Headshot of Laura Wang '21.

More than Medicine

The daughter of two physicians and the sister of a medical resident, Laura Wang ’21 wasn’t planning to follow her family’s career path. She came to Williams for the liberal arts. In her freshman year, she took chemistry and math classes as well as introductory economics and psychology. She decided to major in economics, but…

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A Tribute in Song

Williams students contributed vocal tracks for the opening number of a virtual tribute concert for the late Adam Schlesinger ’89. Adam Schlesinger: A Music Celebration will stream on Wednesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. EDT on the Rolling Live platform, with ticket proceeds benefiting MusiCares and New York’s Bowery Electric. Schlesinger, who died in April 2020 from…

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Mapping Ballet’s “Dark Stars”

A student project helps recover the stories of Black artists, schools and influences in ballet.

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People who are eligible and registered wait in line to get COVID-19 vaccine at NYC Health Department Vaccine Hub at Hillcrest High School in Queens.

Vaccinations and Connections

Jonathan Landsman ’05 writes about his experience volunteering at a vaccination center in his hometown of Queens.

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Alumni Support Student Internships with a Cause

One hundred and thirty six Williams students received funding to pursue their dreams through the ’68 Center for Career Exploration’s wINTERNship program held in January 2021.

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“Pine Cello” by Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24

  Very early on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24, Scott Lewis, Director of the Williams Outing Club, and a few friends made the 1.6 mile hike to the top of the Pine Cobble trail in Williamstown. As the sun rose above the distant hills, Tasan performed his original composition “Pine Cello,” inspired by…

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Williams College groundkeeper Jimmy Menard wears a black face mask and stands in front of the football field.

A Williams Life

On January 22, 2021, longtime groundskeeper Jimmy Menard retired after 36 years with Williams. If you ever watched a soccer game, attended an alumni event or sat through commencement, chances are, Menard was working behind the scenes. Among other duties with athletics, he maintained natural grass and artificial turf playing fields, smoothed the ice at…

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Welcome Assistance

Bilingual and multi-lingual members of the Williams community are helping to support people immigrating to the U.S. by providing free translations of documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, school transcripts and diplomas, and financial statements. The service, which members of the Williams Translation Project (WTP) provide through local immigration centers, could otherwise cost applicants…

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A group of men and women perform a step routine on stage.

Unlocking the Story of Step

Maxine Lyle ’00 had been leading a group of dancers in rehearsals when the studio owner asked if they could “step softer.” Bewildered, Lyle thought to herself, “The last thing you should ever ask a Step dancer to do is step softer!” In what seemed to Lyle like retaliation for the noise, the owner of…

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A graphic depiction of the West Nile Virus.

Understanding West Nile Virus

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bob Rawle recently published a paper that corrects some misunderstandings about how the West Nile Virus operates and creates a pathway for further research that could lead to the development of an anti-viral drug in the future. Chemistry majors Olivia Graceffa ’22 and Abe Park ’22 contributed to his research and…

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