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Lena Kerest, Town News Editor

Lena Kerest ’25 is a prospective political science major from Shelburne, Vt. She is the town news editor, and she previously served as a staff writer for the news section.

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Hogeland, Boyd win Williamstown Select Board election

Julia Goldberg and Lena Kerest May 10, 2023
Andrew Hogeland ’76 and Stephanie Boyd defeated Andi Bryant and Paul Harsch ’69 for two seats on the Select Board in yesterday’s Town election.
The Select Board acts as the executive branch of the Towns government. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Lin.)

Boyd, Harsch, Hogeland vie for two seats on Select Board

Max Billick and Lena Kerest May 3, 2023
Incumbent Andy Hogeland ’76 will seek reelection for his seat, while Stephanie Boyd, a current member of the Town’s Planning Board, and Paul Harsch ’69, a real estate agent, are running to serve on the Board for the first time. 
(Photo courtesy of Matt Freitas.)

Starting men’s lacrosse goalie Matt Freitas wraps up college career

Lena Kerest May 3, 2023
Matt Freitas ’23 has already played 945 minutes in his senior spring. That is nearly every minute of every game, and the season isn’t over. 
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Masese.

One in Two Thousand: Cynthia Masese ’23

Lena Kerest May 3, 2023
This week, Cynthia Masese ’23 discussed her plans after graduation, favorite memories at the College, and involvement in WASO.
Board of Trustees endorses finalized campus plan

Board of Trustees endorses finalized campus plan

Lena Kerest April 26, 2023
The Board of Trustees has endorsed the College’s finalized campus plan, which reimagines the College’s physical landscape in alignment with the priorities stated in the College’s strategic plan. The endorsement marks the culmination of a two-year process led primarily by the College’s Office of Planning, Design, and Construction and Sasaki, a consulting and design company.
The men’s lacrosse team beat the Amherst Mammoths 11-10 in an intense game on Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Men’s lacrosse holds fundraiser with Amherst team for suicide prevention

Lena Kerest April 19, 2023
On April 15, men’s lacrosse (8-5, 5-3 in the NESCAC) hosted the Amherst Mammoths, besting them 11-10 in overtime. The focus of the day was to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), which has so far raised $10,000.
The case for removing the doors on Whitmans’

The case for removing the doors on Whitmans’

Lena Kerest and Genevieve Randazzo April 19, 2023

In the midst of a busy and stressful week, the best way to find social connection at the College is often to “grab a meal” with friends, teammates, classmates, or the friendly entrymate who you sort...

(Photo courtesy of Jordan Wynn.)

One in Two Thousand: Jordan Wynn ’26

Lena Kerest April 19, 2023
Each week, the Record (using a script in R) randomly selects a student at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature, excluding current Record board members. This week, Jordan Wynn ’26 discussed the Navy, computer science, and being a Student with Advanced Life Experiences (SwALE). This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Author Tracy Kidder, Dr. Jim O’Connell discuss new book, homelessness and healthcare in Boston

Author Tracy Kidder, Dr. Jim O’Connell discuss new book, homelessness and healthcare in Boston

Lena Kerest April 12, 2023
Nonfiction author Tracy Kidder joined Dr. Jim O’Connell, the president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School , and the subject of Kidder’s newest book, and Professor of Economics Sara LaLumia for a talk at the College on April 7.
College hosts panel on Russian invasion of Ukraine

College hosts panel on Russian invasion of Ukraine

Lena Kerest March 1, 2023
The College’s department of anthropology and sociology, the global studies program, and the Russian program hosted a panel discussion on Feb. 27, reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The event was titled “A Year of Asymmetric War on Ukraine: What Have We Learned?”
Julia Goldberg/The Williams Record

Anti-racist campus task force convenes for first time

Lena Kerest February 15, 2023
The ad hoc anti-racist campus task force, created by President Maud S. Mandel and Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leticia S. E. Haynes ’99 in November, convened for the first time on Feb. 10.
Photo courtesy of Collette Chilton.

Chief Investment Officer Collette Chilton to retire in December

Lena Kerest February 8, 2023
After 16 years at the College, Chief Investment Officer Collette Chilton — the first leader of the College’s investment office, established in 2006 — will retire at the end of the 2023 calendar year, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an email to the College community on Jan. 26.

Arshay Cooper gives morning Claiming Williams Keynote

Luke Chinman and Lena Kerest February 8, 2023
Arshay Cooper, a rower, author, and motivational speaker, as well as the subject of the documentary A Most Beautiful Thing, presented the morning keynote for Claiming Williams on Feb. 3. This year, the event's theme was “Justice & Institutional Power,” and the morning keynote was co-sponsored by the College’s Athletic Department, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Allyship in Athletics (AIA) committee.
(Photo courtesy of Ivonne García.)

Ivonne García joins OIDEI as assistant vice president

Lena Kerest January 25, 2023
The College announced its newest addition to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), Ivonne García, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. She will serve as assistant vice president for OIDEI.
The proposition, in polls Nov. 8, has largely split voters down party lines. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

Mass. to vote on granting driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status

Lena Kerest October 26, 2022
Proposition 4 will ask Massachusetts voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot whether they approve of the Work and Family Mobility Act, the state law that would allow undocumented individuals to obtain driver’s licenses and learner’s permits.
Why your midterm vote matters

Why your midterm vote matters

Lena Kerest and Jesse Schumann October 19, 2022
In an op-ed, members of the EphVotes board, Lena Kerest ’25 and Jesse Schumann ’25, highlight the importance of voting in the midterm elections.
Members of the walk gathered at the Williams Inn before proceeding north up Spring Street. (Lena Kerest/The Williams Record)

‘Rise Together’ walk on Spring St. raises funds for Elizabeth Freeman Center

Lena Kerest October 5, 2022
The Spring Street midday rush was busier than usual last Friday as the Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) held its annual Rise Together for Safety and Justice walk to raise awareness and funds. The event was co-hosted by RASAN, SAPR, and Greylock Together.
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