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When Ephs Collide

Stewart Gilson ’08 and Helen Hatch ’09 were married June 22 in Quogue, N.Y. According to a report in the New York Times, they met while they were both students at Williams College back in 2005. The fastidious NTY, however, reports that the pair only began dating in 2016, while they were both working in New York.

Helen is an Assistant Vice President and Fine Art Specialist at Sotheby’s San Francisco office. She has worked at both The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Drawings & Prints Department, and the Williams College Museum of Art. She received a master’s degree in art history from Cambridge University in England.

Stewart is an associate at Akin Gump in San Francisco. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah L. Cook for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Stewart received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Before law school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in New Delhi, India.

 

 

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Inside the Purple Rubble

The College Fix is linking to an article at Inside Higher Ed which reports that the committee created by President Maud Mandel last fall to make the school “both intellectually open and inclusive” plans to “focus on persuading, not ordering, student groups to avoid controversial speakers.” According to the committee chair, Prof. Jana Sawicki:

The goal is to not restrict who can speak on campus but to prompt the students who invite those guests to consider whether they have academic value and whether individual speakers’ views would offend minority students or make them feel harmed, she said, adding that speakers brought on campus by student groups are generally the most controversial.

One idea the committee floated was involving faculty advisers to student clubs in more of the discussions about which speakers to invite to the campus, Sawicki said. If a student group wanted to host a controversial speaker, the adviser could talk with the club members about whether they’d thought through how the speaker’s views would affect their peers, she said. The advisers, who currently are not involved in club operations, would never stop the students from hosting a speaker they wanted, Sawicki said.

The committee’s recommendations strike The College Fix as unrealistic. How, for example, can the school promote freedom of speech if the goal is to not offend minority students who have shown themselves to be intolerant of the views of even their white, liberal, elected student council representatives? One student was so offended by having to ask for funding for a black preview event that she went back later and called the white student representatives “d***heads.” As The College Fix reports:

Black student activists at Williams College are no shrinking violets. They took over a recent student government meeting, unloading a string of vulgarities against elected student leaders for allegedly favoring white students with more funding than black students get.

They used anti-gay and even anti-black language, if you can believe it: “to be here [at Williams] is like sucking white d*** every f***ing day.” “We want some money to f***ing cook some fried f***ing chicken and be n***ers.”

Williams College asks students not to invite speakers who ‘would offend minority students’

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The Left Eats Its Own Café

Over at The College Fix this morning, there is an article by Rory Walsh reporting on the  shocking livestream video posted on Facebook by the College Council.

Black students explode in anger at white students in vulgarity-laced rant (VIDEO)

In his article, Walsh provides us with redacted examples of the profane language used by I.B. as he called out liberal white student representatives for the way they dealt with an earlier request by S.O. for funding for a preview event for black students.

“… It’s time for you’all to figure this sh*t out and check yourself because I’m really losing it,” he said. “We are f***ing tired of having to come and beg and suck d***. And of course when we come and do it we face problems all the f***ing time.”

“… Every time to be here is like sucking white d*** every f***ing day,” he said. “Closing our mouths every f***ing day just to be here. And if we dare ask for a little bit of time, money and space we gotta suck some more d***. … It is so frustrating. It’s so tiring … to be here. To deal with you’all.”

“We keep our heads down, it don’t work,” he said. “We try to create space for us, it don’t work. We want some money to f***ing cook some fried f***king chicken and be n*****s for once, it don’t work. I just don’t get it.”

Walsh cites comments I made at my Anonymous Political Scientist blogsite too. He notes I had observed the video “…is an excellent example of the sort of political abuse that tore down Evergreen State College.”

Walsh reports that The College Fix attempted to reach several members of the College Council as well as administration for a statement. They have yet to respond.

The comments on Walsh’s article are generally adverse to the student activists.

Another tasty serving at The Left Eats Its Own Café.

What the Alt Left doesn’t understand is that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity.

Williams is about as left wing as a functioning college can be. Blacks need to move across the river to SUNY Albany.

You’re not trying to create a community. You’re trying to create a segregated, black racist bubble. The campus in its entirety is your community, and if you don’t like it, you can always transfer.

