The Williams Record

Lindsay Wang, Senior Writer

Lindsay Wang ’24 is an English and statistics major from Pleasanton, Calif. She is a senior writer, and she previously served as the editor-in-chief, executive editor and section editor for the features section, and a staff writer for the sports section.

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Jessy Park, who has worked in the College’s mailroom for 43 years, is retiring at the end of December. (Photo courtesy of Paul Park.)

Jessy Park, namesake of College’s mailroom, retires after 43 years

Lindsay Wang December 6, 2023
The Park family’s long legacy of employment at the College is now coming to a close as Jessy Park prepares for the end of 43 years as a mail clerk in the mailroom that was named after her in 2007.
SJP has organized various community events including phone banking, poster making, and teach-ins to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. (Julia Goldberg/The Williams Record)

SJP, Jews for Ceasefire organize in support of Palestine

Lindsay Wang November 29, 2023
Since its Oct. 25 Rally for Palestinian Life, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has continued to organize in support of Palestine and call for a ceasefire in Gaza alongside student group Jews for Ceasefire.
The fundraiser benefitted Magen David Adom, the Israeli national ambulance service. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Community members raise over $7,500 for Israeli nonprofit medical service

Lindsay Wang November 29, 2023
A fundraiser for Magen David Adom, Israel’s national disaster relief, ambulance, and blood bank service, organized by Noah Cape ’25 and Matt Seltzer ’24, has raised over $7,500 since Nov. 20.
Part of the issue, the committee’s co-chair explained, is that AI tools like ChatGPT can be employed for many different parts of the writing process, and unspecific policies on syllabi makes it difficult to determine if a student has violated any rules. (Max Billick/The Williams Record)

Special Collections, Davis Center host Archives for Liberation

Julia Goldberg and Lindsay Wang November 8, 2023
The Davis Center (DC) and Special Collections hosted the second session of Archives for Liberation, a year-long series of student-driven workshops highlighting the history of student activism at the College, on Nov. 1 in the Special Collections instruction room.
One in Two Thousand: Abby Shen ’24

One in Two Thousand: Abby Shen ’24

Lindsay Wang October 24, 2023
This week, Abby Shen ’24 discussed her “I Am Kenough” sweater, Yale Divinity School, and the merits of Kierkegaard versus Kant.
Letter from the Editor: Why we published a letter without a contact

Letter from the Editor: Why we published a letter without a contact

Lindsay Wang October 24, 2023
In a letter from the editor, Lindsay Wang ’24 explains her decision to let a group publish without an attached contact.
Chaplains shared reflections on the events of the past week at the vigil.

Chaplains’ Office holds vigil for violence in Israel, Gaza

Lindsay Wang and Shizah Kashif October 17, 2023
The Chaplains’ Office held a vigil on Monday night on the steps of Chapin Hall to reflect on continuing violence in Israel and Gaza.
Olsson finished 61st of 135 participants — 9th of 13 women to cross the finish line. (Photo courtesy of Berit Olsson.)

Berit Olsson ’24 runs 50-mile ultramarathon

Lindsay Wang October 3, 2023
Olsson finished 61st of 135 participants — 9th of 13 women to cross the finish line.
One in Two Thousand: Andrew Nachamkin ’24

One in Two Thousand: Andrew Nachamkin ’24

Lindsay Wang October 3, 2023
This week, Andrew Nachamkin ’24 discussed pineapple on pizza, his love of Halloween, and playing competitive Super Smash Bros.
Letter from the Editor: Recognizing our role as the historical record

Letter from the Editor: Recognizing our role as the historical record

Lindsay Wang September 19, 2023
In a letter to the Williams community, Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Wang ’24 cements the Record's commitment to maintaining robust historical archives and looks to expand the scope of reporting into the future.
Representatives from MassDOT, the Select Board, state legislature, and the Williamstown community spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Mohican Trail. (Lindsay Wang/The Williams Record)

Town hosts ceremony to celebrate completion of Mohican Trail

Lindsay Wang September 19, 2023

After over two decades of advocacy by Berkshire residents, members of the community gathered to celebrate the completion of the Mohican Trail, a 2.5-mile multi-use recreational trail running from Route...

