March 10, 2021
One year ago this week, students received an email from President Maud S. Mandel that announced the campus closure and the transition to remote learning. That week, students wept, partied, spent time with friends, and said many goodbyes.
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...

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

“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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