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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...

For Devon Parfait ’22, future chief of Louisiana Native American tribe, geosciences is personal

For Devon Parfait ’22, future chief of Louisiana Native American tribe, geosciences is personal

December 9, 2020

As future chief of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, located in Louisiana, Devon Parfait ’22 regularly contemplates problems facing his tribal community such as coastal land...

In virtual format, annual ‘Rein-Pet’ Parade marches on

In virtual format, annual ‘Rein-Pet’ Parade marches on

December 9, 2020

Every December, the Williamstown Holiday Walk ushers in the holiday season with a wide variety of events, which last year ranged from a tag sale to a screening of Elf. The centerpiece of it all, and my...

Spotlight on Research: Anjuli Raza Kolb examines history of calling Islamism a ‘virus,’ ‘contagion’

Spotlight on Research: Anjuli Raza Kolb examines history of calling Islamism a ‘virus,’ ‘contagion’

December 9, 2020

Having written the book pre-pandemic, Professor of English Anjuli Raza Kolb said that it is suddenly about "the thing that's happening all around us." (Photo courtesy of Anjuli Raza Kolb.) Even before...

Packing up and saying goodbye: A dorm-room photo series

Packing up and saying goodbye: A dorm-room photo series

November 25, 2020

https://williamsrecord.com/snowball/packing-up-and-saying-goodbye-a-dorm-room-photo-series/

Student-led summer initiatives continue to give back to the Williamstown community

Student-led summer initiatives continue to give back to the Williamstown community

November 25, 2020

Emily Tibbetts ’20 and Eliza Bower ’20 of Williams for Williamstown (W4W) deliver food from the Purple Pub in Williamstown to Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) in Pittsfield. (Photo courtesy of Eliza...

One in Two Thousand: Raquel ‘Rocky’ Livingston ’21

One in Two Thousand: Raquel ‘Rocky’ Livingston ’21

November 25, 2020

Photo courtesy of Raquel Livingston. Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature. As long as the owner of a selected...

This Week in Williams History: President Taft, Pink Floyd, ‘lice condoms’

This Week in Williams History: President Taft, Pink Floyd, ‘lice condoms’

November 18, 2020

“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, three guests visited the College:...

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...

With the power of anime on his side, Antony Chen ’24 finds TikTok fame

With the power of anime on his side, Antony Chen ’24 finds TikTok fame

November 18, 2020

Antony Chen ’24, who has millions of TikTok followers, makes videos in his Mission single. (Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record.) Millions of people around the world have seen TikTok content creator...

Radio Dramas debuts, first production since pandemic

Radio Dramas debuts, first production since pandemic

November 13, 2020

Poster courtesy of Nicolle Mac Williams ’21.5. Tonight, the theatre department will present Radio Dramas, a series of short pre-recorded radio plays selected from Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365...

Panel explores history of Stockbridge-Munsee in the Berkshires

Panel explores history of Stockbridge-Munsee in the Berkshires

November 11, 2020

Assistant Professor of History Christine DeLucia discussed the local history of the Stockbridge-Munsee people, and how the town engages with this history, at a Zoom panel last Thursday. (Kiara Royer/The...

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...

College partners with Warrior-Scholar Project to support student veterans

College partners with Warrior-Scholar Project to support student veterans

November 11, 2020

Brittany Andrade, a seven-year U.S. Army veteran, attended the Warrior-Scholar Project's virtual boot camp at Williams this summer before enrolling at Vassar College. (Photo courtesy of the Warrior-Scholar...

Students face screen apnea from virtual classes

Students face screen apnea from virtual classes

November 4, 2020

Devika Goel/The Williams Record Check in with your breath right now. Are you breathing deeply, fully? Or are you breathing shallowly, perhaps even holding your breath? The latter might point...

Translation Project helps immigrants with legal documents

Translation Project helps immigrants with legal documents

November 4, 2020

“I’m an immigrant myself,” María Román ’22 said. “I lived in Colombia for 11 years and then I moved here, and my family has had to go through the USCIS process.”  Román is a coordinator...

Staff members start Spring Street hot dog stand

Staff members start Spring Street hot dog stand

November 4, 2020

Hazell’s Hot Dog Stand is run by soon-to-be-married couple CJ Hazell and Brittany Lillie, both dining services workers at the College. (Tina Zheng/The Williams Record.) On a warm fall day on Spring...

