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Luke Chinman, Features Editor

Luke Chinman ’25 is a prospective American studies major from Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a section editor for the features section.

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QSU, nonbinary students react to new gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, call for more trans inclusion

QSU, nonbinary students react to new gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, call for more trans inclusion

November 16, 2022
As a result of conversations with Queer Student Union last year, the College has changed the designation of some bathrooms on campus from gendered to gender-neutral.
Transfer students reflect on creating community at the College

Transfer students reflect on creating community at the College

November 9, 2022
The Record spoke to four students who transferred last year about their experiences before Williams, their transitions to life at the College, and how they’ve found community despite their nontraditional college paths.
Windows On Williams: Prospective students engage with College community through fly-in program

Windows On Williams: Prospective students engage with College community through fly-in program

November 1, 2022
Windows on Williams is a three-day fly-in program for low-income students to shadow current students by sleeping in their dorms, attending classes, and engaging with the College community. The Record spoke with WOW students, hosts, and administration about their experiences.
Large banners that together read “VOTE” were placed on Chapin Hall’s columns as part of efforts by EphVotes to encourage higher voter turnout among students at the College. (Luke Chinman/The Williams Record)

Student organizations mobilize ahead of midterm elections

October 25, 2022
Various student organizations, including EphVotes, a nonpartisan voter-outreach organization, have mobilized ahead of the upcoming midterm election to promote student participation in local and state government.
One in Two Thousand: Grace Reynolds ’22.5

One in Two Thousand: Grace Reynolds ’22.5

October 18, 2022
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, Grace Reynolds ’22.5 discussed her neuroscience thesis, her plans after graduation, and how she likes to spend her time outside in Williamstown. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
The College hopes the new program will reduce its carbon footprint. (Luke Chinman/The Williams Record)

College launches carbon emissions information program for air travel

October 4, 2022
The College implemented the Air Travel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information & Reduction Program, an initiative directed at reducing carbon emissions from College-related air travel, on Oct. 1. Travelers who have booked air travel using College funds will now receive monthly emails from the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives with information about the greenhouse gas emissions from their flights, estimated climate damages as a result of the emissions, and strategies to reduce future emissions due to air travel.
New York State Teacher of the Year Billy Green ’03 reflects on time at the College, transformational teachers

New York State Teacher of the Year Billy Green ’03 reflects on time at the College, transformational teachers

October 4, 2022
Williams alum Billy Green ’03 was recently named the 2023 New York State Teacher of the Year. He spoke to the Record about his experience at the College and the teachers who guided him throughout his education.
Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling opened at Images Cinema on Friday. (Luke Chinman/The Williams Record)

We’re laughing too hard to worry, darling: Drama drives Images crowd

September 27, 2022
Campus was already abuzz with discussion and anticipation before the lights dimmed for the 7:30 p.m. showing of Don’t Worry Darling at Images Cinema on Friday night. Plagued by controversy ahead of its release, Olivia Wilde’s latest psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles drew more laughs than gasps from an audience of College students entrenched in the film’s pre-release drama.
Michael Ma ’26 (center back) poses with his BASE CAMPus group while canoeing on Grafton Lake. (Amina Naidjate/ The Williams Record).

‘Best of both worlds’: BASE CAMPus gives WOOLFies an alternate orientation experience to overnight camping

September 27, 2022
Williams Outdoor Orientation for Living as First-Years, known more commonly as WOOLF, is the College’s oldest and most popular EphVenture program, typically a backpacking and overnight camping trip through the Berkshires wilderness. Last year, however, the Williams Outing Club (WOC) added a new option to the EphVenture: BASE CAMPus, where students sleep in their dorms and hike with their fellow first-years over four days.
Despite the unofficial nature of their program, “What Am I Doing?” participants decorated their own t-shirts to commemorate the group. Photo courtesy of Aaron Schroen.

‘What Am I Doing?’: Behind the makeshift orientation for 17 EphVenture-less frosh

September 20, 2022
A small cohort of first-years arrived to campus this year with no EphVenture assignment, and a makeshift program — which would lovingly be named “What Am I Doing?” by its leaders and participants — was born.
This week in Williams history: An end to compulsory chapel service, College welcomes women, students embark on first WOOLF trips

This week in Williams history: An end to compulsory chapel service, College welcomes women, students embark on first WOOLF trips

September 20, 2022
This week in Williams history: The Trustees of the College decided to make daily chapel services voluntary rather than mandatory. Male students reacted to the onset of coeducation. And the newly arrived Class of 1981 returned from trips in the Berkshire, Taconic, and Green Mountains on the first-ever WOOLF trips.
Williams Ballroom co-presidents Sophia Trone ’24 (left) and Isabel Bushway ’23 (center) teach students with board member Emma Neil ’23 (right) how to dance at Ballroom meetings. Photo courtesy of Lillie Bushway.

