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What’s the most exciting course in the spring catalog to you?

When I finally sent in my acceptance deposit to Williams and confirmed myself as a member of the next freshman class, I was pretty anxious, which lead to feelings of ambivalence about the sorts of things others around me were excited about–dorms, friends, clubs, all that. I wasn’t sure Williams was the right place for me, but it was the best option I had, so I’d picked it; that didn’t mean I was thrilled.

But over that summer before I started at Williams, there was one thing in that sea of anxiety and ambivalence and maybe even dread that made me excited, one thing that had me actively looking forward and thinking maybe I’d be happy at this place:

Looking through the course catalog.

Every semester thereafter, looking through the course catalog continued to be a joy. I think part of me loved the idea of taking some of these classes much more than actually taking them, and always has. I’d make long spreadsheets with all the classes I was interested in, put together potential schedules, agonize over which ones I wouldn’t be able to take. Later in each semester, that joy and wonder would have dulled significantly as I got through the reality of actually doing the work, actually showing up to classes–that, I wasn’t always good at. But every time the course catalog came out, I’d be overjoyed once again at the sheer possibility it represented, all the journeys it could take me on.

It’s amusing to me, but not altogether unexpected, that even now–when I was putting together my last post about Intro to CS, which involved looking through the 2020 course catalog–I still find myself gushing over courses, falling in love with them. Picking classes is one of the things I miss most about Williams.

So, I’m curious! When you look through the course catalog, what course(s) most excite you, fill you with that yearning to sign up for a class? (If you’re a current student: aside from maybe the class you’re most excited to take that you did sign up for, what’s the class you were most excited about that you didn’t sign up for?)

For me, it might be PHIL 239, The Ethics of AI. Ethical AI is such a cool topic to me, something I thought I might want to make a career when I was in school and, heck, something I still think I might want to pursue. But I always was so much more interested in it in a philosophical sense than in the technical sense, so the fact that there’s an actual philosophy class being offered about this is really exciting to me. And Joseph Cruz is an excellent teacher (difficult, but great)–I might even email him and ask for the reading list.

But I also really regret never having taken a creative writing course at Williams. So along with the standard intro to fiction writing courses, I’m intrigued by ENGL 288, Writing as Experiment: An Introductory Poetry Lab. The course description sounds like something that would really challenge and excite me, and the professor, Franny Choi, is new to the English department and sounds so cool. She’s done a lot of work in poetry with themes of social activism, Asian American identity, and science fiction, and I’d love to learn about poetry from her.


How about you?


Visiting Williams

I am bringing my older son to visit Williams at the end of February.  It is a college he is interested in, and he has been there before (I brought him to my 25th reunion 5 years ago, and some earlier reunions as well), but not since he has become fully invested in the college search process.  Unfortunately, the timing of our trip means we will be in Williamstown on a Saturday afternoon, and the Admissions Office appears to be closed, and no tours are offered.  So that means that yours truly is going to play the role of tour guide, and I would love to be able to provide information which is pertinent to today’s students, rather than having him be forced to listen to old war stories.

What kinds of things do current students and recent grads suggest I show him and tell him?  Presumably we can’t get into any of the dorms, but he stayed in Mission Park when we were there 5 years ago, so at least he’ll have an idea about that.  Other than it being the greatest college in the world, what makes Williams special, as compared with similar schools, that he might not get from the website?  If he gets in and decides to go, should he try to take a tutorial as a freshman?


You really don’t need to take a CS class

…unless you want a job in software engineering, might want to major in CS, or are genuinely just interested in computer science.

But wait, you might ask! What other reasons are there?

I’m thinking about the comments I’ve seen on here (and other places!), largely from people a generation or two above mine, saying that “you need to have a solid understanding of computers,” and that “employers want to see that you know a little bit about programming,” so therefore everyone should take CS 134.

To me–a CS grad currently working in tech–this is about the same as saying “employers want to see you know how to write, so you have to take a 300-level tutorial in philosophy.” The initial statement is true–it is very important to understand computers and a bit of programming, and it is important to know how to write,” but just as a 300-level philosophy tutorial won’t be appropriate for every student and certainly isn’t necessary in achieving that goal, nor is it the only or even best way to achieve it.

