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Maya Prakash

Maya Prakash ’26 is an Economics and Comparative Literature major from Singapore and India. She is the Executive Editor for Opinions and previously served as Opinions section editor. She can be reached via email at [email protected].

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Encampment enters week two

SJP, J4J hold rallies, teach-ins, meet with senior staff; posters of Israeli hostages removed, defaced
Aliya Huprikar and Maya Prakash May 8, 2024
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jews for Justice (J4J) have continued their encampment on Sawyer Quad into its second week. The encampment, which began at 4 a.m. last Wednesday, joined a wave of campus protests across the nation in which students have set up encampments.
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Student protestors interrupt panel on war in Gaza, may face disciplinary action

Maya Prakash and Hugh Kane May 1, 2024
Last Thursday, the third and final installment of the on-campus speaker roundtable “The War in Gaza and the International Context” was interrupted by student protestors affiliated with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), some of whom may face disciplinary action from the College.
Photo courtesy of Maddie Feldman.

In Other Ivory Towers: Princeton to set financial aid, Pell Grant targets for undergraduate admissions following affirmative action ruling

Maya Prakash April 24, 2024
Beginning with the next admissions cycle, Princeton will target a student body in which 70 percent of students are eligible for financial aid and at least 22 percent are Pell Grant-eligible, the university announced on March 26. Princeton’s board of trustees set the new enrollment goals for low- and middle-income students following a review by The Ad Hoc Committee on Undergraduate Admission Policy, which the board of trustees established to examine undergraduate admissions in July 2023.
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College raises comprehensive fee by 5.7 percent to $85,820 for 2024-25 year

Maya Prakash April 17, 2024
The College’s comprehensive fee for the 2024-25 academic year will be an all-time high of $85,820 — a figure that includes tuition, housing, and personal expenses — marking a 5-percent increase from the 2023-24 fee.
A sign from WAAC’s activism in favor of divestment from South Africa. (Photo couresty of The Williams Record.)

Former U.S. Rep. Andy Levin ’83 and Williams Anti-Apartheid Coalition members reflect on the importance of student activism

Maya Prakash April 10, 2024
“If I can get annoyingly ‘Williams’ about it, I think my experience of the Williams Anti-Apartheid Coalition [(WAAC)] has shaped my whole life,” said Andy Levin ’83, who was a U.S. Rep. from Michigan’s 9th Congressional district from 2019 to 2023, in an interview with the Record. 
Bill Cotter ’21, otherwise known as ‘Billy Fooball,’ is running for Congress. (Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter.)

Bill Cotter ’21, or ‘Billy Football,’ kicks off congressional campaign

Hugh Kane and Maya Prakash April 10, 2024
“Turning 21 is fun, turning 22 is fine, and then you end up at 25,” Bill Cotter ’21 reflected in an interview with the Record. Cotter — better known online as Barstool Sports’ “Billy Football” —  saw his 25th birthday less as a tempus fugit reality and more of an opportunity: Having just hit the age threshold to be elected to Congress, Cotter saw himself as a fresh face to represent New York’s 3rd district in the House of Representatives. 
Photo courtesy of MASS MoCA Union.

Majority of MASS MoCA workers strike for increased wages

Maya Prakash and Sonia Zinkin-Meyers March 13, 2024
Unionized employees at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Mass. went on strike indefinitely beginning on March 6, following the museum’s refusal to meet demands for increased wages.
Sam Riley/The Williams Record.

College’s transportation working group develops crowd-sourced guide

Maya Prakash March 6, 2024

The College’s Ad Hoc Transportation Working Group is currently working on a Transportation Hub document, a version of which was published in February. The document is composed of over 15 pages of...

SJP holds rally at Hopkins Hall

SJP holds rally at Hopkins Hall

Maya Prakash December 6, 2023
Approximately 200 community members participated in a walkout and rally outside of Hopkins Hall on Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. to protest the College’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. 
State Sen. Paul Mark spoke to students at Log Lunch on Nov. 10. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Jaffe.)

State Senator Paul Mark discusses climate policies, political journey at Log Lunch

Inés Garcia and Maya Prakash November 15, 2023
Massachusetts State Senator Paul Mark discussed ongoing climate change policies and his journey to the Senate at Log Lunch on Nov. 10.
Students reflect on Hasan Minhaj controversy and his performance in Williamstown Theatre Festival

Students reflect on Hasan Minhaj controversy and his performance in Williamstown Theatre Festival

Maya Prakash November 8, 2023
Students discuss contentious New Yorker article about Hasan Minhaj and the ethics involved in comedy.
SHAKUNTALA: a remix  is adapted from Kalidasa’s play. (Photo courtesy of E Wolfson.)

Theatre department to present SHAKUNTALA: a remix this weekend

Margaux Kanamori and Maya Prakash May 3, 2023
Students will perform an adaptation of Kalidasa’s fourth-century Sanskrit play called SHAKUNTALA: a remix on May 4, 5, and 6.
Inclusivity, as discussed by a Jesuit priest

Inclusivity, as discussed by a Jesuit priest

Maya Prakash April 12, 2023
In an op-ed Maya Prakash '26 comments on a talk by Father Francis X. Clooney and religious inclusivity
Should we be excited about Rishi Sunak?

Should we be excited about Rishi Sunak?

Maya Prakash November 2, 2022
In an op-ed, Maya Prakash ’26 argues that newly minted U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is not an example of ideal representation.
End silence on Sri Lanka at the College

End silence on Sri Lanka at the College

Maya Prakash October 26, 2022
In an op-ed, Maya Prakash ’26 underscores the College’s silence in response to the Sri Lanka crisis.
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