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The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

Construction and Expansion

Students on the west side of campus can enjoy the food trucks offerings until Avenue-C opens.

Simon’s Cafe replacement delayed

By Selma O'Malley, Staff Writer February 10, 2023

Avenue-C, a 24-hour self-checkout market meant to replace Simon’s Cafe in the basement of Kamine Hall, remains under construction despite a projected opening in January. In the interim, a food truck...

The strategic plan consists of four phases, each of which will last about two to three months.

Strategic plan, first in roughly 15 years, to begin soon

By Jenny Davis, Assistant News Editor January 27, 2023

For the first time in around 15 years, the college is taking the first steps in establishing a new strategic plan. Called "Becoming Lafayette," this strategic plan will involve examining Lafayette's values,...

Among the construction projects is The Commodore, a mixed-use property at 100 Northampton Street. (Photo courtesy of

Development projects to bring housing, retail space to downtown Easton

By Nathan Kornfeind, Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2023

Receiving nearly $1 billion in investment in 2022 and featured by the New York Times, Easton has drawn local and national attention for its development in recent years. Downtown, several projects are...

Students appreciate the hourly reminder from South Colleges bell.

South College bell rings again after two years out of service

By Jennifer Ortega, Contributing Writer December 9, 2022

Every hour, the sounds of a bell ringing fill the campus. But before this semester, the bell, perched atop South College, had hung silent for two years. The bell stopped working prior to the COVID-19...

The Portlock Black Cultural Center was re-dedicated on Saturday in front of an audience of a a few dozen. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette College Flickr)

Portlock Black Cultural Center open after second relocation

By Jenny Davis, Assistant News Editor November 25, 2022

After a $1 million renovation and a move down the street from its most recent location, the Portlock Black Cultural Center opened once more last Friday with an open house. The center was then rededicated...

The Easton stairs remain traversable despite having been closed off for months.

Students ignore barriers as stairs to Easton remain usable

By Gilad Evans, Contributing Writer November 18, 2022

Despite barriers being put in place, students continue to use the stairs linking campus to downtown Easton. According to those who continue to use the stairs, progress on construction appears to be stagnant. “I...

President Nicole Hurd encourages students to offer their input for the campus master plan.

Global firm to help Lafayette implement first master plan in nearly a decade

By Andreas Pelekis, Contributing Writer November 4, 2022

Lafayette has partnered with the architectural firm SmithGroup to undergo its first master plan in seven years. As a way to reevaluate the physical space on campus and consider areas where it could be...

The fifth floor expands the capacity of the engineering program and makes more collaborative spaces for students.

Fifth floor addition to Acopian Engineering Center unveiled

By Andrew LaGreca, Contributing Writer October 28, 2022

The expansion of the Acopian Engineering Center is officially complete after over a year's worth of planning and construction.  On Oct. 21, the Engineering Division hosted the Acopian Engineering Center...

The new Leopards Lair, located in the space once occupied by the College Store, is a project overseen by Aegis Property Group.

Students give feedback for Leopard’s Lair, new student space in Farinon basement

By Phoebe Goltra, Contributing Writer October 21, 2022

The Division of Student Life recently sought student feedback for potential furniture options in a new student space in the basement of Farinon. The space will be called the Leopard's Lair, which was the...

The colleges properties, highlighted in green, make up a sizable portion of the College Hill neighborhood, outlined in blue. (Screenshot courtesy of Northampton County Assessors Office, edited by Trebor Maitin 24)

Eighty percent of college property value tax-exempt, school owns 17 percent of Hill

By Trebor Maitin, Managing Editor October 7, 2022

While many students choose Lafayette for its small size, few likely know the sheer extent of the school’s reach. The college owns 181 individual plots of land, totaling over $100 million in market value...

It is uncertain what the Simon Center will be used for after the relocation of the Economics Department. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Communications)

Economics Department to move to Kunkel Hall, retain Simon name

By Jenny Davis, Contributing Writer September 30, 2022

The Economics Department is preparing for bigger and better things as Kunkel Hall undergoes renovations to become the new departmental home base. The current Simon Center, named after the former U.S....

Construction for the new residential building is set to be finished by fall 2024.

Construction on McCartney Street Phase II project to commence soon

By Gilad Evans, Contributing Writer September 30, 2022

As student housing continues to be a persistent issue for Lafayette, construction on a second residence hall on McCartney Street, facing McKeen and Gates Halls, is scheduled to make progress soon. The...

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