The Laser and their room: Welcome to my galaxy

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, residential students are spending a great deal of their college career in their rooms. Since I’m in my dorm room majority of the time, I try to make it a wholesome place to spend my senior year. Enter the depths of my room, filled with various abstract decorations, crystals and childhood memories that reflect who I am as a person.

All photos were taken by Ruth Kehinde.

This alien painting was a Christmas gift, and an alien balloon on top of my TV emphasizes my love for the unknown. My black belt and Scorpio tapestry complement each other. This area describes me as an alien that can defend herself while being one of the hardcore and personally, most awesome water signs in the zodiac.
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Cameras off, please

By Claire Crittendon & Ruth Kehinde – Co-Editor-in-Chief & Digital Editor 

Illustration by Robby Rowe

Living in what seems to be a never-ending pandemic, getting an education revolves around the aspects of using technology, namely, Zoom. While some professors only request students to turn their cameras on, others don’t hesitate to mark blank screens as absent. Turning cameras on should be an option rather than a requirement. College students are able to weigh the pros and cons and should be trusted to decide on their own. 

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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.

Ashnikko’s “Demidevil” creates a new religion

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor

Graphic by Ruth Kehinde

Women’s empowerment has become the new normal having various female artists promote their sense of self-worth to assist in helping women find power within themselves.  This is portrayed in American artist, Ashnikko’s, newest album, “Demidevil,” released on January 15. This 10 song album joins her discography with a heavy emphasis on feminism. 

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Give us a chance inside Valentine

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor


The grill at Valentine Dining Hall at the end of the dinner rush.
Photo by Mike Maruk.

Due to COVID-19, throughout this fall semester, a lot has changed. These changes include twice-a-week testing, hybrid classes, wearing of masks, and restrictions on individuals going into residential rooms other than their own. Moreover, it affected how the dining services are handled as students aren’t allowed to dine in the Valentine Dining Hall.

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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.

Lasell Votes: the season finale

By Ruth Kehinde – Digital Editor


L-R junior Taylor Viles, senior Jared Giurleo, junior Mathieu Ouellet, and senior John MacLean watch presidential election results in the Science and Technology Center.
Photo by Mike Maruk.

Lasell Votes sent out a student-wide email promoting their organization and ways on how Lasers could vote; providing a Zoom link for anyone to join. These zoom calls took place every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting from September 22 to the Election Day on November 3. The Lasell Votes Team is run by Library Director Anna Sarneso and Associate Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) Byrd Hughes.

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