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Paresky Update 4/5/07

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 www.williamstickets.com)

– 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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#1 Comment By Anonymous On April 5, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

Most recent e-mail from the so-called “Dean Schiazza”

So-called? That’s Doug’s last name.

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.

On the other hand, his email is a helluva lot more interesting than the average EphBlog post.

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.

You have, literally, no idea what you’re talking about here. The students who work for Security have nothing to do with the Info Center.

#2 Comment By Diana On April 5, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

1. However, he is not a dean.

2. On the other hand, his e-mail disappears a lot faster than the average EphBlog post.

3. When Baxter closed, the Record reported that because the student Game Room Proctor jobs would disappear, Security had added extra jobs having students follow them around locking up the library at night. I have, literally, seen students walking around with Security at 9:45 PM locking up the library wearing the same blue and orange smocks that the Baxter basement proctors wore when I was a freshman. (Note that by “follow Security around” I don’t mean the student who sits at the table in the bottom of Hopkins.) Also, note that the Info Center, place to check out games, and ACE office are apparently all the same place, so it’s entirely plausible that this is the Game Room job, now with more responsibilities in an actual office.

#3 Comment By Anonymous On April 5, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

Where does he refer to himself as “Dean Schiazza”? I only see you making use of that terminology. His email lists him as:

Douglas J.B. Schiazza
Director of Campus Life, Williams College

#4 Comment By Diana On April 5, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

My significant other once referred to him as Dean Schiazza and I thought it was funny, so I decided to copy the joke. Apparently does not appreciate this kind of humor. Weirdo.

#5 Comment By Anonymous On April 5, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

Maybe you should correct your post.

#6 Comment By Diana On April 5, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

To what?

#7 Comment By Anonymous On April 5, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

To a version that doesn’t impugn that Doug is claiming the title of “Dean” for himself, because that’s an inside joke that no one will get. I would get rid of the whole “Dean Schiazza” thing and this comment thread, if I were you.

#8 Comment By Ben Fleming On April 5, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

I love it when anonymous commenters get uppity. Well, not so much “love.” It’s more pathetically amusing than anything.

#9 Comment By Diana On April 5, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

First line of post edited to reflect needlessly pedantic views and lack of sense of humor of Mr.

#10 Comment By Ben Fleming On April 5, 2007 @ 9:40 pm


On the other hand, his email is a helluva lot more interesting than the average EphBlog post.

Sez the person reading and commenting on EphBlog at 9 p.m.

#11 Comment By hwc On April 5, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

Speaking of construction:

After the bellyaching from the Dodd cluster about living near construction, I got a huge chuckle out of this week’s newspaper article about those living next to the new dorm construction at Swarthmore. Some student RAs cornered the Pres at a dinner and talked him into providing a free catered continental breakfast in the two dorms every morning ’til 10 am and installing room air conditioners in every room in one dorm so construction dust won’t bother anyone!

The brainchild of Mertz and Alice Paul RAs, the idea to provide breakfast for residents affected by the construction was successfully pitched to President Al Bloom at the annual RA dinner. The idea was proposed by Mertz RA Erick Zwick ’07, who shared a table with Bloom that night. According to Zwick, the president and the RAs had been brainstorming ideas to reduce the inconvenience of living next to a construction site. “We suggested having later classes or providing breakfast. [Bloom] was surprisingly receptive to that idea,” Zwick said.

The RA dinner was held on a Wednesday and the food was provided the following Monday.

Sheesh. And to think we had to walk uphill in the snow to the dining hall — both ways. You Dodd neighbors (Dodd clusterers?) need to get the Dodd officers to start delivering the goods for their constituents!

#12 Comment By On April 5, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

Ooh, we’re giving out IP addresses now for commenters who point out errors. Classy.

#13 Comment By Diana On April 5, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

Error? What error? Were you going to point out an error?

I could say your name, but I’m too nice. So I’ll just say, currently-hiding-his-identity commenter from the Center for Theatre and Dance computer lab. (Or you could just give yourself a handle to which one could refer.)

#14 Comment By Mike Eros ’04 On April 5, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

Jessica Park: Jessy: yes, Dr. Park’s daughter. She is also a professional artist, in addition to having worked in the Williams college mail room. You should read the books (plural, there have been two) written by former Williams English Professor Clara Park discussing autism. “The Siege” is one, “Exiting Nirvana” is the second. These non-fiction accounts of a parent’s view of autism are some of the most important written in the field of autism parenting, and The Siege was groundbreaking when it was published in 1967. When I tell my relatives I was going to Williams, they immediately mentioned Clara Park and Jessy – purely on the strength of Professor Park’s writing and how important it has been to families with autistic children.

