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Community Service @ Williams!

Happy Sunday, Williams!


Here’s What’s New in Community Service


Get Your Absentee Ballot!!!!

US citizens, make sure to get your absentee ballot here and cast your vote before your state’s deadline! It takes less than a minute!


Gas Explosion Crisis Support in Lawrence, MA

This September, Lawrence, MA was in a state of emergency after there was a series of gas explosions, leaks, and fires in about 100 homes. 18 year old Leonel Rondon died and half the city had to evacuate. Shelters have been filling up as working class Black and Latinx immigrant people have nowhere to go in a city that already had a major housing crisis. People need funds for emergency housing and childcare because schools are shut down and companies require displaced people to continue working. Columbia Gas, the company responsible, refuses to properly compensate people for their loses.


If you’d like to find out how you or your campus club and organization can support the crisis survivors, contact Soha at If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so at Venmo: @LawrenceCrisisResponse, Cashapp: $SNVillar, or Paypal


Berkshire Food Project

Tuesdays ~10:00-1:00~


The Berkshire Food Project serves a no-cost meal every weekday to support local food insecurity. We love would to support them in preparing, serving, and cleaning up the meals. If you’re interested in joining a group of Williams students who make regular trips to BFP, contact Wylie at for more information.


Volunteer at Berkshire Hospitals in Pittsfield

Saturday, September 29th


Interested in going to medical school? Or just want to regularly connect with patients, shadow doctors, and volunteer at the Berkshire Medical Center?! Volunteers can work at BMC on their own schedules (at least 3 hours per week required)! Please note that BMC is looking for volunteers who can commit to regular volunteering long term.


Contact if interested to learn more and begin the process of filling out paperwork and checking up on your immunizations!


First Grade Recess at Pownal Elementary

Thursdays or Fridays 12:25-1:15


Come talk and play with first graders during lunch and recess on Thursdays or Fridays 12:25 to 1:25. Reach out to Cindy Collyer if you would like to volunteer. For transportation, contact at CLiA.


After School Adventures at Pownal Elementary!

Mondays – Fridays 3:00-4:15


September and October topics include Yoga, Track, Japanese culture, Nature Discovery, Jazz band, and more. Mondays – Fridays 3:00-4:15. Reach out to Dawn Campbell if you would like to volunteer. For transportation, contact at CLiA.


Friendly Visitors

Sunday – Thursday Evenings, Friday afternoons


Friendly Visitors connects Williams students with the elderly population living at the Williamstown Commons, a residential nursing home just 5 minutes away from campus. Student volunteers may participate in 1-on-1 visits or assist group activities depending on interest.


Please contact Julie Ha ( for more information.


Clark Art Volunteer Opportunities


If you are interested in getting involved in sustainable landscape management, building community connections through education, performing for public programs, or helping with their Free First Sundays or Start with Art Preschool Program, you can learn more here and contact the appropriate staff person to get involved.


Weatherize Low-Income Houses

Thursday, October 18th and Friday October 19th


Join staff teams of the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) doing basic weatherization and installation of LED bulbs in public housing apartments on October 18th and 19th. Volunteers will meet at 8:15 am at BCAC headquarters in Pittsfield. Help for the first hour or the whole morning!


For more information, contact  Aleta Moncecchi ( For help with transportation, email


Reid Middle School Girls’ Reading Group

Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday Mornings


Reid Middle School in Pittsfield is looking for Williams women to help facilitate new weekly girls book clubs. They will be reading Weeping Under the Same Moon by local author Jana Laiz. Sessions will take place from 10:24-11:14 on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.


For more information, contact Pittsfield Public Schools Cultural Proficiency Coach, Shirley Edgerton (


On the Horizon:

Look out for our annual Veterans Day Card-making event!!


Share your events:


If you have an event ideas or interests, or want to advertise an event that your club has planned, send me an email at Lehman will help you plan, pay, and even transport you!


Have a great week!!

Megan Siedman

Williams ‘20


~Lehman Community Engagement~



Commencement Week Round-Up

In honor of commencement, several stories of note from recent weeks related to this week’s ceremonies and/or the graduating seniors:

  • Be sure to read this Williams feature highlighting some of the future plans for this year’s graduating class.   Great to see so many seniors interested in serving their country and/or the world.
  • Another must read: this interview with senior Mopati Morake’11, who has clearly thought deeply about higher education.
  • Talented writer Andrew Triska ’11 will be finishing his novel after graduation.
  • Of course, for baby boomers, the most famous “graduate” of Williams is Benjamin Braddock (the novel was written by Eph Charles Webb shortly after his own graduation, and although Williams is not mentioned in the movie, he does wear a purple-and-gold tie).  Apparently a new adaptation hones closer to the novel.
  • One of my favorite Williams traditions is the Olmstead Award for Secondary School Teachers.  Read about this year’s recipients here.
  • Congratulations seniors, and enjoy what should be a wonderful weekend highlighted by tremendous Commencement speaker Cory Booker.

