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Miller and others advocate for opening local schools

Full story here.

Some Key Excerpts:

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the Mount Greylock School Committee’s Education Subcommittee on Tuesday repeatedly pressed the district’s interim superintendent to develop benchmarks that could be met in order to allow a return to full in-person instruction…

Several times during a more than two-hour virtual meeting, Steven Miller reiterated his contention that the Lanesborough-Williamstown district is uniquely situated to move to full, in-person instruction…

“We are at the point where we are having very few infections found daily in Berkshire County,” Miller said. “We are in a rural area. This is the time to act on something like this, to get our kids back to school. I would like to see every kid back at least two days a week. For the elementary schools, I would like to see them back five days a week as soon as we can.”
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We are major advocates of in-person, obviously,” said John Skavlem, a former member of the defunct Williamstown Elementary School Committee who joined the meeting alongside his wife…
“Adolescence is hard enough without having all of these ramifications of the pandemic on top of it. As … others in the community have expressed their concern about the amount of mental and social consequences — mental health, depression, things like suicidality — I didn’t know that was a word until [recently] — that they’re hearing in our community is really, really concerning. That’s before I go into things like kids with idle time and drug and alcohol abuse at that age.
“These are really significant consequences. Those are lifetime consequences.”

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Later, Hammann pointed out that while Berkshire County currently is in a good position with respect to COVID-19 diagnoses, that could change “with the influx of tourists.” Williamstown Elementary School teacher Maureen Andersen pointed out that Williams College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts both will see the return of students at the end of the month.
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How can local government advocate for keeping school children home indefinitely while at the same time accept risk for the return of Williams? That makes no practical sense.  There is no such thing as zero risk in life.
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Accepting risk for education of the affluent while banishing poor rural children to ignorance is an ugly position.
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Without benchmarks, what is the policy? Miller is correct to pressure his peers and others to come up with specifics.
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Students will party

In my last post, “not that hard” brought up the point that the sixteen hundred students who return to Williamstown will be in a highly controlled environment. That the rules will be one of the means of less risk of contagion.

Kids will be 19. Testing and the ability to quarantine will mitigate risk, but rules that limit social distancing will not stop young adults from mixing. Students will party.

Bet on it.

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Remote Learning for WES and Mount Greylock?

In a surprising development, the local school district is recommending remote learning for the start of the coming year.

From iBerkshires:

On Wednesday evening, (Superintendent) Robert Putnam explained to the School Committee why on Friday he will submit to state authorities plans that see children from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade start the school year with a hybrid instruction model while the three upper grades at the high school remain fully remote.

I stated previously that this was a tough call. I favored at least partial attendance of all students with some remote learning. I also stated that I will support whatever decision is made. So, we will get in the boat and row.

But …

How does this happen in Williamstown with Williams mostly returning? If the concern locally is grave enough to keep students completely out of school for safety reasons, how can the town support the return of Williams’ global community?

Yes, Williams has gobs of cash to address mitigation, but let’s be real. The return of Williams carries at least the same if not greater risk than the return to local grade school. It is one of the bigger risks in the county. It does not make any sense to have Williams return if the risk assessment mandates remote learning for local grade school children.

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Stop the Sophistry

What??? writes:

oxEph – Stop the sophistry, it’s transparent. I’m sure you’re smart enough to know that the “state of public safety” in any particular area is determined almost entirely by the behavior of the citizenry. I live in NYC. Last year black people committed 182 murders here. White people committed 8. “Systems of policing” don’t begin to explain such an appalling disparity. Armed robberies? About 15,000 committed by black people, fewer than 1,000 committed by whites. NYC is 1/3 white and 1/4 black.

You are correct that the current state of affairs is both heartbreaking and unacceptable, but I’m not convinced that actually addressing the problem is your first priority. The first step in managing a problem is acknowledging it – with honesty. You refuse to do that. In this case, given the stakes, that’s quite appalling.

OxEph notes:

You’re correct that disparate outcomes don’t necessarily indicate the existence of structural/systemic racism. There may be other explanations. The question really is: how persuasive are the alternative explanations (not very) and how much non-empirical evidence is there for structural racism (lots). It might be a logical fallacy to rest one’s argument for structural racism solely on the existence of differential outcomes, but it’s no stronger of a position to dismiss those differential outcomes outright. In academic field after academic field, experts have evaluated these sorts of questions in great detail and concluded that structural racism provides the best explanation for a wide range of differential outcomes. You might think that you’re smarter than public health experts and legal experts and sociology experts (and on and on). I, for one, don’t.

