With freshman enrollment in flux, Lafayette’s plans for growth remain uncertain

Like other higher education institutions across the country, Lafayette College faced challenges in attracting students amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the rollout of vaccines and a gradual return to campus life, however, the administration said they are cautiously optimistic about the college’s ability to rebound.   “I think that the number one obstacle […]

Lafayette joins the movement for ethically produced retail

On Feb. 19, the college officially became an affiliate institution to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a labor monitoring organization that works to combat sweatshop conditions and ensure that retail, like college merchandise, is produced ethically.   Lafayette’s decision to become an affiliate institution comes after fifteen months of effort by Lulu Kirtchuk ‘21 and Olivia […]

Lafayette to use $1 million dollar grant to restore the historic Rinek Cordage Company complex

The storied century-old Rinek Rope factory on Bushkill Drive is getting a facelift. Last December, Lafayette finally received a one million dollar grant to renovate the complex after three years of denied applications. This building has a deep history that both the city of Easton and the college hope to preserve and honor with the […]

Student ‘campus monitors’ to be hired by Lafayette to remind peers of COVID-19 guidelines

In order to ensure that students are following the mask and social distance guidelines on campus amid the pandemic, the college plans to hire a number of “campus monitors” who will enforce regulations and report instances of non-compliance. The program also aims to reduce Public Safety involvement in the monitoring process. According to Vice President […]

Original research through new methodologies: A look at the Digital Humanities Summer Scholar program

Lafayette students have experienced almost a year of virtual learning and digital assignments. One program at the college, however, has been immersed in the digital space for years. The Digital Humanities Summer Scholar (DHSS) program is a six-week workshop that takes place at the beginning of the summer for a select cohort of students. Students […]

Kaitlyn Ahern '23 sitting with her hands folded on top of a desk.

Student Activist Spotlight: Kaitlyn Ahern ’23 discusses activism, from social media to senate campaigns

This past fall, Kaitlyn Ahern ’23 contributed to the Jon Ossoff for Senate campaign. But her activist work started long before then. Growing up in Scranton Pennsylvania, located a few miles from one of the largest landfills in the United States, Ahern explained that she felt confused and abandoned by the passivity of local politicians […]

Women’s basketball splits weekend series with Lehigh as Kucowski closes in on rebounds record

The Lafayette women’s basketball team split a pair of games against rival Lehigh last weekend, winning 70-60 on Sunday in Bethlehem and dropping a 71-57 result the following day in Easton.  The team now carries a 3-7 conference record into the final week of the regular season, and will face Lehigh twice more this weekend.  […]

Patriot League speaker series continues with ‘Today with Dr. Kaye’ host Karsonya Whitehead

Three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentarian and award-winning host of “Today with Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9FM Karsonya Whitehead spoke on Wednesday as part of the Patriot League Anti-Racism Speaker Series. Whitehead is a highly accomplished professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Wednesday’s presentation was the second of two […]

Virus cases linked to Greek life houses as chapter presidents stay mum

After rising COVID-19 cases kept the college at operational level two last week, a handful of positive tests were linked to the Phi Psi house and one positive test was linked to the Zeta Psi house, according to several sources inside each fraternity. Two cases have also been linked to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, […]

Student Artist Spotlight: Sarah Frankel ‘21 on directing plays, connecting castmates and artistic resilience in the time of COVID-19

For Sarah Frankel ’21, theater is a passion as well as a way to connect with others—even in a virtual world. As a student of the theater for over 10 years and a participant in 30 different productions, Frankel has spent much of her time at the college exploring her interests in writing and directing […]

Athlete Ally hosts first meeting of the semester with virtual panel on the horizon

The Lafayette College Athlete Ally club (LCAA) gathered on Zoom last Wednesday to discuss their plans going forward, with a focus on the virtual panel the club has been organizing, themed ‘allyship through the years.’ It was the club’s first time gathering during this unorthodox spring semester.  The panel is not officially on the schedule […]

Hollis Ashby posing with jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Williams Center artistic and executive director Hollis Ashby wins 2020 Presenter of the Year award

After organizing dozens of headline-grabbing performances throughout her lifetime, Hollis Ashby is now being recognized for achievements of her own. Ashby, the Artistic and Executive Director for the Williams Center of the Arts, recently received the 2020 Presenter of the Year award from North American Performing Arts Agents and Managers (NAPAMA). The award recognizes winners […]