Williams Trivia in Ohio

Williams’ end-of-semester all-night trivia contest commences at 10 p.m. tomorrow.  [I love the quote from the website, trivia concerns something you know, but can’t remember … exactly right].  For some reason, it will be simulcast by WKMV, a radio station based in Cincinnati, Ohio:

A special note: WMKV will break music format for about 8 hours for a special broadcast at 10pm Friday May 13 until the morning of Saturday May 14 at 6am. WMKV will be the national flagship for the Williams College Trivia Challenge, now in its 35th year. WMKV will be broadcasting to the world as teams of trivia players from professionals to academia contend for the national title. WMKV joins with Cincinnati Area MENSA to host this 8 hour national trivia game. You can play from home and be one of the teams or just eavesdrop and have fun with the questions, and the music that matches the trivia questions. Join WMKV and Cincinnati Area Mensa for the national Williams Trivia Challenge on May 13 at 10pm. If you’d like to join the program as a sponsor as we showcase Greater Cincinnati and its best and brightest facets or if you just want to find out more, contact WMKV at 513-782-2427…Williams College Trivia and the national broadcast emanating from WMKV in Cincinnati May 13 from 10pm to 6am..only on WMKV 89.3FM and


Women’s rugby breaks world record for charity

Previous post here

UPDATE: They did it. Congratulations. That had to be tough, especially with this cold spring. Cold, wet and miserable.

Underway! “Scrum for a cure.”

The fundraiser is the brainchild of a Keene player, according to Keene coach Karen Johannesen. That player then contacted Williams co-captain Leah Lansdowne, who immediately jumped on board.

That is a long game!

The most important aspect in terms of the endurance of this event. The weather.

For the record- 23-24 APR 2011
Hi 49°F
Lo 34°F
Precip (in)
0.27in. The damp cold 24 hours included rain and snow.


What Kind of Lectures?

Over at WSO, Zach Ferguson ’13 of the Lecture Committee is seeking input from students about who they should bring to campus:

[W]e thought it might be helpful if we reached beyond the four students who currently serve on the committee and asked the general student body at Williams . . . . Specifically:

1)How have this year’s lectures compared to those of previous years?

2)What lectures/speakers from the past were particualrly memorable, and why?

Read more


EphBlog Visit to Arlington

On Monday, Nov. 22, kthomas and I are planning a belated Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

Anyone interested in joining us is certainly welcome — although we’re planning this during work hours, so you may need to plan to take an hour or two of vacation time.

Among the 300,000+ burials, I know that Richard Helms ’35 is buried in Arlington, as is Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, who received an honorary degree in 1902. Is anyone familiar with other Ephs at Arlington?


Williams Event – NYC Reception with Adam Falk 11/18/2010

The Williams College Metro New York Regional Association and The Williams Club of New York cordially invite Williams Alumni, Parents and Friends to a special reception with Adam Falk, 17th President of Williams College

Location: The Williams Club of New York (at its new home at The Princeton Club)
15 West 43rd Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time: 6:00 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Conversation with President Falk

$20/Alumni (Classes 2000 and older, Williams parents, Guests)
$10/Young Alumni (Classes 2001 – 2010)
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages included

Attire: Business casual

Your RSVP is important

Please register and pay by credit card through Williams College’s secure on-line system

or you can register on-line and mail a check by Wednesday, November 10th. Additional information available through the link above. Please contact the Williams Alumni Relations Office at (413) 597-4151 or alumni.relations at with any questions

(above copied from an Alumni Relations email)


The Confirmation Wars

Kudos to Professor Justin Crowe ’03 for organizing a great campus event tomorrow that ANY aspiring law student should definitely attend, featuring two federal judges from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Stephen Reinhardt and Jeffrey Sutton ’83.  I think the most illuminating campus events tend to involve bringing together people with different perspectives, and it’s especially nice that two of the three people involved in this event are Ephs.

