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Maddy Lawler, Staff Writer

Maddy Lawler ’23 is a prospective political science and Russian major from Edina, Minn. She is a staff writer for the news section.

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On Sept. 14, interim Dean Rachel Bukanc named Christina Walsh the new dean of first-year students. (Lindsay Wang/The Williams Record)

Christina Walsh arrives at the College as new dean of first-year students

Maddy Lawler October 6, 2021
This week, Christina Walsh began their new role as dean of first-year students at the College after the departure of Christopher Sewell.
An April 30 email from Chief Communications Officer Jim Reische noted that the College would likely keep current forms requiring masks and social distancing when outdoors until the end of the semester, despite the new mask mandate in the state.

As Massachusetts lifts outdoor mask mandate, College protocols unchanged

Maddy Lawler May 5, 2021
Gov. Charlie Baker on April 27 announced an order, effective April 30, to lift the state’s mandate requiring masks outdoors at all times. The College, however, will likely continue to require outdoor masking for the remainder of the semester.
Bowdoin is one of dozens of colleges across the country that has announced students will be required to be vaccinated for the fall. (Photo Courtesy of Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: U.S. colleges require COVID-19 vaccination for fall

Maddy Lawler April 21, 2021
At least a dozen colleges and universities across the U.S. have said they will require students planning to enroll in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
March 22 Select Board meeting: WPD officers suspended for illegal searches

March 22 Select Board meeting: WPD officers suspended for illegal searches

Also: Board to interview interim town manager candidates tomorrow
Maddy Lawler and Ella Marx March 28, 2021
At the Williamstown Select Board meeting on March 22, Acting WPD Chief Ziemba said that the officers who illegally searched the records of WPD critics' have been suspended without pay. Also at the meeting, the board discussed the selection processes for the interim WPD chief and town manager and broadened the scope of Levenson’s investigation.
Photo courtesy of Williams College.

College decides on in-person commencement date, shortened Senior Week; senior class officers seek changes

Annie Lu and Maddy Lawler March 17, 2021
The Class of 2021 will celebrate commencement with an in-person ceremony on May 31, according to the College’s commencement web page, and Senior Week will be shortened to a day and a half right after exams. Senior class officers, however, are pushing the administration for a full-length Senior Week and to allow limited guests.
Filing papers for the 2022 election must be returned to Town Hall by March 22. (Photo courtesy of Ella Marx).

Williamstown Planning Board approves marijuana growth bylaw; Select Board to make final decision

Maddy Lawler and Josh Kirschner March 17, 2021
The Town Planning Board unanimously passed a bylaw at March 9 monthly meeting that would allow residents of Williamstown to cultivate cannabis. The motion has been passed on to the Town Select Board, which will review the motion at its March 22 meeting.
A panel discussed racial justice and police accountability for a Claiming Williams Day event. (Ella Marx, The Williams Record)

Claiming Williams Day event contemplates civic engagement in Williamstown

Maddy Lawler and Ella Marx February 24, 2021
Members of The Williams Record, Williamstown Racial Justice and Police Reform (RJPR), and the Williamstown Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee (DIRE) spoke about civic engagement, racial justice, and police accountability in Williamstown at a Zoom webinar on Thursday.
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