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Looking Ahead – Fall 2017 Check-In for Housing at Williams

To the Classes of 2018, 2019, & 2020,
Though the summer is barely upon us, I write today…
  • to highlight a new check-in process that we’ll be piloting this fall,
  • to remind you of move-in dates for the upcoming fall semester, and
  • to remind you of how to access meals prior to the official start of the fall semester meal plan.
More information about moving in can be found at this link.
You can always find regular opening & closing dates for campus housing at this link. Dates are typically put out at least 18 months in advance (sometimes even earlier), so as always, please plan your travel accordingly.
Be sure to read everything below, and plan accordingly. Best wishes for a wonderful summer.
Doug Schiazza
Director, Office of Student Life
 
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In-Person Check-In
When you arrive to campus to move in, you’ll be checking in with a member of the OSL staff to receive your room key/code along with some general housing information – be sure to have your Williams ID with you.
The schedule & location for both early arrivals and for regular arrivals are noted below.

Fall 2017 Regular Arrivals

All Check-ins are at the Office of Student Life, Paresky 2nd floor. All times listed are Eastern time.

Students not involved in one of the early arrival activities listed farther below do not need to return to campus until classes begin on Thursday, September 7.

You may move into campus housing as early as Wednesday, August 30 @ 2pm​–giving you several days before classes start for travel, as well as some extra time to settle into your room if you choose to do so.
 
So, to be clear: unless you’re involved in the various pre-semester activities listed farther below, you won’t have access to campus housing until after 2pm onWednesday, August 30. If you arrive before your day ​and ​time to move in, you need to make your own accommodations elsewhere off-campus.

August 30
Check-In for returning students from 2pm – 7:30pm

August 31 – September 6
Check-In for returning students from 9am – 7:30pm

 
 
Fall 2017 Early Arrivals

All Check-ins are at the Office of Student Life, Paresky 2nd floor, unless otherwise noted below. All times listed are Eastern time.

The names of the students involved in the early arrival activities noted below will be provided to the Office of Student Life by the offices overseeing the early arrival programs.

August 19
Summer Students depart by 12noon (approved summer-to-fall Transitional students remain in summer housing)

August 21
Check-In for JAs, JAAB, 1st Gen Orientation leaders, International Orientation leaders, Transitional students from 5pm – 11pm

August 22
Check-In for Neighborhood Directors from 2pm – 5pm

August 23
Check-In for House Coordinators & Neighborhood Reps from 2pm – 5pm

August 24
Check-In for OIT leaders from 2pm – 5pm

August 25
Check-In for 1st Gen and International Students in the Class of 2021 from 8am – 8pm

August 26
Check-In for WOOLF Directors from 8am – 9am
Check-In for WOOLF leaders, Ephventure leaders, and Football players (first-year and upperclass) from 2pm – 9pm

August 28
Check-In for the Class of 2021 and College Council Co-Presidents @ Paresky First Floor from 8am – 1:30pm

August 29
Check-In for upperclass Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball players from 8am – 7:30pm

Access to Meals in Campus Dining Halls
 
Again, students not involved in one of the early arrival activities above do not need to return to campus until classes begin on Thursday, September 7. Meals are covered by dining plans beginning with dinner on Wednesday, September 6. Meals won’t be covered by dining plans for students who return before Sept. 6 (unless they’re required to return because they’re involved in the early arrival activities above). You’re welcome to eat in the dining halls using your student ID card, but each meal will be charged to your student account. Questions about this should be directed to Dining Services.
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Commmencement Executive Summary from the College Marshal

Dear soon-to-be graduate,

Enjoy a marvelous graduation weekend, but especially the highlights below.

Pick up caps & gowns and tickets: downstairs Paresky Center
Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Last minute pickup!

Ivy Exercises: Assemble in cap & gown on the Frosh Quad (by Williams & Sage).
Sunny Saturday, June 3, 12:50 p.m. Line up pairwise for procession to Library Quad.
After the ceremony, collect prizes at Commencement Central, Paresky.

Conversation: Splendid Saturday, June 3, 3:15 p.m. MainStage, 62CTD
Honorary degree recipients Gina McCarthy & Gavin A. Schmidt
Moderated by Bill Moomaw ‘59

Baccalaureate: Assemble in cap & gown on Route 2 sidewalk in front of the Faculty House.
Gloroius Saturday, June 3, 4:30 p.m. Line up for procession to Chapin Hall.

Commencement: Assemble in cap & gown on the Frosh Quad (by Williams & Sage).
Sunday, June 4, 9:00 a.m. Line up alphabetically for procession to Library Quad.

President’s Reception: A lunch buffet for everybody on Chapin Lawn,
immediately after Commencement (about 12:15 p.m.).

Only if there is extreme weather on Sunday, will we move inside. The decison to hold
Commencement indoors or out will be made Sunday morning. In the unlikely event
of dangerous weather, then Great Bell will toll at 8:30 a.m. to signal indoor Commencement
in Lansing Chapman Rink, with assembly in Towne Field House at 9:00 a.m.
Everyone favors outdoor Commencement, even in light to moderate rain.

Details: http://commencement.williams.edu/

Cheers,
Jay Thoman, College Marshal

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One last opportunity to make a gift in person

Hi Anonymous Senior,

We just wanted to let you know that we’ll be tabling one last time for the Senior Class Gift to the Alumni Fund at the Resource Fair tomorrow in Paresky from 10 am – 2 pm. This will be your last opportunity to make a cash gift!

You can also make your gift online: give2.williams.edu.

Thanks to the 186 members of our class who’ve already contributed – we’re aiming to hit a goal of 215 donors by the end of this year’s Fund on June 30, so we hope you’ll step up and join us in giving back to this amazing place!

Though we’re about to graduate, our relationship with the college will continue once we’ve left the Purple Valley (though fortunately without any Williams finals). Supporting current and future students and faculty by contributing to the Alumni Fund is a way for us to give back to a place that has given us so much, and it’s also a way to continue making our voices heard once we’ve graduated. With designated giving, we can channel our gifts into the things we’d most like the college to develop, grow, and support. We hope you’ll consider making a Senior Class Gift now if you haven’t already, and we’ll look forward to being in touch again once next year’s Alumni Fund kicks off in the fall!

