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Joey Fox, Managing Editor

Joey Fox ’21 is a history and English major from New York, NY. He is a managing editor, and previously served as a section editor and executive editor for the news section.

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A year into the pandemic, staff still face unique burdens

April 14, 2021
The Record sent a survey to every staff member at the College, and spoke with seven of them about their experiences since the pandemic began. The stories they told speak to the challenges staff have confronted in the past year, the ways staff feel they do and don’t fit in at Williams, and the hopes many staff have for a post-COVID future.
Alex J. Kim ’24 (left) and Alex J. Kim ’24 (right) have navigated a freshman year of misdirected emails and confused entrymates. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record)

The perks and perils of sharing a name

March 31, 2021
For three glorious years at the College, I, Joey Fox ’21, got to be unique just like everybody else. Then Joe Fox ’24 arrived.
This January, Samra Brouk ’08 became the first Black woman to represent upstate New York in the New York State Senate. (Photo courtesy of Samra Brouk.)

Finding ‘glimmers of joy’: Samra Brouk ’08 discusses path to New York State Senate

March 10, 2021
According to Samra Brouk ’08, few of her peers from her time at the College would have predicted a future for her in public office. Yet last November, Brouk made history by becoming the first Black woman ever elected to the New York State Senate from upstate New York.
NESCAC presidents announce limited spring sports season

NESCAC presidents announce limited spring sports season

Williams opts in to competition, but with no spectators
March 10, 2021
The presidents of NESCAC institutions announced in a statement yesterday that the athletic conference will hold a limited spring sports season from mid-April until mid-May.
Tom Bernard ’92, who has served as the mayor of North Adams since 2018, will not run for a third term this year. (Photo courtesy of Tom Bernard.)

Tom Bernard ’92 announces he will not seek reelection as North Adams mayor

March 3, 2021
North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard ’92 announced Feb. 23 that he would not seek reelection this year to a third term in office. Bernard, who grew up in North Adams before attending the College, was elected in 2017 and reelected in 2019, both times with commanding majorities.
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One in Two Thousand: Jared Berger ’21

February 24, 2021
This week the computer (using a script in R) chose Jared Berger ’21, who talked about playing trumpet, being tall, and how sledding makes your butt hurt. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Mt. Greylock Regional High School (Niku Darafshi ’21, The Williams  Record)

Mt. Greylock HS Zoom attack perpetrated by students of color, investigation finds

February 17, 2021
An investigation into a Jan. 21 Zoom-bombing attack that targeted a Black child of College employees has concluded that the primary perpetrator was a student of color, Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Jake McCandless said at a school committee meeting on Thursday. 
Course registration period beset by overenrollment, PeopleSoft issues

Course registration period beset by overenrollment, PeopleSoft issues

February 7, 2021
According to Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom, 991 students were dropped from at least one class, compared to 816 last spring. The registration software PeopleSoft was overloaded by hundreds of students last Monday night as regular registration opened, making matters even more difficult for those dropped from classes.
Spring semester to start as scheduled; College plans to hold in-person commencement

Spring semester to start as scheduled; College plans to hold in-person commencement

January 28, 2021
The spring semester will start as previously scheduled, with students returning to campus beginning Feb. 10, President of the College Maud S. Mandel and Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced today in an email to students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, the College plans to hold an in-person commencement for seniors, albeit with no off-campus guests.
JA applications drop slightly from last year

JA applications drop slightly from last year

January 22, 2021
Dean of First-Year Students Chris Sewell ’05 said that, despite the slight dip, he is confident this year’s applicant pool is large enough to assemble a strong JA class.
With the in-person semester completed, the campus is now home to only 157 students. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record)

On-campus holdouts confront a newly emptied campus

December 9, 2020

With the in-person semester completed, the campus is now home to only 157 students. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record) On the weekend before Thanksgiving, the College was a flurry of packing...

With most students leaving campus behind, the Record looks back on the semester’s positive COVID tests. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

One semester, ten cases: A timeline

November 25, 2020

With most students leaving campus behind, the Record looks back on the semester’s positive COVID tests. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record) Fourteen weeks since students first arrived on campus...

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Record survey projects increase in on-campus enrollment for spring semester

November 25, 2020
Eighty-two percent of the survey’s 725 respondents said they plan on enrolling in person next semester.
Korean Garden will soon move to Colonial Plaza in Williamstown after more than four years in North Adams. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record)

Korean Garden moves to new Williamstown location

November 18, 2020

Korean Garden will soon move to Colonial Plaza in Williamstown after more than four years in North Adams. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record) Korean Garden, long a staple of Korean fare in northern Berkshire...

After four Cello Shots, College goes wild

After four Cello Shots, College goes wild

November 18, 2020

The cello ensemble Cello Shots — including, from left, Nat Davidson ’22, Esther Kim ’23 and Michael Fallon ’24 — held their fall semester concert remotely last week. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record.) Ten...

