Trustees approve budget of $205M

Last Thursday, the Board of Trustees convened to approve an operating budget of $205 million for the 2009-10 academic year. This represents a 5.09 percent decrease from the $216 million budgeted for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Of this spending, $78.5 million will come from the endowment, which is forecasted to stand at $1.3 billion on July 1, the beginning of the fiscal year. Last year, the trustees approved 2008-09 spending of $94 million from a $1.8 billion endowment. With the cataclysmic economy, actual endowment spending for the current year was trimmed to $91.5 million. The remainder of the College’s revenue comes from tuition fees and gifts.

These reductions stem from a combination of 15 percent average cuts in manager’s budgets, salary freezes, faculty and staff cutbacks through attrition, delays in major construction projects and a leaner building renewal budget.

1 in 2000

Ahh, I love plants. Ever since I was a little kid. I would eat dandelions in the back yard.

How did that work out?

My mom called poison control because she didn’t know they were edible. But now, I’m in Professor Joan Edwards’ botany class and if it’s not the best class I’ve taken, it’s definitely one of the top two. I go out into the field and bring back samples. I’m actually growing a few.

How many have you eaten so far?

Two. Wintergreen and blackbirch. You can nibble on the twigs and they have wintergreen oil in them.

Sidelined yet still spirited

On behalf of the Williams Rugby Football Club (WRFC), I would like to express our sincere apologies for the incident of April 9. That Thursday, after a rugby party, one player ignited the back of another player’s over shirt, causing a second-degree burn to the base of the hand of the person wearing the shirt. Although neither the club’s senior leadership nor I actually saw the incident, we cannot absolve ourselves of responsibility. The shirt, as part of a years-old rugby practice, had been burned – albeit infrequently – in the past. And though the club’s leaders never officially condoned the practice, by staying silent we have unthinkingly placed past precedent above the safety of our teammates. We now face the consequences of a canceled season and a tainted reputation. But we will do so with the integrity and resolve we always seek to embody.

Inviting in happiness

I came to realize after a process of consultation and self-exploration that it wasn’t that I didn’t have friends – it was that I didn’t spend any quality time with my friends. I had to realize that I was, in some ways, socially incompetent. I had been so focused on school and skiing that I was not in the habit of making or accepting invitations. I was used to relying instead upon my then-boyfriend and sports team to, without effort, fill in the spaces, resulting in a predictable, yet ultimately fleeting and unfulfilling social life. To survive these past few weeks, I needed to do something to put things right.

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