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By Krista DeJulio & Haleigh West – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

Lasell joins against conflict mineral crisis

In an email sent on January 27, President Michael Alexander announced Lasell has officially declared to join 19 other colleges around the country in acting against the conflict mineral crisis occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By joining this initiative, Lasell will try to help lessen the impact on the environment where these minerals are harvested, as well as try to help prevent the creation of child soldiers and sexual violence.

Lasell spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on technology, both renting and buying every year. In the recent email President Alexander said that Lasell will avoid use of products containing conflict minerals “when possible.”

By making this decision, the college has taken a positive step in declaring awareness for these minerals, though it is only a single step. – H. West

Fourth annual COMDay in March

Lasell’s fourth annual COM Day will take place on March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. featuring two panels; the strategies of social media, and another featuring recent alumni. The social media panel will feature employees from the New York Mets, Be the Change, Inc., and Comcast Sports New England.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s event is Michael Rezendes, of The Boston Globe. Rezendes is a Pulitzer Prize-winner for investigative reporting and one of the journalists fea- tured in the film, “Spotlight,” where Rezendes is played by actor Mark Ruffalo.

The day will present time for networking, and speed networking with employers who are looking for new hires. – K. DeJulio

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