Administration relaxes COVID-19 measures as number of new daily cases begin to decline

After a record 156 COVID-19 active cases was reported Tuesday afternoon, the number of quarantined students as of this Wednesday has finally begun to tick downwards, as of this Wednesday. The spike began Sept. 10, with ten new cases reported. The following Monday, a single-day high of 43 people tested positive. With limited on-campus housing […]

Professor Cohen explores the history of the debate over pure versus adulterated food in his latest book

Most college students are familiar with food terms like “organic,” “GMO” and “[fill in the blank] free.” These terms are a part of an ever-evolving food lexicon, all of which are examined in the latest book written by Chair of the Engineering Studies department and associate professor Benjamin Cohen.  “Pure Adulteration: Cheating on Nature in […]

Spring semester start date pushed back two weeks, with reduced spring break scheduled for late March

The spring 2021 semester will be delayed by two weeks, starting on Feb. 8 rather than the original scheduled date of Jan. 25. The school had also been considering an even later start date of Feb. 15 to mitigate the effects of the flu season and to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus once […]

The man behind the Barge Problem: Professor Jonathon Bloom contributes to long history of providing math challenges

For math professor Jonathon Bloom, Sunday mornings sometimes look a little out of the ordinary. He wakes up early, gets a cup of coffee in downtown Easton, and writes a creative story… centered around a math problem. Bloom, who has written the college’s historic Barge Problem since 2017, is the most recent professor to lead […]

Math professor Trent Gaugler discusses work with supersonic planes, increasing importance of statistics

The famous supersonic commercial airliner Concorde made its final descent on October 24, 2003, ending a glorious age of supersonic flight. However, according to mathematics professor  Trent Gaugler, supersonic planes may rise again thanks in part to his ongoing research with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Penn State’s Applied Research, which is sponsored […]

‘The implications that science can have’: faculty panel explores relationship between queerness and STEM

The Office of Gender & Sexuality Programs ended their celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month with a faculty panel this past Wednesday that explored the deeper relationship STEM has with identity.  “Queer Inclusion & STEM: A Faculty Panel”, organized by Grayson Thompson, Associate Director of the Office of Gender & Sexuality, was led by Women’s, Gender […]

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 […]