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Jeongyoon Han

Jeongyoon Han ’21 (she.her.hers) is a political science and Chinese major from Syracuse, N.Y. She is a staff writer and a video producer. Previously, she served as the 2020 summer/fall editor-in-chief, a managing editor, and as an executive and section editor for Features.

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Jason Hoch, who has served as town manager since 2015, announced that he will resign.

Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch to resign

February 21, 2021
Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 announced Friday that he will resign from his position. He will stay on the job for up to 60 days and oversee the transition through May while the Select Board hires an interim town manager. Hoch, an alum of the College who has served as town manager since 2015, came under scrutiny after Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Scott McGowan alleged in a August 2020 federal lawsuit that Hoch did not adequately investigate allegations of racism and sexual assault within the WPD.
“Minari” has been nominated for numerous film awards, including at SAG, Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Harry Yoon.

Harry Yoon ’93, film editor, weaves together the American story in ‘Minari’

February 10, 2021
Harry Yoon ’93, the film editor for “Minari,” wants people to watch the movie with their families. Having known about the central plot — a Korean American family that, on a gamble, buys farmland, and tries to make it in 1980s Arkansas — I plopped my mom, dad, and sister in front of our TV.
Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit

Following WPD chief’s resignation, sergeant withdraws lawsuit

December 24, 2020
On Dec. 15, Williamstown Police Department (WPD) Sergeant Scott McGowan withdrew a lawsuit he filed this August against the Town of Williamstown, Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 and former WPD Chief Kyle Johnson. The withdrawal of the lawsuit came immediately following Johnson’s resignation as police chief on Dec. 14.
Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct

Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson resigns following months-long outcry over WPD misconduct

December 14, 2020
Town Manager Jason Hoch ’95 announced that WPD Lieutenant Mike Ziemba would take responsibilities for Johnson as interim chief.
Amid dissent, Town Manager Hoch retains WPD Chief Johnson

Amid dissent, Town Manager Hoch retains WPD Chief Johnson

November 11, 2020

Hoch announced his decision to retain Kyle Johnson as WPD chief at a Williamstown Select Board meeting on Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of Willinet.) Johnson apologizes, announces investigation into new...

After student criticism and external audit, CSS proposes reforms

After student criticism and external audit, CSS proposes reforms

November 11, 2020

Campus Safety and Security (CSS) has proposed changes to its organizational structure and purview which would go into effect this academic year, some that have been already implemented and others to be...

Margolis Healy & Associates, an external firm, found Campus Safety and Security to have ambiguous and vague responsibilities. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record.)

External firm releases recommendations based on audit of CSS

October 28, 2020

Margolis Healy & Associates, an external firm, found Campus Safety and Security to have ambiguous and vague responsibilities. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record.) An external audit conducted on Campus...

Notes From Quarantine

Notes From Quarantine

October 15, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/embed/py65gFIWH20 This year's move-in for the 1,455 College students who returned to campus was no ordinary one. For some, it was their first time moving in, for others, their...

One in Two Thousand: Madeline Rawson ’21

One in Two Thousand: Madeline Rawson ’21

October 7, 2020

(Jeongyoon Han/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 unix...

Town denies allegations against WPD chief, admits 2014 racial harassment incident

Town denies allegations against WPD chief, admits 2014 racial harassment incident

August 30, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article describes instances of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Williamstown Select Board released a response Thursday addressing some of the allegations made by Williamstown...

Lawsuit brought by WPD sergeant alleges sexual assault, racial harassment by Williamstown Police Chief and unnamed officers

Lawsuit brought by WPD sergeant alleges sexual assault, racial harassment by Williamstown Police Chief and unnamed officers

August 12, 2020

Editor’s note: This article describes instances of sexual assault and sexual harassment.  The lawsuit, which was filed by a WPD sergeant, Scott McGowan, alleges that: Chief Kyle Johnson sexually...

The College released its data on fall enrollment. It reveals disparities by race and financial aid status.

The College released its data on fall enrollment. It reveals disparities by race and financial aid status.

July 15, 2020

Joey Fox/The Williams Record CORRECTION: This article has been corrected on July 17, 10:58 a.m. to reflect that 6.2 percent of students on financial aid are taking a gap year/leave. According to...

Key takeaways from the past two faculty meetings

Key takeaways from the past two faculty meetings

June 24, 2020

Last Wednesday and today at two extraordinary faculty meetings held on Zoom, President Maud S. Mandel and Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom gave updates on next year’s academic calendar and faculty...

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...

