Lafayette creates pass/fail option for spring semester: Students have until May 1 to decide

Today the college announced that all students will be allowed to take any course on a pass/fail grade basis for this semester only. The decision, which was distributed via a campus-wide email from President Alison Byerly and Provost John Meier, was made in response to the college’s transition to online instruction instigated by the ongoing […]

Lehigh reinstates Greek life after month-long ban: Lafayette continues search for new advisor to fraternities and sororities

Over the weekend, fraternities and sororities at Lehigh University were allowed to resume normal activity following a month-long hiatus after reports of hazing, alcohol violations, and drug abuse prompted the administration to “pause” all Greek life on campus in January. The organizations were reinstated after members of the Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Cultural Greek […]

Student government reshuffles executive ranks for second time this year

Former treasurer Ross Coleman ’22 is filling the role of vice president after Victoria Puglia ’21 stepped down at the beginning of the semester. The treasurer vacancy will be filled by chair of the budget committee and former interim treasurer Jonathan Sosa-Ponce ‘21. Puglia took over as vice president after former president Fraynette Familia stepped […]

Rinek Rope Factory renovations to provide multipurpose space for students, facilities operations

The college is renovating a nineteenth-century rope factory to be used for storage and as a “maker space” for Lafayette civil engineers. The Rinek Rope Factory, which is located past the Public Safety building on Bushkill Drive, will be transformed into a new college-operated hub by fall of 2020 with the $2 million project. Though […]

A new battleground: How Lafayette fits in the divestment movement to fight climate change

Student climate change activists rushed the field to protest their university’s investments in fossil fuels at one of the oldest rivalries in college football last month. It was not at Laf-Lehigh. Harvard and Yale students disrupted the crowd at halftime of the Yale-Harvard football game on November 23, carrying signs like “Harvard and Yale complicit,” […]

College to offer full-ride merit-based scholarships starting next year: Financial aid still the priority

Next year, Lafayette will begin a pilot version of the revamped Marquis scholarship program, which will offer full tuition for recipients of the Fellowship and half tuition for Scholars. Despite tuition increases, the amount for both the Fellowship and the Scholarship have remained unchanged since 2013, when the Marquis award was changed to $24,000 and […]

RefAct helps resettle second refugee family this year, looks to future of organization

Refugee Action will be helping settle another refugee family in the Lehigh Valley, marking the second resettlement they are involved with this year. The family arrived in Pennsylvania this week, but preparations have been going on since long before the family’s arrival. Since it’s creation in 2017, RefAct has helped settle three families, including one that […]