Students report illnesses from Ruef drinking water after sewage pipe bursts: college says any illnesses are ‘unrelated’

A burst sewer pipe in Ruef Hall last weekend resulted in the water being shut-off to the north side of the building. Major construction ensued on the building’s pipes for several days. Some students reported getting sick from drinking the water in Ruef, though the college reported that there was no contamination of drinking water. […]

Committee report on sororities: no need for new NPC chapter

An exploratory committee, created by the Panhellenic Council in spring 2017 to investigate the possibilities of adding another National Panhellenic Council (NPC) sorority chapter to campus, recently released a report that advised against adding another NPC chapter. Last year, discussions took place about interest in forming a multicultural sorority chapter on campus. Since multicultural Greek organizations don’t fall […]

Administrators receive results of campus climate survey, professor Rinehart discusses general themes

Results of the college’s most recent survey to assess Lafayette’s campus climate have been finalized and will be made available to the campus community later this November. The survey asked questions about a range of issues like discrimination and safety on campus Last spring semester, the focus group Demographic Perspectives helped Lafayette conduct their campus […]

Updated climate action plan presented to Board of Trustees; Petition shows support for campus sustainability

Marie Fechik-Kirk, Director of Sustainability, presented the new climate action plan for reducing Lafayette’s carbon footprint to the board of trustees this past weekend. Before the presentation, representatives from environmental groups around campus were working on collecting signatures for a petition, now with over 1,000 names, supporting the new plan and establishing the community’s commitment […]

Reaccreditation self study concludes: campus reviews scheduled for November, April

As the college enters the final stages of its three-year self study, which was created for the reaccreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), it is touching base with all areas of campus to ensure the review is holistic and comprehensive. Classics professor Markus Dubischar, who is co-chair of the Steering […]

Counseling Center adds counselors and services to meet increased student demand

In an effort to adequately accommodate the increased student demand for counseling at Lafayette, the Counseling Center welcomed full-time counselors Dr. Devin Hussong and Dr. Asmita Pendse this August.  Being short two full-time staff members, and with the Health Center visiting psychiatrist retiring at the end of last semester, the Counseling Center needed more full-time counselors […]

Denim Day shows support for victims of sexual violence, educates Lafayette community on sexual assault

Students, faculty and staff participated in Denim Day on Wednesday, as an effort to band campus together to spread awareness and raise support for victims of sexual violence. Denim Day is a national day organized by Peace Over Violence where individuals “wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual […]

Athletes and athletic staff required to participate in One Love Escalation workshops after NCAA mandate

In order to help all varsity athletes and athletic staff at Lafayette fulfill the NCAA Board of Governors regulation that they “participate in education regarding sexual violence,” all Lafayette athletes are now required to attend One Love Escalation Workshops this semester, Deputy Director of Athletic Compliance Kaitlyn McKittrick wrote in an email. This new policy […]

District attorney to host summit addressing college drinking: recent events, including McCrae Williams’ death, prompt event

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is organizing a summit with the four higher education institutions in the county to address the issue of underage and dangerous drinking habits. In a report announcing the summit, Morganelli wrote that while happy and lifelong memories result from college years, “it is also a time of excessive drinking and dealing […]