Student reads original poetry at festival Reply

By Briana Nestor — Managing Editor

For sophomore Mariana Fernandez del Castillo, writing poetry captures the world around her.

“ The entire world is constantly having new ideas… Whether the poem is completely made up, or based on the news, or [on] something someone has told me, or about myself,” said Fernandez del Castillo. “I write poetry because it is a great way of externalizing my thoughts in a way that sometimes cannot be expressed otherwise.” More…

How times have changed Reply

By Zach Gray — Sports Editor 

At the start of the new millennium, there were many questions concerning the state of the Boston Red Sox and their home field. The team wasn’t enjoying full success, as the 1999 American League Championship Series was the furthest the team had reached in nearly a decade. Ownership was consider­ing building a new stadium and demolishing the sacred ground known as Fenway Park.

Uncertainty changed to hope in 2002 when New England Sports Ventures, a group of investors including John Henry and Tom Werner purchased the historic franchise. Their plans included the renovation of Fen­way Park, increased attendance, and most importantly, a World Series title. More…

Novel powers through love, illness, strength Reply

"The Fault in Our Stars," a 2012 novel by John Green, is a beautifully crafted story of triumphing against all odds.
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By Natalie Kfoury — A&E Editor

Time and time again, young-adult author John Green has proved that he has an amazing ability to craft heartwarming, beautiful works of literature. The Fault in Our Stars is no different. The novel, which was published in January, tackles the subject of terminal cancer patients finding hope, love, and the strength they did not believe existed.

Green introduces the reader to Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old with terminal thyroid cancer who has been medicated by a miracle drug that will keep her alive for an indeterminable amount of time. Green tells the story from Lancaster’s eyes, making her the first female narrator that Green has written about. More…

Village resident talks science, engineering 1

Irv Gruverman, a Lasell Village resident, is a member of the Lasell College Board of Trustees and has worked in the field of science and engineering.
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By Morgan Brittney Austin — 1851 Staff

“One cannot foreclose large areas of possibilities,” said Irv Gruverman, 78, a Lasell Village resident. Gruverman has encountered many opportunities in the field of science and engineering in his lifetime.

In 1963, Gruverman moved to Boston after growing up in Brooklyn, N Y. As a child, his parents taught him the values of hard work, honesty, and respect. Thanks to those values, Gruverman quickly made his way into the science field. In 1954, he graduated from The Cooper Union with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and in 1955, he received his M.S. from MIT in Nuclear Engineering. More…

Flamez talks about the rap game Reply

Interstate Flamez, or John McNeil, is a rapper and student at UMass Dartmouth. He was chosen as the opening act on Marathon Monday after winning a Lasell College Radio Facebook poll.
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By Amanda Russo — 1851 Staff

John McNeil smiles warmly as he leans forward in his chair. Calm and friendly, the 22-year-old rapper explains that he has been rapping from the time he was 16. Under his stage name of Interstate Flamez, he has been performing for three years. A full-time student at Umass Dartmouth and student worker, McNeil doesn’t have much free time for music, but he still takes it seriously. “I wouldn’t call it a hobby,” said McNeil, “because it’s more than that.”

McNeil grew up in Dorchester, Mass., and it is his home and his life experience that define his music. His lyrics speak to certain incidents he has been through and he believes that is what makes his music relatable. “Everybody is going to like something different,” he said, “if you’re going through something and I’m rapping about it, that’s going to be your favorite song,” said McNeil. “It’s not going to be that way for everyone though. Her favorite track might be track three, his favorite track might be track four. It’s all about what you like.” More…

An unlikely encounter at CVS Reply

Lasell student Danielle Rita and Vice President Joe Biden at the local CVS in Washington, D.C. where Rita is studying for the semester.
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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…

Microloans connect students to the world Reply

By Alyssa Lusky — Co-Editor-In-Chief 

For an entrepreneur, few experiences are more important than gaining skills by working with an organization. Nancy Wal­dron, Chair of Marketing and Management and Associate Professor of Marketing, real­ized this in 2007 while watching a documen­tary called, “Uganda: A Little Goes a Long Way,” which focused on a nonprofit organi­zation called Kiva.

Founded in 2005, Kiva allows individu­als to lend as little as $25 to microfinance institutions, which in turn, loans the money to individuals in third world and developing countries that are looking to start businesses. More…

“Wrath of the Titans” brings drama, action Reply

"Wrath of the Titans" stars Sam Worthington and is an exciting sequel to 2010's "Clash of the Titans."
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By Alex Ferri — Photo Editor

For the Greek mythology lover, “Wrath of the Titans” was a much-needed break from the more lackluster movies this spring season. The sequel to the 2010 movie, “Clash of the Titans,” focuses on Perseus, played by Sam Worthington and the demi-god son of Zeus, played by Liam Neeson, almost a decade after defeating the Kraken.

The film begins with Perseus, who is now trying to live a quiet life as a fisher¬man with his son, Helius. Meanwhile, the struggle for power between the Gods of Olympus and the Titans continues to rage on. The Gods are losing control of the Titans due to humanity’s lack of devotion. More…