Making Purple Out of Red and Blue – Ainsley Hayes

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In the wake of President-Elect Trump’s victory, students have vehemently vocalized their fear, asserting that he is “not our president.” In doing so, they disavow the same American political system that they had participated in, and applauded, up until Trump won Ohio. But this presidential election isn’t a step backward; it’s a look in the mirror. It puts on display the divisive nature of the identity politics that have come to dominate discourse on campus and in Washington. We have strayed far from the days of “ask not what your country can do for you,” wandering into a political climate in which special interest groups ask, “how can my country make me more comfortable?” … Read more

Colorful Language: The Problem of Diversity in the Williams College English Department – Quentin Cohan

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One day in an English class last spring, the professor introduced, according to a student in the course, that day’s session as the one set aside to discuss the unique qualities and issues that come up with authors of color and stories that are about people of color. In theory, this was all well and good, but why, the student wondered, did a specific day have to be scheduled for this discussion–was it not relevant any other day? … Read more

The Williams College Student Art Gallery is Officially Open – Quentin Cohan

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After three months of thinking, planning, negotiating, community out-reach, self-doubt, protracted procrastination, laziness, and self-congratulating, the Williams College Student Art Gallery is officially open! The gallery features 18 pieces from 5 artists–John Okemah, ’16; Sarah Weiser, ’17; Tiluna Nocito, ’18; Gabriel Wexler, ’19; and Yours Truly, Quentin Cohan, ’17–and is located in the first-floor TV lounge in Spencer House (not the Spencer studio art building–which is to say, right in the middle of campus, in a student space, not halfway to Timbuktu).Read more

CW: Trigger Warnings – Kristen Johnson

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For those who have suffered from trauma, a trigger/content warning (verbal or otherwise) is not indicative of emotional sensitivity or an inability or unwillingness to engage with difficult content, but, rather, an unfortunate necessity born from a desire to have some measure of control over one’s emotional/psychological response to a stimulus that, for most, may be unpleasant, but, for trauma survivors, crosses the boundary from unpleasantness into emotional re-victimization. … Read more

‘Racism Is a Pathetic Excuse for Disinviting a Speaker from Campus’ – Zach Wood

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the website The Fire, and has been republished here with the author’s permission.

In my time at Williams, President Falk has been an analytic and deliberative leader. However, I cannot help but think that Falk’s decision to cancel John Derbyshire’s speech at Williams not only does a disservice to the intellectual character of our institution, but is antithetical to the principles of free speech and intellectual freedom that he has previously claimed to endorse. This cancellation evidences the fact that President Falk has failed to show support for student efforts to instill and promote political tolerance at Williams. … Read more

The Great Beer Heist of 2016 – Quentin Cohan

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On January 19th, a Williams student, a junior who is underage, bought 5 cases of beer (150 beers in total) from an area liquor store, and brought them to Prospect House basement at 6:30 pm, where he hid them behind a few couches, in anticipation of a Williams Beirut League event that was scheduled there for that night. When he returned at 10:00 pm, they were gone. What follows is not the tale of an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist, or a Holmesian whodunit, but rather a curious tale of abuse of power on our otherwise (supposedly) cheery campus.Read more

What If Williams? – Josemaria Silvestrini

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What if Williams had funding for and spaces designed to allow students to pursue unique ideas and creative projects each semester, ideas and projects that would motivate them to develop the skills, resourcefulness, and experience needed to make a positive impact in our world? What if Williams leveraged our tremendous alumni network and human capital to forge not just a deeper community on campus, but a William’s family united in the crusade towards a better world, a world in which innovation and entrepreneurship contribute to solving the many problems our world faces? … Read more

The Log Date: A Critical Review of the Traditions and Forms of Dating at Williams College – Quentin Cohan

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Not without reason, the Log’s grand re-opening in November was accompanied with much fanfare and to-do. As great an (re-) addition as this is to the vibrant Williams College community, this researcher is not left without his worries. The primary one of these stemming from confusion as to where in the incredibly delicate Williams College Dating Hierarchy the, newly relevant, Log Date fits.
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On ‘Screw’ Parties and Rape Culture – Anonymous

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Content warning: sexual assault

It’s a typical weekday afternoon. I’m running on the treadmill in upstairs Lasell, brooding over classes and annoyed at my boyfriend. I’m texting my friends about our upcoming trip to New York, when I look up and see someone who makes my skin crawl and stomach turn. I don’t want him to see me here–he can’t see me here. I don’t want him to see my exposed shoulders, my exposed legs. For the next 45 minutes, I stay exactly where I am, not looking up from my treadmill, hoping eventually he’ll leave. I think about him seeing my body and imagining me naked the night he forced me to have sex with him. It makes me want to throw up. … Read more