Resident Assistants push for change

By Kait Bedell – News Editor

Signage around campus reminds students to be mindful of current campus COVID-19 policies, as seen here in Woodland Hall.
Photo by Kait Bedell

Three Resident Assistants (RAs) have drafted a proposal for the COVID-19 task force to allow residential life restrictions to be lifted enough for students to be allowed to congregate with a few other students within their dorms.

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V.P. Kate O’Connor to retire after three decades

By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor

O’Connor poses for a picture in her office with a gift from a friend. According to O’Connor, the rabbit in the hat signifies all the magic happening in her department.
Photo by Taylor Viles

At the end of January, President Alexander announced via email that longtime Lasell employee, Kate O’Connor was retiring following the 2020-2021 academic year. 

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Lasers grateful to be back on campus

By Bailey Klingaman & Rayana Petrone – Digital Editor & 1851 Contributor

Online students are projected on a screen behind Professor Andrea Brodeur as she teaches her Sociological Imagination flex course.
Photo by Angela Hayes

As the Spring semester begins and the community is reunited, various opinions have been expressed in regards to being back on campus during such unusual times. Campus regulations are still in place from the Fall semester, as the university was successful in keeping COVID-19 cases on campus relatively low. With additional students returning to on-campus housing and COVID-19 numbers still growing amid the vaccine rollout, the community had a lot to share regarding their feelings about being back. 

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University becomes a COVID-19 vaccine provider

By Holly Feola and Rebecca Osowski – Opinion Editor & 1851 Contributor

First-year Emma Lavallee recieved her second dose of the covid COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site not provided by Lasell. (Photo has been censored for privacy purposes.)
Photo by Rebecca Osowski

On January 13, the community received an email from Director of Health Services Richard Arnold about how the university has been authorized to be a Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Provider, becoming one of the first universities in the country to be able to administer the Moderna vaccine to part of its population.

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Dining Services makes alteration for Spring

By Katie Peters, Emma Ingenohl & Josh Wolmer – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Contributors

Bags of food wait to be picked up at the counter of 1851, which is now open for limited late-night options.
Photo by Katie Peters

Upon arriving back to campus this semester, resident students were faced with new regulations surrounding dining hall procedures. The biggest change being each student is allowed only one styrofoam take-out container per meal swipe, along with side containers for sauces, fruit, soups, etc.

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News Briefs

In memory of Cassie Langtry, 24

By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor

On January 29, the Vice President of Development and Alumni Chelsea Gwyther sent an email to the Lasell community about the passing of former student Cassie Langtry on January 15. Langtry graduated summa cum laude from Lasell in 2018 majoring in Law and Public Affairs with a minor in Psychology. She used her degree to get hired by a law firm in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts where she was in her third year. She passed away because of an undetected blood disorder at the age of 24. The email included quotes from various Lasell community members who had known her and wanted to share their memories. Program Chair of Justice Studies Linda Bucci remembers Langtry as looking forward…“to using the law to represent the marginalized and those without a voice. She really enjoyed helping others,” she said.

Vaccine rollout email

By Katie Peters – Co-Editor-in-Chief

On February 22, David Hennessy sent out an email on behalf of Richard Arnold to the community about new Phase-II eligibility for the COVID-19 Vaccine. People who are eligible for the vaccine under Phase-II are people over 65 or people who have one or more of the following conditions: cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity (BMI above 30), pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, smoking, and Type two Diabetes Mellitus. Students, university employees and other campus partners who are eligible for Phase-II of the vaccine rollout are encouraged to sign up for the possibility of getting vaccinated at Lasell.

Student activities holds nerf war 

By Zach Kraft – 1851 Contributor

The Office of Student Activities & Orientation, Athletics and Residential Life held a nerf war in the Athletic Center on February 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Despite a small turnout of four attendees, members still participated in navigating through the battlefield that was set up. First-year Franklin Torres said he had a great time at the event. “It was a good time, I really went off during the event, and it was fun having a nerf war with other students. They did a good job setting up the battlefield, and it was a lot of fun despite the small number of participants.” Students who participated in the game were required to wear masks throughout the entire event.

Spring Activities Fair takes place over Zoom 

By Kait Bedell – News Editor

The Office of Student Activities & Orientation came together virtually with different clubs from around campus to host this year’s Spring Activities Fair. The event took place virtually from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, and students from every class were welcomed to join through the Laser Involvement link emailed to the Community. Those who wanted to learn more about what is going on around campus were invited to ask questions and get involved by speaking with different club members. Students who wish to stay informed about other activities around campus can find more information on the Instagram page @luactivities where information for future events will be posted.

Student Activities hosts virtual brainstorming session

 By Ruth Kehinde – Digital Editor

On February 3, the Office of Student Activities & Orientation hosted a virtual event where student leaders campus-wide along with invitees gathered together to brainstorm ideas about clubs on campus.The event lasted from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and welcomed all students who wanted to share their perspectives on how to improve clubs and events around campus. The next Office of Student Activities & Orientation event was a virtually held discussion of the documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.” The event took place on February 23 at 7:00 p.m.. and students could go to the Laser Involvement website for more information.

Lasell students make string art

By Ruth Kehinde – Digital Editor

On February 4, The Counseling Center collaborated with The Office of Student Activities and Orientation, providing string art kits for Lasers in the Winslow Academic Center from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All classrooms on the first floor were open for students to create art. This encouraged students to step out of their rooms and out of the box, putting their creativity to the test. Students were allowed to attend after verifying they were cleared on Co-Verified.

Lasers reflect on recent election

By Katie Peters, Emma Ingenohl & Kait Bedell – Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

Graphic by Katie Peters

At 11:25 a.m. on November 7, four days after election day, The Associated Press called Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the projected President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of The United States. Since the announcement, there has been significant push-back from the Trump Administration as well as the Republican Party. Before the polls opened, there was talk of fraudulent votes, curing and other ill practices.

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