Panel sheds light on women’s history Reply

By Casey O’Brien — News Editor

March is Women’s History Month, and on March 6, Lasell hosted a women’s panel called the “Third Annual Intergenerational Celebration of Women’s History Month.”

The five-person panel featured women from different backgrounds: Callie Crossley, host of the “Callie Crossley Show” on Boston radio’s WGBH, LeLaina Romero, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Jenifer Drew, Associate Professor of Sociology, Peggy Ives, a Lasell Village resident, and Terri Moody, a sophomore at Lasell. More…

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Zach Wahls gained fame after a speech he delivered to the Iowa House of Representatives.
Photo courtesy of Molly Brennan

By Mary Pavlu — Features Editor

Zack Wahls did not realize standing up for what he believed in would change his world or make him a national hero and YouTube celebrity. The 20-year-old engineering student at the University of Iowa, brought up by two mothers, was asked to speak during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives on January 31. More…

Relay for Life to return Reply

By Brandon Chase — Opinion Editor

After raising more than $10,000 in its inaugural year at Lasell in 2011, Relay for Life will return to de Witt Hall. The event, which raises money and awareness for cancer, will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and conclude the following day at 7 a.m.

The relay is coordinated by the class of 2013, with junior Holly Irvin as the chair. So far, the 20 teams that make up this year’s relay have raised approximately $6,000, and the goal is to raise $10,000 before the day of the event. Junior Catie Prince, co-chair of the Entertainment Committee, said the organizers have made plenty of improvements to make this year even better.

“I think this year will be more successful just because we knew what went wrong last year and what went right, so we knew what to change,” Prince said. More…

Students host body image speak-out Reply

By Briana Nestor — Managing Editor

Upon looking in the mirror, a mere 31.4 percent of students are satisfied with the image in the reflection, according to a sur vey conducted by 10 students in PS Y241 during the spring semester last year. This statistic, along with other surprising facts, was presented as part of the “For the Love of Our Bodies Speak Out,” held on March 5 in Rosen Auditorium.

“Body image is not something that is talked about openly. We wanted to create a safe space for students to talk about these issues,” said junior Tatiana Radonsky, who coordinated the event and conducted research with seniors Jessica Ahern and Katelyn Gormley, and juniors Caitlyn Pare and Bailey Carr.

There were originally 10 people working on the project, but those five women wanted to take their Participatory Action Research (PAR) project further. More…

Political survey shows varying opinions Reply

By Natalie Kfoury, Kristina Kaufmann, and Cristobal Martinez — A&E Editor, Layout, and Contributing Writer

Fifty-six percent of Lasell students said they would re-elect President Barack Obama, and 54 percent said they expect his Republican opponent to be Mitt Romney, according to an informal survey of 220 Lasell students.
The survey was conducted last month by two sections of COM105, taught by Bar- bara Meltz, Lecturer of Communication. The results mirrored March’s Super Tuesday outcome, when Romney took the lead over his Republican primary candidates. More…

Community mourns second senior Reply

By Jordan Mayblum — Co-Editor-In-Chief

When the men who make up the third floor of Karandon House returned from winter break, the void was apparent. The burgundy chair which only one person could make into a bed was empty. Nobody was longboarding through the carpeted hallway. No one was hiding under a bed waiting to jump out. More…

Mourning the loss of rugby’s heart and soul Reply

By Jordan Mayblum — Co-Editor-In-Chief

The Lasell College Rugby Club rallied around senior Jimmy Curtis (center) when he served as the team's co-captain.

On any given night, it could have taken Jim­my Curtis 30 minutes to decide on a hat to wear. On most nights, he ended up sporting his favorite Hartford Whalers snapback.

His hat collection, along with his Nike Air Maxs, old-school NBA jerseys and matching basketball shorts were just some of the things he never quit on. According to his father, Jim Curtis Sr., his son was fully committed to whatever he did, “When he started something, he finished it,” Curtis Sr. said.

Jimmy Curtis died unexpectedly due to in­juries sustained from an accidental fall. He was days away from returning to Lasell as a senior criminal justice major and a founding member and former co-captain of the rugby club.

The club, along with his goal to become a police officer after graduation, were just two on a long list of the things that Curtis loved with all of the big heart that his family, including his rugby bros, know he had.

His teammates were well aware of his ded­ication to them, with numerous injuries serving as a testament to his father’s assessment that he “wasn’t a quitter,” and helping to build the aura of invinceability many teammates saw in him.

Curtis once reset his jaw on the field, and played through broken thumbs, waiting until af­ter the game to make friends in the ER waiting room. “He averaged two broken noses a year,” according to senior teammate and club Presi­dent Ryan Rezendes.

The men of the rugby team consider each other brothers, which is why the term ‘bro’ is reserved only for a select few. With their spiri­tual leader’s passing, the term has taken on a renewed meaning.

Each time the rugby bros take the field this year, they’ll not only be without their brother, but also the team’s heart and soul. Many of his bros remember him as being “funny but serious.” He had an undaunted desire to win but wouldn’t let a loss get in the way of leading his bros in song on the ride home from a game.

His talent for music wasn’t limited to the team van. The T was just as good a place to start singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

About a week before he died, he uploaded a video of himself performing Little John’s “I’m the [expletive].” But his range reached much farther.

At his freshman orientation, as a member of the “Stahfish,” as he called his group, he joined then-future bros Mike Costello and Alan Dooley in singing along to Donna Summer on stage.

During the rugby club’s first ever home game, an event he helped make a reality, a bloody nose prompted Curtis to yell across the field, “Mom! Do you have the bleach?!”

Curtis adored his mother and never want­ed to disappoint her. According to his father, chewing tobacco was the lone habit he main­tained despite her disapproval. He kept his stash of tins behind the driver’s seat of his blue 2003 Chevy Impala with a gold bumper. Curtis Sr. said Jimmy chose not to paint it. His son told him, “It’s gangsta now.”

One of Curtis’ primary missions was mak­ing others happy. “Jimmy was never at the top of his own priority list,” junior Antonio Nesbitt said.

He made people laugh with any num­ber of antics. He still played with Tech Deck skateboards, established a half-court shots only rule in a game of NBA 2K9 (the final score was 6-3) and lost his shorts with stunning regular­ity during his games.

“We might finally go a game without seeing his ass,” Costello said.

He rarely wore jeans but, “He was the only 260-pound kid that could “Dougie” in skinny jeans,” Dooley said. He preferred his outfit of T-shirt or jersey and shorts even through the win­ter months. On occasion, he’d wear his rugby team hoodie.

When the team holds its lone home game this season, the third ever, on Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend, they’ll pay one of many trib­utes planned for their fallen brother in front of Curtis’ family. Regardless of the outcome, it will be a fitting tribute, but only if they truly compete. “If we don’t compete,” Nesbitt said, “we can’t say we’re playing for Jimmy.”

Curtis’ family, including his father, mother, and 13-year-old sister, understood the impor­tance of the brotherhood he and his teammates shared. Curtis Sr. said the decision to forward all donations to his son’s bros on the rugby team would help keep what his son loved so much alive.

Jimmy was apart from his bros only at din­ner time, but when he was there, he nearly always had a turkey sandwich. Instead, Curtis chose to go home for dinner or spend time with the girl­friend his father was certain he’d marry. One of his last meals with his family was a full turkey din­ner, his favorite.