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 […]

Thousands at risk of deportation if DACA ends: Students and administration fight back

Next week, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments to decide if the upwards of 700,000 undocumented immigrants covered under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will lose the protections they gained under the Obama administration. For DACA recipients on campus, this could potentially spell the end of their college careers in the United States […]

Mental health issues on the rise among college students even as resources grow

Despite recent increases in the availability of mental health services across campuses nationwide, rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide are still on the rise, according to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. As the prevalence of mental health issues increases and stigmas decrease, experts wonder if the recent changes will be sufficient […]

Tour guides leave program following feelings of pressure to share inauthentic experiences: The challenges facing tour guides of color

Tour guides are one of the key bridges between prospective students and the Lafayette College experience. But what if your experience isn’t relatable to the majority of prospective students? For several former tour guides who joined the program with the goal of sharing their experiences with a more diverse population of prospective students, appealing to a […]