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Nigel Jaffe, Executive Editor for Data

Nigel Jaffe ’22 is a psychology and sociology major from Jersey City, NJ. He is the executive editor for data. He previously served as a staff writer, features editor, and then as executive editor for digital content.

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A year into the pandemic, staff still face unique burdens

April 14, 2021
The Record sent a survey to every staff member at the College, and spoke with seven of them about their experiences since the pandemic began. The stories they told speak to the challenges staff have confronted in the past year, the ways staff feel they do and don’t fit in at Williams, and the hopes many staff have for a post-COVID future.
College refreshes visual identity, students push back with memes

College refreshes visual identity, students push back with memes

February 5, 2021
The College has updated its visual identity, expanding the official standards governing all aspects of its brand. The announcement sparked a swift and largely critical response from students and alumni, who flooded Williams-related Facebook pages with memes and other posts. 
Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

Artist Otherwise Known As: Helene Ryu ’22

November 18, 2020

Helene Ryu ’22 has recently started experimenting with themes of intimacy in relation to others. (Photo courtesy of Helene Ryu ’22.) I don’t recall exactly how my view of Helene Ryu ’22 changed...

Radio Dramas debuts, first production since pandemic

Radio Dramas debuts, first production since pandemic

November 13, 2020

Poster courtesy of Nicolle Mac Williams ’21.5. Tonight, the theatre department will present Radio Dramas, a series of short pre-recorded radio plays selected from Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365...

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...

Mandel outlines College’s commitment to racial justice, faces renewed criticism

Mandel outlines College’s commitment to racial justice, faces renewed criticism

June 18, 2020

After more than two weeks of pressure from students, alums and other members of the College community, President Maud S. Mandel released on Friday an outline of actionable steps the College will take...

College faces criticism for response to national BLM movement as Amherst establishes matching campaign

College faces criticism for response to national BLM movement as Amherst establishes matching campaign

June 7, 2020

At a time when predominantly white institutions across the nation are responding to widespread protests denouncing police brutality and anti-Black racism, members of the Williams community — particularly...

Ninja Sex Party’s Brian Wecht ’97 talks rings, physics and musical comedy

Ninja Sex Party’s Brian Wecht ’97 talks rings, physics and musical comedy

May 13, 2020

When Brian Wecht ’97 lost his high school class ring while living in Gladden his junior year, he didn’t think much of it. The ring was bulky and ornately carved, with a hefty green gemstone embedded...

(Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Physics Charlie Doret '02.)

Photo series: Faculty work from home

April 29, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Physics Charlie Doret '02.)(Photo courtesy of Artist-in-Residence in Dance Erica Dankmeyer '91.)(Photo courtesy of Assistant Professor of Biology David Loehlin.)(Photo...

Record Recs: (Free) '50s classics, Westerns old & new

Record Recs: (Free) ’50s classics, Westerns old & new

April 29, 2020

With less than a month until classes end, students may be wondering how they’ll pass the time without lectures to fast-forward through and Zoom seminars to attend. If you’re one of them, you’re...

Psychology department to join Division III

Psychology department to join Division III

April 22, 2020

The psychology department will join Division III starting in the fall of 2021. (Photo courtesy of Shaheen Currimjee '20). The psychology department will change its curricular affiliation from Division...

Faculty are given option to pause tenure review process

Faculty are given option to pause tenure review process

April 15, 2020

In light of the disruptions to academic life posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, untenured faculty now have the option to defer their reappointment or tenure review process by one year. The choice has been...

Classes resume in new remote format

Classes resume in new remote format

April 8, 2020

Students and faculty have made the transition to remote learning in the wake of the closure of campuses across the country. (Alice Qu/The Williams Record) Classes resumed remotely on Monday, plunging...

Adam Schlesinger ’89, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and acclaimed songwriter, dies at 52

Adam Schlesinger ’89, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and acclaimed songwriter, dies at 52

April 2, 2020

Schlesinger in concert in 2006. In addition to founding the power pop band Fountains of Wayne with a Williams classmate, Schlesinger wrote songs for a variety of artists, movies, TV shows and theatrical...

Students find creative ways to stay in touch while off-campus

Students find creative ways to stay in touch while off-campus

April 1, 2020

Just hours had passed since the deadline for most students to pack up their belongings and leave campus when Nate Orluk ’22 took to the student group chat titled “the greatest food in the world,” which...

IWS adjusts offerings as pandemic poses challenges to mental health

IWS adjusts offerings as pandemic poses challenges to mental health

April 1, 2020

Beginning April 6, Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) will provide remote transition planning sessions in which students can work with therapists to assess their current or anticipated need for mental...

