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The First Intrapodular Championship of Corridor Soccer, or the strange sports we created to stay sane

The First Intrapodular Championship of Corridor Soccer, or the strange sports we created to stay sane

November 25, 2020

Daisy, a product of GIANTmicrobes™, was the absolute star of Corridor Soccer games. We may have kicked her out of the door a few times, but just a few. (Graphic courtesy of Allyse Pratt ’22.) The...

Open swim: How my experience went swimmingly

Open swim: How my experience went swimmingly

November 18, 2020

The College recently reopened the pool, with COVID restrictions. (Michael Gibson-Prugh/The Williams Record) When I received the email on Nov. 4 that the College was going to reopen up the swimming...

As an unusual season begins, winter athletes on and off campus start to train

As an unusual season begins, winter athletes on and off campus start to train

November 18, 2020

Women’s hockey has been using synthetic ice due to ventilation issues with their normal ice rink. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Lackmann ’24.) A year ago today, the Chandler Athletic Center was bustling...

WPD dispatcher who shared anti-Black racist Facebook posts resigns

WPD dispatcher who shared anti-Black racist Facebook posts resigns

November 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This article contains images and descriptions of anti-Black racist and violent language and imagery. A dispatcher with the Williamstown Police Department (WPD) resigned on Thursday...

Playing the mind game: Sabermetrics at the College

Playing the mind game: Sabermetrics at the College

November 11, 2020

Steven Miller, Professor of Mathematics, is widely known to be a baseball fanatic, but few are aware of his involvement in sabermetrics research. (Photo courtesy of Steven Miller.) Anyone who has ever...

‘The ball’s not bouncing but the game’s on’: Professor Rowan Ricardo Phillips on sports, politics and writing

‘The ball’s not bouncing but the game’s on’: Professor Rowan Ricardo Phillips on sports, politics and writing

November 4, 2020

Phillips (top center) attends a basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Indianapolis Pacers along with author John Green (top right), a long-time friend of Phillips who shares his love for...

Mission possible: Climb Club resumes practices despite wall closure

Mission possible: Climb Club resumes practices despite wall closure

November 4, 2020

Tree branches bow under the weight of the first snow, and the sun rises and sets early over stinging, frozen air — winter is coming, but members of the climbing club still find themselves behind Mission...

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...

Sports teams celebrate Mountain Day

Sports teams celebrate Mountain Day

October 28, 2020

Cider donuts, apple cider, casual hikes with friends — for most people, Mountain Day is a time for procrastinating on homework and enjoying the natural beauty of a Williamstown fall. However, for a...

College selectively opens indoor spaces and facilities as winter approaches

College selectively opens indoor spaces and facilities as winter approaches

October 28, 2020

Selected indoor athletic facilities reopened on Friday to receive small groups of students under strict public health measures, as announced by an all-campus email from the COVID-19 Operations and Business...

Competing together: Ephs respond to NESCAC 100 percent voting challenge

Competing together: Ephs respond to NESCAC 100 percent voting challenge

October 21, 2020

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is promoting voter registration among student-athletes through digital campaigns as part of a NESCAC challenge. The image above was designed by programming committee...

Gotta catch ‘em all: Pokémon Go trends among students

Gotta catch ‘em all: Pokémon Go trends among students

October 21, 2020

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game, hit a new peak of popularity among students on campus amid the pandemic.  (Stephanie Teng/The Williams Record) Tap. Tap. Tap. This was the sound that broke...

Water polo dives into a season unlike any other

Water polo dives into a season unlike any other

October 21, 2020

In past years, club water polo trained and competed in the Samuelson-Muir pool; this fall, the team dove into the Hoosic in search of a place to bond. (Photo courtesy of Galen Cassidy ’22.) Anyone...

Mike Greenman ’18 reflects on working inside NBA bubble

Mike Greenman ’18 reflects on working inside NBA bubble

October 7, 2020

Mike Greenman ’18 worked in the NBA bubble over the summer preparing the locker rooms and helping players warm up before games. (Photo courtesy of Mike Greenman.) Mike Greenman ’18 had just finished...

