Multi-generational fact check speaker visits Lasell Village
On October 17, the Lasell community gathered in the Lasell Village ballroom for a presentation about misinformation and fact-checking surrounding the presidential election. The presentation was given by Emily Thorson, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College.
Citizens voting for the first time face the challenge of misinformation. Though many fear the effects of misinformation on the election, Thorson expressed a different view. She said there are pre-existing feelings that remain throughout an election despite the lies. “Attitudes are affecting what [voters] choose to believe,” she said.
For journalists, this makes telling the truth hard. The reaction of news consumers is more negative when an opposing opinion is expressed, according to Thorson. The other challenge, according to Thorson, is how one cannot “un-ring the bell of misinformation.” Once misinformation has been spread, it will always be detrimental.
Though fact-checking is helpful and misinformation can be corrected, Thorson suggested that a predetermined bias is not unlike misinformation. With or without the lies of the presidential nominees, each voter will still have their own beliefs. – Abbey Moran
President Alexander urges students to vote
Students on campus are being urged to make their voice heard in this November’s presidential election. In a campus-wide email sent by Michael Alexander, the President put in perspective how much a single vote matters.
“You may wonder what difference your one vote makes. Or, perhaps you don’t like any of the candidates, so you are asking yourself why you should vote. Well, in 2000, a mere 537 votes made the difference in George Bush beating Al Gore, out of tens of millions of votes cast,” said Alexander in the email.
A group of Lasell students in Professor Howard Sholkin’s Media Relations class have put together a website informing voters on campus of both candidates, what they stand for and more general information on the election. The site can be reached at http://www.lasellvotes.weebly.com.
Voting ends Tuesday, November 8. – Tristan Davis
Students from families of immigration lead panel
About 50 Lasell students and faculty gathered Monday, October 25 in the Yamawaki Auditorium where five student panelists shared their experiences with immigration. As an immigrant coming to the United States, there are struggles faced, challenges to overcome, and a new light to be seen at the end of a long journey.
Student panelists included senior Yodan Villalon, juniors Valeria Agudelo Osorio, Chavelyn Santana and Korinne Früster and sophomore Emily Huynh. The five were accompanied by professor of psychology Marsha Mirkin who assisted in leading the discussion.
Students discussed the impact being an immigrant or a child of an immigrant has had on them socially, academically, and personally. “You have an on and off switch and you have to learn to assimilate to the culture,” said Osorio
Most tasks in life come with obstacles, according to the panelists as they discussed the challenges faced and the strengths they developed. Society has developed stereotypes regarding race, ethnicity, and religion, but these stereotypes are misperceptions based on a certain appearance versus reality. Each of the students discussed how their families are an important aspect to success and developing strengths. – Shannon Hart