Faculty, staff couples share their stories

Faculty, staff couples share their stories

March 11, 2020

NIGEL JAFFE/THE WILLIAMS RECORDScott and Bernice Lewis met in Arizona, and have taken a group of students to the Grand Canyon every year since 1994. We’ve all heard the famous statistic: since the...

Anthony Jack discusses inequality on campuses

Anthony Jack discusses inequality on campuses

February 12, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE. Anthony Jack gave a keynote speech in Chapin Hall on Wednesday. Anthony Jack, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The...

Safa Zaki named next dean of faculty

Safa Zaki named next dean of faculty

January 29, 2020

Professor of Psychology Safa Zaki will become the next dean of the faculty in July, succeeding Denise Buell. Photo courtesy of Safa Zaki. President Maud S. Mandel announced last Tuesday that Professor...

Davis Center undergoes structural changes

Davis Center undergoes structural changes

January 29, 2020

The Davis Center will be restructured amid several staff departures. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record) Earlier this month, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leticia...

IWS changes session lengths

IWS changes session lengths

January 29, 2020

IWS changed session lengths in order to accomodate students on the waitlist for one-on-one counseling. Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) will no longer offer weekly...

Anthropology class explores issues of “Town and Gown”

Anthropology class explores issues of “Town and Gown”

December 6, 2019

Since 2015, Professor of Anthropology David Edwards and journalist Christopher Marcisz have co-taught “Town and Gown: Investigating the Relationship of College and Community.”  We sat down...

Profiles of Presidents Past: Morty Schapiro

Profiles of Presidents Past: Morty Schapiro

November 20, 2019

Morty Schapiro, president of the College from 2000 to 2009, has served as president of Northwestern University for the past decade. (Photo courtesy of Northwestern University.) For Morty Schapiro,...

CC amends newly formed task force

CC amends newly formed task force

November 20, 2019

At its Nov. 19 meeting, College Council (CC) passed an amendment to the resolution from Nov. 12 that established the Student Government Task Force, a committee charged with drafting a proposal over Winter...

CC forms committee to restructure

CC forms committee to restructure

November 13, 2019

After several weeks of dithering, CC has voted to establish a task force to handle the topic of abolition. (Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record.) At its Nov. 12 meeting, College Council (CC) passed a...

Douglas Paisley brings Sardinian folk music stateside

Douglas Paisley brings Sardinian folk music stateside

November 6, 2019

It wasn’t hard to pick out the sound of someone singing as I made my way through the empty halls of Spencer Art Building. Poking my head into the printmaking studio, I found Studio Art Assistant...

CC tables two resolutions regarding its abolition

CC tables two resolutions regarding its abolition

November 6, 2019

At a weekly College Council (CC) meeting last night, two resolutions for the abolition of CC were discussed; voting on both resolutions has been tabled for next week. At the Oct. 29 meeting, a non-binding...

Community members rest in peace in College cemetery

Community members rest in peace in College cemetery

October 30, 2019

The College cemetery has served as the final resting place for generations of presidents, professors and other members of the College community. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record) “Guess where I’m...

Long-distance hikers convene on campus

Long-distance hikers convene on campus

October 23, 2019

The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association gathered at the College last weekend. (Photo courtesy of H. Dean Clark.) The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) held its 38th annual...

WSP committee expands financial aid

WSP committee expands financial aid

October 23, 2019

The financial aid cap for Winter Study 99s, thesis projects and SPEC courses will increase from $500 to $1000 this coming Winter Study, amid other changes in the financial aid process for Winter Study. The...

NAO Takht Ensemble offers a primer on Arab music

NAO Takht Ensemble offers a primer on Arab music

October 23, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF MAROC FILM The National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble, directed by Michael Ibrahim, brought the sounds of Arab music to the College on Monday evening. It took no more than a glance...

Closer Look: IWS diversifies staff

Closer Look: IWS diversifies staff

October 9, 2019

Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) has worked in recent years under director Wendy Adam to expand and diversify its staff. (Photo courtesy of Wendy Adam.) This article is the second in a two-part...

Closer Look: Integrative Wellbeing Services expands offerings, revises clinical approach

Closer Look: Integrative Wellbeing Services expands offerings, revises clinical approach

October 2, 2019

IWS rethought its mission in 2016 under new director Wendy Adam. (Nicky Wu/ The Williams Record) In October 2016, Vice President for Campus Life Steve Klass announced that Wendy Adam would be appointed...

Hitched and living on Hoxsey: Lara and Jason Meintjes ’22 settle into life at the College

Hitched and living on Hoxsey: Lara and Jason Meintjes ’22 settle into life at the College

October 2, 2019

Jason (left) and Lara (center) Meintjes ’22, pictured with daughter Jamie (right), transferred this fall from Long Beach City College./Photo courtesy of Jason Meintjes. “Imagine yourself in a...

