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Randal Fippinger and Jane Patton elected to Williamstown Select Board

Ella Marx May 11, 2022
Randal Fippinger and Jane Patton were elected yesterday to serve three-year terms on the Williamstown Select Board, defeating Bilal Ansari to win their seats. Patton was elected to the board with 921 votes, according to unofficial results released last night by the town clerk. Fippinger garnered 881 votes, and Ansari amassed 677.
Students will now be allowed to work at the College for a maximum of 20 hours per week instead of 10. (Tali Natter/The Williams Record)

College raises student weekly work limit to 20 hours, TA positions to become hourly

Gabe Miller and Rachel Schmidt May 7, 2022
Effective for the next academic year, the College will raise the limit on the number of hours students can work on campus to 20 hours per week from the previous 10 hour limit, convert teaching assistant (TA) jobs to hourly positions, and allow paid residential leadership position holders, including Junior Advisors (JAs), House Coordinators (HCs), and Residential Directors (RDs) to hold other paid on-campus positions.
Staff and interns at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives worked on the 2022 STARS proposal. (Tali Natter/The Williams Record)

College achieves STARS gold rating in sustainability

Tali Natter April 27, 2022
The College has earned a gold rating — the second-highest possible rating — from The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Operated by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS is a self-reporting framework for colleges to measure the environmental sustainability of their campuses.
Staff at the testing center in Greylock Hall. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

College reports 26 new COVID-19 cases

Gabe Miller April 20, 2022
On Wednesday, the College reported 21 new student cases and five new faculty and staff positive cases.  1104 new tests were added to the COVID dashboard on Wednesday, bringing the number of positive tests since the start of last week to 92.  Today’s cases bring the College’s weekly positivity rate to 2.7%.
College to launch nation’s first all-grant financial aid program

College to launch nation’s first all-grant financial aid program

Kitt Urdang, Tali Natter, and Bellamy Richardson April 13, 2022
The College will eliminate all loans, required work study, and summer earnings contributions from all students’ financial aid packages effective fall 2022, becoming the first institution of higher education in the United States to do so, excluding military and work colleges.
(Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

March in Pittsfield commemorates life of Miguel Estrella, killed by police shooting

Ella Marx April 13, 2022
A large crowd gathered in downtown Pittsfield on Sunday to march in response to the killing of Miguel Estrella, a Pittsfield man who was fatally shot by police responding to an emergency call on March 25.
Students raise awareness on campus about war in Ukraine

Students raise awareness on campus about war in Ukraine

Ella Marx March 18, 2022
Students gathered outside Paresky yesterday to attend a rally organized by Ukrainian student Diana Sobolieva ’25 against the current war in Ukraine. This came after a discussion about the war with Sobolieva, fellow Ukrainian student Alina Luchyshyn ’23, and professors on Monday night. 
(Gabe Miller/The Williams Record)

Town Planning Board makes strides toward inclusionary zoning policy

Charlotte Staudenmayer March 9, 2022
At its Feb. 17 meeting, the Williamstown Planning Board finalized a list of zoning bylaw amendments addressing exclusionary zoning that will be the topic of a public hearing on Tuesday, March 22.
(Samuel Riley/The Williams Record)

WSU spring semester election fills all 12 seats for first time

Gabe Miller March 2, 2022
For the first time in its five-semester-long history, the Williams Student Union (WSU) has filled all 12 — three of each class year — of its seats following the elections for the Spring 2022 term. The elected representatives for the upcoming term are Argenis Herrera ’22, Aidan Lloyd-Tucker ’22, Kevin Yang ’22, Manny Copeland ’23, Caitlin Han ’23, Yunjin Park ’23, Samir Ahmed ’24, Gwyn Chilcoat ’24, Jay Kim ’24, Quinn Casey ’25, Shoshie Hemley ’25, and Bobby Verhey ’25.
Spring semester COVID campus updates: College relaxes masking requirements

Spring semester COVID campus updates: College relaxes masking requirements

Record Staff February 28, 2022
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated and boosted students, faculty, and staff are allowed to unmask in indoor athletics facilities, academic and administrative buildings, and at events that are open only to members of the campus community, Chief Communications Director Jim Reische announced in an all-campus email today.
Antisemitic, racist flyers found in books in Sawyer

Antisemitic, racist flyers found in books in Sawyer

Bellamy Richardson and Julia Goldberg February 23, 2022
Copies of an antisemitic and racist flyer were found in history books in Sawyer Library on Feb. 15. After consulting the Libraries leadership team as well as Campus Safety Services (CSS) and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI), Director of Libraries Jonathan Miller posted a sign in the Sawyer Library entrance condemning the flyers, which were made to look like Confederate States of America currency, and asking members of the College community to bring them to the library’s Access Services Desk if found.
Part of a wooden stake that once held a Black Lives Matter sign still stands outside the First Congregational Church. (Photo courtesy of Ella Marx).

Students witness racist incident; questions remain unanswered

Ella Marx and Kiara Royer February 16, 2022
On Feb. 12, Arianna Barzacanos ’24 and Iman Shumburo ’24 were walking in front of Chapin Hall when they saw three young individuals walking on the sidewalk towards Paresky holding a Black Lives Matter sign and shouting the N-word at cars passing by.
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