(Photo courtesy of Jay Schroeter.)

One in Two Thousand: Jay Schroeter ’22

Lindsay Wang May 3, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Jay Schroeter ’22, who discussed feats of physical prowess, why he became a Junior Advisor (JA), and the benefits of not wearing shoes.
(Lindsay Wang/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Vincent Jiang ’23

Lindsay Wang April 26, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Vincent Jiang ’23, who discussed being an English and statistics double major, founding the Fireflies club, and being a Dungeon Master (DM) in Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
Claire Schwartz ’10 was one of 10 recipients of the prestigious Whiting Award and its $50,000 prize. (Left: Photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan. Right: Photo courtesy of Claire Schwartz.)

Claire Schwartz ’10 receives 2022 Whiting Award in Poetry

Lindsay Wang April 26, 2022
Claire Schwartz ’10, recipient of the 2022 Whiting Award in Poetry, discusses her latest collection of poems, Civil Service, and how her time in the Purple Valley and beyond contributed to it.
Students gathered in Griffin 3 to listen to Uyghur activist Babur Ilchi speak about the Uyghur genocide in East Turkestan. (Shizah Kashif/The Williams Record)

Uyghur activist speaks to community about genocide, CCP

Lindsay Wang April 19, 2022
Students gathered in Griffin 3 to listen to Uyghur activist Babur Ilchi speak about the Uyghur genocide in East Turkestan.
Students share mixed feelings on communitys use of anonymous apps

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

Megan Lin, Lindsay Wang, and Julia Goldberg March 2, 2022
As anonymous apps like Yik Yak and Unmasked gain traction at the College, students reflect on their complicated relationships with the useful — but often dangerous — platforms.
Navigating the asexual and aromantic spectra at Williams

Navigating the asexual and aromantic spectra at Williams

Lindsay Wang February 23, 2022
Features Executive Editor Lindsay Wang discusses the experience of being on the asexual and aromantic spectrum at Williams with other members of the asexual/aromantic community.
On Jan. 4, Topjor Tsultrim was tabling for The Milk Tea Alliance in Paresky Center, until he returned from dinner to find his Tibetan flag on the floor, and two falcon bookends, missing.

Milk Tea Alliance, students, administrators navigate the aftermath of the Jan. 4 tabling incident

Shizah Kashif and Lindsay Wang February 9, 2022
On Jan. 4, Topjor Tsultrim ’22 returned from a dinner break to the table he had set up at Paresky to speak to passing students about the Milk Tea Alliance to find his Tibetan flag lying on the floor. The two bookends shaped like eagles — a gift from his father — that had been anchoring the flag to the table were missing.
‘A hidden gem’: Exeter students reflect on their Winter Study experiences

‘A hidden gem’: Exeter students reflect on their Winter Study experiences

Lindsay Wang January 26, 2022
As students navigated a tricky return to campus for the first Winter Study since the pandemic hit, a group of 10 visiting students from Exeter College at Oxford arrived on campus for the first time.
This week in Williams history: Stolen computer, PeopleSoft, bookstore plans

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

Bellamy Richardson, Lindsay Wang, and Justin Zen 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.
Clarey at tennis courts named for his former tennis coach in his hometown of Coronado, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Clarey.)

Christopher Clarey ’86 discusses writing definitive biography of Federer, the future of tennis post–Big Three

Lindsay Wang November 10, 2021
The Record spoke with Christopher Clarey '86 about his biography of Roger Federer, sports journalism, and the future of tennis as the Big Three's competitive dominance wanes.
Emma Levy ’20 (left) visited the College for Homecoming and got to see her friend, Cassidy Pawul ’22 (right). (Photo courtesy of Emma Levy.)

