News Briefs

Alumni Pride Panel

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor

Lasell’s Student Alumni Association and LU PRIDE hosted Lasell’s second Annual PRIDE Panel on October 28 at 7 p.m. This panel occurred via Zoom where student alumni of various years spoke about their experiences being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This panel was a safe space for all to speak their minds. Lasell aimed to provide a safe and accepting culture for the LGBTQ+ community while speaking upon how others can be an ally. 

Activities Fair 2.0

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor   

On November 9, Lasell had its second virtual Activities Fair. This thirty-minute event was created for students to pop into various virtual calls to explore clubs and organizations of their liking. With the semester coming to an end, students who may have missed the first one or may have been unsure about joining were able to take this second chance to get involved on campus. 

SGA Spirit Day

By: Ruth KehindeDigital Editor  

The Student Government Association (SGA) hosted their hybrid event, Spirit Day, on November 6 in-person in the Arnow Quad and via Zoom in the Arnow Campus Center classroom. On the quad, students were able to get a free spirit day t-shirt along with various treats, while those who couldn’t make it in person joined a Zoom call and filled out an SGA Positivity Campaign form to thank a Laser while competing to win a spirit day t-shirt. 

Lasell Founder’s Day…with special guest

By Taylor VilesSports Editor

Friday the 13 is usually a day rife with mishaps, but this November, it marked the 169-year anniversary of Lasell University. One of the ways to celebrate this year’s Founder’s Day was through a virtual Kahoot game on Lasell trivia against Lasell’s President Michael Alexander. 14 students participated in the game hosted by SGA.  President Alexander proved to be fierce competition, coming in second place. The top three players received a prize (not including Alexander) but each player can take away a greater understanding of the history of Lasell and the campus they interact with today.

News Briefs

Influenza Season

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor

On September 23, a campus-wide email was sent on the behalf of Richard Arnold, the Director of Health Services by Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs David Hennessay stating the opening of the school’s flu walk-in clinic in Arnow Campus Center. According to this email, getting this vaccine required no appointment and had no cost. The only ask was for Lasers to bring their health insurance information.

A final email was sent on October 5 stating October 9 was the final time for Lasers to get their vaccine, extending the deadline.

Student Affairs launches new food committee

By Meghan CarrollNews Editor
Lasell has created a Food Committee to help directly address concerns and questions students may have. The main goal of the Food Committee is to improve Lasell University students’ dining experience, allowing them to talk directly to the director of food services: Michael Quackenbush and Associate Vice President of Administration and Operations, Diane Parker. At meetings, they discuss how to improve Lasell dining services not only within the dining hall, but also 1851, The 1851 Market and Starbucks located in the Science and Technology Center.

The food committee meets on Tuesdays biweekly from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Meetings will be held upstairs in Arnow campus center classroom. Students are welcome to come in and give their feedback. If a student is unable to attend but want to contribute feedback, please email Vice President of Student Affairs Xavier Fort at xfort@lasell.edu to voice your suggestions.

Four-legged friend visits campo

By Meghan CarrollNews Editor

Saturday, October 10, Campus police had an unexpected visitor stop by. In the early morning, Lieutenant Steve Bradley was in his office getting some work done when he heard a smash of glass. Thinking there was an intruder or someone purposely causing a disturbance, he ran to where he heard the noise. He then saw a deer walking away from the scene. The deer took the liberty to smash his way through the Putnam offices, most likely mistaking his reflection for another deer causing him to charge. The deer did not appear to have any injuries.

Admissions allow tours again

By Meghan CarrollNews Editor

Due to COVID-19, tours at Lasell came to a halt until a plan could be put together to ensure the safety of Blue Key Society Ambassadors, as well as the general campus population. After careful consideration and planning, the Lasell Office of Undergraduate Admissions started hosting tours on campus September 21.

The tour itself has been altered to show as much of campus while trying to limit con- tact with students. Guests who schedule tours on campus must fill out a COVID-19 self-assessment. In order to ensure proper social distancing, tours are restricted to one student and two guests per ambassador.

SGA Election Results

By Adam Hallenbeck1851 Staff

The Student Government Association (SGA) released the results of their fall elec- tions on September 26 through their Insta-gram account. Seven new members of the club were voted in. Junior Melaney Jenkins was elected to be the Vice President of Communications and Anthony Bruno will serve as the First Year Class President. The five senators elected to join the group are junior Haley Sherman, first-year Emma Chai, junior Bo Moore, sophomore Kemley Joseph, first year Julia Ramza, first-year Sophia Couto and first-year Kares Mack.

