Lafayette enters academic year with balanced budget despite COVID-19 cutbacks, plans to continue construction

The College lost nearly 40 million dollars in revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this and pay cuts implemented within the past year, the financial situation of the College remains secure as Lafayette rebounds.   According to Vice President for Finance and Administration Roger Demareski, the College’s endowment mirrored the success of the markets and […]

Students spearhead effort to add community service requirement to Common Course of Study

Lafayette students are universally familiar with the demands of the Common Course of Study (CCS), like the writing requirement and the quantitative reasoning requirement. In the near future, however, students may need to take account of a new element of Lafayette’s general education program: a community service requirement.  Fatimata Cham ’23, director of Student Government’s […]

Lafayette’s first multicultural sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon discuss future plans for organization

The members of Lafayette’s only multicultural sorority and newest Greek organization, Mu Sigma Upsilon (MSU), are ready to expand their presence.  MSU arrives at College Hill after an arduous application process. Since multicultural organizations typically have longer new member education periods than traditional Greek organizations, MSU faced a major obstacle in the form of a […]

Rush is over and it’s time to pay dues: The economic burden of joining Greek life

Rush week at Lafayette wraps up today after a two-week process. Sororities finished a week ago, and the newest fraternity brothers receive their bids today. Many sophomores dove into this process after an unconventional first year excited at the prospect of expanding their social circles after a year stuck in dorms or at home. “Last […]

New security features in off-campus housing after armed robberies last spring

The actions of knife-wielding McCartney Street robber led students living off-campus to return to new security features in their home. Lafayette decided to add panic buttons and auto-lock doors to college owned off-campus housing this semester. According to Director of Public Safety Jeff Troxell, the College installed these devices in direct response to the two […]

No decision on future of former Tri Delta house after sorority’s disbanding last spring

While currently being used to house upper-level students, no permanent plans exist for the former Tri Delta Sorority House. This leaves open the question of what organization or student group will end up occupying the space. “No organization has been promised use of the facility. What we agreed to do is to hold an open […]

Lafayette sees increase in vaccine exemption requests in response to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

In the wake of the Delta variant surge and the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, students on college campuses around the country have been required to get their shot. Over 800 colleges or universities around the country have put a vaccine mandate in place for their students returning to […]

Mixed reactions among students and faculty to updated COVID-19 protocols

After a spring semester marked by room capacity limits and dining hall restrictions, students have returned to campus with only one pandemic-related requirement: wearing masks inside academic buildings and public spaces. While the college’s vaccine mandate accelerated a return to normalcy—the majority of the classes are now in-person and all students have returned to campus—the […]