A long-awaited Homecoming: Class of 2020 returns to campus

Bellamy Richardson and Lindsay Wang November 10, 2021
The Class of 2020 had its senior spring cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this weekend, many members of the class came back to campus for Homecoming. Members of the Class of 2020 were able to enjoy a day back in the place they called home pre-pandemic.
Club sports grapple with issues of funding, access, and equity

Club sports grapple with issues of funding, access, and equity

Will Royce and Lindsay Wang October 26, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and a bumpy transition between funding systems in recent years have brought to the forefront issues of scarce funds and perceived disparities with varsity teams — issues that club sport members say challenge the values of inclusivity that their teams are based on.
Kelsie Hao ’22 (third from right) joined the Accidentals for her final year at the College. (Photo courtesy of Kelsie Hao.)

An unconventional return: froshomores, super seniors, and gap year students

Shizah Kashif and Lindsay Wang October 26, 2021
Many students who followed unconventional paths during the 2020-2021 academic year have returned to campus for in-person classes. The Record spoke with seven of these students, whose stories are full of excitement, reflection, and a sense of belonging to a Williams community.
Caption: Despite its flaws, [ITAL]Shang-Chi is an immensely entertaining and rich — even monumental — superhero film. (Photo courtesy of Disney.com.)

Review: Shang-Chi offers a new, thrilling type of superhero

Shizah Kashif and Lindsay Wang October 19, 2021
Despite its flaws, Shang-Chi is an immensely entertaining, rich, and monumental superhero film.
This week in Williams history: Mission arson, Coming Out Week, fecal cleanups

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

Bellamy Richardson, Lindsay Wang, and Justin Zen October 19, 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.
The College’s “secret” greenhouse is located at the back of the Morley Science Labs and is visible from the South Science garden. (Lindsay Wang/[ITAL]The Williams Record)

Behind the scenes of Morley Science Labs’ ‘secret’ greenhouse

Lindsay Wang October 5, 2021
Science Quad is a maze of hallways, labs, staircases, and classrooms. Perhaps this convoluted labyrinth is one of the reasons that the greenhouse nestled three floors above the ground at the back of the Morley Science Labs is virtually unknown to students.
Dan Cohn-Sherok ’66 creates digital jigsaws with his wife. He provides the drawings, and she devises the gags. (Photo courtesy of Dan Cohn-Sherbok.)

Two Class of ’66 alums unite classmates 55 years later through memories and digital jigsaw puzzles

Lindsay Wang September 28, 2021
Dan Cohn-Sherok ’66 creates digital jigsaws with his wife — he provides the drawings, and she devises the gags — for a newsletter exclusive to the Class of 1966.
Jacob Lehmann Duke ’24 stands atop Eagle Rock, a naturally occurring granite formation 150 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Lehmann Duke.)

Wildfires, a broken foot, and 2,600 miles: Jacob Lehmann Duke ’24 hikes Pacific Crest Trail

Lindsay Wang September 14, 2021
The first thing I noticed about Jacob Lehmann Duke ’24 was the orthopedic boot encasing his right foot because the subject of our interview was his solo hike from the Mexican border in Southern California to the Canadian border in Northern Washington along the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail over the summer.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

In search of the hardest course

Grady Short and Lindsay Wang May 19, 2021
Students are not shy about sharing their experiences with certain courses; they post reviews on Factrak, spill the tea to their underclass acquaintances, and gossip about professors and assignments. The Record set out to determine the hardest course at the College through a survey, Factrak data — and a lot of other things.
“My sense of outrage is triggered again and again and again right now… I wrote this book as an act of activism,” Min Jin Lee said of her decision to write Pachinko. (Photo courtesy of www.minjinlee.com.)

‘Maybe you and I can share a little bit of a world together’: Min Jin Lee on creating her world

Lindsay Wang May 19, 2021
The mark that both Pachinko and Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires have left on my relationship to storytelling runs bone-deep. So when I answered a call from an unknown number on May 6, my stomach was a knotted mess of nerves and excitement as Lee’s voice sounded from the speakers.
Peter Miles ’24 (right) spends time with friends Andrew Nachamkin ’24 (left) and Frances Hayward ’24 (back) during a late-night study session. (Photo courtesy of Peter Miles.)

