The Williams Record

Kitt Urdang, Editor-in-Chief

Kitt Urdang ’23.5 is a history and political science major from Stamford, Conn. She is the editor-in-chief. She previously served as executive editor of editorials, director of the staff writer program, and section editor for the opinions section.

 

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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 11, 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.
Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97 gave the Earth Week keynote address (Photo courtesy of Danielle Deane-Ryan.)

Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97 delivers Earth Week keynote address on environmental justice

April 27, 2022
Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97, director of equitable climate solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund, returned to the College on Thursday to deliver the Earth Week keynote address “Is it too late? Moving into a decisive decade for addressing climate crisis.”
In Reische’s Friday email, he wrote that the measures are temporary and the College hopes to lift them soon, but that the College may consider tightening the restrictions if cases do not decline. (Photo courtesy of Izzy Polanco).

COVID cases increase, College tightens masking requirements

April 20, 2022
Masking is once again required in classes, libraries, academic buildings, and indoor athletics facilities, Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische wrote in an all-campus email on Friday afternoon. However, community members can still unmask when eating in dining halls and while in residence halls.
College tightens masking requirements as COVID cases increase

College tightens masking requirements as COVID cases increase

April 15, 2022
Masking is once again required in classes, libraries, academic buildings, and indoor athletics facilities, Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische wrote in an all-campus email this afternoon. However, community members can still unmask when eating in dining halls and while in residence halls.
College to launch nation’s first all-grant financial aid program

College to launch nation’s first all-grant financial aid program

April 13, 2022
The College will eliminate all loans, required work study, and summer earnings contributions from all students’ financial aid packages effective fall 2022, becoming the first institution of higher education in the United States to do so, excluding military and work colleges.

College loosens masking guidelines, testing requirements

February 11, 2022
Students can now unmask in all residence halls and eat and drink indoors anywhere except classrooms, Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische announced in the Campus Operations and Business Continuity Update on Feb. 11. Also, effective Monday, Feb. 14, students will only need to test for COVID-19 once a week. 
Letter from the editor: Renewing our commitment to justice and community representation

Letter from the editor: Renewing our commitment to justice and community representation

January 26, 2022
Editor-in-Chief Kitt Urdang ’23.5 describes the Record’s continued commitment to its mission of representing the Williams community through fair and equitable journalism.
The College will not publish COVID test results today, arrival policies change for students who tested positive before arriving to campus

The College will not publish COVID test results today, arrival policies change for students who tested positive before arriving to campus

January 4, 2022
Jan. 4 | 9:45 p.m. As of 9:45 p.m. today, the College’s COVID-19 dashboard has not been updated to include test results from students who took COVID tests on Monday. In an email to the Record, Associate Director of Institutional Research James Cart ’05, who manages the dashboard, wrote that the College’s typical cycle of testing and reporting results on the dashboard happens over the course of three days.
College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

December 30, 2021
The first week of classes and events during Winter Study will be held remotely, and students will quarantine in their dorm rooms upon arrival to campus until they receive one negative COVID-19 test result, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email this morning. 
Students reported frustrating experiences with the Health Center. (Sabrine Brismeur/The Williams Record)

Seeking reproductive health care at the College brings confusion and frustration, some students say

November 17, 2021
Accessing reproductive health care while at the College can be difficult given limited local treatment options and hours of operation at the Thompson Health Center. And three students who spoke to the Record said these difficulties can be exacerbated by unsatisfactory information and negative interactions they had while seeking reproductive health care at the Health Center. 
Out of the eight dining hall workers who responded to a Record survey, seven reported dissatisfaction.

Dining staff say they are overworked, frustrated as a result of labor shortage

October 6, 2021
As the College navigates a local and national labor shortage, some members of the Dining Services staff say they are overburdened, lack confidence in the quality of their work, and are experiencing low morale. Of the eight dining hall workers who responded to an anonymous survey by the Record, seven expressed dissatisfaction with their experiences working in Dining Services this year.
If confirmed, Wormuth 91 would become the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Army. (Photo Courtesy of Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons.)

Biden to nominate Christine Wormuth ’91 to be first female Army secretary

‘A baton relay race’: Wormuth discusses her career in public service with the Record
April 21, 2021
On April 12, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Christine Wormuth ’91 to serve as Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve in this role. 
Amherst’s decision to divest from fossil fuels comes on the heels of student advocacy on behalf of climate justice (Photo Courtesy of David Emmerman).

