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Saraswati Puja

By Mike Maruk – 1851 Staff

On Thursday, Feb. 27, the IC3 held a celebration seminar for Hindu Goddess of Learning, Saraswati Puja. 

The celebration of the goddess was hosted by Professor Ashmita Khasnabish. She invited many of the students from her class as well as other peers of hers to attend the event. There was a table decorated with yellow and white flowers as a shrine to celebrate Saraswati Puja as well as a table to color a print of the goddess. 

Most of the people attending the event were either wearing the colors white or yellow to recognize that those were the same colors resembling the ones worn by the goddess. When Professor Khasnabish began her presentation, she explained how Saraswati Puja is the goddess of interdisciplinary skills and learning. Khasnabish stated many children usually go and pray to her for guidance or help before taking a test or do something involving the need for knowledge. 

Throughout the event, there was a selection of Indian-style food available. There was a tray of traditional chicken, a few options of rice and soup as well as a sort of rice chip available. In the end, there were poems and performances made in celebration of the goddess’s powers of learning and skills.

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Lasell Drama Club partners with Regis College

The Lasell College Drama Club is partnering with Regis College to perform “Footloose: the Musical” for their fall production. Auditions were held on Sept. 12 at Regis and Sept. 13-14 at Lasell, and the cast list was posted on Sept. 17. Opening weekend is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre at Regis College.

Mass Transit performs at Town Hall meeting Sept. 25

On Sept. 25, Professor Jesse Tauriac and social justice theater troupe, Mass Transit hosted a Town Hall open forum in deWitt Hall. This was to provide updates on diversity inclusion on campus and engage the community in values regarding racial equality.

Professor Tauriac highlighted the numerous advancements the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion have already implemented that promote diversity inclusion on campus. This included climate and cultural climate surveys sent out to students and faculty and the eight employee Intercultural Competence Workshops that have already taken place.

Three Mass Transit actors performed monologues from their original production “Difficult Conversations: On Race Gender and Power”. These scenes depicted harsh situations individuals of color have regularly experienced. Mass Transit had the goal of students being the ones to implement change and understand why certain things are said to others.

“Find someone new and make a better place,” said Mass Transit performer Joseph Lymous.

New Shuttle App

Ride Systems, a real-time GPS shuttle and bus tracking application has been introduced to Lasell’s shuttle system for the fall semester. Students can access this service on mobile devices or desktops to track where the shuttles are at all times. The app uses a map of the Lasell campus, displaying a small icon that moves in real-time wherever the shuttle travels. There’s an option to search certain stops, where students can “favorite” or bookmark a certain stop. Users can also create an alert, which sends a notification when the shuttle is approaching. Students can download the Ride Systems app from the App Store or Google Play store and search Lasell College, or access it through the shuttle section on the MyLasell app.

 

 

 

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By Leanne Signoriello, Alex Balletto, and Seán McGlone – Features Editor, Copy Editor, and Editor-in-Chief

Student Government Association announces new leaders

On Friday, April 6, Student Government Association (SGA) held elections for positions on the board for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Students had the opportunity to vote for candidates online throughout the day.  More…