Got Beef with Less Beef? – Eleanor Lustig

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Editor’s Note: This article was written on behalf of thinkFOOD Williams

This September, College President Adam Falk announced that while the Trustees agreed with the sentiments expressed by divestment advocates, the situation at Williams called for a self-designed action plan for fighting climate change at the institutional level. This plan includes the re-investment of around $50 million in order to reduce the Williams community’s carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption, as well as increase climate-based education. He invited students to hear his perspective and ask questions, which many did. At this Q & A session, a student asked if any changes to Dining Services’ purchases were to be included in the college’s new green spending plan. President Falk replied that no changes would be made. … Read more

Williams College Student Art Gallery – Quentin Cohan

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My devoted fans, of which I’m sure there are many, will undoubtedly remember my article from last fall entitled “Exploring the Arts” in which I questioned (devotees feel free to skip the next few sentences) the motivations behind the artwork so thoughtfully placed around our campus. If the court allows, I would like to quite humbly quote myself: … Read more

JA Confidential #5: “I try to just shake it off”

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Editors Note: Although everybody has a Junior Advisor as a freshman at Williams, very few people actually know what it is like to be one. To that end, the Williams Alternative presents “JA Confidential”–a series of off-the-record conversations with current JAs about life at Williams as a Junior Advisor.

Williams Alternative: Thanks for sitting down with us. You’ve been a JA for about half the year now, so I’d think that you have some concept of what qualifies as a “good” JA, what is your definition and how do you think you hold up?

Junior Advisor: I think one of the most important things a JA can do is to take an interest in each and every one of your frosh.  I think that by doing this you are able to foster a connection with each of them and make them feel like they have at least one person aRead more

JA Confidential #4: “Some don’t even need you at all”

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Editors Note: Although everybody has a Junior Advisor as a freshman at Williams, very few people actually know what it is like to be one. To that end, the Williams Alternative presents “JA Confidential”–a series of off-the-record conversations with current JAs about life at Williams as a Junior Advisor.

Williams Alternative: We’re nearing the end of fall semester, so you’re almost halfway done with being a JA. In what ways have you most changed, or matured, in these months as a result of being a JA? … Read more

An Eph Abroad: Part 3 – Quentin Cohan

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In August, on one of my first mornings in Copenhagen, the 1000 or so students on my program and I were all shepherded – hungover and confused – to a concert hall for a series of propagandistic lectures that promptly put the large majority of us to sleep, and of which I remember little. One kernel of wisdom I do remember, however, was a line from the Program Director’s speech: “Experience is what you get, when you get what you don’t expect.” Naturally, this became a running joke for me and the people I began to spend my time with; anytime anything went wrong – we got on the wrong train, we had to bike home in the rain, the castle we wanted to spend or afternoon at closed right when we arrived, etc. – we all chimed “experience is what you get…”, completely destroying with our sarcasm the somewhat insightful, though very cheesy, wisdom we had been given. This was our experience and we would define it as we saw fit. … Read more

Hard Lessons From The American University – Alex Sun ’15

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It was no surprise that Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri (Mizzou), resigned in the face of campus protests, a football team boycott, and a hunger strike. Many lost confidence in his leadership after his inaction to months of simmering tension brought about by well-publicized incidents of racism on campus. But now, there’s a silent majority at Mizzou wondering why Wolfe had to lose his career because he couldn’t stop a few drunk students on a campus of forty-thousand from uttering the N-word. They say that ending his career won’t stop the racists from being racist. They say that student activism went too far this time. … Read more

JA Confidential #3: “I had no idea what kind of effort it took”

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Editors Note: Although everybody has a Junior Advisor as a freshman at Williams, very few people actually know what it is like to be one. To that end, the Williams Alternative presents “JA Confidential”–a series of off-the-record conversations with current JAs about life at Williams as a Junior Advisor.

Williams Alternative: You’ve been a JA for three months now, in what ways, speaking generally, has your approach to JA-ing changed? What were your strategies at the beginning, and what are they now? … Read more

A Second Look At Study Abroad – Deanna Segall

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From “An Eph Abroad: Part 1”— “Study abroad is a wonderful experience, but let’s not kid ourselves that ‘study’ has much to do with it.”

The second I mentioned going abroad, the warnings came flooding in. A year later, I can still hear the countless cautions that I would never be able to find a study-abroad school as academically rigorous as Williams. And over a year later, I still insist that my priority is getting a good education, no matter what continent I’m on. So equipped with a multitude of warnings about the hiatus in my academic life, and sprinkled with the frequent “don’t get eaten by a shark,” I embarked on the 30+ hour trip to Sydney. … Read more

Let’s Stop – William McGuire III

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Let us review the Williams Alternative articles we have all read in the wake of Uncomfortable Learning’s non-event featuring Suzanne Venker. I will add my own emphasis.

Zach Wood ’18, an organizer of the event, wrote an opinion piece claiming that some Williams College students view political issues through the lens of “motivated ignorance” resulting from “the myopia of those who look through it.” He also names “a torrent of online bullying” as a key factor in the group’s decision to cancel the event. … Read more