Affinity groups build social connection despite social distancing

Affinity groups build social connection despite social distancing

November 4, 2020

Affinity groups have turned to game nights, Zoom discussions, social media and more to maintain community under campus restrictions. (Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record) Williams students have found...

Survey provides snapshot of student opinion on election: strong disapproval of Trump, high turnout, and COVID-19 at the forefront

Survey provides snapshot of student opinion on election: strong disapproval of Trump, high turnout, and COVID-19 at the forefront

November 3, 2020

On Monday, Oct. 26, the Record sent out an anonymous survey to the entire student body asking questions about the U.S. presidential election. The results indicate overwhelming disapproval of President...

Spotlight on Research: Elizabeth Wellman investigates intersection of international migration, electoral politics

Spotlight on Research: Elizabeth Wellman investigates intersection of international migration, electoral politics

October 28, 2020

Visiting Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Wellman studies the intersection of international migration and electoral politics. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Wellman.) “Senegal has 750 polling...

One in Two Thousand: Francesca D’Arista

One in Two Thousand: Francesca D’Arista

October 28, 2020

Photo courtesy of Francesca D’Arista. Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature. As long as the owner of a selected...

BREAKING: Staff member receives hateful letter at their home

BREAKING: Staff member receives hateful letter at their home

October 23, 2020

A staff member has been sent a hateful letter at their home targeting them based on their race and sexual orientation, President Maud S. Mandel announced tonight in an all-campus email. The email...

Studying remotely can be hard. From another time zone, it’s even harder.

Studying remotely can be hard. From another time zone, it’s even harder.

October 21, 2020

Lea Obermüller ’24 (right) is enrolled remotely from Munich, Germany — six hours ahead of EDT. “Engagement with the community is a bit difficult because most of the activities happen during my...

Students develop Twitter bot to track campus’ COVID-19 updates

Students develop Twitter bot to track campus’ COVID-19 updates

October 21, 2020

As the fall semester approached, Nathan Thimothe ’22 and Gavin Li ’22 saw an inefficiency in the College’s “COVID-19 dashboard”  — and with it, an opportunity.  The statistics on...

NESCAC cancels competitions for winter sports

NESCAC cancels competitions for winter sports

October 8, 2020

Varsity teams will not compete this winter, President Maud S. Mandel and Athletic Director Lisa Melendy announced in an all-campus email this afternoon, half an hour after the presidents of the 11 NESCAC...

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...

Prof’s Corner: New WEPO Director Steven Swoap

Prof’s Corner: New WEPO Director Steven Swoap

October 7, 2020

Professor of Biology Steven Swoap brought his dog, Daisy, with him to Oxford. (Virginia Ontiveros/The Williams Record) Daisy, Professor of Biology Steven Swoap’s beautiful Goldendoodle, is 34 inches...

Crafting a community mine-set: founders of Williams Minecraft server aim to recreate campus

Crafting a community mine-set: founders of Williams Minecraft server aim to recreate campus

October 7, 2020

During the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders of COVID-19’s first wave in the spring of 2020, a distinct trend spread among college students quarantined at home: building virtual campuses on Minecraft...

College slightly loosens travel restrictions, increases testing to twice weekly

College slightly loosens travel restrictions, increases testing to twice weekly

October 1, 2020

Beginning Oct. 5, students will be able to travel for limited purposes in the zone indicated on this map, which Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom linked to in her all-campus email. (Screenshot by...

Brian Hirshman ’06 revealed the true story behind the 'B+' on Amherst College's football field. (Photo courtesy of Brian Hirshman.)

The most interesting man on Willipedia

September 30, 2020

Brian Hirshman ’06 revealed the true story behind the 'B+' on Amherst College's football field. (Photo courtesy of Brian Hirshman.) In the digital nooks and crannies of Willipedia, one name keeps...

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;...

A meme in the “Williams memes for sun-dappled tweens” Facebook group discusses the College’s sudden profusion of finance clubs. (Meme courtesy of Onder Kilinc ’23.)

New clubs aim to battle inequities in finance

September 23, 2020

A meme in the “Williams memes for sun-dappled tweens” Facebook group discusses the College’s sudden profusion of finance clubs. (Meme courtesy of Onder Kilinc ’23.) A post in the “Williams...

