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Members of ALW march in the colleges first Take Back the Night in 1993. From L-R, Nora Isaacs 94, Eileen Kelly 94, Laine Fast 94, Jennifer Devlin Burke 94, Ellie Dunham Kelley 94, Laura Bennett Brogan 94, Katrina Zafiriadis 95 and Jennifer Edwards 94. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Devlin Burke 94)

‘If we don’t, who will?’: Fifty years of sexual assault peer education at Lafayette

Katie Frost, Managing Editor April 29, 2022

Beginning next fall, the administration will be taking over aspects of sexual assault peer education at the college. This shift marks a change in the way peer education has been done on campus for years....

Eastons train station fell into disrepair after the Lehigh Valley Railroad abandoned its last passenger trains in 1961. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

What happened to Easton’s train station?

Gilad Evans, Contributing Writer April 22, 2022

Buses and cars are generally thought to be the only forms of transportation available to Lafayette students in Easton. But for a good portion of the 20th century, another reliable manner of going to and...

The military camp remained on Lafayette’s campus through the 1960s, leading the development of the ROTC program. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College)

How Lafayette became a military training camp during WWI

Yumna Hussain, Contributing Writer April 8, 2022

In April of 1917, the United States declared war on Germany, bringing the country into World War I.  During this tumultuous time for the nation, Lafayette College was converted into a military training...

The Chateau was owned by the Kirby family until 1983 when it was donated to the college. Photo taken in 1983. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College Special Collections)

Lafayette’s castle on the hill: A look at the Chateau

Katie Frost, Managing Editor November 5, 2021

Before football games could be broadcast on national television, Lafayette alumni sat on the patio of the Chateau, the college's large Norman French-style house on College Hill, and watched every home...

Once hosting primarily Presbyterian services, Colton Chapel is now home to the spiritual life of many different religious groups on campus. (Photo by Lauren Yoder 25)

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

Lauren Yoder September 24, 2021

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...

Camp Lafayette on the Lafayette College quad in the early 1900s. (Photo courtesy of the Lafayette College Archives)

Sickness through the centuries: How Lafayette handled outbreaks from the Spanish flu to the swine flu

Trebor Maitin May 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from the first outbreak that Lafayette has faced throughout its history. How the College and the Lehigh Valley handled this pandemic and all pandemics past has been recorded...

The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house decorates in 1975. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College Archives)

‘Fraternities are in danger’: Moments of public debate over Greek life from 1857 to today

Katie Frost November 20, 2020

“Currently, an ‘in’ thing for college students to do is to deprecate fraternities,” wrote a feature writer for The Lafayette. That was 50 years ago. Now, in the fall of 2020, the newest movement...

The proposed exterior of the Williams Center for the Arts in 1977. (Photo courtesy of F. Schonbach)

In 1983, Lafayette opened Williams Center as first central home for the arts

Aidan Wood February 15, 2019

Before the college's downtown campus dedicated multiple buildings to provide a central hub for the arts, there was Williams Center for the Arts. It was the first primary location for the campus' art endeavors...

Lafayette students in class during early years of coeducation. 
Photo Courtesy of Diane Shaw

Lafayette’s journey from all-male to co-ed: the first female students’ experiences

Mario Sanchez Castillo March 9, 2018

Yesterday was International Women's Day, and protests and marches to show solidarity among women occurred around the world. At Lafayette, achieving diversity has been a struggle for women and other...

Photo Courtesy of Diane Shaw

Black history at Lafayette is rich, but goals to achieve more diversity persevere

Mario Sanchez Castillo February 16, 2018

Lafayette is not known for its diversity, but sparingly, students of color are dipped in the college's history. This does not mean, however, that Lafayette is a model of inclusiveness and diversity, according...

Zeta Psi will officially return to campus November 2018. (Photo by Lauren Fox)

From Zete House to 49 South College: 107-year-old building transforms

Gabrielle Tropp April 21, 2017

The Zeta Psi House is 107 years old. It was built to be a home for a fraternity, but it has become a source of history for the college and the Easton community. The house was added to the National...

Newman House (Courtesy of Communications)

Catholic community’s home for over 30 years

February 17, 2017

As the college expands, the future of Newman House remains up in the air, but the history it contains stretches back longer than its current home. The house, located at 119 McCartney St., serves as...

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