Just for the record: I’m not Black and I love fried chicken.

According to his biography, Rory Walsh studies industrial labor relations, American politics, and business at Cornell University. He has interned for former New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. After completing his undergraduate degree he plans to study law and business.

 

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Steamed Egg Custard (Episode 3)

Can’t bake but want to impress somebody with a dessert? Try steaming! More episodes, blogs, recipes and photos at http://www.CookingWithSteven.com.

Cooking with Steven is a Chinese cooking show created by two Williams students: Steven Cheng ’10 (host) and Danny Y. Huang ’11 (director and producer). The second season is edited by Juan Baena ’06.

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Cooking with Steven: 2nd season

In September 2009, we released the first episode of Cooking with Steven, a Chinese cooking show for college students. Now we have grown. The second season has been just released, with one new episode coming up every two weeks. Today our cooking show is not just a collection of videos. It is an integrated platform comprising a website, a Facebook page, blogs, food photos and recipes, aimed at bringing to college students–Williams and beyond–a culture for simply, healthy and economical Chinese food.

Episode 1 of Season 2 – Mapo Tofu

More episodes, blogs and photos are found at http://www.CookingWithSteven.com.

Cooking with Steven is a Chinese cooking show created by two Williams students: Steven Cheng ’10 (host) and Danny Y. Huang ’11 (director and producer). The second season is edited by Juan Baena ’06.

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Williams Online

Let’s just say that this little post of Williams on Twitter ballooned a bit, shall we?

Ideas on how better can this post be organized?

Twitter:

Williams on Facebook:

Photos:

Bloggish:

Event Information/Calendars:

Additionally:

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New York, New York…

Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it: New York, New York.

Williams Transport introduces Friday shuttle to New York City
By Laura Corona – News Editor

In response to student calls for more ways to get off campus, Williams Transport is expanding its operations, most notably by offering weekly shuttles to New York City. Beginning this Friday, vans will depart from Mission Park at 3 p.m. and drive students to 8th Avenue between West 30th and 31st street in Manhattan. The vans will make a return trip on Sunday, departing from New York City at 3 p.m.

The ticket price for the weekly shuttle is $32, but students who purchase tickets three or more weeks in advance receive a $5 discount. The direct shuttle offers an upgrade from the Peter Pan bus, which costs $50 and takes close to five hours. Departing daily from the Williams Inn, the Peter Pan bus has been the only regular local service to New York City available in the past.

Rachel Hudson ’10, executive director of Williams Transport, explained that strong student demand prompted the move. “In our June 2008 survey, we found that many students were eager to travel to New York on the weekends but found the existing travel options to be too expensive and time-consuming,” she said.

In addition to the New York City service, Williams Transport will offer a shuttle to Secaucus, N.J. before and after breaks, expanding its list of destinations. A free shuttle will also run to Berkshire Mall every Sunday.

*Special thanks to Parent ’12 for this great news!
(from the Record)

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Eph Music Update

Majordomo, a self described “Piano rock/hip hop/ballad/classical/melodic” band with two members of the Class of 2011, released 3 new songs within the past few weeks. Check them out here.

In addition, Darlingside is going to being touring this fall. It’s now composed of five recent Williams grads, many of whom were involved in the Winter Study Singer-Songwriter class. Look up some of their earlier songs here.

And last, for nostalgia’s sake: What a Feeling.

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Bone Marrow Drive

This week at Williams:
Williams College will be hosting a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on Thursday, April 9th from 11am-2:30pm in Paresky, Friday April 10th in all the open dining halls at lunch, and Saturday, April 11th from 7-9am on Paresky lawn during the breakfast for the Great Day of Service.
This drive is in memory of Katharine C. Eckman, a senior at Hamilton College who passed away in October from leukemia. The goal of the drive is to recruit as many new donors as possible from Williams and the surrounding community. Increasing the number of donors gives hope to blood cancer patients around the world in need of a peripheral blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Registering is quick and easy, and requires filling out a registration form and swabbing cells from the inside of your cheek. Registrants must be 18-55 and in general good health. Every sample costs $65 to test, so voluntary donations are accepted and encouraged. Please consider taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to give someone a second chance at life.

