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Archive of comments from Speak Up.

FYI: Not all comments move easily from Speak Up to here. I can’t figure out why. So, I just delete them. That is too bad because some are quite good. Those ought to be posts on the main page anyway. Solution: Put them there! All are welcome to join us as authors.

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#1 Comment By JeffZ On January 20, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

Has the Record ceased publishing?

#2 Comment By kthomas On January 20, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

Conjure up the classic image of a humanities or social sciences professor, the fields where the imbalance is greatest: tweed jacket, pipe, nerdy, longwinded, secular — and liberal. Even though that may be an outdated stereotype, it influences younger people’s ideas about what they want to be when they grow up.

— from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/18/arts/18liberal.html, “Professor is a label that leans to the Left”

#3 Comment By Parent ’12 On January 20, 2010 @ 7:21 pm


It’s Winter Study. Isn’t there only 1 issue in January?

#4 Comment By jeffz On January 20, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

I’m not sure, just seems like it’s been quite awhile …

#5 Comment By nuts On January 21, 2010 @ 3:52 am

The Daily Show – covers the special election

alt to video

#6 Comment By YoungAlum On January 21, 2010 @ 9:56 am

New record article has news on the Tenure stuff…


Apparently Gazzale was denied tenure?!?!?! That’s shocking to me. He was a great prof, and very involved in research as well.

#7 Comment By kthomas On January 21, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

36 Hours in Mexico City

Ignore the pricing in the article: I see $330US NYC< ->MEX on despegar.com for direct flights in both directions; $290 if you’re OK with a change in Charlotte. Drop me a line.

#8 Comment By Parent ’12 On January 23, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

Williams web page highlights an Eph helping in Haiti with this link:


He’s Dr. Hernando Garzon ’84, an ER physician with Kaiser Permanente. In Haiti he’s leading Relief International medical team.

#9 Comment By JeffZ On January 25, 2010 @ 10:06 am

Lots of retail space available in Williamstown:


Plus, I believe the former McClelland’s and dry cleaner’s spaces are still available … tough times for retail everywhere right now, but Spring Street is certainly an attractive stretch, so hopefully some retailers will take advantage of all the vacancies soon (and hopefully someone will step up to run the Purple Pub …).

#10 Comment By aparent On January 25, 2010 @ 11:36 am

#11 Comment By Dick Swart On January 25, 2010 @ 2:55 pm


Certainly, an enterprising entrepreneur can make this happen:

#12 Comment By JeffZ On January 25, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

Dick, I guarantee it would be profitable …

#13 Comment By Jr. Mom On January 25, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

@Dick Swart:

Hmmm, perhaps my comment about openings and punch lines applies here as well…

#14 Comment By Diana On January 26, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

Scott Brown posed nude in Cosmopolitan in 1982. It’s for real. With pictures (nothing graphic).

#15 Comment By Ronit On January 26, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

#16 Comment By jeffz On January 26, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

When it comes to scantilly-clad photos of Ephs, Eph spouses, Eph opponents, or prospective Ephs, Ephblog is way ahead of the curve …

#17 Comment By Ronit On January 26, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

Prospective Ephs? Paging Chris Hansen…

#18 Comment By nuts On January 26, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

@Diana: Brown’s campaign toyed with the idea of exploiting Brown’s “America’s Sexiest Man” qualification, as toned down with a modest pair of swimming trunks, but decided instead to emphasize Brown’s life’s work as soldier and tax patriot protecting America from the threat of the socialist-Marxist movement enveloping our nation.

Ronit, what html syntax am I missing? It’s a thumbnail which is also a hyperlink to the full size image
[img src for the image, a href for the link, you were missing img src, or maybe wordpress only lets admins post images in comments. dunno. – Ronit]

#19 Comment By frank uible On January 26, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

How boring.

#20 Comment By David On January 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

Thanks to whomever (Ronit? Ken?) added the print feature. My Dad has been asking for this for months! Seems to work great.

#21 Comment By nuts On January 26, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

#22 Comment By Dick Swart On January 26, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

Nuts –

Great! I prefer ‘walking the rainbow’ to ‘inside the bubble’.

#23 Comment By Jesse On January 26, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

What happened to hwc’s post on Amherst’s financial statements?

#24 Comment By aparent On January 26, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

Maybe he decided to take it down because it’s non-controversial and readers enjoy his financial posts.

#25 Comment By Jesse On January 26, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

Makes no sense or I am missing something: it was a financial post, so if readers enjoy it, are you suggesting he took it down because people liked it?

