Neighborhoods to undergo first official evaluation

Financial concerns that have inspired budget awareness throughout campus have also accelerated the formation of the neighborhood evaluation committee, which senior staff will form this spring. The committee, which has been in the works for some time, will evaluate the merits of the neighborhood system itself as well as consider its financial efficiency. The evaluation process will also provide an opportunity for students to present opinions regarding the neighborhood system.

Athletes’ academic discrepancy declines

The Athletics Committee conducted a report on academic performance of varsity athletes versus non-athletes to be completed and submitted to the faculty in May. The first study conducted since Michael MacDonald, former chair of the committee, released a report in 2001, it found that the overall gap in academic performance has been halved, and that gap has been eliminated for females when averaged across all sports. Despite this progress, a considerable discrepancy does remain for high-profile male athletes in sports such as football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey.

Former chaplain keeps faith alive in Billsville

Snack Bar is packed. Students and faculty members alike crowd into the small dining space, barely able to move due to the sheer number of people packed around them. The unlucky ones stand outside, trying to peer through the glass and see the activity inside. All eyes are on one single man standing on top of a table, speaking eloquently to the multitudes swarming around him.

It’s not a typical weekend night as Snack Bar. Instead it’s the scene over 40 years ago when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the College. The campus had only one person to thank for the invaluable opportunity to hear King speak: a personal friend of the civil rights activist, John Eusden.

Squash your inhibitions

Growing up in the world of middle class suburbia and public school systems, I’d played my share of sports. It was only after I came to Williams, though, that I realized there was one sport that was conspicuously missing from my childhood: squash. As a kid, I had heard of squash, usually in the context of some of my dad’s wealthier classmates talking about “boasts” and “drives” and close brushes with “the tin,” and given my lack of knowledge regarding anything they were saying and a quick observation of their demeanor, I pegged it as a posh, upper-class sport for snobs right up there with polo and croquet. I shudder to think what my third-grade self would have said if he had known that 10 years later, he would be playing every night.

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