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Saud Afzal Shafi, Executive Editor for Opinions

Saud Afzal Shafi ’22 is a computer science and English major from Lahore, Pakistan. He is the executive editor for the opinions section. He previously served as a section editor for opinions.

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March 11, 2021 marks one year since the announcement of the campus shutdown due to COVID-19. (Graphic by Devika Goel.)

Students reflect on the year when COVID changed everything

March 10, 2021
One year ago this week, students received an email from President Maud S. Mandel that announced the campus closure and the transition to remote learning. That week, students wept, partied, spent time with friends, and said many goodbyes.
(Saud Afzal Shafi/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Emma Paquette ’21

March 3, 2021
This week the computer (using a script in R) chose Emma Paquette ’21, who talked about insidious skiing injuries, alpaca farms, and studying abroad in Rome last spring.
December fire at Hoxsey house caused by refrigerator malfunction, fire chief says

December fire at Hoxsey house caused by refrigerator malfunction, fire chief says

Owner of burned-down house hopes to repair over the summer
February 10, 2021
A three-bedroom house at 23 Hoxsey St. was severely damaged by a fire on Dec. 23. Three College students lived at the house, which is colloquially known among students as Teal House, but were away for winter break at the time of the fire.
Answers to your questions about spring semester changes

Answers to your questions about spring semester changes

January 20, 2021
In light of the recent email from Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom to students, faculty, and staff, the Record compiled a list of answers to reader-submitted questions regarding plans for the spring semester.
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...

One in Two Thousand: Max Odell ’22

One in Two Thousand: Max Odell ’22

November 4, 2020

Photo courtesy of Max Odell. Each week, we randomly select a unix from a list of all current students at the College for our One in Two Thousand feature. As long as the owner of a selected unix is...

College signs amicus brief supporting Harvard and MIT lawsuit against ICE

College signs amicus brief supporting Harvard and MIT lawsuit against ICE

July 14, 2020

In an email sent out to the College community on July 8, President of the College Maud S. Mandel condemned the federal guidance issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which, among other...

Four takeaways from the College’s plan to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19

Four takeaways from the College’s plan to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19

June 23, 2020

In an email sent to the College community on June 8, Provost Dukes Love, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Planning, outlined the steps the College will take to mitigate the financial impact...

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...

Seniors complete theses amid pandemic

Seniors complete theses amid pandemic

May 23, 2020

A senior thesis represents the culmination of many students’ academic journeys at the College. But this year, like most other aspects of College life, the senior thesis process has been heavily affected...

Record Recs: (Free) coming-of-age films and crime dramas

Record Recs: (Free) coming-of-age films and crime dramas

May 13, 2020

It has been more than a month and a half since most students left campus and returned home to finish the semester remotely. If you are anything like us and have found yourself in a bit of an entertainment...

CDE fellows continue living, learning on campus

CDE fellows continue living, learning on campus

April 22, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Melissa Simo.) While most undergraduate students left campus after the last day of in-person classes on March 13, the 27 graduate students at the College’s Center for Developmental...

How staff at the College prepared for the changes that came with campus closure

How staff at the College prepared for the changes that came with campus closure

April 15, 2020

In Director of Campus Safety and Security Dave Boyer’s three decades-long career at the College, no decision has been more significant than the move to remote learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I...

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