Amnesty seeking signatures: Lafayette chapter looks to gain support for Pennsylvania Fairness Act

The Lafayette chapter of Amnesty International is organizing a petition to be sent to President Alison Byerly in an effort to get Lafayette College to endorse the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. The legislation will outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender expression or identity, amending a bill from 1955 which made illegal discrimination based on […]

Task Force for Student Support holds third open forum: Students voice opinions on faculty leadership and trigger warnings

The third and final open meeting of the Student Support Task Force met this past Tuesday. Around 20 students, faculty and administrators showed up to discuss a potential campus advising program, though the conversation quickly transitioned to faculty leadership and classroom trigger warnings. Similar to the first two meetings, Dean of Faculty Robin Rinehart and Dean of Intercultural Development […]

Lafayette’s admitted class ranks highest ever in academics

The admitted cohort for the Lafayette Class of 2020 is one of the strongest academically in the history of the college. Although there are still several weeks left for students to respond to the acceptance offer, the overall pool of admitted students is particularly talented, according to Dean of Admissions Matthew Hyde. President Alison Byerly said, “Of the […]

Bombing in Istanbul cancels McKelvy trip

The McKelvy House spring break trip to Istanbul, Turkey was cancelled following a bombing there this past Saturday. Although the trip had initially been approved by the school, the recent attack prompted Lafayette to call off the expedition, according to Assistant Professor of History and advisor to McKelvy Rachel Goshgarian. Before the attack, there were not nationally-sanctioned travel […]

McKelvy goes to Istanbul: Unexpected funds prompt spring break trip

With midterms coming to a close, 11 students and three faculty advisors affiliated with the McKelvy House at Lafayette, are preparing to head on an international spring break trip. The group will be spending six days in Istanbul, Turkey, immersing themselves in a culture that they have been discussing for half a semester. Professor Rachel Goshgarian, the faculty […]

Students talk about activism culture on campus

On Feb. 29, President Alison Byerly sent out a campus wide e-mail, announcing that Posse D.C. would decisively not be affected by budget redistribution. After weeks of student-driven discussions regarding the program, the administration has committed to Posse D.C. for at least another 2-3 years. “At those meetings and when I met personally with Posse students, students spoke compellingly […]

Sustainability conference brings ideas outside the classroom: Lafayette and surrounding schools participate

This Saturday marks Lafayette’s next local, public forum for environmental sustainability. Every two years, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), a consortium of all of the colleges in the Lehigh Valley, hosts a sustainability conference, according to Professor of Engineering Studies Ben Cohen. This year, Lafayette will be giving five presentations at the conference. According to Cohen, […]

Reorienting orientation

Programs added to the beginning of the semester and more changes For new students, orientation is their first taste of college life. And while that may not change, next year’s freshmen will have a slightly different experience than in years past. After several months of discussion, the orientation program is undergoing some structural changes, including […]

Revamping reading day

Marquis Hall open for academic assistance Monday With final exams approaching, there is only a brief period to collect notes, unwind, and cram for some students. Reading day, the only day a year between the end of classes and the start of finals devoted specifically to studying, has new programming this year directed at first-year […]

Defining a new position

College explores the role of a sustainability coordinator Two weeks after President Byerly said Lafayette would hire a sustainability coordinator in response to student efforts, the college continues to search for what this new position would mean. To answer that question, students and staff hold monthly sustainability committee meetings and learning from other people who […]

Student rally sparks sustainable action

President Byerly announces plans to hire sustainability coordinator on campus Months of student action for sustainability initiatives on campus culminated in President Alison Byerly’s announcement last Friday that Lafayette plans to hire a sustainability coordinator. On the steps of Markle Hall, Byerly announced the college’s plans to create the position through a megaphone to a […]