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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

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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.

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Robinson, Breuer, Williamstown: a follow-up …

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A lot of house for 1.9mil.

Plus the connection to the atomic bomb.

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These competitors have dropped the SATs …

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… let’s see how they do.

 

Moving right along …

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It is Monday July. 9th. I really like the nesting dolls for this cup in Russia.

It is now Wednesday July, 11. In a heart-breaker for England, the finals are France – Croatia.

 

 

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It is 12 o’clock and a Chapin Library holding is under fire!

 

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My post of last Spring, 2017 White House Lawyers Up was viewed as ‘jumping over the shark’.

Please, Librarian Hammond, protect the Chapin Library’s printing of the Constitution of the United States from the conflagration. It may be needed for reference.

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A Sunday Break: … 30 …

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It was a pleasure for the Hood River stringer to have this meeting with the owner, editor, and chief content provider of Ephodder. The much-maligned mogul is in actual presence a relaxed, convivial, conversationalist and bon companion for a mid-day grill. I was his guest. I also imagine that no captions are needed to identify the subjects.

I admire Dave for his dedicating this blog to his father D. Kane ’58. And for his determination to have a new post up every day. This means that since he started the blog in 2003, he has written 9000 and some posts.

This is an immense dedication to digging for stories, items, releases on which to present observations of foibles and views of policies and actions. It may be that now in 2018, the formerly new is being recycled. That the content provider’s opinions have become more set over time. That these opinions tend to be contentious in some ways, as they should be. 

However, I find that the focus of the postings has turned too completely meta-college administration as opposed to the proud banner “All things Eph”. There was a time when this banner actually worked and many different topics were posted on topics of a much wider world … as one might expect of graduates of a leading liberal arts institution.

I recognize that meta-administration is what  current readers want to read and discuss, either pro or con, and at length. So saying I recognize that my attempts to spread the definition of the World-o-Williams a bit in the blog are not adding any dimension to the discourse.

While I will be retiring my Hood River quill, I urge some other reader, with a sense of a broader outlook to present,  to jump right in!

 

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A Sunday Break: Cranberries – the Juice of Williams!

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Quartz, a pub covering trends and happenings in business, has a weekly Obsession on a particular topic. I was amused to see that this weeks’ obsession was cranberries.

https://qz.com/email/quartz-obsession/1254695/

 

And why amused, you may ask. Because of the contributions to the Alma Mater of the Makepeace family.

Members of the family have been responsible for raising the cranberry to a daily part of the life of peoples world-wide instead of a sugar-infused berry sauce at Thanksgiving. We drink them in many forms and eat them out of little sacks as a treat and diet addition.

The Williams link. Charles D. Makepeace Williams 1900 and Treasure for many years. At our 50th reunion in 2006, Denny Makepeace ’56, his grandson and namesake, gave a  rundown on the doings of the family and some very particular descriptions of activities at his grandfather’s Williamstown house. We were in that house, now the Oakley Center, and laughed at the stories, especially the one about dancing on the piano and leaving heel marks on the polished top. And the piano was with us in the room. The convivial talk is a part of the oral history of Williams.

I do wonder if the Williams community recognizes the importance of continuity and tradition, and has an appreciation of the personal histories and commitments that have shaped this small college.

 

 

 

 

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A Paean to Pruitt: A Song from Britton ’56 …

downloadIndeed! Another song in that Peter Britton ’56 particular style. This one an ode to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt, who seems to have no regard for anyone’s environment except his own.

 

It is a pleasure to be able to post the work of an old classmate. And let’s face it … all my classmates are old. The words are by Peter, the music by Nashvilles’ own Tim Lorch, and the back-up band is according to Peter, ” one Polish gypsy on violin, a studio musician on bass, and a blind Iowa farm boy on piano, guitar, accordion and sax”.

The words are beneath the fold if you want to sing along.

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Consider Barbara Bush …

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I won’t supply a Williams connection except the qualities of humanity, empathy, and dedication as a part of this Williams community.

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A Sunday Break: The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2018 …

… and among this distinguished 35? Yes! Eph’s Own Mika Brezinksi ’89!

