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Izzy Polanco, Sports Editor

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

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One in Two Thousand: Zoe Hoffmann Kamrat ’25

One in Two Thousand: Zoe Hoffmann Kamrat ’25

September 28, 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 21, 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 11, 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 11, 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 4, 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 4, 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 13, 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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