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Student voter turnout rate in 2020 election higher at the College than in past elections, at peer institutions

Student voter turnout rate in 2020 election higher at the College than in past elections, at peer institutions

December 1, 2021
Newly released data shows that the College’s student voting rate spiked in 2020, outpacing the concurrent rise across the nation as campus voting group EphVotes increased organizing efforts.
Philip Spencer was executed while aboard a U.S. Navy Ship. (Photo courtesy of Union College Permanent Collection.)

When the College named a dorm after an alleged mutineer

November 10, 2021
The College named a dorm after Philip Spencer, but he has no connection to the College — and he was accused of mutiny and hung at sea with no trial.
Barron Brainerd was a Williams student and chief of boatswains in the U.S navy, and he died at age 26. (JohnCarl McGrady/The Williams Record)

Hidden library in Spencer House provides glimpse into the College’s history

October 19, 2021
The College’s libraries are home to 768,252 books, according to the College’s website. Several hundred of these books are tucked away in a dimly lit room in Spencer House, offering a look into College life from the distant past to the present.
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