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Justin Zen, Executive editor for editorials, co-director of staff

Justin Zen ’24 is a prospective economics major from New York City, N.Y. He is the executive editor for editorials and co-director of staff. He previously served as section editor for the features section.

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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. 
This week in Williams history: Stolen computer, PeopleSoft, bookstore plans

This week in Williams history: Stolen computer, PeopleSoft, bookstore plans

December 8, 2021
This week in history, the College suspended a student for stealing a computer, launched its new PeopleSoft system, and received support for its own bookstore.
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One in Two Thousand: Cara Sturdevant ’25

November 17, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Cara Sturdevant ’25, who talked about the Navy, her life as a mother, and Winter Study.
(Photo courtesy of Noah Sandstrom.)

Faculty dogs on campus

November 10, 2021
This week, the Record spoke with faculty members who bring their dogs to campus for class or office hours to learn more about their furry friends.
Social media influencers balance academics, content creation

Social media influencers balance academics, content creation

October 20, 2021
Perhaps most unexpected on the list of famous individuals at the College are social media influencers. The Record spoke with Alicia Blanco ’21.5, Yeldana Talgatkyzy ’25, and Aylen Park ’23 to learn more about how their experiences with internet fame intersect with their experiences at the College.
This week in Williams history: Mission arson, Coming Out Week, fecal cleanups

This week in Williams history: Mission arson, Coming Out Week, fecal cleanups

October 20, 2021
“This Week in Williams History” is a column dedicated to looking back at memorable moments in the College’s past through articles in the Record. This week in history, the College dealt with an act of arson in the Mission parking lot, celebrated National Coming Out Week, and cleaned up a series of bio-crimes.
Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Captain’s Corner: Hamza Mankor ’22

September 22, 2021
The Record checks in with men's cross country captain Hamza Mankor.
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One in Two Thousand: Sunny Hu ’24

September 15, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Sunny Hu ’24, who talked about moving into Bryant House; her go-to coffee order; and her two dogs, Wren and Forrest.
Students line up past Prospect House for Driscoll dinner on Build-Your-Own-Bowl night. (Kevin Yang/The Williams Record)

How Dining creates its menus

April 21, 2021
Part of a series of new initiatives by Dining Services, Build Your Own Bowl nights have been received as a welcome break from the regular meal cycle. The Record spoke with Dining staff to learn more about nutritional, cultural, and logistical considerations in the menu creation process.
Though the Atlanta shootings catapulted the issue of anti-Asian violence into the national consciousness, incidents of racialized violence toward Asians and Asian Americans, especially women, are not uncommon in American history. (Angela Gui/The Williams Record. Photo courtesy of History.com.)

‘A larger history of racialized and gendered violence’: Professors, students discuss anti-Asian hate

March 31, 2021
Asian Americans have long been subject to racist dehumanization and othering, professors who spoke to the Record say, which expressed itself during the Atlanta shootings. Incidents of racialized violence toward Asians and Asian Americans, especially women, are not uncommon in American history.
(Rachel Buccalo/The Williams Record)

Spotlight on Research: Eiko Maruko Siniawer examines emotions in Japanese history

March 17, 2021
This semester, Professor of History Eiko Maruko Siniawer took her research into the classroom with HIST 320: “Emotions in Modern Japanese History.” By foregrounding the historical significance of emotions throughout the course, she hopes to provide a more comprehensive understanding of emotions as actors in history.
Miranda Wang ’21 decorated her windows with red paper cutouts for Lunar New Year. (Photo courtesy of Miranda Wang.)

Students adapt Lunar New Year celebrations for travel, quarantine

February 17, 2021
As most students prepared to return to campus, many of those who celebrate the Lunar New Year had to explore how they could observe the holiday while adhering to the College’s public health guidelines.
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