By Colin Froment, Katie Peters & Taylor Viles – Co-editor-in-chief & 1851 Staff
The alumni panel with Megan Palumbo (L) and Professor Franklin (R). Photo by Katie Peters.
The sixth-annual COMDay occurred Tuesday, March 5 in de Witt Hall, educating the mass audiences on the event’s overall theme, “In Pursuit of Truth.” Throughout the day, students and professors listened to guest speakers, while professionals from communication fields gave advice on securing full-time positions in the future.
The Lasell community came together for Relay for Life on Saturday, March 23rd to celebrate loved ones and survivors. Check out the photo gallery below to see what this special night was all about!
Photos by Jenny Granger, Emily Harrington, Rosa Del Carmen Gomez and Colin Froment – OSA and 1851 Staff
Marissa Gugala- 1851 Staff
Professor Paul DeBole hosted a Skype call from Secret Service Agent, Clint Hill on February 28. Hill, an agent during the presidency of John F. Kennedy, was present at the time of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.
Hill described the events that occurred during the presidential parade, as he perceived them. He was the first to react when shots were fired at the President and First Lady. He saw the president grab his skull and started to fall. “At that time, I had realized it was a gunshot,” Hill said. Just before he made it to the vehicle to attempt to cover the president and his wife with his body, Hill heard a third gunshot. He said, “I not only heard it. I felt it…”
Jack Drees- 1851 Staff
With 34 Emmys, 10 books, and seven News, Hank Phillipi Ryan has set a standard for aspiring news broadcasters, investigators, and novelists. On Tuesday, March 5, Ryan spoke to students as a COM Day guest.
Ryan took the stage to talk about her journey as a time-changing woman throughout multiple industries. Ryan has reported for various communities through radio and television for almost five decades and has been a published author since 2007. As a novelist, she has written several titles in two individual franchises. She also has one standalone title currently released to the public, with another due to release in August titled “The Murder List,” now available for preorder.
Anna Wall- 1851 Staff
The members of HerCampus served some tasty treats to the Lasell College community on February 14, 2019. Eight members gathered in the Hoag dormitory kitchen and created three types of treats, Oreo wands, grilled cheese and marshmallow pops. Their goal was to make enough money to buy shirts, and their end result allowed them to do even more.
The group needed to raise $100. HerCampus spent three days tabling outside Valentine Dining Hall, taking pre-orders for the event. They accepted both cash and Venmo, which helped the fundraising immensely. The first day’s sales were not as high as they expected, but when news of the event spread to the parent’s pages of Facebook the day of the event, order growth grew more rapidly than they could imagine.
Parents had ordered so many treats to send to their children that members of the club were forced to go back to the grocery store and buy more ingredients. Members said that this was overwhelming but that it brought in the funds that made the fundraiser so successful. Parents also left messages for the club, saying they loved the idea and thought it was a great gift to send to their kids.
Jessica Spillane- 1851 Staff
Betty “Xiaomin” Song, 20, is no stranger to Lasell College. Betty gets herself involved wherever she can and loves to make an impression on people. On campus, Betty is a second year RA in East Hall, works for Blue Key Society and loves to participate in Empty Bowls and Relay for Life. Before studying abroad in Switzerland, last semester, Betty was the international representation in Student Government Association. Betty is a Communications major with a concentration in entertainment media.
Q: Where are you from and how often do you go home?
A: I am from Guangzhou, China. I go home during summer and winter breaks. The flight is 16-17 hours. I came to America for the first time for my senior year of high school which was 2015. I moved in with my host family in East Lyme, Connecticut.
By Valencia Vixama – 1851 Contributor
Professor Jessie Tauriac, 46, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Donahue Institute sits down to chat with student Valencia Vixama and reflects on his current career and time at Lasell.