I may have this thread out of order and OxEph may not be arguing with What??? My point is that these two positions are worth exploring in depth. So, let’s explore them!

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An Eph Impacted my Life…

I used some of my recent rash of free time to catch up on my reading of “The Williams Magazine.” I came across the “At a Glance” feature that offered this prompt: An Unexpected way an Eph impacted my life as an alum is…

I would complete it the following way: My first job after Williams was as a kindergarten assistant teacher. The lead teacher was an amazing teacher; to this day she is the best teacher I have ever seen in a classroom. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn what it was like to be a teacher by being alongside such a pro. The added advantage was that I didn’t have to handle any of the classroom management. I spent most of the year being the “fun” teacher, which I excelled at. However, when the the lead teacher took a week off for her wedding, I was in charge . . .  and things did not go well.

About a month later, I was talking to an Eph who had held my job the previous year. She offered the following advice, “Do not be afraid to tell the kids, “No” – they will still like you.” This simple but very true advice was the most important lesson I learned during my first year of teaching. It seems strange to say but this small interaction was a major step in my professional growth.

How would you complete: An Unexpected way an Eph impacted my life as an alum is…

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Say It Ain’t So!

Regardless of what the future holds, DDF’s post on Monday was a milestone in the life of Ephblog. While I plan a longer post in the future to share my thoughts, I wanted to offer my answer to question 3: Would you like Ephblog to continue? YES!! Ephblog is many things (engaging, thought provoking, informative, enraging – to name just a few) but regardless of how I feel about it on any given day, I will miss it when (if?) it goes away. Thanks to DDF and the many great contributors over the last 20+ years!

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One Thousand Days of EphBlog Remaining

I am writing this post in the hours before the Reunion Parade on June 8, 2019. It appears today. My current plan is to retire from EphBlog 1,000 days from now, January 3, 2023, twenty years exactly after starting this adventure, and about 35 years after this photo was taken.

” . . . knows everything else about the campus . . .”

As true then as it is now?

;-)

1) Would EphBlog go on without me? Probably not. Any volunteers to take over?

2) I reserve the right to revisit this decision.

3) If you would like EphBlog to continue, then let me know below.

Why retire?

1) I have said most of what I wanted to say, solved the puzzles I wanted to solve. Why keep repeating myself?

2) I am tired. Blogging every day is a young Eph’s game!

3) I have other avenues for getting my academic fix. Now that I am college faculty, I want to spend more time on my students, my classes, and my university. That leaves less time for Williams.

4) Williams College, as an institution — and most of the people who run it — dislike EphBlog. Hate is a strong word, but lots of people hate us. Life is too short to be hated.

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Should She Stay or Should She Go?

Over the years there are voices on Ephblog that I have come to respect as thoughtful and reflective. So, as my family (as so many others do, too) tries to navigate this new Coronavirus world, I thought I would try the Ephblog community for some advice.

My daughter attends a major university in the southern California area. Her school has moved academic classes on line for the next 3 weeks. This will include her spring break. However, there has been no talk about closing campus. Luckily, my daughter lives off campus and could stay in town if she chose. The questions we are debating in our house are: Should she come home for spring break? If she does, should she stay home?

A couple of other factors: she has an internship which is currently having interns work remotely. She is a senior and her job search would go much better if she were in town.

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Weekend Links

Useful Twitter thread about the Chad Topaz brouhaha.

From the American Council of Trustees and Alumni: “ACTA President Michael Poliakoff wrote an op-ed in Forbes titled ‘Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?‘ which commented on the erosion of reasoned discourse at the elite liberal arts college. An individual reached out with thoughtful questions about the piece, and agreed to let ACTA anonymously publish their email exchange with Dr. Poliakoff.”

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Warm Wishes – USC Style

Here is the holiday message from the new President at USC.

To be honest, I think it is better than Maud’s. Of course, Williams’ marching band can’t really compete with USC’s. But as ABL says, I think both are “nice.”

Which one do you like better?

BTW – I received the one from Maud, so my guess is every alum got it.