#26 Comment By Vicarious’83 On January 26, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

It looks like all of the posts authored by hwc have been removed.

#27 Comment By aparent On January 26, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

Jesse: Yes, especially after seeing #26. It may be a case of hwc deciding in a snit to remove all of his EB posts. Parent ’12’s comment #8 may have unwittingly pegged it:


“Parent ’12 says:

Does all this boil down to acting in a way that others would not consider mean spirited?

Or, switching the negative, not acting in a way that others might consider mean spirited.”

#28 Comment By aparent On January 26, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

I wonder if an admin can either resurrect the posts or ask hwc to repost them due to popular demand.

#29 Comment By aparent On January 27, 2010 @ 3:13 am

Is this a “Williams tradition” I’ve missed?

“the misunderstanding that sameness is equivalent to equality.”


Am I missing something / is it Williams tradition to assume that every Eph is considered to be equal in every way to every other Eph?

I thought one of the beauties of Williams was the assembly and appreciation of so many different Ephs in one place — but I guess that’s totally off base (?).

#30 Comment By frank uible On January 27, 2010 @ 3:51 am

Williams like a lot of progressive institutions and progressive persons does not always use words like “equality”, “diversity” and “justice” with dictionary definition precision.

#31 Comment By kthomas On January 27, 2010 @ 4:36 am

WRT: aparent:

Maybe an apology?

#32 Comment By jeffz On January 27, 2010 @ 6:48 am

KThomas, an apology from whom? HWC’s posts on finances, peer colleges, etc. are extremely valuable and if permanently gone will be missed by all. At the same time, if he wants to be a big baby and “punish” Ephblog because a few people (including myself) get annoyed by his trolling and call him out on it (and I’d be willing to bet that if posts on other internet fora regularly, he earns the same reaction) that is his prerogative and in no way, shape, or form is he owed, or does he deserve, an apology.

I am not going to threaten to take down all my posts on athletics and the arts simply because someone doesn’t like my commentary in other arenas. Short of the Ephblog board revealing themselves to be closet Nazis or something, I can’t imagine what could be directed towards me to inspire a hissy fit response like that. It always seems that those who are most comfortable employing a nasty, vitriolic tone seem to have the thinnest skin when criticism is directed back towards them. I am sure Frank U. will agree, if you are willing to dish out, well then, be willing to take it. Will HWC’s posts be missed? Undoubtedly. Should we allow him to blackmail Ephblog into kissing his ass via the petulant removal of those posts? No frigging way.

(And for the ten thousandth time, it has nothing to do with liberal vs. conservative, although granted I am human and probably get even MORE annoyed by trolls who disagree with me, I would also get pretty damn annoyed by someone who, say, brought Sarah Palin into every discussion on a blog about WILLIAMS and hurled the same exact insult at her on thread, after thread, after thread, with no relation to Williams and no intention of ever engaging in actual dialogue. PTC’s politics I sometimes disagree with, sometimes agree with. And like HWC, he often provides a valuable perspective that is missed when he is gone. But, at certain times, he also behaves in ways that are counter-productive to this blog, like trying to turn it into Afghanistan-blog, etc.)

#33 Comment By frank uible On January 27, 2010 @ 8:09 am

jeff: Edit your rants. Shorter can mean punchier.

#34 Comment By Jr. Mom On January 27, 2010 @ 8:40 am

It doesn’t appear that all of HWC’s finance posts are gone.

Perhaps he pulled particular ones for a reason? I don’t follow those threads, so I’m uncertain of their content, but maybe there was something said, or a request from somewhere outside of EphBlog?

Honestly, I can’t imagine he would pull entire posts that contain commentary from a lot of people other than him. Dave must know what’s going on.

#35 Comment By Parent ’12 On January 27, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

Where’s the troll?

#36 Comment By kthomas On January 27, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

/troll: Parent ’12, you have been eaten. And a yummy meal it was, after your consumption of so much of my bait. But haven been eaten, you cannot speak.

#37 Comment By jeffz On January 28, 2010 @ 7:23 am

Eph appointment:


Miriam E. Sapiro, Nominee for Deputy Trade Representative

Miriam E. Sapiro is President of Summit Strategies International, which advises non-profit organizations and companies on international Internet and telecommunications policy issues. She has more than twenty years of experience as an executive in the private sector and as an official in the government during the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Over the course of her career Sapiro has represented the United States in numerous complex multilateral and bilateral negotiations. In 1999, President Clinton appointed her Special Assistant to the President for Southeast European Stabilization & Reconstruction. Sapiro supervised efforts to revitalize the region, working with USTR and other agencies, as well as other governments and international financial institutions. From 1997 to 1999 she served at the National Security Council as Director for European Affairs, developing and coordinating implementation of security and economic policies. Previously she was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser. Sapiro received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She has taught international law as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Columbia University.

