Feature Stories

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Inside the Roberts Court

Poolitical science professor Justin Crowe ’03 and Judge Jeff Sutton ’83 explore the Supreme Court’s role

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Troubleshooting NSA Data Collection

Prof. Dick De Veaux puts Snowden in perspective

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Inspiring Collaboration

“Light is a source of inspiration,” says Williams art major Nicolei Gupit ’13. “And I wanted this space to be inspirational.” The space to which she’s referring is a small room called Studio 1781 in Williamstown’s Mount Greylock Regional School. Gupit spent the week between exams and Commencement transforming the space by painting its white

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Guided Entry

Early last fall, a group of first-year students who didn’t know each other very well walked to the tennis courts carrying large posters and wearing as much purple and gold as they could find. They settled on the grass and cheered as loudly as they could for their classmate, Maya. Together they were part of

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Biographer Stacy Schiff ’82 to receive an honorary degree

Acclaimed biographer Stacy Schiff ’82 says she was “tenderly taken care of” as a Williams undergraduate. In this C-SPAN interview, she recalls the college as a place where a “fabulous faculty” cultivated open minds to create “a tremendously good education in terms of writing.” Schiff’s career proves her point. Her first book Saint-Exupéry: A Biography,

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Award-Winning Student Research

In a corner of his office, Steven Swoap, professor and chair of biology, has a stool with two dancing mice drawn on it. While the pair more closely resemble Beatrix Potter characters than actual rodents, Swoap and his thesis students Rebecca Maher, Uttara Partap, and Christine Schindler have a strictly scientific interest in mice. In

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Museum Lends Art to Students

Imagine this: You’re a student in your second semester at Williams, and you check out a Cézanne from the Williams College Museum of Art, the way you might check out Moby Dick from the library. Now you can.

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Elementary Physics

Students and faculty members walking through Thompson Physics on Monday afternoon found themselves peeking into a classroom full of 60 fourth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School eagerly watching a demonstration by David Tucker-Smith, associate professor of physics. Frani Micelli, a teacher at Williamstown Elementary, said the annual demonstrations by the physics department are always a highlight

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A Great Day of Service

Ten dozen donuts and bagels, 100 granola bars, 5 boxes of coffee, 150 bag lunches, and 150 T-shirts. That’s what it took to fuel 150 Williams students who fanned out across 14 nearby schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations for this year’s Great Day of Service in April.   The women’s soccer team headed up to

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A Living Reminder of an Ancient Civilization

A curious artifact at the Williams College Museum of Art regains its humanity and its place in history.

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