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Sofie Jones, Managing Editor

Sofie Jones '22 is an English major from Belmont, Mass. She is a managing editor and was previously an executive editor and section editor for sports.

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Ephraim Williams, the benefactor of the College, enslaved at least five people — Prince, J. Romanoo, Moni, London, and Cloe — and left his “Negro servants” to his brothers in his will. (Photo courtesy of Williams College Archives and Special Collections.)

Ephraim Williams was an enslaver. What will the College do about it?

February 10, 2021
Ephraim Williams Jr., the original benefactor and namesake of the College, was an enslaver. This is a clear-cut matter of historical fact. Documents from his life demonstrate that he enslaved at least five Black people, named Prince, J. Romanoo, Moni, London, and Cloe. What is less clear-cut is what the College will do to address this fact.
Hiring search for second Asian American Studies position delayed until fall 2021

Hiring search for second Asian American Studies position delayed until fall 2021

September 23, 2020

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) has postponed its hiring search for the second of two previously approved tenure-line positions for faculty specializing in Asian American Studies (AAS)...

Fall sports are cancelled: what that means for athletic staff

Fall sports are cancelled: what that means for athletic staff

September 16, 2020

With the campus fitness center closed, staff have moved exercise equipment to a tent next to Farley-Lamb Field so that teams can complete their usual lift workouts safely outside. (Rebecca Tauber/Williams...

With less than two months until the fall semester, students and faculty are preparing for a mixture of in-person and remote classes. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

College outlines academic plans for an unusual fall semester

July 10, 2020

With less than two months until the fall semester, students and faculty are preparing for a mixture of in-person and remote classes. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.) In the weeks preceding the...

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...

College to distribute CARES Act funding to qualifying students

College to distribute CARES Act funding to qualifying students

June 15, 2020

In mid-July, the College will disburse the first half of the $1.5 million in federal funds made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to students receiving financial...

Seven students receive awards for Sports Information contributions

Seven students receive awards for Sports Information contributions

May 23, 2020

The annual Deford and Pinsky Awards celebrate sports information contributors. Pictured above is their signature purple box, where student-contributors sit while covering Eph athletic games. (Grace Byers...

Eph athletes who missed out on their final season reflect on career highlights

Eph athletes who missed out on their final season reflect on career highlights

May 23, 2020

When COVID-19 required the campus to close and classes were moved online in March, many senior student-athletes were just beginning to gear up for their final season in Eph uniform. For our senior issue,...

Eric Soskin ’99 nominated by Trump as Department of Transportation inspector general following president’s series of firings

Eric Soskin ’99 nominated by Trump as Department of Transportation inspector general following president’s series of firings

May 20, 2020

In a press release issued by the Trump administration last Friday, President Donald J. Trump announced Eric Soskin ’99 as his nominee for inspector general of the United States Department of Transportation...

Spencer Art Show, online

Spencer Art Show, online

May 13, 2020

The end of each semester typically brings members of the College community to Spencer Studio Art Building to see work produced by students in studio art classes. This semester’s move to remote learning...

Athletic Director Lisa Melendy discusses what athletics may look like post-COVID-19

Athletic Director Lisa Melendy discusses what athletics may look like post-COVID-19

May 13, 2020

The spring 2020 athletic season was cancelled in March following the College’s move to remote learning. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.) Last week, the NCAA released guidelines for the re-opening...

Christopher Clarey ’86 talks to a colleague from the Wimbledon Radio Show during last year’s tournament. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Clarey.)

Christopher Clarey ’86 discusses COVID-19’s impact on the future of tennis

May 6, 2020

Christopher Clarey ’86 talks to a colleague from the Wimbledon Radio Show during last year’s tournament. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Clarey.) Only a few months ago, Christopher Clarey ’86...

The pandemic in the Berkshires in three charts

The pandemic in the Berkshires in three charts

May 6, 2020

In recent weeks, Berkshire County, like the rest of Massachusetts, has seen a continued increase in COVID-19 cases, according to the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH). The figures below show...

Record Recs: (Free) documentaries and political dramas

Record Recs: (Free) documentaries and political dramas

May 6, 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...

