Editor’s Column: Receiving acceptance Reply

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…

Opinion: New sports grille should be part of meal plan Reply

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…

Relay for Life to return Reply

By Brandon Chase — Opinion Editor

After raising more than $10,000 in its inaugural year at Lasell in 2011, Relay for Life will return to de Witt Hall. The event, which raises money and awareness for cancer, will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and conclude the following day at 7 a.m.

The relay is coordinated by the class of 2013, with junior Holly Irvin as the chair. So far, the 20 teams that make up this year’s relay have raised approximately $6,000, and the goal is to raise $10,000 before the day of the event. Junior Catie Prince, co-chair of the Entertainment Committee, said the organizers have made plenty of improvements to make this year even better.

“I think this year will be more successful just because we knew what went wrong last year and what went right, so we knew what to change,” Prince said. More…

Students host body image speak-out Reply

By Briana Nestor — Managing Editor

Upon looking in the mirror, a mere 31.4 percent of students are satisfied with the image in the reflection, according to a sur vey conducted by 10 students in PS Y241 during the spring semester last year. This statistic, along with other surprising facts, was presented as part of the “For the Love of Our Bodies Speak Out,” held on March 5 in Rosen Auditorium.

“Body image is not something that is talked about openly. We wanted to create a safe space for students to talk about these issues,” said junior Tatiana Radonsky, who coordinated the event and conducted research with seniors Jessica Ahern and Katelyn Gormley, and juniors Caitlyn Pare and Bailey Carr.

There were originally 10 people working on the project, but those five women wanted to take their Participatory Action Research (PAR) project further. More…

Political survey shows varying opinions Reply

By Natalie Kfoury, Kristina Kaufmann, and Cristobal Martinez — A&E Editor, Layout, and Contributing Writer

Fifty-six percent of Lasell students said they would re-elect President Barack Obama, and 54 percent said they expect his Republican opponent to be Mitt Romney, according to an informal survey of 220 Lasell students.
The survey was conducted last month by two sections of COM105, taught by Bar- bara Meltz, Lecturer of Communication. The results mirrored March’s Super Tuesday outcome, when Romney took the lead over his Republican primary candidates. More…

Guest Column: Phone is home Reply

By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor

I recently walked into one of my classes and witnessed something disturb- ing. Moments before class was about to begin, roughly 10 students were looking down at their cell phones. And this was an 8 a.m. class. I thought to myself, “Who are these people texting? Who is awake to receive a text at this hour?” I came to the conclusion that a dog is no longer a man’s best friend: a cell phone is.

You can’t walk across campus without seeing someone on their phone, whether someone is texting, tweeting, or checking Facebook. If you walk by multiple people, you will see someone looking down at a phone, but we don’t even think it’s strange. More…

Student travels to China for spring break Reply

Junior Sam Awezec traveled to two cities in China over spring break. Awezec experienced sights such as the Forbidden City and walked along part of the Great Wall of China.
Photo courtesy of Sam Awezec

By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor

While most students spend their spring breaks in tropical locations south of Lasell, junior, Sam Awezec went east — far east. During his break, Awezec took a 10-day trip to Beijing and Shanghai to experience Chinese culture.

Awezec began his trip in Beijing, where he visited the Forbidden City. “It was one of the oldest things that was preserved,” said Awezec. “Everything was original, like an old city that hadn’t been touched.”

He then walked from the Forbidden City to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. He desribed it as the size of four football fields.

Awezec said the police presence in China was high, but this wasn’t because of the communist government in China, according to Awezec. “You felt like you were traveling in a secure place with a different culture,” he said. More…

Women’s lax dominates Reply

The lady Lasers rolled against Anna Maria College, winning 21-1 on the strength of six goals from junior Ashley Slattery.
Photo courtesy of Todd Montana

By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor

The lady Lasers lacrosse team came back from an early hole to defeat the Uni- versity of Maine Farmington 16-6 on March 25, at Grellier Field.

After the Beavers took a 2-0 lead to start the game, Lasell came back with a vengeance. Junior Ashley Slattery catapult- ed the Lasers onto the board first at 18:53, sparking a 5-0 run by Lasell. Farmington struck back with a goal at 1:33, but Lasell scored two goals in the final 22 seconds to take a 7-3 lead into the locker room.

Slattery and sophomore Britney Wuorio each scored a pair of goals in the 7-1 run to end the half. Wuorio finished with five goals while Slattery completed the hat trick.

After the break, the teams traded scores before Lasell pulled away. With the Lasers up 9-5, sophomore Bridget Ryan (three goals) found the back of the net at 17:08, the first of five unanswered goals for the home team.
Lasell’s record is 6-1 on the year.