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Jacob Posner, Executive Editor for Podcast

Jacob Posner ’23 is a history major from Chicago, Ill. He is currently executive editor for podcast, and previously served as a section editor for features.

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Without help from the College, the term-limited faculty whose contracts have already ended or will end after this semester must find new positions. Many are struggling to navigate job markets with little demand for their labor. (The Williams Record/Emily Zheng)

Term-limited faculty face uncertain futures amid pandemic job market

April 7, 2021
During spring 2020, despite widespread calls for support from term-limited faculty members, the College declined to offer a blanket extension of all term-limited faculty members’ contracts, citing financial uncertainty. Instead, it provided term-limited faculty members the option to take an unpaid research associate position to aid in the job search. While some term-limited professors were ultimately offered extensions on a case-by-case basis, others were left to face a beleaguered job market.
College reports 4 potentially connected COVID cases

College reports 4 potentially connected COVID cases

2 students among the 4 cases attended indoor gathering on Saturday
March 23, 2021
Two students have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an indoor gathering at Gladden House on Saturday night, Dean Sandstrom confirmed to the Record today. The two COVID-positive students who attended the gathering — along with another student who did not attend the gathering, as well as a faculty or staff member — are part of a larger cluster of four cases reported in the last week.
This semester in Williams history

This semester in Williams history

December 9, 2020
For the sake of posterity, and to provide a chance to reflect, the Record put together a recap of its coverage during this unusual semester.
One in Two Thousand: Weiwei Lu ’23

One in Two Thousand: Weiwei Lu ’23

November 18, 2020

(Jacob Posner/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...

Quarantined students face communication gaps, criticize lack of College support

Quarantined students face communication gaps, criticize lack of College support

November 11, 2020

Close contacts of students who test positive at the College move to Dodd House to quarantine for two weeks. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record.) In October, two more students at the College...

One in Two Thousand: Mikaela Topper ’21

One in Two Thousand: Mikaela Topper ’21

November 11, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Mikaela Topper.) 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...

How religious groups have adapted to campus COVID regulations

How religious groups have adapted to campus COVID regulations

November 4, 2020

For Rosh Hashanah, the Williams College Jewish Association rubber-banded a mask to the shofar, a kind of horn, to prevent the spread of germs. (Molly Frasure/The Williams Record.) As it...

One in Two Thousand: Jacob Fink ’23

One in Two Thousand: Jacob Fink ’23

October 21, 2020

(Jacob Posner/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...

Students have been gathering in large groups that violate the 10-person limit imposed by COVID guidelines. (The Williams Record)

Large gatherings of students violated the public health guidelines. The College’s response has been spotty.

September 30, 2020

Students have been gathering in large groups that violate the 10-person limit imposed by COVID guidelines. (The Williams Record) If you walk past Frosh Quad at 11 p.m. on a Friday, you’ll...

Those stinging creatures? They’re yellow jackets, not bees.

Those stinging creatures? They’re yellow jackets, not bees.

September 30, 2020

Hordes of yellow jackets have been harassing students eating outside because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record) It’s impossible to miss them. They’re drowning...

“This is being Black at Williams:” Instagram account amplifies Black voices, issues of racism within the College

“This is being Black at Williams:” Instagram account amplifies Black voices, issues of racism within the College

August 5, 2020

Editor's Note: The posts quoted in this article have been chosen based on their length and content, and attempt to portray the range of experiences posted on the page. “I remember a white student...

The Unmasked Project app aims to create a space for college students to share how they are “really feeling.” Photo provided by the Unmasked Project.

Through Unmasked app, students share how they are really feeling

July 30, 2020

At the top of the screen reads a simple prompt: “Hi, how are you really feeling today?” Posts, arrayed on a nature-themed user interface that practically screams calm, seem to take the question seriously,...

Seniors celebrate graduation off-campus

Seniors celebrate graduation off-campus

May 23, 2020

(From left to right) Seniors Jared Bathen, RB Smith, Emily Elder and Matt Wiseman stand atop the mountain they plan on hiking — in caps, gowns and hiking boots — when they celebrate their graduation.(Photo...

The view from Peter Le's home in Vietnam. (Photo courtesy of Peter Le).

Thousands of miles from Williamstown, some students return to business as usual — but the pandemic is never far from their minds

May 22, 2020

Angela Chen ’23, who lives in Taiwan, has to keep up with remote learning with a 12-hour time difference from her professors. (Photo courtesy of Angela Chen.) Two weeks ago, Angela Chen...

Robin Eagleton ’22 is living alone in a cabin in the woods to keep her distance from a vulnerable family member. (Photo courtesy of Robin Eagleton.)

Family first: Students take unconventional measures to protect vulnerable loved ones

May 22, 2020

Robin Eagleton ’22 is living alone in a cabin in the woods to keep her distance from a vulnerable family member. (Photo provided by Robin Eagleton.) Robin Eagleton ’22 is living in...

Miles Apart: Four stories of the pandemic

Miles Apart: Four stories of the pandemic

May 22, 2020

A note from the reporters: In the weeks after students dispersed across the globe in light of the pandemic, the Record sent out a survey to 500 randomly selected students to get a sense of their...

