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Best college in the world (of course), and arch-enemy of the evil Amherst.
Williams college's extremely long and illustrious history does not prevent it from being malleable to the whims of presidents, deans and fiesty students. Most notable in the colleges character, despite being so old and stable, is the commercial marketing of the college to the 18 year old high-school senior demographic. This and this alone has let the college to destroy a perfectly good student center, put up a flashy but somewhat out-of-place theatre, prepare to put students through constant construction when the Stetson-Sawyer project starts.
Despite constantly telling ourselves and as many other people that we can we are number one in academics and sports, we spend very little time really engaged in meaningful discussion with professors or each other, preferring instead to the closed groups of friends, stereotypes and cliques that come with too many people with closed minds together in purple bubble. The status of number one is dependent on how many people we reject, how much money alunni give us and how many flashy new buildings we complete. It says very little about the intelectual life of the students or how much wisdom and learning goes on. This is evidenced by the controversy of the people's and cultures requirement as well as the small percentage of students knowing their professors outside of the classroom.