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The Hometown Police Chief: Michael Wynn ’93

What advice would you give to Williams students preparing for life after graduation?

Find your passion and stick to that. If you want to work in a smaller community and work one on one with people, you might not get rich monetarily, but you’ll benefit in other ways.

The other thing is: be open to new experiences and understand that you can only control what you can control. There are outside influences like my injury that no amount of planning in the world can account for. If you only have one plan like I did, it’s damaging. Control what you can control but be willing to be flexible and roll with the punches because they’re coming. With a Williams education you should always be able to dust yourself off and get back in the game.

Read the whole article here.

An interesting perspective on mulitculturalism from Chief Wynn here.

 

 

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On veterans

Those who remember know me as PTC. I commented here for years talking about townie life and critiquing the college whenever I could. We had a lot of spirited arguments on this blog. Thanks to David for allowing this open forum.

Ephblog kept me home. I was overseas a lot when I posted.

My real name is Cleave Carter. My dad, Harvey, was class of ’60, my mother in law director of security, Jean Thorndike.

Is she the only college administrator that David Kane likes?

I got out of the Navy in 2012, after operating in over 27 nations and serving in three wars in the US Navy SEAL Teams. I am a retired Master Chief SEAL. When I got home, I went back to undergrad at MCLA (summa cum laude/ 4.0). Then, I got a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. I won the award for best thesis there.

Yes, I can write. Yes, I am bright. Yes, I have a ton of experience. Yes, I am a townie. Yes, I am a legacy. Yes, I am a veteran.

More school is next.

I live about 20 yards from campus. I grew up here, but no Williams for me. Such is life in the big city.

Williamstown is an odd place to come back to after so many years in war. You can never really come home when you are not welcome…

Williams College should, and now does, matriculate veterans. David is wrong in his sentiments about this matter. Absolutely wrong. The men and women I served with are the most capable people I have ever met in my life.

You have given one a chance now… and he is crushing it. The proof is in the pudding.

Matriculate more.

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Summer fun!

Re posting of places to swim and more! Summer in Williamstown is the best. While it may be dead in here… it is not dead at the star stacked local bars and hang outs.

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War

We are at war. So far away for some… but still, but still…

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Memories of a run in

This goes out to the Ephs who had to deal with the nasty climate of corruption and murder that gripped the townie culture in Boston during the 80s.

A member of the crew about my age (early 20s at the time) named Butchie Doe tried to pick a fight with me in a Somerville bar during the summer of 1987, but I rejected his taunts to step outside as his friends dragged him away at the bartenders request. I am glad I did not take the bait, because there is a solid chance I would have been murdered.

Boston was a great city to go to school and work in in the 80s, but this nasty bit of corruption that inflicted itself on the local population is a terrible stain on many local officials as well as on the FBI’s reputation. I hope that anyone involved is discovered and put away forever.

I never did head back to that bar again for another round of beers. Corrupt elements of the polity and law enforcement in the city enabled thugs to rule entire neighborhoods- and those places were to be avoided. I hope that has changed in the last 30 years.

Updated video here.

If the FBI had done it’s job my dad would still be alive.

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Moving Mitt

In the late 80’s, I worked for a furniture company in Boston and we moved John Kerry’s furniture to a large multi level brownstone.
Kerry hired a local company and was a very personal guy who left a solid tip…. having said that, can Mitt win? Maybe?

Can the republican version of Kerry win the presidency?

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Top 50 most beautiful colleges

Another “best” list. Williams does not make the grade according to thebestcolleges.org, guess which college does?

Yes, you guessed it!

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ROTC returns to Harvard and Yale

The country will benefit by having ROTC again recruiting at the nation’s top universities. ROTC graduates constitute 56 percent of Army officers, 41 percent of Air Force officers, 20 percent of Navy officers and 11 percent of Marine Corps officers, according to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense.

The legislation repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” gave a not-so-gentle push with the inclusion of a provision requiring a report to Congress on the enforcement of the law that prohibits federal funds to colleges that block ROTC units.

