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…

Summer interns face money woes Reply

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.

Men’s volleyball finishes season strong Reply

The men's volleyball team finished their season with a 3-0 win against Mount Ida. Vicenty Ithier goes for the kill for the Lasers.
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By Sarah Andler —1851 Staff

The men’s volleyball team completed its season with a strong 3-0 victory over Mount Ida, winning the sets 25-11, 25-15, and 25-15. Junior Alex Mill led the offense with 12 kills, as freshman Matt Dugan added 24 assists. Ida’s Spencer Hastings led his team with eight digs. More…

Cupcake shop serves delectable sweets Reply

By Alex Ferri — Photo Editor

Sweet Cupcakes is an attractive shop with windows decorated with pink and red paper heart chains. Brown boxes made tiers for little pink cupcakes and the word “Sweet” is printed on the window. From just a mere glance, a Newbury Street passersby is just dying to go inside and try a cupcake or two.

I walked into a quaint little store with one of the most beautiful cupcake display cases I had ever seen. I was a kid in cupcake heaven. Along with their everyday lineup of cupcakes like Dark Chocolate, Organic Karat, and the Sweet Cake, they have different sets of seasonal cupcakes. More…

Local, student designers take part in fashion show for charity Reply

Junior Jenna Bogdan models in the Birthday Wishes Fashion Show, where student collections and local Boston designs were shown
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By Cait Fitzgerald — 1851 Staff

Lasell hosted a fashion show to raise money for Birthday Wishes, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to giving homeless children memorable birthdays. Collections included creations by some of Lasell’s student designers, as well as donations by local Boston stores and designers.

The fashion show was divided into themed chapters. The first chapter was Leisure to Luxury, which started with Calypso St. Barth of Boston. St. Barth’s collection was made up of flirty tribal prints for spring.
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