One in Two Thousand: Amelia Montagnino ’24

One in Two Thousand: Amelia Montagnino ’24

September 23, 2020

Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature. As long as the owner of a selected unix is willing to be interviewed and is...

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...

One in Two Thousand: Jakin Miller ’24

One in Two Thousand: Jakin Miller ’24

September 16, 2020

(Irene Loewenson/The Williams Record) Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature. As long as the owner of a selected...

Professors, administrators plan to take part in Scholar Strike for racial justice in academia

Professors, administrators plan to take part in Scholar Strike for racial justice in academia

September 7, 2020

Weeks following a tweet from University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler on Aug. 26 reading “I would be down as a professor to follow the NBA and Strike for a few days to protest police violence...

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...

What the fall semester’s health guidelines will look like — and how the College will maintain them

What the fall semester’s health guidelines will look like — and how the College will maintain them

July 7, 2020

(Graphic by Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record.) Though students have been invited back to Williamstown for the fall semester, the campus that awaits them will be dramatically different from the one they...

Mandel outlines College’s commitment to racial justice, faces renewed criticism

Mandel outlines College’s commitment to racial justice, faces renewed criticism

June 18, 2020

After more than two weeks of pressure from students, alums and other members of the College community, President Maud S. Mandel released on Friday an outline of actionable steps the College will take...

Class of 2020 Prizes and Fellowships

Class of 2020 Prizes and Fellowships

June 8, 2020

Arthur Judson Prize in Music: Yeojin Choi, Hannah Gruendemann, and Tiffany Tien Arthur Kaufmann, Class of 1899, Prize in English: Calen Firedancing Bruce Sanderson, Class of 1956, Prize in...

Race, Injustice, Black Lives Matter: Recommended reading from faculty and staff

Race, Injustice, Black Lives Matter: Recommended reading from faculty and staff

June 3, 2020

https://williamsrecord.com/snowball/race-injustice-black-lives-matter-recommended-reading-from-faculty-and-staff/

The heart of injustice

The heart of injustice

June 2, 2020

As I share into this space, I do so with trepidation.  My hesitancy is not from the fear of saying the wrong thing, but from the feeling that I am unsure of my right to say much of anything...

Giebien Na ’20 is the College’s first quadruple major

Giebien Na ’20 is the College’s first quadruple major

May 23, 2020

Giebien Na has taken five courses per semester since his sophomore year.(Photo courtesy of Giebien Na, taken by Shaheen Currimjee.) Giebien Na ’20 did not expect to graduate as the first-ever quadruple...

Photo courtesy of Williams College.

21 in 550: Four years of interviews with the Class of 2020

May 23, 2020

https://williamsrecord.com/snowball/21-in-550-four-years-of-interviews-with-the-class-of-2020

Four takeaways from Friday’s email to faculty on appointments and promotions

Four takeaways from Friday’s email to faculty on appointments and promotions

May 22, 2020

As the College works to cut costs to weather the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) has been discussing sabbaticals, hiring, tenure decisions...

Many students are considering taking semesters off or gap years. The College will let them. 

Many students are considering taking semesters off or gap years. The College will let them. 

May 13, 2020

Graphic by Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record Abby Shen ’24 was disappointed when Previews, the on-campus program for admitted students, was made virtual. And she was disappointed when her high school...

Ninja Sex Party’s Brian Wecht ’97 talks rings, physics and musical comedy

Ninja Sex Party’s Brian Wecht ’97 talks rings, physics and musical comedy

May 13, 2020

When Brian Wecht ’97 lost his high school class ring while living in Gladden his junior year, he didn’t think much of it. The ring was bulky and ornately carved, with a hefty green gemstone embedded...

Students win Berkshire Symphony soloist competition

Students win Berkshire Symphony soloist competition

May 13, 2020

 “I didn’t want to just listen to the music and be amazed by it. I wanted to create it for myself,” said Emily Ham ’22, a mezzo-soprano who takes voice lessons, attends the opera workshop...

Hundreds support Williamstown through remote fun run

Hundreds support Williamstown through remote fun run

May 9, 2020

Professor of Economics Sara LaLumia (top left) ran a half-marathon in Williamstown for the recent Williams for Williamstown fun run. In Punta Gorda, Fla., Marshall Lapidus ’60 (top right) speed-walked...

