On Sept. 21, 1935, the Trustees of the School determined to make each day chapel companies voluntary reasonably than obligatory. “After steady stress from decided and influential campus teams final 12 months, the Trustees noticed the sunshine that has almost blinded numerous undergraduates and agreed to present the undergraduates what they needed,” the File reported.
This determination adopted over 25 years of scholar pushback, together with op-eds printed within the File and publicly distributed petitions, in line with File reporting. Within the years prior, the School established a wide range of insurance policies in response to scholar protests over chapel companies. A few of these included a sure variety of “cuts” — excuses from chapel companies — per class 12 months, however these adjustments solely got here with the expectation that sure college students “submit themselves to a Bible examination,” per the File.
Whereas the 1935 determination made each day companies voluntary, attendance on the Sunday chapel companies remained obligatory.
Sept. 18, 1970: Reactions to the primary 12 months of coeducation
The second challenge of the File ever printed at a coeducational Williams included reactions from just a few male college students. Jeff Krull ’70 wrote a letter to the editor criticizing the newly shaped Williams Womens’ Liberation Entrance (WWLF). Although he acknowledged his “personal latent male chauvinism” in an apart, Krull maintained that the group ought to take itself much less severely. The catalyst for this letter seemed to be WWLF’s try to ban a banner which learn: “When higher ladies are made, Williams males will make them.”
Individually, a File author appears to have by chance coined a model new phrase within the headline of a short information merchandise: “98 coeds enchance faculty.” Although none of those ladies had been interviewed, the author took the freedom of describing them as an enhancement to the scholar physique’s “aesthetic worth.”
Sept. 9, 1977: ‘WOOLF replaces Frosh Days’
Forty-five years in the past, the newly arrived Class of 1981 returned from journeys within the Berkshire, Taconic, and Inexperienced Mountains on the first-ever WOOLF journeys.
The prior spring, seven college students, unhappy by their first-year orientation expertise, proposed an outdoor different to Frosh Days, the everyday orientation programming on the time. After “a number of opposition” by the dean of the faculty, in line with scholar organizer Tom Black ’80, the scholars had been finally granted approval. This system was not funded by the School however did obtain $50 from the Freshman Council. WOOLF price every first-year $12.50 for a three-night journey, $10 for 2 nights, and $7 for a single evening — which paid for meals and shelter through the tour.
“Regardless of bee stings and twisted ankles, chill dawns and meatless meals, freshmen and leaders had been unanimous of their reward for the toddler program,” reported the File.