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 […]

Questions about expansion dominate town hall

Nearly one year since Lafayette announced its expansion plans, President Alison Byerly opened a town hall meeting where audience members questioned the college’s future. During time for questions, the audience voiced their concerns, which included what happens if building construction cannot go as planned, if temporary classroom and office space will be necessary and the future of the Bushkill Drive […]

Mass immigration panel sparks wide debate

The panel discussion “Is Mass Imigration Bad for Europe?” was meant to frame questions from a conservative viewpoint about the effect of Middle East migrants into Europe. Controversy surrounding the topic brought into question not only its content but the title of the discussion itself. This was the second talk in the John Stuart Mill Series. Around 25 […]

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, […]

Students, faculty protest immigration ban online, on the streets

Hundreds of people gathered last Saturday for an open house at Islamic Center of Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley. Food was served from several Muslim cultures. When a call to prayer occurred during their visit, members of the association allowed them to stay in the prayer hall. “It was very powerful to sit in this room with […]

With new South Asian history professor, a first for the college

In seeking to broaden their own subject range, Lafayette’s history department has expanded the college’s faculty arsenal with its first South Asian history professor. Hafsa Kanjwal, who will begin in fall 2017, is currently finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. As a graduate student instructor, she has taught for Islam in South Asia […]

Lafayette brings on new dean of libraries

From working in the Tulane University library during Hurricane Katrina to her current position as director of teaching, learning and research at the Smith College Libraries in Massachusetts, Anne Houston boasts a 20-year career of librarian experience.  In July, she will begin her next chapter as Lafayette’s new dean of libraries. Despite being months away from her […]

The move downtown: Lafayette’s name on four floors in the Alpha Building

Lafayette departments have now taken over three floors – soon to be four – of the Alpha Building in downtown Easton. With admissions joining Information Technology Services, community engagement and communications downtown on Wednesday, Lafayette will shortly occupy floors three, four, five and six of the building. Vice President and Chief Information Officer John O’Keefe said that despite the […]

’73 grad, professor says semester most politically active in nine years

Peter Newman ’73 spent his freshman year at Lafayette at a time when protests pervaded across campus in reaction to the Vietnam War. He said protests at the time halted activities across the college. Now a part-time instructor of English at Lafayette, Newman said this semester has been the most politically active he has seen in the nine years he’s been […]

Faculty committee set to review tenure process

Over the course of next semester, a faculty committee has been charged with reviewing the president’s involvement in the tenure process after national controversy over a tenure denial earlier this semester. The seven-member ad hoc group plans to look at four areas of the process: defining “compelling reasons,” the timeline of tenure cases in the case of […]

Course taught with prison inmates discontinued for next semester

When students told professor Bonnie Winfield that they could not register for her course, Winfield said she was just as surprised as they were. Once a week, her class, WGS 249 Women in the U.S. Criminal Justice System, meets for three hours at the Northampton County Department of Corrections to take a course alongside the female inmates there. […]