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...

Five takeaways from senior staff’s call with families

Five takeaways from senior staff’s call with families

April 30, 2020

(Graphic by Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record) President Maud S. Mandel and several of her senior staff held an open phone call for Williams families on Monday to provide information about the College’s...

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...

(Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Physics Charlie Doret '02.)

Photo series: Faculty work from home

April 29, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Physics Charlie Doret '02.)(Photo courtesy of Artist-in-Residence in Dance Erica Dankmeyer '91.)(Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Biology David Loehlin.)(Photo...

Record Recs: (Free) '50s classics, Westerns old & new

Record Recs: (Free) ’50s classics, Westerns old & new

April 29, 2020

With less than a month until classes end, students may be wondering how they’ll pass the time without lectures to fast-forward through and Zoom seminars to attend. If you’re one of them, you’re...

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...

Kirstin Mapes ’21 withdraws from spring classes, eyeing final softball season

Kirstin Mapes ’21 withdraws from spring classes, eyeing final softball season

April 29, 2020

Kirstin Mapes ’21, formerly a member of the Class of 2020, will return for the Ephs next year after withdrawing from the remainder of her classes this spring. (Photo courtesy of Williams Sports Information.) Ever...

Storytime persists. (The cookies are D.I.Y.)

Storytime persists. (The cookies are D.I.Y.)

April 25, 2020

Storytime has continued to offer ways for community members to share stories, including through a weekly virtual event held on Zoom. (Drawing by Matthew Roychowdhury ’21.) The Storytime talk given...

Psychology department to join Division III

Psychology department to join Division III

April 22, 2020

The psychology department will join Division III starting in the fall of 2021. (Photo courtesy of Shaheen Currimjee '20). The psychology department will change its curricular affiliation from Division...

‘We’re places where people gather’: Clark, MASS MoCA adapt to COVID-19 closures

‘We’re places where people gather’: Clark, MASS MoCA adapt to COVID-19 closures

April 22, 2020

Although the Clark Art Institute has temporarily closed, its 140-acre campus remains open. (Alice Qu/The Williams Record) The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Clark Art...

Chaplains offer spiritual support, albeit no longer in person

Chaplains offer spiritual support, albeit no longer in person

April 22, 2020

In the weeks since the College transitioned to online learning, members of the College community scattered across the globe have continued to attend weekly meditation, services and Passover seders —...

College announces changes to financial planning, summer plans, course pre-registration

College announces changes to financial planning, summer plans, course pre-registration

April 15, 2020

A series of emails sent out by the College over the past week has detailed further plans for how the College will adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first email, sent on April 9 by Provost...

Creative classes find creative solutions

Creative classes find creative solutions

April 15, 2020

Art supplies were mailed to all students in Worldbuilding for Theatre (Photo courtesy of Caroline Fairweather ’20). “It’s like Christmas, but I’m stuck in my house and my degree got cut short,”...

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...

Faculty are given option to pause tenure review process

Faculty are given option to pause tenure review process

April 15, 2020

In light of the disruptions to academic life posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, untenured faculty now have the option to defer their reappointment or tenure review process by one year. The choice has been...

Dr. Richard Besser ’81, former acting director of the CDC, reflects on COVID-19 and his career since Williams

Dr. Richard Besser ’81, former acting director of the CDC, reflects on COVID-19 and his career since Williams

April 8, 2020

Dr. Richard Besser '81 worked as the acting director of the CDC in 2009.(Photo courtesy of Richard Besser.) Dr. Richard Besser ’81 said he met his wife during his “first outbreak,” a...

Classes resume in new remote format

Classes resume in new remote format

April 8, 2020

Students and faculty have made the transition to remote learning in the wake of the closure of campuses across the country. (Alice Qu/The Williams Record) Classes resumed remotely on Monday, plunging...

Creatives in quarantine: CJ Salapare ’20

Creatives in quarantine: CJ Salapare ’20

April 8, 2020

CJ Salapare ’20, standing in Tempelhofer Field in Berlin, Germany. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Yu.) There is something in a nationwide quarantine that, for many Americans, reconfigures their collective...

