OCC, students contend with job market uncertainty

Rahul Bahl ’09 sent out “literally 100 applications” before finally securing a job for next year. With an initial interest in investment banking and a near-offer from Merrill Lynch prior to its dramatic losses in the economic downturn, Bahl was finally able to obtain a position in General Electric’s financial management program in Louisville, Ky. While many students have been less fortunate, Bahl’s story is indicative of the struggles that seniors have been facing in the job search.

Getting presidential priorities straight

The president is the face of the College, and while we may not know whether this face will be recognizable from the Williams campus or completely unfamiliar, we can hold the next president to specific standards that students have come to expect from the office. The College is in the throes of a tumultuous period, and our next leader has not only the power but also the responsibility of seeing Williams through this era of change. But we must not forget that great presidents are defined not by what they maintain, but by the bold new paths they forge, sometimes against resistance.

Squared away and ready to go

Square Root Day occurred on 3/3/09 (because three squared is nine), and it was an especially noteworthy milestone because it won’t come again for another seven years (4/4/16). It’s the kind of day designed especially for mathematicians or punsters, but that shouldn’t stop everyone else from enjoying it. […]

It’s possible that I’m the most gung-ho math fan who has never actually taken a math class at Williams. I’ve certainly considered it, but there were just so many other classes I also wanted to take. Now, here I am in my last semester at college, and it’s too late. It’s not just math that fell neglected. I have not taken a single course in political science, physics, women’s and gender studies, Africana studies, linguistics or German. The list is long and, frankly, a bit depressing.

It’s not that I regret the choices I made – neither my major nor my extracurriculars – it’s just that there are so many exciting options out there that, inevitably, I didn’t get to explore. I can’t help but muse over the stones I didn’t get to turn over, the doors behind which I did not get to peek.

‘Oy Vey!’ Profs spar over Jewish grub

Bill Wagner, dean of the faculty and history professor, started off the debate with an attack on hamentashen, declaring them “the embodiment of Old Regime Europe” in contrast to the latke-like modern self that emerged from the said regime’s disintegration. It was a gutsy claim to make, but Wagner drew convincing parallels between the hamentashen’s triangular shape and medieval power structures. He also drew the concerned audience’s attention to the similarly triangular feathered hats of the conservative European nobility, which seems to be ye olden days’ version of “The Man.” The latke, by contrast, is much more egalitarian and malleable, retaining its latke-ness whatever its shape, bending where the hamentashen would break.

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