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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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