College reroutes and expands sidewalk to honor more donors

The sidewalk construction project going on behind Pardee Hall, with costs at $200,000, is meant to expand the Société d’Honneur Plaza and provide more space to recognize donors who have made significant gifts to the college, Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski said. The project is being funded by both the college and […]

GOP proposed endowment tax may de-incentivize donors, hurt Lafayette’s annual fund

The United States House of Representatives has released the proposed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which would require private universities with assets of more than $100,000 per student to pay a 1.4 percent excise tax on their net investment income, Business Insider reported. Lafayette’s current endowment is $810 million, and enrollment is around 2500 students. This […]

Expansion to improve market position with need-blindness

Roughly three years ago, the college put together a task force to grapple with the slow increase in enrollment they observed. Class sizes had been growing by about 10 people every year to deal with budgetary pressures. The committee of professors and administrators asked, should Lafayette stop the gradual creep? Should Lafayette decrease enrollment? Should Lafayette […]

At Lafayette, a wealth gap with a chance of mobility

Only 38 colleges in the country have more students from the top 1 percent than the bottom 60 percent. Lafayette ranks 11th in this group for the greatest income gap, according to recently released data. Millions of anonymous tax records collected by the Equality of Opportunity Project and published through the New York Times revealed for first time in […]

Skyway secures $1.5 million, seeks $3 million more

Lafayette College announced Tuesday that the plans for building an elevator between campus and downtown Easton have come $1.5 million closer to its $9.6-million reality. The commonwealth of Pennsylvania awarded Lafayette a grant from the state’s pool devoted to annual economic development projects. Lafayette applied for about $3 million in funding and presented before the state government […]

Capital campaign on target to potentially reach goal early

Two years ago, on a historic Laf-Lehigh rivalry weekend, Lafayette announced that the public portion of the capital campaign could reach $400 million by 2018. With $327 million already in the bucket, college officials said they are now performing above their target. The campaign, which has undergone six years of a private phase and two years of a […]

Admissions denies ethics violation after accepting perks from education company

After a Reuters report put Lafayette admissions in the spotlight for accepting perks in exchange for admissions help, admissions officers have denied both giving a special advantage to students and breaching the college’s code of ethics. Both Dean of Admissions Matt Hyde and Associate Director Eugene Gabay accepted benefits in exchange for leading two workshops about […]

Class of 2017 commencement gift adds to Brian Keller Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Class of 2017 Commencement Gift Committee recently announced a donation will be made to the Brian Keller Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarship was established last year by the Class of 2016’s commencement gift following the tragic death of Brian Keller ’16, a member of the football team and a mechanical engineer. All students regardless of major are […]

College, Easton police step up liquor law, jaywalking enforcement

Dean of Students Paul J. McLoughlin II sent an email across campus early this semester notifying students that Easton police would increase off-campus enforcement of two things: jay-walking and public intoxication. The shift is the second part of a two-year, $35,530 grant the college received from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to curb “high-risk” drinking, or drinking that may threaten […]