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The Health Center and Integrative Wellbeing Services will be closed this summer, posing challenges for students. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

Health Center’s summer closure limits students’ options

May 8, 2019

The Health Center and Integrative Wellbeing Services will be closed this summer, posing challenges for students. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR The Student Health and Wellness services, which includes...

Students raise awareness of relations with CSS

Students raise awareness of relations with CSS

May 8, 2019

Last Wednesday, fliers titled “Where’s My Safety? Reconsidering the purpose and role of CSS” were placed around campus. Additionally, a new “Where’s My Safety?” poster was hung outside of...

Data was compiled from a survey the Record sent out to College students. Among the students receiving the survey, 188 students responded, representing a 38 percent response rate. INFOGRAPHIC BY WILLIAM NEWTON/PRODUCTIONS MANAGER

Campus approval ratings

May 8, 2019

Data was compiled from a survey the Record sent out to College students. Among the students receiving the survey, 188 students responded, representing a 38 percent response rate. INFOGRAPHIC BY WILLIAM...

WIFI continues to operate after CC setback

WIFI continues to operate after CC setback

May 8, 2019

In the aftermath of College Council’s (CC) April 23 vote to reject Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) as a registered student organization (RSO), a decision that came under scrutiny from both President...

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...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

May 8, 2019

Monday 4-29-19 3:25 p.m. Horn Hall: Officers responded to Horn Hall for a report of a bias incident concerning words written on a whiteboard. Officers documented the incident and notified college officials.  Wednesday...

Mandel writes on inclusion

Mandel writes on inclusion

May 8, 2019

On May 3, President Maud Mandel sent an all-campus email, “Our past, current and future work for an inclusive Williams,” detailing ongoing and future initiatives for inclusion at the College. This...

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CC rejects Williams Initiative For Israel

May 1, 2019

INFOGRAPHIC BY WILLIAM NEWTON/PRODUCTIONS MANAGER At its April 23 meeting, College Council (CC) voted 13–8 with one abstention against recognizing Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) as an official...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

May 1, 2019

Monday 4-22-19 9:10 p.m. Facilities: Campus Safety and Security (CSS) took a report from the facilities parking lot of a minor motor vehicle accident involving two college vans.  10:16 p.m....

Mandel commits to responding to CARE Now demands by Friday

Mandel commits to responding to CARE Now demands by Friday

May 1, 2019

The Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now) has extended its deadline for President Maud Mandel’s response to its list of demands from the original date of April 26 to Friday, May 3. According...

Rugby, OSL, CC reach agreement on spring break goal post repair costs

Rugby, OSL, CC reach agreement on spring break goal post repair costs

May 1, 2019

Last Wednesday, Director of the Office of Student Life (OSL) Doug Schiazza and Associate Director of OSL Mike Bodnarik reached an agreement with College Council (CC) for OSL to pay the repair costs of...

Trustees approve OIDE budget increase

Trustees approve OIDE budget increase

May 1, 2019

The Board of Trustees has approved a request to add $34,000 to next year’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE) budget to be allocated to the Minority Coalition (MinCo), according to...

Currently, the Davis Center is operating with two full-time staff members, with plans to onboard new members. BROOKE HOROWITCH/EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Davis Center grapples with insufficient funding, staffing

April 24, 2019

Currently, the Davis Center is operating with two full-time staff members, with plans to onboard new members. BROOKE HOROWITCH/EXECUTIVE EDITOR On April 17, the Coalition Against Racist Education Now...

CC votes to reject WIFI

CC votes to reject WIFI

April 24, 2019

Last night, College Council (CC) voted 13–8 with one abstention to reject a request from the Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) to become a registered student organization. The vote came a week after...

RASAN has changed the initial segment of its Take Back the Night event into a protest that supports sexual assault survivors and confronts rape culture, followed by an open mic session. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

RASAN shapes first portion of Take Back the Night into protest

April 24, 2019

RASAN has changed the initial segment of its Take Back the Night event into a protest that supports sexual assault survivors and confronts rape culture, followed by an open mic session. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

April 24, 2019

Monday 4-15-19 11:52 a.m. Williams Hall: College staff member asked that an officer meet him on the fourth floor of Williams Hall concerning damage. A ceiling EXIT sign was ripped from the ceiling...

Name of white supremacist group found in Thompson House

Name of white supremacist group found in Thompson House

April 24, 2019

On late Friday, the name of a prominent white supremacist organization was found written on the whiteboard in Thompson House. The name of the same group had been written in the same place earlier this...

Current students created affinity programming for prospective Black students during admissions Previews this week.
ILLUSTRATION BY NASIR GRISSOM ’22 AND KYLE SCADLOCK ’19.

Students organize first ever Black Previews

April 17, 2019

Current students created affinity programming for prospective Black students during admission's Previews this week. ILLUSTRATION BY NASIR GRISSOM ’22 AND KYLE SCADLOCK ’19. A group of current...

