Nearly all college students arrive on campus thinking they are open-minded and graciously tolerant. I suspect the truth is otherwise. Most likely each student comes bearing the weight of a narrowness of perspective learned at home. The academy should therefore be the kind of place that increases the breadth and height and depth of student perspectives. … Read more
1. Paintings of naked people crying/ being scolded by powerful, clothed people. These pictures would remind customers it is never OK to “give up” on clothes. The more clothes you have the further away you are from being a weak, naked idiot. … Read more
Everyone says the dead are glorious, or at least charming, but when will we stand up and recognize that not all dead people were literal saints, like Santa Claus?
We live in a fucked up world where we are all so blind—yeah, I’m looking at you, dad, who lost both of his eyes playing urban foosball so it serves you right yeah who’s with me?—that we can’t see some dead people for what they actually were: criminals! … Read more
During my stay at an otherwise wonderful eating disorder treatment facility in a beautiful city on the coast of Maine, I received the most blatantly incorrect piece of therapy (or crap, depending on how you look at it) so far in my pathetic little existence:
“Humor is the basest of all coping mechanisms and should be avoided.” … Read more
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.
As recently noted in a student-written, widely circulated blog post a few weeks back, there has existed at Williams a certain, exceptionally pungent strain of “cultural tension” that has pervaded campus conversations over the last semester–perhaps quite a bit longer, according to whom you’re asking. … Read more