‘I was hesitant then, but now I’m not’: First-years reflect on approaching two months on campus

Fiona Seibert and Lindsay Wang April 7, 2021
One month ago, the Record spoke with six formerly remote first-years about their fears, expectations, and hopes about stepping onto campus for the first time. Since then, they’ve adjusted to the rhythm of college life, embracing both the expected and the unexpected as they found how they fit into the College community. 
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

Lindsay Wang and Justin Zen 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.
Lea Obermüller ’24 brought Milka chocolate bars, known for their purple cow mascot, from Germany to share with her pod on campus. (Photo courtesy of Lea Obermüller.)

‘I finally feel like a real student’: Formerly remote first-years come to campus

Fiona Seibert and Lindsay Wang March 3, 2021
The Record spoke with six formerly remote first-years, who, despite coming from locations around the world, shared similar hopes and expectations for a spring semester that ends with a fuller sense of their connection to the College community.
Zack Schreier ’21 (right) and Nick Hamburger (left) don chicken costumes for their pitch to the investors on Shark Tank. (Photo courtesy of ABC.)

Zack Schreier ’21 hopes to crack into chip industry with Shark Tank winner Quevos

Lindsay Wang February 24, 2021
Last month, Zack Schreier ’21 and his childhood best friend Nick Hamburger stepped into chicken costumes for their appearance on Shark Tank seeking support for their startup Quevos, a brand of healthy egg white-based chips that are high-protein and low-carb. They walked away with a $200,000 investment and $200,000 line of credit for 10-percent equity from Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of KIND Snacks.
The chemistry department: Alum couples reflect on College romance and beyond

The chemistry department: Alum couples reflect on College romance and beyond

Lindsay Wang February 10, 2021
This year, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the Record spoke with eight alum couples whose relationships have stood the test of time. 
The facilitated dialogue event on Saturday took place at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Racist Zoom attack at Mt. Greylock HS targets College employees’ child

Incident reignites broader concerns over racism in Williamstown
Tali Natter, Cameron Pugh, and Lindsay Wang January 31, 2021
The child of College employees was the target of a racist, anti-Black Zoom-bombing attack during a Mount Greylock Regional High School (MGRHS) class on Jan. 21. A student from another school district subsequently took responsibility for the attack following an investigation by MGRHS.
‘It’s tough being in the middle’: Ephs on the NESCAC Coalition of Student-Athletes of Color

‘It’s tough being in the middle’: Ephs on the NESCAC Coalition of Student-Athletes of Color

Lindsay Wang December 9, 2020
“We have to acknowledge how white our league has been for so long, and how white our schools have been,” said Priscilla Singleton-Eriyo ’23, a member of women’s basketball.
As an unusual season begins, winter athletes on and off campus start to train

As an unusual season begins, winter athletes on and off campus start to train

Stephanie Teng, Kent Barbir, and Lindsay Wang November 18, 2020

Women’s hockey has been using synthetic ice due to ventilation issues with their normal ice rink. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Lackmann ’24.) A year ago today, the Chandler Athletic Center was bustling...

Mission possible: Climb Club resumes practices despite wall closure

Mission possible: Climb Club resumes practices despite wall closure

Lindsay Wang November 4, 2020

Tree branches bow under the weight of the first snow, and the sun rises and sets early over stinging, frozen air — winter is coming, but members of the climbing club still find themselves behind Mission...

Gotta catch ‘em all: Pokémon Go trends among students

Gotta catch ‘em all: Pokémon Go trends among students

Lindsay Wang October 21, 2020

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game, hit a new peak of popularity among students on campus amid the pandemic.  (Stephanie Teng/The Williams Record) Tap. Tap. Tap. This was the sound that broke...

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