Whatever the motivations – fairness or fear of losing federal funding, or both – the decision to welcome back ROTC is the right one. http://www.theday.com/article/20110527/OP01/305279912

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Slippery B…. gone

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Women’s rugby breaks world record for charity

Previous post here

UPDATE: They did it. Congratulations. That had to be tough, especially with this cold spring. Cold, wet and miserable.

Underway! “Scrum for a cure.”

The fundraiser is the brainchild of a Keene player, according to Keene coach Karen Johannesen. That player then contacted Williams co-captain Leah Lansdowne, who immediately jumped on board.

That is a long game!

The most important aspect in terms of the endurance of this event. The weather.

For the record- 23-24 APR 2011
OBSERVED
Hi 49°F
Lo 34°F
Precip (in)
0.27in. The damp cold 24 hours included rain and snow.

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Clean election but strife rocks Nigeria

Bad news from the most powerful West African Nation. Finally a clean election, but massive violence. Let us pray that Nigeria is able to get past this current round of extreme violence. The risk is huge.

The importance of peace and stability in Nigeria cannot be overstated. It has a massive population of over 170 million, and huge oil reserves.

Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves. (The country joined OPEC in 1971). Petroleum plays a large role in the Nigerian economy, accounting for 40% of GDP and 80% of Government earnings. However, agitation for better resource control in the Niger Delta, its main oil producing region, has led to disruptions in oil production and currently prevents the country from exporting at 100% capacity.[67]

Nigeria often leads as the major force provider when there is UN intervention in Africa. Calm Christians/Muslim relations in Nigeria are essential for peace in West Africa. Nigeria is the key black African Nation model for the promotion of stability throughout the continent.

Taking advantage of its role as Africa’s most populated country, Nigeria has repositioned its military as an African peacekeeping force. Since 1995, the Nigerian military through ECOMOG mandates have been deployed as peacekeepers in Liberia (1997), Ivory Coast (1997–1999), Sierra Leone 1997–1999,[53] and presently in Sudan’s Darfur region under an African Union mandate.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the seventh most populous country in the world, and the most populous country in the world in which the majority of the population is black. It is listed among the “Next Eleven” economies, and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The economy of Nigeria is one of the fastest growing in the world

May peace and prosperity reign. “You are welcome.”

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Nothing and everything

If you stand for nothing and everything, eventually you’ll end up with nothing. Allied Air Power leads in Libya.

The time has come, in short, for the Arab regimes to demonstrate regionally and internationally the will and courage to act demonstrated by many of their own citizens domestically. Otherwise, they run the risk, in what is supposed to be a transforming Middle East, that when the last Libyan rebel lies bleeding in the desert, the boot of a pro-Gaddafi thug upon his neck, his last gasp will be: “Where are the Arabs?”

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Harvard leads, Welcomes back ROTC

Harvard gazette story

“Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our Armed Forces play in serving the nation and securing our freedoms, while also affirming inclusion and opportunity as powerful American ideals,” Faust said. “It broadens the pathways for students to participate in an honorable and admirable calling and in so doing advances our commitment to both learning and service.” Harvard President Drew Faust

“NROTC’s return to Harvard is good for the University, good for the military, and good for the country,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “Together, we have made a decision to enrich the experience open to Harvard’s undergraduates, make the military better, and our nation stronger. Because with exposure comes understanding, and through understanding comes strength.”

Congratulations to Harvard. The link provides a good video of images with President Faust speaking in the background. Harvard leads the way!

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Pop songs (modern music corner) #1

Tired of debating the merits of flogged out classic songs and middle age alternative music? Sick of arguments about the reasons for a pole being on top of an ice cream cart? The modern music corner strives to take a look at some of what youth is listening to that is produced today. How about we blog about some tunes in the top ten for a change?

Today’s song is Bottoms Up currently #27 on the charts, peaking at #6.

The fast transitions and flash images in this video are not to me liking. However, the style, the music, and the way in which Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj put together an interesting “male v female” exchange to state the obvious reality in the form of critique and criticism is really amazing. Talent.

Like or dislike?

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How much of a drunk are you too? Two

Where is this? Current Drunk score: EphLaw:1 Jeffz:1

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Mika V. Miley- Real or staged?

