Features

Decoding Earth’s History

Geosciences professor Rónadh Cox has spent her life deciphering rocks in faraway places— from gullies in Madagascar to reef sediments in the Caribbean and even as far away as Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Working with student co-authors, she recently made a breakthrough in understanding boulder movements atop the cliffs of Ireland’s Aran Islands. By painstakingly comparing

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Arresting Sports Fiction

“The goal was to write an accurate book about elite athletes and give an empowering message to girls.” —Beth (Schmidt) Choat ’86, author of Soccerland As a journalist with Sports Illustrated and ABC Sports in the 1990s, Beth (Schmidt) Choat ’86 had an epiphany. Interviewing Olympians like figure skater Michelle Kwan and gymnast Shannon Miller, Choat says,

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Re-imagining Voice

With his professional vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Brad Wells has re-imagined the very nature of singing in the 21st century. The group brings renowned artists and composers from all over the world to the Berkshires to create brand new sounds together. While the voice itself—humanity’s oldest instrument—has not changed in eons, different cultures have

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Beyond the One Percent

Jon Bakija

Three economics professors at Williams are contributing to the national conversation on income inequality in insightful, relevant ways. By Savita Iyer-Ahrestani, Photography by Kris Qua “We are the 99 percent.” The rallying cry of the Occupy Movement—which began in Zuccotti Park in New York’s financial district in the fall and spread quickly across the country—captured

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Exposure

Photo by Chris M. Chandler ’14 At 4 o’clock on a January morning, Chris M. Chandler embraced the cold weather (along with the hand warmers in the pockets of his coat) and walked from his room in Currier Quad to the track, carrying his digital camera and a tripod. “I’ve always loved to take star

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Room to Learn

Level 4 Study Area

Reported by Louisa Kadson. Renderings courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. When vast amounts of human scholarship are as close as the nearest smartphone, what’s the future for libraries at Williams? A great college needs a great library. But the definition of a great library is constantly evolving. Gone are the days of monuments to books.

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Asco: Claiming Power with Art

“Chicanos make graffiti, not art.” That’s essentially the answer a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) gave Harry Gamboa Jr. in 1972, when Gamboa asked why there wasn’t a single example of Chicano art on the walls. Gamboa returned to the museum that same night with fellow artists Gronk and Willie

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Claiming Power with Art

“Chicanos make graffiti, not art.” That’s essentially the answer a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) gave Harry Gamboa Jr. in 1972, when Gamboa asked why there wasn’t a single example of Chicano art on the walls. Gamboa returned to the museum that same night with fellow artists Gronk and Willie

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Room to Learn

Level 4 Study Area

Reported by Louisa Kadson. Renderings courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. When vast amounts of human scholarship are as close as the nearest smartphone, what’s the future for libraries at Williams? A great college needs a great library. But the definition of a great library is constantly evolving. Gone are the days of monuments to books.

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Exposure

Stars over Peck Grandstand

At 4 o’clock on a January morning, Chris M. Chandler embraced the cold weather (along with the hand warmers in the pockets of his coat) and walked from his room in Currier Quad to the track, carrying his digital camera and a tripod. “I’ve always loved to take star pictures,” says Chandler, a sophomore from

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Beyond the 1 Percent

Jon Bakija

Three economics professors at Williams are contributing to the national conversation on income inequality in insightful, relevant ways. By Savita Iyer-Ahrestani “We are the 99 percent.” The rallying cry of the Occupy Movement—which began in Zuccotti Park in New York’s financial district in the fall and spread quickly across the country—captured the nation’s attention by

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