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Julia Goldberg, Town News Editor

Julia Goldberg ’25 is a prospective English major from New York, N.Y. She is the town news editor, and she previously served as a staff writer for the news section.

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The Spring Street Market and Cafe recently raised the prices of its sandwiches by $1 in response to inflation. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Inflation hits Spring Street restaurants

November 30, 2022
Businesses on Spring Street have experienced shortages and increases in supply costs due to inflation.
The office of the president is located on the second floor of Hopkins Hall.

College to create anti-racist task force

November 16, 2022
President Maud S. Mandel and Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leticia S.E. Haynes ’99 will form an anti-racist task force to address race-based bias at the College.
Global studies program to launch Global Scholars Initiative

Global studies program to launch Global Scholars Initiative

November 1, 2022
The global studies program will kickstart the Global Scholars Initiative this spring, encouraging a small cohort of students to develop greater international awareness by studying global issues and traveling together.
Students gathered in Baxter to learn about the campus plan.

College hosts open houses to gather feedback on campus plan

October 25, 2022
The College hosted open houses for students and faculty to review and share their feedback on its long-term campus plan, a set of projects that would reimagine the College’s physical space. 
At eight stations spread across the room, attendees could read about a specific topic from the Town’s Existing Conditions Report.

Town solicits residents’ input for upcoming comprehensive plan

October 19, 2022
Williamstown residents gathered at an interactive open house on Thursday to share thoughts and concerns that will inform Envisioning Williamstown 2035, a long-term comprehensive plan for the Town. The plan, to be released by May 2023, will serve as the Town’s “official blueprint” for action “related to land use, infrastructure, and community development” over the next 10 years, according to its website.
The median home price in Williamstown, which has risen over 40 percent in the past year, is now $492,000. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

Town releases Existing Conditions Analysis, takes steps towards completing comprehensive plan

October 5, 2022
The Williamstown Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has released its Existing Conditions Analysis, a report that will aid the committee’s development of Envisioning Williamstown 2035, a comprehensive plan set to outline a community-driven vision of the Town’s physical development.
In 2014, high school students founded the global nonprofit PERIOD. (Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

PERIOD. to host fundraiser with Pera, install pads in campus bathrooms

October 4, 2022
PERIOD. @ Williams College, a new Registered Student Organization (RSO), will host a fundraiser at Pera and stock pads in bathrooms across campus.
Shoppers at the Williamstown Farmers Market can purchase bright red tomatoes — among a wide selection of local produce. (_____/The Williams Record)

Williamstown Farmers Market provides hub for local vendors, Town residents, students

September 27, 2022
On Saturday mornings from May through October, the Spring Street parking lot bustles with chatter and music. The sweet smells of flowers, fresh vegetables, and baked goods surround attendees at the Williamstown Farmers Market. 
The office of the president is located on the second floor of Hopkins Hall.

For the first time, president, provost, deans of college and faculty positions are all held by women

September 20, 2022
For the first time in the College’s history, all four academic members of the senior staff — the president, provost, and deans of the faculty and the college — are women. 
Convocation began with an annual academic procession. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.)

Academic year commences with Class of 2023 Convocation

September 15, 2022
The College held its annual convocation for the Classes of 2023, 2022.5, and graduate students in the final year of their programs on Sept. 10 in Chapin Hall, marking the official start to the 2022-23 school year.
Williams joins Supreme Court amicus brief supporting use of race in college admissions

Williams joins Supreme Court amicus brief supporting use of race in college admissions

August 27, 2022
When the Supreme Court hears concurrent cases Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina this fall, the respondents will count the College among their supporters.
(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. 
The student-led event took place on the front steps of the Paresky Center. (Kitt Urdang/The Williams Record)

Community responds to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade

May 10, 2022
On Friday afternoon, a group of around 50 students and Town residents gathered on the steps of Paresky Center to demonstrate support for abortion rights and take action to protect reproductive freedoms.
Alumni Relations, Alumni Fund merge into Office of Alumni Engagement

Alumni Relations, Alumni Fund merge into Office of Alumni Engagement

April 19, 2022
The Alumni Relations and Alumni Fund offices merged into one Office of Alumni Engagement, Vice President of the Office of College Relations (OCR) Megan Morey announced in an email to the OCR on April 6, stating that the change would be effective immediately.
Former Williams President Morty Schapiro returns for guest lecture

