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By Ryan Fitzgerald, Emily Kochanek, Ryan Macleod – 1851 Staff

Tanner makes it personal

Students crowded deWitt earlier this month to listen to Adam Tanner, fellow of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, discuss how personal data can be spread across the Internet quickly and how businesses use this data to their advantage.

Tanner is the author of “What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It,” which explains how entrepreneurs and companies gather personal information about their customers.

Tanner specifically discussed how businesses such as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas adapted to easily access personal information from their customers. Businesses like Caesar’s use this data to target who their most important customers are and which customers return regularly. This helps their business grow and returning customers are able to earn perks.

An example Tanner used in his presentation is This site asks users to answer lots of personal questions that will help find suitable scholarships for students. However, this site gives this information out to other sources causing people’s personal information to be revealed.

LCR gets FM station status

On December 3, Lasell College Radio announced on their Facebook page that the FCC approved the station to broadcast over WLAS 102.9 Boston. Broadcasting will begin next semester when students return to their radio shows.

“This has been a dream for LCR for many years. The goal was that they really wanted to take the experience you gain from the club and make it more realistic to how a radio station is in the real world,” said Risely Dudley, LCR Station Manager. “I think that becoming an FM station is an amazing opportunity that we at LCR have been gifted.”

Lamoureux becomes Director of Plant Operations

On December 8, Wayne Lamoureux will be taking over as Director of Plant Operations. Lamoureux has left his position as Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds at Curry College. He has over 30 years of experience in facilities management and created Bentley University’s recycling program.

Seniors start countdown

The senior class began the first of many activities when they attended Skyzone in mid-November, an event put on by the senior class committee. The event provided two hours of jumping, free of charge, to 30 students. Seniors used all of the available trampoline sections including the dodge ball court, foam pit, basketball hoop, and a multiple trampoline section.

The senior class committee has scheduled many different events for the senior class. The next event will be the “150 Days Until Graduation” celebration hosted at Franco’s in Waltham on Friday, December 12. After winter break, the class committee has scheduled a “75 Days Until Graduation” service trip to the Cradles to Crayons Warehouse in Boston on February 8.

The Office of Student Activities has been selling tickets for a senior class trip to a Boston Celtics game, which will be played on February 27 against the Charlotte Hornets.

Seniors also have until Friday, December 12 to pay their deposit for senior week, a week of activities that runs from the last day of final exams until graduation. This year’s Senior Week events include a trip to the Improv Asylum and Wild Rover bar, an overnight trip to Foxwoods Resort and Casino, a trip to Tavern in the Square, and a Boston Harbor Boat Cruise that wraps up the week.

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