#38 Comment By JeffZ On January 28, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

Geeks of Williams take note, D&D themed-band to play MassMoca:


#39 Comment By bfleming On January 28, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

#40 Comment By jeffz On January 28, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

Red turf stadium:


Weston renovation on deck — how about purple? It would be worth it just for the reaction from Frank …

#41 Comment By nuts On January 28, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

#42 Comment By jeffz On January 28, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

Nuts, well done. Although you are stepping on Swart’s turf …

#43 Comment By Vicarious’83 On January 28, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

JeffZ, nuts, that’s good work out of you two.

I agree that a purple field with gold hash marks would be awesome, but what I want to know is how much would it cost us to get the college to put the EphBlog banner as the endzones?

#44 Comment By nuts On January 28, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

@jeffz: While on the same field of play Swart clearly has a league of his own.

#45 Comment By nuts On January 28, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

@Vicarious’83: Perhaps in consideration for a small fee.

#46 Comment By Dick Swart On January 28, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

It had been tried in the old days with little success

#47 Comment By Dick Swart On January 28, 2010 @ 7:03 pm


Very nice work!


#48 Comment By Parent ’12 On January 28, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

@Dick Swart:

Great Vintage Banner! I like the motorcycle.

#49 Comment By Vicarious ’83 On January 28, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

@ 46 & 47:
Hilarious! You made me LOL twice.

Heh – simultaneous ephjocularity from Dick & Nuts.

#50 Comment By Brandi ’07 On January 28, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

@bfleming: “Connoisseurs of Hazing” is a great band name.

#51 Comment By David On January 28, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

We are being scraped by a random lawyer.

#52 Comment By kthomas On January 28, 2010 @ 10:16 pm


Looks like he is grabbing content based on the “drunk driving” and “michigan” parts.

1) This is not entirely legal, according to what I’ve read.

2) He probably is not getting any SEO advantage from this, though he probably thinks he is.

3) If he’s going to link, he could link to the actual comment (though in our current system, the link will not be maintained).

4) We do not seem to have any policy or otherwise, regarding such reuse of our content.

5) “All submissions to ephBlog become the…” something or another. Sole property is absurd, on a number of levels.

#53 Comment By jeffz On January 28, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

I have never heard of being “scraped.” What does that denote?

#54 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On January 29, 2010 @ 12:12 am

Scraping, in general, refers to various techniques used to extract data from websites or other electronic sources– such as David’s use of R to extract age and other data, from Williams’ materials.

PERL (the Practical Extraction and Reporting Language) being the prime example of a tool designed for the work– and a better tool for that than R (no offense; it’s not a stats task in general, and Larry Wall has a sense of humour); and PHP (PHP: Hypertext Processor) (that recursive!) being more common thesedays(1).

Generally, one builds a “spider” which then reads all the pages you need from the web, and then uses code to extract what you wish and put it what you want.

In this case, either by an automated or manual human process, or a combination of both, content has been taken from ephBlog (scraped) and republished on this site. Unless he particularly likes us, it is likely that he does this to cheat SEO engines into thinking he is the originator of content about “drunk driving” in “Michigan,” and thus draw traffic to his site.

This seems an inherently fraudulent practice to me, which should be regulated or eliminated, as it has serious negative results.

Please let me know if I have been unclear, if I could explain anything, or if you have more questions– the technical parts are often somewhat impenetrable, I have felt for a while (since participating in “Napster” for Milberg Weiss) that understanding of this world, in the legal world– is critical to our future.

(1) PHP does have better tools– wget– for grabbing pages. So does PERL (these days). (The current author remembers days spent rewriting the internals of PERLs http request fns, so they would work to scrape large parts of the web for purposes of building a search engine… if only IBM’s categorization tool, which has to run on SunOS, was as fun).

#55 Comment By Dick Swart On January 29, 2010 @ 1:45 am

Yeah, and no scraping, either, you Dildo!

#56 Comment By jeffz On January 29, 2010 @ 6:24 am

Thanks Ken. Sounds like an attorney who is pretty desperate for business …