E-mail from President Schapiro below.

From: Morton.Owen.Schapiro williams.edu
To: williams-students@williams.edu; williams-faculty@williams.edu; williams-staff@williams.edu
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 6:08 AM
Subject: Today is Mountain Day!!

Today is Mountain Day! It’s a day for our community. All classes are cancelled. Get outside, meet new people, and make the most of it!

Visit http://wso.williams.edu/orgs/woc to see the list of hikes and on-campus events. Come join us on Stone Hilll for the 1st major event of the day, hike leaves from Chapin Steps at 10:00am – refreshments and joyous singing!

Community picnic begins at 11:00 a.m. on Chapin Lawn, all are welcomed. hikes for Stony ledge on Mt.Greylock, leave from Chapin lawn at 12:30. Busses will transport to the various trailheads. PLEASE remember there is NO transportation to stony ledge. All hikers will be expected to hike up AND down to the waiting busses at Haley Farm. Busses begin returning to campus at 4:15pm.

Most importantly, please remember that this is an opportunity to “seize the day” and to celebrate our wonderful community and place. Try to make every effort to enjoy the company of your fellow students, faculty, and staff – don’t forget to breathe deeply and let yourself be WOWed by a New England Autumn!”


– Morty Schapiro


1) Who gets credit for Mountain Day? I am embarrassed to have not solved this mystery yet. Twenty years ago, there was a Mountain Day, but it did not involve canceled classes. Whose idea was that and how did they get the faculty to agree?

2) I prefer a little snotty intellectual snobbery with my Pine Cobble hike. Carpe diem, not “seize the day.” Related post here.

3) No one predicted 20 years ago that a Williams president would need to tell students to turn off their cell phones. What unimaginable request will be made 20 years from now? Turn of your . . .

4) Although being in the moment is nice, it would be great to see lots of pictures from Mountain Day, even video of the events. The more that high schoolers around the world know about this cool tradition, the more likely they are to choose Williams.

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