1851 Chronicle releases Laser Nation series Reply

By Krista DeJulio, Megan Palumbo and Leanne Signoriello – Co-Editor-In-Chief and 1851 Staff

“1851 Chronicle” reporters Krista DeJulio and Megan Palumbo with Leanne Signoriello on camera, will chase down the opinions of Lasell in a new video series: Laser Nation. These weekly videos will be a mixture of fun, lighthearted questions to serious, controversial ones. September is the beginning of a new school year and students are excited to learn, be reunited with friends and be back on campus. Check out what your classmates have to say as 1851 staff members chased down Laser opinions.

1851 Chronicle launches podcast series 1

By Tristan DavisFeatures Editor

“1851 Chronicle” features editor, Tristan Davis brings you bi-weekly updates about news and events happening at Lasell College and in the Greater Boston area including coverage on the new head of the Donahue Institute, Jesse Tauriac; the annual town meeting, Boston’s arts and entertainment scene, and upcoming events on campus.

Women’s volleyball seeks redemption Reply

Senior Taylor Hansen focuses in on passing the ball. The team is working hard to improve this season. Photo by Tom Horak

Senior Taylor Hansen focuses in on passing the ball. The team is working hard to improve this season. Photo by Tom Horak

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff

The women’s volleyball team begin their season with high hopes. Their recent win at Smith College on September 19 and last season’s overall record of 7-28 serve as the team’s inspiration to improve.

Expectations are set high since the men’s team brought home the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title last season.

“The guys just came off a huge season, so I feel like the school is expecting us to do big things as well,” said senior Taylor Hansen.

Coach Mary Tom sees the potential in her players and gives them something to aspire to. “The team goal is to shoot for the NCAA championship,” Tom says. “Not even just placing in the top four, we are shooting for the whole thing.”

Accepting the challenge, the team recognizes the steps they need to take to improve. “It is just a matter of being individually a solid player and then using that and contributing that to the team setting,” said Hansen.

Off the court, they are much more than just a team. The small size of the squad provides them the opportunity to become closer as friends and more involved as a community. They consider themselves a family and act as such; many of the players choose to live together.

The team has also faced some roadblocks in injuries of the players this year including senior Sharisse Scott-Rawlins having a partial hamstring tear and many others still battling injuries from the previous season but still continuing to play through the pain, according to Hansen. The women make sure to monitor their injuries and receive medical attention before the games to insure they play their best.

Players caution spectators about making assumptions too early in a game. Their determination to succeed is only heightened under pressure.

“Our fight and our drive come from when we are down points,” said senior Natalie Berwald.

“We need to prove ourselves in order to keep our fan section,” says Hansen. “That’s what the guys did, that’s what every team on the campus does.”

Determined, they plan to fight their way to the NCAA. “We’re going to show everyone that we can do it,” said Hansen.

Tauriac named Donahue Director Reply

By Ryan Fitzgerald – Sports Editor

Over the summer assistant professor of psychology Jesse Tauriac was named Head of the Donahue Institute, after three years in his role as a professor of social sciences. The plan was implemented when Professor Tessa le Roux stepped down after 14 years as director.

“I decided to step down from this position to spend more time on my other love – teaching,” said le Roux. “Lasell has grown tremendously – the student body is more than double what it was when I first came here. This is the perfect time to take the institute in a new direction.”

It was le Roux’s pleasure to pass the title on to her successor. “I am thrilled about the appointment of Dr. Jesse Tauriac as the new Donahue Director,” she said. “I know he will lead the community in having difficult conversations, so we can be stronger and closer as we become more inclusive and supportive of one another.”

Tauriac earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University before receiving his masters degree and Ph.D in clinical psychology from UMass Boston.

After taking a position at Lasell, Tauriac grew fond of the school. “There’s an opportunity for faculty to really get to know their students which I enjoy,” he said.

His admiration for the staff and programs offered to students only furthers his commitment to the position. “I saw so many people who are doing amazing work here and are dedicated to the community. I want to pull everyone together and do what I can to create positive change,” Tauriac said.

Upon receiving the opportunity to be new director Tauriac said, “I’m passionate about helping foster an environment where all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome here.”

There are three primary areas Tauriac will be working on. The first is continuing the work of Professor le Roux in terms of planning, organizing, and sponsoring events, while engaging members of the entire community. These programs focus on social justice, diversity, and social inclusion.

Tauriac will also work as the Lasell Diversity and Inclusion Officer. “I will work very hard in collaboration with other faculty on campus to ensure that all students are welcome here,” he said. “As a society we work best when we collaborate and learn from people of different backgrounds.”