Books as Bridges: Students, faculty connect through reading

Books as Bridges: Students, faculty connect through reading

April 22, 2020

Over 25 members of the college community have sent in videos of themselves reading poetry to be posted on the English department’s Instagram. (Photo courtesy of @williamsenglishdept on Instagram.) Over...

Williamstown Commons faces COVID-19 outbreak

Williamstown Commons faces COVID-19 outbreak

April 22, 2020

Williamstown Commons, a nursing home across from Walgreen’s, has suffered the loss of 17 residents to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Williamstown Commons.) Williamstown Commons, a nursing home and...

1 in 2k: Olive White ’22

1 in 2k: Olive White ’22

April 22, 2020

(Photo courtesy of Olive White.) We randomly select unixes from a list of all current students at the College for our weekly One in Two Thousand. So long as the owner of a selected unix is willing...

The Virtual Previews website functioned as a “hub for admitted students,” according to Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Liz Creighton ’01. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Admission.)

Admissions hosts Virtual Previews for the Class of 2024

April 15, 2020

The Virtual Previews website functioned as a “hub for admitted students,” according to Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Liz Creighton ’01. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Admission.) Students...

Reading a pandemic: Professors discuss the literature of disease

Reading a pandemic: Professors discuss the literature of disease

April 15, 2020

Although often thought of as the purview of scientists exclusively, epidemics are central to the work of several professors of literature at the College, who study how widespread disease is written about...

College adopts test-optional admissions policy for 2020-2021 applicants

College adopts test-optional admissions policy for 2020-2021 applicants

April 9, 2020

The Office of Admission and Financial Aid will implement a test-optional policy for students applying to the College as first-years and transfers during the 2020-2021 admission cycle. This move comes...

Tying the knot in the time of coronavirus

Tying the knot in the time of coronavirus

April 1, 2020

Eight guests and two dogs joined Mackenzie Hunter and Landon Marchant '20 in their wedding ceremony on March 24, which was officiated by Chaplain to the College Bailey Fischer. The ceremony was held...

While WCMA remains indefinitely closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, museum staff continues to engage with students and visitors through social media and their website. (Photo courtesy of Williams College Museum of Art.)

WCMA closes indefinitely in wake of pandemic, shifts efforts to online content

April 1, 2020

While WCMA remains indefinitely closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, museum staff continues to engage with students and visitors through social media and their website. (Photo courtesy of Williams College...

Fifty years ago, a very different mid-semester disruption

Fifty years ago, a very different mid-semester disruption

March 25, 2020

https://williamsrecord.com/snowball/fifty-years-ago-a-very-different-mid-semester-disruption/

Student-athletes return home mid-competition following cancellation of NCAA Championships

Student-athletes return home mid-competition following cancellation of NCAA Championships

March 25, 2020

Eph alpine skier Maddie Dekko ’21, ranked second in the Eastern Division this winter, returned after the NCAA Championships announced their cancellation. A day after the College announced its mid-semester...

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...

Beyond the Bubble: news across Berkshire County

March 4, 2020

Mass. prohibits use of handheld devices for all drivers On Feb. 23, new “hands-free” driving legislation took effect in Massachusetts that prohibit all use of handheld devices behind the wheel....

Italy study abroad programs affected by spread of coronavirus

Italy study abroad programs affected by spread of coronavirus

March 4, 2020

Ten students enrolled in study abroad programs in Italy are facing uncertainty about the rest of their semester due to the country’s coronavirus outbreak and subsequent program cancellations. Many...

Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks on the 1619 Project, legacy of slavery

Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks on the 1619 Project, legacy of slavery

March 4, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES. Hannah-Jones spoke about her project on Feb. 26 in the ’62 Center. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the curator of its...

This nonner is a goner: a day on the College’s wrestling team

This nonner is a goner: a day on the College’s wrestling team

February 26, 2020

Sofie Jones ’22 (nonner) becomes a goner as she wrestles against a member of the College’s wrestling team during a practice session. Sofie Jones/The Williams Record In the past year, conversations...

