Compare and contrast the schedule for First Days 2009 with that for First Days 2005. My thoughts below:

1) Sad to see that the art work credit to Kristina Delmhorst ’92 was dropped.

2) Who are the “EphMooovers?” I assume that these are students (?) who are paid (?) by the College to help First Years move in. True? When did this start? Sure seems like an expense that ought to be cut. No better way for entrymates to start to meet each other than to help with the move in. Having a male JA for each entry makes this even easier.

3) Is is a good idea to have an orientation for just the parents of student athletes? Whose idea was it to add this? (Or has it always been done, but just not printed in the general schedule.) The secret to the first few weeks at Williams should be to bring people together, not provide ways of separating them. That applies to parents as well as students. The general parents meeting should cover athletics issues.

4) The Voices program seems like a great idea. When did it start? Whose idea was it? How did it go this year?

5) How was “Sex Signals?”

Back in 2005, the Katie Koestner workshop probably covered similar ground.

6) As a rule, all the presentations during First Days should be from Ephs. There is no need to bring in outsiders. So, I am glad that non-Ephs from 2005 like Katie Koestner, Mike Marcantonio and Karen Williams did not return. (I suspect that the budget for outside speakers has been cut sharply.) I especially like that my classmate Professor Katie Kent ’88 is giving the main talk on Tuesday night on “Claiming Williams.” Hope that she gives a shout-out to her right-wing fans!

7) Professor Wendy Raymond’s Wednesday talk on “Effortless Perfection” looks interesting.

8) What movie was shown in the quad on Wednesday? Is it the same movie every year? It ought to be. We need more traditions that connect Ephs across the generations. What movie do you think that ought to be?

9) How did the singing of The Mountains go yesterday? Does everyone know the words now? ;-)

10) Instead of having a whole bunch of Ephventures, Williams ought to just standardize on one, probably WOOLF. The more that the students are treated similar and have similar experiences, the more that they will think of themselves as a single community. The more that you split them up, especially by interest or background, the less that they will think of themselves as Ephs first.

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