Make the most of it

By Rayana Petrone – Digital Editor

Photo courtesy of Rayana Petrone

Coming to college as a first-year in 2019, I never would have expected things to turn out the way that they have. As I wrap up my junior year and head into my final year this fall, I find myself looking back with sadness that my time as an undergrad student is almost up. 

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Spring COVID-19 2022 protocols

By Hanna Babek & Haley LaCardo – 1851 Contributors

Prior to the February 19 protocol updates, students, faculty, and staff were required to test weekly, often waiting in long lines outside the testing center. Photo by Hanna Babek

As the pandemic nears its two year mark, the COVID-19 task force continues to update campus protocols to protect community members. As of February 19, masks are not required indoors except for in classes, and weekly testing is no longer mandatory.

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Gameplay resumes for Lasers

By Taylor VilesSports Editor

An excited crowd watches over the women’s soccer team on Taylor Field. Photo by Mike Maruk

On March 13, Lasell University announced the cancelation of in-person classes, asking students to head home until COVID-19 was under control. Two days prior, the men’s volleyball team hosted Springfield College in what would become the last on-campus sporting event for over a year.

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News Briefs

FFA Weekend

By Claire CrittendonCo-Editor-In-Chief

The annual Friends, Family and Alumni Weekend will be hosted from October 15 through 17. Alumni games will take place on both fields, alongside a variety of other events. In the past, activities have consisted of bingo, apple picking, river races, club fairs, and more. Check Laser Involvement for up to date information including how to make reservations.

Alumna Ruth Kehinde’s speech

By Claire CrittendonCo-Editor-In-Chief

At the annual U-Belong celebration on September 9, Alumna Ruth Kehinde (‘21) addressed the crowd. She spoke about a flag she designed with assistance from Professor of Graphic Design Ken Calhoun. Kehinde calls the flag “the United three,” featuring a combination of the LGBTQ+, trans, and the Black Lives Matter flags. A full copy of her speech can be found on our website.

Arnow hosts flu shot clinic

By LJ VP LaFiura 1851 Contributor

In mid-September, the Arnow Campus Center hosted a flu shot clinic administered by professionals from a local Shaw’s pharmacy team. The clinic ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 17, and ran again on September 20. Students were encouraged to sign up in advance using a QR code on the posters or a link distributed via email. If one failed to sign up, walk-ins were still welcome. The flu vaccination is not required this year, rather “strongly encouraged,” per a health services mass communication email.

U-Belong

By Rebecca OsowskiFeatures Editor

Lasell’s annual U-Belong Celebration took place on September 14 from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Arnow Quad. The event was open to all members of the Lasell community including students, faculty, staff, and residents of Lasell Village. The event featured food, games, crafts, and a meet your major event. There was also a raising of the United three flag at the main flagpole located on the corner of Maple Street and Woodland Road.

New testing center hours

By Claire CrittendonCo-Editor-In-Chief

On September 30, an email was sent to the community detailing new COVID-19 policies. A major change was the reduction of testing hours. Community members who are not required to test will now be able to get tested on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis.

Marathon Monday returning

By Pat Carbone1851 Contributor

On October 11 the 125th running of the Boston Marathon will be held. Marathon Monday will return to campus for the first time since the spring of 2019. All classes will be canceled while students come together to celebrate the event throughout the day. The marathon will be run again in April 2022. This is the first time the event has been held since COVID-19 hit the US.

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