Letter from the Editor


To the Lafayette community, 

What makes a good college newspaper? In my time reading, writing and editing the news during my past three years with The Lafayette, I have considered this question an awful lot. To be sure, a good college newspaper reports accurately, swiftly and impartially on campus, local and national events. It highlights the accomplishments of its students in sports and in the arts. And it holds individuals and institutions accountable as needed. I can promise you that I, along with the rest of the staff at The Lafayette, will continue to do all that to the highest standard this year.  

But a college newspaper can and should be something more. When done well, it can cultivate a more interconnected, informed and exciting campus community. I hope that when you open the pages of The Lafayette you will be exposed to new ideas, have your assumptions challenged and learn more about the world around you. And I hope that, above all, The Lafayette is an interactive forum through which you can not only learn about the surrounding community but contribute to the conversations in it by writing op-eds and submitting story ideas. 

It is with these goals in mind that I have stepped into the role of editor-in-chief of The Lafayette. I look forward to working with Shirley Liu ‘23 and Trebor Maitin ‘24, our two managing editors, as well as the rest of the editorial staff, to produce the best newspaper that we possibly can each week of this school year. We will draw from all that we have learned from the talented editors and writers who preceded us. I have the utmost confidence in every member of this team to produce a good college newspaper and you should too.  

As always, we are constantly looking to improve our craft. We welcome feedback and contributions – story ideas, op-eds, reviews and comments – from all members of the campus community.  


Nathan Kornfeind ‘23