Relocate the Health Center – James Hitchcock

I remember the collective dismay that my pick group felt about a year and a month ago when we realized that

a.) getting 97 as our group pick number within Wood Neighborhood was not a good thing (especially not out of 99 groups, as it later turned out), and

b.) it meant that we’d be confined to the charming but isolated hermitage called Agard for our sophomore year.

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The Birth of a Library – Quentin Cohan

In the fourth Art History 101 lecture in the fall, Professor Michael Lewis explained the history of Williams College’s libraries. The first one was Lawrence Hall (which is now the Williams College Museum of Art), built in 1848. In 1923 Stetson Hall replaced Lawrence as the school’s main library. Fifty years later, Sawyer became the school’s main library, which it has remained ever since. College President Adam Falk said in a video posted online that Sawyer is “396 individual study carrels located around a static collection of books. That is what a library was forty years ago when Sawyer was built, and that is what it has remained.”

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The War on Fun – MS

Yes, there is such a thing. A war on fun is being fought on the hallowed grounds of our Purple Valley, and has been for quite some time.

Before you choose to read no further, let me back up a little and assure you that I am merely following the FOX News method of grabbing some attention.

What I am trying to say is that the college’s responsibility to protect itself from the liability issues associated with underage/binge drinking and the student body’s slakeless thirst constitute two inherently opposed forces. … Read more

Paradoxical Liberalism: Why Williams Shouldn’t Honor Bloomberg at its Commencement – Mendy Bindell

At first glance, Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and elite business tycoon, would appear to be a respectable, balanced speaker for Williams College’s 225th Commencement ceremony. Bloomberg’s history and track record as a three-term mayor, however, would suggest otherwise. Looking at his time in office, Bloomberg’s intolerant, antidemocratic, authoritarian political orientation becomes all too clear. Let me explain. … Read more

Williams: Inclusive or Exclusive? – Frank Morgan, Atwell Professor of Mathematics

Which quote embodies the best of Williams?

1. “We are so fortunate and proud to be part of this exceptional group of brilliant and interesting faculty and students, the likes of which you’ll find nowhere else.”

2. “As a result of what we have been lucky enough to discover here, we are humbly eager to expand our boundaries and to respect, learn from, and share with everyone.” … Read more