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Best of the Record – 06 May 2009

Admission yield increases 5.5% – Read the Whole Article

As of Monday afternoon, the Office of Admission had received 550 confirmations of matriculation from students for the Class of 2013 after the May 1 deadline. This number marks a 5.5 percent increase over last year’s yield of 42.4 percent and represents the College’s target yield for this year – met without having turned to the waitlist. Admission expects to have 560 deposits by the end of the week, the 10 extra deposits providing a “cushion” to make up for students who withdraw over the summer or opt to defer a year.

“Yield on admitted students far exceeded expectations,” said Nesbitt. “We will undoubtedly bypass our target.”

Non-tenured in the classroom: Faculty explore job pressures

You may have heard the joke: it’s the last week of classes, and you see someone walking across campus holding a box of donuts. Who is it? A non-tenured professor on the way to administer course evaluation surveys. Though unfair, the humor holds due to the recognition that tenure-track faculty at the College face a unique set of constraints in the classroom. In furthering the “Culture of a Williams Classroom” discussion sparked by a Claiming Williams forum, the Record this week examined several facets of the working environment for untenured professors at the College.

Neighborhood committee begins systematic review of residential life

The neighborhood evaluation committee, a group formed after spring break of faculty, staff and students, has met three times so far to begin the process of assessing the neighborhood system on campus. Thus far, the committee has been gathering and sharing information about the history of the system.

The committee has not yet reached any conclusions, but co-chairs Dean Merrill and Steve Klass, vice president for Operations, hope to create a baseline report over the summer that will dictate the direction in which the committee will take its work in the fall.

The committee’s research and discussion has focused on looking at the way housing has worked at the College in the past. In particular, the committee has focused on the original goals of the current neighborhood system.

Family matters: Student couple raises littlest Eph

Working under a flurry of papers, tests, practices, rehearsals and meetings, many students may think they have concocted a recipe for sleeplessness. But those who complain about the rigors of Williams would do well to meet Tatiana Fernandez ’11 and Raul Cruz ’09, possibly the busiest people on campus. That’s because the couple has an added responsibility that few other students could even comprehend: a 16-month-old child.