Here’s to making the most of our last moments at Williams,
Your 2017 Head Agents
Caitlin, Khari, and Sara

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SENIOR WEEK SCHEDULES

The two biggest goals of Senior Week are 1) Fun and 2) Safety. With that, we have moved around pieces of this week’s schedule in order to navigate and maximize on the good weather and to do our best to give you a REAL Mount Hope Experience. Below please find the updated schedule for Senior Week. Major changes are bold in purple
Tuesday May 30th (Tonight)
  • 10pm-1am – Night “Under The Stars” – Paresky Center (rain location). Enter on Park Street Side
Wednesday May 31st
  • 6am – SENIORise Hike – Meet at Paresky
  • 10am-2pm – Senior Resource Fair / Cap and Gowns – Baxter Hall
  • 2pm – Senior Class Photo – Paresky Steps
  • 6pm-7:30pm – Entry Reunion BBQ – Paresky Lawn (inside Paresky if raining)
  • 7:30pm-10pm – Poker Campfire – Poker Flats (cancelled if raining)
  • 10pm-1am – #TBW Lounge – Dodd House
Thursday June 1st
  • 10am – Check-In for Jazz Brunch Bus – 62 Center (enter front door)
  • 11am-1pm – Jazz Brunch at Mount Hope
  • 1pm-4pm – Cap and Gowns – Leukenmeyer Lounge
  • 5:30pm – Check-In for Mount Hope Dinner Dance – 62 Center (enter front door)
  • 6pm – Mount Hope Faculty/Staff Reception – Mount Hope (invited faculty/staff will be informed separately)
  • 7pm – Dinner
  • 9pm-12am – Dancing
Friday June 2nd
  • 10am-2pm – Gap and Gowns – Leukenmeyer Lounge
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Brunch In The Tent – Frosh Quad Tent
  • 2pm-3pm – Senior Super Storytime – EcoCafe
  • 3pm-5pm – Final Trivia – EcoCafe
  • 10pm-2am – Last Chance Dance – Paresky Center
We look forward to enjoying this week with you all and celebrating your time here at Williams.
See you soon!
Best,
Ben
 
Don’t Forget! Be sure to use #Williams2017 in all your fun Senior Week posts to be a part of the story being collected by Communications! 
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Registrar Announcement

Dear Williams Community,

I am excited to announce that after a national search, Williams has hired Kathleen Kilventon to serve as our next Registrar. Kathleen will be joining us this summer.

Kathleen comes to us from Amherst College, where she has served as Registrar for the past 9 years. Prior to that, Kathleen served as the Registrar at the Sage Colleges in New York and MCLA in North Adams. She will be bringing us 20 years’ worth of experience in higher education, a keen interest in the liberal arts, and a strong passion for supporting undergraduates. Kathleen grew up in Williamstown, and has many family members in the area. For her and her husband, coming to Williams will be like coming home.

I’d like to thank all the members of the search committee—Megan Konieczny, Jeannie Albrecht, Damian Turner, Toya Camacho, Tina Breakell, and Barron Koralesky — for their participation in the search process. I would also like to acknowledge the faculty, staff, and students who helped to organize our campus visits. Many thanks for your valuable input, and for showing Kathleen what a wonderful fit Williams will be for her skills and talents. Please join me in welcoming Kathleen to our community.

All best,
Marlene

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

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Trustee Web Page III

Our readers wanted more discussion of the new Trustee web page and the documents linked thereto. Day 3.

Again, kudos to the Trustees for transparency! This is a welcome change from the way Williams has been run in the past. Perhaps the most timely document is the notes from the Board Meeting Report from April (pdf).

1) To the extent that the Board has been creating documents like this for the last several years (decades?), it should make them public now. The more that Ephs see how well-run Williams is, the more trust we will have in the people who run it. I realize that the actual meeting notes can include a variety of material — especially the comments made on sensitive comments by names trustees — that should remain secret for years. That is OK! But generic overviews of who presented what can be made public now.

2) There are 15 items in the report. I could spend a day on each of them! Should I? Are there any in particular that people are interested in? Here is an example:

The board approved the remarketing of $50.5M of existing college debt, and the issuance of up to $60M in new debt to fund a number of capital projects.

The College’s debt load is perhaps the single financial I am least qualified to opine on. First, my understanding is that we can’t issue new debt unless it is going to fund new projects. Is Williams really gearing up to spend an additional $60 million? Is that all/mostly the Bronfman replacement? Second, can someone explain what “remarketing” is? This discussion seems relevant but it sure would be nice if someone were to walk through the details. Third, I continue to believe that the College has enough debt right now. Of course, I have been singing that song for 6 years. Levering up the endowment has worked marvelously well over that time period. What could go wrong?

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Director of Libraries Announcement

Williams faculty, staff and students,

I’m delighted to inform you that, following a national search, Williams has hired a new Director of Libraries to replace Dave Pilachowski, who will retire at the end of June. Jonathan Miller, currently Library Director at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, will begin work with us on July 31.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from Sheffield (U.K.) University in Political Theory and Institutions, his M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Before his 11 years at Rollins he held progressive positions in the libraries at the Ohio State University, Augustana College in Illinois, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is active in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and serves as treasurer of the Oberlin Group of liberal arts college libraries.

At Rollins, Jonathan and his staff established the college’s Olin Library as a critical contributor to academic life, partnering with the school’s Instructional Technologies team and Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching to better support teaching, learning and scholarship across campus; nurturing the college’s Tutoring and Writing Center; and refocusing and refurbishing the library to make it more appealing as a center for academic work and collaboration. For their efforts Jonathan and the Olin staff were honored with the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). I encourage you to read the ACRL’s award citation to get a richer sense of Jonathan’s vision and approach. You may also find his most recent published writings in the Rollins Online collection at http://bit.ly/2rN8mxj.

In accepting our position at Williams, Jonathan emphasized the appeal of working with our talented librarians and staff at Williams to build on the remarkable array of collections, services, technology, and spaces created under Dave’s leadership.

I want to thank all the members of the search committee—Barb Casey, Sonnet Coggins, Edan Dekel, Danielle Gonzales, Barron Koralesky, Dave Richardson, Jana Sawicki and Dorothy Wang—for their contributions to this highly successful search. In addition, I would like to extend a special thanks to the students, faculty, and staff who participated in the effort, and especially to our librarians and support staff for their valuable insights along the way.

