Welcome to the fall issue of Lafayette magazine.

Listening. It seems to be a more difficult skill in our digital age with so much information coming at us. But listening is what’s necessary to develop empathy. This issue of the magazine listens to stories of LGBTQ students who came out or remained closeted during their time at the College, Today, they are building a digital archive dedicated to capturing their struggles and triumphs.

We listen to letters from one alumnus who served during WWI as 2018 marks its 100th anniversary. We listen to an alumna who took down Bill Cosby. We listen to voices of entrepreneurship and innovation. So take a moment and lend us an ear. In doing so, we will engage your heart.

Faster Forward


One day in early spring 2017, Matt Kramer ’14 strolled into the lobby of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and told security he had a meeting scheduled with the strength-and- conditioning coach of the New England Patriots.

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How Lafayette Got Its Spots


Leopard-spotted accessories, snarling leopards on maroon sweatshirts, and the strutting, flag-waving mascot at football games are as much a campus tradition as the ubiquitous imagery of the Marquis de Lafayette.

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