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By Colin Froment, Nicole Taylor, Ashley Cosgrove  1851 Staff, 1851 Staff, Contributing Writer 

Students say “thank you” to donors with TAG Day event

The Student Alumni Association organized the second annual Thank-A-Giver (TAG) Day on April 4 in the Arnow Campus Center. The event highlights the number of people who have donated money to the Lasell Fund.

The event included a large “thank you” poster for the donors that students could sign, as well as snacks and raffles for gift cards to Chipotle and Amazon. Lasell’s mascot Boomer also made an appearance.

Kelsey Brogna, the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, contributed in organizing the event to help students understand the importance of the Lasell Fund and how much the campus has improved because of donations. “It’s good to let donors know that we appreciate their commitment to the college and its students. Without their support, there’s a lot of things on campus that wouldn’t be possible,” said Brogna.

The money donated to the Lasell Fund benefits many programs offered on campus, including study abroad and Shoulder-to-Shoulder trips, scholarships, academic programs, and technology resources, among others.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to personally say thank you.” said junior James Rossano, President of the SAA.

Seniors celebrate 25 days until graduation 

On Thursday, April 13, Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub in Waltham was filled with Lasell seniors to celebrate the final weeks until graduation.

The event was the last countdown celebration until Senior Week. Senior Class President Kelsey Desjardins helped plan each event alongside the class officers and staff from the Office of Student Activities. “It is very stressful at times,” said Desjardins. “My favorite part is seeing all the events come together after all the planning.”

“At first I was skeptical, but I think Franco’s was the perfect place for 25 days,” said Aliza Bogosian. “It was affordable too – we’re all strapped for cash at this point.”

However, Franco’s is a tight space for a large crowd so some seniors were not allowed inside the bar because of issues with over-capacity. The seniors who made it inside enjoyed karaoke, dancing, and billiards.

Seniors were not the only ones who did karaoke. Campus police officer Brian Barnes  sang Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” as part of an agreement with the Senior Class Committee. The agreement was if the senior class met the goal of raising $2,200 by the time of the event, he would have to sing karaoke. “I thought it was a great way for Campus Police to help send off the seniors in a goofy way,” said Andrew Glynn.

Lasell takes a S.T.E.P for foster kids

This semester a group of students formed a campaign to help children of trauma, specifically, children in the foster care system. The campaign was created by the Action for Social Justice: Advocacy for Children class, with sociology professor Betsy Leondar-Wright.

S.T.E.P stands for “strengthening to empower and protect.” The campaign is working to raise the state budget for Department of Children and Families, line item 4800-1100: Social Workers for Case Management. With the increase, the social workers will have smaller caseloads and be able to focus more directly on the foster child’s needs.

On April 12, the goup had more than 60 people call state representatives to vouch their support.

The class will be holding an event at the State House April 25 at 2 p.m. Attend the event to show support and help foster children get the proper help and resources they deserve.

The group of students will be demonstrating the stress of a social worker through a brief street performance. And meet with legislators.

These children in the foster care system did not have a choice of what happened in their past, but the class’s help can make a bright and positive difference in their future.

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By Aimee Forman, Kaley Chamberlain & Lane Sulker – 1851 Staff

Lasell’s marijuana policy not changed by Massachusetts law

Massachusetts’ new law regarding the use of marijuana recreationally went into effect on December 15, 2016. However, according to an email sent by Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin on January 5, Lasell still prohibits the use of marijuana even if a student is 21 or older, which is the new legal age for recreational use. This is because Lasell receives federal funding and therefore must abide by federal law, according to Austin. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

According to Austin, if a college official were to get a complaint about a student smoking marijuana in their residence hall, there would be consequences such as fines, probation, or both. However, she encourages students to work on those issues by themselves.

