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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...

Maxine Burkett ’98 discusses climate reparations, connections between racial hierarchy and climate change

Maxine Burkett ’98 discusses climate reparations, connections between racial hierarchy and climate change

November 20, 2020

“While the disproportionate effects of the climate crisis are starting to receive due media coverage in the current moment of heightened awareness, there’s a century-long relationship between environmental...

Science student groups juggle community-building with COVID-19 restrictions

Science student groups juggle community-building with COVID-19 restrictions

November 18, 2020

In the absence of most in-person gatherings, many science student groups have had to find other ways to foster community. (Joey Fox/The Williams Record.) Last fall, the lounge spaces of the Science...

A look into the honor and discipline committee’s all-student email

A look into the honor and discipline committee’s all-student email

November 18, 2020

On Nov. 6, the Honor and Discipline Committee sent an email to the student body to “communicate a piece of information and a few suggestions.” The email, sent by Associate Professor of Economics and...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

November 18, 2020

Monday ​11-9-20 8:00 a.m. Gladden House: Campus Safety and Security (CSS) took a statement from a student concerning their room being vandalized and their window being broken over the weekend. Thursday...

In Other Ivory Towers: UAlbany switches to remote learning, student strike ends at Haverford

In Other Ivory Towers: UAlbany switches to remote learning, student strike ends at Haverford

November 18, 2020

UAlbany goes remote after COVID-19 outbreak On Nov. 9, the State University of New York at Albany (UAlbany) announced that all academic classes would change to a remote format, cutting the in-person...

Governor Baker announces stay-at-home advisory, stricter limitations on gatherings to combat virus spread

Governor Baker announces stay-at-home advisory, stricter limitations on gatherings to combat virus spread

November 11, 2020

On Nov. 6, Gov. Charlie Baker implemented new coronavirus guidelines to combat the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, reflecting a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. Confirmed...

After two of the 22 students at WEPO tested positive for COVID-19, several students went into two-week quarantine. (Photo courtesy of Mae Burris-Wells.)

Two students at WEPO test positive for COVID-19

November 11, 2020

After two of the 22 students at WEPO tested positive for COVID-19, several students went into two-week quarantine. (Photo courtesy of Mae Burris-Wells.) Two students at the Williams-Exeter Programme...

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Beyond the Bubble: Town elects members to Mount Greylock Regional School District Committee

November 11, 2020

Devika Goel/The Williams Record If you have walked or driven around Williamstown this fall, you have likely spotted lawn signs bearing the names of those who campaigned for last week’s elections...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

November 11, 2020

Monday 11-2-20 10:36 p.m. Mt. Hope Mansion: An officer responded to an intrusion alarm. The Williamstown Police Department (WPD) was contacted for assistance. The entire building and perimeter were...

Dr. Ruha Benjamin discussed three key aspects to preserving the “virality” of racial justice advocacy: structural competency, cultural humility and an ecosocial approach. (Screenshot by Kit Conklin/The Williams Record.)

Dr. Ruha Benjamin explores relationship between racial inequality, medicine in 2020 Davis lecture

November 4, 2020

Dr. Ruha Benjamin discussed three key aspects to preserving the “virality” of racial justice advocacy: structural competency, cultural humility and an ecosocial approach. (Screenshot by Kit Conklin/The...

(Infographic courtesy of Hannah Lipstein.)

College adjusts to changes in Title IX regulations that narrow definition of sexual harassment

November 4, 2020

(Infographic courtesy of Hannah Lipstein.) In light of recent federal Title IX changes, the College held a Zoom session on Oct. 21, led by Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity...

College begins building community garden behind Poker Flats

College begins building community garden behind Poker Flats

November 4, 2020

Behind Poker Flats, construction on the College’s first community garden has finally begun. Initially started in 2018, the project was temporarily stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring....

(Photo courtesy of Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.)

In Other Ivory Towers: Wesleyan and Connecticut College face COVID-19 challenges

November 4, 2020

College Row at Wesleyan University. (Photo courtesy of Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.) This past week, Wesleyan University raised its COVID-19 alert levels to yellow due to changing circumstances regarding...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

November 4, 2020

Monday 10-26-20 8:19 p.m. Currier Hall: An officer responded to a window alarm in the East Ballroom.  8:25 p.m. The Log: The staff at The Log by Ramunto’s reported that the signs for the...

