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Lucy Walker, Executive Editor for Archives

Lucy Walker '23 is an English and history major from Washington, DC. She is the current executive editor for archival research and previously served as the section editor for news, as well as the executive editor for investigative reporting.

 

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‘Pioneer Williams women’: Female students’ experiences studying at the College before coeducation

‘Pioneer Williams women’: Female students’ experiences studying at the College before coeducation

March 16, 2022
The College didn’t fully welcome women until 1971, when the institution officially became coed. Yet there’s a lesser-known history of women learning at the College long before coeducation was ever on the horizon — women who studied alongside male students but did not receive degrees until years or decades later, if they received a degree at all. 
40 years ago, students pushed for divestment from apartheid

40 years ago, students pushed for divestment from apartheid

February 16, 2022
While campus movements in recent years, both at the College and nationally, have focused on divestment from fossil fuels, a very different movement took place about 40 years ago, when students on campus were campaigning for divestment from the South African apartheid state, a movement which lasted nearly 10 years.
This Week in Williams History:  First female dean, Rock Fan removal, Paresky grand opening

This Week in Williams History: First female dean, Rock Fan removal, Paresky grand opening

February 9, 2022
This week in history, the College appointed its first female dean, removed the infamous Rock Fan from in front of Chapin Hall, and debuted the Paresky Center.
54 years ago, the debut of the Winter Study Program

54 years ago, the debut of the Winter Study Program

January 26, 2022
The first Winter Study, which took place in 1968, brought a new type of learning to many students and coincided with increased social awareness of political issues including racial equality and the Vietnam War.
College announces new “recover-in-place” policy as part of COVID isolation protocol

College announces new “recover-in-place” policy as part of COVID isolation protocol

January 12, 2022
In a campus-wide email sent on Wednesday, Jan. 12, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced a “recover-in-place” strategy for students who test positive for COVID-19. The College will permit students who test positive to isolate in their rooms, as long as they live in a single dorm.  
In Other Ivory Towers: Black students at UMass Amherst receive racist messages

In Other Ivory Towers: Black students at UMass Amherst receive racist messages

September 29, 2021
Members of several Black student groups at UMass Amherst earlier this month received emails containing racist anti-Black language.
College used WiFi data to track presence at Wood party, increases CSS patrols in dorms

College used WiFi data to track presence at Wood party, increases CSS patrols in dorms

April 7, 2021
The College used WiFi data as part of its investigation of the Feb. 26 Wood House party, Dean Sandstrom and Director of CSS Dave Boyer told the Record. Boyer also said that the College has increased CSS patrols in students’ residential spaces following the party.
The College currently has an arrangement with Cable Mills, a former mill in Williamstown which has been converted into residential units by a private developer. however, the private developer has begun the process of selling the units as condominiums, limiting the College’s housing stock. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record)

Housing stock decrease spurs reconsideration of faculty housing options

March 31, 2021
Due to a recent loss of housing units at Cable Mills, the College has continued to pursue other options for new faculty housing. In a faculty meeting earlier this year, members of the administration mentioned potential changes to the faculty housing lottery, among other suggestions.
Spring semester to start as scheduled; College plans to hold in-person commencement

Spring semester to start as scheduled; College plans to hold in-person commencement

January 28, 2021
The spring semester will start as previously scheduled, with students returning to campus beginning Feb. 10, President of the College Maud S. Mandel and Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced today in an email to students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, the College plans to hold an in-person commencement for seniors, albeit with no off-campus guests.
From Williamstown to the Broad Institute: Tracking a COVID test

From Williamstown to the Broad Institute: Tracking a COVID test

October 28, 2020

COVID-19 testing is now a part of daily life for on-campus students, faculty and staff at the College. Moving through the Greylock parking garage and now the Towne Field House, students have become accustomed...

COVID by the numbers: A look into the Colleges pandemic spending

COVID by the numbers: A look into the College’s pandemic spending

September 30, 2020

Life across campus has shifted radically in order to implement safety measures and ensure socially distanced learning and residential life. These changes have had financial implications for the College,...

Town denies allegations against WPD chief, admits 2014 racial harassment incident

Town denies allegations against WPD chief, admits 2014 racial harassment incident

August 30, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article describes instances of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Williamstown Select Board released a response Thursday addressing some of the allegations made by Williamstown...

The College released its data on fall enrollment. It reveals disparities by race and financial aid status.

The College released its data on fall enrollment. It reveals disparities by race and financial aid status.

July 16, 2020

Joey Fox/The Williams Record CORRECTION: This article has been corrected on July 17, 10:58 a.m. to reflect that 6.2 percent of students on financial aid are taking a gap year/leave. According to...

