News Briefs

Campus Activities Board holds ice skating night

By Abi Brown – Arts Editor

 Lasell University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB)  had planned a skate night, hosted on February 27. The event was moved indoors due to inclement weather. Arria Witty, Vice President of the laughs & crafts section stated “Unfortunately there was no skate night due to the weather. It was moved inside Arnow Campus Center where we had hot cocoa and cookies.” Skate night would have featured an opportunity to ice skate, enjoy provided snacks/beverages, and a raffle, all while socially distancing.

Lasell Students take Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey

By Kait Bedell – News Editor

On Monday, February 22, President Alexander sent out an email containing a Lasell University Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey. The survey, which was the second one launched this school year, intended to get a better understanding of the safety of students on campus. The school raffled off seven $50 Amazon gift cards to those who submitted responses to show their appreciation for their participation. Prior to the survey’s closure on March 12, Lasell received over 600 anonymous surveys. 

Campus Activities Board hosts Netflix watch party

By Kait Bedell – News Editor

The Campus Activities Board hosted a Netflix watch party on March 5 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Students were able to join virtually to watch the playing of Mean Girls 2 via a Zoom link that was posted in the club’s Facebook page as well as in their Instagram account’s bio. The next event hosted by CAB will be a “Candy Cart” where students will be able to make bags filled with candy. This event is scheduled for April 6. For more information, students can visit the following link: laserinvolvment.lasell.edu. 

Student Government Association holds weekly public meetings

By Kait Bedell – News Editor

The Student Government Association is set to hold virtual meetings every Tuesday from 5:-8p.m. The SGA meetings are open to all members of the Lasell Community and students are encouraged to voice their questions or concerns. Those who are interested in attending can join through the Zoom link that is posted on the Laser Involvement website.

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.

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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