From Zete House to 49 South College: 107-year-old building transforms

The Zeta Psi House is 107 years old. It was built to be a home for a fraternity, but it has become a source of history for the college and the Easton community. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 2001, a designation given to buildings across the country that are “worthy of preservation,” according to […]

Portlock through the years: Students fought to establish ‘Black House’ in 1970

The Portlock Black Cultural Center (PBCC), now located at 101 McCartney Street on College Hill, was not always where it stands today. Before the PBCC, students used a converted classroom in Watson Hall as a Black Activities Lounge, according to a statement released by Lafayette’s Office of Public Information on April 13, 1970. In the […]

Possible new future for historic Hillel House

In addition to several new buildings and 400 more students, the college announced over the summer that the ground under the Hillel House may be transformed. Part of the plans may include tearing down the Hillel House, Portlock Black Culture Center and Newman House to build new dorm buildings and a parking lot. The Hillel House was founded […]

Race and diversity in Lafayette’s history: Looking back at the history of Lafayette’s black students

Questions of race and diversity continue to be debated on college campuses across the country. In celebration of Black History Month, The Lafayette dug through the college archives to examine the long history of black students on campus to highlight their struggles and triumphs throughout the years, starting from Lafayette’s very first class. Lafayette College […]

Highlighting a unique history

Centenary in chemical engineering celebrated with series As the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) department approaches its 100th year in existence at Lafayette, a series of events seek to commemorate the college’s unique contribution to the nationwide major. At a lecture on Oct. 19, University of Michigan Professor H. Scott Folger highlighted a particular individual, […]