 

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WHY THEY MATTER Being Trump’s sworn enemies is good for business. Morning Joe — which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 — notched record ratings for MSNBC during the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. period, averaging slightly more than 1 million viewers (vs. CNN’s 634,000) and 226,000 in the 25-to-54 demographic. With an audience that skews young, wealthy and educated, the show posted slightly more growth than Fox News in the 25-to-54 crowd (up 36 percent, compared with Fox News’ 32 percent gain). Numbers for the first quarter of 2018 were particularly impressive, with Morning Joe averaging 249,000 — an all-time high — in 25-to-54.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/35-powerful-nyc-media-figures-2018-hosts-anchors-more-1100942/item/jeff-fager-35-powerful-people-media-2018-

In a time far away, The Hollywood Reporter was daily reading. A lot of the perusing concerned data like those reported in the story snippet above.

The format has changed considerably since those commuter times. Not that I was reading in 1950 (the illustration left), but this is what it looked like. Much more stylish and on-line now. Looks like Vanity Fair.

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And as to that current cover (illustration right): Silicon Valley among my favorites. Just finishing the new season.

Your comments on Mika, reflections on Joe, gripes about the media, and your problems with binge watching …

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It is twelve o’clock and a Chapin Library holding is under fire now …

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My post White House Lawyers Up last spring 2017 was seen as ‘jumping over the shark’

Please, Librarian Hammond,  protect the Chapin Collection’s Mason draft from the conflagration. It may be needed for reference.

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Marco Remec ’80: on view and up-coming installations …

We have talked about Marco Remec ’80 and his work

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Remec will have two openings soon, one in Pittsfield.

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He has a current installation at MASSMOCA.

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https://www.markoremec.com/bio

 

 

 

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President James A. Garfield in the Rear-View Mirror …

From XCED today: Comic site

 

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The article is on the death of President James A. Garfield. I wonder how the recent events of our time will appear in the rear-view mirror (probably unnecessary) of the robocar.

 

 

 

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Onward and Upward! College and Mobility: How’s that working out?

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Sunday’s NYT Opinion page has a very interesting article:  How to Level the College Playing Field with specific actions that can be taken through public and college policies and practices. The article is by Harold Levy, former Chancellor of New York Public Schools, and Peg Tyre, Education Journalist.

In the article were references to The Equality of Opportunity Project and their quest: How can we improve economic opportunities for our children? We use big data to identify new pathways to upward mobility.

And indeed they have used big data. And what it compares is percentage enrollment by income percentile by students and their mobility after graduation by income percentile … the payoff for a college education. Which schools do better? Which do worst? Are some colleges the work horses of the working class to upward mobility?

Here is the study as reported in The Times.  And here is the Williams data.

Heavy analysis of statistical data is not my long suit (you have probably noticed). But these data require reading and conclusions by experienced hands. Perhaps there may be some thoughts to pass on to the college administrators.

I look forward to reading your views.

 

 

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A Sunday Break: Bard College finds an answer to space needs …

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A Shipping Container Prefab Lab Is Built in Only 4 Hours … 

Recycling! Efficient use of limited space. No bulldozers, backhoes, or long construction times!

A possible solution to the problems PTC points out? At least the containers are small scale. Perhaps more imaginative architectural answers are needed by Williams.

Read the full story in Dwell  by Lucy Wang, March 29, 2018.

 

 

 

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For the Williams Hot Stove League …

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As long as the chairs are all pulled up for speculation of the new Prexy, have a shot at the opening of the baseball season.

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Williams Website – Home Page, 2. Numero uno (in a small school way), baby! Show me your SAT!!!

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A Sunday Break: Chapels …

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From Dezeen 28 March, 2018

The Vatican City will make its debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year, by building a series of chapels by architects including Norman Foster (above), Eduardo Souto de Moura and Teronobu Fujimori.

London-based Foster + Partners has imagined a tent-like structure made from wood, built around three symbolic crosses. “Our aim is to create a small sanctuary space diffused with dappled shade and removed from the normality of passers-by, focussed instead on the water and sky beyond,” 

Curated by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co, the Holy See Pavilion will feature 10 chapels, designed by prolific architects from around the world.

The architects were asked to base their design on a chapel in Stockholm designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund in 1920, featuring a striking triangular roof supported by slender columns.

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“With this small masterpiece Asplund defined the chapel as a place of orientation, encounter and meditation, seemingly formed by chance or natural forces inside a vast forest, seen as the physical suggestion of the labyrinthine progress of life, the wandering of humankind as a prelude to the encounter,” said Dal Co.

