According to the College’s leading financial experts, President Schapiro and Chief Investment Officer Collette Chilton, the endowment has decreased in value since Chilton last estimated it at $1.4 billion on December 31, 2008. By Schapiro’s estimate, the endowment will stand at around $1.1 billion when the fiscal year closes on July 1, with $92 million availed for the current academic year’s spending. However, “with the volatility of markets and the difficulty in pricing illiquid assets … the specific number is hard to nail down,” Schapiro said.
“This year presented both challenge and opportunity for hiring. On the one hand, the market was weaker, [due to] fewer colleges and universities seeking to hire faculty, so we interviewed and pursued candidates that in other years we might not have had a chance of hiring,” said Stephan Sheppard, chair of economics. “On the other hand we knew that with the present financial constraints on the College we would need to identify some really good candidates to present to CAP for appointment to the faculty.” […] “There were many colleges and universities that canceled all of their searches this year,” Sheppard said. “I think it was really smart of Williams to allow some of its searches to go forward. It is precisely at times like this that the College can make some really strong additions to the faculty.”
That’s right; I was that weird girl – and I sincerely apologize if I made you feel uncomfortable in your living space, because I certainly made myself feel uncomfortable in your living space, and it wasn’t a picnic. Unless you’re talking dirt, flies and sticky beverages. Metaphorically, of course.
The reality of theater reviews at Williams is a strange thing, since it would seem that one of the main purposes of a review is to tell someone whether (or not) to go see a certain production. Of course, by the time you read this review, the minimal set of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, which played to audiences at the Adams Memorial Theatre at the ’62 Center last Thursday through Saturday, will have been stored away in the theater vaults, and the actors will be in rehearsals for other shows or maybe just navigating the theatrical landscape.
So, what’s the purpose of this review? I can’t tell you to go see Glengarry Glen Ross, since it’s not playing anymore (and what a shame that is!), nor do I particularly make you want to feel bad for not going (though you certainly should). My goal for this review is simple: go to the theater.