News Briefs: March 2020

Saraswati Puja

By Mike Maruk – 1851 Staff

On Thursday, Feb. 27, the IC3 held a celebration seminar for Hindu Goddess of Learning, Saraswati Puja. 

The celebration of the goddess was hosted by Professor Ashmita Khasnabish. She invited many of the students from her class as well as other peers of hers to attend the event. There was a table decorated with yellow and white flowers as a shrine to celebrate Saraswati Puja as well as a table to color a print of the goddess. 

Most of the people attending the event were either wearing the colors white or yellow to recognize that those were the same colors resembling the ones worn by the goddess. When Professor Khasnabish began her presentation, she explained how Saraswati Puja is the goddess of interdisciplinary skills and learning. Khasnabish stated many children usually go and pray to her for guidance or help before taking a test or do something involving the need for knowledge. 

Throughout the event, there was a selection of Indian-style food available. There was a tray of traditional chicken, a few options of rice and soup as well as a sort of rice chip available. In the end, there were poems and performances made in celebration of the goddess’s powers of learning and skills.

Period Product Drive

By Katie Peters – Arts Editor

In conjunction with this year’s production of “The Vagina Monologues,” which took place from Feb. 21 and 22, the Lasell Community raised $400 and 20 boxes of period products for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. REACH is a nonprofit organization that assists survivors of domestic abuse while promoting healthy relationships and communication. Period products, such as pads and tampons, were collected in the days leading up to “The Vagina Monologues” and at the doors of the show. 

All admissions costs from the show went to REACH as well. A representative from REACH was present during each performance of the show in the event any subject matter got overwhelming for any audience member. 

Co-Director of the Vagina Monologues senior Alex Manseau says, “The period product drive was first designed by Her Campus Editor-in-Chief Madison Paloski; she was also a cast member for the show and asked if we could sponsor the drive. In the end, the drive was very successful and the drive will continue in future productions.”

More than just a flag 

By Ruth Kehinde  – Digital Editor

On Feb. 27, the Multicultural Student Union (MSU) and the Pulse Dance Team hosted a “Rep Your Flag Party” on the second floor of Arnow Campus Center where Lasers of all backgrounds were welcomed to represent their origins of culture. All entries were $3 for Lasell students and $4 for guests. This four-hour event, spanning from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., extended longer than expected, having students stay longer than the designed time, going up until 2 a.m. They enjoyed night with friends and bringing upon vibrant dance moves to the dance floor with groovy tunes presented by DJ Gee$Money. The goal with the money gained from this event was to have it go toward new MSU merch for members to not only represent their club, but to also embrace all ethnicities.

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