Birds of a feather: Dr. Robert Allan speaks on using pigeons as a way to understand behaviorism

Taking care of animals can be a demanding task, something Dr. Robert Allan knows far too well. Several days of the week, Allan wakes up early in the morning to drive to the college from New York City in order to take care of the pigeons he believes are the key to understanding human behavior. […]

Faculty committee considers new early retirement policy, salary increases

Due to low attendance and lack of suggestions from attending faculty members, the chair of the Faculty Compensation Committee (FCC), government and law professor Helena Silverstein, instead chose to focus on the research they have been doing on retirement policies during Tuesday’s open meeting. The meeting is typically held to gather feedback from faculty members […]

A spirit of inclusivity, mentorship, scholarship: community reflects on career of Professor Robert Weiner, who will retire at end of term

Among former students and mentees of Robert Weiner, certain themes stand out about the history professor and co-leader of Hillel: he is an inquisitive spirit who makes a constant effort to include and learn about those with whom he crosses paths. Weiner will retire at the end of this semester, he told The Lafayette two […]

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 […]

Professor Robert Weiner to retire, reflects on his half century at Lafayette

Robert Weiner, beloved history professor for nearly 50 years and co-leader of the Hillel Society, is retiring from teaching at the end of the spring semester. With a career at Lafayette characterized by putting students first, Weiner was integral in making campus a place where Jewish members of the community could not only feel comfortable, […]

The future of Israel: Professor Ilan Peleg speaks on the importance of upcoming Israeli elections

Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, is being indicted after ten years in his role. Israel is now preparing for an election on April 9 that will effect the political future of the region. Born and raised in Israel, government and law professor and chair of Jewish Studies Ilan Peleg spoke about the April […]

Poet, philosophy professor Owen McLeod debuts poetry collection ‘Dream Kitchen’

A philosophy professor at the college, Owen McLeod has shown his strong poetic background through his various published works and recent debut poetry collection “Dream Kitchen.” The collection was awarded the 2018 Vassar Miller Prize in poetry by the University of North Texas Press.  “Dream Kitchen” explores themes of grief, family, mental health, the human soul, […]

International students in American education system: workshop aims to educate faculty members on inclusive teaching

More international students are enrolling into American colleges than ever before, according to the Power of International Education. As Lafayette follows this trend, there is a growing push to help professors make their classrooms as inclusive as possible. The Power of International Education’s data shows that 1,094,792 international students have enrolled in American colleges in […]

Lafayette College hopes to fill position for Director of Sustainability this summer

Marie Fechik-Kirk, former Director of Sustainability, left her position at Lafayette College last month. Lafayette is currently searching for a new director and plans to have a replacement by this summer, according to Roger Demareski, Vice President for Finance and Administration. “[Fechik-Kirk’s] role was so important, so critical, because it spans administrative and academic roles, […]

A couple bad apples: campus dining locations marked for ‘critical’ violations in inspections

Gilbert’s Café and Farinon College Center recently received violations in a Feb. 26 food safety inspection that are classified as “foodborne illness risk factors.” Marquis Dining Hall received “good retail practices” violations, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) food safety inspection database. The violations at Gilbert’s and Farinon amounted to a few “soiled” […]

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 […]

After sustainability office’s first-ever director steps down, push for greener campus continues

Marie Fechik-Kirk, former Director of Sustainability, left her position at Lafayette College a few weeks ago, after arriving at Lafayette in November 2016. She said she worked to bring all facets of the college together, from the custodial staff to the board of trustees, to improve sustainability on campus as a whole. Nick DeSalvo, the Campus […]