Jonathan’s wife, Bethany Hicok, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Westminster College, will join Williams as Lecturer in English in 2018. I look forward to their arrival this summer, and hope you’ll join me in welcoming Jonathan and Bethany to the Purple Valley.

Sincerely,

Dukes Love
Provost and Professor of Economics

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Congratulations, Class of 2017, from the Society of Alumni

To the Great Class of 2017 –

CONGRATULATIONS! You are so close to graduation!! On June 4th you will transition from being an undergrad to being an alum. And while you have been a student for 4 (sometimes long) years, you will be an alum for the rest of your life. I currently have the huge honor of serving as the President of the Society of Alumni, and I look forward to officially welcoming you at Commencement.

I know that each of you has experienced Williams in you own unique way, and that for most of you, the past few years have surely had their ups and downs. That will likely continue once you leave the Purple Valley. But you will come to learn that there is an entire community of Ephs out there ready and thrilled to welcome you into the fold. Your Williams connections will continue to grow and evolve. And there are lots of ways to feed those connections – attend reunion every five years; participate in regional events; travel to a NESCAC school to watch your favorite team compete; come back to campus to speak to students about your career; or be a volunteer… You can be a class agent, or a head agent or a Vice Chair for the alumni fund; you can work to organize events in your region; you can be a class officer or help to organize your reunion – or motivate classmates to return to campus too; you can connect with other alums in your affinity group and organize those events. If you want to get involved, contact the alumni office (alumni.relations@williams.edu or 413-597-4151) where they will be more than happy to find a niche for you!

I can tell you that personally, my relationship with Williams has only deepened over time. When I was graduating, I had a lot of mixed emotions about leaving campus. But what I didn’t expect was that my classmates and other alums would support me through good times and bad, would help me along my career path, and that Williams as a place would continue to feel like home. Through my own volunteer work, I have met so many wonderful Ephs from classes ranging from the ’40s to now ’17. And while the world has changed in many ways, what has not changed is the fundamental belief we all share in the value of receiving an excellent education, in a small place, where people care about one another and develop a strange fondness for cows and the color purple. We are all connected to each other – and we all care about you. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of us to ask for help, to request information, or just to say hi.

I will see you at graduation. In the meantime, enjoy your last few days as an undergrad, and here’s to a wonderful future as an alum.

All my best,

Jordan Hampton ’87
President, Williams College Society of Alumni

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Trustee Web Page II

Our readers wanted more discussion of the new Trustee web page and the documents linked thereto. Day 2.

The most substantive page is News from the Board, a collection of both important documents (like the September 2015 Statement by the Board of Trustees and President Adam F. Falk on the College’s Role in Addressing Climate Change) and puff pieces (like this 2016 welcome to new board members).

1) Again, kudos! It is a great idea to bring together all the writings by/about trustees in a single location.

2) Why not work with ace College Archivist Katie Nash to “backfill” this page with some Williams history? What were the disputes that trustees wrote about 10, 20 and even 50 years ago?

3) I have yet to spend a week (or two!) on the Climate Change statement. Should I?

4) The page is somewhat incomplete (on purpose?) because it does not include Board Chair Mike Eisensen’s ’77 recent piece in the Record. Anything written in the Record (or other Williams publication) by a trustee — even if it is not an “official” statement from the entire Board — ought to be included here.

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Trustee Web Page I

Our readers wanted more discussion of the new Trustee web page and the documents linked thereto. Day 1.

1) Kudos to the trustees (and senior administrators at Williams) for this effort! The more transparency at Williams the better. Any quibbles that I express below are minor in the context of my overall praise for this effort.

2) Kudos on making the meeting dates public. Prior to this, the College made it positively difficult to figure out when the trustees would be in town. There was no reason for such secrecy. (There are generally four meetings a year, almost always in October, January, April and June. One of the meetings sometimes occurs off-campus, but I don’t think (comments welcome!) that this is common.)

3) Kudos for listing trustee emeriti. Historians of Williams thank you for this information! I especially liked learning about the exact dates of service for Board Chairs:

Preston S. Parish ’41 (April 1966 – June 1988; Chair of Board 1982-1988)
Peter S. Willmott ’59 (October 1983 – June 1998; Chair of Board 1988-1998)
Raymond F. Henze III ’74 (July 1987 – June 2002; Chair of Board 1998-2002)
Robert I. Lipp ’60 (July 1999 – June 2008; Chair of Board 2002-2008)
Gregory M. Avis ’80 (July 2002 – June 2014; Chair of Board 2008-2014)

There is a great senior thesis to be written about these men, and the decisions they made which helped to shape the Williams of today. For example, I have heard interesting rumors of the role that Ray Henze played in bringing Hank Payne to Williams . . .

4) I hope that the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni — the main mechanism by which most alumni can try to influence Williams policy — follows the Trustees’ lead and increases their own transparency. When are their meetings, for example?

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resources this week

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you well. Last week I wrote to remind you about resources that might be helpful to you during this last big push through finals period. A few folks have asked me to provide more information.

If you or someone you care about needs a helping hand this week, please encourage them to reach out to the Dean’s Office, the Davis Center, the Health Center, the Office of Student Life, or the Chaplain’s office.

For the rest of this week, the Dean’s Office, Psychological Services, and the Chaplains office are available for daily walk-in support.

The Chaplains office will be open for the remainder of this week from 7:30-9:30 pm if you’d like to spend some time with a chaplain. You are also welcome to drop by or call for an appointment during regular office hours.

Psychological Services is available for same day appointments for the rest of this week; give them a call at x 2353

The Dean’s Office has walk-in hours for the rest of this week from 12:30-2:30. You are also welcome to call for an appointment if those times don’t work for you.

Best wishes for a wonderful wrap up to the semester.

All best wishes,
Dean Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College
Phone: (413) 597-4261
Fax: (413) 597-3507

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Invitation to Baccalaureate

Dear Seniors,

As you rack up more and more “last time at Williams” experiences, please accept my heartfelt congratulations and good wishes for all that lies ahead in these next couple of weeks. And, as you make plans for the final hours of your undergraduate career, I want to extend an invitation to attend your Baccalaureate service in Chapin Hall on the day before Commencement – Saturday, June 3 at 5 p.m.

