The Williams Record

Izzy Polanco, Executive Editor for Sports and Staff Director

Izzy Polanco 25 is a prospective political science major and public health concentrator from Long Island, N.Y. She is the executive editor for sports and the staff director. She previously served as section editor for the sports section, and before that, as an arts staff writer. She can be reached via email at [email protected] and on Twitter at @izzypolanco.

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For a twenty-fifth consecutive year, community gathers in memory of Matt Stauffer ’96

For a twenty-fifth consecutive year, community gathers in memory of Matt Stauffer ’96

January 15, 2023
Family and friends of Matt Stauffer ’96 gather annually at the College in remembrance of the senior tri-captain of the men’s soccer team who passed away on Jan. 10, 1998 after a three-year battle with leukemia. On Jan. 10, 2023, the group gathered once again at the Rock to remember and honor Stauffer’s life, marking the 25th consecutive year that the group has reconnected.
The Ephs blazed past opponents, including the No. 1 ranked Messiah University Falcons, to advance to the title game. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Men’s soccer falls to UChicago 2-0 in NCAA Div. III National Championship game, ending Cinderella run

December 7, 2022
The University of Chicago Maroons (22–0–1) defeated the Ephs (10–2–11, 4–1–5 NESCAC) 2-0 in the NCAA Div. III National Championship game on Saturday, putting an end to the Ephs’ Cinderella run. The Ephs earned an at-large berth in the tournament and, after winning a series of tightly contested matches, landed a spot in the championship game for the first time since taking home the national title in 1995.
(Izzy Polanco/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Vania Gautam ’26

December 7, 2022
This week, Vania Gautam ’26 discussed the annual Reindog Parade, Leading Minds, and the band Weston Estate.
Football “took the Walk” after their Homecoming win against Amherst, ending 3–6 and on a high note. Co-Captain Ian Devine ’23 called his final Walk “surreal. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Football triumphs 20-10 over Amherst at Homecoming

November 16, 2022
The football team (3–6) finished their season on a high note with a homecoming win against Amherst. Both teams entered the matchup with 2–6 records, vying to bring home a win in the “The Biggest Little Game in America.”
The NESCAC has rolled back its policy that allowed teams to conduct practices with their coaches during the off season. (Cadence Li/The Williams Record)

Student-athletes reflect on a return to traditional out-of-season training

October 25, 2022
NCAA and NESCAC policy that allowed teams to conduct practices with their coaches during the off-season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has expired as of this fall, marking a return to traditional regulations on out-of-season play that require team trainings to be optional and practices to be scheduled and held with no coaches involved.
Williamstown reflects on 50 years of Clean Water Act

Williamstown reflects on 50 years of Clean Water Act

October 18, 2022
Today, the Clean Water Act is still the primary federal statute that governs water pollution in the United States, but some of its goals — like making every body of water in the nation “fishable and swimmable” — remain unfulfilled in Williamstown. 
(Photo courtesy of Isabel Kuh.)

One in Two Thousand: Isabel Kuh ’23

October 4, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Isabel Kuh ’23, who discussed her involvement with WCFM, creating spaces for collaborative art, and how — in her view — bibs are “in.” This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
One in Two Thousand: Zoe Hoffmann Kamrat ’25

One in Two Thousand: Zoe Hoffmann Kamrat ’25

September 27, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Zoe Hoffmann Kamrat ’25, who discussed her take on the pre-med track, The Catcher in the Rye, and Snar smoothie spills. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
220 students have self-reported positive tests since arriving on campus.

College relaxes masking and testing protocols for fall; COVID cases spike

September 20, 2022
With 110 students in isolation as of Monday morning, the Record summarizes the College’s most significant amendments to its policy regarding COVID-19.
(Kira Hernandez/The Williams Record)

After reversal of Roe v. Wade, activists, College leaders renew commitment to abortion access

July 15, 2022
On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned the precedent it set in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1973 and 1992 cases that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Student and local organizers, alums who work in abortion access, and College administrators must now reckon with a new political reality. 
Two Record editors joined Mandel over the course of a Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Office of the President.

A day in the life with President Maud S. Mandel

May 10, 2022
How does President Mandel spend her time outside of executive decision-making? To investigate, we shadowed her for a day, joining her for a few of the events on her itinerary.
Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Senior athletes reflect on competing for the College

May 10, 2022
The Record reached out to senior athletes for reflections on their time playing for the College. Here are a few of their responses.
Students gathered outdoors on Science Quad for the first Spring Festival, held by ACE and the RLT. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Oh.)

Student groups host first Spring Festival

May 3, 2022
All-Campus Entertainment (ACE) held its first Spring Festival in collaboration with the Residential Life Team (RLT) and WCFM, the student-run radio station at the College, on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Captain’s Corner: Maxine Ng ’22

May 3, 2022
The Record checks in with women's tennis captain Maxine Ng ’22.
In Reische’s Friday email, he wrote that the measures are temporary and the College hopes to lift them soon, but that the College may consider tightening the restrictions if cases do not decline. (Photo courtesy of Izzy Polanco).

COVID cases increase, College tightens masking requirements

April 20, 2022
Masking is once again required in classes, libraries, academic buildings, and indoor athletics facilities, Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische wrote in an all-campus email on Friday afternoon. However, community members can still unmask when eating in dining halls and while in residence halls.
The 1979 volleyball team. (Photos courtesy of Special Collections.)

‘The growing pains of going coed’: The College’s first female athletes reflect on team culture, athletic community

April 12, 2022
Women’s athletic teams were established at the College in 1972, alongside the passage of Title IX and coeducation. Anne Forrestel ’72, the College’s first female varsity athlete, said that competing for the College “was exciting, and it was exhausting.”
Wordle, a new online daily word game, has taken over the College and society at large. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

‘Low-stakes thinking but high-stakes validation’: Wordle culture at the College

March 9, 2022
A new craze has taken over the College and society at large — the new daily word game, Wordle. Students share their approaches to solving the puzzle and explain how the game creates community.
Izzy Polanco/The Williams Record

One in Two Thousand: Jack Murphy ’22.5

March 2, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Jack Murphy ’22.5, who discussed his love for Montana, the wrestling team, and his experience as a “super, super senior.”
Nonbinary student athletes discuss campus and team culture at the College.  (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

Nonbinary athletes share experiences, lead initiatives towards gender-expansive inclusivity

February 23, 2022
The College’s non-male ultimate frisbee team removed gendered language from its name. Five nonbinary athletes spoke to the Record about cultural shifts and student-led initiatives toward gender-expansiveness in athletics.
One in Two Thousand: Sophie Bellwoar ’25

One in Two Thousand: Sophie Bellwoar ’25

February 23, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Sophie Bellwoar ’25, who discussed her love for running, her involvement with the comedy scene on campus, and her role on the WCFM board.
Students awarded financial aid for PE classes received reduced-cost 3-day passes to Jiminy Peak. (KIRA HERNANDEZ/THE WILLIAMS RECORD)

WOC, FAST provide financial aid funding for winter programs — but not without complications

February 9, 2022
For the first time, WOC has requested FAST funding for financial aid in their winter programming — but this year, an increase in student demand caused complications, and aid allocations were jeopardized.
Sophie Bellwoar ’25 and Will Olsen ’25  co-host their interview-style show, “Six By Six,” in the WCFM studio in Prospect House.

Making (radio) waves: WCFM makes resurgence after year-long hiatus

December 8, 2021
Tucked within the basement of Prospect House is the broadcasting studio for WCFM, the student-run radio station at the College. This semester, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the studio is bustling with a new cadre of radio DJs.
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