The Desautels: Making it work since 1952

Marian and Raymond Desautels are Lasell Village residents who have been married for 62 years.
Marian and Raymond Desautels are Lasell
Village residents who have been married for
62 years. (Photo by Reginah Sanyu)

Reginah Sanyu – 1851 Staff

“He called me at work and asked me to a Boston University hockey game and I said ‘yes,’” said Marian Desautels. “No I actually walked into your work and asked you whether you wanted to go to a hockey game,” responded her husband Raymond Desautels. “Oh, I thought you called. I like sports so I said yes anyways,” Marian replied playfully.

The Desautels have been living at Lasell Village for 13 years. However, they have been married for 62 years. “I cannot believe it has been this long,” Marian said. “If it is a true commitment, then you can make it work.” Continue reading “The Desautels: Making it work since 1952”

Scott Hornoff speaks on wrongful conviction

Photos by Zachary Gray

Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-In-Chief

Former Warwick, RI detective Scott Hornoff spoke to students of Professor Sarah Abbott’s Death Penalty course on Wednesday, October 16. Hornoff’s presentation, Cop – Convict – Exoneree, focused on his wrongful conviction of first-degree in 1996. The event was sponsored by the Donahue Institute, Center for Community-Based Learning, and the Justice Studies Department.

In 1983, Hornoff joined the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. He would eventually become a detective with the Warwick Police Department. In 1989, Hornoff drove home from a party in which he drank heavily. He passed by the home of Victoria Cushman, an acquaintance of Hornoff. He thought of stopping by, but decided not to. The next morning, Hornoff learned Cushman was murdered the night of the party. Continue reading “Scott Hornoff speaks on wrongful conviction”

Carlos Arredondo speaks on Boston Marathon bombing

Carlos and Melida Arredondo spoke to the Lasell community on October 2. Arredondo made headlines as “The Cowboy Hero” after he was photographed helping others during the Boston Marathon bombings. (Photo by Leneai Stuart)

Danielle Cutillo – 1851 Staff

On October 2, Boston Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo came to speak to students with his wife Melida Arredondo. They sat in front of a packed Rosen Auditorium at an event sponsored by Lasell College Radio (LCR).

Arredondo began with, “In case you don’t recognize my accent, I’m from Boston.” The audience laughed; his accent was not from Boston. Arredondo came to America as an illegal immigrant in 1980, later becoming an American citizen.

On April 15, 2013, Arredondo made headlines when two bombs went off at the annual Boston Marathon, killing four and injuring 250 people. Although many people fled the scene, Arredondo ran towards the injured to come to their aid. “I didn’t hesitate,” said Arredondo. “I just jumped the barriers and started to help.” Continue reading “Carlos Arredondo speaks on Boston Marathon bombing”

Interdisciplinary courses will reshape core classes

Allison Nekola – 1851 Staff


Lasell administration is offering interdisciplinary seminars to sophomore students as an opportunity to alter the traditional core courses in the spring 2014 semester.

The idea emerged four years ago during a conversation over lunch between Pro- fessors Michael Daley and Lori Rosenthal. Daley, a professor of environmental studies, discussed his solution for excess energy waste and asked Rosenthal, a professor of social sciences, about an efficient way to coax people to use his proposed solution. The two went on to talk of teaching a course together someday. Two years later, their plan became a reality when they were granted to teach a pilot interdisciplinary seminar. Continue reading “Interdisciplinary courses will reshape core classes”

PRIDE comes out

Photos by Allison Nekola

Michelle Burke – Copy Editor

PRIDE’s President, Alex Turner, encouraged students to share their stories of coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Pansexual to their friends and families. All participants referenced the difficulties of coming out relating to religion, marriage, and the fear of family rejection, as well as what is means to define someone as gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender. Turner began by telling his own story, explaining how he came out as bisexual and eventually transgender, meaning he identifies as a man. He described the feeling of coming out to his family as a “weight being lifted off [his] shoulders.”

The speeches continued with club members, including a speech from the Vice President of PRIDE, Emily Kesslinger. She spoke about how she doesn’t like to label her sexuality, and said, “just love who you love.” She also said she continues to struggle with remembering the preferred gender pronouns of her transsexual friends, making others realize acceptance of one another is what matters. Continue reading “PRIDE comes out”

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