Each year lots of students ask what Baccalaureate is; of all the pieces of Commencement weekend tradition, it seems to be the least familiar. It’s a quieter, more reflective occasion than Commencement itself. I would say that gratitude is really the hallmark of the occasion: it’s a time to steep yourself in what this place, these years, these people have meant to you or made possible for you. If the Commencement ceremony is a time to celebrate the accomplishment of it all, then maybe Saturday afternoon’s “pre-ceremony” can be a time, just before you have your degree in hand at last, to ponder the meaning of it all, for one last time together.

By tradition Baccalaureate is steeped in spirituality – but not in any narrow sectarian sense. Our service will be broadly reflective of the diversity of your class, and of the depth of your reflection about the meaning and purpose of your education and your life. For some of you, an event that brings together many different forms of spirituality may be quite unfamiliar: it’s still a pretty rare thing in this world for people of different religions and no religion to sit respectfully and joyfully side by side at an occasion of prayerful reflection. That makes the fact that we do it here that much more significant.

The speakers at Baccalaureate tend to be at least as good as the speakers at Commencement. This year’s Baccalaureate address will be given by a former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins – whose wry and insightful poems I commend to you in suggesting that we’re in for a fine speech. President Falk will also offer you his parting reflections, which are always heartfelt and eloquent. The readings, music and prayers from many traditions will be given by your classmates – sealed with two great pieces of choral music sung by the Baccalaureate Choir (in which some of you are singing – thanks!) conducted by Nathan Leach and Jordan LaMothe. So your class’s fingerprints are all over everything – as well they might be, given who you all are. I hope Baccalaureate will add perhaps a little depth to all the breadth and height of your celebrations on the final weekend of your undergraduate career.

I hope you’ll be with us at Baccalaureate. I will always consider it an honor and a great joy to have been here with you – to have overlapped with you in this time and place. It’s already hard to imagine Williams without you. May these final weeks of final accomplishments and joyful spring be a time of wide blessing and deep satisfaction for you and all your friends and family.

Faithfully,

Rick Spalding,
Chaplain to the College

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as the semester wraps up….

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you well. As the semester draws to a close and we enter reading period and final exams, I wanted to remind you all to take good care of yourselves. In between your studying and writing, be sure to eat well, get as much rest as is feasible, and treat yourself with kindness….you deserve it.

Please remember that our campus offers numerous resources that might be helpful to you if you are experiencing significant stress and anxiety, or feel overwhelmed. Feel free to reach out to the Dean’s office, the Chaplain’s office, Health Services, the Davis Center, the Office of Student Life, and Academic Resources. You don’t need to have a specific question or concern…..just a desire to connect and find support. And if you are aware that a friend or classmate is struggling, please help them find their way to us.

All best wishes,

Dean Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College
Phone: (413) 597-4261
Fax: (413) 597-3507

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Your life at Williams––in an imaginary photograph

Fellow seniors:

Thank you for electing me as your class speaker. I’m deeply honored by this opportunity.

This speech is as much mine as it is yours. It’s called a class speech because it’s for all of us, from all of us. For that reason, I want to invite you to ponder a question, and, if you’re so inclined, share your answer with me:

Let’s imagine I’m putting together a slideshow, and I want an image from every senior. I want each person’s photograph to represent his or her life at Williams—the regular, ordinary, day in day out life you spend most of your time living. What would your photograph be? Describe this scene.

If you need inspiration, some responses I’ve gotten include: walking through the library quad on my way to class with my backpack on and waving to a passerby; sitting in Goodrich talking to friends and drinking coffee; and sending an email while sitting at a high-top table in Sawyer with a reading packet open. (This last one is mine.)

Any reflections are welcome (on this question, or anything else), and if you want to speak more about your image, I’d be happy to meet in person or get in touch via email.

Thank you, once again, for the honor of speaking at Commencement. And thank you for pondering this question. I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy the last week of classes and all that Williams has to offer.

Yours in a love of the Purple Valley,
Jeffrey

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New report on Campus Space and Institutional History

To the Williams community,

I’m pleased to announce that the final report from the Committee on Campus Space and Institutional History (CSIH) is available on the president’s office website.

As you may recall, in convening the Committee we wanted to engage the entire community in a consideration of the historical images, monuments and decorations from earlier eras and their implications in a contemporary context. I asked that the Committee offer recommendations on principles that should guide us in such consideration generally, as well as identifying specific images or pieces in particular (starting with the Log mural). With this report the group has ably fulfilled their charge, and their work is now concluded.

The Committee notes that many campuses are confronting similar questions. I think Williams stands out for the thoughtful and inclusive way we approached our effort, especially the intense discussions that the committee’s students led in Goodrich in April 2016. I’m deeply grateful to Committee chair Karen Merrill, Frederick Rudolph ’42 Class of 1965 Professor of American Culture, and all the faculty, staff, students and alumni who served on the group or advised its work. You’ve moved Williams an important step forward.

The report sets out broad principles for considering our institutional history. It also explores three examples in detail. Neither the Committee nor I would suggest focusing solely on the three. But I highlight them here and encourage you to read the report because its thoughtful discussion of the examples illustrates just how complex the issues are, and how requiring of care any decisions about them need to be.

Faculty House: Originally a club reserved almost exclusively for faculty, today the Faculty House has evolved into a space for faculty, students, alumni and staff. But its decor hasn’t evolved meaningfully. This fall we’ll convene an ad hoc working group, drawn from the constituencies that use the Faculty House most, to consider whether and how the decor could be updated to reflect the diverse community that uses it today.

The Herman Rosse painting in the ‘62 Center: The ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance is home to two important academic departments, whose faculty, staff and students spend time in the building every day. We’ll confer with these people, as the building’s primary occupants, about their preferences regarding decoration broadly, including this painting, about some in our community have expressed concern for its portrayals of women and African Americans, and also for its overall quality. We may also consult others who use the building significantly.

Haystack: The Haystack Monument presents a different sort of opportunity. As the Committee observes in their report, the monument commemorates an event in the summer of 1806 that helped launch the American foreign missions movement. The site is visited and appreciated by people from around the world, most of whom have no connection to Williams. We want to respect their interest while recognizing that other groups experience or view the marker very differently. We will not remove the Monument. But as an academic and inclusive community we need to make its variety of meanings visible for consideration and discussion. We’ll develop a process for that work in the fall.

There’s much more to the report, and I urge you to read it for yourself and consider especially the general principles it elucidates. While the report will be housed on the president’s web page for now, we’ll soon create a permanent location on williams.edu for the Committee’s work and other, related information, to foster continued discussion about the college’s history.