Yet so many people believe that taking intro to CS is absolutely critical that hundreds and hundreds of students sign up for CS 134 (Intro to Computer Science, for those who don’t know). Looking at the CS course availabilities for this upcoming semester is absolutely bonkers: there are 3 lectures with a limit of 90 students each for 270 students total in intro CS during the spring 2020 semester, with a corresponding 6 lab sections of 18 students each (…is it just me, or does the math not add up there?)

Looking quickly through other departments, I can’t find any other intro course this semester that is in quite so heavy demand. Econ 110 is 3 sections limit 40 = 120 students. Stats 101 is 2 sections limit 50 = 100 students. Psych 101 has no limit but expects 160. Semester two of intro to Art History is cancelled (…wait, what? anyone know more about that?)

Having been a TA for CS 134 only a few semesters ago, I can say with a good amount of confidence that a lot of the students in 134 did not need to be there, and regretted it.

I’m obviously not talking about the students who really think they want to major in CS, or who want to be “employable” in the sense that they really think they might want a career in software development, or even those who are just vaguely interested in mathy stuff and thought CS might be fun–or even those who weren’t sure what they were getting into, but who, in the spirit of the liberal arts, thought they’d try out something totally foreign to them. (I was one of the latter kind of students who signed up for CS 134, and look at me now!)

I’m talking about those who’ve been told how critical CS is to “the workforce,” who sign up for a CS class because they feel like they should and they feel like it’ll make them more “employable,” and for no other reason.

You know what they find out? That CS is a lot more about the science of computers than it is about the hot things like app development and startups and web design and big data. Certainly, you won’t touch on those things in CS 134. 134 is about building a theoretical and practical foundation for CS–so you’re learning about things like object oriented abstractions, and recursion, and the basics of data structures, and the underlying mechanics of computers. I, and many others, found those things incredibly fascinating and went on to study them in a whole lot more depth. Many of the students I TA’d found them totally pointless and not at all “useful” towards whatever they were hoping to get out of a CS class, because they didn’t understand what a CS class actually was.

I absolutely love CS, but please–if you’re just taking it because you feel like you “should,” because some older folks tell you that you need to “know computers,” you might end up really regretting it.

(What should you do instead to “know computers” and increase your “employability”? Well, there are tons of things, but I swear that if I’ve learned anything from entering the workforce, it’s that no matter what industry you go into, holy shit is knowing Excel helpful. Even just knowing a few basic commands and formulas and, oh boy, macros??? is enough to convince everyone that you are an absolute master of computers. There, just saved you the misery of getting through CS 134 if you went into it for employability.)


Tenure Decisions Published

The College announced yesterday that 7 faculty members had been awarded tenure:

Michelle Apotsos, art;

Corinna Campbell, music;

Charles Doret, physics;

Susan Godlonton, economics;

Leo Goldmakher, mathematics;

Pamela Harris, mathematics;

Greg Phelan, economics

Being awarded tenure as a faculty member at any U.S. college or university is quite an achievement.  It is even more impressive at a place like Williams.  Kudos to each of the new tenured faculty.

In browsing through the individual links above, I noticed an interesting mix of backgrounds for newly tenured professors, including one born in South Africa, a Mexican-American mathematician, and an economics professor who spent three years as a proprietary trader for D.E. Shaw LLC.  Also, Prof. Doret is a Williams grad (Class of 2002).  I’m hopeful that this group will bring an good mixture of thoughts and perspectives to the Williams community during their (hopefully long) time in the Purple Valley.

Have any readers had any of these Professors, or know anything about them?


What was your favorite part of winter study?

As students enjoy the last few days of winter break before returning to campus for winter study, I’m curious: what were all of your favorite parts of winter study?

I generally enjoyed the classes I took. In particular, I loved the one travel course I took, because how could I not? It was fully paid for by the college–which was a major reason I signed up for that one in particular, since I didn’t feel economically able to do many of the others, even after financial aid would help. But, for some reason, the college was offering this course for the low price of $0, so I couldn’t not try to get in. The fact that it was a course in a tropical location during the month of January was a pretty great bonus, too. Educationally, I’d say it was only moderately successful–I wouldn’t say I got much out of it as far as the stated purpose of the course went, and that I more benefitted from just the opportunities to go to places and meet people I wouldn’t have otherwise, which is more of a general travel benefit than a course benefit, but, again–free.

As far as my on-campus classes went, I definitely got something valuable out of them: all were artistic and skills-based, so even if I didn’t always love the classes themselves, I appreciate the skills I got out of them.