News Briefs: September 2020

Todd Montana resigns after eight years

By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor

In late August, the Athletic Department announced on its website women’s basket- ball head coach Todd Montana was step- ping down. He held three roles with ath- letics over eight years, first hired as Sports Information Director in 2012, progressing to the role of Head Coach in 2014. On top of his basketball duties, he held the posi- tion of assistant athletic director.

Montana was the longest-serving head coach for women’s basketball. During his tenure, he racked 48 overall wins making him the winningest coach of the program.

Patriots 5th Quarter man, Bob Lobel

By Taylor Viles & Josh Wolmer – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff

On Sept. 17, Bob Lobel joined Carrie Berger’s COM231: Sports Communication class to talk about COVID-19’s effect on sports. Lobel is the host of weekly programs, Sports Final and Patriots 5th Quarter. During the class discussion, Lobel discussed the industry and some of his favorite moments from his long career. He didn’t begin his career in broadcasting until he was 26 years old, giving hope to aspiring broadcasters in college because of the head start they already have on Lobel.

The talk eventually opened up to questions from the class where Lobel made sure to emphasize the fun he had in the job. He said to never be too serious and enjoy yourself.

Campus events to address racism

By Katie Peters – Editor-in-Chief

The Donahue Institute is hosting many events this semester that focus on diversity and inclusion. Starting September 30, Director of The Donahue Institute Jesse Tauriac will be hosting monthly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion forums for community members to speak about their experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants will collaborate to create programs and initiatives that help make the community more inclusive. Other events include Latinx Heritage Month celebrations, Indegenous People’s Day and other events focusing on diversity and inclusion. For more information, contact Jesse Tauriac at jtauriac@lasell.edu or Anne Mullaney at amullaney@lasell.edu.

Friends, Family and Alumni Weekend postponed

By Claire CrittendonEditor-in-Chief

On September 17, Director of Student Activities and Orientation Jenny Granger emailed the community to state the beloved Friends, Family and Alumni Week- end will not be happening this year. Due to federal and state COVID-19 guidelines, this event has been postponed until further notices.

Student Activities is planning alternative digital programs and has hope to proceed in the Spring if possible. Updates will be delivered as necessary.

Spring semester decision deadline announced

By Katie PetersEditor-in-Chief

On September 25, President Michael Alexander sent an email to undergraduate students regarding their options of attendance for the spring semester. The only students able to study online for the spring will be those already studying online this fall. A limited number of online and commuter students may be able to move back to campus, given campus remains safe for students to reside.

Space will still be reserved for quarantine and isolation. Students who are currently studying remotely or commuting that wish to change their option for spring have until October 9 to contact The Office of Residential Life (residentiallife@lasell.edu) to request the change.

News Brief: Let there be light

By: Ruth Kehinde-  Digital Editor 

On April 13 there was an emergency power outage across the Lasell campus, leaving all open facilities without power. According to a Residential Life campus-wide email, this storm-related incident occurred due to a downed power line and transformer damage that took place on the intersection of Woodland Road and Seminary Avenue. Residents were updated via email and were provided flashlights for the time that the power was out. Campus Police served as a Fire Watch Patrol throughout the buildings.

Lasell’s electrical power company, EverSource, provided many repairs to the damaged equipment, having the power restored only a few hours after it was shut down. Due to this unanticipated event, the registrar moved the sophomore registration period from Tuesday, April 14 to Wednesday, April 15 at 7 a.m.

 

News Brief: David Dobrik, not clickbait

By Avery Stankus – Editor-in-chief

On Friday, May 1, Digital Star David Dobrik hosted a private Q&A over Zoom set up by Campus Activities Board. He and his assistant, Natalie Marideuna, repped Lasell gear while answering an abundance of questions sent in by students. 

Over 300 Lasell students joined in on the hour-long call to listen in on what he had to say. From sharing stories with celebrities to secrets about The Vlog Squad, Dobrik enthusiastically discussed that and everything in between. He also shared post-grad advice for the graduating seniors.

 “I [followed] what I loved doing. That’s what I did, I continued doing what I wanted to do. I was like I want to do something in the entertainment world and then it was luck and waiting for the right opportunity,” said Dobrik. “My dad would always say work hard…There wasn’t an opportunity for me to work hard until this opportunity presented itself: Vine. And I was like okay, this is my ticket to LA, this is where I start working hard. You just have to wait for the right opportunity.”

 

News Briefs: March 2020

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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News Briefs

Megan Palumbo & Colin Froment – Co-Editors-In-Chief

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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