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#1 Comment By jeffz On December 21, 2009 @ 7:31 am

Yale accepts four quadruplets:


Article mentions that one is applying to Williams.

#2 Comment By crowther On December 21, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

I just made an online donation to the Alumni Fund. I was immediately directed to a thank-you webpage and also sent a thank-you email, both of which claimed that my gift “will immediately benefit each and every student.”

I’m quite happy to be a supporter of the fund, regardless of the exact verbiage used to thank me. But doesn’t the wording seem a bit over-the-top for gifts of, say, $100 and below?

#3 Comment By Jr. Mom On December 22, 2009 @ 11:45 am

I always enjoy Sam Sommers’ insights. Here he gives us “lessons from Tiger’s public free-fall.”

What Tiger has to teach us is that we’re too quick to assume that the person we see in one situation is the same person who exists in all other situations.

Like how we find it jarring to see our buttoned-down attorney enjoying a carefree night out on the town.

Or how we’re caught off guard by the politician who moralizes publicly, but scandalizes privately.

Why we’re consistently shocked to learn what those around us are truly capable of.

#4 Comment By Jr. Mom On December 22, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

And speaking of getting students to college, here is a terrific follow-up from Wick Sloane on his midnight class at Bunker Hill:


(I know I should post it Dave, but I am expecting my cross-country guests to start arriving any moment now…and I am far from ready.)

#5 Comment By ephling On December 23, 2009 @ 8:31 am


Goes to show it can get a whole lot worse in higher education than one Moore or less.

#6 Comment By frank uible On December 23, 2009 @ 10:02 am

“There, but for the grace of God,….”

#7 Comment By jeffz On December 25, 2009 @ 8:55 am

Sounds like a nice place to stay when visiting:


[Personally, I am partial to the Porches Inn in N.A.]

#8 Comment By jeffz On December 26, 2009 @ 7:34 am

#9 Comment By jeffz On December 26, 2009 @ 8:37 am

Looks like Mike Bajakian ’96 (rumored for the Princeton opening) will be joining his former boss at Cincinnati:


Great move for Bajakian, becoming coordinator of a Big East power that could be a national title contender next season. Very high-profile gig. And Bajakian inherits a quarterback who is PERFECT for his spread system in Zach Collaros, who put up absolutely insane stats filling in for injured starter Tony Pike this year:


Collaros is an excellent runner, fast and shifty, and an extremely accurate passer, and has two years of eligibility left. Fun to watch. Had he played in enough games, his QB rating would have been, by far, the highest of any NCAA QB. Three years of LeFevour followed by two of Collaros? Wow.

#10 Comment By jeffz On December 26, 2009 @ 9:10 am

#11 Comment By Henry Bass On December 26, 2009 @ 9:22 pm


It ia an interesting web site. Especailly on FDR and the history of the regressive Social Security tax.


A simple way to get there


#12 Comment By jeffz On December 27, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

#13 Comment By David On December 29, 2009 @ 6:13 am

Latest Eph athlete.

Football hostesses: No direct Eph mention but Dave Clawson ’89 was offensive coordinator at Tennessee during part of this time. I wonder if there are hostesses at Northwestern . . .

#14 Comment By frank uible On December 29, 2009 @ 6:33 am

Yestarday Williams wrestler, Corey Paulish, finished second in the 149 pound weight class at the Wilkes Open, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. By definition “opens” receive all applicants (subject to a ceiling on numbers), including those from DI and DII colleges and those not in college and preparing for the Olympics.

#15 Comment By hwc On December 29, 2009 @ 11:51 am

I wonder if there are hostesses at Williams? Don’t you love how the head coaches and athletic directors are always “shocked, shocked I tell you, I had no idea…”

It’s amazing they can even implement a blitz package.

#16 Comment By frank uible On December 29, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

Of course, some of these broads are merely prostitutes – no big surprise, given the dynamics of big time college football – not one of our large social problems.

#17 Comment By hwc On December 29, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

I loved the quote in the article where the father of a recruit asked the hostess to please stop brushing up against him and his kid with her breasts!

I’m sure the kid is like, “Daaaaad….she doesn’t have to stop!”

#18 Comment By hwc On December 29, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

What’s shocking is how frumpy they make them look in the official “hostess” photographs for the websites and yearbook. With the organge blazers and skirts, they look like a phallanx of Century 21 agents or something. I bet they don’t dress like that when they are giving the “come hither” treatment to saucer-eyed high school recruits.

#19 Comment By Dick Swart On December 29, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

The Williams Varsity Whist Team has hostesses as well. Certainly ‘frumpy’ could not be used to describe these recruiters of the “saucer-eyed’.