My favorite part of winter study was probably the fact that my main extracurricular group was very active during winter study. We put on big events and shows over winter study, and had the time and capacity to host parties and get-togethers, as well. Planning those sorts of events with my favorite people on campus probably makes up many of my favorite memories of winter study.

I realize now that this post is pretty vague, only because I am a recent grad and the exact courses and groups I was in are fairly self-identifying for some students who might be on campus now. But, for those who are willing to be more liberal with sharing their experience, I’d love to hear: what are your favorite experiences and memories from winter study?


New Year’s Eve in Williamstown

  Like most (I think) Williams students, I have never been in Williamstown for New Year’s Eve.  The dorms were almost always closed over the holiday break.  I wonder what kinds of public activities (if any) there are.  Can any local Ephs tell us what is fun to do to ring in the New Year in Williamstown?

I saw that the Williams Inn has a New Year’s Eve package.  Could be fun, I suppose.  Has anyone eaten at the The Barn Kitchen & Bar? The menu looks decent.  Here is the description of the package:

There’s nothing better than ringing in the New Year in the Berkshires! The Williams Inn is offering the ideal getaway for those looking to start 2020 in a relaxing and refreshed way. This package includes a 3-course prix fixe dinner for two at The Barn Kitchen & Bar, an in-room sound machine for a good night’s sleep, breakfast for two at The Barn Kitchen & Bar, and late checkout to allow for a relaxing morning at the inn.

Is the Williams Inn so noisy that a sound machine is necessary to sleep?  That is surprising to me, but maybe it shouldn’t be.

Happy New Year to all Ephs and EphBlog readers!  Best wishes for 2020!


Tradition and EphBlog

I am with my wife’s family for Christmas Eve and Christmas. This will be the 27th year in a row that I have done this, more than half of my life.  Given that I went for the first 23 years of my life without ever really being involved in Christmas events (save for going to Midnight Mass one year at the Vatican with the Pope presiding) and spent many Christmas Day’s either skiing, going to the movies, or eating Chinese food (or some combination thereof), its been surprising to me how I have embraced the family traditions of wife’s family for this holiday.  There is the Christmas Eve meal shared with anywhere from 18-25 people, with a variation on the 12 fishes for dinner (we usually end up with lots of different shrimp dishes, lobster tails, and crab legs), and the opening of some gifts on Christmas Eve.  The reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the reading of the family Christmas poem written by my wife (she has done it for almost 30 years, but we have copies of the poem going all the way back to 1969) are also a highlight.  In recent years, its also become a tradition to see one of my best friends from Williams at Christmas, as he comes to Long Island to be with his family as well.  Some years we’ve seen movies, and some years we have lunch.

What does this have to do with “All Things Eph”?  I can’t remember when I first started reading EphBlog.  My best guess is that it was sometime in the 2002-2004 time frame.  But over the years, it has become one of my traditions, and one of the ways I interact most regularly with other Ephs.  When I was asked to be a regular contributor this past year, I agreed not because I am a prolific blogger, but because I value the connection that EphBlog offers to the College, and I want it to thrive as a place for Ephs to meet and interact (ideally in a civil and interesting way).  It turns out that trying to blog on a regular basis (even once a week) is not easy.  It makes the effort that DDF and others have put in to Ephblog even more impressive.

In any event, best wishes to all Ephs and Ephblog readers for 2020 and beyond!  I am looking forward to continuing the conversation.


Getting married at Williams

Many (most?) Ephs get married at some point in their lives.  According to Williams Magazine, almost 22% of post-1972 Ephs were “married to or partnered with” another Eph.  (I’m not certain what “partnered with” means exactly, but that probably doesn’t matter right now).  That seems like a pretty high percentage to me, but is not terribly surprising.  As we have heard in the past, Williams offers plenty of chances to fall in love, and the experiences that all Ephs share can also make for common interests after leaving the Purple Valley.

So once an Eph has found the right person, particularly if that person is another Eph, why not tie the knot (say that 10 times in a row!) at Williams?  I did not realize this, but the College has a whole system for running on-campus weddings.  Details can be found here.  Weddings can take place either at Thompson Memorial Chapel or the Jewish Religious Center.  Interestingly, according to the website, only weddings where both parties are Jewish can take place at the Jewish Religious Center.  The other interesting limitation is that only religious ceremonies can take place at either venue. Ephs who want a civil marriage ceremony are out of luck, at least at these two locations.  I wonder if Williams could (would?) make other locations available to the non-religious.

