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President Mandel on Free Speech Development

Williams faculty, students and staff,

Numerous conversations have taken place recently, especially among faculty and students, around Williams’ principles and practices governing inviting speakers to campus. I’ve decided to charge an ad hoc committee with exploring various points of view and making recommendations for how Williams can ensure an educational environment that’s both intellectually open and inclusive.

I intend to recruit the committee by the end of the calendar year with counsel from leaders of faculty, staff and student governance. You can expect an update on the membership and charge once the group is constituted in early 2019. My hope is that the committee will engage campus constituencies who are interested in the issue and want to contribute to the development of guidelines appropriate for Williams.

Best wishes,

Maud

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Donor Beware: Power Line’s Steven Hayward Takes on Williams College

I was surprised to see one of my favorite Power Line writers, Steven Hayward, had noticed the faculty petition to bring a version of the famous Chicago Statement to Williams College. He notes he is proud UC Berkeley has adopted the Chicago Statement and its common sense defense of free speech and academic freedom. He opines “…while places like Berkeley, Colorado/Boulder, the University of Wisconsin, etc. have the rap for being the most politically correct and radical institutions of higher education, in fact they are relatively sane compared to small, elite private liberal arts colleges.”

Our Rotten Liberal Arts Colleges

His article focuses on the extremes he sees at Williams College and Sarah Lawrence. He goes out of his way to share choice elements of the student led counter-petition which hysterically views free speech and academic freedom as little more than revolutionary pogroms targeted at “people of color, queer people, disabled people, poor people, and others outside the center of power.”

His article is a refreshing reminder of why the postmodern radical ideology which dominates the culture of Williams College appears so unhealthy to well-meaning outsiders. It is worth reading his article in full. Steven Hayward is a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, and a visiting lecturer at Berkeley Law School.

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/02/trump-mocks-christine-blasey-ford-at-mississippi-rally

(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!).

 

 

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

… of continuing consideration:

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https://xkcd.com/2048/

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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.

 

 

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“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.

 

 

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John McCain, an American hero, dies at 81.

 J. Scott Applewhite/AP

His like may not soon come this way again .

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

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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 !

 

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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 …

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 8.01.58 PMFirst Lady Barbara Bush holding baby while two-year-old child takes photo w. toy camera at hospice for children w. AIDS

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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!

 

Read more from The Hollywood Reporter list …

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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

http://ephblog.com/2017/09/29/marko-remec-80-has-new-site-specific-work-at-93rd-and-park/

http://ephblog.com/2017/05/12/marko-remac-80-work-in-rome-at-the-invitation-of-pope-francis/

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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