Proposed federal budget cuts leave college uncertain

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 would drastically cut funds for many academic endeavors. Many people within the academic world, including Lafayette professors, have been left wondering about what this could mean for their work. The budget proposes eliminating the National Endowment for Humanities entirely, reducing the funds of National Institutes of Health, and […]

Retiring faculty reflect on time at college: Four stepping down

Four faculty members of the college have already announced their impending retirement at the close of this semester. Three agreed to be interviewed by The Lafayette about their time at the college and the changes they have seen throughout their years. Art and printmaking professor Curlee Holton, who has been at the college for 26 years, […]

Class polls Lafayette for election: 72 percent for Clinton in voluntary survey

While nationwide polls reached out to thousands of people to predict the outcome of this presidential election, a first year seminar was polling the 2,500-student-strong Lafayette College. Math professor Gary Gordon’s Polling and Politics class found that 72 percent of the students who responded to a voluntary poll would have voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary […]

Faculty motions to give Rojo tenure

Faculty voted overwhelmingly to urge the board of trustees to uphold the tenure review committee’s recommendation to grant professor Juan Rojo tenure in a special faculty meeting Tuesday, several sources confirmed. Sources confirmed that attendees were told they could face serious sanctions if they discuss the contents of the meeting, even with their spouses. The […]

Professor to end hunger strike Monday morning

Spanish Professor Juan Rojo announced to the board of trustees Saturday that he plans to suspend his hunger strike Monday at 10 a.m. Faculty were notified Sunday morning. Rojo has only consumed water and sports drinks since announcing his decision to hunger strike at a faculty meeting on Tuesday after the denial of his tenure […]

Byerly and Rojo meet; Governance committee to meet this afternoon

President Alison Byerly and Spanish Professor Juan Rojo met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday night regarding Rojo’s hunger strike in response to the denial of his tenure application. A faculty governance committee is planned this afternoon to discuss the tenure review process in response to Rojo’s strike. Any voting member of the faculty can attend as observers, […]

Student evaluations and tenure: A professor’s hunger strike

Near the end of Tuesday’s faculty meeting, a Lafayette professor announced that he had been on hunger strike since the meeting began at 4:10 p.m. and would not end until his demands are met. Assistant Spanish Professor Juan Rojo’s demands: that the faculty’s committee’s vote to grant him tenure be upheld and that systematic changes to the tenure […]

Professor hunger strikes against denial of tenure

This was a breaking news story and has been updated. Check here for updates. A Lafayette assistant professor announced today that he is going on a hunger strike to protest President Alison Byerly’s decision to deny him tenure and to protest the tenure review process. Juan Rojo, who teaches Spanish, began the hunger strike when […]

New minor program connects college to other Lehigh Valley schools: Documentary storymaking to begin in the fall

By Jane Collins ’18 Documentary storymaking, a new minor three years in the making, will soon be offered to students at Lafayette, Muhlenberg College, and Lehigh University through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). The LVAIC is a consortium of colleges in the Lehigh Valley that “allows current [Lafayette] students to cross register […]

Lafayette’s admitted class ranks highest ever in academics

The admitted cohort for the Lafayette Class of 2020 is one of the strongest academically in the history of the college. Although there are still several weeks left for students to respond to the acceptance offer, the overall pool of admitted students is particularly talented, according to Dean of Admissions Matthew Hyde. President Alison Byerly said, “Of the […]

Bombing in Istanbul cancels McKelvy trip

The McKelvy House spring break trip to Istanbul, Turkey was cancelled following a bombing there this past Saturday. Although the trip had initially been approved by the school, the recent attack prompted Lafayette to call off the expedition, according to Assistant Professor of History and advisor to McKelvy Rachel Goshgarian. Before the attack, there were not nationally-sanctioned travel […]