Even in wet buildings where students who are 21 or over can legally consume alcohol in their dorms, the marijuana policy will still be enforced. More…

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By Alex Balletto & Krista Dejulio – Copy Editor & Co-Editor-in-Chief

Shuttle system new routes for safer and easier travels

The shuttle and parking system underwent major changes over summer 2016.

A major change that should be known is that there are two shuttles; one for campus only, and one for parking only.  The shuttles are clearly marked.  Download the app, RideSystems, to check the real-time location of both shuttles.  Both shuttle schedules can also be found on Lasell’s website under “Shuttle & MBTA.” More…

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The vote on smoking goes public

The campus wide non-binding referendum on the college’s tobacco policy took place on April 19 and the results are in. In total, 599 votes were cast by students, staff and faculty, as well as by some residents of Lasell Village. More…

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By Krista DeJulio, Haleigh Santilli, Alex Balletto, Courtney Braman – Co-Editor-in-Chief, Arts Editor, 1851 Staff, Contributing Writer 

Melanoma speaker visits through Health Services

On Tuesday March 8, Meghan Rothschild of the Melanoma Foundation of New England spoke to students in Rosen Auditorium.

Rothschild’s speech focused on the importance of protecting one’s skin year-round, not only in the summer months. Rothschild herself was diagnosed with skin cancer during her sophomore year of college, after years of tanning.

Students were urged to take the “Your Skin Is In” pledge, a promise to protect their skin and maintain awareness for skin cancer.

Commuter director position available

Applicants are currently being evaluated for the recently created position of Coordinator of Off-Campus Living and Commuter Student Services. Interviews will be conducted in April, according to Dean of Student Affairs, David Hennessy.

The new Coordinator will act as a repre- sentative for the commuter community, and help commuters with any issues, like the T pass program. They will also focus on finding new ways to improve and benefit the commuters and off-campus communities.

“We do want to make sure that our com- muting students are doing well, being maintained and retained, [and] graduating at the same rate as resident students,” said Hennessy.

The commuter community isn’t as pre- dominant as the on-campus living community, made up of about 22 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Retreat successful for students

On February 21, The Office of Student Activities held the “Leadership Retreat 2016: Dream, Learn, Do, Become” in de Witt Hall, to help students strengthen their leadership techniques.

Lasell class of 2012 alumna Sally Jean-Baptiste delivered the keynote, speaking to students about how she utilized her involvement after graduation.

Student Government president, Anthony Szol, said the keynote address was his favorite part of the day, adding that it made him “feel a little less stressed about finding a job.”

Career Fair on April 14

On April 14, the Athletic Center will host the second annual Career and Internship Fair from 1-4 p.m., sponsered by Career Services. The event will welcome more than 40 companies which will be seeking students and graduates to fill their full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

Dining hall hours extended

Beginning on March 21, Valentine Dining Hall started piloting the extension of its hours of operations in preparation for Fall 2016.

Monday through Thursday, the dining hall will extend its hours until 8:00 p.m. at the Fuse and Green Station, while the other stations close at the regular time of 7:30 p.m.

Dustin da Ponte, Vice President of Financial Affairs, originally met with officials to talk about students having the choice to opt out of the meal plan, but it was decided that would cost the school more money.

“[Students] go to internships or just don’t have the time to eat and don’t want to go to Boomers…so they are just testing it out for now,” said da Ponte.

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By Krista DeJulio & Haleigh West – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

Lasell joins against conflict mineral crisis

In an email sent on January 27, President Michael Alexander announced Lasell has officially declared to join 19 other colleges around the country in acting against the conflict mineral crisis occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By joining this initiative, Lasell will try to help lessen the impact on the environment where these minerals are harvested, as well as try to help prevent the creation of child soldiers and sexual violence.

Lasell spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on technology, both renting and buying every year. In the recent email President Alexander said that Lasell will avoid use of products containing conflict minerals “when possible.”