The Williams College Children's Center closed down for ten days after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.)

Two months into the fall semester, faculty, staff reflect on childcare

October 28, 2020

The Williams College Children's Center, which closed in March, has since re-opened with modified hours and staffing to accommodate public health protocols. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.) When...

While Williams Coronavirus Dashboard only reports on numbers of positive test results, other NESCAC schools also provide metrics on isolation, recovery and disciplinary measures. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.)

What the College’s COVID dashboard does — and doesn’t — say

October 28, 2020

While the Williams Coronavirus Dashboard only reports on numbers of positive test results, other NESCAC schools also provide metrics on isolation, recovery and disciplinary measures. (Photo courtesy of...

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...

(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...

Four College presidents reflect on voting rights, 2020 election

Four College presidents reflect on voting rights, 2020 election

October 21, 2020

The presidents of four institutions of higher education — Maud S. Mandel of Williams College, Wayne A. I. Frederick of Howard University, Ellen Kennedy of Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Jonathan...

Students frequently share meals under the tent outside Paresky, which has now been equipped with heaters. (Sophie Throop/The Williams Record.)

College adds heaters, walls to tents for outdoor dining

October 21, 2020

Students frequently share meals under the tent outside Paresky, which has now been equipped with heaters. (Sophie Throop/The Williams Record.) On sunny days, students can be seen sprawled across Paresky...

U.S. News ranks Williams as No. 1 again – but what does that mean?

U.S. News ranks Williams as No. 1 again – but what does that mean?

October 21, 2020

Williams is once again No. 1. For the 18th year in a row, the College has been ranked the top liberal arts college in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” ranking list.  U.S....

After years of controversy, Log murals to be removed

After years of controversy, Log murals to be removed

October 21, 2020

At the Log, Associate Conservator of Paintings Maggie Barkovic and Conservation Technician Matthew Hamilton, both from the Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Center, apply a protective paper facing...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

October 21, 2020

Monday 10-12-20 9:04 a.m. Williams Hall: Officers received a report of multiple alcohol violations. There was a table set up in a common room with several used solo cups on it, and some of the cups...

WRAPS organizes campus-wide food drive, adapts to COVID restrictions

WRAPS organizes campus-wide food drive, adapts to COVID restrictions

October 18, 2020

In light of COVID-related restrictions, Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) has had to make many adjustments to the way they approach their mission of collecting surplus food from dining...

Faculty vote to adopt continuous model for spring semester, replacing spring break with “health days”

Faculty vote to adopt continuous model for spring semester, replacing spring break with “health days”

October 14, 2020

In a meeting today, the faculty voted to adopt the continuous model for the spring academic calendar, one of two proposed models for next semester. The Calendar and Scheduling Committee (CSC) has been...

Faculty to vote on spring 2021 calendar; students express preference for continuous model

Faculty to vote on spring 2021 calendar; students express preference for continuous model

October 14, 2020

(Joey Fox/The Williams Record) The faculty will vote in a meeting today to adopt one of two models for the spring 2021 academic calendar, both of which the Calendar and Scheduling Committee (CSC) have...

Ranked choice voting on the ballot in Massachusetts

Ranked choice voting on the ballot in Massachusetts

October 14, 2020

While much national news has recently focused on the presidential race, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity this year to implement ranked choice voting (RCV) for future non-presidential elections...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

October 14, 2020

Monday 10-5-20 8:51 a.m.: Per a request from the Dean’s Office, a remote student was contacted by Campus Safety and Security (CSS) concerning reports of their presence in a dorm, as remote students...

In Other Ivory Towers: Middlebury removes 22 students for violating COVID-19 guidelines

In Other Ivory Towers: Middlebury removes 22 students for violating COVID-19 guidelines

October 12, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Alan Levine/Wikimedia Commons.) Middlebury College removed 22 students who had gathered at two separate 15- and 16-person parties last month, suggesting that the students had violated...

Harvard Preceptor David Kane ’88 faced calls for his removal due to racist posts on the Williams-themed website EphBlog. (Visual based on screencaps from EphBlog.com.)