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Easy-To-Handle Slights

The best content on EphBlog is often in our comments:

To paraphrase the original tweet:

People might not be happy on this holiday; therefore, we shouldn’t wish that people be happy on this holiday, lest we make them feel alienated.

This is the kind of thinking that gets dissected in “The Coddling of the American Mind”. It’s good to be thoughtful towards others, sure, but constructing an environment where the goal is to make sure everyone is comfortable at all times leads to laughable recommendations results like this.

But, thinking big-picture, it’s just not a service to students to shield them from the very normal and easy-to-handle slights that they will surely encounter in their day-to-day life outside the college. If a student is traumatized by the suggestion that holidays should be happy, they might want to figure out a coping mechanism. I’m curious how someone who is bothered by holiday well-wishing will handle their first performance review at work.

The college already lets many of these fragile students take reduced course loads, bring animals with them wherever they want, use “extra time” on assessments, and consult with the growing bureaucracy of diversity administrators who exist solely to reinforce their worldview.

Moreover, the college increasingly makes these well-meaning recommendations mandatory (for instance, the compulsory microagression trainings or mandates that student leaders ask for pronouns).

Nobody wants to challenge something that, on its own, seems trivial and intended to make others feel more comfortable. But this leads to the orthodoxy developing at Williams that the college’s priority is to make all students feel comfortable, specifically those who complain most loudly.

Exactly right. Hey, Anon! You should write for EphBlog!

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Weekend Links

Wall Street Journal college rankings are probably the most serious competitor to US News.

New York Times article on rising tensions between two groups of African-Americans: those descended from American slaves and those not (mainly immigrants and their children).

Roughly 10 percent of the 40 million black people living in the United States were born abroad, according to the Pew Research Center, up from 3 percent in 1980. African immigrants are more likely to have college degrees than blacks and whites who were born in the United States.

A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Education found that 41 percent of black freshmen at Ivy League colleges were immigrants or the children of immigrants, even though those groups represent 13 percent of the black population in the United States.

What percentage of African-Americans at Williams have no American slaves among their ancestors? Any tensions along this dimension at Williams yet?

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Lt Col Bunge Cooke ’98 brings football film analytics to the Marine Corps.

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EphBlog as a Student

I’m curious about the answer for many of you: Why did you start reading EphBlog? How did you find it, and what has kept you here?

The question is particularly interesting for readers who are students, or who started reading it when they were. I don’t remember many students having heard of EphBlog when I was a student.

I first found EphBlog in my first year, when my first Williams “scandal”/hot issue–The Taco Six, for those who remember it–happened. I was so intrigued with following the development of the issue, and reading everyone’s thoughts on it. Yik Yak was big then, and I loved using it, not to post, but just to read what everyone was thinking, and to see people with different viewpoints talk amongst each other. I didn’t totally know how I felt about the issue myself, but I wanted to hear what people who seemed to feel, very strongly, whatever they felt about the issue, talk about it and express those positions.

Of course, there’s only so much intelligent discussion that can happen on a platform like Yik Yak, but there were a few other places I could go for my fix of opinions. There was Facebook, of course, but as a first year I wasn’t well connected at all to many people who were having those discussions on their own walls. That’s what I liked about Yik Yak more than places like Facebook–it was completely public, based on location, so anyone could read and join without having to be socially connected enough to get to witness the conversation. But either linked somewhere through Facebook, or on Yik Yak, I was able to find a few places that were expressing more long-form opinions of the sort I was interested in.

There was the Williams Alternative, which hosted a good number of pieces about that specific incident and which I don’t believe lasted much longer as a platform. And there was EphBlog, which I think I might have found at yet another remove, linked from a comment or post on the Alternative. My memory is hazy, but in any case, I remember finding myself on EphBlog at some point.

I wasn’t very impressed, to be quite honest. The opinions seemed vitriolic and provocative just for the sake of being provocative, which didn’t really interest me. I also remember opinions being somewhat acerbic towards specific people, calling out students who were writing opinion pieces and whatnot in a way that felt fairly inappropriate for older people to do to current students.

I got the sense, from other platforms, that EphBlog was viewed as kind of reactionary and, to put it mildly, crazy, old alumni who were obsessed with the opinions of 18 year olds. That was the general feeling I got of the student body’s views of EphBlog.