Selected athletic resources reopen to all on-campus students

Selected athletic resources reopen to all on-campus students

October 7, 2020

The weight tent is one of the many new outdoor facilities open to the general student body, offering more options for non-athletes to keep fit. (Tina Zheng/The Williams Record) It is always a race...

Checkmate, quarantine: Chess Club thrives in the Zoom era

Checkmate, quarantine: Chess Club thrives in the Zoom era

October 7, 2020

A Wednesday night of wistful longing--Blue-black in Autumnal bliss.Here you hear a voice of calling"come play chess!", and that is this:Chess club tonight from 9 -- 10:30 @ Eco cafe, everyone welcome,...

For fall athletes, the decision to reopen campus brought another choice: Whether to take time off

For fall athletes, the decision to reopen campus brought another choice: Whether to take time off

September 30, 2020

Victoria Laino ’21.5, a midfielder on women’s soccer, opted to take time off and play in the highest division of women’s soccer in Switzerland instead. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Laino.)  When...

To be or not to be an Eph: How the pandemic changed the plans of first-year student-athletes

To be or not to be an Eph: How the pandemic changed the plans of first-year student-athletes

September 23, 2020

After a summer of deliberation, James Hemmer ’24, left, and Sunny Hu ’24, right, decided to join their respective teams on campus this fall, while many other first-year student-athletes opted to...

E-sports: It’s the new Eph-sport

E-sports: It’s the new Eph-sport

September 23, 2020

On Sept. 18, the newly renamed PC Gaming Club launched their Minecraft server as part of their expansion effort. (Photo courtesy of Angela Gui ’24.) The coronavirus pandemic may have shut down the...

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...

Nonner tests P.E. department’s quarantine fitness videos; videos test her back

Nonner tests P.E. department’s quarantine fitness videos; videos test her back

September 16, 2020

In the “Fitness in Quarantine” videos, members of the physical education department demonstrate workouts that students can do in dorm rooms.  (Videos courtesy of Williams College. Screenshots...

Williamstown without students: Small businesses cautiously reopen, students return

Williamstown without students: Small businesses cautiously reopen, students return

September 13, 2020

Maple Terrace, the motel on Route 2, was fortunate for the summer to have an outdoor pool, left, on its expansive grounds after reopening in June. (Ben Platt/Williams Record) The following is the final...

Williamstown without students: Town government weathers budget crisis

September 12, 2020

The following is the third part of a four-part series on how small businesses, cultural institutions and local government in the Purple Valley responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring and summer 2020....

Williamstown without students: Cultural institutions emerge from closure

Williamstown without students: Cultural institutions emerge from closure

September 11, 2020

The Clark Art Institute began unveiling its first-ever outdoor exhibition over the summer, with large-scale works from six contemporary artists displayed across its 140-acre campus. (Stephanie Teng/Williams...

College towns have struggled. Here’s what Williamstown was like without students.

College towns have struggled. Here’s what Williamstown was like without students.

September 10, 2020

Nature’s Closet co-owners Beth McLean, left, and Amy Jeschawitz, right, were photographed in April for the Front Steps Project, a nationwide fundraising effort that the Office of Human Resources participated...

CDE defers admission to incoming class, Grad Art Program plans for hybrid fall

CDE defers admission to incoming class, Grad Art Program plans for hybrid fall

July 28, 2020

The Center for Development Economics (CDE) will defer admissions for its incoming class of students to the 2021-22 academic year, while the Graduate Program in the History of Art will proceed with a combination...

Ephs are coming back, but fall athletes will not compete. Here’s what you should know.

Ephs are coming back, but fall athletes will not compete. Here’s what you should know.

July 12, 2020

The physical education and athletics department convene to deliver an outline of the College’s athletics reopening policy for next fall. (Photo courtesy of Williams College on Youtube.) As the College...

