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Shane Stackpole, Executive Editor for Arts

Shane Stackpole '26 is a prospective psychology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) major from West Hurley, NY. He is the executive editor for arts. Previously, he served as an arts section editor and arts staff writer. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Fresh Blends drink machine mixes up late night dining

Fresh Blends drink machine mixes up late night dining

Shane Stackpole February 21, 2024
Students who have been to Whitmans’ within the past three weeks may have noticed a new addition to the dining hall’s kitchen appliances: Fresh Blends — a tall, green machine that spits out an array of drink items with the press of a button.
Queering Perspectives Festival begins, challenges performance norms

Queering Perspectives Festival begins, challenges performance norms

Shane Stackpole and Ella Bruff February 14, 2024
The Queering Perspectives Festival, hosted by the '62 Center, opened last weekend and will run through the end of February.
The Artist Otherwise Known As: Musician and songwriter Rein Vaska ’25

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Musician and songwriter Rein Vaska ’25

Shane Stackpole February 7, 2024
Rein Vaska '25 is a musician and songwriter who released an album last month.
Special Collections exhibit celebrates 125 years of Cap & Bells

Special Collections exhibit celebrates 125 years of Cap & Bells

Shane Stackpole January 24, 2024
Special Collections opened “Spotlight on Tradition: 125 Years of Cap & Bells” — a new exhibit that celebrates the 125th anniversary of the student theatre group — on Tuesday Jan. 16. The exhibit will be open through the first week of March.
Doug Jones died at age 53 on Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of  TW Collins).

Community remembers former Images executive director Doug Jones

Shane Stackpole November 15, 2023
Doug Jones, an independent film programmer who served as executive director of Images Cinema from 2014 to 2022, died on Nov. 2 at the age of 53. 
Berkshire Ballroom puts on its first ball at the College

Berkshire Ballroom puts on its first ball at the College

Shane Stackpole November 15, 2023
Participants of last weekend's Fall Ball discuss ballroom culture and its importance at the College.
Cap & Bells presents student-written plays The Favour and Put the Fun in Funeral in Fall Play Festival

Cap & Bells presents student-written plays The Favour and Put the Fun in Funeral in Fall Play Festival

Shane Stackpole and Ellie Davis October 31, 2023
Students involved with the Fall Play Festival discuss the process of putting on The Favour and Put the Fun in Funeral.
Review: Looks that did the most this Halloween

Review: Looks that did the most this Halloween

Shane Stackpole and Safiyah Anwar-Chuku October 31, 2023
Though we may not have a Met gala, we do have Halloweekend to push the boundaries of fashion and set new trends for the upcoming season. Take a look at some of this year’s most innovative, fashion-forward, and thought-provoking costumes.
Photo courtesy of Charis Woo.

One in Two Thousand: Charis Woo ’27

Shane Stackpole October 17, 2023
This week, Charis Woo ’27 discussed being a coxswain, playing the harp, and her love for Taylor Swift. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Kruger gets ready for her role of Bertha in Cap and Bells’ Pippin. (Photo courtesy of Yona Kruger.)

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Yona Kruger ’25

Safiyah Anwar-Chuku and Shane Stackpole October 3, 2023

Yona Kruger ’25 is a music major and hair clip enthusiast from New York, N.Y. In addition to being a champion equestrian, she is the co-music director of a cappella group the Ephlats and, most recently,...

Paint the town pink: Williamstown community reflects on success, message of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie

Paint the town pink: Williamstown community reflects on success, message of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie

Shane Stackpole September 19, 2023
Members of the Williamstown community give their honest thoughts on the Barbie movie.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has helped bring drag into the mainstream. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

College community reflects on season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Shane Stackpole May 2, 2023
Students and faculty consider changing drag performance platforms such as social media and the future of RuPaul's Drag Race while discussing season 15 of the show.
Mikel Jollett shares his experience turning childhood trauma into music. (Photo Courtesy of Mikel Jollett.)

Mikel Jollett gives talk on trauma, creativity

Shane Stackpole April 11, 2023
Mikel Jollett explains how he used music to process his childhood trauma in a talk titled “Trauma and Creativity: How Your Experience Becomes Your Purpose.”
The cold never bothered them anyway: Students who wear shorts in the winter

The cold never bothered them anyway: Students who wear shorts in the winter

Shane Stackpole March 14, 2023
Even in some of the harshest Williamstown temperatures, there are a handful of hold-out students who continue to wear shorts throughout the winter season. The Record spoke to three of these students about their motivations.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Kombet.
Kombet, known now as dobetterjosh, writes and produces his songs.

“Do Better” campaign promotes original song by Joshua Kombet ’25

Safiyah Anwar-Chuku and Shane Stackpole February 22, 2023
Signs with the words “Do Better” mysteriously began appearing, the meaning behind the campaign was revealed: Musician Joshua Kombet ’25 released his debut song.
The Artist Otherwise Known As: Singer-songwriter Aidan McMahon ’26

The Artist Otherwise Known As: Singer-songwriter Aidan McMahon ’26

Shane Stackpole and Ella Bruff February 15, 2023
Aidan McMahon is a singer-songwriter who will release an original single on Friday.
Cap & Bells presents Winter Study production of  High School Musical

Cap & Bells presents Winter Study production of High School Musical

Shane Stackpole January 25, 2023
On Jan. 20 and 21, Cap & Bells presented a one-act edition of Disney’s High School Musical as its Winter Study production.
Local elementary school students participate in the “Let’s Dance” program. (Photo courtesy of Janine Parker.)

‘Let’s Dance!’ returns to the College

Shane Stackpole November 30, 2022
This semester, “Let’s Dance!,” a program in which dance department faculty and students teach ballet at Brayton Elementary School and Pine Cobble School, has gotten back on its feet after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the program to shut down in March 2020.
Cast of Jenny’s Doll House rehearsing for their performance. (Photo courtesy of Maye McPhail.)

Students write new musical, Jenny’s Doll Hospital

Kathryn Cloonan and Shane Stackpole October 25, 2022

This Friday and Saturday, Kara Hadden ’22.5 will bring a staged reading of the first act of her musical Jenny’s Doll Hospital to the College as part of her theater honors thesis. Sara Stebbins...

Film Club visits Images to see Don’t Worry Darling. (Photo courtesy of Jeana Fermi.)

StuCo and Film Club return to campus

Kathryn Cloonan and Shane Stackpole October 4, 2022
This fall, the Student Choreographer’s Coalition (StuCo) and Film Club are returning to campus after going on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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