By Sean Chase– 1851 Staff
Recent graduate, Benjamin Lane (‘19), is flourishing in his graduate assistant role, bringing life back to Lasell’s intramural and recreational opportunities.
Intramurals are one of the numerous extracurricular activities in college for students to take advantage of. It offers an opportunity to continue playing a sport they love, a chance to make new friends and be active. However, the university’s intramural scene hasn’t been able to provide that for its students given the minimal opportunities provided. This is all changing though, thanks to the work of recent graduate and new Graduate Assistant (GA) Benjamin Lane.
Lane graduated in 2019 and started working at the school this fall as a GA in the Intramural and Recreational Sports Department. While in his undergraduate tenure, Lane stayed busy as a Sports Management major with minors in Law and Business. Lane also ran track and field for four years and cross-country for two.
“I really enjoyed the [Lasell] environment as a student … and I want other students to be able to have the same experiences that I had as an undergrad,” said Lane. “I saw this position as a really good way to facilitate that as being able to provide a bench for students to meet people, be active and have a good time.”
Outside of sports and his studies, Lane was also an active member of the Student Alumni Association and worked in the admissions office. His prior experience at Lasell made it an easy choice to come back as he pursues his goal of becoming an Athletic Director.
As a GA, the university covers the cost of tuition for Lane to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration and gives him a monthly stipend for the work that he’s doing to revamp certain programs. He’s been tasked with opening up new leagues such as 3v3 basketball, flag football and a weekly game night in the Arnow Campus Center on Wednesday nights.
Although attendance has proven to be a challenge for Lane, he remains committed to raising awareness for the leagues being offered like soccer, hockey, ping-pong, and multiple esports offerings.
One activity Lane is excited to bring to Lasell in the near future is “Residential Wars.” This was an activity that Lane participated in when he studied abroad in Australia that involves competitive events across the student body.
“We’re trying to build school pride and get a competitive aspect going,” said Lane. “This will allow people to meet each other.”