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Exploring the Past to Understand the Present

By Julia Munemo Students in Dorothy Wang’s Theories & Methods in American Studies class spent the fall applying what they’d learned about conducting research to the very institution they call home. Using the Williams College archives, each student dug into one aspect of the college’s past and wrote a research paper about what he or

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Arizona 5th-Graders Get a Peek at College Life from Williams

The Dean’s Office got a nice surprise this fall in the form of a hefty envelope from Mesa, Ariz., filled with letters from Lowell Elementary School fifth-graders who had plenty of questions about life at Williams. “Do you offer scholarships? Because I want to be a scientist and to make my mom and dad really

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How to Buy Art

By Julia Munemo The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is about to get a new painting. It’s a 19th century landscape called Keene Valley by Hudson River School artist Hermann Fuechsel. But this painting wasn’t selected by the museum’s curatorial team or its director. Instead, it was selected by a group of students. “Acquiring

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Where Policy and Health Care Intersect

Binney McCague ’03 says she’s known since middle school that she wanted to be a doctor. What she didn’t know until she came to Williams was that public policy was as important to her as working with patients. “It all started in an introductory political science course my freshman year,” she says. “It opened my

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A Violinist’s Path: Alicia Choi ’09

By Julia Munemo Violin has always been important to Alicia Choi ’09. As a student at New York’s Stuyvesant High School, she spent every Saturday at Juilliard, where she studied chamber music and orchestra in their pre-college division. She double majored in music and Chinese at Williams, and then returned to Juilliard for her master

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From Navy SEAL to Student

When Jake Bingaman ’19 started college for the first time, in 2004, the U.S. had recently invaded Iraq. Although he wanted to earn a college degree—and had a scholarship from Miami University to do just that—Bingaman also felt a growing sense of commitment to his country. “We as a nation were doing something important, and

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Toward a Cleaner Hoosic River

By Julia Munemo Juniors Linda Shin ’17 and Matthew Goss ’17 spent this summer measuring polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels in crayfish and trout from the Hoosic River. Their goal was to help determine if levels of the synthetic chemical compound have decreased in recent years. The production of PCBs, which cause cancer in animals and

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Mountain Day!

Williams students headed for the hills for a day of outdoor community celebration.

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Come Back to the Log

If the walls of the Log could talk, one can only imagine the tales they would tell. Within its friendly confines, generations of Williams students and alumni mingled over frosty beverages and snacks, blew off steam at the foosball table, celebrated homecoming victories or settled in for Monday Night Football. Friends were made and future

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Storm Waves and Coastal Erosion

After proving that storm waves crashing into Ireland’s Aran Islands were responsible for shifting extremely large rocks high above sea level and far inland, geosciences professor Ronadh Cox and her students are working to understand the long-term effects of coastal erosion. With a three-year, $277,509 grant from the National Science Foundation, Cox and her students will study the effects

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