Happy Spring Break! – Williams Alternative

Source: Eleanor Taylor, New York Times

In College and Hiding from Scary Ideas” – Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times

“[W]hile keeping college-level discussions ‘safe’ may feel good to the hypersensitive, it’s bad for them and for everyone else. People ought to go to college to sharpen their wits and broaden their field of vision. Shield them from unfamiliar ideas, and they’ll never learn the discipline of seeing the world as other people see it. They’ll be unprepared for the social and intellectual headwinds that will hit them as soon as they step off the campuses whose climates they have so carefully controlled. What will they do when they hear opinions they’ve learned to shrink from? If they want to change the world, how will they learn to persuade people to join them?”

Survey Reveals CSS Officers Tired of Being Treated Like “Frankensteins” – Quentin Cohan

HOPKINS HALL – A recent anonymous survey of the Williams College Safety and Security staff revealed that a number of the crew feel misunderstood by the student body due to the misinformed impression that when they arrive at parties they are there to break them up, when they are actually there “because we just want to kickback and have a good time. We were kids once too after all.” … Read more

CC Candidates Promise to Give “Face to the Faceless” – Quentin Cohan

Eschewing standard rhetoric, College Council Co-Presidential Candidates Taylor Swanson ’16 and Avery Bluth ’16 presented their platform at this week’s presidential debate in which they promised to give a “face to the faceless” students on campus. “Every year somebody promises to give a voice to the voiceless on campus, but we wanted to distance ourselves from that tired platform,” Swanson said in an interview after the debate, “we wanted to do something different, and this is a important issue.”Read more

Accepting Rejection – Tony Fitzgerald


“If you don’t take a chance, you don’t stand a chance”–Steve Jobs

Author’s Note: I was not chosen to be WOOLF leader, lost a CC election, and, most embarrassingly, was rejected by Amherst College.

Despite what they tell us on Game of Thrones, spring, not winter, is coming to Williamstown. The snow is melting, the beer cans are resurfacing, and cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder, real and imagined, are clearing up. Yet, despite the improvement in the weather, a fog of sadness still hangs over the heads of a great many students this spring.


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I Say, What Has Become of My Once-Esteemed Legacy? Notes On the State of Williams College and Its Greater Townshippe, from the Desk of the Ghost of Ephraim Williams


Well, it has been nigh upon six-and-twenty decades that I have lain in this rather dismal grave, and since I gave my life so valiantly to thwart the economic and military advances of the dastardly Frenchmen and their allies amongst the Native Peoples, the state of the world above my rank tomb has changed and progressed ever and ever faster, and without relent. I must admit, for the greater part of the last century I have spent much of my time creating ominous noises in homes throughout New England, attending ghost-only BDSM parties, and haunting the office of Al Gore – but from time to time I do like to check in on my little “pet project”, Williams College and its eponymous Towne, to see how fares my legacy and, more importantly, how it stands in the Forbes Ranking.

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How Teddy Cohan Won the Debate – Lucas Elek

Like most people in the audience, I attended Monday nights College Council Debate to decide which CC president ticket I would vote for: Jochebed and Meghana, or Jesus and Marcus. As a class representative who served for three semesters, I understand how important this position is. While I had essentially made up my mind about which ticket I would vote for, I wanted to give the other ticket a chance to speak.

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Re: “On being white at Williams,” The Williams Record – Anonymous

On Wednesday, March 11, the Record published an op-ed by Sam Hine ’15 titled “On being white at Williams.” I quote the piece’s final paragraph:

Yes, it’s hard to be called out. It’s hard to be criticized. It’s hard to be told that your voice just doesn’t really have a place in these arguments. And it’s certainly hard to make the effort to understand the lived experience of a group of people whose lived experience is so vastly different than yours. But it’s even harder to actually live these experiences and then be told by a white man that everything is fine: Please lower your voice, and just be happy that you go to Williams.

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Catching Up to My Williams Education – Sora Kim ‘13

I graduated from Williams almost two years ago. I packed up I bags and was promptly kicked out at 5 PM on Commencement Day. I had finished my chemistry thesis, which I had been working on for three years, completed the biology and chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology, taken all the necessary requirements (EDI, writing intensive, quantitative, PE, and divisional), developed the most wonderful friendships and mentorships, and, above all, learned about myself. … Read more