College faces criticism for response to national BLM movement as Amherst establishes matching campaign

College faces criticism for response to national BLM movement as Amherst establishes matching campaign

June 7, 2020

At a time when predominantly white institutions across the nation are responding to widespread protests denouncing police brutality and anti-Black racism, members of the Williams community — particularly...

Faculty passes motion to reduce graduation requirements, administration announces no Division of the Day next year

Faculty passes motion to reduce graduation requirements, administration announces no Division of the Day next year

May 28, 2020

Rebecca Tauber/The Williams Record At an extraordinary faculty meeting Wednesday, faculty overwhelmingly approved a motion put forward by the Committee on Educational Affairs (CEA) to temporarily adjust...

Four Years through the Headlines: Capturing the Class of 2020’s experience

Four Years through the Headlines: Capturing the Class of 2020’s experience

May 23, 2020

Members of the Class of 2020 have seen two United States presidents, three College presidents and two different forms of student government during their four years at the College. They’ve celebrated...

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...

The pandemic in the Berkshires in three charts

The pandemic in the Berkshires in three charts

May 6, 2020

In recent weeks, Berkshire County, like the rest of Massachusetts, has seen a continued increase in COVID-19 cases, according to the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH). The figures below show...

What is a pass? Professors have different answers

What is a pass? Professors have different answers

April 22, 2020

Passing Abstract Algebra, a 300-level mathematics class which is a prerequisite for several other courses, has remained demanding for many during this semester of remote learning.  In a shift...

How staff at the College prepared for the changes that came with campus closure

How staff at the College prepared for the changes that came with campus closure

April 15, 2020

In Director of Campus Safety and Security Dave Boyer’s three decades-long career at the College, no decision has been more significant than the move to remote learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I...

Tying the knot in the time of coronavirus

Tying the knot in the time of coronavirus

April 1, 2020

Eight guests and two dogs joined Mackenzie Hunter and Landon Marchant '20 in their wedding ceremony on March 24, which was officiated by Chaplain to the College Bailey Fischer. The ceremony was held...

“The hardest decision”: A look inside the weeks of deliberations that led to campus closure

April 1, 2020

Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4:21 p.m.: President of the College Maud S. Mandel sends an email to the entire campus community, titled, “Update: Williams prevention and preparedness measures for coronavirus.” At...

Mandel announces universal pass/fail grading system for all spring courses in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Mandel announces universal pass/fail grading system for all spring courses in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

March 25, 2020

Following deep uncertainty among students and faculty over the past two weeks, President of the College Maud S. Mandel announced yesterday afternoon that the College would adopt a universal pass/fail...

First member of College community tests positive for COVID-19

First member of College community tests positive for COVID-19

March 20, 2020

The College confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the Williams community yesterday morning.  The student, who at the time of publication remains asymptomatic according to the College, had been studying...

Coronavirus pandemic causes mass cancellations of abroad programs

Coronavirus pandemic causes mass cancellations of abroad programs

March 15, 2020

Haeon Yoon ’21, who was studying at the University College London (pictured) through IFSA, said her program told her to “keep calm and carry on” as it sent her home, offering her little support....

Rising coronavirus concerns affect various facets of campus life

Rising coronavirus concerns affect various facets of campus life

March 11, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF RACHEL JIANG. As part of a project led by AASiA, students at the College signed a pledge of solidarity with Asians facing racism globally because of the coronavirus. As the number...

Ryan Rilinger ’20 reflects on gender identity in athletics

Ryan Rilinger ’20 reflects on gender identity in athletics

March 11, 2020

Ryan Rilinger ’20 (top row, third from the left) is the first publicly out transgender man on the men’s lacrosse team. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Rilinger.) Ryan Rilinger ’20 has been playing sports...

Student body votes to scrap CC

Student body votes to scrap CC

February 19, 2020

JOEY FOX/THE WILLIAMS RECORD In a campus-wide referendum last week, the student body voted to abolish College Council (CC) and institute the Three Pillars Plan as recommended by the Task Force on...

Two in Two Thousand: Sam Mecha ’21 and Claudia Rodriguez ’21

Two in Two Thousand: Sam Mecha ’21 and Claudia Rodriguez ’21

February 19, 2020

JEONGYOON HAN/THE WILLIAMS RECORD In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Record brings you its annual profile of a campus couple. This year, that couple is Sam Mecha ’21 and Claudia Rodriguez ’21,...

CeCé Telfer speaks about transgender inclusion in the NCAA

CeCé Telfer speaks about transgender inclusion in the NCAA

February 12, 2020

 Laura Westphal ’21, Ryan Rilinger ’20 and Ariel Koltun-Fromm ’20 joined Cecé Telfer (right) to discuss trans representation in athletics. (Jeongyoon Han/The Williams Record)  Some...