Is this an actual dispute between a 40 plus year old anchor and a teen idol, or a staged conflict invented by marketing to promote both stars in their targeted demographic? Please vote below.

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Pownal to Williams/town- Stay out of my kitchen!

From the Bennington Banner:

In a split vote, the Select Board decided Thursday to send a letter to the Public Service Board, asking it to deny party status to out-of-state entities such as Williamstown, Mass., regarding permitting of a proposed 29.5 megawatt biomass facility at the former Green Mountain Race Track.

Those pesky Vermonters!

(Ed note: The Green Mountain Boys Flag)

“The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it.”
Ethan Allen Reply to the King’s attorney-general (June 1770), in a New York court case decided against him, prior to his armed resistance to claims of New York authority over Vermont.

Many arguments suggesting that Williamstown should have a voice because of impact, but I do not see anyone suggesting Pownal should be able to regulate Williamstowns plant- funny how that works!

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Is this statement true?

Link to topix debate- Great stuff! Town and gown!

The Williams College heating plant particulate emissions ranking in the Commonwealth of Mass,with 0 being cleanest,and 100 being dirtiest in the state, is 90.

What exactly is the emissions data from the college power plant, how much growth in use has there been in the last decade?

Why be for biomass and other local fuel sources? It’s the war, stupid!


(Ed Note: Picture of the 1934 Cramm and Ferguson gem added Sun 16Jan’11 at 11:11 PST)

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How much of a drunk are you, too?

Test your skill. Where is this location?

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How much of a drunk are you?

In the vain of (rip off of) the Diana Davis series of pics around Williams Campus I am going to begin posting a series of pics that relate to alcohol. Williams is a heavy drinking school… so this should be easy. Don’t be bashful!

Where was this picture taken? Please add why you think you remember this item or location.

(Ed note: Dick Cavett recalls his first drunk and the legendary bed-spins http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/sauce-for-the-goose-take-a-gander/ DS)

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Mounties Football goes unbeaten 12-0. Wins Title.

Latest victim in title game is Athol. Greylock 34- Athol 14. Something in the local water this year! Mount Greylock Regional High School Football Team steamrolled the Division, compiling a 12-0 record.
Even more impressive is the dominance they displayed, winning by large numbers the entire season. Coach Shawn Flaherty, Asst. Coaches Paul Barrett and Brian Gill developed this team into one of the finest in county history. Congratulations to all!

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Jobs meet the Global War

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_16663218

Biomass moves forward in Pownal.

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Ephs enlist in our armed forces, Williams should return the honor

In an effort to move the conversation away from the presumption that Military Veterans would need special considerations, I would like to point out that our armed forces currently has well over 1000% more Ephs than Williams has veterans (0). If the Military is smart enough to recruit and enlist Ephs, as well as put some Ephs into Officer Programs- why can’t Williams find some valid candidates?

No special consideration is needed. Although I do believe, ten years into a global war, Williams and other schools like it should house officer programs for qualified enlisted members.

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For those that missed it

Williams Record review of the New Purple Pub here. What once made the original Pub a great venue is that the bar was an unapologetic dive, complete with dirty floors, burn stains and dusty license plates on the walls. The prices were cheap.
Not sure about the new formula. Place looks great, and has a killer location. The review is less than raving.

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Townie Wingnuttery: PTC on MA-19-JAN-2010 election

UPDATE::PTC had emailed me these comments first and I had drafted a post. I’m going to stand as proxy here for PTC, a bit. — Ken

PTC e-mailed me these further comments on Coakley’s loss. I hope that we can focus more on the substance and less on the personalities. — DK UPDATE 2: As proxy, this is my thread for now, and I’m going to set some groundrules. The first groundrule is: no namecalling. Got it?

The thread has turned into a silly debate about a blogger, rather than the issues at hand. Although I do appreciate the fact that the exchanges with HWC have made it one of the most posted threads in ephgblog history… I do wish someone would speak more to the issues that lost Coakley the election.

Yes I know… how many threads has PTC hijacked with some townie wingnuttery? I am no one to talk… I know, I know!

