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Learning: 2500 Miles from Home

Spring Break Service in Grand Canyon

We’ve probably all experienced how leaving home can help us to see it more clearly. That’s what happened when my travel schedule enabled me to join part of a spring break service trip, one of several around the country organized by the college. This one was to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with eight students and Outing Club Director Scott Lewis, his wife Bernice, and their daughter Mariah; and math professor Mihai Stoiciu.

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Library Love

As a lifelong lover of libraries, I was very much interested in “Room to Learn” (March 2012)—a look at the future for libraries at Williams. While a great deal of attention has been paid to how bookstores and publishing companies are reacting to the digital age, there has been considerably less focus on libraries. Clearly,

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Beyond the 1 Percent

Common sense makes it impossible to understand how economics professor David Zimmerman could possibly say that the idea of “redirecting income from the top 1 percent” is mutually exclusive with “targeted, community-based programs” (“Beyond the 1 Percent,” March 2012). The point of the Occupy Movement is that income must be more equally distributed in this

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A Defining Decade

I read with interest “A Defining Decade” (January 2012). The story of anti-Semitism and the demise of fraternities at Williams has another chapter. In 1952 we members of the Phi Delta Theta chapter chose to pledge a Jewish student in defiance of the national fraternity charter, which contained a clause limiting membership to Aryans. Rather

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Williams to Honor Five Bicentennial Medalists

During Fall Convocation on Sept. 8, the college will award five alumni with Bicentennial Medals for “significant achievement in any field of endeavor.” This year’s medalists are: Erin I. Burnett ’98, a TV journalist and the host of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront; Kathleen A. Merrigan ’82, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and

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Changes to the Board of Trustees Announced

The college’s Board of Trustees welcomed five new members on July 1: Brian D. Carpenter ’86, James B. Lee Jr. ’75, Caron Garcia Martinez ’81, Clarence Otis Jr. ’77 and Martha Williamson ’77. Martinez was elected by the Society of Alumni in the spring, and Carpenter was appointed to replace Gregory H. Woods ’91, who

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Emeritus Status Awarded to Eight

  On May 10, more than 60 alumni from across the country and as far away as Germany surprised Robert Dalzell at his last class before his retirement as the Fred Rudolph Professor of American Culture. Dalzell was granted emeritus status at the end of the year along with the late Ernest Brown, professor of

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Math Scores High Marks

Williams’ student math teams earned accolades during the 2011-12 academic year, first by placing in the top 10 and receiving an honorable mention out of 460 teams in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition in December. Another group then took first prize in the Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Competition at Central Connecticut State University in

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