News Briefs October 2018

Colin Froment & Katie Peters – Co-editor-in-chief & 1851 Staff

Federal law enforcement panelists enlighten students

Twenty criminal justice students and professors gathered in de Witt auditorium on Oct. 17, 2018 for the eleventh annual Federal Law Enforcement Roundtable. Students heard from a panel of various federal law enforcement agents and their involvement with the war on terror.


Assistant professor of political science Paul Debole invited several special agents from different agencies, including the United States Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the FBI, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Some of these special agents work undercover for their professions.


The agents described the overall structure of their departments and how each agency collaborates with one another when dealing with terrorist incidents.This included being first responders in the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks and handling the investigation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.


Afterwards, the event opened for a question and answer portion, with each panelist offering advice to students on how to secure jobs, such as monitoring social media accounts and providing a clean background. After the panel concluded, students got to speak directly to the agents for networking opportunities.


Students found the discussion to be beneficial to their academics. Senior criminal justice major Cody McCormick is grateful that he was able to learn “new ideas” for “a better career path and how to improve [himself].”

Guest lectures at Lasell: A talk on Big Data

On Monday, Oct. 22, Professor Maithily Erande gave a lecture to the Lasell community on Big Data. Erande is the program director of Lasell’s new Information Technology department. She had her bachelor’s degree in engineering (computer science) and an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France and Singapore.

This lecture focused on big data and the implications in everyday life and in- dustry. Faculty and students, graduate and undergraduate, engaged in a discussion about data culture and analytics.

“I think this is a fascinating time for communications as a whole,” says Erande when speaking about the 360 degree view companies such as Amazon and Facebook have on their consumers when they use their websites.

Student A.L.I.C.E. training sessions canceled twice

Two A.L.I.C.E Training seminars, originally scheduled on Oct. 9 and on Oct. 16 in Winslow Academic Center, were both canceled after the trainer could not attend due to personal issues.

A.L.I.C.E, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, educates participants on how to prepare themselves in the case of active shooting situation. The training is primarily sponsored and taught by Campus Police.

The training would have been the first session to involve students. Previous A.L.I.C.E Training was only limited to faculty and Residential Assistants. The training was even promoted in criminal justice classes.

It is unknown when the next A.L.I.C.E Training will commence.

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