Student government executive board election results

The election results for the student government executive board positions were announced Tuesday evening in an email. The Monday elections followed last week’s election of incoming student government president Fray Familia ‘20. Of the 11 remaining executive positions, the candidates for five positions ran unopposed. The number of participating voters varied between positions, but ranged […]

Student government executive board positions up for election Monday

Student government will be holding elections for eleven executive board positions on Monday. Five of these positions are uncontested, with only one candidate running for each role. Six positions, however, have two students vying for their peers’ votes. Many of these candidates find commonality in prioritizing inclusion of marginalized groups in their platforms. Samantha Demarse […]

Fraynette Familia ’20, next student government president, looks to channel passion for inclusion, advocacy

Student government president-elect Fraynette Familia ’20 almost didn’t end up at Lafayette. On her way home from a visit at Dickinson College, she and her family decided to stop at Lafayette along the way for a self-guided tour. Walking into Farinon, she ran into some students of color, now seniors, who spoke her family’s first […]

Get to know the two candidates for student government president: elections to be held Monday

Student government is going into its second year under its new structure, and both candidates are quite familiar with it. Mia Coutinho ’20 helped create it and served on it last semester as Vice President, before going abroad this spring. Fraynette Familia ’20 has served this year as Director of the new Equity and Inclusion […]

Student government committee pushes to set minimum wage for student workers higher than state requirement

The Equity and Inclusion committee of Student Government is undertaking a campaign to raise the minimum wage on campus. The proposal is to set the minimum wage of students employed by the college to $8 an hour, although members of the committee have discussed pushing for as high as $10 an hour. Director of the […]

Greek Life Committee aims to understand community perceptions of chapters

In an effort to assess the opinions of both affiliated and unaffiliated students surrounding Greek life, the Greek life committee of student government conducted a survey this past month and plans on using the results to direct efforts next semester. Director of the Greek life committee Olivia Sharp ’20 said this survey is a beginning […]

Student Government passes resolution on religious inclusivity; Students leading effort hope to ensure “meaningful” religious practice

Tuesday night, Lafayette College Student Government unanimously passed a resolution in an effort to increase religious inclusivity, and urged the faculty to “amend the College Class Attendance Policy by adding religious practice to the list of regularly excusable reasons for Dean’s Excuses, to ensure that no student be prevented from carrying out the practices of […]

“More accessible, more energy, more passion”: Student government president-elect Connor Burwell’s goals for his term

Connor Burwell ’19 was elected president of Lafayette College Student Government for the 2018-2019 academic year last week, winning 46 percent of the vote of 1088 votes total. Burwell will focus his presidency on implementing the new structure of student government and addressing concerns of students expressed in a recent student government survey from last […]

Student government proposes structural changes, aims to boost participation

Student government is proposing changes to both its constitution and its bylaws, the first structural changes made to the organization in over 30 years. The Ad-Hoc Committee on Organizational Reform, consisting of student government members Jesse Glaser ’19, Shreya Nebhwani ’19, Connor Burwell ’19 and Mia Coutinho ’20, formed this year originally to address changes […]

Facing resignations, student government looks to connect with marginalized students

Five students resigned from student government before its first meeting on Wednesday. This number is more than is typical for the beginning of the year, student government president Bilal Akbar ’18 said. While student government looks to fill their positions with elections, Akbar said that it will also look to connect with students of marginalized identities over […]

All that’s fit to digitize: Times subscription to go online

Readers of the morning paper at Farinon will soon have to switch to the morning scroll. Student government unanimously passed a motion on Wednesday night to move to an online-only subscription of The New York Times for all students, abandoning print copies of the paper altogether. Receiving paper copies to Farinon costs roughly $9,000 currently, and the […]

Survey: Students find lack of student government impact

Only one in four students believe student government is effective. Less than half believe student government impacts their experience at Lafayette in any way. But for Chair of Representation for Lafayette College Student Government Chirag Nijjer ’20, the most startling revelation from the survey was that only about one in five students responded to it. “As chair of […]