​Historian discusses the Columbus controversy Reply

By Taylor Viles – 1851 Staff

 

Over 90 students and faculty members filled Dewitt Hall on Monday afternoon to hear acclaimed historian Michael Oberg discuss the controversially titled, “Indigenous Peoples Day,” Christopher Columbus, and everything else we might want to know about the early settlements of the “New World.”

October has come around again. In the news has been the question of Columbus Day and whether or not the United States should refer to that day as a day of remembrance for Columbus, the man who “discovered” the Americas for the white man, or a day of remembrance for everyone who called this place home before Columbus decided to do whatever he wished with this land and its inhabitants. 

It’s an issue that students aren’t told about in elementary school.  “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”…and then discovered America.  That’s what we’re taught in school. According to Oberg, we aren’t taught about how Columbus actually thought he was landing in a profitable Indian market.  We aren’t taught that soon after he landed in the Americas, he handpicked hundreds of the best men and women and brought them back on a ship to Europe where many perished during the journey. 

These are just two aspects Oberg covered during his lecture. “History can be dark, [and] violent,” said Oberg. “It can be filled with heroism and bravery for sure, but there’s also deceit and evil.” 

Oberg’s hour and 15-minute lecture covered many topics surrounding these issues and for a non-historian, it may have begun to sound bland. For Associate History Professor Dennis Frey, the talk was informative. “It really reminded me of how complex history is and how [it] is tied in with mythology,” said Frey. “We really need to be careful in not perpetuating myths…You have to remain skeptical… Don’t accept anything that’s being fed your way.”  

For two Lasell students, Oberg’s lecture was eye-opening. “The U.S. government needs to realize that Columbus Day is only perpetuating negative aspects of American culture.  Native Americans need to be valued more,” said Gabby Bertoldi, a sophomore early education major. Julia Resener, a sophomore majoring in sociology said, “the American education system needs to improve and realize what they say incorrectly about Native Americans.”

Lasell University brings in many speakers every year to share their knowledge with students.  When asked why he thinks it is important that this happens, Frey said, “you’re getting the most recent scholar and experts…perspective.  [Also], one of the benefits of a college education, should be… [having] expert speakers come in and talk about powerful things. It’s part of being a lifelong learner.”  

Not only did Oberg talk about Columbus, but he also covered history in general.  He has been in the business for over 25 years and has countless awards to his name so you could say that he knows a thing or two about the subject.  For Oberg, he’s always ready to consume more knowledge. “I have a lot to learn. I’m going to be a student of history my entire life.”

New Kid Reply

By Enzo Ramirez 1851 Contributor

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Enzo Ramirez at a show with his band, Reapercussion at the Middle East Club in Boston. Photo by: Enzo Ramirez mother.

Have you ever been the new kid at school? If you’re reading this and you’re a freshman at Lasell than you definitely have now. I was that kid many times. I actually enjoyed that title before but when I had to be the new kid at Lasell, it was hard.

I’ve been a reserved person for as long as I can remember, so being the new kid was a good way to start over. Only this time, I didn’t want to start over. Going to college meant leaving behind my friends, my family, my band, and the good life I made for myself.

A few days before moving on campus, my band performed at a big club in Boston. I still remember my first few nights on campus trying to remember how good we sounded but I could only hear silence.

It’s easy to dwell on what I have lost but I learned that I should find out what I have gained. First of all, college is way better than high school in every way imaginable. When you start learning about something you really want to know more about, class becomes enjoyable. Making friends was surprisingly easier for me than I originally thought. Also, within my schedule, I was still able to find the time to play music.

Listen, if you’re in college, chances are that college is going to become a sizable part of your life but it doesn’t have to be your whole life. Do not feel like you must be within the parameters of your life at school. College should be that gateway to branching out and doing new things. There is a large amount of free time that should be used to your advantage. You can easily waste it as you can easily spend it wisely.

 

​Wow, I’m in College! Reply

By Michael Oliveira1851 Contributor 

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Michael Oliveira getting ready for his first day at Lasell University. Photo taken by: Nancy Oliveira.

Leaving my room for the first time, I felt bittersweet, I was excited to start my next chapter, but at the same time I didn’t know what to expect. September 7th, 2019. Move-in day at Lasell, the start of a new chapter, the beginning of adulthood.

