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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...

Remote entry brings together 73 first-years from around the world

Remote entry brings together 73 first-years from around the world

October 7, 2020

This year, the entry experience has moved online for remote students. (Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record) I made many predictions for my freshman year, but making my first college friends over Zoom was...

College slightly loosens travel restrictions, increases testing to twice weekly

College slightly loosens travel restrictions, increases testing to twice weekly

September 30, 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...

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