By making this decision, the college has taken a positive step in declaring awareness for these minerals, though it is only a single step. – H. West

Fourth annual COMDay in March

Lasell’s fourth annual COM Day will take place on March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. featuring two panels; the strategies of social media, and another featuring recent alumni. The social media panel will feature employees from the New York Mets, Be the Change, Inc., and Comcast Sports New England.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s event is Michael Rezendes, of The Boston Globe. Rezendes is a Pulitzer Prize-winner for investigative reporting and one of the journalists fea- tured in the film, “Spotlight,” where Rezendes is played by actor Mark Ruffalo.

The day will present time for networking, and speed networking with employers who are looking for new hires. – K. DeJulio

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By Shapleigh Webster, Nicole Taylor, & Casey DiBari – Copy Editor & 1851 Staff

The Nutcracker

Looking for a treat outside the traditional tree lighting? Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is one of the city’s longest running traditions. The ballet, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s work, is held annually at the Boston Opera House. Per- formances run daily until December 31. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at the Boston Ballet box office Monday through Friday 9:30-5, online at bostonballet.org, or by calling (617) 695-6955.

 

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By Ryan Fitzgerald, Lance Forrest, Kayli Hertel, Tina Nalepa, Shapleigh Webster

Compendium goes digital

“The Compendium,” Lasell’s literary art journal, is remodeling this semester with proposals of a new name, rebranding, and creating a website. This semester, there will be a magazine in full color with more emphasis on modern, fine arts.

“By [expanding] we hope to now include slam poetry, spoken word, dances, short films; anything that is more contemporary and that can broaden our horizons and include more artists,” said junior Jessica Bouchard, Co-Head-Editor.

“It’s time we caught up with what’s popular now and we wanted to be more accessible. We want people to be able to submit more comfortably,” said Olivia Slaughter, Co-Head-Editor.

For those interested in learning more about The Compendium, students can join their Facebook group, Lasell College Compendium. Those interested in submitting can send submissions to compendium@lasell.edu within the next month.

Criminal justice masters added

Recently, Lasell College announced a new master’s degree through the college’s criminal justice department. The Masters of Science degree is open to graduate students in three different areas: Emergency Crisis Management, Homeland Security and Global Justice, and Violence Prevention and Advocacy. Students also have the option of creating their own degree that caters to their interests. The degree requires 36 hours of class credit and will be offered starting September 2015.

Lasell vans go hybrid

Plant Operations has converted two of the Lasell vans into hybrids, and has plans to convert one of the shuttles to a hybrid over spring break.

The two vans were converted to hybrids over winter break through the company XL Hybrids after Lasell was issued a Fleet Alternative Fuel Grant through the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition. Former staff member, Mark Fournier, worked toward gaining this grant for about a year.

It takes one day for the electrical systems to be installed into the vans and shuttles transforming them into hybrid vehicles. The electrical battery in the vehicle charges while the vehicle is in use.

This change will make Lasell more ecofriendly and reduce gases emitted from the previous vehicles. Roxey Connelly, manager of Plant Operations, believes the change is a very good investment for the school.

“It saves the school money that would have been spent on gas and is a great tool to advertise the use of hybrids,” said Connelly.

RA applications available

Interested in becoming a resident assistant for the 2015-2016 school year? Applications are due Friday, March 13, followed by an informational recruitment reception on Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Campus Center. Group and individual interviews will be held on Sunday, March 29 in Winslow Academic Center with decision letters being sent out on Monday, April 6.

Laundry prices increase

Beginning last semester, the price for laundry on campus increased to $1.75 per load, leaving students troubled about the unexpected change. The $0.25 increase is the first price raise since August 2010.

According to Diane Parker, the Assistant Vice President of Finance, the increase is permanent and the price was set in accordance to local laundromats, which charge $2.00 per load.

The extra funds will continue to go towards newer washer and dryer systems around campus, in addition to LaundryView, a way to check laundry availability via computer.

For more information on the laundry situation, contact Lasell Residential Life at residentallife@lasell.edu.