All Patriot League sports will resume this spring, as conference announces ambitious schedule for competition

As Covid-19 cases and deaths hit record highs nationally, the Patriot League has announced an ambitious plan and schedule for resuming all athletic competition this spring.  All fall and spring team sports will return to play in either late February or early March, with most teams playing shortened, league-only seasons and most individual sports hosting […]

‘Fraternities are in danger’: Moments of public debate over Greek life from 1857 to today

“Currently, an ‘in’ thing for college students to do is to deprecate fraternities,” wrote a feature writer for The Lafayette. That was 50 years ago. Now, in the fall of 2020, the newest movement to abolish Greek life has begun. This time around, the @abolishgreeklifeatlaf Instagram account, which began on Sept. 8 and has amassed […]

Responses to Student Government’s Greek Life Survey reflect division among students

The future of Greek life in the United States hangs in the balance as colleges across the nation struggle to address the ever-growing controversies stemming from these institutions. Universities such as American, Duke, Tufts and Northeastern are currently exploring reform and abolition, according to Vox. With growing tension on Lafayette’s own campus, Student Government issued […]

Some down, more to go: Student Government works to address demands of Dear Lafayette coalition

The Black-led student coalition Dear Lafayette created a 28-page document last October listing their demands for the college, ranging from a re-evaluation of the undergraduate curriculum to “no additional funding” for Public Safety.  The group, which according to its Instagram page @dearlafayettecollege dedicates itself to “fighting systemic oppression and fascism on College Hill,” made five […]

After three years of work, Student Government votes to ditch plastic water bottles on campus

Student Government passed a resolution for the Reduction of plastic waste last Thursday, effectively calling for a cessation of the sale and distribution of plastic bottles on campus. Co-written by Lucie Lagodich ’22 and Tessa Landon ’22 of the Sustainability Committee, the resolution, if adopted by the administration, would gradually replace plastic bottles with aluminum […]

Spring semester start date pushed back two weeks, with reduced spring break scheduled for late March

The spring 2021 semester will be delayed by two weeks, starting on Feb. 8 rather than the original scheduled date of Jan. 25. The school had also been considering an even later start date of Feb. 15 to mitigate the effects of the flu season and to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus once […]

Lafayette to welcome new multicultural sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon to campus next spring

In recent months, Greek life at Lafayette was temporarily suspended, witnessed the dissolution of Tri Delta sorority, hosted virtual recruitment for the first time, and contended with a growing social media-based movement to abolish Greek life. All the while, a small group of students have sought to realize their personal vision for a Greek environment […]

Students petition for pass/fail option as semester draws to a close, no word from faculty if this is a possibility

With the end of the semester and final exams right around the corner, a petition calling on the college to implement a pass/fail option for students has garnered more than 600 signatures on change.org. During the spring 2020 semester, the college provided all students the option to take any of their courses pass/fail. However, for […]

‘An evolving situation’: Spring and the future of studying abroad

Studying abroad has long been a staple of the college experience for many students. In a normal year, Lafayette offers dozens of options to study abroad across six continents. But with international travel restrictions and program closures around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic, opportunities to study away from campus have been limited. This […]

How will the future of global politics be shaped by the next president?: Panel of experts discuss impact of US elections

American politics are “critical” on the world stage, according to Professor Angelika von Wahl, chairwoman of the International Affairs Program and moderator of last week’s panel entitled “The Impact of US Elections on Global Politics.” The panel was composed of professors Ilan Peleg, Seo-Hyun Park, Christopher Lee, Hannah Stewart-Gambino and Mathieu Perrot, each of whom […]

‘We are moving in the right direction’: Student Government and PASA launch the Consent Campaign

Sexual violence is pervasive across college campuses in the United States, and Lafayette College is no exception. Among undergraduate students, it is estimated that 26 percent of females and seven percent of males experience rape or other forms of sexual assault, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. To address this, Student Government […]