So it was fun, in a way, to look it up every now and then, wondering what sorts of wild opinions were beings spouted over there. It made me angry to read a lot of what was being written, and getting angry in that way is a little bit addictive. Every time there was some new scandal or hot issue on campus, I’d find myself wondering what those wild people over there at EphBlog were saying about it, and I’d read the posts, and they’d make me mad. A lot of the time, there were comments that expressed exactly why things were making me mad, seemingly regular readers who, without fail, would respond to the things I found ridiculous about the posts more clearly than I could. I myself never commented, so that was respectable for me. But then the scandal would pass, and I’d forget about EphBlog again until another few months.

Last year, though, felt like hot issue after hot issue, which is why I found myself on EphBlog more and more. Especially as there felt like fewer platforms to discuss that weren’t my own Facebook feed which really only featured the opinions of people I agreed with on it, I just wanted to read views about what was happening–any views, even if I really disliked them.

An amusing conversation happened near the end of the year, where I was eating dinner with a professor and several other students, and somehow, EphBlog came up. It was something along the lines of the professor saying, there’s some alumni blog that has really conservative and offensive takes on campus events; it was rather funny to be the one at the table who could say exactly what they talked about, what they’d discussed over the years I was there. For one, I was one of the least likely people they would have expected, and two, EphBlog was just so removed from campus life and general student consciousness, that any student being so familiar with it just seemed very, very bizarre to everyone at the table.

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Weekend Links

Democracy Requires Discomfort” by (honorary degree) Eph Michael Bloomberg, including a couple of Williams references.

The strange saga of a Division III golfer who got kicked out of the NCAA” by Dylan Dethier ’14.

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Weekend Links

Wesleyan President Michael Roth writes in the Wall Street Journal about “why universities need affirmative action for the study of conservative, libertarian and religious ideas.”

DOE Office of Civil Rights investigates College’s alleged Title IX violation in discipline case” — good Record coverage from new (?) editor-in-chief Nicholas Goldrosen.

Lovely feel-good column from the Eagle: “As a community welcomes Williams students, they repay the favor with a meal.”

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Bethany McLean ’92 on Elon Musk in Vanity Fair. Self-recommending.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth writes in the New York Times about safe spaces.

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Ethan Zuckerman ’93 resigns from MIT Media Lab.

Wall Street Journal coverage of USC development admissions.

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Museum Data and the Novice Student.” A fun article about data hackathon at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Known quantities: The prolific numbers that have given Oklahoma State’s Sean Gleeson [’07] such a strong reputation.”

Oren Cass ’05 on “Economics After Neoliberalism

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“Affirmative Consent” as a Legal Standard?” by former Williams professor KC Johnson.

Training the next generation of ethical techies” by Ethan Zuckerman ’93.

Check-in time arrives for new Williams Inn” in the Berkshire Eagle.

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SU Box Buddies

I received the email below the break the other day. Basically, it asks alumni to send a note to the current Williams student who uses that alumni’s old SU Box. This is not the first year of the program. I have never participated but I wonder if any EphBlog readers have and what their experience was. I am most interested to hear from an Eph who was on the receiving end of one of these notes.

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Weekend Links

The “Downside of Diversity” by Anthony Kronman ’68 in the Wall Street Journal.

Former Williams QB takes over as offensive coordinator at Boston College” in the Berkshire Eagle, about Mike Bajakian ’95.

Williamstown Celebrates New Police Station With Ribbon Cutting, Night Out Open House” in iBerkshires.

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Introducing recent grad

Hello! I’m recent grad. Travel schedules prevented me from posting until now–thank you, David, for covering for me–but from now I’ll be posting on Thursdays. I chose my terribly creative screen name (would you have been able to guess that I just graduated?) because it was the first thing I thought of what seemed relevant when I only planned on making a comment or two. When David said he was going to publish that comment as a post of its own, I was rather pleased, not only because it’s nice to see your own words published publicly, but because mental health, the topic of that comment, is a subject that’s really important to me. I was dismayed, then, when that discussion instead turned to the only off-topic mess that comments here tended to be. I want to have actual, productive discussions about mental health at Williams, and other topics important to me; thus, my joining on in this experiment. That said, if anyone has a username suggestion that’s better than “recent grad,” that’s one off-topic subject I’ll be happy to discuss.

