Some down, more to go: Student Government works to address demands of Dear Lafayette coalition

The Black-led student coalition Dear Lafayette created a 28-page document last October listing their demands for the college, ranging from a re-evaluation of the undergraduate curriculum to “no additional funding” for Public Safety.  The group, which according to its Instagram page @dearlafayettecollege dedicates itself to “fighting systemic oppression and fascism on College Hill,” made five […]

Greek life leaders silent over investigations into allegations linking unapproved social events with recent COVID outbreak

All Greek life activities at Lafayette have been canceled as of Oct. 21 amid an investigation into alleged misconduct both before and after Covid-19 cases began to emerge on campus in mid-October.  The allegations, which have come in from social media and anonymous reporting, allege that fraternities – specifically Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE), Phi Kappa […]

‘We must be active protectors of democracy’: Attorneys and professors discuss voting rights in the upcoming election

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the talk, “Voting Rights, Race and COVID: A View from the Front Lines” sought to shed light on the shortcomings of American democracy.  Sponsored by Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, attorneys Sonia Gill and Bobby Hoffman of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) discussed voting and […]

Greek life to update accreditation standards due to concerns over racism, sexism

The Student Government Greek Life Committee plans to strengthen three accreditation standards for fraternities and sororities at Lafayette, focusing on new sensitivity training in light of concerns about sexism and racism in Greek life.  The reforms, pioneered by Lauren Ameruoso ‘22, the director of the Greek Life Committee, and Caroline Burns ‘22, Greek life committee […]

Instagram fundraiser raises thousands of dollars in scholarships for undocumented students

The group “Undocufund” raised over $9,000 in scholarship funds for undocumented students at Lafayette this past summer, surpassing both the initial goal of $5,000 and then the second goal of $8,000 in a matter of only two weeks.  The group was started by two Lafayette students, Flor Caceres ’22, Basit Balogun ’21, building on the […]

Students urge college to join Worker Rights Consortium to enforce ethical labor practices

“Someone is getting the short end of the stick and it is not us,” Lulu Kirtchuk ’21, said. Last December, Kirtchuk and 29 other students in professor Angelika von Wahl’s “Globalization and Its Critics” class wrote a letter addressed to President Alison Byerly after learning about the poor working conditions in the T-shirt production industry, […]

Lafayette Forensics team wins Pennsylvania State Championship for the third time

The Lafayette Forensics (Speech and Debate team) earned themselves another award this past weekend, winning the Pennsylvania State Championship for the third time in the team’s history and for the second year in a row. Lafayette earned 385.5 points while St. Joseph’s University, holding the second place title, scored just 151 points. This success was […]

Refugee Action presented over 550 signatures to Northampton County Council in support of refugee resettlement

The Lafayette community came together in support of Refugee Action’s petition on behalf of the resettlement of refugees within Northampton County. In a single afternoon the petition received over 500 signatures. The petition was a response to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in Sept. 2019, requiring individual states and localities to submit […]

‘A superficial gloss on the problem’: Many question Twitter’s decision to disallow political ads

In light of the upcoming 2020 election, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced earlier this month that his social media platform will stop all political advertising. Dorsey defended his company’s plan to ban both candidate and issue ads, tweeting “internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse…all at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale,” […]