David Kane ’88 comes under fire at Harvard for racist EphBlog posts

October 7, 2020

Harvard Preceptor David Kane ’88 faced calls for his removal due to racist posts on the Williams-themed website EphBlog. (Visual based on screencaps from EphBlog.com.) Content warning: discussion...

Travel regulations and teaching over Zoom: language fellows and teaching associates navigate COVID

Travel regulations and teaching over Zoom: language fellows and teaching associates navigate COVID

October 7, 2020

Every fall, the Asian Studies department hosts an in-person celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a cultural activity which involves sharing mooncakes with students. In light of the pandemic, that has...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

October 7, 2020

Monday 9-28-20 9:59 a.m. Chandler Pool Office: There was a burglary alarm. An officer found the door to the pool was open, but no staff were around. The officer shut that door and rearmed the system....

(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...

Lecture series focuses on Black women, voting rights

Lecture series focuses on Black women, voting rights

October 7, 2020

“It is deliberate, it is purposeful, and it is targeted,” Professor of African American Studies at Emory University Carol Anderson said of voter suppression, one of the largest issues facing American...

Berkshire County voting: Trends, data and predictions

Berkshire County voting: Trends, data and predictions

October 7, 2020

(Joey Fox/The Williams Record) Berkshire County, like many other counties and states around the nation, is expecting a substantially high turnout for this November’s general election. Already, Berkshire...

COVID by the numbers: A look into the College's 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,...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

September 30, 2020

Tuesday 9-22-20 12:21 a.m. Prospect House: An officer responded to conduct a welfare check based on the concern of a student who reported their friend may have been in some form of distress. All was...

Hiring search for second Asian American Studies position delayed until fall 2021

Hiring search for second Asian American Studies position delayed until fall 2021

September 23, 2020

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) has postponed its hiring search for the second of two previously approved tenure-line positions for faculty specializing in Asian American Studies (AAS)...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

September 23, 2020

Monday 9-14-20 7:02 a.m. Paresky Center: Dining Services staff reported a minor motor vehicle accident at the Paresky loading dock. A driver for Performance Foodservice was backing into the loading...

Joey Fox/The Williams Record

On-campus fall enrollment lowers to 1,455

September 16, 2020

Joey Fox/The Williams Record According to Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom, the number of students currently residing on campus is approximately 1,455. That number is down from July, when enrollment...

This year's convocation ceremony was presented virtually. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.)

College honors class of 2021, awards Bicentennial Medal in virtual convocation ceremony

September 16, 2020

This year's convocation ceremony was presented virtually. (Photo courtesy of Williams College.) Last Saturday, the College inaugurated the 2020-2021 academic year with the annual convocation ceremony,...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

September 16, 2020

Thursday 8-27-20  5:02 p.m. Mission Park: An officer responded to a complaint called in by phone and a subsequent tip line submission that a student was being assisted by family moving into Mission...

Neal, Morse face off in close Berkshire congressional primary

Neal, Morse face off in close Berkshire congressional primary

August 29, 2020

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield) and Mayor of Holyoke Alex Morse are competing in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 1st congressional district this Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.) Massachusetts’...

A breakdown of the changes to cost and financial aid this academic year

A breakdown of the changes to cost and financial aid this academic year

July 8, 2020

The College announced last week that it will decrease the cost of tuition by 15 percent this coming academic year, waive the work-study contribution and provide a personal allowance to all students on...

IOIT: Peer institutions announce fall plans as July approaches

IOIT: Peer institutions announce fall plans as July approaches

June 23, 2020

Over the past month, many of the College’s peer institutions have announced their plans on whether or how to return to campus for the fall semester. President Maud S. Mandel committed to making an...

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 announces Jason Rivera as new director of institutional research

College announces Jason Rivera as new director of institutional research

May 28, 2020

Jason Rivera will be taking over as the new director of institutional research, Provost Dukes Love announced in an all-campus email on May 22. Rivera comes from the University of Bridgeport, where he...

In the absence of an in-person commencement this year, seniors reflect on the ceremony and its significance to them. (Kevin Zhang Yang/The Williams Record)

“It doesn’t feel like as much of a triumph”: Seniors reflect on graduating without commencement

May 23, 2020

In the absence of an in-person commencement this year, seniors reflect on the ceremony and its significance to them. (Kevin Zhang Yang/The Williams Record) Since the College announced its decision...

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