Editor’s Corner: Pride and Prejudice

By Bailey Klingaman – Digital Editor

Photo courtesy of Bailey Klingaman

I used to be ashamed of my Korean middle name, Meejin. In middle and high school, I would ask for my middle name not to be announced at award ceremonies and graduations. Throughout my life, I have promised myself that one day I would officially change my middle name. I’m happy to break that promise today. 

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Olivia Powers interns with LU professor

By Ruth Kehinde – Digital Editor

Olivia Powers sits at their desk in the Brennan Library while working for their internship. Photo by Ruth Kehinde

Senior Olivia Powers is currently spending their last semester interning on campus. As they finish their criminal justice major and psychology minor, Powers is interning for Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Edward G. Weeks. Powers has been working with Weeks since the fall of 2020. 

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Healthy local take out for your taste buds

By Ruth Kehinde & Holly Feola – Digital Editor & Opinion Editor

An order from Playa Bowls delivered to campus via DoorDash.
Photo by Ruth Kehinde

On campus, Lasers’ often struggle with figuring out how to eat healthier meals, as their only source of food besides the 1851 Market and 1851 in Arnow Campus Center is the dining hall. While getting food at the dining hall everyday, there may be some food options that aren’t to someone’s liking. Although there are inexpensive places to get food near the university, the options typically include pizza or fast food. However, many students are looking for options that are not only cheap, but healthy as well. 

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Students remember why they chose Lasell University

By Bailey Klingaman – Digital Editor

The sun shines on a Lasell University sign on the West side of campus.
Photo by Bailey Klingaman

For most students, the decision to attend Lasell is a distant memory. With COVID-19, upcoming commencement for seniors and growing amounts of classwork, students may have forgotten the Lasell that they love. They may have forgotten why they believed Lasell is the right college for them. Despite regulations on campus activities, Lasell still maintains many of the factors that students find attractive.

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Cameras off, please

By Claire Crittendon & Ruth Kehinde – Co-Editor-in-Chief & Digital Editor 

Illustration by Robby Rowe

Living in what seems to be a never-ending pandemic, getting an education revolves around the aspects of using technology, namely, Zoom. While some professors only request students to turn their cameras on, others don’t hesitate to mark blank screens as absent. Turning cameras on should be an option rather than a requirement. College students are able to weigh the pros and cons and should be trusted to decide on their own. 

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Intern Spotlight: Madelyn Hedges, Breaking News

By Bailey Klingaman – Digital Editor

Madelyn Hedges works remotely, drafting press releases for her internship at JGPR. 
Photo Courtesy of Madelyn Hedges

There is no doubt that finding an internship right now can be nerve racking. Between COVID-19 and searching for the internship that fits you and your schedule best, it is easy to focus on the list of things you still need to do. But let’s take a moment to appreciate what has already been accomplished and the people doing the jobs.

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Lasers grateful to be back on campus

By Bailey Klingaman & Rayana Petrone – Digital Editor & 1851 Contributor

Online students are projected on a screen behind Professor Andrea Brodeur as she teaches her Sociological Imagination flex course.
Photo by Angela Hayes

As the Spring semester begins and the community is reunited, various opinions have been expressed in regards to being back on campus during such unusual times. Campus regulations are still in place from the Fall semester, as the university was successful in keeping COVID-19 cases on campus relatively low. With additional students returning to on-campus housing and COVID-19 numbers still growing amid the vaccine rollout, the community had a lot to share regarding their feelings about being back. 

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News Briefs

In memory of Cassie Langtry, 24

By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor

On January 29, the Vice President of Development and Alumni Chelsea Gwyther sent an email to the Lasell community about the passing of former student Cassie Langtry on January 15. Langtry graduated summa cum laude from Lasell in 2018 majoring in Law and Public Affairs with a minor in Psychology. She used her degree to get hired by a law firm in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts where she was in her third year. She passed away because of an undetected blood disorder at the age of 24. The email included quotes from various Lasell community members who had known her and wanted to share their memories. Program Chair of Justice Studies Linda Bucci remembers Langtry as looking forward…“to using the law to represent the marginalized and those without a voice. She really enjoyed helping others,” she said.

Vaccine rollout email

By Katie Peters – Co-Editor-in-Chief

On February 22, David Hennessy sent out an email on behalf of Richard Arnold to the community about new Phase-II eligibility for the COVID-19 Vaccine. People who are eligible for the vaccine under Phase-II are people over 65 or people who have one or more of the following conditions: cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity (BMI above 30), pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, smoking, and Type two Diabetes Mellitus. Students, university employees and other campus partners who are eligible for Phase-II of the vaccine rollout are encouraged to sign up for the possibility of getting vaccinated at Lasell.

Student activities holds nerf war 

By Zach Kraft – 1851 Contributor

The Office of Student Activities & Orientation, Athletics and Residential Life held a nerf war in the Athletic Center on February 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Despite a small turnout of four attendees, members still participated in navigating through the battlefield that was set up. First-year Franklin Torres said he had a great time at the event. “It was a good time, I really went off during the event, and it was fun having a nerf war with other students. They did a good job setting up the battlefield, and it was a lot of fun despite the small number of participants.” Students who participated in the game were required to wear masks throughout the entire event.

Spring Activities Fair takes place over Zoom 

By Kait Bedell – News Editor

The Office of Student Activities & Orientation came together virtually with different clubs from around campus to host this year’s Spring Activities Fair. The event took place virtually from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, and students from every class were welcomed to join through the Laser Involvement link emailed to the Community. Those who wanted to learn more about what is going on around campus were invited to ask questions and get involved by speaking with different club members. Students who wish to stay informed about other activities around campus can find more information on the Instagram page @luactivities where information for future events will be posted.

Student Activities hosts virtual brainstorming session

 By Ruth Kehinde – Digital Editor

On February 3, the Office of Student Activities & Orientation hosted a virtual event where student leaders campus-wide along with invitees gathered together to brainstorm ideas about clubs on campus.The event lasted from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and welcomed all students who wanted to share their perspectives on how to improve clubs and events around campus. The next Office of Student Activities & Orientation event was a virtually held discussion of the documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.” The event took place on February 23 at 7:00 p.m.. and students could go to the Laser Involvement website for more information.

Lasell students make string art

By Ruth Kehinde – Digital Editor

On February 4, The Counseling Center collaborated with The Office of Student Activities and Orientation, providing string art kits for Lasers in the Winslow Academic Center from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All classrooms on the first floor were open for students to create art. This encouraged students to step out of their rooms and out of the box, putting their creativity to the test. Students were allowed to attend after verifying they were cleared on Co-Verified.

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