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

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

Response To The Trustees’ Decision – The Williams Endowment Initiative And Divest Williams

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Trustees of Williams College,

We are dismayed that you have rejected the request of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to divest the College’s $2.3 billion endowment from investment funds that include the world’s 200 largest publicly traded fossil-fuel companies. Despite support from 71% of students who voted in record numbers in a student referendum, 55% of faculty, and hundreds of alumni, you instead chose a less ambitious path that fails to provide the leadership so desperately required to confront the biggest challenge of our time. Perhaps most alarmingly, in making this decision, you declared that fossil fuel companies’ campaigns to attack science, spread misinformation, and impede informed democratic decision-making are consistent with the mission and values of the College. This is not consistent with the Williams we know and care about. … Read more