As the Lafayette Leopards prepared to take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks for the 158th Rivalry—the most-played football rivalry in the country—the entire Lafayette community got in on the action and enjoyed a weeklong celebration of traditions and activities. Here are images and a recap video from some of those events.

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Student-athletes “spotted” volunteering in the community

Lafayette student-athletes visited two area organizations on Nov. 13: Gracedale Nursing Home and the Children’s Home of Easton. Students created posters and art in preparation for Antibiotic Awareness Week with the residents of Gracedale. Residents at the Children’s Home of Easton enjoyed playing basketball, football, and pool with Lafayette’s student-athletes.

Enjoy a selection of photos from Gracedale Nursing Home.

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Lighting of Pardee

Rivalry Week kicked off with the lighting of Pardee Hall in maroon and white lights. Members of the football team were on hand to hand out hot cocoa to attendees.

Making Rivalry banners

Students gathered in Farinon College Center to create Rivalry banners—with jokes aimed at “that other school”—to display throughout College Hill. Check out the banner making process.

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SMAC(k) the Lehigh car

Rivalry Week was in full swing as Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) held its annual SMAC(k) the Lehigh car event, co-hosted with Lafayette Activities Forum (LAF). Members of the Lafayette Pep Band were on hand to cheer on students as they vandalized a car—all in good fun and for a good cause—$475 was raised and will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Additionally, LAF contributed $1 for every Rivalry t-shirt sold to the Canned Food Drive Competition held in conjunction with Lehigh University.

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‘Lafayette Gets Electric’ prepares to take flight

Remy Oktay ’24 prepared to fly what is presumed to be the first electric plane flyover of a sporting event at the 2022 Lafayette-Lehigh Rivalry game. Learn more about how the Lafayette community has come together in support of these efforts and read news coverage of the flyover.

Pard-y at Practice!

Food trucks, giveaways, and activities were available for students to stop by and cheer on members of the football team, cheer, and dance teams as they practiced for the big game.

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Punts & Pies

A lunchtime giveaway Friday featured “punt” cakes, whoopie pies, custom seat cushions, and other goodies.

Portlock Black Cultural Center Open House and Celebration

Faculty, staff, students, and community members toured the new Center in advance of the rededication ceremony.

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Lavender Lane and Pride Network Reception

A reception was held at Lavender Lane Friday evening.

Portlock Black Cultural Center Dedication

Members of the Lafayette community gathered to recognize the history of the Center and the donors who made the renovation possible.

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Lafayette-Lehigh President’s Brunch

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Tailgates and Celebrations 

The Lafayette Gets Electric Rally on the top level of the Markle Parking Deck offered breakfast items cooked via power from an electric truck as well as opportunities to mingle with numerous Lafayette sustainability clubs at the event hosted by the Dyer Center, Lafayette Motor Sports, and the Engineering Student Council. In addition, the Food Truck Rally and Beer Garden on the Quad included music, games, and more.

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Lafayette-Lehigh Rivalry 158

Lafayette led wire to wire in the 158th meeting of college football’s most-played rivalry on Saturday, notching a 14-11 victory in front of nearly 12,000 fans at Fisher Stadium. Read a recap of the game.

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