This is an important and complicated endeavor. It has at its heart the very question of the community we aspire to be. We’ll never seek to erase Williams’ history, nor to rewrite it. But we must continue to evolve as a community, and that evolution has to include the voices and perspectives of all those whom we’ve invited here as full members. I’m lifted by the extraordinary efforts of the Committee and the thoughtful participation of our entire campus.

As the Committee notes in the conclusion of their report,

We do believe that Williams can negotiate change without effacing the past; that it has done so at other times in its history and grown as an institution; and that it most successfully negotiates change through processes that encourage the diffusion of information, community-wide reflection and discussion, and a clear understanding of how decisions are made at the college.

I encourage you all to help us advance this project, and I look forward to our next steps together in the fall.

Sincerely,

Adam Falk
President

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2nd Annual Chopped! Event

Dear Williams,

​This Sunday, the Office of Student Life is partnering with Dining Services for ​the 2nd Annual Chopped! event​.​ ​This ​cooking competition is based on the​ popular Food Network show Chopped!​ Like the show, there will be three rounds: appetizer, main course, and dessert.​​ The top three teams will all be awarded prizes!​

The event will take place in Baxter Hall​ on ​​Sunday​ (May ​7​th) from ​330-​6​PM. No cooking experience is necessary to participate.​ You can sign-up as part of a team or by yourself. If you sign up by yourself, you will be placed on a team for the event.

Best,
Andrew Lyness ’17
OSL Event Programming Intern​

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ACE Presents: Williams Week

Hey Ephs!

As the end of the year approaches and the weather gets warmer, ACE wants to celebrate with our annual Williams Week celebration! This year, Williams Week will run the first week of May (May 1st-7th), Take a look at our schedule!

Monday: 8 – 10 PM SPA NIGHT – Upstairs Paresky
Join ACE for a free night of pampering featuring massages, manicures, and hairstyling.

Tuesday: 9 PM HYPNOTIST – Baxter Hall (Pareksy)
Watch a world class hypnotist perform his magic on some of Williams’ own. Free pizza will be provided.

Wednesday: 8 -10 PM STRESSBUSTERS: TASTE of SPRING STREET – Goodrich
Join us for all your Williams favorites. This event will include food from Blue Mango, Spice Root, Spring Street Market, and even Dunkin’ Donuts. Not to mention a Goodrich tab for the entire event and a raffle.

Thursday:
7 PM -12 AM SCREEN ON THE GREEN: MOANA and INSIDE OUT – Paresky Lawn (with a rain location of Towne Field House)
Spend Thursday night under the stars with a double feature of Moana and Inside Out. Cookies and other desserts will be provided.

Friday: 11:30 AM FREE SMOOTHIE DAY – Nature’s Closet
First 100 smoothies are free at the Nature’s Closet smoothie bar.
4:30 – 7 PM NLT PRESENTS : WIT and GRIT
Meet at Paresky front steps
Limited to 200 participants. Come test your wits and your grit on this full campus physical and mental obstacle course.

Saturday: 11:30 – 3:30 PM WILLIAMS DAY CARNIVAL – Paresky Lawn (with a rain location of Paresky)
Booths will be serving free:Smoothies, Soft Pretzels, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Fried Dough, Italian Ice, Henna tattoo artist, Airbrush Tattoos, Caricature artist, Palm Reader. But if that’s not enough to entice you maybe a bouncy house and an obstacle course will make the difference. Finally, the dining halls will be closed as Dining Services serve a barbecue on Paresky Lawn for the first two hours.

Sunday:
3 – 6 PM OSL PRESENTS: CHOPPED: WILLIAMS EDITION
Baxter Hall
To round out Williams week OSL will be hosting their annual Chopped cooking competition.

Best,

Lauren Martin and Lucy Putnam, Co-Presidents
Mary Kate Guma and Lexi Gudaitis, General Entertainment
Apshara Ravichandran and Anna Ringuette, Traditions
James Rasmussen and Yvonne Cui, Stressbusters
Elizabeth Sullivan and Madison Feeney, Concerts
Chandler Pearson, Secretary
Hussain Ul Fareed, Treasurer
Izzy Ahn and Ariana Romeo, Marketing

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Congratulations Williams Class of 2017!

Seniors,

The Williams Career Center could not be more proud of your graduation success! Yes, there is life after Williams and it carries the exceptional opportunity ​for​ further personal and professional development​.  In addition to our heartfelt congratulations, we want you to know that we are open and here for you whenever you need us.  As Williams graduates, you retain ​the ​amazing support ​of ​and access to the entire Eph network  for making connections within the alumni community.  Our friendly advisors are happy to speak with you over the summer as well. ​You can edit​ your​ resume or cover letter, practice your interviews on InterviewStream, check out the new jobs in Route 2, or just let us know what you are up to.

Again, congratulations Class of 2017 and best wishes as you spread your wings far beyond Williams.  Remember to come back and see us.  We are always on the lookout for “How’d You Get There?” alumni speakers, Career Trek hosts, and internship and job leads for the next generation of students.

​Here’s to your bright future from your friends at the Williams Career Center:

Dawn Dellea
Barbara Fuller
Don Kjelleren
Kristen McCormack
Robin Meyer
Linda Moran
Mike O’Connor
Dawn Schoorlemmer
Michelle Shaw
Leigh Sylvia

Williams College
Career Center​
1(413)597-231
wcc@williams.edu

 

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Apply for Student-Faculty Committees

College Council solicits self-nominations for student-faculty committees every Spring. These committees consist of faculty, staff, administrators, and students, and play in integral role in determining campus policies and directing change at Williams. All students are encouraged to apply regardless of extra-curricular commitments or prior experience and knowledge of the committee’s policy area. Students may apply to as many as they wish of the following:
College Council Committees:
    • Finance Committee
    • Mental Health Committee
    • Entertainment Co-Sponsorship Committee
    • Great Ideas Committee
Community Life Committees:
    • Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC)
    • Williams Reads (CDC Subcommittee)
    • Grievance Committee
    • Campus Environment Advisory Committee (CEAC)
    • College and Community Advisory Committee
    • Committee on Undergraduate Life (CUL)
    • Claiming Williams Steering Committee
    • Bookstore Committee
Academic Life Committees:
    • Committee on Educational Affairs (CEA)
    • Calendar and Scheduling Committee
    • Lecture Committee
    • Winter Study Committee
Campus Services Committees:
    • Dining Services Committee
    • Career Center Committee
    • Information Technology Committee (ITC)
    • Facilities Director Committee
    • Library Committee
    • Campus Safety and Security Advisory Committee
    • ’62 Center CenterSeries Programming Committee
    • Advisory Committee on College Communications (ACC)
Other Committees:
    • Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR)
    • Lyceum Dinner Coordinators
    • Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR)
Best of luck heading into finals!
Web Farabow & Allegra Simon, ’18
Co-Presidents
Williams College Council
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The Alumni Fund needs YOU!