This drive was organized almost single-handed by Susannah Eckman ’11 in honor of her sister. (See her Record article) From what I saw today, it is seeming to be pretty successful.
However, this event on campus brought to light for some people on campus the realities of donations of this sort for gay men. Although I understand the reasoning for the exclusion, it seems that if there is such a shortage for institutions such as the Red Cross and the National Bone Marrow Registry would work towards removing the prohibition on gay men donating. The Eph Rainbow Alliance also set up a table with a petition asking for a change in policy (not sure how much good it will do, but I understand their point as well).

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Humanities thrive at Williams; Oakley quoted

A recent New York Times article discusses the decline of humanities in colleges, with only 8% of students nationwide majoring in the humanities. Students apparently want courses of study that will lead more directly to a job; the lowest percentage of students in the humanities was during the economic crisis of the ’80s.

I remember reading an article a few years ago that discussed how Dartmouth students were lobbying for more content in their classes that would be directly applicable to a job; this article reminded me of that one. At the time, I thought it was ridiculous, because there are many good reasons to get a liberal arts education, and job training was never supposed to be one of them.

The article points out that students at Williams have no such qualms studying the humanities — I have tried to determine the percentage of humanities majors at Williams, but have been unsuccessful; I suppose it is way above the 8% average, something above 25%. Williams actually has a center for humanities called the Oakley Center for the Humanities, and as such the article deftly quotes Mr. Oakley himself:

The humanities continue to thrive in elite liberal arts schools. But the divide between these private schools and others is widening. Some large state universities routinely turn away students who want to sign up for courses in the humanities, Francis C. Oakley, president emeritus and a professor of the history of ideas at Williams College, reported. At the University of Washington, for example, in recent years, as many as one-quarter of the students found they were unable to get into a humanities course.

I think that a humanities education and the accompanying analytic and intellectual skills one learns from it are a rare and precious opportunity. I am currently extending that opportunity as I study graduate-level pure mathematics, which is not considered a humanities discipline, but was one of the original liberal arts. I think that any time that a student can spend studying ideas for the sake of studying them, and really delving deeply into them, is time well spent developing the mind.

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The Freshman

Check out the latest entry in Juliana Stone 2012’s series on her first year at Williams.  Click here for the entire archived series.  Is this series being featured on the Williams admissions webpage?  If not, it should be.  Speaking of which, what ever happened to the virtual tour that, if memory serves, was supposed to be added to that page?

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Eph News

Many thanks to all the comments and suggestions with regard to our Eph News project. Per usual, I have dropped the ball and done nothing. Until today! To the right, you can see a new link to Eph News.

For now, this doesn’t do much. All we get are the results of a search in Google News for:

“Williams College” OR “Chris Murphy” and Congress

Still, it is a start. Now, we need to convince someone like Ronit Bhattacharyya ’07 to take ownership. He (or someone else) can easily redirect this link to a more full featured solution.

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Eph News

This is a shout out to all the technically sophisticated Ephs out there, people like DeWitt Clinton ’98, Evan Miller ’06, Ethan Zuckerman ’93, Eric Smith ’99 and Stephen O’Grady ’97.

We want to create an “Eph News” feed with the following characteristics:

1) It would present a feed of news stories (or blog posts or whatever) which mention specific topics. Duplicate items would be deleted or aggregated in some way. There should be a pretty interface for users, along with an RSS feed. Google News is a nice example. Consider a search for “Williams College.”

2) Although the UI for Google News is fine, the substance is not. For example, there seem to be many important sources that Google News does not (or, more likely, can not) aggregate. A current example is the New York Times. Note the articles which mention “Williams College” but which do not appear in the Google News feed. So, Eph News needs to search more than one source.

3) An interface for the maintainers (i.e., Eric and me) which allows us to easily maintain a list of text strings that we want stories about. Google News is fine, but it is not easy to simultaneously search for stories which mention either “Williams College” or “Morton Schapiro” or “Bethany McLean” or “James MacGregor Burns” or several dozen more strings.

Any ideas? DeWitt’s involvment in Open Search is clearly relevant while Ethan’s recent work is too complex for me to follow, much less implement.

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