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The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

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The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the change in May.

Mathematics department to become ‘mathematical sciences’

By Elisabeth Seidel, Design Director February 23, 2024

The math department expects to be renamed next semester from the Department of Mathematics to the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The name change was narrowly endorsed on Tuesday by the faculty...

Monica Salas Landa was placed on the watchlist for her course on museum studies. (Photo courtesy of

Anthropology professor placed on right-wing ‘watchlist’

By Makenna McCall, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Associate professor of anthropology Monica Salas Landa was listed on a conservative "watchlist" last December. The Professor Watchlist, an offshoot of Turning Point USA whose mission is "to expose and...

Professors can tailor their AI syllabus policies any way they choose.

Faculty votes to mandate AI statement in syllabi

By Alana Kipnis, Contributing Writer February 9, 2024

The faculty of the college passed a motion to require all professors to have an AI policy in their syllabi this spring after deliberations last semester. The rules regarding AI are now up to the professor's...

Graphic by Trebor Maitin 24 for The Lafayette

Does Lafayette have a turnover problem?

By Trebor Maitin, Managing Editor January 26, 2024

7-to-1. That is the student-to-administrator ratio at Lafayette College, at least if one counts the likes of desktop engineers and coaches as administrators, which the Lafayette College Catalog does. That...

Mark Sapara comes to Lafayette after a two-year tenure at Oberlin College. (Photo courtesy of Mark Sapara)

Mark Sapara named student life’s first associate vice president

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

Mark Sapara has stepped into the newly created role of associate vice president and senior advisor to the vice president for student life. Sapara, who previously served two years as the dean of intercultural...

Christine Blaha served as Parkhursts resident district manager at Lafayette for one semester. (Photo courtesy of Web Archive)

Christine Blaha out as dining head

By Trebor Maitin, Managing Editor January 26, 2024

Christine Blaha, the head of Lafayette's dining program, is "no longer with Lafayette Dining," according to Geoff Labe, the finance administrator who oversees the program. Tony Williams, a longtime...

Provost John Meier will be relocating to Providence, Rhode Island for his new role. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Communications)

Provost to leave college for American Mathematical Society

By Clara Witmer, Staff Writer January 26, 2024

After originally stepping down as provost to return to teaching on campus, John Meier now plans to depart the college to take on the position of executive director at the American Mathematical Society. Meier's...

Brian Samble, in his role as dean of students, implemented the colleges party registration policy. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Communications)

Dean of Students Brian Samble abruptly departs college

By Trebor Maitin and Emma Chen January 14, 2024

Dean of Students Brian Samble “has departed the institution,” according to an email sent to The Lafayette on Jan. 12 by Sarah Moschenross, the vice president for student life. The college announced...

Professor Mike Bertuccis research may help combat dangerous diseases caused by streptococcus gordonii. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Communications)

Chemistry professor receives teacher-scholar award

By Andreas Pelekis, Assistant News Editor December 1, 2023

Michael Bertucci, assistant professor of chemistry, was announced as a 2023 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar for his research alongside his students. Bertucci is one of eight professors from U.S. colleges...

The bicentennial committee will emphasize bringing together students, faculty, parents and alumni.

College launches committee to prepare for bicentennial celebration

By Andreas Pelekis, Assistant News Editor November 17, 2023

The college has established a bicentennial committee to prepare for its approaching 200th anniversary in 2026.   “[The bicentennial] is a chance to elevate and amplify the college,” college President...

The Jones Lecture is an annual event featuring faculty members presenting from a variety of disciplines.

Jones Faculty Lecturer Melissa Galloway speaks to importance of chemistry in atmosphere

By Nikolai Gentes, Contributing Writer November 10, 2023

Chemical reactions in atmospheric particles can significantly affect the quality of human life and serve as a warning for global warming, chemistry professor Melissa Galloway told students and faculty...

Students hope that offering classes during lunch will ameliorate long lunch lines.

College shakes up course offering schedule after years of delays

By Trebor Maitin, Managing Editor November 3, 2023

Students opened Banner Self Service, the college's course registration program, to a surprise last week: there are now classes during the period known as the common lunch hour. The lunch hour change is...

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