Textbook prices impose challenges for students: College looking for alternatives to increase affordability

Grace Wilgucki ’19, a biology major, estimates that she spends an average of $800 a semester on textbooks alone. Prices like these are not uncommon, and the college has starting looking into increasing affordability and accessibility. Dean of Libraries Anne Houston and others in the administration recently decided to take on the issue of rising textbook […]

Lafayette gifted $3 million endowment for interdisciplinary engineering chair

A $3 million gift to the college will go towards endowing a new faculty chair in the engineering department that focuses on interdisciplinary education, creating the Air Products-Ghasemi Professorship. The gift is a three-part donation from the Air Products Foundation who donated $1.5 million, CEO of Air Products Seifollah Ghasemi who donated $500,000 and an […]

Director of Health Services expects flu “peak” in coming weeks: campus implements precautions

With nearly 48,000 reported cases of the flu in Pennsylvania this year, and 2,343 in Northampton County alone, Lafayette has been fighting to keep the epidemic from spreading across campus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 15,000 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the start of the flu season. Over 50 […]

Easton Hospital earns “C” rating for hospital safety

Easton Hospital, the nearest general medical center other than Bailey’s Health Center, received a “C” grade from LeapFrog’s most recent Hospital Safety Grade in fall 2017. The LeapFrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that aims to increase quality and safety of American health care, according to their website. It uses information about “errors, accidents, and […]

Students begin initiative to create multicultural Greek organization

Efforts are underway to found a multicultural sorority at Lafayette. At least 25 students have demonstrated interest in joining should a chapter be formed at Lafayette, according to Nina Milligan ’20, a student leader of the efforts. The idea for this organization originated from the list of concerns for marginalized students last year, which eventually […]

Tenure process changes implemented this fall after approval at end of spring

The president and the promotion and tenure review committee (PTR) will now work directly together when evaluating tenure cases of professors, instead of the president making a recommendation after receiving the PTR’s. Motions for changes to the tenure review process were approved for the current school year this past May. These changes came as a […]

Lafayette maintains sexual assault investigation policies in face of federal policy changes

The announcement from the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to draw back policies regarding sexual assault cases on college campuses will not affect policies at Lafayette, Vice President of Campus Life Annette Diorio said. Last Friday, DeVos announced her intent to enact new rules following a public comment period that would change several Obama-era policies regarding […]

Search for Educational Equity Coordinator ensues, position will expand Title IX coordinator’s role

The search for the new Educational Equity Coordinator is currently underway, a new role that expands the role of former Title IX Coordinator Amy O’Neill to include other forms of discrimination. The Educational Equity Coordinator will work with Dean of Equity and Inclusion Chris Hunt to cover all cases of discrimination, including racism, that previously were […]

Bringing back the data in sustainability efforts: college emissions down 14.3% since 2008

Since starting last November, Lafayette’s first ever Director of Sustainability Marie Fechik-Kirk has made headway in demonstrating the school’s progress in reducing greenhouse emission and increasing visibility of sustainability on campus. One of the first things Fechik-Kirk was tasked with was assessing the college’s progress toward its 2011 climate action plan aimed at reducing carbon […]