First-gen students navigate the College

Between First Days presentations and admissions’ information sessions, being the first person of one’s immediate family to attend a four-year institution, or “first-gen,” is a label that most hear about, but few are actually privy to. Thus, this label deserves some clarification on what the first-gen experience is truly like – or not like – for the students who make up approximately 16 percent of the College’s enrollment.

In support of affirmative action: Members of Asian American Students in Action speak out

The Asian American Studies Movement at the College stands firmly in support of affirmative action. We recognize Michael Wang ’17, who has voiced support for ongoing efforts to dismantle affirmative action, as a former member of the Asian American community at the College; consequently, we realize the importance of holding those in our community accountable for their anti-Blackness and classism.

WAFFLES spurs spontaneity on campus

If you’ve taken an evening stroll past Paresky recently, you may recall experiencing a moment of déjà vu upon hearing a few lines of Harry Potter blasted through a speaker on the front steps. These events, and many more like them, were the brainchild of Williams Anarchists for Fun and Lighthearted Entertaining Surprises (WAFFLES), a new student organization on campus.

All-student listserv facilitates community transparency

Every week, emails appear in student inboxes from accounts like “” with  college-wide or class year-specific announcements. These weekly posts that touch on the goings-on around campus – upcoming events, lectures, available academic services – are both staples of students’ weekly routines and hubs of information for all community members.

Spring Street Blues: From the files of Campus Safety and Security

Monday 10-15-18

7:17 p.m., Lasell: Officers met with an athletic facility monitor concerning an issue with a student and access to the fitness center. 

Tuesday 10-16-18

2:02 a.m., Faculty House: Officers responded to a report from the Williamstown Police Department (WPD) of a large tree branch that had fallen. 

Wednesday 10-17-18

10:25 p.m., Currier Quad: An officer responded to a report of an ongoing problem with students smoking in an unoccupied but unlocked room. 11:40 p.m., Morgan Hall: Officers responded to a tipline submission that did not specify a complaint, just a location.

College undertakes several construction projects

Construction continues apace across the College’s campus. Here’s a brief update on some of the projects you may see:

North Science Center

Demolition work on the foundation is slated to begin soon where the old Bronfman Science Center once stood.