Women’s basketball joined forces with several organizations on campus to shed light on the spike in sexual assault cases over Winter Study. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Women’s basketball raises awareness about campus sexual assault

January 29, 2020

Women’s basketball joined forces with several organizations on campus to shed light on the spike in sexual assault cases over Winter Study. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.) In addition to...

The incident in Hollander Hall highlighted concerns of structural racism in the department. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE FLICKR.

Professor Kent berates Professor Wang, sparking broader concerns over racism in English department

May 8, 2019

The incident in Hollander Hall highlighted concerns of structural racism in the department. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE FLICKR. On April 17, two students saw Chair and Professor of English Katie...

WIFI continues to operate after CC setback

WIFI continues to operate after CC setback

May 8, 2019

In the aftermath of College Council’s (CC) April 23 vote to reject Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) as a registered student organization (RSO), a decision that came under scrutiny from both President...

Current students created affinity programming for prospective Black students during admission's Previews this week.
ILLUSTRATION BY NASIR GRISSOM ’22 AND KYLE SCADLOCK ’19.

Students organize first ever Black Previews

April 17, 2019

Current students created affinity programming for prospective Black students during admission's Previews this week. ILLUSTRATION BY NASIR GRISSOM ’22 AND KYLE SCADLOCK ’19. A group of current...

College expects to meet sustainability targets

College expects to meet sustainability targets

April 10, 2019

With less than two years remaining, the College is poised to reach its 2020 sustainability goals, according to the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. It expects to reduce campus emissions to...

Beyond the Purple Bubble

Beyond the Purple Bubble

April 10, 2019

Stop & Shop releases “final offer” to workers threatening strike Following weeks of tense negotiation, Stop & Shop updated its “final offer” to the five local unions that authorized...

Staff members reflect on 2009 report, unresolved issues of equity, inclusion

Staff members reflect on 2009 report, unresolved issues of equity, inclusion

April 3, 2019

Staff, including administrators, have said that while the College has made improvements regarding well-being and retention of faculty and staff of color since the release of a grassroots report from 2009,...

Trans* Inclusion Committee releases “Communications Best Practices” guidelines

Trans* Inclusion Committee releases “Communications Best Practices” guidelines

February 20, 2019

On Feb. 11, the Trans* Inclusion Committee (TIC) released a set of recommended guidelines titled “Communications Best Practices.” The best practices are a collection of suggestions that TIC has created...

Women’s hockey dishes on historic upsets, team camaraderie

Women’s hockey dishes on historic upsets, team camaraderie

February 13, 2019

Goaltender Chloe Heiting ’22 has recorded a save percentage of .938 and notched four shutouts for the Ephs, who currently rank 10th nationally. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPORTS INFORMATION. No. 10 women’s...

First Congregational Church spearheads immigrant activism

First Congregational Church spearheads immigrant activism

February 6, 2019

The First Congregational Church on Main Street has resolved to become a Level 2 sanctuary congregation. Sabrine Brismeur/Photo Editor On Jan. 27, as the wind whips snow into the air on a brisk morning...

First Congregational Church spearheads immigrant activism

February 6, 2019

On Jan. 27, as the wind whips snow into the air on a brisk morning in Williamstown, towngoers hurry in to seek refuge in First Congregational Church (FCC), a building that, with its classic white exterior...

Survey examines student attitudes toward midterm elections

Survey examines student attitudes toward midterm elections

November 14, 2018

Last Tuesday, 113 million citizens voted in the 2018 midterm elections, setting a record in raw vote total for a non-presidential election. Based on the 134 responses from a survey sent by the...

Members of the Facebook page “Williams Memes for sun-dappled tweens” share memes commenting on College academics, life and culture. Memes courtesy of (from left to right clockwise): Emily McDonald '19, Audrey Koh '21 and Evan Chester '21.

College meme page builds community with edge and humor

November 7, 2018

It was established, as one of the founders put it, in “the bowels of an East [College] third-floor den” on Apr. 27, 2017. In just over a year and a half, the group has expanded at a remarkable pace,...

Louise Wakerakatse Herne and Makota Valdina Pinto came to speak at the College as part of an Africana Studies symposium. Sophia Shin/Photo Editor

Indigenous groups’ elders discuss power of wisdom, community

October 3, 2018

Living testimonies of the restorative and inspiring potential of indigenous wisdom graced the three-part Africana Studies symposium, “Nkisis, Orixás and Ancestors: The Role of Religion, Creativity...

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