Valentine’s Day has spent many years convincing its consumers that the meaning of love is based on how much you’re willing to spend on your significant other. College students are notorious for ballin’ on a budget, so why should this day be any different? As Valentine’s Day approaches it may be challenging to come up with gifts or date ideas that don’t break the bank. Proving your love for someone should be thoughtful and not celebrated just once a year. Whether you’re in a relationship or riding solo, here are some sweet tips that will go the extra mile with your boo thing.
An Act of Kindness: Surprise your special someone with a coffee before their class, or complete a chore before your roomie gets to do it. These small gestures will be highly appreciated, and they don’t take a lot of effort to do.
Make a Mix Tape: Back in the day, burning a CD with your crush’s favorite songs on it was the cute thing to do. This was so whenever they’d listen to the tracks they’d think of you. Now, you can make playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube. Put together a montage of head bangers or slow jams to share with your valentine.
Edible Bouquets: All you need is a pack of strawberries, chocolate chips, and some skewers. Stick the strawberry on a stick and dip it in melted chocolate. When all of them harden, you can put them all together in a cup to look like a beautiful bouquet…that you can eat after!
Old School Photo Album: Go to CVS or Walgreens and print out your favorite pictures with your besties or bae, then put them into an album book. Printing pictures only costs cents, and your love will have their album for years to come.
Dine-In: Going out to a fancy restaurant is great, but it’s always so crowded and getting reservations is meant to be done way in advance for just this one night. Buy ingredients at your local grocery store and stay in that night, making a meal from scratch. Cooking together can be relaxing, and dinner will be more intimate than sitting around tons of strangers at a restaurant.
Movie Night: Rent a movie from the Brennan Library or get one from Redbox, which only costs $1.50 a day. Make a bag of popcorn, turn your room into a theater, and get cozy while you watch.
Skate the Frog Pond: During the winter, The Boston Common Frog Pond is available for residents to go ice skating outdoors. The pond is open 10AM- 9PM for skaters, while admissions is only $6. Don’t forget to bring your gloves and thermos full of hot cocoa.
Spa Night: Even guys can’t deny they like being pampered. Get $1 face masks from Masksheets.com to give your face the rejuvenation it deserves. You can take funny pictures while the masks dry, or light some candles and give each other a massage. It’s bound to be a romantic night.
Most people know the extra precautions they need to take to avoid getting sick during the winter season. But what happens when the highest risk of becoming ill is sitting right next to you on your daily commute to work? With a recent article from TIME Health reporting 60,000 positive cases of the influenza since October 1, the 2017-2018 season has proven to be the worst in recorded flu history. This scary statistic may be the reason why many people have been avoiding public transportation in their day-to-day lives because germs are lurking everywhere, ready to infect the next victim. Here are a few easy steps towards keeping yourself healthy during flu season:
Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times. Whether it’s in your purse, backpack, or your back pocket, keeping a small bottle of Purell is probably your best bet towards keeping your extremities clean and disinfected.
This may seem like a crazy one, but keeping some disinfectantwipes handy whenever you travel is a good idea. Wiping down the seat you take everyday on the subway or the railing you’re about to hold onto for the next twenty minutes can stop those dirty germs from getting you sick. In case you don’t have wipes, simply use the sleeve of your shirt or jacket when touching anything in public.
Airborne and Emergen-C are two very effective and precautious steps you can take towards staying healthy. Add the packet of powder to a glass of water and drink up. The vitamins in the mix will help fight against any illnesses you may encounter in your daily travels and help boost your immune system.
Rest up. Getting 6-8 hours of sleep a night is super important for any healthy person but when you’re sick, it’s crucial. Your body needs the extra time to recuperate and refresh itself. Make sure you get to bed at a decent hour, even if your friends have plans and you don’t want to miss out – your body will thank you in the morning.
Keep your distance. Even if the plans to meet your friend Susie for dinner are what you’ve been waiting for all week, reconsider. Dinner is delicious and fun but not when your date is sneezing across the table and sharing the same breathing bubble as you.
Staff members, Megan Palumbo and Dana Sutcliffe are getting fired up for the Super Bowl! Watch them go around campus asking other students what they think will go down at Super Bowl LLI. Vote in the poll below what you think the final score will be!
Lasell junior Olivia Angerosa spent the 2017 fall semester exploring Europe while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Check out her travel video below to see the adventures she embarked on while overseas:
Disclaimer: we do not own the rights to any of the soundtracks used in the video.
As the school year starts back up again so do Lasell’s clubs and organisations! On Tuesday January 23, 2018 each group set up their own booth at the Spring Activities Fair held in the Athletic Center. The fair is great for learning about on-campus involvement. (All names are left to right)
The Lasell Spartones Acapella group — Kara Hemmingway, Melissa Rissetto, Paris Adams, Olivia Martin
Campus Police/ RAD Self-Defense Programs — Officer Fay, Officer Langmeyer
PRIDE Club — Ashlyn Eaton, Lizzy Leahy, Jon Eroh
Lasell College Radio — Matt Berentsen, Ryan Saber, Taylor Langmead
Lasell Environmental Action Force — Lisa D’Angelo, Armando Machado Jr.
Women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and field hockey all had record-setting seasons. Women’s volleyball earned the fourth seed in the GNAC tournament and made it to the semifinals. Field hockey earned the number one seed and competed in the GNAC Championship for the first time in team history. Women’s soccer captured their eighth straight GNAC Championship, defeating Johnson and Wales 2-0 at home on November 4.
Samantha Taylor earned GNAC First Team All-Conference honors after tallying 45 points this season. Photo by Connor Mankouski
Samantha Taylor, the starting center forward for the women’s field hockey team, has received her first GNAC Player of the Week Award. The sophomore received the honor for the week of October 24 after she helped the team with a 2-1 week. Taylor had an out of conference goal and a hat trick in a conference game solidifying the team as the number one seed in the conference and earning them a bye in the postseason. More…