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 […]

With trial date set for Moravian Title IX lawsuit, a look at Lafayette’s sexual misconduct procedures, policies

A Moravian student filed a federal civil lawsuit against her college and alleged rapist last August, and a trial date for the matter was set for Oct. 28 a couple weeks ago. The student alleges that the school violated Title IX by failing to adequately handle her report that a fellow student lured her into […]

Middle states reaccreditation team concludes review, makes suggestions for improvement to college

For the past two years, the college has been undergoing an intensive self-study program under the watch of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Last week, the review process came to a close, and the college will be awaiting a decision on accreditation for potentially the next few months from Middle States. A […]

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 […]

Take a walk on the safer side: How a ‘town-gown’ initiative is making College’s Hill’s pedestrians safer

The college has received a $1 million grant from the state of Pennsylvania which it will be using to renovate sidewalks on and around campus and improve pedestrian safety. This comes after the college received $1.4 million from the state in 2016 for the same purpose. Lafayette applied for the grant in partnership with the […]

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 […]

Impact of Trump’s executive order on campus free speech unclear: President Byerly says college anticipates no effect

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Thursday titled Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency and Accountability at Colleges and Universities. As of now, its implication on colleges regarding its freedom of inquiry sections is unclear. President Alison Byerly said she discussed the order “very briefly” with her cabinet, and they determined that the order doesn’t […]

A couple bad apples: campus dining locations marked for ‘critical’ violations in inspections

Gilbert’s Café and Farinon College Center recently received violations in a Feb. 26 food safety inspection that are classified as “foodborne illness risk factors.” Marquis Dining Hall received “good retail practices” violations, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) food safety inspection database. The violations at Gilbert’s and Farinon amounted to a few “soiled” […]

Major makeovers on campus: Kunkel Hall, South College basement to be renovated, repurposed

In response to student feedback, the college is planning to renovate several locations across campus to increase student access to community spaces. The renovation will include turning the basement of South College into a multi-use common area with pool tables, televisions and study areas, and an overhaul of Kunkel Hall. Once the campus bookstore is moved out of […]

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 […]

What’s happening over on McCartney Street: an overview of the next 4+ years of construction on the edge of campus

The empty lot on McCartney Street across from Gates Hall is just the first stage of what’s to come on the campus’ border with College Hill. Three phases, planned over the course of the next four years and more, encompass the transformation of McCartney Street into a central hub of campus, with a new wellness […]

After sustainability office’s first-ever director steps down, push for greener campus continues

Marie Fechik-Kirk, former Director of Sustainability, left her position at Lafayette College a few weeks ago, after arriving at Lafayette in November 2016. She said she worked to bring all facets of the college together, from the custodial staff to the board of trustees, to improve sustainability on campus as a whole. Nick DeSalvo, the Campus […]

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 […]