By Brandon Chase, Brian Roach, and Zac Vierra—Opinion Editor, 1851 Staff, and Copy Editor
While some students may complain that Lasell is not doing much to improve the overall student experience, they are doing so mistakenly. The college has exceeded expectations during this school year in terms of catering to students’ needs. Although Lasell still has some weaknesses, it has been working to satisfy everyone in many aspects of the college. Here is our list of the college’s successes and shortcomings. More…
Lasell student Danielle Rita and Vice President Joe Biden at the local CVS in Washington, D.C. where Rita is studying for the semester.
Photo Courtesy of Danielle Rita
By Danielle Rita — Contributing Writer
I ventured through the aggressive wind, with my nose running and tissue at the ready. As I knelt down on the gray carpet of CVS, I was torn between the cough drop flavors of pink grapefruit and orange. I stopped by the refrigerators to purchase the best invention known to all broke college students — Arizona Iced Tea. You can only imagine my disappointment when I realized they were out for the second day in a row. I approached the self-checkout counter and purchased the pink grapefruit Airborne, the only hope of reviving my weak immune system. As my friends and I walked toward the exit, we saw a familiar face. More…
By Tom Tighe — 1851 Staff
How much would you pay to work? The concept isn’t as farfetched as it may sound. Lasell has been encouraging students to take summer internships for credit. However, there is a catch — if you would like Lasell to recognize your internship, be prepared to pay a pretty penny.
If you took a summer class or internship, you would be forced to pay hundreds of dollars to the college to receive credits for the internship course. However, if you were to take your internship during the fall semester, you wouldn’t have to pay any additional money for the credits, since it would be during the school year. Yes, there is an online class included, but most of the credits are earned working as an intern.
This leaves many students in a difficult financial spot. Financial aid wouldn’t be accepted over the summer, leaving students in a tough situation. Two remaining options would be to take an additional private loan, or for the student to take the money out of their Stafford Loan. Taking from your Stafford Loan may prove difficult though, with most Stafford Loans being used up by the summer, according to Brittany Baker, Student Financial Planning Coordinator.
While I applaud Lasell for allowing students to take courses and internships this summer, it has raised a difficult scenario. With more classes being wait-listed, it leaves the possibility that students could be forced to take required classes during the summer in order to graduate on time. It has the potential to significantly raise the cost of tuition.
If Lasell was willing to significantly reduce the cost of courses over the summer, it may encourage more participation when it comes to internships and summer classes. While Lasell offers an array of great resources that help students join the work force, it seems counterproductive to have to pay Lasell to work as an intern.
Although it’s true the Fashion Department does not turn away models because of their size, neither are students directly encour- aged to use larger models.
Also, the use of larger models is difficult, not only because there are very few plus-sized models who end up in the LOOKBOOK, but also because students don’t learn how to de- sign for people of ALL sizes, here meaning thin versus plus-sized. Many times, students leave Pattern Generation 1 (the basic pattern draft- ing class for design students) confused about how to actually draft patterns, due to the teaching styles of certain professors. Sophomores tell freshmen “Don’t bother saving your patter ns because they’re wrong anyway. You’ ll have to redo them next year.” More…
Illustration by Alex Ferri
By Zach Gray — Sports Editor
For many students, involvement in organized sports ended upon receiving high school diplomas. As for Lasell’s student-athletes, many have played multiple organized sports, either in high school or in recreational leagues before college. In most cases, the student-athletes must commit to one sport at Lasell. But for anyone who has been involved in sports, the desire to participate in competitive athletics is still present. More…
By Alyssa M. Lusky — Co-Editor-in-Chief
Going to college in the Boston area was not something my parents wanted me to do. They thought it would mean more money spent in the long run for an education that mirrored what I could’ve had at a more local school. And while the majority of my graduating senior class chose other (cheaper) paths, most of them being com- munity colleges, I took a leap of faith.
Were my parents happy with my decision at the time? Not at all. Scholarship money helped, but they still assumed going to a state school would have been a better option for me. I stood my ground and continued to preach that leaving my rural town in Maine, where driving 45 min- utes to civilization is the norm, was the best option for me. The thought of an internship and the hope that spending four years in the city would make for an easier transition into a job after grad- uation were the things I dreamed of. I wasn’t go- ing to stop until I reached my goal. More…
By Brandon Chase — Opinion Editor
Students can expect big changes and more options for their food service when the renovation of Valentine Dining Hall is completed before the 2012-2013 academic year. A new look and dining choices will revive the atmosphere of the primary on-campus dining location.
One of these new options is a sports grille, which will occupy what is now the 1851 section of the dining hall. The sports grille will be open until midnight and have multiple flat screen televisions broadcasting sports games for students. However, students will not be able to use their meal plan after dining hours, which end at 7:45 p.m.
If the new sports grille is about offering more on-campus dining options, mak- ing it meal plan-accessible should be one of them. College students do not have much disposable income, so spending more money on food is not always a wise decision. More…
By Alyssa Lusky — Co-Editor-In-Chief
I never understood how important it was to have multiple internships until I started my first one during the second semester of my senior year. As there’s no point in crying over spilt milk, I can only hope that underclassmen can learn from my mistake and better their college careers. More…