Academic departments, centers prepare for move to Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center

The Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, which is scheduled to open for the fall 2020 semester, will soon be the new home of some academic departments and centers. The construction on the sciences center is on schedule for the fall opening, according to Vice President of Finance and Administration Roger Demareski. According to the center’s website, “[Rockwell] will […]

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 […]

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” […]