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...

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...

The beginning of dreaming is the end of policing

The beginning of dreaming is the end of policing

June 23, 2020

In my intro course on blackness and mass incarceration, I ask my mostly seventeen and eighteen-year-old students how they would live their lives differently if abolition were achieved. Some say they would...

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...

Spring sports teams celebrate their seniors despite cancelled seasons

Spring sports teams celebrate their seniors despite cancelled seasons

May 23, 2020

Men's crew named their newest racing shell "Class of 2020" in honor of their graduating seniors. (Photo courtesy of head coach Marc Mandel and @Ephheavies on Instagram.) A few days before campus closed...

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...

Brendan Hoffman ’20, Rock Stewart ’20 drafted to play Major League Lacrosse

Brendan Hoffman ’20, Rock Stewart ’20 drafted to play Major League Lacrosse

May 23, 2020

Rock Stewart ’20, surrounded by his teammates and friends, signed with the New York Lizards in a rooftop ceremony. (Photo courtesy of @LizardsLacrosse.) On May 4, senior men’s lacrosse captains...

Seniors who are awarded fellowships look to the future

Seniors who are awarded fellowships look to the future

May 23, 2020

Summiya Najam ’20 will study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar for Pakistan. She attended the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford during the 2018-19 academic year. (Photo courtesy of Summiya...

Four years on the field: Athletes of the week from the class of 2020

Four years on the field: Athletes of the week from the class of 2020

May 23, 2020

Throughout each semester, the Record”s sports section publishes “Athletes of the Week,” spotlighting Ephs” exceptional performances in a given week. Over the years, we have featured 25 members...

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,...

Season Recaps

May 23, 2020

Men’s cross-country: Top of NESCAC, third at NCAA For the first time since 2016, men’s cross-country has won the NESCAC championship, with seven Ephs, all of whom won All-NESCAC Honors, finishing...

Captains’ Corners: Senior Edition

May 23, 2020

Carl Shuck ’20 Team: Men’s squash Hometown: Rye, N.Y. Residence: Spencer Major: Economics & English  Snack bar order: Black bean burger What do you enjoy most about...

Gail Ouellette, beloved breakfast and lunch cook at Whitman’s, dies at 68

May 22, 2020

Gail Ouellette, a breakfast and lunch cook in Dining Services who worked at the College for 35 years, died on April 17 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. She was 68. Ouellette...

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...

Director of ESPN’s The Last Dance Jason Hehir ’98 reflects on time at College, filmmaking career

Director of ESPN’s The Last Dance Jason Hehir ’98 reflects on time at College, filmmaking career

May 13, 2020

Jason Hehir ’98, director of The Last Dance, sat for a one-on-one Zoom interview with Sports Information assistant Sal Gualtieri last month. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.) What if I told...

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...

Coaches continue training athletic teams remotely

Coaches continue training athletic teams remotely

May 13, 2020

For many student athletes, much of the adjustment to remote learning has included losing access to training facilities and resources, hindering their ability to stay physically and mentally fit for both...

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...

NCAA releases guidelines detailing process for resumed athletics

NCAA releases guidelines detailing process for resumed athletics

May 6, 2020

On Monday, the NCAA released guidelines on the process for resuming collegiate athletics following the COVID-19 pandemic. In its announcement that centered on a three-phase resocialization plan, the NCAA...

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...

Ephs in Congress provide window into national leadership during pandemic

Ephs in Congress provide window into national leadership during pandemic

May 6, 2020

Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) returned to Washington on a red-eye flight in the middle of the congressional recess to vote for a $484 billion coronavirus relief package. Photo courtesy of @RepEdCase. Congress...

Peer tutors work remotely

Peer tutors work remotely

April 29, 2020

Peer Support Programs have resumed their services in a new online format. (Photo courtesy of the Williams Writing Center.) Coordinating remote classes between professors and students can be difficult,...

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