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Out of the eight dining hall workers who responded to a Record survey, seven reported dissatisfaction.

Dining staff say they are overworked, frustrated as a result of labor shortage

Kitt Urdang, Jacob Posner, and Saud Afzal Shafi October 6, 2021
As the College navigates a local and national labor shortage, some members of the Dining Services staff say they are overburdened, lack confidence in the quality of their work, and are experiencing low morale. Of the eight dining hall workers who responded to an anonymous survey by the Record, seven expressed dissatisfaction with their experiences working in Dining Services this year.
Students will not have
card access to dorms other than their own for at least the next two weeks, the College announced on Friday, citing to the Record concerns among students about drink tampering at parties.

Student concerns about drink tampering lead College to limit dorm card access to residents only

Kevin Yang September 29, 2021
Students will not have card access to dorms other than their own for at least the next two weeks, the College announced on Friday, citing to the Record concerns among students about drink tampering at parties.
Approximately 2,130 students are enrolled this semester, a figure 115 students higher than the average fall enrollment between 2016 and 2019. (Sam Riley/The Williams Record)

College scrambles to keep up as larger on-campus population disrupts dining, housing

Ella Marx September 22, 2021
A lack of silverware, longer dining hall lines, and a shortage of caps and gowns for seniors participating in Convocation: The first few weeks of the academic year have been marked by logistical challenges, caused by shipping delays, the national labor shortage, and an especially large on-campus student population.
College embarks on fully in-person semester, but not without hiccups

College embarks on fully in-person semester, but not without hiccups

Nigel Jaffe and Iman Shumburo September 15, 2021
The College welcomed students back this month for the first fully in-person semester since before the pandemic, entering a moment that President Maud S. Mandel called “precious and also precarious” in her Sept. 9 letter to the community.
Students gather in front of Paresky with a little more than a week to go before the start of classes. (Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record.)

College prepares for in-person semester amid Delta variant concerns

As students begin to return, College reintroduces weekly testing; four students test positive
Sofie Jones, Katie Jung, and Kiara Royer September 3, 2021
The prevalence of the Delta variant has led the College to reimplement an indoor mask mandate and a weekly testing requirement. And if the campus sees an outbreak, the College could implement more stringent restrictions.
Students will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. (Annie Lu/The Williams Record)

College reinstates mask mandate in public indoor spaces

Sofie Jones and Irene Loewenson August 10, 2021
Masks will be required in all academic and administrative buildings as of tomorrow, regardless of vaccination status, President Maud S. Mandel announced on Tuesday, Aug. 10. There is still no mask requirement outdoors, in private offices, or in residence halls.
National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

National civil rights group calls for WPD Officer Eichhammer’s removal for hanging Hitler photo

Eichhammer claimed photo in locker was a joke; Town manager unwilling to fire him
Ella Marx August 7, 2021
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization that focuses on racial justice, published a letter on Monday calling for the removal of Officer Craig Eichhammer from the WPD for the officer’s display of a photograph of Adolf Hitler in his station locker.
Current WPD officer admitted in 2011 to misconduct and lying to investigators

Current WPD officer admitted in 2011 to misconduct and lying to investigators

Irene Loewenson July 31, 2021
WPD Officer Craig Eichhammer admitted in 2011 to misconduct involving a civilian and to lying about it during an investigation, and he remained on the force with apparently minimal punishment, according to a document obtained by the Record this week through a public records request.
Though the Class of 2020 still has not had an official in-person commencement, the Class of 2021 had its commencement — technically a “senior celebration” — on May 31 of this year. (Photo courtesy of Allison Downing.)

Class of 2020 will finally get its commencement — in 2022

Megan Lin July 23, 2021
The Class of 2020 is set to have an in-person commencement in July 2022, with families and guests invited to attend.
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 to require COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff, but with broad exceptions

Saud Afzal Shafi June 10, 2021
The College will require faculty and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, President Maud S. Mandel announced in a June 1 email to faculty and staff. But College employees can request exemptions on medical or religious grounds or due to “strongly-held beliefs on the subject,” according to Mandel’s email.
Whitney Lincoln ’20 (left), Lindsay Avant ’21 (top right), and Sydney Jones ’21 (bottom right) spoke with the Record about their experiences as Black athletes on womens soccer. (Photos courtesy of Grace Byers, Lindsay Avant, and Kris Dufour.)

Navigating ‘white structures and white expectations’: Black athletes discuss race, belonging on women’s soccer

Jacob Posner May 19, 2021
The Record spoke with three Black players on women’s soccer who took significant time off from the team over the last two years, or, in one case, quit the team outright. They all emphasized that their experiences on the team were symptomatic of it being part of a majority-white college, of “having to navigate through white structures and white expectations,” as one player put it.
Polls were open yesterday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Williamstown Elementary School to decide six local offices. (Ella Marx/The Williams Record)

Johnson and Hasty win Select Board elections in victory for progressive slate

Lawrence, Dew win seats on Planning Board, Housing Authority
Joey Fox May 12, 2021
Jeff Johnson and Wade Hasty defeated Tony Boskovich ’74 and Albert Cummings IV after a hotly contested campaign in yesterday’s double-header Select Board election. Johnson and Hasty were informally aligned in a progressive-leaning slate that emphasized the need for racial justice in the Town.
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