College discusses raising minimum wage, says that it is possible to adjust budget for it

Student government president-elect Fraynette Familia ‘20 is pushing to bring minimum wage for students to $8, an effort that has been ongoing since last November. Student government’s Equity and Inclusion Committee, which will be under the leadership of Eduardo Rodriguez-Gomez ‘22 in the coming fall semester, has been spearheading the effort. President Alison Byerly said that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women in STEM Week celebrates diversity of experiences

Women who pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) often face struggles due to these disciplines being sometimes overwhelmingly male-dominated. Shira Wein ’19, a computer science major, said she can attest to some of these struggles. “I’ve often questioned my own abilities and my path in STEM, but studying computer science […]

Navigating logistics and emphasizing humanity of resettlement, RefAct to sponsor another refugee family

Refugee Action (RefAct) will be sponsoring a refugee family for the second time in the past two years, who will be arriving this week. RefAct’s responsibilities will go well beyond the typical purview of a campus refuge organization as a result of massive budget cuts to resettlement programs under the Trump Administration. RefAct has been […]

College urges vigilance after mumps outbreak at nearby Temple University

Yet another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable illness is taking place with the spreading of mumps at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, Director of Health Services on campus, sent a health alert this Tuesday to caution students. Goldstein warned that if students think they are experiencing symptoms or “have been in close contact with […]

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 […]

Student and professor bring Italian Honor Society chapter to Lafayette

Efforts to bring the National Italian Honor Society to campus began with an email to the organization over winter break, and now, it has come to fruition. Marissa Bocchiaro ‘20 and professor Anthony Cummings were able to start a chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha on campus. Bocchiaro and Anna Levy ’19 are set to become the chapter’s […]

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 […]

Students organize menstrual product drive to support local women in need

In honor of Women’s History Month, students on campus have organized a drive to provide access to menstrual hygiene products to disadvantaged women in Easton. Triota, the Women’s and Gender Studies National Honor Society, is cosponsoring the menstrual hygiene drive from March 11 through March 31. People on campus can donate menstrual hygiene products at […]

‘Activism Without Burning Out’ focuses on importance of mental health while fighting for change

Activism is centered on bringing about change for the greater good and fighting to end some injustice in society. Lofty goals are hard to reach and the road can be long to achieving these aims. This past Monday, the QuEST Office reminded Lafayette students to take care of themselves along the way. QuEST, an organization […]

Small trash bin fire in Watson Courts sparks response from Easton Fire Department, investigation ongoing

At about 9:46 p.m. Wednesday night, the Easton Fire Department responded to a scene at Watson Courts, where one sprinkler head had been set off by high heat conditions, according to Chief Mike Krill of the fire department. There was no “active fire upon arrival,” Krill added, but there were “light smoke conditions” in the […]