The third area Tauriac will tackle is helping colleagues to coordinate a junior ethics experience.

Tauriac has already planned three events for this semester. The first is a lecture by Dr. Lee Ann De Reus set for October 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. in de Witt Hall. Dr. De Reus is the founder of the Panzi Foundation, an organization working to reduce sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As for the ultimate goals he’s set for himself as the new director, Tauriac said, “I want members of our community to hear and respond to others who may be different, as well as consider ethical problems critically and thoughtfully.”

Tauriac aspires “to offer events that are important to the entire population and offer programs that students will be excited about.” He considers diversity an important topic and will promote equality and diversity among the student population.

Strokes’ guitarist shows Cambridge good time Reply

Albert Hammond, Jr. played at The Sinclair in Cambridge on September 20 to an energized and excited crowd. Photo by Krista DeJulio

Albert Hammond, Jr. played at The Sinclair in Cambridge on September 20 to an energized and excited crowd. Photo by Krista DeJulio

By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief

Albert Hammond, Jr., of the famed indie-rock band, The Strokes, played at The Sinclair in Cambridge on Sunday, September 20 to an excited crowd.

The Strokes have a dedicated fanbase and following and with Hammond there is no difference. Hammond walked onstage at 10:30 p.m. with his signature lightning bolt guitar strap and white Fender. Hewas dressed casual and wore his signature black Converse from his Strokes’ days.

Hammond released his third album “Momentary Masters” at the end of July between touring and playing at music festivals, like Lollapalooza in Chicago. He has previously released two full-length albums and one EP.

Hammond plays rhythm guitar for The Strokes, but could be the lead singer as well. The two opening acts for Hammond were lackluster, but the minute the band entered the stage, the crowd went wild with cheer and singing along to Hammond’s lyrics.

Hammond is able to energize a crowd like no one else. He joked around with the crowd and his large and infectious smile filled his face in between songs. He talked back to the crowd when they shouted at him, no matter how obscene, and the crowd could tell he genuinely loves being onstage.

The band and Hammond played an outstanding 17-song set that chilly Sunday night. They opened up with “Rude Customer” off of 2013’s EP “AHJ” and closed with a two-song finale of the hit “Rocket” from 2008’s “Como Te Llama” and “Drunched in Crumbs” from the newest album.

The Strokes have five full-length studio albums and released their latest album “Comedown Machine” in 2013. The Sinclair is located at 52 Church Street, Cambridge and also offers a sitdown dining experience seven days a week, with concerts most nights.

Soccer to continue success Reply

Women’s soccer is hoping to win GNAC for the sixth consecutive year. Pictured left is Meg Cullen. Photo by Tom Horak

Women’s soccer is hoping to win GNAC for the sixth consecutive year. Pictured left is Meg Cullen. Photo by Tom Horak

By Lance Forrest – 1851 Staff

A new school year presents new challenges for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Currently, the women’s team has completed seven games, and holds a 3-3-1 record so far this season.

The women have won five consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships and plan to channel that success this year. Meg Cullen, junior, made it clear that this season is very important.

Cullen said, “We have a target on our back and we need to work very hard this year.” Cullen has multiple goals already this season and plans to keep the streak going. As for the rest of the team, they are ready for the challenge ahead and prepared to take on the rest of the GNAC to make it past the first round of conference playoffs. Last year the women won the conference title and made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament where they lost to Williams College 2-0.

The men started slow, losing their first four games without scoring a goal, but gained confidence in their fifth game winning 2-0 over Suffolk University. Coach Burke Hazard believes the team is coming around.

Hazard has one season under his belt and plans to make his second year a success. The majority of last season’s starters graduated or transferred, which makes this a challenging year for the team. Hazard was in charge of the recruiting process this year and brought in eight new players, one of which is a transfer.

According to Hazard, the team is “mixed,” and consists of “old and young players with not much in-between.” Both the women and men will continue to improve this year and are confident about their upcoming games.

The women play at home against Norwich University on Wednesday, September 30 while the men play on Tuesday, September 29 against Gordon College at home.

Risking it all for once Reply

By Allison Nekola – Co-Editor-in-Chief

It was hard realizing I only have a couple months left in the safety blanket I call Lasell. My very first taste of reality came when I opted to stay in Boston for the summer to complete an internship with renowned magazine “Design New England.”

For me, this was the chance of a lifetime. It came with a catch though. I’d be staying in Boston alone, with three guys I met off Craigslist, while majority of my friends went home for the summer to work or relax before beginning their adult jobs. I know the beginning of that last sentence sounds like the plot to a gruesome horror movie, or the kind of story that makes mothers worry about sending their children off to another state.

