Board reaffirms Rojo tenure denial, responds to faculty concerns

The board of trustees announced Tuesday afternoon that they will uphold their previous decision to deny professor Juan Rojo tenure. After he got out of classes, Rojo picked up a two-paragraph letter from the Lafayette College Board of Trustees in the president’s office. He said that he had a feeling that it would be negative decision before […]

‘Sitting on the sidelines wasn’t an option’: Students take off semester to support Clinton

While Emily Keller-Coffey ’18 was on campus over the summer, she volunteered with a Hillary Clinton campaign phone bank. That was on a Wednesday. On Thursday, she applied for a job with the Hillary for America. “Then I started withdrawing from Lafayette on Friday,” she said. Keller-Coffey and Sara Hayet ’18 have both taken off their junior […]

As English learning students numbers rise, college hires support

As more international students enroll in Lafayette, the college inaugurated this semester the first full-time position to help students learning English as a second language. Tingting Kang will be Lafayette’s first Multi-Language Learner Support Specialist, a position created as a result of several years of faculty requests for such a job. “Students are struggling and […]

Professor to end hunger strike Monday morning

Spanish Professor Juan Rojo announced to the board of trustees Saturday that he plans to suspend his hunger strike Monday at 10 a.m. Faculty were notified Sunday morning. Rojo has only consumed water and sports drinks since announcing his decision to hunger strike at a faculty meeting on Tuesday after the denial of his tenure […]

Byerly and Rojo meet; Governance committee to meet this afternoon

President Alison Byerly and Spanish Professor Juan Rojo met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday night regarding Rojo’s hunger strike in response to the denial of his tenure application. A faculty governance committee is planned this afternoon to discuss the tenure review process in response to Rojo’s strike. Any voting member of the faculty can attend as observers, […]

College: Expansion aims to ultimately increase affordability

Lafayette announced plans over the summer to expand on College Hill and in Easton, including several new buildings, more competitive faculty salaries and increasing enrollment at Lafayette by 400 by 2025 – without higher tuition increases. The goal that ties it all together, according to President Alison Byerly and Vice President of Finance Roger Demareski, is increasing the […]

Student evaluations and tenure: A professor’s hunger strike

Near the end of Tuesday’s faculty meeting, a Lafayette professor announced that he had been on hunger strike since the meeting began at 4:10 p.m. and would not end until his demands are met. Assistant Spanish Professor Juan Rojo’s demands: that the faculty’s committee’s vote to grant him tenure be upheld and that systematic changes to the tenure […]

Professor hunger strikes against denial of tenure

This was a breaking news story and has been updated. Check here for updates. A Lafayette assistant professor announced today that he is going on a hunger strike to protest President Alison Byerly’s decision to deny him tenure and to protest the tenure review process. Juan Rojo, who teaches Spanish, began the hunger strike when […]

Why tuition rises

Planning the upcoming budget, college grapples with costs to students A month after the College Board released nationwide data on tuition increases, Lafayette is preparing to go before the board of trustees with budget plan for the 2016-17 year. President Alison Byerly and the cabinet will submit their budget proposal this month to the board […]