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Best of the Record – 11 November 2009

DEVELOPING NEWS: College professor admits to fraud – By Lina Khan
Bernard Moore, assistant professor of political science, has pleaded guilty in federal court in the District of Columbia to fraud totaling $821,977.97. The Washington Post reported the news on its Web site on Tuesday evening. Moore has been suspended from the College until further notice, according to Jim Kolesar, director of public affairs.

Students quarantined at Mt. Hope – By Jonathan Galinsky
A mansion that used to be owned by the Rockefeller family, Mount Hope contains 72 rooms, 17 of which are bedrooms. Miles said that many of the rooms can accommodate multiple students and that there is currently space for up to 34 students at the facility. By adding more beds and converting spaces to bedrooms, however, the facility could potentially accommodate between 45 and 48 students. Mount Hope contains only three single rooms, which according to Miles are being reserved for students who exhibit serious health issues in addition to the flu.

“You’ve got to say there aren’t many with a Rockefeller mansion for flu isolation,” Merrill said.

Reviving ritual gathering – By Matthew Furlong
For the first two-thirds of Williams’ history, students attended mandatory daily chapel services led by a rotating roster of faculty members. Now we have Storytime, a Sunday evening service where one student, faculty or staff member each week tells a tale to the gathered masses assembled on couches and chairs upstairs in Paresky. You may quibble with the comparison: Storytime certainly is not mandatory; various religious services remain important to many students; whatever Paresky is, it’s not a chapel. All true points. But what Storytime shares with Williams’ daily chapel services of yore is the extent to which they are vitally communal events. While Shabbat meals and the weekly Feast dinner do rope in folk from across the College community and are, thereby, not merely Jewish or Christian events, respectively, their identities nevertheless remain essentially Jewish or Christian, and only secondarily Williams-ish, Williams-ian.

Storytime, on the other hand, is a weekly meditation on and exploration of the Williams community, as such. Like religious worship, the activity is done because it seems to those who attend, and even many who do not, to be intrinsically good.

Champion poet probes Latina identity – By Adam Century

What was it like performing for [Obama]?

It was absolutely insane. I still pinch myself about it and ask, “Did I really do that?” I took my mother with me, and that’s the part that really sticks out. It meant a lot that she could be there and listen to the piece that I performed, because it was about her mother, my grandmother. Meeting the president was definitely unbelievable, but having my mom there was even more awesome. I looked into the audience and saw her intermixed with famous faces, from the president to Joe Biden to Spike Lee. It was so surreal.