Area-wide fun for all Reply

By Katie Peters & Mike MarukArts Editor & 1851 Staff

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RA Cory Neal gets pied in the face by her resident, Lindsey Morris. Photo by: Holly Feola. 

Painting pumpkins and pie-throwing filled the East and West Quad for the Autumn Extravaganza on Oct. 5, an event for students to get to know each other, their Resident Assistants (RAs) and their Area Coordinators (ACs). This event was put on by the ACs in
Residential Life with help from Student Activities and input from RAs.

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Annual security and fire safety report released Reply

By Emily Long, Claire Crittendon & Taylor VilesDigital Editor, Feature Editor & 1851 Staff

Content Warning: domestic violence and rape

Campus Police and Human Resources recently released the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the 2018 calendar year via an email. The report is released in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

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Empty Bowls inspires community service and outreach Reply

By Claire Crittendon & Sean Chase- Features Editor & 1851 Staff

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Professor Baldizar demonstrating different pottery techniques. Photo by Claire Crittendon.

Every Wednesday night at 8 p.m., Yamawaki ceramics studio is ablaze with clay, music and community. Founded four years ago, Empty Bowls is now a renowned club on campus. The club’s mission is to give back to those less fortunate. Each week, the club hand-crafts bowls for their main event, a fundraiser on March 27, 2020.

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​Historian discusses the Columbus controversy Reply

By Taylor Viles – 1851 Staff

 

Over 90 students and faculty members filled Dewitt Hall on Monday afternoon to hear acclaimed historian Michael Oberg discuss the controversially titled, “Indigenous Peoples Day,” Christopher Columbus, and everything else we might want to know about the early settlements of the “New World.”

October has come around again. In the news has been the question of Columbus Day and whether or not the United States should refer to that day as a day of remembrance for Columbus, the man who “discovered” the Americas for the white man, or a day of remembrance for everyone who called this place home before Columbus decided to do whatever he wished with this land and its inhabitants. 

It’s an issue that students aren’t told about in elementary school.  “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”…and then discovered America.  That’s what we’re taught in school. According to Oberg, we aren’t taught about how Columbus actually thought he was landing in a profitable Indian market.  We aren’t taught that soon after he landed in the Americas, he handpicked hundreds of the best men and women and brought them back on a ship to Europe where many perished during the journey. 

These are just two aspects Oberg covered during his lecture. “History can be dark, [and] violent,” said Oberg. “It can be filled with heroism and bravery for sure, but there’s also deceit and evil.” 

Oberg’s hour and 15-minute lecture covered many topics surrounding these issues and for a non-historian, it may have begun to sound bland. For Associate History Professor Dennis Frey, the talk was informative. “It really reminded me of how complex history is and how [it] is tied in with mythology,” said Frey. “We really need to be careful in not perpetuating myths…You have to remain skeptical… Don’t accept anything that’s being fed your way.”  

For two Lasell students, Oberg’s lecture was eye-opening. “The U.S. government needs to realize that Columbus Day is only perpetuating negative aspects of American culture.  Native Americans need to be valued more,” said Gabby Bertoldi, a sophomore early education major. Julia Resener, a sophomore majoring in sociology said, “the American education system needs to improve and realize what they say incorrectly about Native Americans.”

Lasell University brings in many speakers every year to share their knowledge with students.  When asked why he thinks it is important that this happens, Frey said, “you’re getting the most recent scholar and experts…perspective.  [Also], one of the benefits of a college education, should be… [having] expert speakers come in and talk about powerful things. It’s part of being a lifelong learner.”  

Not only did Oberg talk about Columbus, but he also covered history in general.  He has been in the business for over 25 years and has countless awards to his name so you could say that he knows a thing or two about the subject.  For Oberg, he’s always ready to consume more knowledge. “I have a lot to learn. I’m going to be a student of history my entire life.”

Professors take on action-packed trip to the Nation’s Capital Reply

By Taylor Viles – 1851 Staff

For Professors Lauren Anderson and Brian Wardyga, a communication-based trip, like the one they just chaperoned to Washington, D.C., is a vital experience for students to learn about the industry, make connections, and bond with classmates.

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First Year Stress Leads to a Perfect Fit Reply

By Cyairra Lowe1851 Contributor 

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Move-in day at Lasell and I was delayed for two days and then stuck on a plane coming home from Florida because of a hurricane. Talk about first impressions. The only time my sister and I could get to fly, I was supposed to move into my doom. Not only was I late on move-in day, but when I finally came home from my vacation I had to pack the car as quick as possible and drive to lasell. Luckily I only live an hour away.

By 8 o’clock at night, I realized I missed the whole move-in day experience. I didn’t get my keys or my card to get into my dorm, but I already knew my roommates and we keep in touch so they were there to let me in. It was late at night and the dark seemed to creep up on me. The campus was pitch quiet and the street lights didn’t help me feel safe. My roommates were already settled in and unpacked. They were kind enough to lend a helping hand to unpack my things. I found out my doom room was on the second floor. I must have walked up and down those stairs a thousand times because the next morning my legs were sore.

Going into college, my head was filled with fear of not being able to succeed and not having the ability to perform well in my classes. I had anxiety rushing over me with the thought of failing school and being left with debt and no diploma. These were my worries going into my first year of college. Thankfully, this was not the reality of what Lasell University has turned out to be. My true experience at Lasell University has been more than successful so far.

There are lots of reasons why my first impression has turned positive. This college has provided me with the tools I need to learn and pass my classes, and the ability to receive help when I need it. At the Academic Achievement Center, tutors for every subject are available for all students. My roommates support me by helping me when I’m having a breakdown after studying for a long period of time. They would take me out to get Chinese food and ice cream and watch movies and relax. They always find a way to make me feel better.  I’ve quickly learned that I need to do my own work, but they’re here and have my back when I need them.

After a rough start moving in, my impression of Lasell is that it’s a great fit for me.