The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

Lafayette History

The Presidents House has a rich history that spans over a century.

A look into the President’s House then and now

By Paige Mathieu, Staff Writer October 6, 2023

The President’s House has stood on Cattell Street for over 150 years, but it hasn’t always been occupied by the college president. Prior to 1884, most presidents lived either in their own residences...

Rick Fisher (right), who was the Leopard mascot for 15 years, poses with the current mascot, Dysean Alexander. (Photo courtesy of Dysean Alexander)

Unmasking the Leopard

By McKenna Graf, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

After the October 2021 retirement of Rick Fisher, the man behind the Leopard mascot for the past 15 years, the identity of the new Leopard has remained largely a secret — until now. Some assume the...

The current spring concert, Lafchella, features student bands and local performers. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Communications)

History of the spring concert

By Dylan Gooding, Contributing Writer March 10, 2023

From All College Day to the Spring Concert to now Lafchella, the end-of-the-school-year concert has evolved over the last 40 years in an attempt to keep things entertaining, safe and sustainable while...

Beginning in the 1970s, WJRH was funded by Hugh Hefners Playboy foundation.

The 1970s transformation of WJRH

By Kendal Davis, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

Lafayette College's radio program first came on the scene in 1922. In the past century, it has gone through a variety of changes. Larry Fast '73 and Frank Urbaniak '75 helped usher in a new era for the...

Ted Norton eventually resigned from his position at Lafayettes library after being accused of having communist ties. (Photo courtesy of the College Archives)

Communists on campus?: Letters illuminate Lafayette’s Red Scare

By Christopher Byrnes, Contributing Writer February 24, 2023

The Red Scare and McCarthyism swept the country in the 1950s, bringing with it a wave of fear toward communism. This fear did not bypass Lafayette’s campus. One man, the college librarian, challenged...

The display on James Armistead Lafayette will be in Skillman room 209 throughout Black History Month.

Special Collections honors Revolutionary-era Black spy with display

By Paige Mathieu, Contributing Writer February 3, 2023

A name can tell a story that runs deep, often changing understandings of history. For Black History Month, Thomas Lannon, director of Special Collections & College Archives, created an exhibit in...

The second fire to engulf Pardee Hall occurred in 1897. (Photo courtesy of College Archives)

The professor who set fire to Pardee: Your burning questions answered

By Elisabeth Seidel, Staff Writer February 3, 2023

Because of its towering stature, role as a home for a variety of educational departments and location in the center of campus, Pardee Hall serves as a symbol of Lafayette. But the history of Pardee Hall...

Shayne Figureoa 99 (front, center) spearheaded a change from Arts to Arts & Entertainment during her tenure. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College Archives)

What’s in a name?: The evolution of arts coverage in The Lafayette

By Madeline Marriott and Trebor Maitin January 27, 2023

As Pennsylvania’s oldest college newspaper, the content and form of The Lafayette have always been in flux. From its 1870s roots as a monthly publication by the senior class to the introduction of color...

Previous chair of the Board of Trustees Larry Ramer financially supported the development of the Ramer History House.

The history behind the history house

By Bernadette Russo, Arts & Culture Editor December 9, 2022

Throughout Lafayette’s nearly 200-year history, the buildings on campus as we know them today have been ever-changing, many following the patterns of Greek life. One such building is the Ramer History...

Previous Rivalry Week traditions included erecting sky-high bonfires on the center of the Quad. (Photo courtesy of the College Archives)

Rivalry Week traditions through the years

By Elisabeth Seidel, Contributing Writer November 18, 2022

From building bonfires as tall as Pardee Hall to hitting junkyard cars with mallets, Lafayette students have come up with many creative ways to show their disdain for Lehigh University after 138 years...

The $5,000 reward for information leading to the location of Joseph Crater would be nearly $90,000 in todays money. (Photo courtesy of The New York Daily News).

The Lafayette alum who became the ‘missingest man in America’

By Madeline Marriott, Arts & Culture Editor October 28, 2022

Corruption, political intrigue, showgirls, mobsters and New York City brothels were just a few puzzle pieces of the perplexing 1930 disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater, New York State Supreme Court Justice...

Garlic Fest started as part of an Easton Farmers Market-themed event.

But why garlic?: How Easton’s Garlic Fest came to be

By Bernadette Russo, Arts & Culture Editor October 7, 2022

Vampires, beware! This weekend, downtown Easton hosted its 19th annual Garlic Fest, bringing stinky spirit to the city.  Vendors and visitors alike braved the rainy weather on Saturday and Sunday to...

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