Hello Seniors!
 
Thank you to all of you who have already made your class gift! We’re getting closer to our goal every day.  The class of 2012 had 80% participation their senior year, so let’s blow them out of the water.  
 
This is a reminder that if there is any person, place, or thing that has supported you in your time at Williams that you would like to thank, you can do so by making a dedication alongside your gift, which will appear in the Ivy Exercises Program during graduation weekend.  The Ivy Exercises deadline is May 12.  If you have already made a gift and would like to add a dedication for the Ivy Exercises program, please email shc1@williams.edu with your name and dedication.
 
With the May 12 deadline in mind, we are setting a goal of 130 donors by May 12.   No gift is too small so come out for your class and help us have the highest participation ever!  If we reach this goal, the Alumni Fund will sponsor an Ice Cream Social during Senior week for us! Speaking of Senior Week, did you know that the whole week is free because of gracious Alumni Fund donors who came before us? Thank you Alumni Fund!
 
Make your gift here – Give2.williams.edu (it’s mobile friendly!)
Thank you in advance!
’17 Class Agent Team
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Thriving at Williams: Thursday, 11:30 am – 2 pm, Paresky

Hello Williams,

We invite you to join us Thursday during lunchtime in Paresky for an event about self-care and thriving at Williams. It will be an opportunity to learn about mental health resources and provide input about how to improve these resources.

The Gargoyle Society and Mental Health Committee have partnered with multiple departments (Psych Services, the Chaplains Office, the Athletics Department, and the Alumni Office) and student groups (College Council, Peer Health) to co-create this event to understand and promote student wellbeing. The event includes a workshop series based on the four aspects of the College’s model of thriving: heart, mind, body, and spirit. The event will be comprised of activities, small group discussions, and giveaways that are meant to help us develop unique self-care practices.

We invite you to come be a part of this important event to learn more about how this model of thriving can improve our wellbeing on campus, and we also invite you to provide meaningful input to all the groups involved about what students need in order to thrive.

And, there will be t-shirts for the first 125 students to participate!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Best,
The Gargoyle Society and Mental Health Committee

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All Gender Restrooms

There is quite a backlog of posts to go through…

Recently, without any announcement or notice from the administration, I woke up to this sign beside the door of one of the restrooms in my dorm:

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Notably, these signs were not put up across all restrooms/bathrooms on campus. The installment seems arbitrary at best. The two bathrooms on my floor have always been used by “anyone… regardless of gender identity or expression” (and no one on my floor/in my dorm has ever complained about it), but they are not embellished with these shiny new signs.

Well, in any case, now that these are up, I cannot help but wonder what motivated these new signs. Obviously, these are for the LGBTQ students on campus. What do they think? Quote from a friend and current Eph ’18 who identifies as trans:

I have used the same bathrooms on campus for three years, and no one has ever socked me in the face for it. This just seems like much ado about nothing. I mean, really, using a bathroom is not complicated… You go in, you do your business, you get out.

But this is just the experience of one trans Eph. Have other LGBTQ students at Williams experienced discrimination when they shower in their dorms or use a restroom? I haven’t heard of any (nor has my friend), but it is certainly possible that my friend group on campus is limited. As always, informed commentary is wanted!

Regardless, since the administration has already taken the time, effort, and endowment money to install these signs, the least they can do is clarify their (new?) bathroom policy. Assuming that no LGBTQ student has been “socked … in the face” for using the bathrooms on campus as they were, the skeptic in me (and my trans friend) might conclude that this is, at best, yet another example of wasteful virtue signalling, or at worst, yet another example of the administration’s unilateral effort to ram their social agenda down the throats of the Williams community. But maybe that is too much! I should be thankful, right? Besides, without the enlightened (expensive?) guidance of the Dean’s Office/Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity/Gender and Sexuality Resource Center/Davis Center, how on earth would an adult oblivious Williams dimwit undergraduate like me ever know which bathrooms to use?

What do readers think?

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The Simpsons on SJWs

Apologies for the temporary absence – the semester does get busy this time of year! Before we return to our regular programming, check out this chunk of a Simpsons episode. It’s hilarious!

Granted, this Simpsons bit is about Yale, but it echoes eerily familiar sentiments here in the Purple Valley…

Funny (relevant) quote:

But we also need to hire more deans to decide which Halloween costumes are appropriate. Eight deans should do it.

Remember the Taco Six? My sides are aching! Then again, in Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom’s words, I wouldn’t want to “impinge on the fun of others“…

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Commencement 4-June-2017 Information

Greetings to Graduating Seniors –
Commencement is fast approaching. We look forward to helping you celebrate your Williams graduation with your classmates and your families. This is the first of several communications I will send to you about Commencement Weekend. Please read through the end for important information about tickets and caps and gowns.

Below is a summary of major events on June 3 and 4. Please mark your calendar and share with your family and friends.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Ivy Exercises. Seniors assemble in the First-Year Quad at 12:50 p.m., the ceremony begins at 1:10 p.m. on the Library Quadrangle.
Refreshments on Chapin Lawn, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
A Conversation with Honorary Degree Recipients Gina McCarthy and Gavin A. Schmidt, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. MainStage, ’62 CTD
Baccalaureate. Seniors assemble in front of the Faculty House at 4:30 p.m., the ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4

Commencement. Seniors assemble in the First-Year Quad at 9:00 a.m., the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on the Library Quadrangle.
President’s Reception: a picnic lunch on Chapin Lawn, immediately following Commencement (~12:15 p.m.)