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Martha Lost the Townie Vote

PTC e-mail these comments yesterday but we never got around to posting them. Sorry! — DK

Well folks, I think today is going to be a banner day for MA Republicans. In the end, I think Coakley is going to lose on the issues. People are not happy with what the health care bill has become without the public option, and her fundraiser with big health care operatives played right into that.
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“The real Mayor of Spring Street”

Project webpage is up and running. It will be interesting to see what angle the Williams students take for this research? Judging from the pictures on the webpage… I think they are getting a feel for the larger metaphor.

Update: Sign up to follow the blog for the Real Mayor here. If you have “stories or anecdotes” to tell about the gas station or Art, the researchers are looking for input.

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The politics of Afghanistan/ Vietnam cont.

Previous discussion here and here.

One thing that might beat us in Afghanistan is the disconnect. The public is relatively disconnected from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unlike Vietnam where we had a draft, most Americans are not forced to deeply analyze, sacrifice and soul search for these current conflicts. That is left to the military, family members and other supporting elements. In some odd way- the fact that this war is dissimilar to Vietnam because of a lack of connection may be our undoing.

Most Americans can ignore it, and that makes them feel uneasy about it… along with the way we are paying for it- there is a sense of guilt that I get from leaders like Martha Coakley and James McAllister… hard to put my finger on it, exactly. Almost as if people are searching for reasons not to have to support this effort, to avoid the effort itself. If the wars can be put it in a box and called Vietnam, something that one can recognize and feel (as bad), one can justify a lack of commitment.

Iraq and Afghanistan are being paid for by debt and some severe sacrifices of the very few in our society. Perhaps that is a good thing? Perhaps not. It could be our undoing in these conflicts… if the soul searching never occurs, comes up empty, or is severely damaged through false comparisons.

Obama asks us in his speech to do more… to unite behind this cause. I do hope that does not fall on empty ears searching for reasons to stay detached. Will more Ephs and Americans join this effort because of Obamas plea for commitment and unity… or will we continue the partisan divide and false analogies of the past?

Coakley may very well be voting on these wars in the near future. Let us hope, her memories of Vietnam do not distort her position. Let us hope, that our leaders take an honest look at these conflicts and that the end result is a product of baggage free analysis rather than guilt over present and past demons. May the public and our leaders show more passion for or against these conflicts, rather than this strange sense of guilt and detachment.

Afghanistan is not Vietnam. Afghanistan is not Iraq, either.

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Williamstown , MA Post 152

Legion symbol

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.

The legionnaire pledge:

‘I, (here give your name), ‘Do solemnly pledge ‘To uphold and defend ‘The Constitution of the United States of America;
‘To maintain law and order; ‘To foster and perpetuate
‘A one hundred percent Americanism;  ‘To preserve the memories and incidents ‘Of our associations in the Great Wars; ‘To inculcate a sense of individual obligation‘To the community, state and nation;  ‘To combat the autocracy‘Of both the classes and the masses;  ‘To make right the master of might;  ‘To promote peace and good will on Earth; ‘To safeguard and transmit to posterity ‘The principles of Justice, Freedom and Democracy; ‘To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship ‘By our devotion to mutual helpfulness;  ‘To all of which I pledge myself  ‘For God and Country.  ‘I am not a member and do not subscribe  ‘To the principles of any group  ‘Opposed to our form of government.

Have a great homecoming everyone.

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Rent a place in the woods

All this continuous blogging about noise complaints, restricted parties, lousy housing options and the pressures of the purple bubble has really got this townie wondering…

How come students don’t rent a place in the woods? Finding a rural property within 10 min of Williams is easy. Students could keep their campus housing and pitch in to rent a place in the middle of nowhere dirt cheap.

Have students ever thought about a co op in the mountains of Pownal as a crash pad on the weekends and for events when they want to make some noise? I knew one student who lived up White Oaks road… he was an artist, and had a fantastic rural pad that he lived in for two years. Another student built a log cabin on our property when I was a kid. You all could have a heated pool… a pond, and a huge deck for dancing the night away.

How come you guys don’t rent a place to do as you wish?

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