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Costume Suggestions

It’s Halloween! What costume suggestions do we have for current student/faculty/staff?

1) I think that the best choice is to go as a member of the Taco Six!


Note that, by wearing a sombrero and mustache, you are not dressing up as a Mexican. According to Professor Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Dean Sandstrom and Doug Schiazza, you shouldn’t dress up as a Mexican. (It is unclear if Williams would punish you for doing so, but why risk it?) But that isn’t what you are doing! You are dressed up, in a meta-costume, as a member of the Taco Six, not as a Mexican! You are, perhaps, making a political statement. Or perhaps you are just trying to come up with the costume that Manigault-Bryant/Sandstrom/Schiazza would find very scary!

2) Another scary figure from Williams past is Professor Aida Laleian. Who among our readers remembers of Nigaleian controversy of 12 years ago? Note that, after you dress up as Laleian, it is not absolutely necessary that you yell the word “N*****” at fellow members of the Williams faculty, but that sure would spice up the evening!

3) If you do dress up as former professor Bernard Moore, please avoid using blackface. A prison uniform along with some forged student loan documents — and perhaps a letter of recommendation from Professor Cathy Johnson — are all that you need to complete your ensemble.

Other suggestions?

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#1 Comment By frank uible On October 31, 2016 @ 7:53 am

I’m goimg as a curmudgeon. If only I can find some one after whom to model myself.

#2 Comment By Alum ’12 On October 31, 2016 @ 8:38 am

Can you do a series breaking down IRS form 990 for Williams College? I’m curious why certain members of the staff make as much money as they do.


#3 Comment By sigh On October 31, 2016 @ 10:18 am

you could learn a thing or two about using satire to make or point (or just being funny) from Swart.

#4 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On October 31, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

alum ’12,

Will do! But probably not till December/January when the new 990 should be available.

The short version: Williams pays senior administrators because it can, and because no one powerful at Williams has any particular interest in restraining salaries.

#5 Comment By Alum ’12 On October 31, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

Thank you?

But why does Steve Klass get paid almost 400k a year – I’m not saying that he shouldn’t but it seems like a bizarrely large number for someone in charge of non academic areas that don’t always seem important

#6 Comment By Alum ’12 On October 31, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

*Thank You!