#15 Comment By ’10 On April 6, 2007 @ 2:03 am

So can all Ephblog authors see IP addresses? If so, since half the posters here have author status and it’s pretty trivial to match IP addresses on the Williams network to names, then there’s effectively no anonymity whatsoever.

#16 Comment By Diana On April 6, 2007 @ 8:25 am

All EphBlog authors can see IP addresses of commenters. However, matching IP addresses on the Williams network to names is not that trivial — is it? I, for one, have no idea how to do it. However, you can search past comments by IP address, so if multiple comments have been made by the same computer, and if the commenter left their name a previous time, then the comment isn’t that anonymous. This is explained in the answer on the FAQ to Are anonymous commentators welcome?.

#17 Comment By vwd’75 On April 6, 2007 @ 10:18 am

I think my heart skipped several beats and I fell in love with Williams all over again when I saw that the mailroom was named for Jessy. She and her parents are longtime heroes of mine. I don’t know how it could be done but surely these is way: Jessy and her family’s story and accomplishments should be honored in that space by some sort of explanatory materials (perhaps a student will pick up on this suggestion and work with the college and the Parks on it; it would be a tremendous gift for the ages). How fitting that it is the mailroom that bears Jessy’s name, not only because she worked there but because it is a place that traditionally has linked students with their families and the wider world, a journey that Jessy mastered with such fortitude and struggle. Blessings upon the visionary who came up with the name for the space.

#18 Comment By ’10 On April 6, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

Sorry, I had assumed you knew how to lookup IPs from your earlier comment. I guess the knowledge isn’t as public as I thought; hopefully you’ll forgive me if I don’t share it here.

Also, I think is in Jesup basement, not the CTD. At least, it resolves to jsp-b03-04.williams.edu.

#19 Comment By Diana On April 6, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

Yeah, I was just guessing the location based on who I knew the identity of the commenter to be. I wish I knew how to make IP addresses “resolve” to the name of the computer. Alas, I don’t. (But David Kane and Ken Thomas have done it in the past, so not all the authors are as technologically illiterate in this regard as I am.) If you would like to explain it to me, please send me an e-mail! 07djd.

#20 Comment By PTC On April 6, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

I have to say that it is not cool to give out the IP addresses of people who blog here just because what they say makes you pissed off. There are those of us who travel a ton, and would rather be able to comment without having our location plastered on the blog.

By the way, God Bless America.

#21 Comment By Diana On April 6, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

Relax, PTC, 137.165… is Williams. That’s pretty standard knowledge around here, whereas [PTC’s IP address] — who knows where that is? But (as you know, since you’re an author) when someone posts a comment to your post, the e-mail you receive is:

A new comment has been posted on your blog EphBlog, on entry #3846 (Paresky Update 4/5/07).

View this comment: [URL]
Edit this comment: [URL]
De-spam this comment: [URL]

IP Address: XXX.XX.60.38
Name: PTC
Email Address:

Comment: I have to say that it is not cool… (etc.)

so it’s not like an author has to do any investigative digging to find out your IP address. The only time I have ever used an IP address to determine a location is when people post things about how great Amherst is on EphBlog, I look up if they are in Amherst — that kind of thing.

#22 Comment By Anonymous On April 6, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

Yes Diana, I know you get mail from posts and that it has the email and IP on it. I am really not all hot and bothered about this, to be honest…. I just don’t think it is cool to out a person who wishes to remain anonymous. That includes there location. Not a big drama or anything, just an observation.

I agree that Sheaf is a great guy, by the way. I have known him my entire life.

Anyhow, you must be getting near the end of this ride. Thanks for all the cool pics, and for being a nice person on the blog. Any idea what you will do when you are done with Williams? Thinking about sticking around perhaps? You seem to like the town.

Best wishes.

#23 Comment By Diana On April 6, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

I am glad you think I am a nice person on the blog. I try to be.

Next year I have a teaching job, and then I am going to graduate school to get a PhD in math (I was admitted and am deferring for a year).

#24 Comment By Jonathan Landsman ’05 On April 6, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

I met Jessy Park personally a few times. It’s too bad these threads contain multiple points worth responding and then derail for a long time into something snappish. On topic: Jessy was all that Mike Eros (thanks for signing your name, Mike) explained. I’ll also add that, in addition to working in the mailroom, Jessy got a definite specific joy from working there. Something about her personality and autism made her love the work, especially when she was placing something in a person’s box at the same time that they opened the door to withdraw something from it. That was, I hear, a highlight of her day.

She and her family year after year opened their home over the summer to students in my friend group, who would live there free in exchange for cooking for and otherwise caring for Jessy, who needed relatively little care. It was (or is, if it still continues) the kind of partnership that represents some of the best of Williams. Her parents would pick a trustworthy student, who would then pick friends of his or hers to live in the house together and cooperate well in this unique living arrangement.