Did any EphBlog readers who are married to other Ephs give any consideration to getting married at Williams?  If you thought about it, what were some of the factors which ultimately helped you make your decision?


Thanksgiving on Campus

    As we enter Thanksgiving week, I’ve been thinking a lot about college kids and Thanksgiving.  I suspect its because my oldest son is a senior in high school, so this will be our last “normal” Thanksgiving as a family.  Depending on where he ends up at school next year, its quite possible he won’t have Thanksgiving with us in 2020.

I have essentially no recollection about Thanksgiving breaks when I was at Williams.  For my freshman and sophomore years, my parents lived in the Washington DC area, so I suspect I went home for Thanksgiving, but I really can’t remember it one way or the other.  Moreover, for my freshman year, I didn’t have a car at Williams at Thanksgiving, so I don’t know how I would have gone home.  For my junior and senior years, my parents were living in Belgium, so I’m sure I didn’t go there for the short break.  But I have no memory of what I did.  I doubt I stayed on campus (I certainly don’t remember having done so).  Perhaps I visited relatives in Holyoke,MA? Or went home with a friend who lived (relatively) close to Williamstown?  I find it strange that I really can’t remember, because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

In any event, Williams has plenty of “programming” for the Thanksgiving break.  Students are free to stay in their own rooms during the break (though they have to notify the College that they will be there an use a door tag to show that they are around).  I think this obviously makes sense.  I imagine that there must be large numbers of students who can’t or don’t “go home” for the relatively short Thanksgiving break.  Aside from the all of the international students (probably 150-200 total), Californians make up the third largest group on campus (after New York and Massachusetts).  While its possible to go to California (or overseas) for a 5 day break, its not very practical.  Some of these students will go home with their friends, but some (many) will stay on campus.

I imagine it might be an interesting experience to be at Williams when it is (relatively) empty of students.

The College also takes care of feeding those on campus during the break, but you’re out of luck if you want breakfast.  The only dining hall open is at Mission Park, and they serve brunch from 11:30 to 1:00 every day and dinner from 5:00 to 6:30, except Thanksgiving Day itself, when the only meal served is Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00-1:30 (presumably so that dining hall employees can have Thanksgiving with their families), and students are encouraged to take out food to eat later.  This meal schedule seems to me to pretty reasonable.  Does anyone disagree?

The Dean’s Office offers to “coordinat[e] for local hosts & students interested in sharing the holiday meal together in local homes.”  I wonder how many students take them up on this.  Apparently the Davis Center also offers “a holiday meal” on Thanksgiving, but I can’t find out any more information about that right now.  I think its a little odd that the Davis Center event is not more widely publicized, but I suspect that it may be geared specifically towards students identifying with some of the affinity groups on campus, and may be advertised in a less general way for that purpose.

The other interesting thing I saw was that the College offers “a FREE Black Friday shopping trip via a 56-passenger bus to Albany.”  I would love to know how many students take advantage of that!

Best wishes for a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving to all!


Some Thoughts About Family Days This Coming Weekend, October 24-27

Also, an email about Family Days (this weekend):

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you well.  As you may know, this coming weekend is Family Days.

If your own family plans to visit this weekend, we greatly look forward to having them here at Williams and expect it will be a great opportunity for them to gain a better sense of your own undergraduate experience.

And if your family won’t be attending, please know that you’re in good company with the vast majority of your fellow students. While many families enjoy family days, a great many more don’t attend. For some, the time and expense to travel to Williamstown are too great. (And let’s face it: though Williams is a beautiful place, it’s far away from where most people live!) For others, there are other points in their students four years at Williams—from a special sports event or musical performance to Commencement—when a visit make more sense.

In any case, it’s a great weekend packed with lots of things to do, with family members or just with fellow students. View the entire weekend program here and enjoy!

All best,
Dean Sandstrom


Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College

Williams Mobile App

Two current students, Dysron Marshall ’20 and Kelvin Tejeda ’20, spent the summer building the new Williams Mobile app. The app is listed as developed by Williams Students Online, and accordingly it links directly with some WSO services (the Facebook, Factrak, etc). Its goal seems to be to unite services that currently exist in various places across the Williams website, on WSO, and elsewhere, into one service that makes them easier to access.

