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Professor of Mathematics Steven Miller issued a legal statement suggesting ballot irregularities in PA. (Samuel Wolf/The Williams Record)

Professor Steven Miller issues legal statement suggesting PA ballot irregularities; conclusions repudiated by statisticians, political scientists

November 25, 2020

Professor of Mathematics Steven Miller issued a sworn legal statement suggesting ballot irregularities in Pennsylvania. (Samuel Wolf/The Williams Record) Professor of Mathematics Steven Miller...

Staff member receives violent and threatening hate letter at their home

Staff member receives violent and threatening hate letter at their home

October 29, 2020

President Maud S. Mandel and Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leticia S. E. Haynes ’99 informed the community in an email Friday that a staff member at the College had...

Conservative student group representative visits campus in violation of COVID-19 regulations

Conservative student group representative visits campus in violation of COVID-19 regulations

September 23, 2020

Savannah Coelho of Turning Point USA, a nationwide conservative group, visited campus last week in violation of College restrictions. (Jeongyoon Han/The Williams Record.) Last Thursday, in an apparent...

Record survey suggests most students plan to return to campus

Record survey suggests most students plan to return to campus

July 9, 2020

In response to an anonymous Record survey sent to the entire student body following President Maud S. Mandel’s email last week about reopening campus in the fall, 66 percent of the 685 students who...

Letter from the Editor: The Senior Issue

Letter from the Editor: The Senior Issue

May 23, 2020

            As I left campus in mid-March, packing up my belongings in a daze and scrambling to say goodbyes, there was one thought constantly circulating...

A closer look into the reasoning and reactions to the recently-announced 2020-2021 academic calendar changes

A closer look into the reasoning and reactions to the recently-announced 2020-2021 academic calendar changes

May 20, 2020

Graphic by Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record. In an all-community email sent yesterday, President Maud S. Mandel announced that the College would maintain a two-semester model for the upcoming academic...

Mandel announces reduction of required courses from four to three, elimination of Winter Study for 2020-2021 academic year

Mandel announces reduction of required courses from four to three, elimination of Winter Study for 2020-2021 academic year

May 19, 2020

Graphic by Nigel Jaffe/The Williams Record In an all-campus email sent today, President Maud S. Mandel announced plans to adopt a revised version of the regular two-semester academic calendar for the...

College considers trimester or three-semester calendar for 2020-2021 academic year

College considers trimester or three-semester calendar for 2020-2021 academic year

May 14, 2020

In an all-faculty meeting on Wednesday, President Maud S. Mandel announced that she is strongly considering adopting either a trimester or a three-semester model for the 2020-2021 academic calendar....

A letter from the editor: what to expect from the Record in the months to come

A letter from the editor: what to expect from the Record in the months to come

May 13, 2020

For us at the Record, as for the rest of the Williams community, the past several months have been tumultuous. Since we departed campus, scattering ourselves around the country and globe, the Record board...

Two in Two Thousand: Danny Jin '20 and Nicholas Goldrosen '20

Two in Two Thousand: Danny Jin ’20 and Nicholas Goldrosen ’20

May 13, 2020

Jin, left, and Goldrosen, right, worked together on a story in which they ranked all of Whitmans’ late night offerings. (Photo courtesy of Danny Jin.) Danny Jin ’20 and Nicholas Goldrosen...

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

March 15, 2020

Dear students, faculty, staff, alums and all members of the Williams community, We at the Record have been doing a lot of thinking about our mission in light of the College’s decision to switch to...

Mandel mandates most students leave campus by Tuesday, announces transition to remote learning after spring break due to coronavirus pandemic

Mandel mandates most students leave campus by Tuesday, announces transition to remote learning after spring break due to coronavirus pandemic

March 11, 2020

For the first time in over 50 years, the College has decided to disrupt normal operations mid-semester in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. President of the College Maud S. Mandel announced in...

Berkshire County takes on the opioid crisis

Berkshire County takes on the opioid crisis

December 6, 2019

Over the past decade, Western Massachusetts has been devastated by a nationwide opioid crisis that has proved especially calamitous for the rural northeast. According to a study published by Brandeis...

Director of accessible education reports need for increased staff, resources

Director of accessible education reports need for increased staff, resources

November 20, 2019

Though the office of accessible education (OAE), the College’s designated office for students with disabilities and other special needs, was only created in 2016, Director G.L. Wallace already sees...

English department registration remains stable despite protest

English department registration remains stable despite protest

November 13, 2019

In the wake of a student-led protest which called for students to boycott all English classes that “do not engage substantially with race,” Chair and Professor of English Katie Kent ’88 reported...

Beyond the Bubble

Beyond the Bubble

November 13, 2019

English department boycott gains national attention On Oct. 30, a group of student activists called for a boycott of the English department, citing a curriculum that they saw as insufficiently...

Students call for boycott of English department

Students call for boycott of English department

November 6, 2019

Professor of English John Kleiner’s use of the N-word in a class precipitates petition, website, broader conversations After a white professor used the N-word in an English class, a student-led movement...