I was nervous; there is no doubt about it. But I was also desperate. My initial plans fell through, leaving me 48 hours to find an apartment or say goodbye to the internship I worked so hard to be a part of. It was my choice to make, the first one I’d make on my own with no influence from my mother (pathetic, I know). So, I packed my car to the brim and set out to spend three months with three strangers, left to fend for myself in the city of Brighton.

Did I mention this was the best decision I ever made? Big risk equals big reward, right? My reward came in the form of spending our mornings blasting jazz music; I can still smell the combination of espresso and cigars that filled the kitchen.

We spent our nights debating every subject imaginable. Arms were thrown into the air; it was likely that one of us would slam a fist on the table enraged with an opposition from our peer. And then, the spark settled and it was back to laughter and most important of all, acceptance. We all respected one another enough to listen to their side of an issue, rather than shut down and dub our perspective absolute.

The risk I took when opening up to these strangers helped me learn a lot about myself. It made me reach out to a different community of my peers, ones I’d never taken the chance to meet.

I got to learn a lot about them, from them, and about the city of Boston. There is so much diversity in every city and there’s more to do in Boston on a Saturday night than troll the Fanueil Hall bars. In order to gain the benefits from the city, you must leap from your comfort zone and take a chance.

I tell everyone who asks that this was the best summer of my life, despite the lack of friends and family. I’ve become a better and more accepting person because of the love and kindness I felt from my roommates. We formed relationships that are stronger than others I’ve had for years.

It’s important to be open-minded. I see more and more acceptance on Lasell’s campus everyday. I see people taking risks.

The truth is, taking a risk won’t always lead to a positive result. Take it from a girl who lived three months without a working stove. But it’s worth a try. You may just experience something you never expected.

President talks 2017 and rebranding Reply

President Michael Alexander spoke to a crowded de Witt Hall on Thursday, September 17 on the changes that will happen on campus, starting with Vision 2017 and ending with the rebranding of the college. Photo by Katerina DiChiara

President Michael Alexander spoke to a crowded de Witt Hall on Thursday, September 17 on the changes that will happen on campus, starting with Vision 2017 and ending with the rebranding of the college. Photo by Katerina DiChiara

By Krista DeJulio and Sarah Wright – Co-Editor-in-Chief and 1851 Staff

President Michael Alexander led the annual town hall meeting earlier this month in de Witt Hall.

The main points of the President’s speech were Vision 2017, short-term goals that will be in effect by May, but the recent rebranding of the college was the biggest part of this year’s meeting.

“Our students are here to achieve great things for themselves,” said President Alexander as he addressed faculty, staff, and students about a new capitol campaign for the future of the college.

For the past nine months the college has been collaborating with Ologie, a branding, marketing, and digital agency, to revamp the college’s public advertisement presence. “I Am in Pursuit of Great,” will soon be the new graphic material for Lasell in order to attract more prospective students and will be put to action later this month.

“I hope it will help with our undergrad and grad recruitments,” said Janice Barrett, Chair of Communication. “We are all very invested in moving forward.”

The agency’s goal is to create a more cohesive and current brand for Lasell with advertisements for the bus system, the web, and a clearer understanding of what “connected learning” means. Connected learning will now be portrayed as strictly a method of teaching so non-Lasell students can understand the concept better.

Faculty reacted positively to the new campaign and seemed excited for Lasell’s future. Neil Hatem, Chair ofMathematics and Science said, “I thought it was very exciting. I think it is a perfect time to do this and I think we are ready to take a step in a new direction. [Working together] is something we do very well here.”

Kate O’Connor, Vice President for Enrollment Management, also spoke to the crowd about the rebranding of the college.

“There’s some pretty amazing stuff going on around here and we need to brag about it,” said O’Connor. “What is the authentic vision of Lasell? What is the DNA of Lasell?”

Ologie is working on “evolving the story” and creating a “narrative” for the college. Not only will there be more advertisements, there will be a rebranding of the website as well.

“We put a strong emphasis on internships but we are so much more,” said O’Connor. The group and O’Connor are hoping to create a more of an impact on faculty, service learning trips, and study abroad through the new platform.

Students and faculty alike are very excited to see where the college will go after the campaign is put into place. Student Government Association president, senior Anthony Szol, was already aware of the new changes coming to Lasell and is very excited to see everything implanted.

“The first time I saw it I loved the idea. I agree with everything they were saying and it really opened my mind,” said Szol.