A Letter from the Editor – Quentin Cohan


In the spring of 2014, a few disgruntled Williams students gathered in Perry Library to discuss, over Domino’s and Angry Orchard, the rapid advancement of political correctness onto the tiny outpost of Fort Williams. This clash, which has since then grown into a battle royale across all media platforms, took new form here at Williams those 18 months ago, with the creation of the Williams AlternativeRead more

Mission Statement

The Williams Alternative seeks to foster frank and open discussion, polite disagreement, humor, and intellectual liveliness within our campus culture.

It is our belief that an excess of social politicization at Williams has led to a state of hypersensitive political correctness and intellectual conformity which stifles individual expression, excludes satire, and creates unnecessary tension among different members of the student body.

We are not aligned with any political, religious, or social organization. We contain international students, students of color, queer students, straight students, liberals, conservatives, athletes, non-athletes, atheists, agnostics, and religious members.

What unites us, apart from our shared humanity, is the common belief that everyone here should feel comfortable putting forward their intellectual viewpoints and creative output without fear of facing social, academic, or administrative discomfort. Only within this framework is genuine diversity possible.