Once again, Berkshire County incumbents run unopposed

Once again, Berkshire County incumbents run unopposed

November 3, 2020

(Visual by Joey Fox. All photos courtesy of the Massachusetts General Court and the United States Congress.) Today marks the end of voting in the 2020 general election, and with it comes the end of...

This Halloween, the masks aren’t just for costumes

This Halloween, the masks aren’t just for costumes

October 28, 2020

All Campus Entertainment (ACE) organized a pumpkin-carving contest, which featured over 20 pumpkins. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record) It’s been a scary year, but with Halloween just around the corner,...

How’s remote learning going? For most remote students, pretty well.

How’s remote learning going? For most remote students, pretty well.

October 21, 2020

(Visual by Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record.) The structure of an in-person fall semester has generated a split among students, one that has affected academics, athletics, extracurriculars and the...

Faculty to vote on spring 2021 calendar; students express preference for continuous model

Faculty to vote on spring 2021 calendar; students express preference for continuous model

October 14, 2020

(Joey Fox/The Williams Record) The faculty will vote in a meeting today to adopt one of two models for the spring 2021 academic calendar, both of which the Calendar and Scheduling Committee (CSC) have...

Newly-formed COVID ad hoc committee deliberates on campus guidelines

Newly-formed COVID ad hoc committee deliberates on campus guidelines

September 30, 2020

With the College’s self-imposed deadline for reconsidering its COVID-19 policies arriving tomorrow, members of the administration and the newly formed ad hoc committee on COVID and campus life policies...

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Some professors originally listed their classes as hybrid. Now, they’re fully remote.

September 23, 2020

Joey Fox/The Williams Record According to data provided by Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom, 55.1 percent of all classes at the College this semester are currently listed as remote, while 40.5...

Three students on campus have tested positive for COVID-19, leading their close contacts to be moved to quarantine housing. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

Three positive cases represent first test of College’s isolation procedures

September 16, 2020

Three students on campus have tested positive for COVID-19, leading their close contacts to be moved to quarantine housing. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record) For most students on campus, the first full...

Incumbents win competitive Massachusetts primaries

Incumbents win competitive Massachusetts primaries

September 1, 2020

(Graphics by Joey Fox.) After a long and turbulent primary season, two incumbents representing Western Massachusetts — Democratic Sen. Ed Markey and Democratic Rep. Richard Neal — were re-nominated...

Neal, Morse face off in close Berkshire congressional primary

Neal, Morse face off in close Berkshire congressional primary

August 29, 2020

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield) and Mayor of Holyoke Alex Morse are competing in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 1st congressional district this Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.) Massachusetts’...

College libraries prepare for fall semester

College libraries prepare for fall semester

July 7, 2020

Campus in the fall will no doubt be a dramatically different place for those who return, with social distancing restrictions, hybrid or all-remote classes and countless other changes. But despite the...

BREAKING: Williams announces plan to reconvene on campus for fall semester, with reduced tuition

BREAKING: Williams announces plan to reconvene on campus for fall semester, with reduced tuition

June 29, 2020

The College has announced that it will reopen the campus to students for the fall semester, though with stringent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and with a 15 percent lower cost of attendance.(Photo...

WSU, Libraries team up to initiate Black Lives Matter Project

WSU, Libraries team up to initiate Black Lives Matter Project

June 24, 2020

The Williams Black Lives Matter Project aims to collect student writings, videos, art and more, such as this painting by Manny Copeland '23, who also co-founded the project. (Photo Courtesy of Manny Copeland.) The...

Seniors reminisce on the clubs they founded

Seniors reminisce on the clubs they founded

May 23, 2020

Surf Club, founded by Skylar Chaney ’20 and several friends, takes several trips each year to Narragansett and other northeastern shores. (Photo courtesy of Skylar Chaney.) Classes are finished,...

Faculty alter two academic requirements in all-faculty meeting

Faculty alter two academic requirements in all-faculty meeting

May 20, 2020

At last Wednesday’s virtual faculty meeting, the faculty voted near-unanimously to approve two motions submitted by the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) concerning academic requirements. Both motions...

Blogs, journals and memes: Library seeks to preserve student experiences through COVID-19 archival project

Blogs, journals and memes: Library seeks to preserve student experiences through COVID-19 archival project

April 29, 2020

Memes, like this one made by Adam Jones ’21, are among the records the College is working to preserve as part of its COVID-19 archival project. (No decision has yet been made relating to the College’s...

OIDEI appoints Jacqueline Hidalgo as new associate dean for institutional diversity, equity and inclusion

OIDEI appoints Jacqueline Hidalgo as new associate dean for institutional diversity, equity and inclusion

April 22, 2020

Jacqueline Hidalgo, chair of religion and associate professor of Latina/o/x studies, will assume the role of associate dean for institutional diversity, equity and inclusion in July 2020. (Photo courtesy...