Task Force recommends scrapping CC, creating three new bodies

Task Force recommends scrapping CC, creating three new bodies

February 12, 2020

The CC Task Force held a town hall in Baxter on Monday to discuss the Three Pillars Plan and answer questions from the student body. (Danny Jin/The Williams Record) In an email sent to students on...

“Box Office Hours”: Little Women with Kathryn Kent

“Box Office Hours”: Little Women with Kathryn Kent

January 29, 2020

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women diverges from past versions in its split timeline and evocation of empathy for Amy March. Photo courtesy of IMDB. Greta Gerwig’s retelling of Louisa May...

College announces plans to take over Motorcoach, improve emergency response

College announces plans to take over Motorcoach, improve emergency response

January 29, 2020

During a public meeting last Wednesday, Vice President for Campus Life Steve Klass announced significant changes to the Williams Motorcoach system and to the College’s severe weather response protocol,...

Many community members support turf installation, citing concerns over natural grass maintenance. (Photo courtesy of Mount Greylock Regional High School Athletics.)

Debate over Mount Greylock HS turf construction intensifies

December 6, 2019

Many community members support turf installation, citing concerns over natural grass maintenance. (Photo courtesy of Mount Greylock Regional High School Athletics.) In late September, the Mount Greylock...

The Council on Aging offers free fitness classes at the Harper Center for community members to stay active. (Sofie Jones/ The Williams Record.)

Local seniors stay in motion: My experience attending four exercise classes for the elderly

December 6, 2019

The Council on Aging offers free fitness classes at the Harper Center for community members to stay active. (Sofie Jones/ The Williams Record.) We all know how students stay active on campus: working...

(Zoe Bank/The Williams Record.)

Coach’s Corner: Scott Honecker, wrestling

November 20, 2019

(Zoe Bank/The Williams Record.) The Record’s sports section has long published “Captain’s Corner” interviews, but this week, we are mixing it up with our inaugural “Coach’s Corner,” giving...

Athletics department, students reflect on term “student-athlete”

Athletics department, students reflect on term “student-athlete”

November 13, 2019

In the 1950s, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) coined the term “student-athlete” as part of a campaign to affirm that collegiate athletes were students first and foremost and, therefore,...

Bachelor in Paradise contestant and entrepreneur Dylan Barbour ’16 talks TV and tech

Bachelor in Paradise contestant and entrepreneur Dylan Barbour ’16 talks TV and tech

November 13, 2019

Dylan Barbour ’16 spoke at the College on his technology start-up and time on reality television. (Photo courtesy of Emily Burr.) Dylan Barbour ’16, the co-founder and chief operating officer...

Lt. Col. Cook ’98 built a partnership with the Los Angeles Rams and USC Trojans to incorporate film into Marine training. (Photos Courtesy of the Hoover Institution and Sporttechie.com.)

Lt. Col. Warren Cook ’98 rethinks Marine training with insights from athletics

November 6, 2019

Lt. Col. Cook ’98 built a partnership with the Los Angeles Rams and USC Trojans to incorporate film into Marine training. (Photos courtesy of the Hoover Institution and Sporttechie.com.) Lt. Col....

Women's basketball is one of the few surviving JV teams on campus, following the cancellation of  the majority of teams in the last two decades. Photo courtesy of Williams Athletics.

Athletics dept. rethinks JV teams as participation dwindles

October 9, 2019

Women's basketball is one of the few surviving JV teams on campus, following the cancellation of the majority of teams in the last two decades. Photo courtesy of Williams Athletics. When Athletic...

(Photo Courtesy of Sports Information.)

Captain’s Corner: Daiana Takashima ’20

October 2, 2019

(Photo Courtesy of Sports Information.) Team: Volleyball Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Major: Psychology  Residence: Horn Hall Snackbar order:Nachos with barbecue sauce,...

Jake Jacobson ’82 uses a paramobile to golf. The machine transitions him safely from seated to standing and supports him as he takes a swing.
(Richard Gregory/Newstimes.)

