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COVID campus updates: College reports 29 new student and five new faculty and staff positive cases

COVID campus updates: College reports 29 new student and five new faculty and staff positive cases

Record Staff January 27, 2022
Jan. 27 | 12:15 p.m. On Thursday, the College reported 29 new student and five new faculty and staff positive cases.
Independent investigation finds former WPD chief, sergeant engaged in sexual and racial workplace harassment

Independent investigation finds former WPD chief, sergeant engaged in sexual and racial workplace harassment

Kevin Yang and Ella Marx January 26, 2022
An independent investigation commissioned by the Williamstown Select Board concluded that former Williamstown Police Department (WPD) chief Kyle Johnson and former WPD sergeant Scott McGowan engaged in multiple instances of sexual and racial workplace harassment from 2002 to 2019.
Professors Long, Siniawer to serve as next Dean, Provost

Professors Long, Siniawer to serve as next Dean, Provost

Megan Lin, Julia Goldberg, and David Wignall January 26, 2022
Professors of History Gretchen Long and Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97 will assume the roles of Dean and Provost of the College, respectively, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email on Tuesday.
College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

College announces first week of Winter Study to be held remotely, students to quarantine upon arrival

Ella Marx, Tali Natter, Bellamy Richardson, and Kitt Urdang December 30, 2021
The first week of classes and events during Winter Study will be held remotely, and students will quarantine in their dorm rooms upon arrival to campus until they receive one negative COVID-19 test result, President Maud S. Mandel announced in an all-campus email this morning. 
The College announced a change to twice weekly COVID testing for all students, which will take place on the second floor of Greylock Hall. (Kent Barbir/The Williams Record)

College announces stricter COVID policies for Winter Study

Tali Natter and Bellamy Richardson December 21, 2021
Winter Study will be held on campus with tighter COVID-19 restrictions, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom announced in an all-campus email this afternoon.
The vaccine clinic entrance was located at the east door of the Towne Field House, which also serves as the site for the College’s COVID testing program. (Fiona Seibert/The Williams Record)

College requires students, faculty, staff to get booster by Feb. 1

Irene Loewenson December 20, 2021
Eligible students, faculty, and staff must receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Feb. 1, President Mandel announced this afternoon. Those who are not eligible by Feb. 1 must receive their booster within 30 days of becoming eligible.
(Devika Goel/The Williams Record)

Fall approval ratings survey shows decreased approval for CSS, Dining

Ella Marx and Kiara Royer December 8, 2021
The Record sent its twice-annual survey to 500 randomly selected unixes last week to gauge whether students approve, disapprove, or feel neutral about College policies and institutions.
The Select Board originally intended to find a permanent Town Manager by November, but instead will begin a second search in January. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Select Board keeps Blanchard as interim town manager

Ella Marx and Rachel Schmidt December 1, 2021
The Williamstown Select Board voted 4-1 on Nov. 18 to retain interim town manager Charlie Blanchard through the end of April while it continues to search for a permanent town manager.
Students protest for public divestment from fossil fuels

Students protest for public divestment from fossil fuels

Sasha Tucker November 17, 2021
In recognition of the College Climate Coalition’s Divestment Day of Action on Nov. 12, the College’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) chapter held a protest on Paresky steps, calling on the College to publicly commit to divesting from fossil fuels.
A Record survey found that students are struggling and think their friends are doing even more poorly. (Lulu Whitmore/The Williams Record)

As students struggle with mental health, unprecedented demand for therapy overwhelms IWS

Nigel Jaffe November 10, 2021
Amid a nationwide crisis in student mental health, a Record survey found that students at the College are facing significant mental health challenges this semester, while the College has struggled to keep up with unprecedented demand for mental health services. 
Four percent of College investments, managed by  the Investment Office in Boston, are still tied to fossil fuels. (Photo courtesy of Williams College Investment Office.)

College will not publicly commit to divestment, despite taking steps to end ties to fossil fuel extraction

Saud Afzal Shafi and Joe Fox November 3, 2021
The College will not be making a public commitment to fossil fuel divestment but does not hold any direct investments in fossil fuels and plans to eliminate indirect investments in fossil fuels in the next several years, President Maud S. Mandel said at the Oct. 20 faculty meeting.
The Select Board announced that it will start a new search for a permanent town manager  in January. Photo courtesy of Willinet.

Williamstown Select Board rejects both finalists for town manager, restarts search for permanent hire

Ella Marx October 27, 2021
The Williamstown Select Board has decided to hire neither of the two candidates who were selected as finalists for the town manager position during a months-long search, which followed the February 2021 resignation of former town manager Jason Hoch ’95.
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