UPDATE: Removed picture that was messing up archive process. Sorry! — DK.

#20 Comment By Rechtal Turgidley Jr On December 29, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

Hostesses have a long and established position at Williams. Lady Jenny Churchill (nee Jerome) established the colour purple as the standard for Williams. This picture from my family collection shows her with the 1895 baseball team in her hostess uniform.

Disparagement of an honored tradition! Indeed!

Rechtal Turgidley Jr
Quark Island, Maine

#21 Comment By hwc On December 30, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

Can somebody ditch the Google Map streetview that makes EphBlog load slowly and jump down to the old blog entry every time? Just a regular Google Map would be fine.

#22 Comment By frank uible On January 2, 2010 @ 10:29 am

Williams 197 pound wrestler, Ryan Malo, finished with a 4-2 record at the Midlands Open Tournament at Northwestern University on 12/29 and 12/30 and received the Tournament’s Most Falls Award (4). Arguably the Midlands is annually the most competitively rigorous tournament employing intercollegiate rules other than the season ending NCAA DI championship tournament.

#23 Comment By JeffZ On January 2, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

A few NYTimes articles of note.

One on career focus in liberal arts:


Another on UofC sending out a model application essay:


UofC’s application kicks ass, by the way. I really wish Williams was a bit more creative in its supplementary essay questions. At least, what an it hurt to provide a few options, at least one of which is quirky a la UChicago and at least one of which is Williams-specific. As it is now, I don’t see the point of the supplemental question other than to dissuade marginally interested applicants (which makes sense but could potentially hurt rankings down the line) and to make admissions officers’ jobs more time-consuming.

#24 Comment By jeffz On January 4, 2010 @ 7:26 am

#25 Comment By JeffZ On January 4, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

Cool event later this winter study:


#26 Comment By aparent On January 5, 2010 @ 11:54 am

Some reminiscences that originally appeared here on EB were included in the student documentary project on the Purple Pub:


#27 Comment By JeffZ On January 5, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

aparent that definitely deserves a feature post on the front-page. would be great if someone involved in the project would do so …

#28 Comment By JeffZ On January 7, 2010 @ 11:19 am

Group in North Adams protesting the new Super Wal-Mart slated for North Adams:


The impact of Wal-Mart (there already is a regular Wal-Mart in N.A.) is an interesting issue on both sides. Something that might interest students interested in social activism.

#29 Comment By frank uible On January 7, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

In a major, unwarranted intrusion into privacy, today MNBC on its Morning Joe nationwide TV show gratuitously disclosed a certain annual salary number which it specifically attributable to Mike Whalen. Cute! I’m boycotting the show. You morons, rein in your base instincts and refrain from posting a clip of that disclosure or otherwise mentioning the number.

#30 Comment By Parent ’12 On January 7, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

Frank- I don’t want to know the number because I don’t think I need to know. However, who’s Mike Whalen & why would his name come up on a morning TV show?

#31 Comment By aparent On January 7, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

Still time next Wednesday afternoon for dk to see the Williams film produced by the diversity office — from today’s Daily Messages:

“In Our Own Words: A Film on Williams Student Experiences
This message was sent to Students, Faculty, and Staff on January 07, 2010 by Wendy Raymond, Ofc Strategic Planning & Instituional Diversity.

In Our Own Words: A Film on Williams Student Experiences Get an insider’s look into the perspectives and experiences of our students through an 80-minute film that reveals four areas of concern: socioeconomic class, race/ethnicity, treatment of women, and the first-year entry/Junior Advisor system. Griffin 3, 1:10 PM, Thurs Jan. 7 or Wed. Jan 13. MORE: http://www.williams.edu/messages/show.php?id=12111 from Wendy Raymond, Ofc Strategic Planning & Instituional Diversity
Message details:
Please join me for an insider’s glimpse into the perspectives and experiences of our students. This 80-minute film–produced by Dr. Christina Cruz and the Williams Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity (2009)–uses clips from focus groups and interviews to reveal four areas of concern: socioeconomic class, race/ethnicity, treatment of women, and the first-year entry/Junior Advisor system. Our aim is to inform a wide range of Williams faculty, staff, and students about the realities of current and recent student experiences. A 20-minute discussion follows the film All members of the Williams community interested in this educational opportunity are welcome, so please invite a friend or colleague. Two showings remain. Dates: Thursday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Place: Griffin 3 Time: 1:10-3:00″

#32 Comment By Jesse On January 9, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

A NESCAC bit of news —- Interesting path for Middlebury’s former president, John McCardell: Midd presidency–>Choose Responsibility->Sewanee presidency.