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Williams Students Create Charity to Feed Healthcare Workers, Help Local Businesses
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24AM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At a time when the number of worthy causes can seem overwhelming, a couple of Williams College students have created a way for donors to support two endeavors with one donation.   "Williams for Williamstown: Feeding BMC" is the brainchild of Williams senior Eliza Bower, who decided to do her part by supporting frontline healthcare workers and small businesses who are struggling in the era of social distancing — both at the same time.   "We're calling it a win-win-win," Bower said on Tuesday morning. "It helps local businesses and restaurants, helps Berkshire Medical Center and helps engage the Williams College

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Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
09:54AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

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Ella Biancolo, Emily Carmel and Angela Guachione, Pittsfield; Meredith (Mere) Hall, Adams; Ria Kedia, Pittsfield; Emma

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Williams College Senior Wins Watson Fellowship
09:47AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior John "Jack" Romans has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow for 2020-2021. 

Winners of the fellowship receive a stipend of $36,000 for 12 months of independent study and travel outside of the United States. 

Romans joins 46 other students selected as Watson Fellows who hail from eight countries and 20 states. Selected from private liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States, Watson Fellows will travel the world exploring a diverse range of topics and disciplines.

A theater major from West Saint Paul, Minn., Romans will use the fellowship to pursue a project titled "Never Growing Up: Learning

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MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:50AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Like so many college and universities across the nation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had to quickly restructure its spring semester and cancel all of its sports and activities.   But what it isn't going to do is force the class of 2020 to forgo its commencement ceremonies.   President Jamie Birge on Thursday confirmed to the board of trustees what he'd written weeks before on the college's website: some way, some how there would be a presentation of diplomas.   "I can tell you we will have commencement, but we don't know the date of that yet," he said during the call-in meeting of the trustees. "We will

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Historical Echo, Irony in Williams College Cancellations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Sunday, April 05, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in school history, the classrooms at Williams College will be very quiet this spring.   In 1970, it was a two-week student strike to fight a war.   In 2020, it's a three-month closure ordered by the college to fight a global pandemic.   Paul Miller has ties to both stoppages and sees a parallel.   "It's always been kind of a source of pride in a weird way that our class was caring enough [to strike]," said Miller, a member of Williams' class of '70. "That's kind of how I see it. We weren't in the ivory tower being totally self-centered and only being worried about grades and grad

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Williams College Cancels Commencement, Reunion Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Friday, April 03, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud Mandel on Friday sent a community-wide email announcing that school's commencement and reunion weekend weekend will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Seniors, while I am heartbroken that graduation cannot happen in the conventional way at the conventional time, I am determined that you will have your moment," Mandel wrote. "Rather than deciding for you what that should look like, my colleagues and I want to start by asking you."   Mandel announced that members of the Class of 2020 will receive a survey seeking their ideas about alternative ways to celebrate their graduation

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Mount Greylock Continues Teacher Talks Over Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Wednesday, April 01, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee met on Tuesday but did not have a resolution on two issues stemming from the school closure that entered its third week on Monday.   Districts statewide are closed through at least May 4 by order of the governor. Last week, the commissioner of education advised school officials to implement remote learning plans to continue students' education during the closure.   On Friday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and other members of the administration sent an email to the district's families explaining plans for remote learning the PreK-12 district.   "We met this afternoon with the [teachers

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State Encouraging School Districts to Develop 'Remote Learning' Plans
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10:35PM / Monday, March 30, 2020
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BOSTON — School districts throughout the commonwealth this week are deciding how they will act on remote learning guidelines issued by the commissioner of education last week.   After consulting with a range of stakeholders, including the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association, Jeffrey C. Riley sent districts a three-page memo outlining his guidelines.   And he stressed that they are only suggestions.   "Please note that the guidance below is a set of recommendations and does not constitute a requirement for any district or school," Riley wrote, italicizing

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Williams Shuts Down Construction After Worker Raises COVID-19 Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
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The North Addition is the second of two buildings in the $204 million project and is replacing the Bronfman Science Center.  The South Science Building opened in 2018. Williams College is shutting down all construction on both the North Science Building and Fort Bradshaw projects as of the end of day Friday.    According to an email from Fred Puddester, vice president of finance and administration, "neither of the firms managing these two projects have reported any positive cases of COVID-19 on either work site."   iBerkshires.com was forwarded this notification at 5:53 p.m., although the first communication within Williams'

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Hancock School Community Holds 'COVID-19 Drive By'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
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The drive by tried to go past all the houses of tiny Hancock School's 49 students.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Members of the Hancock School community drove through Hancock, Lanesborough, and Cheshire to say a quick hello to students during what they called a "COVID-19 Ride By."   In these times of school closures and social distancing, the participants said its always nice to see a familiar face in person even if it is from your front lawn.   "Peer and social contact are necessary to maintain a healthy, balanced emotion outlook. Something like this keeps us positive, upbeat, and our interrelationships strong," teacher Janet Tremblay

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