MinCo advocates for increased funding

This weekend, a document written by the Minority Coalition (MinCo) Steering Committee began circulating, which explained MinCo’s plans to request that $34,000 of College Council’s (CC’s) remaining supplemental funding be allocated towards the MinCo supplemental fund. The fund, which currently consists of $6000, would be distributed to MinCo groups and other groups of underrepresented identities on campus, largely for Heritage Month events.

Students, community members hold vigils for shooting victims

Four days after the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa. and the Kroger supermarket shooting in Louisville, Ky., students, faculty and community members came together in Baxter Hall to mourn and remember the victims, console and comfort one another and inspire hope.

Dining Services introduces reusable takeout boxes

In recent weeks, the College has switched from compostable paper takeout boxes to reusable plastic takeout boxes at the dining facilities in Paresky.  

In 2010, with $5,000 from College Council, dining services began providing takeout boxes for students in Whitman’s, Lee Snack Bar and ’82 Grill.

Activist Winona LaDuke provides Native, economic perspective on climate change

The women’s, gender and sexuality studies program, in partnership with the College’s Feminist Collective, hosted internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist Winona LaDuke last Tuesday evening for a talk and book signing. 

The talk, “Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective,” focused primarily on LaDuke’s work to protect Native lands and ways of life against the threat posed by moneyed fossil fuel interests. It also served as a call to action for members of the College and surrounding community to fight back against the broader threat of climate change. 

LaDuke, who holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard and an M.A. in community economic development from Antioch, spoke on dealing with climate change as an economic issue as well as a social one.

Community rally protests climate change

In 1988, Dr. James E. Hansen testified before Congress that  the southeastern and midwestern sections of the United States would be subjected to high temperatures and drought in the near future. Thirty years later, climate change is still a major problem, and citizens are still using the legal system to advocate against the issue.

Halloween on Hoxsey stirs controversy

On Oct. 15, Williamstown community and Select Board members pushed back against student organization Reclaim Childhood’s requested closure of Hoxsey Street for their annual fundraiser, Halloween on Hoxsey.

Alums purchase Prospect Mountain for nordic ski team

College alums and the nonprofit Prospect Mountain Association (PMA) recently completed their purchase of Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vt., 21 miles north of Williamstown. This purchase has ensured that the nordic ski team will continue to practice on the mountain.