Seniors process into Ivy Exercises, Baccalaureate, and Commencement in their caps and gowns. The Class Artist, Amalie Dougish, carries the class banner at the front of each procession.
Ivy Exercises is an informal celebration of the Class and its achievements. The Class Officers organize it and preside. Class Gardener Brett Bidstrup plants the ivy, Class Poet Ariel Chu presents a poem, Class Historian Nico MacDougall speaks, Class Musician Scott Daniel performs, Dean Marlene Sandstrom awards over 100 prizes, Class Bell Ringer Nathaniel Vilas rings the bells, and two Class Officers drop a watch from the tower of Thompson Chapel.
Baccalaureate is the interdenominational service held Saturday afternoon. Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-20013, delivers the Baccalaureate Address.
Commencement on Sunday morning begins with an academic procession across campus and culminates with awarding your degrees. Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, delivers the Commencement Address.

TICKETS
All of the official events of Commencement Weekend are free of charge and most do not require tickets. In particular, tickets are not required for Ivy Exercises, outdoor Commencement, the Conversation, or the President’s Reception.
Tickets for indoor Commencement: Weather permitting, Commencement is held outdoors on the Library Quadrangle (facing Stetson Hall) and no tickets are required. The ceremony is also simulcast into Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall and live stream for friends and family who cannot attend. In case of heavy rain, the ceremony is held in the Lansing-Chapman Ice Rink. When picking up a cap and gown, each senior receives three guest tickets for the ice rink. Additional seating is available in Chandler Gymnasium where the ceremony is broadcast on a large screen. Tickets are not required for seating in Chandler. We favor an outdoor ceremony even under threatening skies and/or light rain.
Tickets for Baccalaureate: Members of the senior class do not need tickets to attend this event. Due to the limited seating capacity of Chapin Hall, we are unable to seat all of your guests in Chapin. Each senior may request one guest ticket online as described below. We simulcast the Baccalaureate ceremony into Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall and the MainStage at the ’62 CTD. No tickets are necessary for these venues. Baccalaureate is also live streamed.
Request tickets online until May 19. Starting now, seniors may request Baccalaureate tickets at the following webpage: https://webapps.williams.edu/admin-forms/ephpubevent/
Be sure to complete the entire process, including responding to an email within 15 minutes to confirm your request. There is no need to reserve indoor Commencement tickets. All tickets will be distributed when seniors pick up their caps and gowns.

CAPS AND GOWNS
The college supplies caps and gowns free of charge to all graduating seniors. If you attended Fall Convocation and returned your cap and gown, we have them for you. If you did not attend Fall Convocation, we will measure you for a cap and gown. You may pick up caps and gowns and tickets in the Paresky Center Baxter Great Hall at the following times:
Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Resource Fair (only for seniors who were measured in the fall at Convocation)
Thursday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 8:45 a.m. Last minute pickup!

I will email you with more information in May.

For more information about Commencement, please see our web site:

commencement.williams.edu/

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Greene (Carrie.Greene@williams.edu) or me.

Cheers,
Jay Thoman, College Marshal
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* John W Thoman Jr.
* College Marshal
* J Hodge Markgraf Professor of Chemistry
* Department of Chemistry, Williams College
* 47 Lab Campus Drive
* Williamstown, MA 01267

* email: jthoman@williams.edu
* Direct phone: (413)597-2280
* Office of the College Marshal phone: (413)597-2347
* http://commencement.williams.edu/
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This Friday is the deadline for designated a course as P/F or withdrawing from a course

Dear Students,

I hope you are well as we make our way towards the end of term.  I’m writing today to remind you that this Friday, 4/28, is the last day for you to withdraw from a course and also the last day to switch a course to the pass-fail option (if the course allows that option.)

Pass-Fail

You may take up to three courses on a pass/fail basis over your four years, with no more than one course in a given semester. These courses do count towards the thirty-two required for graduation.  (There are some limitations to be aware of. Faculty may designate their course as ineligible for pass-fail, pass-fail courses can’t count towards distribution requirements, and classes towards the major need to be taken for a grade, with the exception of the first course in the major.) More information about the pass-fail option is available here.

Click here to find the online form for designating a course as pass-fail. Be sure to submit the electronic form before the 4:30 pm deadline. Please note that if you are a first year student, you must print out the form and have it signed by a dean prior to the 4:30 deadline.  

Withdrawals

At Williams, course withdrawals are limited to a total of two over your four years of study. Withdrawals are permitted only with permission of your professor as well as a dean, and require you to make up the “course deficiency” quite promptly.  You can learn more about the withdrawal policy here.  If you would like to withdraw from a course, please be sure to speak with your professor first, and then set up a meeting with a dean prior to the deadline of this Friday at 4:30 pm.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean’s Office early this week if you have any questions about the process of withdrawing from a course or designating a course as pass-fail.  You can call the office at 597-4171 to make an appointment, or stop in during walk-in hours (click here for hours), and the deans will be happy to help you.

 

All best wishes,

Dean Sandstrom

 

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Fall 2017 Pre-Registration opens Monday! It’s almost time to explore courses!

Greetings, Ephs!

Spring is coming to the Berkshires, and this means that Fall 2017 pre-registration is just around the corner! On Monday, we begin thinking about all the fall semester has to offer. (Sorry, seniors––though post-grad life has its own excitement in store!)

It’s time to make the most of Your 32.

With a recently re-designed course catalog, you can explore all that the Williams curriculum has to offer across divisions and departments.

A Course Catalog Tip: You can use the “Keyword Search” box to pull up courses from across divisions that mention a particular word anywhere in their title or description. Search for whatever you might be interested in, from “food” to “climate” to “storytelling” to anything in between! Or just click around and see what grabs your attention!

As you’re choosing courses for the spring, you may want to consider:

1. Taking a class in every division. This help you complete your divisional requirements, and it will encourage you to have a diverse schedule!

2. Taking a class in a discipline you have never studied before. There are so many departments at Williams, and all of them are incredible! Try something new––perhaps you’ll fall in love with geosciences, or theater, or sociology, or any other discipline.

3. Taking a class that uses different teaching methods. Never taken a tutorial before? What about a course with an experiential component? Always wanted to try a lab course? This spring could be your semester to take a course in a totally different format!

Your 32 courses are an incredible opportunity to explore interests, challenge yourself, and learn about incredible topics. Take a risk. Try something new.

And, email professors to learn more about their courses! There is even a handy guide to help you write these sometimes-daunting emails.

Many of your professors and classmates have been changed by one course they took outside of their comfort zone. They made the most of their 32! You can hear their stories in this short video.

These are Your 32.