First of all–awesome effort by these two! They seemingly did this entirely for free and of their own accord (see later in the post for more on that). It’s a nice, snappy app, and they definitely deserve acclaim for their work!

I used a handful of apps related to Williams life while I was there. A lot of time, I just accessed Williams websites from my phone: Eats 4 Ephs to check the menus at dining halls and decide where I wanted to eat, PeopleSoft sites for records and logging work hours, LaundryView to save myself the walk down to the laundry room and check in advance if it was in use… Last year, Williams introduced the GET App ostensibly to unite some features, but which I only really used to add money to my ID when I’d go to do laundry and realize I was out of money. During my first year there was some sort of dining app, student-created I believe, that made Eats 4 Ephs a little prettier. And, of course, there was Yik Yak, the late and great app that really made sure I knew everything I needed to.

These students announced their summer’s-long work to students with Facebook posts: one, to Class of 202X Facebook groups saying the following:

And one with a meme, in the Williams meme group, Williams College Memes for Sun Dappled Tweens:

As the first post says, they’re hoping to get administrative support for their app, so that students can develop it and actually get paid. I don’t know what the status of WSO getting administrative support is, but I imagine the app itself could get funded in the same way if WSO does; I feel less confident about it being possible to get students paid for developing the app. That was always something that confused me, though; do WSO student developers get paid for providing an incredibly useful service, or is it treated as a club would be, where the service itself gets funded (hosting, servers, etc) but not the actual development?

Below the break, a quick look at the app!

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“On Campus Activism: From the Summer 2019 Williams Magazine”

Link to a column that the president wrote for the 2019 summer issue of the Williams Magazine:


This section stood out to me in particular (emphasis mine):

“I absolutely think Williams needs to teach people to voice strongly held views in constructive ways. That lesson is best learned within a community broad enough to accommodate conservatives and radicals, believers and agnostics, creatives and critics. Disagreement, in such a culture, should fuel intellectual vitality.



Williams College To Pursue “Strong Pro-Speech Policies And Principles”

An interview that might interest people.



Identity Evropa is Racist and the below post is idiotic

I can’t stay silent on this and am disgusted David could even pose question 2 rhetorically. There will be no comments on this post because there is no need. Identity Evropa is a racist hate group trying to recruit college students and David is doing work for them on this site with that garbage post. One google search is all it takes. Aren’t we ephs? Don’t we know how to do basic research?

From their founder:

“I think one of the major books that got me started was David Duke’s My Awakening, and I think from there the rest was really history.”
—Nathan Damigo on Red Ice Radio, June 16, 2016

From their 2nd leader in 2018 (edit: also, he lied about serving in Iraq):

“I work in HR firing n***** and s**** all day. Before that, I was in the army and I got to kill Muslims for fun. I’m not sure which one was better: watching n****** and s**** cry because they can’t feed their little [racist term for kids] or watching Muslims brains spray on the wall. Honestly both probably suck compared to listening to a k***’s scream while in the oven.”


The third leader is smart enough not to say the quiet part loud, but he did host shows on Red Ice Radio, you know, the white nationalist/supremacist platform. F*ck this


Join us now at the Roosevelt Grill in the Roosevelt Hotel …

... here at 45th and Madison Avenue in New York City for the musical stylings of Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians welcoming in the New Year as they have every year since 1929 with their rendition of Auld Lang Syne …



That Boxing Day Break …

… time to put your feet up and review the Christmas cards!


Particularly those from architects and designers …most with motion.









… Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump’s Christmas portrait. Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images.




For just a moment, thinking outside the blog …

John Drew’s Monday 10 December post on Brooks and Free Speech has certainly had a galvanizing effect on EphBlog’s readership. Well-posted, John, and well-written.
However, if you are like me, and I know I am, you may need a distraction from campus concerns. This is not to say turn to the front pages of the NYT, WaPo, and Politico. Presidential hysteria, climate calamity, and world economic and political collapse will not provide respite.

So let your eyes enjoy 10 design trends of 2018 as reported by Augusta Pownall (as close to a Williamstown tie-in as I could get) for DeZeen Magazine.

 Just because becoming dehydrated is a personal concern, here for sake of a picture on the blog:

• Urban water fountains pop up

and …  • Football Fever takes hold • The end of the world as we know it? • Distant galaxies become more attractiv• Architect and designers switch disciplines • Big companies tackle diversity • Return of the humble poster • Adapting to smaller home• Moving away from Milan …
… and yet another personal favorite …

• Bauhaus is back!

