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Gabe Miller, College News Editor

Gabe Miller ’25 is a prospective political economy major from Mamaroneck, N.Y. He is a section editor for the news section. He previously served as a staff writer.

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Students will now be allowed to work at the College for a maximum of 20 hours per week instead of 10. (Tali Natter/The Williams Record)

College raises student weekly work limit to 20 hours, TA positions to become hourly

May 7, 2022
Effective for the next academic year, the College will raise the limit on the number of hours students can work on campus to 20 hours per week from the previous 10 hour limit, convert teaching assistant (TA) jobs to hourly positions, and allow paid residential leadership position holders, including Junior Advisors (JAs), House Coordinators (HCs), and Residential Directors (RDs) to hold other paid on-campus positions.
Staff at the testing center in Greylock Hall. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

College reports 26 new cases on Wednesday

April 27, 2022
On Wednesday, the College reported 20 new student cases and six new faculty and staff positive cases. 1140 new tests were added to the COVID dashboard on Wednesday, bringing the number of positive tests in the past seven days to 56. These cases bring the College’s weekly positivity rate to 1.91%.
Staff at the testing center in Greylock Hall. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

College reports 26 new COVID-19 cases

April 20, 2022
On Wednesday, the College reported 21 new student cases and five new faculty and staff positive cases.  1104 new tests were added to the COVID dashboard on Wednesday, bringing the number of positive tests since the start of last week to 92.  Today’s cases bring the College’s weekly positivity rate to 2.7%.
Students permitted to unmask in class — at the discretion of their professors

Students permitted to unmask in class — at the discretion of their professors

April 13, 2022
For the first time in more than two years, students will be able to unmask during class.
College admits 8.5 percent of applicants to Class of 2026

College admits 8.5 percent of applicants to Class of 2026

April 13, 2022
The College admitted 1048 prospective students to the Class of 2026 through the regular decision process on March 18, according to Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services Liz Creighton ’01.
One in Two Thousand: Henry Wieman ’25

One in Two Thousand: Henry Wieman ’25

March 16, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Henry Wieman ’25, who discussed their nicknames, Newark, Del., and their involvement in campus groups.
In-person Williams Previews returns after three years

In-person Williams Previews returns after three years

March 16, 2022
For the first time since 2019, students admitted to the College will be invited to campus for Williams Previews programming. The College will host in-person programming on April 11 and virtual programming on April 14 and 15 for admitted students who are not able to visit campus, Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services Liz Creighton ’01 wrote in an email to the Record.
College raises comprehensive fee for the 2022-23 school year

College raises comprehensive fee for the 2022-23 school year

March 9, 2022
The 2022-2023 comprehensive fee will be $77,300, a three-and-a-half percent increase from 2021-2022. This figure includes tuition, housing, meals, and mandatory student fees.
(Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

WSU spring semester election fills all 12 seats for first time

March 2, 2022
For the first time in its five-semester-long history, the Williams Student Union (WSU) has filled all 12 — three of each class year — of its seats following the elections for the Spring 2022 term. The elected representatives for the upcoming term are Argenis Herrera ’22, Aidan Lloyd-Tucker ’22, Kevin Yang ’22, Manny Copeland ’23, Caitlin Han ’23, Yunjin Park ’23, Samir Ahmed ’24, Gwyn Chilcoat ’24, Jay Kim ’24, Quinn Casey ’25, Shoshie Hemley ’25, and Bobby Verhey ’25.
College relaxes masking requirements

College relaxes masking requirements

February 28, 2022
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated and boosted students, faculty, and staff are allowed to unmask in indoor athletics facilities, academic and administrative buildings, and at events that are open only to members of the campus community, Chief Communications Director Jim Reische announced in an all-campus email today.
Both Long and Siniawer are currently professors of history at the College (Photos courtesy of Williams College).

Incoming Dean Long and Provost Siniawer consider priorities, expectations

February 23, 2022
Professors of History Gretchen Long and Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97 spoke with the Record about their eagerness to serve as the next Dean of the College and Provost, respectively, the selection process, and their priorities.
College awards tenure to eight faculty members

College awards tenure to eight faculty members

February 9, 2022
The Board of Trustees approved the promotion of eight assistant professors to associate professorships with tenure at its Jan. 21 meeting: Matthew Chao, economics; José Constantine, geosciences; Christophe Koné, German; Joel Lee, anthropology; Ralph Morrison ’10, mathematics; Justin Shaddock, philosophy; Daniel Turek, statistics; and Aaron Williams, computer science. These appointments will take effect on July 1.
Faculty, staff base pay increases by 3 percent

Faculty, staff base pay increases by 3 percent

January 26, 2022
Inflation has made its way to Williamstown. Faculty and staff salaries raised 3 percent to combat rising prices, Provost Love announced on Dec. 14.
College admits 255 students to Class of 2026 through early decision

College admits 255 students to Class of 2026 through early decision

December 20, 2021
The College accepted 255 students — 31.3 percent of applicants — to the Class of 2026 through this year’s early decision admissions process on Dec. 10. This year’s acceptance rate is down from the 33 percent acceptance rate for last year’s early decision and 37 percent the year before.
Leaky truck causes chemical spill on Routes 2, 7, 8

Leaky truck causes chemical spill on Routes 2, 7, 8

December 8, 2021
A spill of aluminum sulfate — a water treatment chemical that can be toxic when ingested by humans or animals — along Routes 2, 7, and 8 closed Route 7 from Sand Springs Road in Williamstown to Pownal, Vt., on Saturday morning. The closure lasted from 6:29 a.m. to 11 a.m.
(Sabrine Brismeur/The Williams Record)

’68 Center resumes allocating Career Access Fund

December 8, 2021
The ’68 Center for Career Exploration on Dec. 6 ended a months-long pause on the Career Access Fund (CAF), which provides financial support for expenses arising from career preparation, internship and job interviews, and graduate studies preparation. 
College eliminates summer earnings requirement from financial aid

College eliminates summer earnings requirement from financial aid

November 10, 2021
Beginning this summer, the College will eliminate the summer earnings requirement from financial aid calculations. This policy change will lower the average family contribution by $6,000 over a student’s four years on campus and will apply to all financial aid recipients.
Amherst announced that they would end legacy admissions and expand their financial aid program. (Photo courtesy of WikiCommons.)

End to legacy admissions preference at Amherst raises question: Should Williams follow suit?

October 27, 2021
Amherst announced on Oct. 20 that it will end legacy preference in admissions and expand its financial aid programs. As Williams' fiercest rival makes moves that it says will increase institutional equity, eyes turn to whether Williams should follow in its peer’s footsteps.
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