Student makes wishes come true 2

Kait Quinn – 1851 Staff

 

Meaghan Spillane, a junior, interns at Make-A-Wish this semester.   (Photo courtesy of Meaghan Spillane)

Meaghan Spillane, a junior, interns at Make-A-Wish this semester. (Photo courtesy of Meaghan Spillane)

Meaghan Spillane, a junior psychology major, is interning at the Make-A-Wish Foundation this semester.

What role do you play there?

I am in the Wish Development Department. I put together volunteer projects, some data entry, which isn’t really that fun, and anything my supervisor asks me to do…a Girl’s ‘Sweet 16’ needed decorations, if there is an event at a restaurant… I do anything. A 14 year old boy wants to go to Disney with his parents and younger brother. I just found out that he will be going in February. I met him once, so it is really exciting. More…

PRIDE comes out Reply

Photos by Allison Nekola

Michelle Burke – Copy Editor

PRIDE’s President, Alex Turner, encouraged students to share their stories of coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Pansexual to their friends and families. All participants referenced the difficulties of coming out relating to religion, marriage, and the fear of family rejection, as well as what is means to define someone as gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender. Turner began by telling his own story, explaining how he came out as bisexual and eventually transgender, meaning he identifies as a man. He described the feeling of coming out to his family as a “weight being lifted off [his] shoulders.”

The speeches continued with club members, including a speech from the Vice President of PRIDE, Emily Kesslinger. She spoke about how she doesn’t like to label her sexuality, and said, “just love who you love.” She also said she continues to struggle with remembering the preferred gender pronouns of her transsexual friends, making others realize acceptance of one another is what matters. More…

Students form connections at conference 1

Tina Nalepa – 1851 Staff

Ken Paulson speaks during the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference about the future of journalism and newspapers. (Photo by Allison Nekola)

Ken Paulson speaks during the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference about the future of journalism and newspapers. (Photo by Allison Nekola)

On October 10, Professor Marie Franklin led 25 journalism students to the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick.

Ken Paulson, President of First Amendment Center, spoke on the value of newspapers in a speech titled,“Digital, Dollars and Democracy: The Real Value of American Newspapers.” Paulson used real world examples of how the ideas that newspapers are dying is a myth. “When you think of newspapers dying down think of all the other things that are dying down such as baseball cards and hallmark cards,” said Paulson. More…

Speaker: Step into a positive future Reply

Morgan Austin – Copy Editor

Tom Kens, a wellness coach and motivational speaker, visited Lasell on October 3 and spoke about building a positive future while giving tips on how to do so. (Photo by Morgan Austin)

Tom Kens, a wellness coach and motivational speaker, visited Lasell on October 3 and spoke about building a positive future while giving tips on how to do so. (Photo by Morgan Austin)

On October 3, wellness coach and speaker Tom Kens spoke to an audience of Lasell students and faculty in deWitt Hall. His speech, titled “Step Into A Positive Future,” focused on the importance of being optimistic in life by being grateful, setting goals, and letting go of past trials. More…