I’m not sure what my “niche” will be here, and suggestions are welcome. That said, one thing I can provide (moreso than other authors, perhaps, except purple and gold–you’re still a student, right?) is some insight into campus culture right now. I’ve graduated, but my Facebook feed and Instagram is still dominated by Williams students, the majority of whom are still students; of course, what I see there is biased by the circles I was in and the things that interested me, but nevertheless, it gives me a glimpse into what’s being talked about that, combined with my own experiences, might be useful. Student perspectives certainly tend to be misrepresented here.

My first real post will be coming tomorrow morning!

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Upon Request

At the request of an Eph originally identified in a post first published in 2016, I have removed that person’s photograph from the post, and also substituted a redacted version of the document attached to the post so that the name of the person is not included.

EphBlog is generally protective of poster and commenter anonymity.  For what I think are reasonably obvious reasons, EphBlog cannot always allow for anonymity of people mentioned within posts.  However, in this particular case, the original complaint was replaced by an amended complaint which anonymized one of the participants in the events leading to the filing of the complaint.  Accordingly, I thought it was appropriate to remove references to this Eph’s name in the post on EphBlog, as well as their picture.

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Weekend Links

Let’s try a new experiment. Each weekend, I will put up a post called “Weekend Links,” including links from All Things Eph, both recent and ancient. Below the break, I will also include long quotations from the links.

The main goal is to provide my co-bloggers with a buffet of topics to choose from, should they wish to do so. Readers may also find the links interesting. And I need to free up some tabs on my browser!

Comments will be turned off so that any discussion about these topics is saved until another blogger chooses to write about them during the week. I don’t want these conversations to start ahead of time.

Here goes!

Oren Cass ’05 on “The Communal Power of a Real Job” in the New York Times.

Anthony Kronman’s ’68 latest book discussed in the New York Times.

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All Things Eph…

I am one of the authors who volunteered to participate in DDF’s experiment. I was motivated by the idea of making Eph Blog a better place by subtraction. My goal is to post things that are interesting and informative. Also, I enjoy the comment threads when there is a respectful exchange of differing views. Therefore, I will also try to post things that will spark those kind of threads.

A little background on myself: Multiple members of my family also attended Williams and I have already attended my 25th reunion. I loved my time at Williams even though I did not take full advantage of everything it had to offer.

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New EphBlog Format

Got opinions on the new EphBlog format? Let us know in the comments.

1) Basic motivation is that half our readers come to us on mobile phones and the previous format — now more than a decade old — was ill-suited for such viewing. (I had to turn my phone sideways and, with my fingers, expand out the center column. I assume others had similar problems. If not, tell us!)

2) Main thing is to remove all clutter and allow scarce screen space to be filled with text from the most recent posts. This means one column.

3) We are using Twenty Nineteen, a widely used WordPress theme.

4) We hope to fix two things quickly: a) place our traditional cover photo at the top of the page and b) provide a box or menu of some kind on the upper right which would show, perhaps after a click, the most recent comments. For now, you can see all Recent Comments (and other material like Related Posts) by clicking on a post and scrolling to the bottom of it.

5) Suggestions are welcome, both general and technical.

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Modes of Discourse

This (slightly edited) overview by Alastair Roberts (via Steve Sailer) of contrasting modes of discourse gets at some of the problems we have seen at EphBlog over the last 16 years.

In observing the interaction between David Dudley Field ’24 and his critics in the recent debate, I believe that we were witnessing a collision of two radically contrasting modes of discourse. The first mode of discourse, represented by DDF’s critics, is one in which sensitivity, inclusivity, and inoffensiveness are key values, and in which persons and positions are ordinarily closely related. The second mode of discourse, displayed by DDF, is one characterized and enabled by personal detachment from the issues under discussion, involving highly disputational and oppositional forms of rhetoric, scathing satire, and ideological combativeness.

When these two forms of discourse collide they are frequently unable to understand each other and tend to bring out the worst in each other. The first form of discourse seems lacking in rationality and ideological challenge to the second; the second can appear cruel and devoid of sensitivity to the first. To those accustomed to the second mode of discourse, the cries of protest at supposedly offensive statements may appear to be little more than a dirty and underhand ploy intentionally adopted to derail the discussion by those whose ideological position can’t sustain critical challenge. However, these protests are probably less a ploy than the normal functioning of the particular mode of discourse characteristic of that community, often the only mode of discourse that those involved are proficient in.