A ‘chapel’ is a private place of worship serving a residence or institution for meditation, prayer, or small religious services. It is interesting that The Holy See would recognize the chapel  “as a place of orientation, encounter, and meditation”. The ‘chaplain’ is a member of the clergy attached to this private chapel, or ship, or as some may remember, their military unit. It is assumed in most cases that the chaplain will serve those who come seeking advice, consolation, or other problems they may encounter.

In an institution with diverse religions, nationalities, races, sexual orientations, and philosophies, I can imagine a chaplain helping many through their personal encounters in new situations with which they must now deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@ Report on Building: a sidebar … how not to build with character …

 

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Granted! I am not walking the campus every day/year… in fact, it is every five years. So this is an interjection from an old fart on examples of what not to design in a building that has appropriated detail. I bring this up because of the challenges to do more than build a bland box that meets LEEDS certification.

Also granted, the examples probably weren’t designed to meet the standards. The only reference on campus from my casual knowledge are the “Ironic Columns”. I quote the examples to burn into your eyeballs, examples of Post-Modern gone mad.

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/01/23/10-buildings-that-represent-new-age-postmodernism-roundups-architecture/

 

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A Sunday Break: Celebrity Politicians …

 

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This feature on the BBC caught my eye … Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City running against Andrew Cuomo for Governor of New York, I  know, I know. How do celebrities get into public office. Is it their good looks, screen charm, reputations? A quote from the article:

“The facts show that people like Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have had great success in politics,” says Dr Sharon Coen, senior lecturer in media psychology at the University of Salford.

“If they are already in the public eye, they are already present on people’s radar – we feel like we’re friends with them, or a version of them.

“This increases the feelings of likeability, familiarity and trust – which are all key factors that are determinant in the success of a political candidate.”

From California have come three, Senator George Murphy, and Governors Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It seems to be a California tradition.

But it may be of Sunday Williams interest that Minnesota’s popular (at least with me) Arne Carlson Class of ’57 was succeeded after two four-year terms by professional wrestler Jesse Ventura. As a pro-wrestling bad guy, his motto was “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!”. Ventura decided to serve only one term. Arne has some interesting observations  for a Republican.

 

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Williams(town) is a mess!

This article in the Berkshire Eagle (normally a cheerleader for “all things Eph”) captures the frustrations of living in a town that has been under constant construction since the 90s.

 

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@ PTC above: The Village Beautiful … Does it still fit?

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The Science Center on Hoxsey Street     Mrs Dagmar Bubriski (2016 photo)

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… or hasn’t this appellation been used for a number of years? Scale, so important to environment, seems to have been lost. I was always impressed that earlier additions kept the village skyline and village plan intact. Sense of place had continuity.

The mission of the college has certainly changed and with it the structures necessary to serve the goal. I know that coming students will view the new environment as ‘their place’. Nevertheless, it seems to me that visual clues to Williams historical legacy are being lost in a desire to no longer be a village.

The 2016 story and arguments in The Berkshire Eagle

 

 

 

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The Class of ’68 and a view of the values of the March today …

The Class of ’68 in preparation for their 50th reunion this spring has set up an interactive blog to offer classmates the opportunity to exchange views, greetings, exhortations and whatever else new members of the old guard choose to do.

Here is a post on “Never Again” written by ’68 classmember W. Franklin Reed, an attorney in Pittsburgh.

From his post …

We may again be witnessing another unique moment in history when the “followers” become the leaders and the “leaders” become the followers. DZDJewaWAAALPjpBy failing to take seriously the protests of the “Never Again” movement reacting to the Parkland high school massacre (effective gun control) and women in the “Me Too” movement (sexual harassment and equal rights), the Trump administration and their allies are making the same mistake that the “establishment” figures of the 60’s did and, like them, may have some catching up to do. Indeed, they, and the National Rifle Association in particular, have been fatallymisconstruing what rights are actually protected by the Second Amendment (that was a pun, in case you missed it).

 

For those who were thinking about today’s marches, an addition for a perspective on voting eligibles by generation name:

 

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A Sunday Break: Travel Oregon …

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Watch the ad!

 

(OK, OK, I live in Oregon) …

Never-the-less, the anime ad in an exaggerated style is very well-done by Portland advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. You have probably seen their ads for Nike for years. They have an impressive list of clients who want memorable creative.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/03/13/travel-oregon-slightly-exaggerates-the-state-in-a.html

The locations being exaggerated are actual locations, just hyper. The single-track biking trail and  most of the scenery are typical of our area. Tourism has helped build Oregon and is supported heavily by the State budget.

