On Sunday, the Williams College Black Student Union (BSU) organized a town hall in Griffin Hall on affinity housing and Davis Center renovations. As the event flyer read, the gathering was to be “a space for students, particularly Black students, to reflect on recent events and the general student experience here,” granting students the opportunity “to voice concerns and work towards solutions.” The meeting was attended by students of varying racial, economic and sexual identities, as well as by a few members of the staff and faculty, including President Maud Mandel.
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,” contained controversial and potentially traumatizing content and was directed in a manner that consistently left many participants feeling uncomfortable, leading to its cancellation.
Last Friday, students, faculty, staff and community members held a rally in front of the Williams Inn in support of the rights of transgender people – a response to the Trump administration’s recently leaked proposal to narrowly define gender as a biological, immutable condition. The rally especially advocated for voting “Yes” on Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot this coming Election Day.
During last weekend’s annual fall meeting, the College’s Board of Trustees elected Liz Robinson ’90 as its next chair. Robinson, who will begin her term on July 1, will succeed current board chair Michael Eisenson ’77.
In an email sent to the College community, President Maud Mandel praised Eisenson for his dedication during his four-year term as chair.
This year, the Office of Student Life (OSL) modified its neighborhood programming model for on-campus upperclass residences in each of the College’s four neighborhoods. This year, the student Neighborhood Leadership Teams’ (NLT) responsibilities have shifted to include existing campus programs: Williams After Dark (WAD), Intramurals, Life After Williams (LAF) and Lyceum dinner.
In Assistant Professor of Biology Matt Carter’s lab, cutting edge breakthroughs can happen entirely by accident.
“[My student and I] were following up on another study and we found this one brain region that seemed to be very active after an animal ate a big meal,” said Carter.
Last Thursday the College hosted Jesmyn Ward, author of this year’s Williams Reads book, Sing, Unburied, Sing. Ward reflected on the events that have shaped her life and influenced her as a writer.
Marlene Sandstrom, dean of the College, opened the talk by reaffirming the mission of Williams Reads, stating that the program is a way to “see and feel and understand the world through people who experience and see the world differently than us.” Sandstrom was then followed by Professor of English Kimberly Love, whose courses focus on the intersection of literature and the black experience.
Field hockey (8-3, 6-2 in the NESCAC) defeated Bowdoin and Wesleyan at home over the weekend. On Sunday, the women pushed through double overtime and a penalty shootout to edge Bowdoin.
Greg Crowther ’95, a former member of the cross-country team, exemplifies resilience and dedication. After a storied running career at the College, he went on to pursue greater distances, eventually becoming the USA National 50k Champion and recordholder as well as the USA 100k Road Champion.
On Sep. 26, Storyboard, the group behind Storytime, announced the decision to put a temporary hold on Storytime, citing the need to reflect on its mission and make changes to the event.