Newcomers react to Lasell Reply

Illustration by Amanda Bennett

Illustration by Amanda Bennett

Haleigh Santilli and Shapleigh Webster1851 Staff

Being new anywhere is a petrifying experience. Awkward introductions, conversations and icebreakers, people you don’t know. Anyone can feel like they’re a little fish in a big pond, especially a college freshman or new student, when everything is changing in the world around you. More…

Abboud was the perfect commencement speaker 1

Fashion designer and creative director of Men’s Warehouse, Joseph Abboud, spoke to the Class of 2014 during the May Commencement. (Photo courtesy of Lasell College)

Fashion designer and creative director of Men’s Warehouse, Joseph Abboud, spoke to the Class of 2014 during the May Commencement. (Photo courtesy of Lasell College)

Kristina Kaufmann Art Director

What a pleasant surprise. Joseph Abboud’s commencement speech was engaging, adven- turous, and honest. From previous Lasell commencements, I have heard mediocre reviews of the graduation speaker. However fashion designer Abboud related to the soon to be graduates and told a story that was hard to forget. Abboud carried the audience through the start of his career as an aspiring men’s fashion designer. He took his passion for design and pursued a career in the men’s suits industry. With his own line of exclusive suits at Men’s Warehouse and being the head Creative Director as well, it was intriguing to hear how he came to such success. More…

Popular off-campus eateries Reply

Domino's and Dragon Chef are two poplar off-campus dining choices. (Photo by Lindsay Tavarozzi_)

Domino’s and Dragon Chef are two poplar off-campus dining choices. (Photo by Lindsay Tavarozzi)

Lindsay Tavarozzi - 1851 Staff

Dining hall food can be great, but some- times ordering takeout is exactly what a stu- dent needs. Whether it’s Chinese food, deli, or Italian, the possibilities are unlimited. Newton offers a variety of places within prox- imity to the Lasell campus, most of them without a delivery charge.

Lily’s Kitchen

Chinese food is a common option for college students. Moise Michel, a senior said he prefers Lily’s Kitchen’s Chinese food. “I like to switch things up often, but somehow I always end up getting Chinese and Lily’s is my favorite,” said Michel. Lily’s Kitchen is located in Waltham, MA and serves traditional Chinese dishes.

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Professors discuss American torture Reply

Emily M. Kochanek – News Editor

Professors Stephanie Athey and Denny Frey hosted a discussion in Rosen Auditorium on September 17 about the problems of torture in America. Titled “Torture and the Constitution,” the pair delved into what constitutes as torture and what the U.S. has and is doing despite public perception.

Inspired by the Constitution Project, an organization dedicated to “foster[ing] consensus-based solutions to the most difficult constitutional challenges of our time,” Frey and Athey wanted to share their personal knowledge.

“Human rights have always been on my radar,” said Athey. “But in 2001, when the US press first started ‘debating’ whether ‘we’ should be torturing people suspected of terrorism… I sort of lost my mind.” Comparing the rhetoric of present torture to the lynchings of African-Americans in the 19th century, which Athey studied, she found the need to speak on the subject.

“We seemed to be entranced by a very distorted, imaginary version of torture but completely uninterested in learning facts,” said Athey.

The discussion stemmed from a few years ago when Democrats and Republicans saw a need for a full investigation of the Bush-era torture techniques. What the investigation found was no evidence that torture produced any “significant evidence,” said Athey. It was also found that torture could not be justified in the name of national security.

“For centuries [torture] was used for the exercise of power and control,” said Frey. Frey, who has a doctorate in early modern European history, specifically German, gave a brief explanation of how the Nazis gave the world modern torturing practices. After the fall of the Nazi regime, many countries “collected” Nazis to learn their techniques, most prominently the U.S. and the USSR, said Frey.

Now the U.S. has been forced to reconcile Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. However, Athey said torture culture is in America. “We want to see policing and results,” said Athey. She said the public has a “fantasy” about what torture actually is and misunderstands that it is pervasive in American culture.

“The hero bends the rules to protect the world,” said Athey, describing the American ideal of torture.

America is a large exporter of torture devices, including tasers, forced feeding tubes, and solitary cells for prisons. The U.S. exports to 39 nations “who are known to torture,” said Athey. However, Athey added that it’s illegal in the U.S. to use these devices for torture.

To rectify the problem, Athey said there needs to be a “collaboration between the state and [its] population.” If the U.S. sees torture as a fantasy of the hero against the villain, nothing will change. Most people tortured by the U.S. are “innocent and not involved,” said Athey. According to the discussion, 635 prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay, who, Athey said, had “no reason to be there.”

“It corrupts the entire justice system,” said Athey. “Torture the one, control the many. But no one stops at just one.”

Some students at the event expressed that torture did in fact instill fear into American enemies. If the enemy was “scared,” it would get those people to stop terrorizing. One freshman, Troy Gonsalves, said he was surprised at the discussion. He was glad that Athey and Frey were “changing people’s perspective that these people are not really evil.”

Uganda native speaks on service-learning Reply

Hugo Kamya, PhD, spoke to Lasell recently about service-learning.

Hugo Kamya, PhD, spoke to Lasell recently about service-learning.

Kait Quinn Managing Editor

Hugo Kamya, PhD, a Simmons College professor, spoke to the campus about Uganda and service-learning on September 16. It’s “something much bigger than you,” said Kamya of service. The event was put on by the Nancy Lawson Donahue ’49 Institute for Values and Public Life.

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Studying in Switzerland 1

 

Allison Nekola – Global Correspondent

I trembled stepping off the plane. Eyes wide open I gasped for air as I gazed out my window into mountainous scenery.

Fast-forward to my first adventure on my own, the sites and sounds of downtown filled the air and historic buildings captured the beauty of an ancient village encompassed in a modern city. My breathing was heavy and fast for the first week.

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Student lives dream as Disney intern Reply

Tina Nalepa Arts Editor

Growing up watching Disney movies and listening to Disney soundtracks, it’s safe to say sophomore Micaela Haggerty loves Disney. After visiting Disney World for the first time at age five, Haggerty knew she wanted to work there. That dream led her to working and interning with the Disney College Program. More…

Concert Corner Reply

Natalie Kfoury The 1851 Chronicle

Here is an 1851 Chronicle-curated list of upcoming concerts. We tried to find the best deals for those on a low college budget.

Hunter Hayes (country)

House of Blues- Boston, MA (take T to Ken more, five minute walk from station, venue is right across the street from Fenway Park) Wednesday, October 1, doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: start at $25.00 More…