In Other Ivory Towers: Racist incident at Amherst College sparks #IntegrateAmherst movement

In Other Ivory Towers: Racist incident at Amherst College sparks #IntegrateAmherst movement

April 8, 2020

The main quad at Amherst. Students have called for their school to take action in the wake of a racist incident involving members of the men’s lacrosse team. (Photo courtesy of David Emmerman/Wikimedia...

John M. Gibson ’42, central Pa. civic leader and nonprofit board member, dies at 99

John M. Gibson ’42, central Pa. civic leader and nonprofit board member, dies at 99

April 3, 2020

Gibson, donning a purple and yellow tie and a Class of 1942 pin, celebrated his 75th Reunion at the College in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Alumni Relations.) John M. Gibson ’42, a retired central Pennsylvania...

Adam Schlesinger ’89, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and acclaimed songwriter, dies at 52

Adam Schlesinger ’89, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and acclaimed songwriter, dies at 52

April 2, 2020

Schlesinger in concert in 2006. In addition to founding the power pop band Fountains of Wayne with a Williams classmate, Schlesinger wrote songs for a variety of artists, movies, TV shows and theatrical...

Students find creative ways to stay in touch while off-campus

Students find creative ways to stay in touch while off-campus

April 1, 2020

Just hours had passed since the deadline for most students to pack up their belongings and leave campus when Nate Orluk ’22 took to the student group chat titled “the greatest food in the world,” which...

College halts construction projects as worker raises safety concerns

College halts construction projects as worker raises safety concerns

April 1, 2020

Construction on the North Science Building project, along with the Fort Bradshaw project, has been suspended. One worker on the project had told iBerkshires.com that other workers had been exposed to...

IWS adjusts offerings as pandemic poses challenges to mental health

IWS adjusts offerings as pandemic poses challenges to mental health

April 1, 2020

Beginning April 6, Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) will provide remote transition planning sessions in which students can work with therapists to assess their current or anticipated need for mental...

Libraries suspend most in-person operations

Libraries suspend most in-person operations

April 1, 2020

The libraries have ceased the majority of their in-person activity, including the services that had allowed users to request books for pickup. (Kevin Zhang Yang/The Williams Record) Sawyer and Schow...

Admissions office adjusts to pandemic as it admits Class of 2024

Admissions office adjusts to pandemic as it admits Class of 2024

March 25, 2020

The new virtual tour is one of several ways the Office of Admission is attempting to make up for the cancelation of Previews, the on-campus program for admitted students. (Screenshot from the Office...

Students search for love with return of Ephmatch during final days on campus

Students search for love with return of Ephmatch during final days on campus

March 25, 2020

While hundreds of students stood on the Paresky steps and screamed to express their intense emotions after the College announced its switch to online learning due to COVID-19, many students were preoccupied...

Faculty, staff couples share their stories

Faculty, staff couples share their stories

March 11, 2020

NIGEL JAFFE/THE WILLIAMS RECORDScott and Bernice Lewis met in Arizona, and have taken a group of students to the Grand Canyon every year since 1994. We’ve all heard the famous statistic: since the...

Ephs discuss U.S. state stereotypes

Ephs discuss U.S. state stereotypes

March 11, 2020

“I feel like a lot of people think that the only places that exist in real life are New York, Massachusetts and California,” said Maximillian Peters ’23, one of the two current Ephs from South Dakota....

One in Two Thousand: Scott Fineberg

One in Two Thousand: Scott Fineberg

March 11, 2020

ETHAN DINÇER/THE WILLIAMS RECORD 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 on campus,...

The voice that closes Sawyer: an inside look at the ‘nerd bell’

The voice that closes Sawyer: an inside look at the ‘nerd bell’

March 11, 2020

Julie Henderson announces the nerd bell in Sawyer library at 2:30 a.m. (Jackson Hartigan/The Williams Record) A blaring voice closes the library at 2:30 a.m. every weeknight and at 10 p.m. every Friday...

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A taxidermy shelf on the fourth floor of the biology building is home to pufferfish and other specimens.

Taxidermy specimens reflect College’s history

March 4, 2020

RUSSELL BLAKEY/THE WILLIAMS RECORD A taxidermy shelf on the fourth floor of the biology building is home to pufferfish and other specimens. Locked in a cabinet on the top floor of Thompson Biology...