Our Columbia River Gorge area is the only National Scenic Area in the US. Sports tourism including wind and water sports, kayaking, skiing, biking, sailing, mountain climbing and their extreme counterparts saved Hood River in the 1980s from becoming a stagnant orchard-and-timber town. Tourism has also resulted in a major increase in population as tourists become residents and bring business with them. A good local example in the Gorge is In Situ across the river, now owned  by Boeing.

Gone are the days when Governor Tom McCall said famously referring to Oregon’s tourist industry in a 1971 speech,  “I urge them to come and come many, many times to enjoy the beauty of Oregon. But I also ask them, for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live.”

 

 

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A Sunday Break: Minimalist Oscar Posters …

Last week’s Oscar ceremony is over . You may have watched or read the reviews and viewpoints. I can just say two words to Ephblog … “inclusion clause”.

However, that is not my point this first Sunday am 2018 in DST. It is this story by Dan Howarth in the 2 March edition of the on-line Dezeen Magazine featuring minimalist designs by Chungkong for six of the nine finalists for the Best Picture award.

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Four of the movies with their studio release posters are shown above with Chungkongs’s posters for compare and contrast.

From the article …

The colourful designs are intended to capture the essence of the movies in as little detail as possible. Oriented portrait, each features the movie’s title and a director credit at the top, and a summarising quote from the film in smaller text towards the bottom.

The Shape of Water, a love story by Guillermo del Toro about a mute cleaning lady that falls in love with an aquatic humanoid creature, is depicted with the outlines of their faces covered with bubbles – all in blue-green shades.

The poster for the Best Picture-winning The Shape of Water also is a reference to the famous optical illusion of a footed vase and two facing profiles.

Now where did that hour go …

 

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Snow: a constant at Williams …

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… and perhaps a meditative blanket over the rough terrain reported in Ephblog.

 

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From today’s NYT: Nakesha Williams Class of ’93.

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Thank you, disappointed, for the first name correction.   I won’t be posting a Sunday Break tomorrow in order that this post remain on top.
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We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this important warni …

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… Honey, what did I do with that damn shovel!

 

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What are they thinking …

fpn_1519693387__screen_shot_2018-02-26_at_45715_pmI am an old guy who appears on campus every five years for reunion. Reunion is a time for nostalgia, for visiting sites, hearing interesting lectures, and having meals with classmates.

As a result, my awareness of current campus issues seems to come from Ephblog.  This latest post below on EDI/DPA is entirely new to me. And concerning.

Even in the olden times, there were a finite number of courses that could be taken in four years … “Golden Opportunities” as I believe President Shapiro put it. In these same olden times. there was a requirement that courses taken include a sampling from all three academic divisions. I think this was a ‘good thing’.

I now understand that there are new requirements for courses to be taken. The initials EPI and DPA seem to be their acronyms. I also assume from reading the blog that these requirements come from the administrative side of the college rather than the faculty. This might have always been the way, even in the olden times.

I would like to know what Hopkins Hall is thinking said in a positive manner. I recognize that since those 50s days of yore, more student involvement and activism may be a desire. 

I ask the writers of this blog to write 25 word mission statements for EPI and DPA as they would be written by their proponents.

Thanks in advance!

Dick Swart ’56

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A Sunday Break : STONED?

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As the NYT reports …

Five consecutive victories culminated Saturday night in something that has never happened before: an Olympic gold for the American curlers as they defeated Sweden, 10-7, before a flag-waving throng from back home. Shuster and his four teammates — Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo, who served as the team’s alternate — defeated Sweden, the top-ranked team in the world, so soundly that it conceded the match with several rocks to play in the 10th and final end.

Why am I wasting your time on news you already knew, you grumble. It is because it is time that Williams has a curling team at the club level at least!

This has happened in Pittsfield, where a year-old club believes the great results from the  Olympic will swell their ranks.

1509335600Certainly this sport with opportunities for Mens, Womens, and Mixed teams could be a great addition and might even save the ice rink in the old field house.

Apologia in advance: • If indeed the ice rink is not in the old field house, what do I know! • If indeed there is a current club, I couldn’t find a listing. But here is a reference to a former organization.

 

 

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