Feature Stories

Soup, Sandwich, and Study

By Natalie DiNenno ’18 On Halloween, Williams College staff filled the lower level of the Faculty Club to hear Deborah Brothers, costume designer and lecturer in theater, discuss her creations in the timely talk “Gowns and Monsters.” The talk was the latest installment of the Faculty Research Luncheon for Staff series,… Continue reading »

Boots to Books

Williams welcomed two veterans to the Class of 2020 as part of a partnership with Service to School (S2S) and VetLink, which is designed to connect high-achieving veterans with some of the most selective colleges and universities in the country and mentor them through the application process. Benton Leary ’20… Continue reading »

MOOLA Improves Students’ Financial Literacy

By Malcolm Moutenot ’17 Williams students will have several opportunities this year to improve their financial literacy, thanks to a new program called MOOLA. The program offers both in-person sessions and online training on a variety of financial topics, including how to make the most of meal-plan dollars, understanding the… Continue reading »

An Unusual Election Cycle

By Julia Munemo With apologies for stating the obvious, professor of political science Nicole Mellow says the 2016 election cycle is highly unusual—and not because of one out of the ordinary element, but the combination of many. “We’ve never before elected a president with no record of public or military… Continue reading »

Living Building: Year One

by Natalie DiNenno ’18 Nov. 10 marks 12 months since the college officially began its pursuit of Living Building Challenge (LBC) status for the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. The results are in: The building has met all but one of the seven rigorous requirements for full certification—that of using… Continue reading »

Girls Who Invest

By Julia Munemo Two Williams sophomores participated in the inaugural summer of Girls Who Invest, a program providing young women with the chance to learn core investment management concepts and get hands-on work experience in the field. Sarah Hollinger ’19 and Isabella Wang ’19 were among the 30 students from… Continue reading »

Kite Day—Reimagined

On a Saturday in early May, each year from 1961 to 1975, the skies above a farm field on Stone Hill would fill with student-designed, handmade kites as part of Kite Day. That tradition is being revived this fall by Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology Hank Art. Art,… Continue reading »

Don Graves ’92, Head of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force

A political science class taken to fulfill a curricular requirement at Williams set Don Graves ’92 on a path that eventually led to the Obama administration, where he now leads Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force. Graves came to Williams to study biology but instead majored in political science and history. He went on to Georgetown Law School, worked in a law firm and ran a civil rights organization, joined the Clinton administration’s Treasury Department as a policy advisor, and worked at the Business Roundtable before returning to treasury in 2010. Continue reading »

The Mathematics of Coral Reef Health

Photo by Elizabeth Sherman By Julia Munemo A group of undergraduate researchers in Williams’ SMALL Program—which brings to campus students from colleges across the country for a residential summer program in mathematics—is helping to improve the health of coral reefs. They worked with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Julie Blackwood, who is collaborating… Continue reading »