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State representative Melissa L. Shusterman ’89 on the importance of women in politics

For many, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss was discouraging. For Melissa L. Shusterman ’89, State Representative of the 157th District of Pennsylvania, it was motivating. “A woman losing the presidency meant that many industries could continue to harass and intimidate women, overlook them for positions of power and continue paying them less than men,” Shusterman […]

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Updated digital repository allows for increased access to scholarly publications

Under the leadership of digital initiatives developer Adam Malantonio, digital repository librarian Nora Egloff and director of digital scholarship services Charlotte Nunes, the college’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) recently opened their fourth updated digital repository. This updated version of the archive increases accessibility to thousands of resources for all members of the Lafayette community as […]

WJRH goes remote, members explain the challenges of streaming radio shows from a distance

Since 1947, WJRH has provided an outlet for Lafayette students to stream their favorite songs, hold events and run talk shows on a federally licensed FM station. While a virtual semester may not seem compatible for the station’s functioning, members have maintained their creative ideas and adapted their technology to remote services, allowing them to […]

Tori Schoen ’20 provides illustrations for new children’s book ‘Why Can’t I Play With My Friends?’

It is difficult to imagine what is going through the mind of a child living through the pandemic with all of the restrictions and risks it has imposed on everyday life. This past Monday, Tori Schoen ’20 and her former tutor Sherry Lottero, published their picture book, “Why Can’t I Play With My Friends? A […]

Award-winning author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discusses her novella ‘Many a Little Makes’ and her reasons for writing

For Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, writing is a way to think through relationships and dynamics and to make sense of things she “cannot rationalize consciously.” This past Tuesday, Bynum read an excerpt from her novella “Many a Little Makes.”  The reading marks the first event in the Closs Virtual Reading Series, organized by English professor Jennifer […]

Savanna Toure ’21 becomes first Lafayette student to win Truman Scholarship

Savanna Toure’s goals of studying medicine and doing biomedical research after Lafayette are now even more attainable after receiving both the Goldwater Scholarship and Truman Scholarship, two notable and selective awards given out at the national level. Toure ’21 is the first student at Lafayette to receive the Truman Scholarship. Toure admitted she was not […]

Despite incomplete utilization of fantastical world, ‘Onward’ captivates with heartfelt characterization and ‘brilliant ending’

Much like its title, “Onward” is a film that gets better as its story progresses forward. The movie’s first 15 minutes set up its world, and the characters are rather dull and uninspired. However, once the plot essentials are set and the journey gets started, the mystery becomes captivating enough to keep the viewer in […]

Portraying the ‘vastness and complexity of people’: Larry Fink speaks on power on photography

Photographer Larry Fink presented his audience at the start of his talk with one simple question: “What are human beings, truly?” This simple questions initiated Fink’s discussion this past Wednesday with the campus community about some of his most famous photographs. Fink has been working as a photographer for 65 years. In 2017, he won […]

Student Artist Spotlight: A melody and a message: a look at new band ‘Womansplainers’

One of the college’s newest bands, the Womansplainers, possesses a wide range of musical talent – and a desire to fight for feminism through music. The band is a part of the Lafayette Interdisciplinary Musical Society (LIMS) which promotes independent music groups on campus. Band members include vocalist Katie Rice ’21, guitarist Sasha Neefe ’21, […]

‘Lasting division and distrust’: speakers discuss Ukraine in the past and present moment

Ukraine has a long and complex history that is still relevant to understanding its political standing today. The college hosted a talk titled “Can You Find Ukraine on a Map?” this past Tuesday, which reflected upon the past, present and future of the country. The talk provided students with context for understanding Ukraine’s appearances in […]

Art with an environmental focus: ‘Badwater’ exhibition explores ecosystem issues in an emblematic fashion

While artist William Lamson’s exhibition “Badwater” catches the eye with its combination of complex geological structures, it also serves as a warning about the environmental degradation that is occurring in dry areas of the world. The exhibition, located in the Grossman Art Gallery, consists of a series of objects and materials that create an abiotic […]

Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet to perform at college this Saturday as fundraiser for March Elementary School

Jeff “Tain” Watts has won seven Grammys, performed all over the country, and is now helping out at Easton’s own March Elementary School. This Saturday, February 15, March Elementary will hold their first annual FAMEfest: a concert featuring The Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet, which includes Watts at drums, Yunior Terry on bass, Paul Pollenback on […]

Lafayette students and Easton residents discuss consequences of bushfires, frustrations with political system

While the Australian bushfires may seem far from home, their effects have reached members of both the Lafayette and Easton communities. The bushfires have burned through over 24 million acres of land and thousands of homes, with New South Wales and Victoria being the worst affected areas in the country. They have killed at least […]