Sexual misconduct complaint process the subject of scrutiny at panel of college officials

Lengthiness, ambiguity among student concerns At a panel yesterday morning, students voiced their concerns to college officials that the college’s internal complaint processes for sexual misconduct are unclear to students and take too long to reach a resolution, discouraging survivors from coming forward. The college officials responded that they are exploring ways to make the […]

An underreported crime and a changing culture: survivors of sexual assault say with improved campus climate, some struggles remain

In the last two years, survivors of sexual assault and allies have made their voices heard, in society and on campus. A subject once frozen in shame is beginning to thaw. Survivors of sexual assault at Lafayette say that during this time of change, they have seen an improvement in the campus climate—people are looking […]

Maddie Smart tragically loses battle to cancer after fighting with ‘super-human strength’

Known for her “loving heart” and “goofy spirit,” Maddie Smart died surrounded by family on Tuesday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Maddie passed away just over a month after she began treatment at Maine Medical Center for her second bout of leukemia. A junior neuroscience major and resident of Maine, Maddie was a member of […]

A spirit of inclusivity, mentorship, scholarship: community reflects on career of Professor Robert Weiner, who will retire at end of term

Among former students and mentees of Robert Weiner, certain themes stand out about the history professor and co-leader of Hillel: he is an inquisitive spirit who makes a constant effort to include and learn about those with whom he crosses paths. Weiner will retire at the end of this semester, he told The Lafayette two […]

With trial date set for Moravian Title IX lawsuit, a look at Lafayette’s sexual misconduct procedures, policies

A Moravian student filed a federal civil lawsuit against her college and alleged rapist last August, and a trial date for the matter was set for Oct. 28 a couple weeks ago. The student alleges that the school violated Title IX by failing to adequately handle her report that a fellow student lured her into […]

Student government executive board positions up for election Monday

Student government will be holding elections for eleven executive board positions on Monday. Five of these positions are uncontested, with only one candidate running for each role. Six positions, however, have two students vying for their peers’ votes. Many of these candidates find commonality in prioritizing inclusion of marginalized groups in their platforms. Samantha Demarse […]

Fraynette Familia ’20, next student government president, looks to channel passion for inclusion, advocacy

Student government president-elect Fraynette Familia ’20 almost didn’t end up at Lafayette. On her way home from a visit at Dickinson College, she and her family decided to stop at Lafayette along the way for a self-guided tour. Walking into Farinon, she ran into some students of color, now seniors, who spoke her family’s first […]

Get to know the two candidates for student government president: elections to be held Monday

Student government is going into its second year under its new structure, and both candidates are quite familiar with it. Mia Coutinho ’20 helped create it and served on it last semester as Vice President, before going abroad this spring. Fraynette Familia ’20 has served this year as Director of the new Equity and Inclusion […]

Impact of Trump’s executive order on campus free speech unclear: President Byerly says college anticipates no effect

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Thursday titled Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency and Accountability at Colleges and Universities. As of now, its implication on colleges regarding its freedom of inquiry sections is unclear. President Alison Byerly said she discussed the order “very briefly” with her cabinet, and they determined that the order doesn’t […]

What’s happening over on McCartney Street: an overview of the next 4+ years of construction on the edge of campus

The empty lot on McCartney Street across from Gates Hall is just the first stage of what’s to come on the campus’ border with College Hill. Three phases, planned over the course of the next four years and more, encompass the transformation of McCartney Street into a central hub of campus, with a new wellness […]