News Briefs

By Alex Balletto & Krista Dejulio – Copy Editor & Co-Editor-in-Chief

Shuttle system new routes for safer and easier travels

The shuttle and parking system underwent major changes over summer 2016.

A major change that should be known is that there are two shuttles; one for campus only, and one for parking only.  The shuttles are clearly marked.  Download the app, RideSystems, to check the real-time location of both shuttles.  Both shuttle schedules can also be found on Lasell’s website under “Shuttle & MBTA.”

While residential students may have to park off campus, students may park on campus from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Overall, there is an increase in total inventory of Lasell parking spaces. Students who park off campus pay a reduced fee.

On Saturday, the campus shuttle will make two trips to the Natick Mall.  It will depart from Lasell at 11 a.m. and arrive to Natick at 11:30 a.m. where students can also take it back to campus.  It will take a second trip, departing form Lasell again, at 2:15 p.m. and arrive at 2:40 p.m. to Natick.

Lasell Police issued warnings for the first week, giving the Lasell community time to acclimate to the new system.  Call campus police with questions regarding parking and the shuttle.

Improvements at Valentine Dining Hall, other food services

In response to the increasing demand  of gluten-free options, Sodexo has decided to designate Fuse station at the Valentine Dining Hall to be 100 percent gluten-free.  Other enhancements include the Take three option in Glow Lounge now opening at 7:30 a.m., a $25 increase in Dining Dollars on all plans, and the Valentine Dining Hall’s adjustment in closing hours to: Monday-Thursday 8:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m, Saturday/Sunday 7:00 p.m.  Because of increased interest, sushi and steak will be served more often.

PRO team meeting open campus meeting gives insight to future

On Thursday, September 15, the PRO team gave a presentation on what each group has been working on this summer in advancement for the college.

“I have to remind you that things are going really well at Lasell College,” said President Michael Alexander. “[We] are focused on change and what we can do for the community.”

The open campus meeting brought both faculty and students. The PRO team is looking into every aspect of the college – academic and non-academic – to see where Lasell is using its resources and to determine ways to improve, consolidate, and add programs at all levels.

Changes made to Brennan Library and Winslow

The Academic Achievement Center has been moved to the main level of the Brennan Library while Alden Math Lab and the Business/Technology Lab have been moved to the lower level of Brennan.  The Doran Computer Lab has been moved to Yamawaki 208.  Lasell’s website was updated over the summer giving the college’s website a fresh, new look.

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