Reinhardt and Sutton don’t agree on much, but I predict they will reach consensus on one item, at least: the politicization of the judicial confirmation process is out of control, especially now that Senators are indefinitely holding up (in unprecedented fashion) the appointment of basically innocuous, highly-confirmable District Court nominees, often as leverage for totally unrelated agendas.  The problem with playing these types of games (in addition to what is fast becoming a serious shortage of judges in certain parts of the country) is that, once one party embraces a new obstruction technique, they can’t credibly complain when they are the party in power and the other party adopts exactly the same approach to blocking their nominees.  So unless something changes, we are headed towards a rapidly escalating downwards spiral in which a functioning judiciary is held hostage to the whims of anonymous members of the legislative branch.


Savage Love Coming to Williams

This is awesome:

The Williams College ’62 Center’s Off-Center Series will present internationally syndicated columnist Dan Savage on Monday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.

Savage, who writes the weekly love and sex advice column “Savage Love,” will recreate the “Savage Love” podcast with questions from the audience. Savage Love ranks as the number one “Health” podcast and number 20 overall on iTunes. Questions can be submitted in advance by going to

The show will take place at Chapin Hall, located at 62 Chapin Hall Drive. There are no tickets. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. A limited number of Williams Savage Love t-shirts will be on sale. All proceeds will be used to support the Williams Queers Student Union’s charity Sylvia’s Place.

I highly recommend going. While Dan Savage is a brilliant columnist, he is even better live and in person. For those unfamiliar with the man, go here.

Also: Listen to Dan Savage in Act Three of this This American Life podcast (starts around 38m), it’s the most moving thing I’ve ever heard on the radio.


Faith and Reason

An interesting talk this Friday:

Williams Secular Community and Williams Christian Fellowship are co-sponsoring this event. Two professors, Williams College’s own Professor Colin Adams and M.I.T’s Ian Hutchinson, a nuclear physicist, will be speaking on matters of religion, reason, truth, and faith. It will be an opportunity to consider the intersection of religion and spirituality with truth and academia. The event will be:

On Friday, April 23rd starting at 8 PM
In Bronfman Auditorium
Lasting an hour or so

Look for the posters which will soon be appearing around campus. Invite a friend or two or three. Ask someone if they want to go with you. You spend time thinking about the derivative of x^2cos(x). How about spending some time thinking about God, spirituality, truth, and reason?

Will you be there?


In NYC this weekend?

Go to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts Festival, where Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson ’97 will be at the Idiots’Books booth.


Beat the ‘Herst

Here’s how much Ephs for Haiti Relief has raised so far for Partners in Health (CharityNavigator profile):

We’re in a contest with Amherst to outraise them. Can you help? DONATE NOW. More information here and here. Some on-campus events this week:

Thursday, February 11: NEIL ROBERTS LECTURE 5pm, NAB 241  «Existentia Caribbeana : Why the Haitian Revolution Still Matters »

Friday, February 12: HAITI RELIEF DINNER, Congregational Church, First Seating 5-6:30pm, Second Seating 6:45-8:30pm. Tickets to the dinner are being sold in Paresky.


Moot Court

From the PoliSci blog:

On Thursday, Feb. 11 Political Science and the President’s Office present a moot court proceeding on the question, “Should Juvenile Offenders Be Sentenced to Life without Parole?” Participating will be four judges from four different US Circuit Courts of Appeals: Hon. Stephen Reinhardt from the Ninth, Hon. Jeffrey Howard from the First, Hon. Jeffrey Sutton ‘83 from the Sixth, and Hon. Peter Hall from the Second Circuit. The case will be argued by students from the Winter Study Course, PSCI 014 The Federal Bench, with assistance from two prominent attorneys (and P’10s), now of Burlington: Barbara O’Connor and David Kirby. 8:00 pm in Griffin 3.


Haiti Relief Week Calendar


Friday, February 5

  • COFFEEHOUSE FOR HAITI 7-9:30pm, Paresky

Monday, February 8


Wednesday, February 10

  • CONCERT FOR HAITI 9-11pm, Paresky  feat. Eddie Mazurek and Empire Polo Club

Thursday, February 11

  • NEIL ROBERTS LECTURE 5pm, NAB 241  «Existentia Caribbeana : Why the Haitian Revolution Still Matters »

Friday, February 12

  • HAITI RELIEF DINNER, Congregational Church, First Seating 5-6:30pm, Second Seating 6:45-8:30pm
  • WOMEN’S HOCKEY HOME GAME 7pm, Hockey Rink
  • MEN’S BASKETBALL AWAY GAME 8pm, Amherst,  Half-time event announcing competition winner.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:

  • 5CEE CLOTHING SALE 10-10pm, Paresky,  Half of proceeds to Haiti

For Sale All Week in Paresky and Dining Halls



Also, look for donation tin cans around campus.

(information courtesy of Lizzy Brickley ’10 and the Haiti Relief website)


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