Administration relaxes COVID-19 measures as number of new daily cases begin to decline

After a record 156 COVID-19 active cases was reported Tuesday afternoon, the number of quarantined students as of this Wednesday has finally begun to tick downwards, as of this Wednesday. The spike began Sept. 10, with ten new cases reported. The following Monday, a single-day high of 43 people tested positive. With limited on-campus housing […]

A Presbyterian past and interfaith present: Religious life at Lafayette through the decades

Although it may go unnoticed by many students, Lafayette College’s affiliation with the Presbyterian Church has been present since 1854 and continues to the present day. While this affiliation does not play a crucial role in the atmosphere of the college today, faith remains an integral part of many students’ identities. The college’s affiliation with […]

Lafayette enters academic year with balanced budget despite COVID-19 cutbacks, plans to continue construction

The College lost nearly 40 million dollars in revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this and pay cuts implemented within the past year, the financial situation of the College remains secure as Lafayette rebounds.   According to Vice President for Finance and Administration Roger Demareski, the College’s endowment mirrored the success of the markets and […]

Sexual assaults and rape reported while administrative response to PASA demands lags behind

Two sexual assaults and one rape have been reported in the past two months, as the college grapples with the ongoing issue of sexual violence and student activists demand that the administration do more.  All three of the alleged incidents were anonymous third-party reports. The rape case was submitted through One Pard and the two […]

Phi Kappa Psi found not responsible for alcohol and COVID-19 violations after alleged party in February

After an alleged party was held in the Phi Kappa Psi basement in late February, the fraternity was charged with three violations: failure to comply with COVID-19 policies, serving alcohol to minors and having an unregistered event with alcohol. Phi Psi was found not guilty on all three charges after a Faculty Committee on Student […]

Public Safety officers reminded to wear masks, but questions remain

A week after students sounded the alarm over maskless Public Safety officers roaming the Lafayette campus, a clear disconnect remains between the expectations for officers and for the rest of the community. Director of Public Safety Jeff Troxell said he spoke with Chief of Police Jim Meyer about the issue of maskless officers and they […]

PASA leaders meet with President Byerly to discuss next steps after open letter

Since their inception in 2017, the student-run Pards Against Sexual Assault (PASA) group has done the vast majority of prevention and education efforts on campus. But with a surge of stories of sexual violence shared on social media over the past nine months, PASA is imploring the administration to do more. On the heels of […]

Spring semester start date pushed back two weeks, with reduced spring break scheduled for late March

The spring 2021 semester will be delayed by two weeks, starting on Feb. 8 rather than the original scheduled date of Jan. 25. The school had also been considering an even later start date of Feb. 15 to mitigate the effects of the flu season and to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus once […]

Associate Director of Student Involvement Dan Ayala resigns from college after six years with Greek community

After six and a half years at the helm of Lafayette’s Greek life, Associate Director of Student Involvement Dan Ayala has resigned and will depart Lafayette at the end of the month to assume the same role at East Stroudsburg University. Director of Student Involvement Vanessa Pearson announced the staffing transition in an email to […]

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 […]