Push for affinity housing builds

Push for affinity housing builds

April 17, 2019

Students at the College have articulated a vision for living spaces of affinity around a common identity – including but not limited to race, culture and sexuality – as an antidote to feelings of...

CARE Now demands formal response from Trustees to twelve-point open letter

CARE Now demands formal response from Trustees to twelve-point open letter

April 17, 2019

On Friday morning, Coalition Against Racist Education Now (CARE Now), a self-described “active and growing collective of student activists born out of resistance to the 2018 faculty petition on free...

College expects to meet sustainability targets

College expects to meet sustainability targets

April 10, 2019

With less than two years remaining, the College is poised to reach its 2020 sustainability goals, according to the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. It expects to reduce campus emissions to...

The College reverted to disposable shells after losing nearly all reusable ones. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

College reverts to disposable to-go containers following loss of reusable shells

April 10, 2019

The College reverted to disposable shells after losing nearly all reusable ones. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR The College has reverted to using disposable to-go shells after losing practically all...

This year’s commencement speaker, Mary-Claire King (left), discovered BRCA1, and baccalaureate speaker, Ophelia Dahl (right), co-founded Partners In Health. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY-CLAIRE KING AND OPHELIA DAHL.

Mary-Claire King to deliver commencement address

March 13, 2019

This year’s commencement speaker, Mary-Claire King (left), discovered BRCA1, and baccalaureate speaker, Ophelia Dahl (right), co-founded Partners In Health. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY-CLAIRE KING AND OPHELIA...

Facilities staff addresses heating plant shutdown

Facilities staff addresses heating plant shutdown

March 13, 2019

The College’s central heating plant, which provides heat and hot water, experienced a temporary shutdown on Thursday afternoon, affecting many buildings across campus. By 8:26 p.m., Facilities staff...

Student gamers respond to Jesup ban

Student gamers respond to Jesup ban

March 13, 2019

After the office for information technology (OIT) placed a ban on gaming in Jesup last month, addressing concerns surrounding the interference of student gaming in computer labs with those spaces’ academic...

Four new posters were placed outside Paresky on Monday, including the original banners Frank Ocean lyrics and a drawing of Trayvon Martin. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR

Student art on Paresky windows memorializes Trayvon Martin

March 6, 2019

Posters were installed on Monday after administrators had requested removal of a banner on Thursday Four new posters were placed outside Paresky on Monday, including the original banner's Frank Ocean...

CC discovers accounting oversight, to reallocate $225,000 into budget

CC discovers accounting oversight, to reallocate $225,000 into budget

March 6, 2019

College Council (CC) has discovered $225,000 that was previously unaccounted for in its accounts and is considering how to put the money back into its budget.  At the beginning of this year’s...

Spring Street Blues

Spring Street Blues

March 6, 2019

Monday 2-25-19 11:38 a.m. Dodd House: Officers responded to Dodd House for a report of a loud noise from the exterior east side of the house. Due to the strong winds, a large portion of one of the...

Marchers raised their fists in solidarity at the end of the “March for the Damned” last Thursday, circling Isaiah Blake ’21 in Baxter Hall.
SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

“March for the Damned” honors on-leave professors Love, Green

February 27, 2019

Marchers raised their fists in solidarity at the end of the “March for the Damned” last Thursday, circling Isaiah Blake ’21 in Baxter Hall. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR More than 200 students...

A tree blocked Mission Hill Drive after winds knocked it over on Monday.
SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

High winds topple trees, damage Dodd chimney, cause power outage

February 27, 2019

A tree blocked Mission Hill Drive after winds knocked it over on Monday. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR High winds averaging 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 65 mph caused damage around campus on Monday,...

College Council probes potential OSL influence in treasurer election

College Council probes potential OSL influence in treasurer election

February 27, 2019

College Council (CC) is currently looking into an email sent to all club sport athletes regarding the CC treasurer election and club sport funding by Kris Hoey, the assistant director for student organizations...

College awards first TIDE grants

College awards first TIDE grants

February 27, 2019

Eight projects have received funding from the College’s first Towards Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) grants, a series of grants of up to $5000 to various College departments, offices, faculty,...

Students and administrators gathered at Princeton to address opportunities and resources for the first-generation and low-income communities.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK OF FGLI ADMINISTRATORS CONSORTIUM.

Students, dean attend 1vyG conference

February 27, 2019

Attendees discuss empowering first-generation, low-income students Students and administrators gathered at Princeton to address opportunities and resources for the first-generation and low-income communities. PHOTO...

Students rebuild the memorial in Hollander Hall after the original one was deconstructed by a faculty member. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

President instructs students to relocate memorial, citing fire safety

February 20, 2019

Students rebuild the memorial in Hollander Hall after the original one was deconstructed by a faculty member. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR Two additional installations honoring Love and Green were...

Students attend CC meeting dressed as Papa Smurf after cartoon character elected

Students attend CC meeting dressed as Papa Smurf after cartoon character elected

February 20, 2019

During the College Council (CC) elections last week, Papa Smurf received nine write-in votes for the class of 2021 representative – more votes than three of the students actually elected. In response,...

