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Overheard at Paresky: MORE Court Documents?!

(Hi everyone! I’m concerned eph, a member of the class of ’17 and your newest EphBlog author! Introduction post to follow – meanwhile, here’s the beginning of a new EphBlog series entitled “Overheard at Paresky”, where we’ll be discussing concerns of current students! Any news, tips, or leads you want to share, drop a comment or shoot me an email at concernedeph17 at gmail dot com!)

As two students enjoy their honey-nut buns on the bench outside Lee’s on a warm, sunny day:

Dude, I read the newest court documents on that sexual assault lawsuit. Did you see that part where there’s an actual ******* whistleblower that said they actually train committee members by telling them that the college’s rep is #1, like how disgusting is that, and that they just do whatever they want…

Indeed – an accurate account! Find the quote in the court documents here. While the skeptical among us may not be inclined to believe the words of one whistleblower, consider this quote from Dean Dave Johnson in John Doe’s original filing:

63. On March 8, 2016, Dean Johnson admitted to John and John’s sister, Lady Doe, that the disciplinary process is “unfair to students” and that the procedures are deliberately written in a way that allows Williams to maneuver itself in its favor. Johnson also stated that Pelaez should not have been aware of the outcome of the hearing or the likelihood of an appeal.

Corroboration! … or is Dean Johnson the whistleblower? Now we know that there’s an unfair adjudication process for students that at least one well respected, senior Dean knows about it.

And yet, still, here we are? *Sigh* More posts on this to come.

To the next point and to be fair, the administration does have a crucial responsibility to uphold the college’s reputation. Williams’ reputation is an asset – it’s how we all get jobs and into grad school! In fact, I am sure many of us came here because of the school’s reputation as an excellent institution of higher education. Even against the backdrop of a dodgy administration, Williams is a wonderful college filled with great and caring professors and staff and awesome students and kind alums, all of whom are very intelligent. Interestingly, though, because this issue is now, well, a lawsuit (hence public), Hopkins Hall did not even meet its supposedly greatest one priority! Instead, prospective students (and their parents!) will now be able to see and smell all our ghastly, dirty laundry. Gross!

Would readers be interested in more student perspectives on the current sexual assault lawsuit? The Record, unfortunately, doesn’t have much, but I am more than happy to pick up the slack!

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#1 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On March 2, 2017 @ 12:58 am

Would readers be interested in more student perspectives on the current sexual assault lawsuit?

Yes! In fact, we definitely need more student perspectives on almost every topic. Please post more! Also, if you know other students interested in joining us, please invite them!

#2 Comment By Dick Swart ’56 On March 2, 2017 @ 1:21 am

“Overheard at Paresky” may save the sanity of readers numbed by long columns of
financial statements and legal queries.

To have these posts enlivened by the voices of actual students will add a sense of immediacy and reality to subject matter groaning under the weight of aged observations!

Kind of “The Talk of the Town”.

#3 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On March 2, 2017 @ 11:42 am

More current student perspective on this – and other issues – would be more than welcome! Of course, EphBlog readers have to remember that no one student can speak for the entire student body any more than a single alum can speak of all alums.

But I would love to hear more from current students about what’s being discussed on EphBlog. Even better would be to hear what currently important to the students in Williamstown, rather that what we alums think is/should be important.

#4 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On March 2, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

Dude, I read the newest court documents on that sexual assault lawsuit.

Just how common is this behavior? I would guess that very few (< 10?) students have actually read the court documents. How many could give an overview of the case, say at the level of the one Record article? I would guess many fewer than 1,000. Maybe as few as 250? But a current student would know better than I the actual amount of student knowledge . . .

#5 Comment By Me On March 2, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

David definitely wrote this post and is posing as a student.

#6 Comment By concerned eph ’17 On March 2, 2017 @ 9:08 pm

More to come!

With respect to how many students actually know, I personally know at least 10 people who read the court documents and can have meaningful conversations about it. Unfortunately though, while I’m pretty sure at least a half of campus know about the case, any attempt to discuss it is typically met with awkward silence. John Doe and Susan Smith are still known to members of the class of 2017 and 2018 (and some perhaps in the class of 2019). I suspect this is also why the Record didn’t do more.

#7 Comment By concerned eph ’17 On March 2, 2017 @ 9:14 pm


I promise, I’m definitely a student! Unfortunately, the anonymity is required since elements of the college have a habit of being less than pleased with students who call them out/push back a little from time to time.