Opinions & Expressions

On Expectations and Change

President Falk

by President Adam Falk As the legacy of legendary professor Bob Gaudino reminds us, learning is often most powerful in times of discomfort and even pain. I’m reminded of that as the Williams community has been responding to the discovery of a horrible, racist message on a wall inside Prospect House. Photos of the events

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Details

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Bethany McLean ’92 (“Devils in the Details,” September 2011) is trying to wake Americans up to what is being done to our country. Something is profoundly wrong when so much wealth is directed into speculation and asset capture instead of real asset creation. We have forgotten that the economy is a tool, a set of

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Dignity

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During my time at Williams I was often surprised by how limited the institutional memory of students, myself included, could be. Because much of what we knew about our school was what we had witnessed, I wondered if we were leaving with only a thin, blurry concept of the world we’d been so fortunate to

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Sky

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Jay Pasachoff’s wonderful article in the September 2011 issue (“9 Things You Should Know About Our Universe”) made me wish I were back in his class at Williams. Thank you, Professor Pasachoff, for keeping us looking at the sky! —David Wagner ’86, Boston, Mass.

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Community

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In “The Community We Aspire to Be” (June 2011), President Falk notes the greater diversity of students and that neither diversity nor tolerance alone are enough. He says the College’s “mission to prepare leaders must surely include engaging students with the diverse society they will graduate to serve.” Left unanswered though, is how. Neither study

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Song

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I am glad to see that informal Williams singing groups are flourishing (“Eph Cappella,” June 2011). But the sidebar assumed there were no such groups in the 1950s. To the contrary, the Williams Octet continued its concerts, drawing members from the more formally organized Williams College Choir and the Williams Glee Club. The Octet continued

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