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President Byerly delivers her inaugural address in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College)

Lafayette’s champion of affordability and first woman president reflects on eight years at the college

Ben Fuller May 21, 2021

In her own words, President Alison Byerly has the “equivalent of two bachelor’s degrees”—eight years at the college has meant seeing two entirely different student bodies rotate through. As president,...

Letter from the Editor

Ben Fuller May 21, 2021

To the Lafayette community, This past year was dense with history. We endured—and are enduring—a global pandemic. We witnessed a historical battle for the presidency, one whose echoes will be heard...

Balogun will be working his dream job at Goldman Sachs after graduation. (Photo by Caroline Burns 22)

Basit Balogun ’21 wins Pepper Prize

Ben Fuller May 14, 2021

Basit Balogun '21 keeps odd hours. It’s not uncommon to find him working on a project at 4 a.m. or taking calls long before the sun rises. His phone is constantly buzzing. When he walks on campus, he...

Yolanda Wisher 98 is a Pennsylvania native currently residing in Philadelphia, where she is heavily involved in the local poetry scene. (Photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of Wisher)

186th Commencement speaker Yolanda Wisher ’98 connects communities with poetry and music

Ben Fuller May 7, 2021

The year was 1998—the year of the Lafayette Renaissance. Yolanda Wisher '98 had just arrived with a rental van full of Philadelphia poets she met while spending a semester in the city. They gathered...

The student government office in Farinon. (Photo by Ben Fuller 21)

Students kept in the dark as Zimmerman impeachment continues

Ben Fuller March 26, 2021

There has been no word from the Student Government Association (SGA) as of Thursday morning on the current status of the impeachment proceedings against President Mary Zimmerman '21, which were announced...

Each graduating senior will be allowed two guests at commencement in May. (Photo by Brandon Marin 22)

Back to normal?: Starting with commencement, life at Lafayette is looking up

Ben Fuller March 26, 2021

The Class of 2021 will be having an in-person commencement ceremony this spring, provided Pennsylvania state restrictions allow for large outdoor events at the time. This is one of the first steps as the...

Students said they could see bits of toilet paper stuck to their sinks after the backup. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Strong 22)

Wastewater in Watson Court sinks: 12 students forced to relocate after sewage backup

Ben Fuller March 19, 2021

Martin Ssessanga '21 was leaving for soccer practice on a Saturday afternoon when he noticed something shocking in his kitchen: murky brown water rising out of his sink and spilling out onto the floor. Ssessanga...

The top level of the parking deck will also provide a direct entrance into Markle Hall. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Today)

Markle parking deck to be demolished next winter, then rebuilt with improvements

Ben Fuller March 12, 2021

After 39 years, it's finally time to replace the Markle parking deck. The structure is planned to be torn down and rebuilt starting around the end of this year, with some new additions to give first-time...

Photo rendering of the new Portlock Black Cultural Center. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Today)

Portlock to receive over $1 million in renovations following relocation

Ben Fuller March 12, 2021

The Portlock Black Cultural Center is being demolished for the second time in its history, this time to make way for another new dormitory on McCartney Street. The Center will be given over $1 million...

Campus organizers want the next president to take a more active role in social justice movements. (Photo by Caroline Burns 22)

Take the initiative: What student organizers are asking of the next administration

Ben Fuller March 5, 2021

Some student organizers just want to be students—and they are asking the college to help them do just that. Recently, many social justice organizations on campus have called for increased administrative...

When President Byerly announced she was stepping down, Robert Sell stated they would begin the process immediately with the goal of finding a new president by the time she steps down at the end of June 2021. (Photo by Ally Hill ‘15)

Who will be Lafayette’s 18th president?: With stage one complete, the search continues

Ben Fuller February 19, 2021

The search for Lafayette’s next president is well underway and is expected to finish in time for a smooth transition this summer, according to Chair of the Board of Trustees Robert Sell '84. President...

Letter from the Editor

Ben Fuller February 19, 2021

To the Lafayette Community: This fall was the first semester in a very long time that The Lafayette went without printing. Through the devotion of the editorial board and our staff, we were able to chronicle...

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