Pandemic brings financial uncertainty to students and their families

Pandemic brings financial uncertainty to students and their families

May 22, 2020

Jesus Estrada ’20.5 lives with his mother and sister in Huntington Park, Calif. Estrada’s mother provides most of the family’s income, and as an employee at a fast-food chain, she’s classified...

After battling with COVID-19 symptoms, Calle and her mother went for a walk last weekend in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, New York. (Photo courtesy of Tania Calle.)

Three Williams students experienced COVID-19 symptoms. These are their stories.

May 21, 2020

While many students at the College have felt the effects of COVID-19 from afar — financially, emotionally, academically — relatively few have come into close contact with the virus itself. But for...

Associate Professor of Geosciences Phoebe Cohen talks to her thesis student, Kate Pippenger ’20, over Zoom. (Photo courtesy of Phoebe Cohen.)

Professors look back at remote learning, reflect on experiences and challenges

May 13, 2020

At the beginning of the switch to remote learning, the Record spoke with a variety of professors about their thoughts going into online classes. This week, we followed up with some of those professors...

After seeing on Facebook that his birthday was coming up, Gillooly gave a neighbor toilet paper in a gift bag. (Photo courtesy of Hayden Gillooly.)

Hayden Gillooly ’21 checks in on her elderly neighbors

May 13, 2020

Hayden Gillooly ’21, who lives in North Adams, grew up steeped in small-town life. Every day after school, she would walk to her grandmother’s house. “She taught me how to cook, and she...

Aanya Kapur '20, who is staying in the Rectory, decided to find a place to stay off-campus after campus closure rather than risk returning home to Australia. She had petitioned to stay on campus but was denied and decided not to appeal. (Photo by Kevin Yang/The Williams Record.)

Worried about traveling home, some students remain in off-campus housing in Williamstown

April 29, 2020

Aanya Kapur '20, who is staying in the Rectory, decided to find a place to stay off-campus after campus closure rather than risk returning home to Australia. She had petitioned to stay on campus but...

Financial aid office waives summer earnings contribution in effort to support students during pandemic

Financial aid office waives summer earnings contribution in effort to support students during pandemic

April 26, 2020

Amidst the economic complications faced by the College as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Financial Aid will continue to provide financial support at the same level as before the outbreak....

PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER LE. Peter Le '21 was quarantined in a dormitory at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City for over two weeks.

After a long flight home, an even longer quarantine

April 15, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER LE. Peter Le '21 was quarantined in a dormitory at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City for over two weeks. Each morning began early with two volunteers...

PHOTO BY KEVIN YANG/THE WILLIAMS RECORD.

Professors approach remote learning with creativity, cautious optimism

April 3, 2020

PHOTO BY KEVIN YANG/THE WILLIAMS RECORD. Imagine you are a Williams professor. You care deeply for your students. You try to develop a high-quality, intellectually invigorating experience....

Students whose petitions to stay on campus were denied met with deans in Hopkins to discuss their situations.

A closer look into the process that determined who could stay and who had to leave

March 25, 2020

Students whose petitions to stay on campus were denied met with deans in Hopkins Hall to discuss their decisions. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record) Seven students’ stories reveal the...

Special Collections event dives into institutional history

Special Collections event dives into institutional history

February 19, 2020

JACOB POSNER/THE WILLIAMS RECORDCommunity members transcribe documents from the College’s early history at the Transcribe-a-Thon last week. “The name of [the] Indian boy who lives...

For Jules Clardy ’23, witchcraft deepens link with ancestors

For Jules Clardy ’23, witchcraft deepens link with ancestors

February 12, 2020

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JULES CLARDY.In her Frosh Quad single (above), which smells pleasantly of herbs, Clardy said she has “completely maxed out all of my wall and ceiling space.” Album...

Students, incarcerated people form partnerships

Students, incarcerated people form partnerships

December 6, 2019

Greg Parslow, who is no longer incarcerated, went to the Berkshire County House of Correction (BHoC) for selling narcotics. He had joined a gang at a state institution, but while at BHoC, he renounced...

Steve Simon enjoys life as First Gentleman

Steve Simon enjoys life as First Gentleman

November 13, 2019

Steve Simon, pictured with his cat Shoshie in the President’s House, has settled into life as First Gentleman of the College. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record) Steve Simon, President Maud...

Williams Forum aims to “pop the Purple Bubble”

Williams Forum aims to “pop the Purple Bubble”

November 6, 2019

At a Nov. 1 Williams Forum meeting, students broke into small groups and discussed alternatives to the Electoral College. (Jacob Posner/The Williams Record) The atmosphere was oddly tense....

Town manager Jason Hoch ’95 reflects on career

Town manager Jason Hoch ’95 reflects on career

October 9, 2019

Photo courtesy of Jason Hoch. “I was one of those alums who was here every year for something, so I was never far away,” Jason Hoch ’95 said. “I probably spent 10 years or so as a...

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