As soon as my parents and my girlfriend left the campus, I started living on my own. The first weekend was pretty much getting to know people and learning how to get around campus. The size of the campus was very unexpected as I knew it was small, but I didn’t think it was this small. You can get around campus pretty easily, and the shuttle takes you anywhere from the Natick Mall, to Riverside Train Station whenever we want to leave.

As I was about to go to sleep for the first time in my new home, I heard sirens throughout the night, and cars driving on the highway that is right next to Lasell, I remember not being able to fall asleep any earlier than 3 a.m the first few weeks living here. As the next day came around I started walking around the campus, looking where all of my classes are, and what there is to do around here.

When I walked into the dining hall, there was a very unique smell to it, I could smell the pizza dough being created, grilled chicken, and the smell of burgers being cooked on the grill.

 

The burgers tasted like a burger from Tasty Burger at Fenway Park, and the pizza had the perfect mix of charcoal and grease with the toppings so perfectly assorted. In my opinion, the pizza is the best thing in the dining hall.

As classes started, I felt an urge of anxiety walking to my first class wondering If I would be able to handle the workload. My first day of classes included waking up at 9 a.m to go to my Writing class at 10, which was followed by Understanding Mass Media at 12:30 p.m. So far it has been a little difficult but something that I will be able to overcome.

Now seven weeks in at Lasell, I feel as though I could still find a lot more to do around here rather than being in my dorm the whole day after classes. I am extremely excited about the rest of my semester at Lasell University!

Resetting my life : Before and after college Reply

By Brett Carey1851 Contributor 

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Growing up where I did a majority of my life was not easy. To put you in my shoes for one second, imagine going outside and having nothing to do but sit out by a busy road; not having anyone around you outside of your family to sympathize with, but to be mocked instead; imagine in middle school the feeling of students trampling on your back, and awakening off the floor with a cut on your forehead, and the teachers didn’t bat an eye.

Imagine in high school, everyone is an overly political person flooding your ears with toxic arguments and biases. To put it bluntly, I felt like I was about to cave every waking moment of the day.

Late in my senior year of high school I got accepted into Lasell University, In the moment I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel. Pride? Uneasiness? Happiness? I felt almost numb in a way. Orientation soon rolled around, and I got my first bit of exposure to the school.

In the moment I wasn’t sure what it was, but I felt more at peace there then in my hometown or high school. The bustling and expressive community? The quieter landscapes of the area? I wasn’t sure what it was, but I definitely enjoyed what I saw at Lasell.

Fast forward to September 6th, move in day, I had a lot on my mind that morning. Oddly enough though I felt a sense of happiness I never felt in a long time. It’s bizarre, you hear all the stories of people feeling anxious about their first day, and I felt the opposite; a sense of relief of escaping a town that scarred my brain for ten years of my life.

Sure, the first week was full of unfamiliarity with what buildings were where, and how far they might be away from where I live on campus. but I could go outside and not have to interact with people who I have loathed since my youth, enjoy the fresh air and generally have a good time with life.

Professors take on action-packed trip to the Nation’s Capital Reply

By Taylor Viles – 1851 Staff

For Professors Lauren Anderson and Brian Wardyga, a communication-based trip, like the one they just chaperoned to Washington, D.C., is a vital experience for students to learn about the industry, make connections, and bond with classmates.

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First Eye Opening Experience Reply

By Paige Loschiavo1851 Contributor 

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The Sunday after move in day at Lasell was my first experience seeing people with  different styles and aspirations. It made me nervous at first to see such a wide range of identity because where I am from, people don’t have the courage to express themselves through clothing or hair. It was intimidating to me to say the least and I felt like I was staring at people for way too long.

I started to really realize how different my life was about to be. For a moment I caught butterflies in my stomach. My hometown has never crossed my mind as being my safe place however in that moment I felt like I had made the wrong choice in coming to such a new area with a very different lifestyle. Even though I was nervous deep down I knew that the change was what I wanted. I had to keep reminding myself that going back home wasn’t what I wanted. 

I have always wanted to express myself in the way everyone around me was. I just don’t have a clear idea on what I like. I grew up in a town where everyone wore the same thing and for me I felt trapped because I believe that having your own identity is so powerful. People walking around with different smells of perfume and cologne. The shoes and the clothing choices. It was all so new to me. I was starting to see that people felt happy at Lasell because they are free to be who they are and feel accepted. Coming from a small town high school where many kids haven’t traveled very far it was very pleasing to know that my hopes and dreams would not be considered unreasonable. 

