Zac Vierra — Copy Editor
With the NBA playoffs on the horizon, the Boston Celtics have as good a shot as anyone to make it to the NBA Finals.
Back at the start of the season, they were practically giving Celtics tickets away, and I was taking advantage, averaging about a game a week.
I didn’t go because I thought the Celtics were contenders, I went because I thought it would be the last time to see the big three play together. And every once in a while, if you caught them on a good night, they could produce a throwback performance. But most of the time they looked old.
Somehow, some way, the C’s have changed. Now they are playing like the Celtics of old. They are a force to be reckoned with and here’s why: More…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…