First-year two-sport athlete finds upside during COVID-19 Reply

By Meghan Carroll & Taylor VilesNews Editor and Sports Editor

Sarah Milne is looking forward to her first season as a Laser.
Photo by: Taylor Viles

Sports play an important role in life for many people. Due to COVID-19, the enjoyment of sports was abruptly taken away. Athletes were affected by the guidelines and restrictions of the virus. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) canceled its 2020 spring season due to the spike in cases, not thinking the same precautions would continue into the following semester.

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Is Mulan worth the money? Reply

By Abi Brown & Claire Crittendon Arts Editor & Co-Editor-in-Chief

Disney’s 2020 live-action version of Mulan features Mulan’s harrowing journey of hiding her identity to fight in the war, rather than having the army draft her sick father. In this new version, Disney swapped the fun songs and Mushu the dragon from the 1998 original for a more dramatic and life-like movie. They used an all Asian cast, with more accurate cultural context.

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Editor’s Corner – Stay safe Lasers Reply

By Claire Crittendon & Katie PetersEditors-in-Chief

Katie Peters and Claire Crittendon smile underneath mask as they stand six feet apart.
Photo by Ruth Kehinde

Boston College, Harvard and Boston University: what do all these schools have in common? These universities in the Boston area all have started the school year with relatively high cases of COVID-19. According to the New York Times as of Sept 25, BC currently has 86 cases, Harvard has 43 cases and BU has 83 cases.

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Do your part, wear a mask Reply

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor

Illustration by Robby Rowe

Ever since COVID-19 hit, the number of cases continue to rise everyday in the United States. One of the ways to keep yourself and others safe is to wear a mask. A mask should be worn in public areas or when surrounded by people. Wearing a mask is a potent tool that should be mandatory, it can restrict the spread of the virus that has already infected more than 6 million Americans.

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News Briefs: September 2020 Reply

Todd Montana resigns after eight years

By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor

In late August, the Athletic Department announced on its website women’s basket- ball head coach Todd Montana was step- ping down. He held three roles with ath- letics over eight years, first hired as Sports Information Director in 2012, progressing to the role of Head Coach in 2014. On top of his basketball duties, he held the posi- tion of assistant athletic director.

Montana was the longest-serving head coach for women’s basketball. During his tenure, he racked 48 overall wins making him the winningest coach of the program.

Patriots 5th Quarter man, Bob Lobel

By Taylor Viles & Josh Wolmer – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff

On Sept. 17, Bob Lobel joined Carrie Berger’s COM231: Sports Communication class to talk about COVID-19’s effect on sports. Lobel is the host of weekly programs, Sports Final and Patriots 5th Quarter. During the class discussion, Lobel discussed the industry and some of his favorite moments from his long career. He didn’t begin his career in broadcasting until he was 26 years old, giving hope to aspiring broadcasters in college because of the head start they already have on Lobel.

The talk eventually opened up to questions from the class where Lobel made sure to emphasize the fun he had in the job. He said to never be too serious and enjoy yourself.

Campus events to address racism

By Katie Peters – Editor-in-Chief

The Donahue Institute is hosting many events this semester that focus on diversity and inclusion. Starting September 30, Director of The Donahue Institute Jesse Tauriac will be hosting monthly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion forums for community members to speak about their experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants will collaborate to create programs and initiatives that help make the community more inclusive. Other events include Latinx Heritage Month celebrations, Indegenous People’s Day and other events focusing on diversity and inclusion. For more information, contact Jesse Tauriac at jtauriac@lasell.edu or Anne Mullaney at amullaney@lasell.edu.

Friends, Family and Alumni Weekend postponed

By Claire CrittendonEditor-in-Chief

On September 17, Director of Student Activities and Orientation Jenny Granger emailed the community to state the beloved Friends, Family and Alumni Week- end will not be happening this year. Due to federal and state COVID-19 guidelines, this event has been postponed until further notices.

Student Activities is planning alternative digital programs and has hope to proceed in the Spring if possible. Updates will be delivered as necessary.

Spring semester decision deadline announced

By Katie PetersEditor-in-Chief

On September 25, President Michael Alexander sent an email to undergraduate students regarding their options of attendance for the spring semester. The only students able to study online for the spring will be those already studying online this fall. A limited number of online and commuter students may be able to move back to campus, given campus remains safe for students to reside.

Space will still be reserved for quarantine and isolation. Students who are currently studying remotely or commuting that wish to change their option for spring have until October 9 to contact The Office of Residential Life (residentiallife@lasell.edu) to request the change.

Welcome back, COVID-style Reply

By Katie Peters, Claire Crittendon & Meghan CarrollEditors-in-Chief & News Editor

September 5-8 saw the return of 720 resident and 263 commuter students to residential halls and academic buildings, according to the Registrar’s Office, unveiling the COVID-19 prepped campus. An additional 443 students are studying remotely online.

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How to get through classes in a pandemic Reply

By Ruth Kehinde & Holly FeolaDigital Editor & Opinions Editor

Student staying safe while learning remotely.
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Since COVID-19 hit, the world has changed in various ways especially within the education system. Students now have to learn how to stay focused within a pandemic while juggling the challenges of online classes, jobs and social lives. Here are some helpful tips for students who are taking classes in these unfamiliar times: 

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GNAC comes to a halt due to pandemic Reply

By Taylor VilesSports Editor


Usually busy with athletes, the Athletic Center is now home to equipment from the Edwards Gym until sports come back in session.
Photo by Taylor Viles

On March 13, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opted to cancel the remainder of its spring season. The decision was made to protect student-athletes, fans and other athletic personnel.

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