Bearers of distinctive unixes reflect on their initials

Bearers of distinctive unixes reflect on their initials

November 6, 2019

“Are you seriously going to write an article about my biggest college insecurity, other than my general incompetence at most things?” Morgan Nelson ’21 asked when I first broached the topic of interviewing...

CC faces student criticism at contentious town hall

CC faces student criticism at contentious town hall

October 30, 2019

Adam Jones ’21, among other students, took issue with College Council at its Oct. 22 town hall. (Photo Courtesy of Landon Marhant). College Council (CC) held a town hall in the Dodd House dining...

Greylock Dining Hall, closed since 2011, holds mystique

Greylock Dining Hall, closed since 2011, holds mystique

October 30, 2019

The semi-abandoned Greylock Dining Hall is home to a variety of strange spaces, including a room closed off with chicken wire. (Samuel Wolf/The Williams Record) Eight years ago, amidst a struggling...

Haben Girma speaks on Deafblind advocacy

October 23, 2019

Haben Girma, the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, spoke to the College at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance on Monday. During the event, which was sponsored by the office...

Former prof faces misconduct allegations

October 22, 2019

A former professor at the College and prominent attorney has come under fire for an  inappropriate sexual relationship with a student while teaching at the College.  David Sanford, who at...

Conservative professors discuss life at the College

Conservative professors discuss life at the College

October 9, 2019

At a predominantly liberal institution, conservative faculty are in the minority OpenSecrets records reflect that College employees donate far more often to Democrats than Republicans. In 2016,...

Jason Stanley speaks on fascism's history, causes

Jason Stanley speaks on fascism’s history, causes

October 9, 2019

Jason Stanley, a professor of philosophy at Yale University, visited the College on Thursday to discuss his newest book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Throughout his presentation...

Bae '17 gets three years in prison

Bae ’17 gets three years in prison

September 18, 2019

On Monday, Judge Michael Callan of the Berkshire Superior Court sentenced Yoonsang Bae ’17 to not less than three years and no more than three years and a day in prison. Callan had previously convicted...

Judge Michael Callan found Bae guilty of sexually assaulting another student while Bae was a student at the College in 2014. 

Photo Courtesy of Mass.gov

College alum convicted of on-campus rape

September 11, 2019

Yoonsang Bae ’17, who was suspended from the College for a two year period, was convicted Friday in a bench trial Update, Monday Sept. 16 2:26 p.m.: Bae was sentenced today in Berkshire Superior...

The exterior of the new Williams Inn from the driveway off of Spring Street. The inn has been open since August.

Photo courtesy of Joey Fox

Williams Inn reopens at new Spring Street location after $35.6 million project

September 11, 2019

With the opening of the new Williams Inn at the base of Spring Street on Aug. 15, the College completed a three-year, $35.6 million project in the making. The College owns the inn and was heavily involved...

The incident in Hollander Hall highlighted concerns of structural racism in the department. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE FLICKR.

Professor Kent berates Professor Wang, sparking broader concerns over racism in English department

May 8, 2019

The incident in Hollander Hall highlighted concerns of structural racism in the department. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE FLICKR. On April 17, two students saw Chair and Professor of English Katie...

Yearbooks give insight into the College’s complicated past

Yearbooks give insight into the College’s complicated past

May 8, 2019

In old copies of the Gulielmensian are reminders of the ways the College has changed – and the ways it has remained much the same. SAMUEL WOLF/EXECUTIVE EDITOR. Starting in 1856, and continuing since...

A closer look at departures of College faculty of color

A closer look at departures of College faculty of color

May 8, 2019

An increased number of faculty of color are going on temporary leave or departing from the College this year compared to recent years. These faculty cite multiple reasons for leaving, ranging from professional...

The Williams Inn will be completed this summer after lengthy collaboration between College officials and town representatives. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

A closer look: Williams Inn approval

May 1, 2019

The Williams Inn will be completed this summer after lengthy collaboration between College officials and town representatives. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR The construction of the new Williams Inn,...

Frank Doelger ’75, the executive producer of Game of Thrones, studied English at the College and participated in theatre at Oxford. Photo courtesy of Hollywood Reporter

Frank Doelger ’75: from Williamstown to Westeros

May 1, 2019

Frank Doelger ’75, the executive producer of Game of Thrones, studied English at the College and participated in theatre at Oxford. Photo courtesy of Hollywood Reporter Frank Doelger ’75, executive...

CARE Now sends open letter to President Mandel

CARE Now sends open letter to President Mandel

April 24, 2019

Following its letter to the Board of Trustees on April 12, the Coalition Against Racist Education (CARE Now) released an expanded petition to President of the College Maud Mandel last Wednesday, stating...

Panelists address “Pluralism, Economy and the Public Sphere” as part of the conference on democracy and freedom. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR

Conference explores democracy, freedom

April 17, 2019

Panelists address “Pluralism, Economy and the Public Sphere” as part of the conference on democracy and freedom. SABRINE BRISMEUR/PHOTO EDITOR On Saturday, the College hosted a conference, “Democracy...