Faculty face choice between in-person and remote instruction if campus reopens

Faculty face choice between in-person and remote instruction if campus reopens

June 21, 2020

Faculty members have been asked to inform the College by yesterday, June 20, whether they would teach in person or remotely if the campus were to reopen in the fall. The academic subcommittee of the working...

College considers trimester or three-semester calendar for 2020-2021 academic year

College considers trimester or three-semester calendar for 2020-2021 academic year

May 14, 2020

In an all-faculty meeting on Wednesday, President Maud S. Mandel announced that she is strongly considering adopting either a trimester or a three-semester model for the 2020-2021 academic calendar....

Ephventures adjust training schedules, plan for fall

Ephventures adjust training schedules, plan for fall

May 13, 2020

As the spring semester nears its end, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the coming academic year remains unclear, making plans for first-year orientation programs uncertain. Ephventures organizers...

A look into the College’s deliberations on the fall 2020 semester

A look into the College’s deliberations on the fall 2020 semester

April 29, 2020

(Graphic by Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record). As institutions of higher education across the world are grappling with the question of reopening in the fall, the College has developed a plan to work...

Mandel forms planning groups to address potential approaches to fall semester amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mandel forms planning groups to address potential approaches to fall semester amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2020

In a faculty meeting conducted over Zoom last Wednesday, President of the College Maud S. Mandel announced the creation of an ad hoc committee tasked with planning alternative options if in-person classes...

Membreno ’12 discusses experience as first-gen student at the College

Membreno ’12 discusses experience as first-gen student at the College

March 11, 2020

Soraya Membreno ’12 gave a talk last Thursday on her experience as a first-generation immigrant of color at the College titled “These are the things that no one tells you: On navigating primarily...

Students elected to positions in 2 of 3 pillars of new student government

Students elected to positions in 2 of 3 pillars of new student government

March 4, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF ADLY TEMPLETON. Candidates for student government campaigned for various positions at Pub Night last week. On Sunday, March 1, the Three Pillars Task Force released the results of...

Students run for new positions under recently passed Three Pillars Plan

February 26, 2020

On Monday, Feb. 24, self-nominations for positions within the Facilitators for Allocating Student Taxes (FAST) and the Williams Student Union, two bodies of the newly structured student government, were...

Faculty vote to change weight of A+ to 4.00

Faculty vote to change weight of A+ to 4.00

February 19, 2020

The faculty voted last Wednesday to change the weighting of an A+ grade from 4.33 to 4.00. The motion, led by the Committee on Educational Affairs (CEA), was presented at the Feb. 12 faculty meeting by...

Transfer students claim Williams

Transfer students claim Williams

February 12, 2020

JOEY FOX/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Students, faculty and staff gathered to share and discuss the experiences of transfer students at the College. Last Thursday, several transfer students organized a Claiming...

Pharmacy and health drinks store open as Uptown Tunnel closes

Pharmacy and health drinks store open as Uptown Tunnel closes

January 29, 2020

Williamstown Apothecary On Jan. 17, the College announced the development of the Williamstown Apothecary, a new pharmacy opening at 72 Spring Street in partnership with Berkshire Health Systems (BHS)....

Town installs new pedestrian crossing lights, signs along Main Street

Town installs new pedestrian crossing lights, signs along Main Street

November 13, 2019

Newly-installed signs along Main Street feature lights which alert cars to pedestrian crossings. (Leslie Garcia/The Williams Record.) Last week, Williamstown installed several new pedestrian crossing...

Outside firm conducts review of CSS

Outside firm conducts review of CSS

October 30, 2019

From Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, Margolis Healy, a campus security consulting firm, conducted an external review process of the College’s campus safety and security (CSS). Steven Healy, CEO of Margolis Healy,...

Local students strike for climate every Friday

Local students strike for climate every Friday

October 23, 2019

High school students Elizabeth Westerdahl, Eliza Goldsteen, Ruby Lerman, Carly Anselmo and Devin Khoury (from left to right) strike in front of the First Congregational Church. (Lucy Walker/The Williams...

In Other Ivory Towers: Bard College at Simon’s Rock

October 23, 2019

In Other Ivory Towers is the Record’s look at colleges and universities outside the Purple Bubble. A month after a female student of color reported being attacked on the campus of Bard College at...

Proposed local sporting goods store faces backlash over gun sales

Proposed local sporting goods store faces backlash over gun sales

October 2, 2019

A proposal to turn a storefront at 742 North Hoosac Road into a sporting goods store has sparked controversy. (Nicholas Goldrosen/The Williams Record) Following a contentious hearing, the Williamstown...

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