Jake Jacobson ’82 works to increase accessibility in golf

September 25, 2019

Jake Jacobson ’82 uses a paramobile to golf. The machine transitions him safely from seated to standing and supports him as he takes a swing. (Richard Gregory/Newstimes.) Former professional golfer...

Around 200 students have volunteered at the organic-practicing Peace Valley Farm in Williamstown since the early 1990s. Photo courtesy of Marco Vallejos.

Farm Fun in the Sun: Students engage with local farming

September 25, 2019

Around 200 students have volunteered at the organic-practicing Peace Valley Farm in Williamstown since the early 1990s. (Photo courtesy of Marco Vallejos.) When Marco Vallejos ’20 walks into breakfast...

Verdell previously served as men’s basketball assistant coach at Bates. Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Tommy Verdell hired as associate AD for inclusion, compliance

September 18, 2019

Verdell previously served as men’s basketball assistant coach at Bates. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. This past summer, Tommy Verdell was named associate athletic director for inclusion and...

 Joey Lye ’09, a former softball shortstop and women's hockey captain at the College, will make her first Olympics appearance next summer, after 10 years of professional play. Photos courtesy of Sports Information.

Joey Lye ’09 qualifies for 2020 Olympics with Team Canada

September 11, 2019

Joey Lye ’09, a former softball shortstop and women's hockey captain at the College, will make her first Olympics appearance next summer, after 10 years of professional play. Photos courtesy of Sports...

  Varsity captains welcomed keynote speaker Timothy Alexander during their annual training. Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Sports captains train for their roles

September 11, 2019

 Varsity captains welcomed keynote speaker Timothy Alexander during their annual training. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. Before Eph athletics kicked into full gear this fall, 85 student...

Women’s crew finished third in the New England Rowing Championships at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Sports shorts: Late spring season updates

May 8, 2019

Women’s crew finished third in the New England Rowing Championships at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD The men competed...

Athletes of the Spring

May 8, 2019

EMMA TENBARGE ’19 WOMEN'S LACROSSE Peapack, N.J. Emma TenBarge ’19 was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team last week, after a record-breaking final season for the Ephs. TenBarge, who...

Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

Captain’s Corner: Korina Neveux ’19

May 1, 2019

Photo courtesy of Sports Information. Team: Women’s tennis  Hometown: Palm Beach, Fla. Major: English and political science Snack bar order:Pasta bowl with chicken and broccoli Given...

Students tabled for ABS at the Purple Key Fair this year, handing out Oreos and welcoming new students to join the group. Photo courtesy of Ang Vecchiarelli.

Anything but Straight in Athletics marks 10th anniversary

May 1, 2019

Students tabled for ABS at the Purple Key Fair this year, handing out Oreos and welcoming new students to join the group. Photo courtesy of Ang Vecchiarelli. This spring marks the 10th anniversary...

One in Two Thousand: Justin Gunn ’22

One in Two Thousand: Justin Gunn ’22

May 1, 2019

SOFIE JONES/SPORTS EDITOR Sofie and Justin are entrymates in Willy AB, but they truly bonded when they got attacked by wasps during their WOOLF trip. Kenia and Justin met when they were paired as tutorial...

Nate Munson-Palomba ’21 looks to score upfield after catching an under during WUFO’s home tournament at Cole Field last weekend. Photo courtesy of Barron Koralesky.

Club sports compete at home tournaments, enter postseason

April 17, 2019

Nate Munson-Palomba ’21 looks to score upfield after catching an under during WUFO’s home tournament at Cole Field last weekend. Photo courtesy of Barron Koralesky. Several club sports teams competed...

The women’s crew team, including their members pictured above, traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to train over spring break. Photo courtesy of Eph Rowing.

Spring break training trips bring team bonding, sunny weather

April 10, 2019

The women’s crew team, including their members pictured above, traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to train over spring break. Photo courtesy of Eph Rowing. Many Eph sports teams returned to campus last...

Athletics’ travel coordinator and team scheduler Tammy Wright is in her 29th year at the College.

Tammy Wright reflects on team scheduling, holiday gift drive

April 3, 2019

Athletics’ travel coordinator and team scheduler Tammy Wright is in her 29th year at the College.  Aniah Price/Photo Editor. In her official job at the College, Tammy Wright keeps Eph athletics...