In Other Ivory Towers

In Other Ivory Towers

March 13, 2019

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) charged 50 parents, athletic coaches and college exam administrators yesterday in a nationwide fraud scheme that assisted students in gaining admission to...

Student input, new leadership help ‘Judas Iscariot’ impress

Student input, new leadership help ‘Judas Iscariot’ impress

March 13, 2019

COURTESY OF KEITH FOREMAN In The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, witnesses ranging from Sigmund Freud to Pontius Pilate are called to testify on whether Judas Iscariot should go to heaven.  Last...

The science center’s North Building will open in 2021 and house geosciences, psychology and math and statistics. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR

Some construction projects near completion as others drag on

March 6, 2019

The science center’s North Building will open in 2021 and house geosciences, psychology and math and statistics. ANIAH PRICE/PHOTO EDITOR The Williams Inn, the new Garfield dormitory and the Towne...

Asian American studies staffing requests submitted by religion, American studies

Asian American studies staffing requests submitted by religion, American studies

March 6, 2019

Two staffing requests for tenure-track faculty in Asian American studies (AAS) were submitted on Friday, marking a key step toward the creation of an AAS program at the College. These requests, submitted...

“Popcorn” WSO thread turns 11

“Popcorn” WSO thread turns 11

February 20, 2019

“Popcorn..or is it,” as the classic saying goes. On Feb. 23, 2008, Elizabeth Schwartzman ’08 posted the phrase on Williams Students Online (WSO), plunging readers into a decade-long debate on the...

CPC working group declares  immediate need for two hires for Asian American studies program

CPC working group declares immediate need for two hires for Asian American studies program

February 13, 2019

A decades-long push for an Asian American studies (AAS) program made significant inroads on Thursday, when a working group formed by the Curricular Planning Committee (CPC) announced its recommendation...

Members for ad hoc free speech committee announced

February 6, 2019

On Jan. 30, President Maud Mandel released the list of members on the committee formed in the wake of last semester’s campus conversation around free expression, hateful speech and the Chicago Principles.  Mandel...

Students, faculty discuss free speech

Students, faculty discuss free speech

December 5, 2018

On Oct. 29, several members of the faculty sent out a petition calling for the College to adopt the Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression, originally released by the University of Chicago...

The theatre department hung posters around campus last week announcing the last-minute cancellation of its production of the play Beast Thing.
Photo courtesy of Williams College.

Theatre department cancels Beast Thing

November 7, 2018

On Thursday, the theatre department announced the cancellation of its production of the play Beast Thing. The show, written by Aleshea Harris and described by the department as a “play-in-progress,”...

Ballot Questions 2 and 3 pass, 1 fails,  incumbents reelected

Ballot Questions 2 and 3 pass, 1 fails, incumbents reelected

November 7, 2018

Yesterday, Massachusetts voters decided on three ballot initiatives that appeared on their ballots alongside candidates for governor, senator and congressperson, among other offices. With 27 percent reporting,...

Student forum discusses long-term planning

Student forum discusses long-term planning

October 31, 2018

On Monday, President Maud Mandel hosted a forum dedicated to discussing long-term planning at the College. In an email sent to the student body on Oct. 2, one of the few pieces of publicity for the event,...

Massachusetts to vote on initiatives

Massachusetts to vote on initiatives

October 24, 2018

On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote on three statewide ballot measures. The result of each measure has the potential to both alter Massachusetts policy and affect the College,...

LESLIE GARCIA/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

One in Two Thousand: Aidan Dunkelberg ’22

October 3, 2018

When I first met Aidan during his audition for Frosh Revue, I was instantly struck by his zaniness and his relentlessly positive energy. Last week, I caught up with him about his life in Mississippi,...

JAs react to new  system, larger entries

JAs react to new system, larger entries

October 3, 2018

Last year, the Junior Advisor (JA) system underwent significant changes. Due to gradual decreases in both applications and in students accepting the position, the Junior Advisor Advisory Board (JAAB) changed...

Alicia Garza, Reza Aslan and moderator Jamelle Bouie discussed free speech and intolerance. Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Visitors debate free speech at roundtable

October 3, 2018

      On Sept. 27, the College invited several prominent speakers to campus for a roundtable discussion on free speech and intolerance in the ’62 Center for Theatre...

Beyond the Bubble: News across Berkshire County

October 3, 2018

Job action in local School District ends On Sept. 26, Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Kimberly Grady announced the end of the job action by teachers against the newly merged school...

“Unofficial guide” to navigating College life released in email

September 26, 2018

On Sept. 7, the student body was sent an email containing an “unofficial resource guide” to life on campus. This guide, which was spearheaded by Eli Cytrynbaum ’20 and Katie Manning ’20 and included...

In his lecture, Keating discussed his physics research and critiqued the Nobel Prize selection process.

Photo courtesy of USCD library.

Brian Keating speaks on losing the Nobel Prize

September 19, 2018

  On Friday, physicist and University of California San Diego professor Brian Keating visited the College to discuss his recently published book, Losing the Nobel Prize, about his attempts to...

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