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By Shapleigh Webster & Allie Talarico – Copy Editor & 1851 Staff

Photo by Krista DeJulio Students participated in Family, Friends, Alumni Weekend on Saturday, October 17. Booths and stands were set up for students and their families to make crafts, try food, and get their pictures taken.

Photo by Krista DeJulio
Students participated in Family, Friends, Alumni Weekend on Saturday, October 17. Booths and stands were set up for students and their families to make crafts, try food, and get their pictures taken.

A chilly but beautiful fall weekend approached, and with it came Lasell’s annual Family, Friends, and Alumni Weekend (FFAW). From Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18, students, family, and faculty enjoyed a multitude of events both on and off campus, such as sports games, barbecues, student performances, a pep rally, and River Day. The Lasell community took a break from its academic rigor and enjoyed some well- earned down time.

Along the Arnow courtyard on Friday evening, an energetic powder puff football game took place on the grass. Girls from each class formed teams and played wearing class colors. Freshman and juniors started around 5:30 p.m., with juniors taking the win. Alumni officiated the game, and men from each class coached the teams. The sophomore team lacked players so they forfeited to the seniors, who then played the juniors for the

championship. Class of 2017 was declared winner. That evening, at 10 p.m. the Athletic Center was bursting with students, families, and friends, for the school’s annual “Fan Fest.” There were relays, performances by the Divine Step, Pulse Dance, and Cheerleading teams, music, and free t-shirts. For students and families who woke up bright and early on Saturday morning, there were trips to picturesque Honey Pot Hill Orchards, or to see the fish at the Boston Aquarium. On campus, students, families, and alumni attended the Fall Fest BBQ.

“The fall fair was perfect, I took my niece to the crafts while my dad and brother went to the soccer game. There was stuff for everyone,” said freshman Molly McKechney.

All teams played at home on Saturday at their “Senior Games” where senior players were recognized. Later that evening was the Student Performance Showcase in de Witt Hall, celebrating per- forming arts on campus and featuring the Pulse Dance and Divine Step Team, the Cheer team, the Lasell Chorus, Seussical, and the Spartones. In Valentine Hall, excited shouts filled the family bingo night, with prizes ranging from a $100 gift cards, to a record player and Bruins tickets.

Sunday was Lasell’s “River Day.” Boston’s large Head of the Charles races fall during the weekend each year, and this is Lasell’s way of join- ing the fun. The Lasell community competed in canoe races on the Charles, begining at the Lasell College Boathouse. “We originally went to watch the race, but ended up racing,” said freshman Alexandra Orest. “It was a lot of fun.”

Though chilly, Family, Friends, and Alumni was a great time with many already looking forward to next years’ festivities.

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