Lafayette enters academic year with balanced budget despite COVID-19 cutbacks, plans to continue construction

The College lost nearly 40 million dollars in revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this and pay cuts implemented within the past year, the financial situation of the College remains secure as Lafayette rebounds.   According to Vice President for Finance and Administration Roger Demareski, the College’s endowment mirrored the success of the markets and […]

New security features in off-campus housing after armed robberies last spring

The actions of knife-wielding McCartney Street robber led students living off-campus to return to new security features in their home. Lafayette decided to add panic buttons and auto-lock doors to college owned off-campus housing this semester. According to Director of Public Safety Jeff Troxell, the College installed these devices in direct response to the two […]

Power sharing possible but uncertain for Greek Life committee directorship

Director of the Greek Life Committee Hank Scheffler ’22 may be sharing his title with another student next year. After weeks of drama over the only contested position on the executive board, creating a co-directorship for the Greek Life Committee has made the Student Government agenda. But the timeline and implementation are still uncertain. Scheffler […]

Investigative Committee considers calls for impeachment of Student Government president: Impeachment ‘very unlikely’ before end of semester

Student government has formed a committee which is actively investigating the calls for the impeachment of current Student Government President Mary Zimmerman ’21. With less than a month to the end of the semester, however, an impeachment trial of the graduating senior is highly unlikely.  The formation of the investigative committee comes more than half […]

The uncertain future of enrollment: College growth plans on hold amid pandemic woes

The college’s ambitious plan to grow the student body population by 400 students is facing obstacles, including a drop in enrollment caused by the pandemic and the imminent exit of President Alison Byerly, one of the plan’s chief proponents. First adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2016, the “Affordability and Distinction through Growth” initiative […]

Sole presidential candidate Flor Caceres ’22 pushes for minimum wage hike, common course update

This Thursday and Friday, students cast their votes for the next student government president. With only one candidate on the ballot, the choice was easy.    Flor Caceres ’22, the sole contender for the presidency, said that she would not have minded facing competition—but she is looking forward to getting started at the helm of […]

Public Safety did not contact Northampton DA for McCartney Street incidents: Easton police take over investigation

Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck said that the college did not contact his office during their investigation of the Feb. 22 break-in on McCartney Street. The Easton Police Department is now leading the investigation of the break–in after a suspect in a similar March 5 robbery on the same block was apprehended.   “Easton police […]

Lafayette enrollment numbers fluctuate as Posse program runs smoothly

Out of an abundance of caution amidst the pandemic, many colleges opted for online or hybrid instruction this academic year. This decision posed challenges for both enrollment offices at colleges across America and for countless incoming freshmen, whose decisions to attend university were thrown into question.  A report from the National Student House Clearing Center […]