Record Recs: (Free) sci-fi flicks, ’90s rom-coms

Record Recs: (Free) sci-fi flicks, ’90s rom-coms

April 22, 2020

Although Images Cinema may be closed, a world of movies is still available to bored or procrastinating Ephs. (Joey Fox/Williams Record) If you don’t have a Netflix subscription — or even if you...

Physical education classes continue through remote learning

Physical education classes continue through remote learning

April 8, 2020

Remote physical education (PE) classes began this week, in an effort to allow seniors still in need of PE credit to fulfill their requirements and to provide other students with a healthy option for exercise...

College orders all non-essential staff to cease on-campus work

College orders all non-essential staff to cease on-campus work

April 1, 2020

Non-essential staff at the College have been directed by Human Resources to work remotely. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record) Since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order on March...

Alums on international fellowships return early to the U.S.

Alums on international fellowships return early to the U.S.

April 1, 2020

David Han ’19 was on an English teaching assistantship in Russia before being forced to return home due to the coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of David Han.) As colleges and universities around the...

Mandel mandates most students leave campus by Tuesday, announces transition to remote learning after spring break due to coronavirus pandemic

Mandel mandates most students leave campus by Tuesday, announces transition to remote learning after spring break due to coronavirus pandemic

March 11, 2020

For the first time in over 50 years, the College has decided to disrupt normal operations mid-semester in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. President of the College Maud S. Mandel announced in...

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...

Professor Sharpe performs jazz set about black experience

Professor Sharpe performs jazz set about black experience

March 4, 2020

Avery Sharpe's jazz performances were inspired by the history of the black experience in America. (Photo courtesy of Avery Sharpe.) A silence settles over Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.  Through...

Mandel announces release of strategic planning draft reports

Mandel announces release of strategic planning draft reports

February 19, 2020

Last Wednesday, President Maud S. Mandel sent an email to students, faculty and staff announcing the public release of draft strategic planning reports, marking a new phase in the multi-year strategic...

Claiming Williams event examines DPE requirement

Claiming Williams event examines DPE requirement

February 12, 2020

In a Claiming Williams event last Thursday examining the Difference, Power and Equity (DPE) requirement, approximately 40 students, faculty members and administrators reviewed the history of the requirement...

Closer Look: How the town’s government works

Closer Look: How the town’s government works

December 6, 2019

The Williamstown town hall is the center of the town's government (Photo courtesy of the Williamstown Police Department). With 22 elected officials and 63 employees, the government of Williamstown...

Student support for faculty, Mandel remains high as CC approval declines

Student support for faculty, Mandel remains high as CC approval declines

November 20, 2019

This past week, the Record sent out its semiannual approval ratings survey, giving students the options of “approve,” “disapprove” and “neutral” for a variety of campus institutions....

College Dems revitalize, but without counterpart

College Dems revitalize, but without counterpart

November 20, 2019

The College Democrats, long a staple of campus politics but relatively inactive in recent years, has been revived this year under new leadership. However, despite a lengthy history under the name of the...

Davis Center opens Spring Street space for its building project

Davis Center opens Spring Street space for its building project

November 13, 2019

The Davis Center building project’s new location at 36 Spring St. features maps of the campus, diagrams of workspaces and floorplans of the Center’s current buildings. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record.) Last...

Williamstown fire district to hold special election

Williamstown fire district to hold special election

November 13, 2019

Williamstown’s fire district will hold a special election next Tuesday Nov. 19 for two seats on its prudential committee as the district prepares to move its fire station from Water Street to Main Street.  David...

Bernard, Tyer win mayoral races

Bernard, Tyer win mayoral races

November 6, 2019

Alongside local and state-level elections around the country, North Adams and Pittsfield held mayoral elections yesterday, Nov. 5. In North Adams, incumbent mayor Thomas Bernard ’92 was re-elected to...

College offices prep for homecoming

College offices prep for homecoming

November 6, 2019

With homecoming approaching this weekend, campus safety and security (CSS) and dining services, among other College departments, will adjust their schedules and staffing to handle the crowded campus. “We...

Incumbent North Adams mayor faces challenger

Incumbent North Adams mayor faces challenger

October 30, 2019

Voters in North Adams will go to the polls next Tuesday to determine their next mayor in a nonpartisan contest that pits incumbent mayor Thomas Bernard ’92 against McCann School Committee member Rachel...

Student Course Survey undergoes changes

Student Course Survey undergoes changes

October 23, 2019

Following a years-long process that went through four separate faculty committees and multiple all-faculty votes, changes to the Student Course Survey (SCS) which were first approved in 2017 will be implemented...

In Other Ivory Towers: Judge sides with Harvard in affirmative action suit

In Other Ivory Towers: Judge sides with Harvard in affirmative action suit

October 9, 2019

In Other Ivory Towers is the Record’s look at colleges and universities outside the Purple Bubble. Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled on Oct. 1 that Harvard University’s admission...

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