Williams Students,

To those who are returning from summers here, there, and everywhere welcome
back to our crazy school. To the new saucy first years, welcome home.

In an effort to increase transparency, a tradition was started last Spring to write
to you monthly with what your council has done, is doing, and is planning to do.

This Summer council worked on three main projects:

1. We formed a committee of students, faculty, staff, and administrators charged
with implementing the necessary changes to Williams Dining in response to the
closure of Greylock and Dodd last Spring. They met every week this summer and
did some incredible work.

2. As part of our Williams History Initiative, Council worked with the College
Archives to write, design, purchase, and install 18 bronze beautiful plaques in
18 entrances to dormitories across campus. Next time you walk into your dorm,
look around for the plaque, and take a second to actually read the thing. Come
on.

3. Council worked with Facilities, Dining Services, and the Student Body at-large
to completely redo the bottom floor of Paresky (the Lounge and 82′ Grille). The
new arcade games, the new tables, chairs, couches, and TV area in the Lounge
and the improvements to the Grille including the banners on the walls, the much
wider beer selection, new food items, and new tabletops and chairs are all
products of collaborative Council work.

4. A bunch of small things too like the new Picnic tables outside Paresky…and,
finally, after three years of trying, those two glass doors that have ALWAYS been
locked going from Whitmans’ to the outside world are finally unlocked starting
today! Victory!

Now, many of you have noticed that the Dining experience has changed at
Williams from last year. Changes have been made across the board. Everyone is
going through a period of adjustment right now. This includes us as students
in addition to the dining services staff. Yes, lines are long right now, but it is
important to give this new system a chance and some time to exist outside the
initial period of adjustment.

In those moments of frustration, when the pizza isn’t ready, when it’s taking a
while to swipe and your stomach is growling ferociously we ask you to take a
deep breath, calm down, understand that this is not how it will be forever, and
have some faith.

It will take a few weeks to iron out some of the wrinkles, have the staff get used
to new machines, new systems, and for us to get used to new hours and new
foods.

Ifiok and I like to eat. We think about food a lot. We are ready and waiting to
gather thoughts on how to improve the new system, but we need to see how the
system actually works first. Dining Services feels the same way. We have met
many times with the director of Dining Services, Bob Volpi, and are assured that
the students’ voice will be heard on these changes. But we need to give it time.

The best way, for now, to reach out with your thoughts, comments, and
feedback is to email dining@williams.edu. Attached is also a letter that Bob has
written to the students.

To clarify the new Dining Hall hours, we have attached the revised schedule
and posted it below as well.

As always, Ifiok and I are eager to hear your ideas, opinions, concerns about
anything, whether Williams related or otherwise.

Last spring, a student approached us with an idea to have arcade games in
Paresky. Now it’s there. Last Spring, a student emailed us with an idea to install
a change machine in Paresky. Now, we’ve got one. Our jobs are to make things
happen. All we need from you is to let us know what you want.

If you see us, stop us. If you’ve got an idea, email us (esy1 and ici1). If you’ve got
a question, go here: collegecouncil.williams.edu.

Until then keep praying for sunny days,

If and Manny
Your Co-Presidents

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September 14, 2010
New Days and Hours of Service
Changes beginning Fall 2010

Whitmans’

Monday-Saturday
Full breakfast 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Lite lunch 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Full lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Late Night 8:00 – 1:00 a.m.

Sunday
Brunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Late Night 8:00 – 1:00 a.m.
’82 Grill

Monday-Friday
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday-Thursday
Dinner 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

7 days
Late night 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Lee Snack Bar

Monday-Friday
(cash, credit card, Eph points) 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Driscoll & Mission

Monday-Saturday
Full breakfast 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Lite lunch 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Full lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday
Continental breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Brunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Grab and Go

Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Eco Café

Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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