Here at Lasell University I have seen a glimpse of people who have found themselves. The community has been so kind and very generous since the moment I arrived. I am starting to figure out what I like and who I am. I am very honored to be part of a campus filled with such a great community both within the university and the community outside of the university. Each day I am inspired by something and someone new. I can already tell that I have become less shy and more talkative just within the six weeks that I have been here. I am very excited to see where these next four years take me.

 

Giving it the Old College Try Reply

By Megan Doherty– 1851 Contributor

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Megan Doherty goofing around and taking selfies in her dorm. Photo by: Megan Doherty

My stomach tied in knots as I stood alone in my dorm for the first time. My roommate had left to go see her friend who just moved in too. Totes littered the floor, barely unpacked. I didn’t know what to feel. The world seemed to close in on me. I didn’t want to be there anymore, so I walked straight out of my dorm, sat outside the STC, and called my parents. 

The following week, I was miserable. I wasn’t eating. I would wake up early every morning wanting to throw up. I would be lying in bed shaking; wanting nothing more than to be at home, in my room. Every little difference stuck out to me. My dorm didn’t smell like Yankee Candles, Downy, and my perfume. I couldn’t hear my dog and cat running around. It wasn’t home. 

Classes hadn’t even started, and I was already thinking about dropping out. I was tired of feeling the way I did. I felt like my life was over. Questions flooded my mind, and wouldn’t stop bothering me. What am I going to do? What if college isn’t for me? How am I going to make a living? Why don’t I have any friends? Why is everyone doing so much better than me? 

I went home that first weekend, and ended up at the doctors office. It turns out that I was suffering from severe anxiety. A plan was made to help me navigate my adjustment with this new added obstacle. I’m not going to lie, getting that diagnosis hit me really hard. I felt like there was something wrong with me; like I wasn’t in control of my mind or my feelings. 

I didn’t want to come back to campus, but I pushed through. My family was extremely supportive of me, and so were all of my professors. As time went on, my anxiety started to fade some. I started eating again. I became comfortable in my classes. I made a friend from the club I joined. We now co-host a radio show together, and it is so much fun!

Now I love it here, so I’m digging my heels in. I’m not letting my fears stop me from living my life. Lasell has given me an amazing opportunity, so I’m going to make the most of it. I have big dreams for my future, and they start here.

First Year Stress Leads to a Perfect Fit Reply

By Cyairra Lowe1851 Contributor 

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Move-in day at Lasell and I was delayed for two days and then stuck on a plane coming home from Florida because of a hurricane. Talk about first impressions. The only time my sister and I could get to fly, I was supposed to move into my doom. Not only was I late on move-in day, but when I finally came home from my vacation I had to pack the car as quick as possible and drive to lasell. Luckily I only live an hour away.

By 8 o’clock at night, I realized I missed the whole move-in day experience. I didn’t get my keys or my card to get into my dorm, but I already knew my roommates and we keep in touch so they were there to let me in. It was late at night and the dark seemed to creep up on me. The campus was pitch quiet and the street lights didn’t help me feel safe. My roommates were already settled in and unpacked. They were kind enough to lend a helping hand to unpack my things. I found out my doom room was on the second floor. I must have walked up and down those stairs a thousand times because the next morning my legs were sore.

Going into college, my head was filled with fear of not being able to succeed and not having the ability to perform well in my classes. I had anxiety rushing over me with the thought of failing school and being left with debt and no diploma. These were my worries going into my first year of college. Thankfully, this was not the reality of what Lasell University has turned out to be. My true experience at Lasell University has been more than successful so far.

There are lots of reasons why my first impression has turned positive. This college has provided me with the tools I need to learn and pass my classes, and the ability to receive help when I need it. At the Academic Achievement Center, tutors for every subject are available for all students. My roommates support me by helping me when I’m having a breakdown after studying for a long period of time. They would take me out to get Chinese food and ice cream and watch movies and relax. They always find a way to make me feel better.  I’ve quickly learned that I need to do my own work, but they’re here and have my back when I need them.

After a rough start moving in, my impression of Lasell is that it’s a great fit for me.