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CGCL VI: Report by the Athletics Committee

This year’s athletic report is much, much shorter than the one I first discussed in 2004 (known as the MacDonald report); this one is just a follow-up. It is only four pages long, so any of you who are really interested should consider reading the whole thing. I have excerpted over 50% of the entire document below.

First, good news:

We find that the gap in academic performance, as judged by grade point average, has narrowed substantially overall and has essentially disappeared for female athletes and for male athletes in low-profile sports. The gap for male athletes in high-profile varsity sports (which we defined as football, ice hockey, basketball, and baseball […]) appears to be narrowing, but persists even after we adjust for 1) academic qualifications prior to enrolling at Williams College, 2) socio-economic status, and 3) the individual’s year (e.g. sophomore, senior). Thus academic under-performance by male varsity athletes in high-profile sports continues, and cannot be attributed to academic credentials prior to Williams or to socioeconomic status.

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WOC gets badass

Posted by ’12 in an earlier thread, but I think it deserves front-page placement, because this makes me very, very proud of Williams:

There may be no donuts, no cider, and no singing, but there is still a Stony Ledge. And tomorrow is Mountain Day. And so it must be climbed.

THERE WILL NOT BE A SUNRISE. The weather will be miserable. Do not
come on this trek expecting a sunrise. You will almost certainly be
disappointed. If you have never been to Stony Ledge before, this is
probably not the time.

Meet at 6am *sharp* (if you think you’ll be late, this means get there
at 5:50) on Chapin steps. We will not wait. Bring a headlamp, a
backpack with a water bottle – fill it with hot water – and WARM
CLOTHES including rain gear. It will be in the 20s, windy, and
probably snowing on Stony Ledge. If you show up without appropriate
clothing, you won’t come.

Plan on arriving back on campus around 9:15am.

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