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Gaius C. Bolin, Class of 1889

  Many Williams alumni know that Gaius C. Bolin, Class of 1889, was Williams’ first black graduate. He was, of course, a great deal more. by Abe Loomis When Lauren Hobby ’10 visited Williams with her family in 1998, it was the first time she could recall setting foot on a college campus. “Afterwards,” she

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Financial Aid at Williams

  It’s hard to ignore the headlines about soaring college tuition and mounting student debt. Misconceptions persist about the merits of “need-blind” admission, “no-loan” financial aid and other policies that shape who gets into college and how much they pay for it. But at Williams, the outlook is far more positive—and the picture much clearer. Provost

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On The Wall

When the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) asked studio art majors Rachel Lee ’16 and Clover Powell ’16 to assist with the installation of a Sol LeWitt wall drawing in the museum’s atrium, it seemed a pretty straightforward task. LeWitt, who famously stated, “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art,” was known

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Nature and Nurture

The Science of Who We Are By Michael Blanding ’95 The first thing that struck Nathan Fox ’70 was the silence. In the drab room of an orphanage in Bucharest, Romania, the developmental psychologist saw dozens of infants lying awake in their cribs. Not a single one was crying. “They were on their backs, doing

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