By Casey DiBari and Madison Raffone – Opinion Editor & Copy Editor
Photos by: Avery Stankus
Signs along the highway encouraging social distancing to stop the spread.
On March 12, President Michael Alexander announced via email Lasell University has taken action against COVID- 19. All undergraduate classes will be moved online for the remainder of the semester, while a few residence halls and dining facilities will remain open.
By Claire Crittendon, Katie Peters, Madison Raffone, and Bailey Klingaman– Features Editor, Arts Editor, Copyeditor, and Staff Writer
Ruth Kehinde adjusts to online classes in her comfort zone. Photo courtesy of Ruth Kehinde.
By March 31, students were encouraged to decide whether to move off-campus or stay while practicing social distancing to decrease the spread of the virus throughout campus. Those who stayed are inhibiting East, West and North Halls. According to Associate Vice President for Administration Diane Parker, there are currently about 70 students still residing on campus.
By Madison Raffone- Copy Editor
On March 4, Lasell University School of Business held its second annual School of Business Day, where multiple events were held throughout the day, circulating between DeWitt Hall and the Athletic Center. This included keynotes speakers, panels and workshops, a career and internship fair, and the Shark Tank competition.
By Katie Peters & Madison Raffone– Arts Editor & Copy Editor
Students fill their plates with Chinese cuisine inspired by various influential Chinese chefs in Valentine Dining Hall during the Chinese New Year Celebration. Photo Courtesy of Robby Rowe.
Students and faculty celebrated the Chinese New Year in Valentine Dining Hall on Friday, January 24 with traditional Chinese cuisine, dumpling making demonstrations and other celebratory activities. This event came one day before the actual Chinese New Year on January 25. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2020 is the year of the rat.
When swiping your torch card, there was a glass bowl of red envelopes filled with a decorative card and a fortune, a theme of red and gold was sprinkled around the dining hall. Chinese lanterns with trivia questions attached hung from the ceiling above where traditional Chinese dishes were served. Recipes inspired by influential Chinese chefs included boneless spare ribs, Chinese pork roast, and Asian beef and broccoli stir fry.
There was an array of food options, including vegan seitan steak, pepper pecans, and teriyaki mushrooms. Flyers advertising the event were posted around Arnow Campus Center and Valentine Dining Hall.
Guests were also invited to make dumplings with the instruction of senior Betty Song. She demonstrated how to carefully construct the dough pouches to be filled with either meat or vegetables. Dumplings made by guests were cooked to be enjoyed by those who made them.
Those who didn’t get the chance to make their own dumplings still had the opportunity to try some. Steamed dumplings were made and served during the lunch buffet with options of vegan and meat.
“It made me really happy to see an activity where students and professors can explore other cultures different from what they’re used to when eating at the dining hall,” said first-year Joshua Varghese after attending the event and enjoying the vegan food options.
Dubem Oakfar addressing Glitter’s crowd.
By Madison Raffone – Copy Editor
On Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the IC3, Gliter’s energy overtook the space, with students nearly overflowing the room. Similar to an open mic, students were able to come and enjoy or perform anything they’d like on stage. Junior Dubem Okafor started Glitter in his first year at Lasell.
Illustration by Robby Rowe
By Katie Peters & Madison Raffone – Arts Editor & Copy Editor
The term “cancel culture” has been popularized over the past year, referring to negative online comments when a public figure is called out on unfavorable actions.Whether it’s from their past or present, canceling a person can have harmful results. However, help- ing them grow and learn from the mistakes they have made could help.
In 2018, allegations arose against “Guardians of the Galaxy” Director James Gunn after old tweets resurfaced. The tweets included jokes about rape, pedophilia, the Holocaust, and more. Gunn claims he’s not the same man he used to be, possibly after the negative results of cancel culture.
President Micheal B Alexander speaking at Founder’s Day.
By Madison Raffone – Copy Editor
Founder’s Day took place in the STC on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event celebrated the founding of Lasell and its 168th year as a college and recently, a university. There were artifacts, food, film, and a speech from President Michael Alexander.
The event was held on the main floor of the STC and included snacks, apple cider and free Lasell t-shirts, provided by the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Student Government Association (SGA).