‘When it comes to what we should believe, morality’s got some bite’: Professors Rima Basu and Joseph Shieber explore the ethics of belief

Imagine an elite country club in which all of the staff members are black and very few of the guests are black. Two wealthy white women mistake one of the black guests for a member of the staff. Though it was not a “straightforward” mistake, professor Rima Basu of the Claremont McKenna philosophy department urges […]

Tori Schoen ’20 provides illustrations for new children’s book ‘Why Can’t I Play With My Friends?’

It is difficult to imagine what is going through the mind of a child living through the pandemic with all of the restrictions and risks it has imposed on everyday life. This past Monday, Tori Schoen ’20 and her former tutor Sherry Lottero, published their picture book, “Why Can’t I Play With My Friends? A […]

A new way to experience Shakespeare: Student-run virtual production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ premieres this Friday

2020 has been a tough year for the theater world. For some Lafayette students, however, all the world truly is a stage—even the box of a Zoom screen. A student-produced production of “Much Ado About Nothing” opens this Friday night for its first of three live-streamed shows. Co-sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega and the Arts […]

Diversity in Sorority Life Panel discusses first steps to making Greek life more inclusive amidst calls for abolition

Sorority leaders from all six Lafayette chapters held a Diversity in Sorority Life Panel last Thursday to discuss inclusion in the Greek life community, as calls for the abolition of Greek life intensify online.  The panel was held so the campus community could have an opportunity to have “open communication” about “the issues that a […]

‘Students have really locked arms’: Goldstein, Diorio cautiously optimistic about violations of COVID guidelines

In a fall semester with COVID-19 outbreaks reported at colleges around the country, Lafayette remains an outlier with just six confirmed cases and no new cases since August 24. The majority of the 625 students residing on campus have followed the guidelines for safety, college officials said, while avoiding the most serious punishments like suspension […]

Five new student groups bring opportunities for virtual semester and beyond

Being hundreds of miles apart has not stopped Lafayette students from coming together. Five new student-led organizations that debuted last spring just prior to the coronavirus shutdown or over the summer are back and ready to make an impact after receiving official recognition by the college this fall. The organizations cover a wide range of […]

Irvin Weathersby discusses the power of art in a reading of his forthcoming book ‘In Open Contempt’

While many people find themselves amazed by the beauty of art and monuments, they may not take the time to truly understand the history or symbolism behind them. Author Irvin Weathersby’s forthcoming book, “In Open Contempt,” takes its readers on this journey of education and recognition. Weathersby, the Brooklyn-based author and professor, read an excerpt […]

So far, so good: Health Director Goldstein reflects on a positive start to a unique semester

As college students across the country and around the world substitute classrooms for their bedrooms, those who came back to Lafayette’s campus are facing new restrictions. But up to this point, the college has been able to weather the COVID-19 pandemic without changing course, despite the nearly 700 students living on college hill. Three weeks […]

Greek life to update accreditation standards due to concerns over racism, sexism

The Student Government Greek Life Committee plans to strengthen three accreditation standards for fraternities and sororities at Lafayette, focusing on new sensitivity training in light of concerns about sexism and racism in Greek life.  The reforms, pioneered by Lauren Ameruoso ‘22, the director of the Greek Life Committee, and Caroline Burns ‘22, Greek life committee […]

Editorial: It’s beyond time to end racism and sexual violence at Lafayette

If you didn’t already know that racism and sexual violence are pervasive and ingrained in the Lafayette community, you should now. The hundreds of testimonies on the Black at Lafayette and Anti-Violence Lafayette Instagram pages offer irrefutable evidence that the Lafayette experience is neither safe nor equitable for all. Don’t be fooled by the illusion of the […]

‘These issues will not go away’: Professors Wendy Wilson-Fall and Vanessa Wills discuss anti-black racism in America

The realities and consequences of anti-Black racism have taken center stage over the last few months. Black Lives Matter protests, company rebrandings, and recent strikes from professional sports leagues, sparked by multiple instances of deadly police violence toward Black people captured on video, have led to a summer of unease and unrest, leaving many to […]

Award-winning author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discusses her novella ‘Many a Little Makes’ and her reasons for writing

For Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, writing is a way to think through relationships and dynamics and to make sense of things she “cannot rationalize consciously.” This past Tuesday, Bynum read an excerpt from her novella “Many a Little Makes.”  The reading marks the first event in the Closs Virtual Reading Series, organized by English professor Jennifer […]