To those accustomed to the first mode of discourse, the scathing satire and sharp criticism of the second appears to be a vicious and personal attack, driven by a hateful animus, when those who adopt such modes of discourse are typically neither personally hurt nor aiming to cause such hurt. Rather, as this second form of discourse demands personal detachment from issues under discussion, ridicule does not aim to cause hurt, but to up the ante of the debate, exposing the weakness of the response to challenge, pushing opponents to come back with more substantial arguments or betray their lack of convincing support for their position. Within the first form of discourse, if you take offense, you can close down the discourse in your favor; in the second form of discourse, if all you can do is to take offense, you have conceded the argument to your opponent, as offense is not meaningful currency within such discourse.

Read the whole thing. I, obviously, am a second mode Eph.

All Ephs are welcome here, but my basic mode won’t be changing any time soon . . .

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(Re)Introducing Whitney Wilson ’90

As mentioned earlier on the site, I have decided to try posting on a more regular basis, as opposed to simply commenting.  I am generally a glass-is-half-full kind of person, and typically believe (until proven otherwise) that people in general, and Ephs in particular, are acting/speaking in good faith.

Unlike most current authors and commenters, I have always posted at Ephblog under my own name, so I would like to give you a little background on me so that you have an idea of where I am coming from.  As is apparent from my screen name, I graduated from Williams in 1990.  I lived in Williams A as a freshman and Bryant House for the rest of my time at Williams, and was an 8-season (i.e. 4 year) member of the WRFC (the Williams Rugby Football Club).  I also played broomball and intramural hockey.  I double majored in Chemistry and Political Science.  While I had plenty of excellent professors at Williams, my favorite was Chemistry Prof. David Richardson, who is still teaching.  Many of the chemistry faculty from my time at Williams are still there, which I think speaks well of the department:  Prof. Enrique Peacock-Lopez (he taught the hardest class I took at Williams (Thermodynamics)), John Thoman, Anne Skinner, Charles Lovett, and Lawrence Kaplan.  Some of my political science professors are also still at Williams, including my freshman advisor George Marcus and Michael MacDonald.

After graduation from Williams, I went directly to New York University School of Law.  Because of my background with chemistry, as well as thoughtful advice from the parents of one of my classmates, patent law was an area of interest for me.  Somewhat to my surprise, by the time I graduated from law school in 1993, I headed to a job in the New York office of the then-St. Louis based law firm Bryan Cave in their intellectual property department, focusing primarily on patent issues, but also ended up doing trademark work as well.  I stayed at Bryan Cave for 11 years, then spent two years at the Covington & Burling law firm, and then moved to a smaller IP boutique law firm Jacobson Holman for 7 years.  After 20 years in private practice, I was interested in public service, and took a position as an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  It goes without saying, I think, that anything I write on this blog is from me personally, and is not in any way connected with or attributable to the PTAB, the USPTO, or the Department of Commerce (the PTO is part of Department of Commerce).

I have two high school age kids, and spend a lot of time at ice rinks watching my younger son play hockey, and also playing myself.  I also have non-EphBlog related connections with a few anonymous EphBloggers.  I won’t identify who they are, however, as doing so might give away their real identities.

I am looking forward to more regular blogging on EphBlog, starting next week.  If readers have any thoughts or suggestions on what they would like me to write about, please feel free to leave in the comments to this post or others.

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A New EphBlog for 2019-2020

We are running a new experiment at EphBlog. Four Ephs — Whitney Wilson ’90, recentgrad, purple & gold and The Good Son — have each agreed to write one entry per week for EphBlog from July 22, 2019 through July 31, 2020. In conjunction with this experiment, JCD has kindly agreed to a one year vacation from posting and commenting. My thoughts:

1) EphBlog discussions over the last year have not been as productive as they might be. Perhaps this experiment will help!

2) Many thanks to our volunteers, some of whom have been around EphBlog for years and some of whom are brand new to our community. In fact, they cover a 34-year range of classes.

3) Three of the four prefer to maintain their anonymity. Attempts to dox them, or any member of our community, will result in banning.

4) Our preliminary plan is for each of us to be responsible for a morning post one day a week, Monday through Friday. Of course, we (especially me) can/will post on other days as well. Because of travel plans, the experiment will start slowly but should be full operational in a few weeks.

5) Suggestions to our new authors would be much appreciated! What do you want to read more of at EphBlog?

Comments related to JCD will be deleted from this thread.

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