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Megan Lin, News Editor

Megan Lin 24 is a prospective history and English major from Hartland, Wis. She is a section editor for news and previously served as a staff writer for the news section.

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Though the Class of 2020 still has not had an official in-person commencement, the Class of 2021 had its commencement — technically a “senior celebration” — on May 31 of this year. (Photo courtesy of Allison Downing.)

Class of 2020 will finally get its commencement — in 2022

July 23, 2021
The Class of 2020 is set to have an in-person commencement in July 2022, with families and guests invited to attend.
Students will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

College to loosen COVID restrictions, graduation ceremony guest limits

May 19, 2021
The College will loosen its COVID-19 restrictions in accordance with state rules, as well as broaden participation in the Class of 2021’s graduation ceremony, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an email to the College community on Tuesday. 
Record survey reveals decreased approval of College policies, institutions

Record survey reveals decreased approval of College policies, institutions

May 19, 2021
The Record sent out its biannual approval ratings survey this past week to 500 randomly selected students, who were given the option to indicate whether they approve of, disapprove of, or feel neutral about various campus figures, institutions, and policies.
The increase in the 2021-22 school year cost of attendance reflects a fully in-person fall next year. (Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

College raises price of attendance to pre-COVID cost in preparation for in-person fall

April 21, 2021
On April 14, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an email that the College’s comprehensive fee for the 2021-22 academic year would be $74,660.
Bates' lockdown follows several other colleges' rise in cases and subsequent increased restrictions. (Photo Courtesy of Wentworth Washington/Wikipedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: Colleges implement lockdowns after spikes in cases

April 14, 2021
In recent months, several colleges and universities — including Bates, Dartmouth, and Duke — have been placed on lockdown in response to rising cases on campus. In all three of these cases, administrators cited illicit gatherings as a main source of infections.
MCLA sent all students home on April 11 following an outbreak of 28 cases on campus. (Photo Courtesy of Magic Piano/Wikimedia Commons.)

MCLA transitions to remote learning after 28 on-campus cases

April 14, 2021
All classes at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) have transitioned to remote format as of April 5 and residence halls closed on April 11. President James Birge announced the move to remote learning in an email to the MCLA community on April 1, after 28 on-campus students at MCLA tested positive for COVID-19.
This year's Commencement will take place in-person, with each senior allowed two guests. Photo Courtesy of Williams College.

College to allow limited commencement guests, faces criticism from senior class officers

March 31, 2021
President Mandel announced in a March 22 email that the College will now allow two in-person guests per graduating senior at the 2021 commencement ceremony. This year, “Senior Days” will take place over only a day and a half immediately following final exams — a decision by the administration that prompted push back from many seniors.
The College has loosened some COVID restrictions and brought back outdoor dining tents (Megan Lin/The Williams Record)

College loosens some COVID-19 restrictions, reinstates outdoor dining tents

March 17, 2021
The College shifted to Phase 2 of campus reopening on Monday, March 15. The lifting of restrictions comes two weeks later than anticipated, after President Maud S. Mandel announced that, in response to the Wood House party, Phase 2 would begin on March 15 rather than the initially expected March 1.
College removes 127 students from campus in response to party

College removes 127 students from campus in response to party

Administration defines involvement as any unauthorized presence at Wood that night; some Wood attendees say large parties were common in fall
March 10, 2021
One hundred twenty-seven students have been removed from campus as part of the College’s response to the Feb. 26 party at Wood. For the purposes of deciding whom to remove from campus, the College has defined involvement in the Wood party as any unauthorized presence in the building during the night of the party. The Record interviewed four students who were at Wood that night. They said that large indoor parties were common throughout the fall.
Friday’s party was the latest in what Wood House residents described as a pattern of illicit gatherings that violated the College’s public health guidelines. (Megan Lin/The Williams Record)

Students come forward as College continues investigation of Wood House party

March 3, 2021
Following the illicit gathering of an estimated 80 to 100 students at Wood House on Friday, Campus Safety and Security has begun to identify students who were involved. A number of students have come forward to the administration to admit that they attended the party, according to Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom. Some Wood residents said that Friday’s party was one instance in an ongoing pattern of illicit gatherings at Wood House, to which they believed the College’s response has been inadequate.
Four Area Coordinators will be hired to live in student dorms, with two in freshman housing and two in upperclassmen housing

College to hire live-in residential staff, implement affinity and special-interest housing

WSU, HCs criticize components of plan
March 3, 2021
The College will put in place two major initiatives for residential life starting fall 2021: hiring live-in residential staff and providing affinity and special-interest housing.
Civil rights lawyer and author Michelle Alexander delivered the evening keynote for Claiming Williams Day. Photo courtesy of Michelle Alexander.

Michelle Alexander delivers Claiming Williams evening keynote on restorative justice

February 24, 2021
Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer and author of the New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, presented the evening keynote address for Claiming Williams Day on Thursday to an audience of 605 viewers.
Grade inflation continues rise through fall semester, some professors say

Grade inflation continues rise through fall semester, some professors say

February 17, 2021
Though hybrid learning in the fall brought along academic challenges like no other semester, it was also accompanied by students at the College seemingly earning higher grades on average, some professors say. 
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.
The College just formed a Residential Life working group. Here’s what they’re working on.

The College just formed a Residential Life working group. Here’s what they’re working on.

December 9, 2020

In response to the Learning Beyond the Classroom strategic planning working group’s recommendations for improving student life on campus, the College recently formed a Residential Life Working Group....

TABLE hosts virtual Baxter Forum with updates from each student-faculty committee

TABLE hosts virtual Baxter Forum with updates from each student-faculty committee

November 25, 2020

On Nov. 12, The Advisory Board for Lobbying and Elections (TABLE) hosted an open virtual forum for each committee, consisting of students and faculty making decisions for their particular area, to update...

(Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record.)

College says it is making strides towards sustainability goals, despite pandemic’s impact

October 28, 2020

(Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record) In 2015, the President and Board of Trustees determined the following five goals to reduce the College’s impact on climate change by 2020: Significantly reducing...

(Graphic by Lucera Whitmore.)

Three Pillars acclimate to new form of student government, respond to impacts of pandemic

October 7, 2020

(Graphic by Lulu Whitmore/The Williams Record.) With the uncertainty surrounding one of the College’s most unconventional semesters in memory, the Three Pillars, the College’s three branches of...

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