They are Your Chance to Explore.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you!

Yours in a love of course exploration (and springtime),

Jeffrey Rubel ‘17 and Chetan Patel ’18

Committee on Educational Affairs and College Council

PS – Thanks for all the #Your32 love! Keep it strong!

If you have any interest in joining the campaign, let us know.

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General Housing Lottery Online Registration Now Open

It’s time to register for the General Housing Lottery for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Questions? Be sure to read through all of the linked information here first. If your question isn’t answered there, contact Gail Rondeau Hebert.
Good luck to you all!
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Last Lyceum of the year on Wed, 4/26/17

Dear fellow Ephs,

It is both happy and sad for me to do this last Lyceum of the year and also my last Lyceum ever. It’s been a pleasure serving as the Lyceum Coordinator these past 2 years; thank you for all your eager signups and pleasant company.

If you would like to become the next Lyceum Coordinator, please fill out the CC committees application (choose Lyceum Coordinator under “committee selection”)

(10/10 would recommend if you are invested in: building student-faculty/student-staff relations, food, dining, communications, logistics, and event planning! Direct any questions to Minwei at mc11. Deadline is next Friday, 4/28!! )

Ok keep reading for actual Lyceum details…

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Have you been waiting to get to know a cool professor or staff over Lyceum Dinner all year? Now is your last chance until October (or if you are a senior, this is your last chance ever)!!

The Nutting Family cordially invites you to ask a professor or staff member (administration, chaplains, health services, Davis Center, campus life, CSS, facilities, dining services, etc.) to a partially subsidized, three-course meal at the Faculty Club for this special dinner. This Lyceum Dinner will be held at the Faculty House at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.

Due to popular demand and to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, this dinner will be flexible in terms of how many people can be in each party. 1, 2, 3… up to 7 students may invite any ONE member of the faculty or staff to dinner. (We are trying this out still so things may revert in the future.)

Another important clarification: if selected to attend Lyceum, it WILL take away your meal swipe for dinner on 4/26/2017. If you are a senior and not on a meal plan, don’t worry you can still attend! Just clarify on the form that you don’t have a meal plan and the Nutting Fund will also cover your meal!

Spaces are given on a first-come, first-served basis, with preferences given to:
1) those with parties of 4 (3 students and 1 faculty/staff)
2) those who have not yet attended a Lyceum dinner, especially seniors!!!
The entrée options for this dinner are:

-Seared Steaks with Red Wine, Mushrooms, and Onions
-Baked Tilapia with Sun-dried Tomato Parmesan Crust
-Portobello Wellington

As always, forward a confirmation email from your guest; your registration will not be considered until we receive the guest’s confirmation email.
The online registration form will close as soon as all spaces have been filled. If you have any questions, please email WilliamsLyceum@gmail.com


Cordially,

Minwei

Lyceum Coordinator

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Bias Incident Response Task Force Report

Before it disappears in a fit of historical memory-holing, let’s archive portions of the Bias Incident Response Task Force Report from October 2012:

On November 11, 2011, the words “All Niggers Must Die” were written on a wall on the fourth floor of Prospect Hall. This hate crime caused a large number of our Black community members to feel targeted and unsafe and, overall, placed extraordinary stress on the fabric of the campus. A variety of associated issues and concerns were exposed in subsequent open mic events, campus conversations, and related gatherings. Among the concerns that were raised by many members of the campus community were pointed criticisms of the administration’s initial response to, and early communications about, the crime.

President Falk commissioned the Bias Incident Response Task Force (BIRTF) as the central component of a detailed debriefing of both the initial incident response and related protocols.

This was written almost a year after the event, by which time it was obvious that the entire incident was a “hate hoax.” This graffiti was written by student of color Jess Torres ’12.

Perhaps most important, we affirmed the need to ensure that we’re providing immediate, meaningful, and effective support to the most affected parties, after which we should expand our support to individuals and groups as we track the impact of the incident across campus and over time. This includes the establishment of physical and virtual safe spaces for post-event processing and dialogue, as well as additional components of an institutional infrastructure of counseling and support.

The best “support” that Williams could provide is to tell people that this was a hoax, that minority students have nothing to fear from white racists wondering the hallways of Prospect.

If the Record were a better paper, it would revisit this topic next fall, call up the members of this task force and ask them some hard questions.

The “Culture of Silence”

Perhaps the most frustrating – and enabling – campus condition is what students and others have termed the “culture of silence.” In fact, the name of the student organization that developed in response to the Prospect hate crime is Students Against Silence. While we recognized the highly complex nature of this phenomenon, our conversations focused on a couple of related questions:

What prevents students, faculty, and staff from taking advantage of the reporting websites and formal support structures that exist? If people want to talk about their experiences and concerns, are there unknown barriers to using existing channels more frequently and consistently?
What is it about our campus culture that allows students to believe they can behave like this? Once they leave here for graduate school or the workplace, their behavior changes, by and large, because they know this isn’t acceptable anywhere else. Why does it feel acceptable to them here?

The students on the Task Force explained that this is such a small, interconnected place that if you do something that leads to a falling-out with your team or your close circle of friends, you have few places left to turn. The prevailing social pressure – particularly on women – is not to make waves, not to “make life harder than it needs to be.” There was a strong perception that more people would report acts of discrimination, harassment, and assault if the social backlash to reporting weren’t so strong.

This perception that Williams’ size and distinctive social interconnectedness – typically considered to be positive features – work against us in this way resonates with our perceptions of why staff and faculty also hesitate to report the incidents of discrimination that they deal with.

Or, just maybe, there are fewer instances of actual discrimination at Williams than there are almost anyplace else in the world.

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Senior Week 2017 – Save The Date!

Seniors,

Can you believe how quickly the time has gone? Just one final push– you’ve got this! In anticipation of our graduation weekend, we just wanted to inform you of the dates for Senior Week hosted on campus. For planning purposes, the week will start on Tuesday, May 30th, the first event being at 10 p.m. and runs through Friday, June 2nd, with the final event being Last Chance Dance.

We have plenty of fun events planned for those days before our graduation weekend, including brunches, barbecues, and the lovely dinner at Mount Hope. We will be in contact with you about specifics on all that will take place, but until then, we’ll see you on campus for the festivities starting May 30th.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of the semester!

Best,
Maria, Michelle, Rika, Andrew, Scott
’17 Class Officers

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