The College is exploring the possibility of renovating or relocating WCMA. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR.

Lawrence Hall accreditation tabled

February 20, 2019

The College is exploring the possibility of renovating or relocating WCMA. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR. College explores renovating or rebuilding facility Having tabled accreditation for Lawrence Hall,...

Trans* Inclusion Committee releases “Communications Best Practices” guidelines

Trans* Inclusion Committee releases “Communications Best Practices” guidelines

February 20, 2019

On Feb. 11, the Trans* Inclusion Committee (TIC) released a set of recommended guidelines titled “Communications Best Practices.” The best practices are a collection of suggestions that TIC has created...

Faculty to vote on online student course survey

Faculty to vote on online student course survey

February 13, 2019

In tonight’s faculty-wide meeting, the Student Course Survey Implementation Committee will introduce the findings of the most recent pilot for a new, online Student Course Survey (SCS). The faculty...

College Council elects new presidents, vice presidents, class representatives

College Council elects new presidents, vice presidents, class representatives

February 13, 2019

College Council (CC) held its elections this past week, voting in a new slate of presidents, vice presidents and representatives. 478 students voted in this year’s election, which featured only one...

An installation in solidarity wih Green and Love in Hollander Hall. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR

Commitment to/with/for The Damned

February 13, 2019

Student tributes honor Kai Green ’07 and Kimberly Love, who cited institutional violence in their decisions to take leave from the College An installation in solidarity with Green and Love in Hollander...

Activist, director, rapper, screenwriter, musician and filmmaker Boots Riley spoke in Paresky Auditorium as this years Black History Month keynote. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

Boots Riley delivers Black History Month keynote

February 13, 2019

Award-winning director speaks on film career, racism, political education and activism Activist, director, rapper, screenwriter, musician and filmmaker Boots Riley spoke in Paresky Auditorium as this...

Driscoll newly offers nutritionally-balanced meals, available at dinners Monday through Friday and at lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

Driscoll debuts Training Wise program

February 13, 2019

Driscoll newly offers nutritionally-balanced meals, available at dinners Monday through Friday and at lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR A new initiative at...

Dining revamps  certification program

Dining revamps certification program

February 13, 2019

In preparation for the National Restaurant Association’s annual sanitation certification test, three students used Winter Study to create and teach a food safety curriculum for dining services staff,...

Dean’s office announces compensation of JAAB

Dean’s office announces compensation of JAAB

February 6, 2019

Senior members of the Junior Advisor Advisory Board (JAAB) will receive financial compensation beginning next year, Junior Advisor (JA) Co-Presidents Kimberly Andreassen ’20 and Sydney Myong ’20 announced...

Alex Zilkha ’20 runs for College Council  on platform of abolishing College Council

Alex Zilkha ’20 runs for College Council on platform of abolishing College Council

February 6, 2019

With College Council (CC) elections this week, 2020 class representative candidate Alex Zilkha ’20 has staked a position as a staunch critic of the governing body. Zilkha, when writing his self-nomination,...

Dispensaries open in Berkshire County

February 6, 2019

The first marijuana dispensary in Berkshire County opened its doors to the public on Jan. 11, more than two years after Massachusetts’ legalization of recreational marijuana. Temesca Wellness, another...

Christopher Sewell ’05 will coordinate the First Year Experience. Photo courtesy of Williams College.

Dean’s office realigns first year responsibilities

January 23, 2019

Christopher Sewell ’05 will coordinate the First Year Experience. Photo courtesy of Williams College. Associate Dean of the College Christopher Sewell ’05 has assumed responsibility for overseeing...

Continuing with Williams Reads programming, panelists discussed local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Photo courtesy of Rose Houglet.

Panelists discuss opioid epidemic in Berkshires

November 14, 2018

Last Wednesday, panelists Alex Sabo of Berkshire Medical Center, Wendy Penner of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Kenna Waterman of the nonprofit Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life...

Yes on Question 3: On protecting transgender rights

‘Yes’ on Question 3: On protecting transgender rights

October 31, 2018

“Trans rights are human rights,” “Trans rights are under attack – what do we do? Act up, fight back!” and “Yes on 3!” were just three of the chants at the rally for transgender rights this...

A Closer Look: The summer earnings requirement

A Closer Look: The summer earnings requirement

October 17, 2018

A recent op-ed by Konnor Herbst ’20 helped to amplify the conversation around the summer earnings requirement for students receiving financial aid (“On summer earnings: A case against an unequitable...

IWS has relocated to Hewat House as part of a broader expansion in its scope and mission. In the last two years, the College has also hired three more full time staff, necessitating a larger space.

Rebecca Tauber/News Editor

Integrative Wellbeing Services relocates to Hewat House

September 19, 2018

Over the summer, Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) relocated to Hewat House, at the bottom of Hoxsey St. across from Thompson Health Center, in response to the College’s efforts to expand mental...

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