Most recent e-mail from the so-called [edit: by people who think it is funny to refer to him as such (considering the power that he has attained with the invention of the Office of Campus Life and the construction of the Paresky Center), not to in any way suggest that he refers to himself as such] “Dean Schiazza”:

Welcome back from Spring Break! Here’s this week’s Paresky Update!

– PRESALE – Spring Fling Concert Tix @ Paresky Info Center TOMORROW:
Reservations for this year’s Spring Fling Concert featuring Guster with The Format will be available to Williams students and faculty/staff only for a SPECAL PRESALE PRICE of $10 – this Friday, April 6 from 12noon to 2pm. To reserve your spot at the show for this special price, go to the Paresky Information Center / ACE Office window (near the Park St. side of Paresky) with your college ID to sign up. Note: no paper tickets will be issued – reservations will get you a handstamp or wristband on the day of the show.

Regular Ticket Prices: student tickets $15 with ID; Non-Williams price $25. (Tickets will be available shortly through

– First Fridays “Garden Party” in Paresky Tomorrow Night! It may be cold and wintry out, but it’s a garden inside! There will be a DJ for dancing on the first floor in the Dining Room, and Ritmo Latino dancing in the basement! 10pm – 1am.

– Spring Break Construction – much of it is not so noticeable to the naked eye, but a lot of little details were worked on in Paresky during Spring Break. One quite-visible change is the lighting in the Great Hall – the light fixtures now in place provide better lighting in the space, and were designed to reflect the angle of the ceiling of the Great Hall.

– Speaking of building lighting… this is a work in progress. In general, we’re still working on the computer system to figure out the best way to light the building safely while also reducing our energy usage. We’re also still planning to increase lighting in the Fay Vincent Reading Room.

– Room Names – did you notice that in the previous bullet? Many spaces in Paresky have names associated with them (you’ve likely already noticed names like Henze, Luetkemeyer, ’58, etc.). I’m hoping to be able to share a list of those in next week’s update, along with a little bit of information about each one.

You know, there are web sites for this kind of information — it doesn’t have to go in an all-campus e-mail; you could, say, link to such information.

– The Information Center is now open! Hours: Mondays – Thursdays from 4pm – 12midnight, Fridays from 4pm – 1am, Saturdays from 11am – 1am, and Sundays from 11am – 12midnight. A Student Assistant is available to answer questions and to assist you. They will eventually be trained on basic audio/visual aspects of the building, and will have board games & cards available to check out for free (we ordered those yesterday), as well as game supplies for Luetkemeyer (for ping pong, air hockey, billiards, and foosball when they are all installed), which can also be checked out for free. The Information Center (a.k.a. the ACE Office) is located on the 1st floor near the Park Street entrance, at the roll-up window.

Ah yes, the all-important Game Room Attendant job is back. I am glad to hear that these students, who were required to wear a funny blue smock with reflective orange stripes, won’t have to follow Security around anymore and will be back in the student center.

– The ATM was installed today! You can find it near the Information Center, 1st floor near the Park Street entrance. (Please note – the ATM in Hopkins is no longer available.)

– The Jessica H. Park Mailroom is now open on the first floor of Paresky. Please note: students, be sure to take care of your own packaging materials when you pick up your mail items (i.e., if you’re throwing things out, use the recycling bins, and if you have a box, take it with you).

As I learned from Sheafe, Jessica H. Park is (I can only assume) Emeritus Professor of Physics David Park’s daughter. Professor Park’s wife actually wrote a whole book about this daughter, who works in the mail room. In case you were wondering.

– A reminder that College Council is available for students’ Paresky
suggestions. If you have suggestions/ideas for Paresky, College Council has asked that you forward those to Diana Jaffe (08dsj), Jonathan Misk (07jnm), or Christophe Dorsey-Guillaumin (10cad). I met with Diana, Jonathan, and Christophe today, and they had a great list of things to consider, so you’re coming up with some wonderful ideas!

How long will we be reminded about the tape? Until they tear down Paresky or take away Dean Schiazza’s all-campus e-mail privileges?

– Please continue to use only masking tape (on wood or brick surfaces only) to post fliers & posters, until the new bulletin boards are installed. Fliers posted with anything other than masking tape, or posted on anything other than brick or wood, will be removed and disposed.

– Still no fires in the fireplaces, until the lockable screens are installed. I know, I know, with the snow it would have been great – I’m sorry!!!

Enough for today. Have a great weekend!


Douglas J.B. Schiazza
Director of Campus Life, Williams College
The Paresky Center, Suite 219
PO Box 455
Williamstown, MA 01267
413.597.4748 – fax

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