According to The College Fix, President Maud Mandel has toughened up her statement regarding the status of Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI). Now, she refers to the benefits available to WIFI as “all” instead of “most.”
This was not the only difference.
Even without CC approval, WIFI or any other non-CC organization can still access most services available to student groups, including use of college spaces for meetings and events.
Even without CC approval, WIFI or any other non-CC organization can still access all services available to student groups, including use of college spaces for meetings and events, and we are guaranteeing them exactly equal resources.
As I see it, Maud has nullified the College Council’s decision by asserting she will be guaranteeing WIFI “exactly equal resources.” It appears this new language is designed to shield Williams College from a Title VI discrimination charge which might cause it to lose federal funding.
Here’s the link to Maud’s newly revised statement.
The original statement is still preserved here at Ephblog.
This change comes on the heels of a failed attempt by radical students to rally the entire community to occupy Hollander Hall on May 10, 2019.
According to a student observer, known here as Caleb, the proposed occupation of Hollander Hall came and went with little impact on his life. So far, I’ve seen nothing at all about it on social media. Another student reported only about 20 students showed up to support the occupation of the Hollander building. The leaders of the proposed occupation were calling on “the entire community” to show up. It looks like they held an occupation and nobody came.
The invitation to this occupation significantly left out any mention of CARE Now. The invitation to the “occupation” mentioned Professor Kent had “enacted extreme hostility and aggression” at an Asian professor.
In my view, the hypocrisy of the occupation organizers was galling given how the CARE Now leadership mistreated white students at the April 9, College Council meeting. As I recall, the innocent white students were called “d***heads” and “dumb a** n***gers.”
Meanwhile, one of the verbally abusive students – a highly visible leader of CARE Now – indicates he is feeling alienated and alone in a letter to the editor published in the Williams Record on May 8, 2019. It looks like his effort to minoritize and marginalize white men on campus backfired.