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Williams Really Does Stuff Students into Dorms

From an e-mail from Aaron Gordon ( I have omitted the actual room numbers because it is not relevant to the conversation) Presumably, this means that some people have decided not to study abroad/live off campus- essentially the school is doing its job (convincing students Williams is the best possible place to be) a little too well .

Dear Students,

The Office of Campus Life has found that for 2009-2010 there are more
students eligible and participating in the neighborhood room draws
then there are current available beds on campus. A number of the
variable factors that determine our on campus population have aligned
in such a way to give us an unusually large group of students wanting
to live on campus. These factors include study away, student living
off-campus, and general increases in overall retention.

We felt that it was prudent to make sure there were enough beds for
everyone intending to pick a room for the fall. Luckily, the number
we were short is not large and can be accommodated by creating
additional bed space on campus to absorb the overage. We will be
doing this by converting a few lounges in to doubles and singles as
well as turning selected larger singles in to double rooms. All in
all we plan to create about 17 beds, (plus use a few rooms in Dennett
Ground).

Rooms were selected for size, location and neighborhood. Unless
otherwise noted these rooms were all singles and are being turned in
to doubles.

[Blockquote tag closed; authors, please be careful! –93kwt as Ed.]

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A New Spring Street?

So I know the Spring Street construction projects have been discussed at length here on Ephblog, but it really sunk in for me when I walked down to Tunnel City for coffee last Saturday. Construction/demolition has started (including a gaping hole where Subway/Purple Pub used to be), and notices have been posted on a few storefronts warning of further changes. It’s a little unnerving to think that by the time I graduate, Spring Street could have a totally different feel than when I first got here. So today I went out with my (low-quality, sorry!) camera and documented a few of these changes for those who aren’t able to see for themselves.

What was formerly the Purple Pub/ A Perfect Blend/ Subway- now a pile of rubble

What was formerly the Purple Pub/ A Perfect Blend/ Subway- now a pile of rubble


The space in between Lickety Split and the George Hopkins store (formerly the Hopkins Funeral Home(?))

The space in between Lickety Split and the George Hopkins store (formerly the Hopkins Funeral Home(?))


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Note the planned changes underneath the coming soon sign (sorry about the glare)

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Bone Marrow Drive

This week at Williams:
Williams College will be hosting a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on Thursday, April 9th from 11am-2:30pm in Paresky, Friday April 10th in all the open dining halls at lunch, and Saturday, April 11th from 7-9am on Paresky lawn during the breakfast for the Great Day of Service.
This drive is in memory of Katharine C. Eckman, a senior at Hamilton College who passed away in October from leukemia. The goal of the drive is to recruit as many new donors as possible from Williams and the surrounding community. Increasing the number of donors gives hope to blood cancer patients around the world in need of a peripheral blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Registering is quick and easy, and requires filling out a registration form and swabbing cells from the inside of your cheek. Registrants must be 18-55 and in general good health. Every sample costs $65 to test, so voluntary donations are accepted and encouraged. Please consider taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to give someone a second chance at life.

This drive was organized almost single-handed by Susannah Eckman ’11 in honor of her sister. (See her Record article) From what I saw today, it is seeming to be pretty successful.
However, this event on campus brought to light for some people on campus the realities of donations of this sort for gay men. Although I understand the reasoning for the exclusion, it seems that if there is such a shortage for institutions such as the Red Cross and the National Bone Marrow Registry would work towards removing the prohibition on gay men donating. The Eph Rainbow Alliance also set up a table with a petition asking for a change in policy (not sure how much good it will do, but I understand their point as well).

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