Clubs make comeback after pandemic year

May 10, 2022
While the College's COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings caused many clubs to stop meeting all together, these clubs were able to make a comeback this year.
Students and faculty discussed future sustainability goals for the College. (Luke Chinman/The Williams Record)

Students create environmental time capsule, host discussion about future of climate change

May 3, 2022
On Thursday, students and professors gathered on the steps of the Class of ’66 Environmental Center to discuss the future of climate change and fill a time capsule with students’ personal statements, quotations from the event, and other climate-related materials. Organized by Sabrine Brismeur ’22.5 and Isabel Kelly ’23 for their environmental studies course, “Communicating Climate Change,” the event brought together faculty from the environmental studies, theatre, and classics departments for an interdisciplinary conversation.
The prospectus, if approved, will centralize AAS in its own department and hire two new faculty members — one junior and one senior — both with Full Time Equivalents (FTE) solely in AAS. (Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

From an idea to the classroom: The making of the annual course catalog

May 3, 2022
Professors and administrators provide an inside look at the inception, development, and approval of the new courses that populate the Williams course catalog.
Members of Ephskate can often be found in the parking lot behind the First Congregational Church, where there is plenty of room to do laps on skates. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Liang.)

Entrymates skate into spring, forming new student group

April 19, 2022
As a Williamstown winter melts into spring, some students have found a creative way to enjoy the warm weather. One such group is Ephskate, the College’s new roller-skating group.
YDSA organizers hosted a celebration outside Paresky. (Julia Goldberg/The Williams Record)

Mandel releases public statement on fossil fuel investment plan, divestment organizers celebrate

April 12, 2022
The College plans to end all indirect investments tied to the fossil fuel industry by 2033, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email on Friday, prompting celebration from divestment organizers and confusion from some other students.
Purplexity had their first rehearsal as an entire group on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Molly Arts.)

Introducing Purplexity: The College’s new a capella group

March 15, 2022

Throughout their first year at the College, Molly Arts ’24 and Sarah Lindeman ’24 discussed starting a new a cappella group on campus. “We always loved singing and would go down to the Mission...

The Hopkins Memorial Forest hosted its first community-wide Maplefest after a three-year hiatus, with activities ranging from maple sap boiling in the sugar house to tree-tapping demonstrations. (Luke Chinman/The Williams Record.)

After three years, Maplefest returns in full to Hopkins Forest

March 15, 2022
Maplefest, which has been open to the Berkshire community nearly every March since its conception, was canceled in 2020 and restricted to only students in 2021 because of the ongoing pandemic. This year, Maplefest made its full return on Sunday, March 13.
‘A tribute to winter’: Winter Carnival’s century-long history

‘A tribute to winter’: Winter Carnival’s century-long history

February 16, 2022
The annual Winter Carnival was first held in 1915 and has since then hosted a slew of Williams traditions, ranging from ice sculpture competitions to residential house banquets.
(Photo courtesy of Joel Bishop.)

One in Two Thousand: Rika Yahashiri ’25

February 9, 2022
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Rika Yahashiri ’25, who discussed her role as social calendar writer, the swim and dive team, and her semester abroad in Japan.
Astronomy professor, students view eclipse over Antarctica

Astronomy professor, students view eclipse over Antarctica

January 26, 2022
In the early morning of Dec. 4, 2021, Chair and Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff, along with students Peter Knowlton ’21.5 and Anna Tosolini ’23, flew over Antarctica in a chartered Boeing 787. For just under two tense minutes, they took photos out of the plane windows with borrowed Nikon cameras from the College library, capturing a total solar eclipse.
Anne Peale works as the Special Collections librarian in Sawyer. (Photo courtesy of Anne Peale.)

Staff Spotlight: Special Collections Librarian Anne Peale shares love of book history

December 8, 2021
Anne Peale works as the Special Collections librarian in Sawyer. As Special Collections librarian — a role she has held for nearly five years — her responsibilities include cataloguing new sources acquired by the College, helping classes access documents, answering reference questions related to the collection, and reshelving books.
‘Underdog’ Williams debate team garners attention, awards in standout season

‘Underdog’ Williams debate team garners attention, awards in standout season

November 2, 2021
Now attending competitions on Discord, the Williams College Debate Union is having its best season in decades. The Record spoke with students on the team about what this recent success has meant to them.
Six first-years and one senior, all named Sasha, came together to form the unofficial Sasha Student Union. (Photo courtesy of Jack Simon.)

Seven Sashas start Sasha Student Union

October 26, 2021
The Sasha Student Union (SSU) is an unofficial club at the College and has seven members — six first-years named Sasha and one senior named Sasha.
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