Let your eyes do the walking for a break.

The Tree of Life Synagogue, October 27th, 2018.

Candlelight vigil for the 11 killed in the shooting.


Recommended reading:

Max Boot, The Washington Post

“What is happening to our country?”

photo York Daily Record







Railroading …

… making way for a speedy ride.

See here for a purpled reference.

Later up-dates:

(an announcement at Union Station, Washington, DC)

We regret to inform you that the SCOTUS Special due to arrive at noon on Saturday September 29th has been delayed because of unexpected bad weather and an avalanche of public opinion.

(another announcement at Union Station, Washington, DC)

We are happy to inform you that the SCOTUS Special is now due to arrive at noon on Saturday October 6th (or not) (or with complications) (railroading is hard work!).




… on the other hand, analysis as offered by a Constant Contributor may be …

… of continuing consideration:

xkcd 19 Sep. 2018


George Will meets DDF ’25 for coffee …

From George Will’s column in today’s Washington Post.

The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called “the leakage of reality from American life.” Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to intellectual fads and political hysteria, partly because the institutions employ so many people whose talents, such as they are, are extraneous to the institutions’ core mission: scholarship.

Writing in April in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lyell Asher, professor of English at Lewis & Clark College, noted that “the kudzu-like growth of the administrative bureaucracy in higher education” is partly a response to two principles widely accepted on campuses: Anything that can be construed as bigotry and hatred should be so construed, and anything construed as such should be considered evidence of an epidemic. Often, Asher noted, a majority of the academic bureaucrats directly involved with students, from dorms to “bias-response teams” to freshman “orientation” (which often means political indoctrination), have graduate degrees not in academic disciplines but from education schools with “two mutually reinforcing characteristics”: ideological orthodoxy and low academic standards for degrees in vaporous subjects such as “educational leadership” or “higher-education management.”

I am very leery of social engineering applied to a campus of 2000.

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Purple Yet Again! Now as a ‘Quartz Obsession’ …

Yes! Quartz has dedicated its’ Obsession corner to the color PURPLE (please excuse me for shouting).

Along toward the very bottom, a school famed for the cost of text books, over-building on Spring Street, and generous allowances for vacation homes, is cited along with Burgess the Bovine Be-Spyer.

This is a follow-up to the post announcing Pantone Ultra Violet as the color of the year 2018.




“The Madness of King George lll” coming to the Clark!

This promises to be a timely event!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.




John McCain, an American hero, dies at 81.

 J. Scott Applewhite/AP

His like may not soon come this way again .


Sorry, DDF … too busy catching up with the news:


Holding one’s water on Spring Street …

The piles of broken plaster, pilasters, and precipitate cluttering Spring Street may be subject to more immediate usage by male passers-by. Spring Street, unlike eg Paris, has never had cast-iron pissoirs to offer an immediate venue.







(L) Paris Traditional                                          (R) Paris Beta Test

Strangely, the Beta is receiving a mixed reaction from normally blasé Parisiens.

Perhaps those of the Williams-related male persuasion may wish to cast a watery ballot indicating their opinion of the constant construction disrupting The Village Beautiful !



No. Adams: PTC, this is a long way from DiLeggo’s Diner …

A follow-up story in DeZeen   paints an attractive picture of this imaginative addition to local color.

Of interest, if anyone recognizes any names:

Project credits:

Lead designer: Ben Bvenson of Broder
Architect: Hank Scollard
Interior design: Spartan Shop (Julie Pearson)
Landscape architecture: Reed Hilderbrand
Bridge designer: Tree-Mendous Aerial Adventures (Gerhard Komend)
Developer: Brody (Ben Svenson, managing partner)
Partners: Ben Svenson, John Stirratt, Scott Stedman, Eric Kerns, and Cortney Burns


Democrats and Republicans But Only One Traitor …

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Perhaps Williams will provide future world leaders with the knowledge to participate in global affairs while upholding their sworn allegiance to the United States of America.

Global Studies 2018-19  (from the Course Catalogue)

An informed engagement with the world is an indispensable part of the liberal education that is the goal of the Williams experience. The Global Studies Program enables students to achieve this goal through a cross-disciplinary and comparative curriculum.


Robinson, Breuer, Williamstown: a follow-up …

 … to this post.


A lot of house for 1.9mil.

Plus the connection to the atomic bomb.


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