Family, Friends, Alumni weekend is back

By Claire Crittendon, Izzy Woods & Karissa GaughanCo-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Contributors

Family, friends and alumni flocked to campus from October 16 to 18 to reconnect with their loved ones within the Lasell community. This annual event was put on pause in 2020 to respect federal and state COVID-19 guidelines, but two weeks ago the Office of Student Activities launched three days of non-stop, in-person events.  

The weekend started off on Saturday with a boat cruise where family, friends and alumni had the opportunity to take a guided tour and view the skyline of Boston. Also offered on Saturday was apple picking, BINGO night in the dining hall – a community favorite- the alumni and family beer garden, among many others. The beer garden gave alumni a chance to unwind and catch up after a long time apart. 

River Day took place on Sunday, which is an opportunity for friends, family and alumni to take turns racing in the Lasell University canoes. Winners of the race take home the Golden Trophy. Everyone is encouraged to come by and cheer on the participants, including President Michael Alexander and the university’s crew team. 

President Michael Alexander and his dog, Lady Di, seen with Boomer at Family, Friends, and Alumni weekend. Photo by Karissa Gaughan

Friends and family stood on the docks alongside the Charles River to watch alumni, parents, and the Lasell Crew Team participate in the race. The 2021 River Race Golden Trophy was awarded to alumni James Kappatos (‘20) and his team.

Alum and past 1851 Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Avery Stankus (‘21) said, “I spent most of the day at the alumni Beer Garden where I was able to see classmates I hadn’t seen since before COVID-19. Simply getting to mingle and catch up while being back on campus was so heartwarming.” 

Stankus continued, “I loved how welcoming and eventful the campus was even after graduating … the past few months have gone by fast and if COVID-19 impacting my senior year taught me anything it was to really appreciate the moment for what it is.” 

8 p.m. on Saturday, the dining hall was bustling with people for bingo night. 

Concurrent to the garden, Fall Fest was hosted in the lot behind Edwards Student Center. Music was provided by WLAS, and a plethora of family friendly activities were set up including crafts, tie-dye, cookie decorating, caricatures, games, and more. 

Alumni gather outside the Athletic Center to paint. Photo by Karissa Gaughan

In the alumni tent, two School of Fashion graduates, Aine Hawthorne ’20 and Abigail Detrick ’20 were hosting a signing for their book “Les Modes Magnifiques.” 

Friends and family of alumni are welcomed to the events as well, not just those visiting current students. “My sister actually worked in the admissions office forever… she went here for four years, and played basketball and softball,” said Heather Perez, also the parent of current men’s Soccer player Jaydon Perez. Heather Perez visited the event once before her sister’s first year, “The kids really like this one (tie dye shirts), and they painted the pumpkins already too.”  

Three unsuccessful home games were held against Johnson & Wales University: field hockey, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer. Field hockey finished 0-6, men’s soccer 0-2, and women’s soccer 1-3. Women’s volleyball was set to face off against Emmanuel, but the match was postponed until October 29.

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