Freshmen succeed by focusing on future 2

By Brandon ChaseManaging Editor

Emotions can run wild for freshmen in their first semester of college. During the course of those first 14 weeks, some will embrace their new environment with excitement, fueled by the free­dom of being away from home for the first time. Others might be afraid to adapt to changing sur­roundings. But whatever attitude first-years may have toward starting college, the key to success over the next four years is to focus on the future.

Graduation might seem like a long way away for the class of 2016, but it’s the ultimate goal of the college experience. And even though every student will face challenges before walking across the stage with their diploma, many freshmen confuse diffi­culties with what are mere inconveniences. More…

Changes bring positivity Reply

By Kristina Kaufmann – Photographer & Asst. Layout

In 2010, when I first took a tour of Lasell College as a high school senior, it lacked much of the accommodations available today. The campus appearance has improved with two new buildings over the course of two years and a renovation to Valentine Dining Hall. In addition, Lasell has added new majors and minors for stu­dents and hired new full-time faculty members.

It is not that Lasell didn’t have much to offer before, but now prospective students will have much more of a memorable experience when touring the school. More…

A Letter to Barney Frank 1

Representative Frank,

You should be ashamed of yourself.

Not because of the foundation upon which you base your political beliefs, and not because of the work you’ve done for the state of Massachusetts or the United States of America.

You should be ashamed of yourself because of your actions on May 13 of this year. As a member of the graduating class of 2012 at Lasell College, I anticipated your commencement address. I hoped that it would contain words of wisdom and optimism as my fellow classmates and I enter into an uncertain world.

Instead, your speech was a rambling, politically charged rant that was of little relevance, and contained little consideration of the audience to which you were delivering it. Given your impending retirement, this was particularly disappointing.

You took what should have been a once in a lifetime moment of celebration for the class of 2012, and turned into an opportunity to spew partisan vitriol.

You directed criticism at the federal government for exhausting its shrinking resources in an effort to police the world. You acknowledged that the terrorist threat does not compare to the Nazi or Soviet threats that America has confronted in the past. You discussed the constantly draining resources of the social security and medicare systems. You capitalized on the opportunity to remind everyone that you did not vote to send troops to Iraq and you celebrated the courage it took for you to vote in favor of deploying troops to Afghanistan. More…

2012 graduates share final thoughts Reply

Class of 2012,

It’s been real! We have seen the worst of times, as well as the best of times. For me, personally, it has been a growing ex­perience, and I have made some of the best friendships who will be with me forever. I have met some of the smartest and fun­niest people of my life here. It has been an honor to have class with most of you. I just want to say “Thank you” for all of the memories, and this time spent at Lasell will live with me forever.

— Javon Williams More…

Editor’s Column: Goodbye Lasell Reply

By Alyssa M. Lusky — Co-Editor-in-Chief

One word, two syllables, or seven letters are just a few ways to describe arguably one of the most hated words in the English language – goodbye. Goodbyes are something that I haven’t had to seriously think about for a while. For the past four years, it has mostly been “See you later” as we leave campus for the summer, knowing that we’ll be returning in the fall. Now, for the Class of 2012, we’re about to experience something different. When we say goodbye on May 13, we won’t be returning in September.

Saying goodbye to the place I’ve called “home” for the past four years, and the peo­ple I’ve called “family” hadn’t crossed my mind until last night.

Throughout college, I’ve been a “nanny” of sorts to many children throughout New­ton. However, there’s one family that sticks out among the rest because I’ve been with them for the past three years.

Last night was the last time I would ever take care of them. The now 7-year-old refused to brush her teeth and get ready for bed until I told her I would take her and her brother out for an ice cream cone before I moved in a couple of weeks. Without realizing it, I had just opened a can of worms. More…