In Other Ivory Towers: Amherst joins Middlebury, Wesleyan in pledge to divest from fossil fuels

April 7, 2021
On March 31, Amherst College formalized its commitment to divest its endowment from fossil fuels, joining several other NESCAC institutions, including Middlebury and Wesleyan, in plans to divest.
Rioters stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, ultimately resulting in five deaths. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Insurrection, impeachment and a reckoning: Alums on Capitol Hill reflect on recent events

January 18, 2021
On Jan. 6, Rep. Andy Levin ’83 (D-MI) was in his Washington office at the Cannon House Office Building — preparing to speak against Republicans’ attempt to overturn Michigan’s presidential election results — when he heard a knock at the door. A Capitol Police officer stepped in and told everyone to evacuate. For Levin and his fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the remainder of that day passed by in a state of chaos, confusion and, for some, danger.
Yang, Loewenson, Fox and Jones to lead 2021 Record Editorial Board

Yang, Loewenson, Fox and Jones to lead 2021 Record Editorial Board

December 9, 2020

Kevin Yang ’22, Irene Loewenson ’22, Joey Fox ’21 and Sofie Jones ’22 have been elected by the Record 2020 Editorial Board to lead Williams College’s student newspaper in 2021. Yang will be...

One in Two Thousand: Ryan Savarie ’23

One in Two Thousand: Ryan Savarie ’23

December 9, 2020

Photo courtesy of Ryan Savarie. 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...

IOIT: Dartmouth graduate student on day 16 of hunger strike over sexual harassment investigation

IOIT: Dartmouth graduate student on day 16 of hunger strike over sexual harassment investigation

July 30, 2020

In Other Ivory Towers, or IOIT, is a Record column covering events and news in institutions of higher education. On July 14, Dartmouth College computer science graduate student Maha Hasan Alshawi...

Four takeaways from the College’s plan to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19

Four takeaways from the College’s plan to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19

June 23, 2020

In an email sent to the College community on June 8, Provost Dukes Love, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Planning, outlined the steps the College will take to mitigate the financial impact...

Eph teams juggle, run, do pushups for Williams for Williamstown

Eph teams juggle, run, do pushups for Williams for Williamstown

May 13, 2020

The juggle-a-thon, organized by the men’s and women’s soccer team, was livestreamed on Instagram, raising funds and awareness. (Photo courtesy of Daiana Takashima ’20 and @williams_soccer_juggles...

Franklin Reilly ’21 runs 100 miles for food bank fundraiser

Franklin Reilly ’21 runs 100 miles for food bank fundraiser

April 29, 2020

Reilly during his 100-mile run on April 19. (Photo courtesy of Franklin Reilly.) It was the beginning of April, just a few weeks after Franklin Reilly ’21 returned home to Edwards, Colo....

Remote learning raises challenges for community members with concussions

Remote learning raises challenges for community members with concussions

April 15, 2020

Remote learning has brought new frustrations and discoveries for all students and staff, but the transition has been especially troublesome for community members who have suffered concussions, and who...

Ian Di Pietro ’23 and family help hospital workers and their business with Feed the Frontlines NYC

Ian Di Pietro ’23 and family help hospital workers and their business with Feed the Frontlines NYC

April 8, 2020

NYC hospital workers hold up Taralluci e Vino meals delivered by Feed the Frontlines. (Photo courtesy of Feed the Frontlines NYC.) Like many of his classmates at the College, Ian Di Pietro...

Italy study abroad programs affected by spread of coronavirus

Italy study abroad programs affected by spread of coronavirus

March 4, 2020

Ten students enrolled in study abroad programs in Italy are facing uncertainty about the rest of their semester due to the country’s coronavirus outbreak and subsequent program cancellations. Many...

“Restless Collection” Winter Study course curates art collection in response to VP Pence’s politics

“Restless Collection” Winter Study course curates art collection in response to VP Pence’s politics

February 12, 2020

Jordan Stein taught students such as Clarissa Dominguez ’22 about how to curate art with a political purpose, engaging with Mike Pence’s political views as their class’s case study.(Photo courtesy...

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