One in Two Thousand: Natalie Jean-Michel '23

One in Two Thousand: Natalie Jean-Michel ’23

March 4, 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...

Spotlight on Research: History professor Jessica Chapman tells stories of NCAA runners from Kenya

Spotlight on Research: History professor Jessica Chapman tells stories of NCAA runners from Kenya

March 4, 2020

Professor of History Jessica Chapman said she plans to return to Kenya in May. (Zoe Bank/The Williams Record) For decades, St. Patrick’s High School has graduated students who have broken world records...

KRISTEN BAYRAKDARIAN/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Mission’s Mardi Gras-themed dinner last week featured Southern cuisines such as gumbo and jambalaya.

Dining hosts themed dinners

March 4, 2020

KRISTEN BAYRAKDARIAN/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Mission’s Mardi Gras-themed dinner last week featured Southern cuisines such as gumbo and jambalaya. This past Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Mission...

PHOTO COURTESY OF MEREDITH WOLF
The Co-Star app provides a daily horoscope and star chart for users.

Students use Co-Star app for astrological advice

March 4, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF MEREDITH WOLF The Co-Star app provides a daily horoscope and star chart for users. A good friend of Ana Sofia Roldan ’23 called her without warning one night during fall semester....

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...

Student-led podcast shares stories of fellow international students

Student-led podcast shares stories of fellow international students

February 26, 2020

RUSSELL BLAKEY/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Podcasters Onder Kilinc ’23 and Harun Curak ’23 pose in their entry. Three weeks ago, Harun Curak ’23 and Onder Kilinc ’23 launched Cultures of Williams,...

One in Two Thousand: Argenis Herrera '22

One in Two Thousand: Argenis Herrera ’22

February 26, 2020

ALICE QU/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...

Renee’s Diner delights

Renee’s Diner delights

February 26, 2020

DAVID SHAKIROV/THE WILLIAMS RECORDAt Renee’s, the corned beef hash was too much for a football player. Nestled among North Adams’ backroads behind Route 2, Renee’s Diner offers unpretentious...

“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”...

Students find home in chapel basement

Students find home in chapel basement

February 19, 2020

STEPHANIE TENG/THE WILLIAMS RECORDStudents who call themselves Chapel Dwellers unwind in the warmth of Thompson Chapel’s basement. Warmth greets anyone who enters the basement in Thompson Memorial...

Ephs found cap company to fight climate change

Ephs found cap company to fight climate change

February 19, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF EARTH CAPS.Justin Adams ’22 models a rhino hat by Earth Caps, a student-run business. Peter Frelinghuysen ’22 and Michael “Misha” Medvedev ’22 have been friends since they...

First-years volunteer at  Williamstown fire department

First-years volunteer at Williamstown fire department

February 12, 2020

TAI HENRICHS/The Williams RecordGrant Gattuso, Will Titus and Jackson Anderson have attended firefighting trainings since January. Jackson Anderson ’23, Grant Gattuso ’23 and Will Titus ’23 lie...

New club promotes staff appreciation

New club promotes staff appreciation

February 12, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN HEUER.At a dinner held by new club Williams Appreciates Staff, Ryan Young ’22 addressed staff members. Lauren Heuer ’20 and Katherine Mahoney ’20 founded Williams Appreciates...

Spotlight on Research: Geosciences professor  Phoebe Cohen investigates beginning of life on Earth

Spotlight on Research: Geosciences professor Phoebe Cohen investigates beginning of life on Earth

February 12, 2020

ZOE BANK/THE WILLIAMS RECORDCohen received a $79,585 grant last April for her research in geosciences. How did life begin on Earth? Geoscientists have long used the theory of evolution to gain greater...

Chaplains' Corner

Chaplains’ Corner

February 12, 2020

Late last week, Judge Roy Moore, current and former US Senate candidate and former Alabama state Supreme Court justice, announced that his “Ten Commandments Monument” would be placed on the first...

Word on the Quad: If you could invite anyone to be next year’s Claiming Williams keynote speaker, who would it be?

February 12, 2020

"Feminista Jones" -Mia Herring '20 "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" - Nelly Lin-Schweitzer '21 "Sonia Sotomayor" - Clarissa Dominguez '22 "Greta Thunberg" - Raphael Rakosi-Schmidt '23

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,...

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