Williams Alternative Discusses: The Entry System

Editor’s Note: In an effort to promote face-to-face conversation about important topics, the Williams Alternative presents “Williams Alternative Discusses”–a series of on-the-record group discussions about issues relevant to campus life.

For our discussion on the Entry System, we invited Alex Foucault, ’15, Varun Bhadkamkar, ’17, and Emily Fox, ’15, to share their thoughts and experiences.  The unedited transcript of the conversation, moderated by Quentin Cohan, ’17, appears below.

Quentin Cohan: So the first question I’ll send to Alex, since he’s the only one among us who’s lived for two years in an entry.  The question is then, what do you think is the function of entries?

Alex Foucault: Entries?

QC: Yeah.

AF: I think they’re a way to make freshmen feel more at home and at ease with the Williams community in general.  I think that in the most, kind of, idealized version maybe that it becomes like a second home.  But I think in a maybe more realistic, and a maybe better way of thinking about it, that’s just it’s a place where you live and there’s some overriding people there but with a bit of a support system.  So you can feel more confident to go out and try new things in the Williams community.Read more

Williams Alternative Discusses: College Council

Editor’s Note: In an effort to promote face-to-face conversation about important topics, the Williams Alternative presents “Williams Alternative Discusses”–a series of on-the-record group discussions about issues relevant to campus life.

For our conversation on College Council, we invited Erica Moszkowski, ’15, Lucas Elek, ’17, Funmi Adejobi, ’15, and Alexander Deaderick, ’15, to share their thoughts and experiences. The unedited transcript of the conversation, moderated by Quentin Cohan, ’17, appears below.

Quentin Cohan: Basically, the idea is behind the whole series of discussions is to get people talking about things out in the open that are important on campus that people don’t necessarily talk about regularly, at least, not face to face other than on Facebook or Yik Yak or that sort of thing.  This conversation, obviously, is about college council and what its role on campus is or what it should be or how it’s perceived to be and questions of that nature.  Obviously, you guys have some degree of familiarity and experience with college council.  The first and most obvious question is what it is you think the role of college council is, not should be or is thought to be but is on campus?  Erica, we’ll start with you because you were CC president for a year.

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