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Cameron Pugh, Arts Editor

Cameron Pugh ’23 is an English and American studies major, and Africana studies concentrator, from Port Saint Lucie, Fla. He is a section editor for arts.

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All content by Cameron Pugh
The prospectus, if approved, will centralize AAS in its own department and hire two new faculty members — one junior and one senior — both with Full Time Equivalents (FTE) solely in AAS. (Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

Professors submit proposal for Asian American studies program

November 10, 2021
Associate Professor of American Studies Jan Padios and Chair of American Studies Dorothy Wang submitted a prospectus to create an Asian American studies (AAS) program last Sunday. The prospectus details the steps the College should take to establish a viable AAS program and is the latest push for AAS after nearly three decades of activism.
The College will begin designing a new museum to be located at the site of the old Williams Inn. (Sarah Lindenman/The Williams Record)

College plans to relocate WCMA to site of old Williams Inn, enters design phase for new building

November 2, 2021
On Oct. 8, the Board of Trustees voted to relocate WCMA to a new building at the intersection of Routes 2 and 7 — where the former Williams Inn stood until its demolition in 2020. The College is set to complete the new building by 2026.
The Clark Art Institute was one of three local institutions to announce a vaccine mandate.

Local arts institutions to require proof of vaccination for visitors

October 26, 2021
The Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA will require visitors to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 starting Nov. 1, the Clark announced on Oct. 13. Images Cinema will follow suit starting Nov. 5.
Sullivan, who likes to be known as “Sully,” has worked in public safety for 13 years. (Photo courtesy of Eric Sullivan.)

Eric Sullivan hired as new director of CSS

September 21, 2021
Eric Sullivan will replace Dave Boyer as director of Campus Safety Services starting Sept. 27. Sullivan’s hiring comes as the College community grapples with questions surrounding racism and police misconduct in Williamstown and nationally.
(Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Summer students struggle with meal plans, lack of financial support

September 14, 2021
More than 500 students lived on campus this summer and many expressed frustration with the College’s approach to summer meal plans, saying that they were too expensive and did not provide enough food — issues that disproportionately affected low-income students.
A shelf for custom jewelry was one of many that could be found through the show, displaying bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made from a variety of materials. (Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Bux Vintage hosts youth art show, donates proceeds to Elizabeth Freeman Center

August 17, 2021
When 20-year-old artist Karen Magnusdottir McComish walked into Bux Vintage, a recently opened pop-up thrift store on Spring Street, wearing a blouse they had crocheted themselves, owner Paula Buxbaum got an idea.
(Photo courtesy of John Murphy.)

Artists of the Class of 2021

May 19, 2021
In recognition of the graduating seniors in studio art, music, and theatre, the Record created a brief series of artist features. The artists offered their thoughts on their senior projects, recitals, or theses, and their experiences as artists at the College.
(Photo courtesy of Chris Sewell ’05.)

Associate Dean Chris Sewell ’05 to leave College in June for New York startup

May 19, 2021
Associate Dean of Students Chris Sewell ’05 will leave the College to take a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) position with the New York City startup Praxis Labs at the end of this semester, Senior Associate Dean of Students Rachel Bukanc announced in an email on May 14. Through research, data, and “immersive learning experiences, Praxis helps companies diversify their workforces and become more inclusive, according to their website.
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Madsen.)

One in Two Thousand: Amanda Madsen ’21

April 21, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Amanda Madsen ’21, who talked about her dog Rosie, being a member of the Ephlats, and how the pandemic has affected her senior year.
(Gelila Kassa/The Williams Record)

‘Fundamentally broken’: Professor, alums in music industry discuss the Grammys’ lack of diversity and relevance

March 17, 2021
Black Lives Matter–related songs took the stage at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on March 14, with performances like Lil Baby’s autobiographical protest rap “The Bigger Picture” and Mickey Guyton’s country tune “Black Like Me.” This was somewhat of a break from the event’s history, which many view as one of slighting Black artists, particularly Black women.
Good Question A Cappella kicked off its virtual concert with a full-group rendition of “Fireflies” by Owl City, one of several songs that the group worked on in the fall. (Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Arts and performance groups host events to liven up quarantine

February 17, 2021
As students returned to campus and began their in-room quarantines during this past week, registered student organizations like Williams Photography Club, Good Question A Cappella, and Ritmo Latino filled the extra downtime with art. They led events as part of the College’s Quarantine’s Cozy Comforts series, which offered quarantine-friendly programming organized by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Songs, movies, and more that made quarantine go quicker

Songs, movies, and more that made quarantine go quicker

February 10, 2021
With our unusually long winter break and upcoming in-room quarantine, the Record compiled art recommendations from students at the College via Instagram. For those students studying remotely this semester or taking time off, we hope that these recommendations help you stay connected to the College community, no matter where you are. From cartoons to crafts and everything in between, we hope you enjoy!
Jamie Tarses ’85 died at 56 in her home in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo courtesy of Kathy Hutchins.

Jamie Tarses ’85, groundbreaking TV executive and producer, dies at 56

February 4, 2021
Jamie Tarses ’85, a trailblazing TV executive and the first woman to run a network entertainment division, died on Feb. 1 at her home in Los Angeles, Calif. She was 56. A family spokesperson reported that she suffered complications after a recent cardiac event, according to Deadline.
Mt. Greylock Regional High School (Niku Darafshi ’21, The Williams  Record)

Racist Zoom attack at Mt. Greylock HS targets College employees’ child

Incident reignites broader concerns over racism in Williamstown
January 31, 2021
The child of College employees was the target of a racist, anti-Black Zoom-bombing attack during a Mount Greylock Regional High School (MGRHS) class on Jan. 21. A student from another school district subsequently took responsibility for the attack following an investigation by MGRHS.
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