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…

“Spring Awakening” to debut this fall Reply

By Natalie KfouryCo-Editor-In-Chief 

The Lasell College Drama Club, Scribe Tribe, announced “Spring Awakening” as its fall production, with auditions to be held in Yamawaki Auditorium on Septem­ber 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and September 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The musical will be directed by Hortense Gerardo.

“Spring Awakening,” which was fea­tured on the acclaimed television show, Glee, is a rock musical with music by Dun­can Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on a play written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind. The original play was banned due to its honest portrayal of controversial material. Gerardo said that “Spring Awakening,” a coming-of-age mu­sical about the challenges that teenagers face, will not be a production geared to­wards younger audiences due to the adult subject matter. 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…

Gallo-Zdunowski reflects as she prepares to leave Lasell Reply

Kristen Gallo-Zdunowski, pictured performing in the “Vagina Monologues,” will be leaving her post as the Assistant Director of Student Activities this summer. ~Photo by Kristina Kaufmann

By Jake Bell — 1851 Staff

Kristen Gallo-Zdunowski has been a beloved member of the Lasell community since her first day in August 2008 as the Asst. Director of Student Activities. “I will always remember being introduced to as many people as possible on my first day and after only two or three hours I got a quick and comfortable feel for the campus,” Gallo-Zdunowski said.

As another semester comes to a close, so does Gallo-Zdunowski’s time at Lasell, as she’s set to begin a new chapter in her life and professional career.  More…

Runway 2012 showcases senior styles Reply

Senior Liz Taber’s line, “Rotten’s Dolls,” was inspired by rocker Johnny Rotten.
Photo by Natalie Kfoury

By Marie-Elise-Bliss  1851 Staff

Saturday, April 28, was the premiere of Lasell’s senior collections in the Athletic Cen­ter; the final showcase of student’s last four years was squeezed in a two-and-a-half min­ute presentation by each student designer.

The gym was transformed from a bas­ketball court into a full-blown runway set, thanks to Lecturer Peter Watson’s Interior Design class. The seats were filled with family members, friends, peers, profes­sors, and industry professionals. More…

Looney caps college career Reply

Chair award winner to speak at graduation 

Senior Class President Kasey Looney will address her fellow classmates on May 13.
Photo by Kristina Kaufman

By Alyssa M. Lusky  C0-Editor-in-Chief

According to Vice President of Stu­dent Affairs Diane Austin, since she first landed at Lasell, Senior Kasey Looney has had the “Lasell Fever.” Looney ran for first-year Class President in September of 2008, and since then has led the Class of 2012. On May 13, she will address her fellow classmates one last time when she delivers her commencement address alongside Congressman Barney Frank.

“I’m really excited to address [my] class. I can’t wait to speak in front of [thou­sands of] people and see how that feels,” said Looney, who hails from Leicester, Mass. “I want to have a conversation with the crowd and put some personality into it.” More…