By Marissa Gugala, Ruth Kehinde, Chris Bretti
Congressman Kennedy is 2019 Commencement Speaker
Congressman Joe Kennedy III was announced as this year’s Commencement speaker on March 6 via email sent by President Michael Alexander. Kennedy will be giving the keynote address at the school’s 165th Commencement ceremony on May 11, 2019.
Kennedy obtained his bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard University. He served as the Assistant District Attorney representing Middlesex County and the Cape and Islands before being elected to Congress in 2013. He currently serves as the Congressman for the fourth district of Massachusetts.
Kennedy is the great-nephew of for- mer U.S. President John F. Kennedy and former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. He is also a grandson of former United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
President Alexander said in his email, “…Congressman Kennedy receives many requests and invitations. The fact that he will take part in Lasell’s Commencement speaks volumes about the reputation of our students, faculty and staff.”
One donation for four lives
The annual American Red Cross blood drive was held on the second floor of Arnow Campus Center on March 5, where students could give blood donations during an as- signed time slot.
Hospitality Management Association members Cecelia Costa and Samantha Lavoie forwarded an email from Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow, stating their partnership with the American Red Cross. According to the forwarded email, ‘with one donation of blood, there is a chance to save up to four lives.’
This event not only benefits the lives saved but likewise the lives that donated. Donating blood is a beneficial aspect in every community because it gives others the chance to see a brand-new tomorrow. Donating blood can take a toll on the human body, so snacks were handed out to the donors to have them feeling energized after donating blood.
Each type of blood is given to various patients. According to American Red Cross, ‘Type O Negative red cells are given to patients of all blood types because only of seven percent people in the U.S. are Type O Negative…and Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types since only three percent of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood.”
Campus Police organizes dodgeball tournament
Campus Police Chief Winsor and other Campus Police officers hosted a dodgeball tournament as a way of connecting with students.
The turnout was better than previous years, with three student teams, two officer teams, and members of the Lasell community. Each team that participated received a t-shirt and a chance to win a private pizza party.
After an exciting tournament, “Not your Average Joes” with members from the Health and Wellness club claimed victory. When the tournament ended, members of Team SGA challenged Campus Police to a few friendly matches. Chief Winsor was excited with the outcome of the event and hopes to host an- other tournament before this semester comes to an end.