Former Williams President Morty Schapiro returns for guest lecture

April 19, 2022
Former President of the College Morton “Morty” Schapiro delivered a guest lecture to the College community about the economics of higher education on April 12.
YDSA organizers hosted a celebration outside Paresky. (Julia Goldberg/The Williams Record)

Mandel releases public statement on fossil fuel investment plan, divestment organizers celebrate

April 12, 2022
The College plans to end all indirect investments tied to the fossil fuel industry by 2033, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email on Friday, prompting celebration from divestment organizers and confusion from some other students.
The facilitated dialogue event on Saturday took place at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Town community engages in facilitated dialogue about police-community relationships

March 15, 2022
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Relations Service and the Williamstown Police Department (WPD) implemented the DOJ’s Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships (SPCP) program for the Town this Saturday.
Students share mixed feelings on communitys use of anonymous apps

Students share mixed feelings on community’s use of anonymous apps

March 2, 2022

On Jan. 18, Aidan Lloyd-Tucker ’22 posted on Twitter, “can I please have one SHRED of privacy on this goddamn campus,” followed by, “you don’t need to be posting my goodrich order and what...

Antisemitic, racist flyers found in books in Sawyer

Antisemitic, racist flyers found in books in Sawyer

February 23, 2022
Copies of an antisemitic and racist flyer were found in history books in Sawyer Library on Feb. 15. After consulting the Libraries leadership team as well as Campus Safety Services (CSS) and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), Director of Libraries Jonathan Miller posted a sign in the Sawyer Library entrance condemning the flyers, which were made to look like Confederate States of America currency, and asking members of the College community to bring them to the library’s Access Services Desk if found.
(DEVIKA GOEL/
THE WILLIAMS RECORD)
The group, founded this spring, has a roster of around 60 members.

Students form mental health advocacy club

February 16, 2022
Three students — Cooper Desmond ’24, Andrew Williams ’24, and Sam Riley ’23 — founded the Mental Wellness Advocacy Group this semester to communicate the state of student mental health to the College’s administration. 
Editors Julia Goldberg and Ella Marx attended one of the Log’s weekly trivia nights, where they competed among members of the College and Town communities for a first, second, or third place title. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Jaffe.)

An inside look: Student hosts and technicians present Thursday night trivia at the Log

February 9, 2022
Student hosts and technicians of Log Trivia take the Record behind the scenes of this beloved Williams tradition.
College receives 25 misconduct reports

College receives 25 misconduct reports

February 9, 2022
The College received 25 reports of misconduct committed against members of the College community — 13 of sexual misconduct, four of relationship abuse, five of stalking, and three of verbal sexual harassment — over the past two academic years.
Though the JA role will become a paid position, JAs will not become mandatory reporters.

[Photo] Residential life leaders to receive compensation

February 9, 2022

Though the JA role will become a paid position, JAs will not become mandatory reporters.

Professors Long, Siniawer to serve as next Dean, Provost

Professors Long, Siniawer to serve as next Dean, Provost

January 26, 2022
Professors of History Gretchen Long and Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97 will assume the roles of Dean and Provost of the College, respectively, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email on Tuesday.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

Students report difficulties accessing psychiatric medication

January 26, 2022
Students are struggling to access consistent and reliable psychiatric resources at the College, according to several student interviews with the Record. An increase in demand for mental health services this fall has contributed to a months-long waitlist to see the only psychiatrist currently at the College, Dr. Susan Mahler.
College changes masking policy for some student performances, athletic practices

College changes masking policy for some student performances, athletic practices

December 8, 2021
Masks are no longer universally required for athletes and performers in certain venues. While some students welcomed the change, others have questioned perceived inconsistencies in the policy. 
The Williams Students Union meets in The Peoples Office. (Bellamy Richardson/The Williams Record)

Williams Student Union contends with student apathy

November 17, 2021
Four terms into the creation of the Williams Student Union, lingering distrust of student government and general confusion over the three-pillars model have left many upperclassmen hesitant to run for office or even to vote.
Macksey said she will propose an investment plan geared towards the city’s infrastructure needs within her first 100 days of office. (Photo courtesy of Haley Winchell.)

Jennifer Macksey to become North Adams’ first female mayor

November 10, 2021
Democrat Jennifer Macksey will become the first female mayor of North Adams in January after defeating opponent Lynette Bond by 200 votes in the Nov. 2 election. 
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