The uncertain future of enrollment: College growth plans on hold amid pandemic woes

The college’s ambitious plan to grow the student body population by 400 students is facing obstacles, including a drop in enrollment caused by the pandemic and the imminent exit of President Alison Byerly, one of the plan’s chief proponents. First adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2016, the “Affordability and Distinction through Growth” initiative […]

Academic departments, centers prepare for move to Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center

The Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, which is scheduled to open for the fall 2020 semester, will soon be the new home of some academic departments and centers. The construction on the sciences center is on schedule for the fall opening, according to Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski. According to the center’s website, “[Rockwell] will […]

College considers leasing new dorms to avoid taking on more debt

The college is considering funding the new McCartney Street Dorms through a student housing development firm. If the Board of Trustees approves this model, known as a Public-Private-Partnership or P-three deal, students housed in the dorms would lease their dorms from the firm, not from the college. Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski said […]

Look both ways, three times: students describe danger of crossing street on the hill

As Lafayette gains $1 million from a state grant to improve pedestrian safety on and around campus, some students say they have concerns about the safety of crossing multiple intersections on the hill. These students cite a lack of regard from speedy drivers for crossing pedestrians as one of the main issues that face those trying to […]

Two years into expansion, faculty committee to begin oversight: recommendations can’t go into effect until fall 2020

The ad hoc faculty committee on expansion, first created in February, is taking shape under the direction of its eight newly elected members. The committee will make recommendations to the college annually on whether or not to continue expanding the size of student body. Despite their work beginning this year, any recommendations they make couldn’t […]

With new Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid, Lafayette looks to broaden socioeconomic diversity

Money in college admissions is a hot topic at the moment — with the indictment of wealthy parents for bribing and cheating their children’s way into elite schools, some have pointed out the contrast between such crimes and the all-time high of student loan debt in the country. In this societal context, Lafayette is working […]

What’s happening over on McCartney Street: an overview of the next 4+ years of construction on the edge of campus

The empty lot on McCartney Street across from Gates Hall is just the first stage of what’s to come on the campus’ border with College Hill. Three phases, planned over the course of the next four years and more, encompass the transformation of McCartney Street into a central hub of campus, with a new wellness […]

College unveils ‘ambitious’ new Climate Action Plan, aims for carbon neutrality

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Lafayette College Climate Action Plan 2.0 last Saturday, thereby committing the college to go carbon neutral by 2035. Chair of the Board Robert Sell and President Alison Byerly said they were both impressed with the presentation of the plan put on by the Climate Action Plan committee members, […]

With McCartney dorm on horizon, College Hill residents reflect on homes that once stood

After two years of tension and compromise, including an eventual lawsuit settlement, some lifelong College Hill residents say they still long for the way McCartney Street used to be. With the conclusion of the demolition of the homes along McCartney Street between High Street and March Street, residents are saddened to see the homes go. The […]

Houses demolished on McCartney to make room for new dorm: expansion aims for need-blind admissions

Onlookers watched from across the road as construction crews began demolishing homes on McCartney Street this week. All houses on McCartney Street between High Street and March Street came down to make way for the college’s new housing project, scheduled to open in 2020. Prior to the demolition this week, all items of value were removed […]

While college’s capital campaign exceeded total $400 million target, some categories fell short of goals

The college’s capital campaign “Live Connected, Lead Change,” the public phase of which officially launched in December 2014 and ended in December 2018, surpassed its goal of $400 million by $25 million, according to Vice President of Development and College Relations Kim Spang. According to Spang, over 27,000 donors contributed to the final $425 million. […]

College offers early retirement incentive: reassessment of any vacated positions to follow

The college is offering an early retirement incentive to its senior employees, motivated in part by Lafayette’s ongoing expansion plan. The program is intended to allow the college more flexibility in assessing existing staff positions. The incentive consists of a one-time payment equal to 25 percent of annual base pay, as well as an additional […]

Faculty ad hoc committee to make annual recommendations on expansion: committee members to be chosen in coming weeks

The faculty governance committee passed a motion on Tuesday to officially solidify the duties of the ad hoc committee on expansion, and to hold a special election for faculty who will be on it. This committee will be taking over the responsibility of monitoring the expansion from the Faculty Academic Policy Committee (FAP). The governance […]

Faculty to be more focused in expansion oversight as demolition on McCartney Street to begin this month

Walking past the site for the college’s new four-story McCartney Street dorm in the coming weeks, students may notice the presence of fences as the area’s transformation commences, and the family-style homes begin to disappear. In early December, the college received permission from the Easton Planning Commission to begin the first part of its expansion […]