Individual wrestler, Nordic skiers take on Nationals

Individual wrestler, Nordic skiers take on Nationals

March 13, 2019

Isaac Freitas-Eagan ’22 was one of only three first-year skiers in the region to qualify for NCAAs. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. The end of the winter sports season brought a slew of NCAA...

Gold medal-winning goalkeeper Briana Scurry discusses career

Gold medal-winning goalkeeper Briana Scurry discusses career

March 6, 2019

Briana Scurry, a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT), gave a talk at the College on Feb. 26, discussing her landmark career, the fight for...

Nordic skiing updates fans on its latest practice runs and team travels at Ephnordic.blogspot.com. The team also has a Facebook and Instagram.

Tweeting the team: Coaches use social media to recruit, connect

February 27, 2019

Nordic skiing updates fans on its latest practice runs and team travels at Ephnordic.blogspot.com. The team also has a Facebook and Instagram. Photo courtesy of Ephnordic.blogspot.com. Social media...

Women’s swimming captures sixth straight NESCAC title

Women’s swimming captures sixth straight NESCAC title

February 20, 2019

The women won NESCACs with 1873 points, taking their sixth consecutive win and 18th victory in the meet’s 19-year history. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. Three months ago, Caroline Conforti...

CAPTAINS’ CORNER: IAN KAGAME ’19

February 20, 2019

Team:  Men’s track and field  Hometown:  Kigali, Rwanda Residence:  Hoxsey Street Major:  Economics Snack bar order: Chicken tenders, buffalo...

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...

Alan Hirsch and his son Eric Hirsch ’19 have attended Eph basketball games together since 2003 and now serve as NSN commentators.

Hirsch calls basketball games, coins catchphrases

February 6, 2019

Alan Hirsch and his son Eric Hirsch ’19 have attended Eph basketball games together since 2003 and now serve as NSN commentators. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. Alan Hirsch, chair of justice...

Captains’ Corner: Sonya Jampel ’19

Captains’ Corner: Sonya Jampel ’19

January 23, 2019

Sonya Jampel ’19 is the captain of women's Nordic skiing. Photo courtesy of Sports Information. Team:  Skiing (women’s Nordic) Hometown:  Newton, Mass. Residence:  Sewall  Major:  Biology Snack...

CC allocates funds for MinCo

CC allocates funds for MinCo

December 5, 2018

On Nov. 13, College Council (CC) voted to approve a one-time allocation of $34,000 to Minority Coalition (MinCo) to fund heritage month events. At the meeting, MinCo co-chairs Tyler Tsay ’19 and Rodsy...

CC forms subcommittee for high-cost club sports

CC forms subcommittee for high-cost club sports

December 5, 2018

Last Friday, College Council (CC) held the first meeting of a new subcommittee on the funding of high-cost club sports. The goal of the committee is to generate a bylaw proposal for CC to vote on, which...

Greta Snyder is a visiting assistant professor in the WGSS department for the next three years.
Katie Brule/Photo Editor

Just Visiting: Greta Snyder studies intersection of ecology and race

October 24, 2018

This fall, Greta Snyder began her three-year tenure as a visiting assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies [WGSS], marking her return to the United States. after spending five years...

Students discuss reasons for pursuing more than four courses a semester

Students discuss reasons for pursuing more than four courses a semester

October 17, 2018

Fi van Wingerden ’20 has taken five or more classes each semester since her freshman spring. Her sophomore fall, she balanced six classes, including two with lab sessions and a daily language class....

President Maud Mandel awarded medals to alums Michael Wynn ’93, Shoshana Clark Stewart ’02, Cheryl Robinson Joyner ’85 and John Walcott ’71.

Photo courtesy of Roman Iwasiwka.

College awards Bicentennial Medals to four alums

September 19, 2018

Last Saturday, the College marked the start of the 2018-2019 academic year with the annual convocation ceremony in Chapin Hall, which included the awarding of this year’s Bicentennial Medals. Four alums...

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