Sean Saifa M. Wall ’01 reflects on time as intersex activist

Sean Saifa M. Wall ’01 reflects on time as intersex activist

September 25, 2019

For almost two decades, Sean Saifa M. Wall ’01 has worked as an intersex rights activist, fighting to end medically unnecessary surgeries. (Photo courtesy of Sean Saifa M. Wall) Looking back after...

Currier Quad art installation  prompts student complaints

Currier Quad art installation prompts student complaints

September 25, 2019

WCMA will relocate the auditory exhibit to Hopkins Observatory. (Ethan Dinçer/The Williams Record) In response to student noise complaints, the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will relocate...

Behind the Uniform: Lisa Armstrong

Behind the Uniform: Lisa Armstrong

September 18, 2019

Before she came to the College 28 years ago, Lisa Armstrong worked in the Berkshires as a licensed nurse. NIGEL JAFFE/FEATURES EDITOR Universally loved for her warm presence and friendly, upbeat attitude...

Profiles of Presidents Past: Adam Falk

Profiles of Presidents Past: Adam Falk

September 11, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION. In 2010, Adam Falk, then dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, had his video interview with Williams’ presidential...

One in Two Thousand: Regina Fink '22

One in Two Thousand: Regina Fink ’22

September 11, 2019

NIGEL JAFFE/FEATURES EDITOR Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College. So long as the owner of the selected unix is on campus, willing to be interviewed...

College appoints new director of dining services, students concerned with process

College appoints new director of dining services, students concerned with process

May 8, 2019

After a semester-long search process, Temesgen Araya has been appointed the College’s next Director of Dining Services, replacing Bob Volpi, who retired earlier this year. Araya will officially step...

Paul Gleason ’64 wraps up term as Freemason Grand Master

Paul Gleason ’64 wraps up term as Freemason Grand Master

May 8, 2019

Gleason attends a commemoration for Paul Revere, who was Mass. Grand Master from 1795–1797. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES ORGETTAS. Though students at the College have been banned from participating in...

Great Ideas Committee launches “Novels & Noms” book swap

Great Ideas Committee launches “Novels & Noms” book swap

May 1, 2019

The Great Ideas Committee “Novels & Noms” book swap kicked off in Dodd Living Room last Thursday. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR It is a truth universally acknowledged that students at the College...

Memorial pays tribute to Spanish Civil War volunteer Barton Carter ’37

Memorial pays tribute to Spanish Civil War volunteer Barton Carter ’37

April 24, 2019

A plaque commemorates the service of Barton Carter ex-’37, who volunteered for anti-fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War. NIGEL JAFFE/FEATURES EDITOR The walls of Thompson Memorial Chapel...

Q&A With Michael Lewis

Q&A With Michael Lewis

April 24, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE. Minutes after news of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France started to gain international attention, Professor of Art Michael Lewis sat down to write....

One in Two Thousand: Belle Furman ’20

One in Two Thousand: Belle Furman ’20

April 17, 2019

SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR Belle and I went to the same high school, and even though we never crossed paths there, she managed to spot me in Frosh Quad within my first week at the College. Such...

Steam Tunnels: Legends from the underground

Steam Tunnels: Legends from the underground

April 10, 2019

Before alarms were installed in the College's steam tunnels, students would use the tunnels to sneak around campus late at night. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB WRIGHT. Beneath campus, stretching from Hopkins...

Rosenwinkel dazzles with electric standards, originals

Rosenwinkel dazzles with electric standards, originals

April 10, 2019

Critically acclaimed jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel delivered an exciting and original performance at Brooks-Rogers on Monday night. Photo courtesy of NPR. “That’s the first time this has happened...

WSC Kudos Program gives out monthly awards to recognize staff who go above and beyond

WSC Kudos Program gives out monthly awards to recognize staff who go above and beyond

April 3, 2019

Patricia Malanga received a Kudos award for February 2018. Todd Noyes in OIT received a Kudos award for January 2019. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WILLIAMS STAFF COMMITTEE. From corralling escaped horses...

One in Two Thousand: Victoria Michalska '22

One in Two Thousand: Victoria Michalska ’22

March 13, 2019

SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR I first met Victoria when I was sitting with a friend on the swing set behind Mission. She said the two of us looked like Romeo and Juliet, and even though it was weeks...

Students bedeck campus in googly eyes

Students bedeck campus in googly eyes

March 6, 2019

On salt shakers and staircases, computer mouses and hot chocolate machines, spread from Driscoll to Hollander and in plenty of spots in between, a legion of faces has arisen on campus. Googly eyes are...

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