Bergh Startup Accelerator winners GoPeer and CherryTree to expand their businesses this summer

A low-cost tutoring service and a program connecting consumers with local farmers have been selected as promising student-led start-ups at Lafayette. The Dyer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently announced the winners of its Bergh Startup Accelerator Program—named for Chip Bergh ’79, the CEO of Levi Strauss. The program aims to support Lafayette students’ business […]

Alex Homsi ’19 and Becca Adelman ’19 win regional Startup Competition Pitch, hope to ‘keep working on’ business post-grad

From being in a marketing class together to winning a regional startup competition pitch in the Lehigh Valley, Alex Homsi ‘19 and Becca Adelman ‘19 have come a long way together. The pair won $2,000 at the Ben Franklin Institute last week, where they presented their entrepreneurial idea. They competed against students from different colleges […]

Maddie Smart tragically loses battle to cancer after fighting with ‘super-human strength’

Known for her “loving heart” and “goofy spirit,” Maddie Smart died surrounded by family on Tuesday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Maddie passed away just over a month after she began treatment at Maine Medical Center for her second bout of leukemia. A junior neuroscience major and resident of Maine, Maddie was a member of […]

Opinion: While Lafayette makes slow and steady accessibility progress, getting around campus with physical disability remains difficult

Ever imagined living on campus with a walking disability? I hadn’t. My first problem was my living situation. My old dorm room was up three flights of stairs and was near impossible for me to climb up to after my injury. The Office of Residence Life was accommodating and found me a new room over […]

Policy studies senior seminar project to air on PBS39

The spring 2019 senior policy studies seminar’s semester project will be featured on local television channel PBS39. The class, taught by professor and policy studies chair Mark Crain, will show a broadcast on the station. “The spring production, entitled ‘Trade vs College,’ is the eighth in our partnership between Policy Studies and PBS39. The goal […]

College considers leasing new dorms to avoid taking on more debt

The college is considering funding the new McCartney Street Dorms through a student housing development firm. If the Board of Trustees approves this model, known as a Public-Private-Partnership or P-three deal, students housed in the dorms would lease their dorms from the firm, not from the college. Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski said […]

In midst of statewide support for legalizing marijuana, unclear how Lafayette policies would react

According to the Pew Research Center, over six in 10 Americans currently support the legalization of marijuana, including 75% of millennials. Despite this budding support, colleges located in states that have legalized marijuana continue to have prohibitive policies on campus. In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana has been legal since 2016. A recent poll from Franklin & Marshall […]

Look both ways, three times: students describe danger of crossing street on the hill

As Lafayette gains $1 million from a state grant to improve pedestrian safety on and around campus, some students say they have concerns about the safety of crossing multiple intersections on the hill. These students cite a lack of regard from speedy drivers for crossing pedestrians as one of the main issues that face those trying to […]

The Marquis Players’ fundraising total reaches $6,636: proceeds to be donated

The Marquis Players have raised $6,636 for charity this year, which is the most they have in a decade, according to the student-led theatre organization’s leadership. This fundraising total was made possible through fundraising events and ticket sales to the group’s recent performances of “Heathers: the Musical,” according to Vice President Anna Levy ’19. The group’s fundraising […]

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 […]