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November/December 2020 • Volume 15, Issue 3

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Lasers reflect on recent election

KATIE PETERS, EMMA INGENOHL & KAIT BEDELL editor-in-chief

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At 11:25 a.m. on November 7, four days after election day, The Associated Press called Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the projected President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of The United States. Since the announcement, there has been significant push-back from the Trump Administration as well as the Republican Party. Before the polls opened, there was talk of fraudulent votes, curing and other ill practices. As mail-in votes continued to be counted on election night, several key states including Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia where President Donald Trump was previously leading, flipped in favor of Biden. The Trump Administration has subsequently opened numerous lawsuits in key states in an attempt to stop vote counting in certain cases, a move experts say will be futile in changing the results. People from all over the Lasell community had a wide range of reactions to America’s new president-elect. Junior Julia Ricco based her vote on how the presidential debates went. “During the debates, I was just like... it has to be Biden. We can’t go through another four years of this,” she said. Another Biden supporter, Associate Professor of Ethics Thomas Sullivan, usually keeps his political views quiet on social media until recent news broke. “This latest business of inviting legislators to the White House to see if we can overturn state elections… boy, that’s a really dangerous road to go down,” he said. “I actually posted something on Facebook saying, ‘In fact, it turns out somebody is trying to steal this election. And he wears bright red ties.’” Senior Hannah Richards is an active participant in social advocacy and spoke to why she voted for Biden and Harris. “They care about equality, human rights, healthcare, they believe in science, and they are surrounded by compassionate and educated people who will make the best decisions for this country’s well-being,” she said. Program Chair of Business Nancy Wal-

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dron has worked at Lasell for twenty years and believes a political divide is healthy within this country and at Lasell. Waldron considers herself a “dyed-in-the-wool liberal democrat” and is relieved to see a projected shift in office. She says, “I do think that rightwing perspective is on campus and people are entitled to their own opinions. For the people that back Trump and are conservatives in regards to their politics, that’s fine. But leave the hate out of it.” For first-year Maeve Willerup, voting for Biden was an easy choice. Willerup has faith in the election results and said that now is a time for healing. “I voted for Biden because I think he will always put what is best for the

future of America and Americans before any single agenda which is important now since we have never been this divided.” First-year Julie Auld did not vote because she couldn’t vote in-person and did not feel as though voting by mail was secure enough. Despite Auld being a registered democrat, she was not happy about either candidate. “I thought I knew who I would vote for but after following the election process I am disturbed by the immaturity coming from both sides,” Auld said. While some voters felt both candidates were bad choices, other students like firstyear Riley Bird said she felt like she was voting for change. “I felt like our country need-

ed change,” Bird said. “Both candidates are extremely controversial and I felt that it was a really tough first election to vote in.” Bird is usually moderate and said depending on the election she could be persuaded to vote republican or democrat, but this year she felt Biden was the best option. “Joe Biden seems to me like he can do more for our struggling country right now, rather than just help it in the long run,” Bird said. For others, Biden was not their first pick. Sophomore Jacob Malicki wanted to vote in-person but was unable to due to the pandemic. “I wanted to vote republican. Not Trump necessarily, but just the Republican Party,” he said. “I think finding the middle ground for both sides is what’s really important. I think the Republican Party offered a middle ground.” Senior Parker Nathan voted for Trump because of the economy. “To me, it’s just about honestly, lockdowns and jobs. I own my own business… I felt that [Trump] was the best for that,” he said. “I just really hope Joe Biden the best.” Junior Matt Motyka questions the authenticity of this election, as do many Republicans. “With the voting process taking longer I do feel a bit of anxiety because there have already been examples of voter fraud in certain states,” he said prior to Biden’s win. “Of course looking at every election there is the possibility that there are going to be some challenges, but this election is facing major questions.” First-year Zach Parker said he felt Trump held the best policies and would preserve the constitution. “I voted for Trump because I looked past how he was acting and what he was saying on the media and what he was actually doing during his office,” Parker said. States have continued to confirm their ballot counts as the election is now a month in the past and President Trump and his team have begun to work with Biden’s team on a transition.

Take Back the Night, Clothesline Project now hybrid

KATIE PETERS & CLAIRE CRITTENDON editors-in-chief

Content warning: domestic and sexual violence

In the past two months, two large social justice based events occured on campus to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence courtesy of Professor Raye’s CJ303: Domestic Violence Advocacy course: The Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night. From October 27 to October 29, the Clothesline Project took place under the tents outside Arnow and the Science and Technology Center and in an online format through the Instagram page @lasell_standsup. CJ303 TA senior Alyssa Lopez worked both events. “Clothesline was an empowering and thorough virtual and on-campus campaign that prioritized not only amplifying the voices of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, but also connection during this time of isolation with the use of extensive social media coverage and tabling,” said Lopez. Each day of the online Clothesline Project had a different theme. The first: “Dear Survivor” letters of support. Next: “I will help by…” also referred to as #WeHelpWednesday. “What makes a relationship healthy” ended the week. In-person from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., CJ303 TAs, interns, students, and Professor Raye herself staffed tables. Visitors could fill out a message of support for survivors to be displayed. Lopez said, “The event and campaign were remarkable because of the strength of the sur-

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vivors, and the determined work and perseverance of the CJ303: Domestic Violence class in planning, preparing and carrying them through safely and consciously during the pandemic.” On Friday, November 20, Professor Karin Raye’s CJ303: Domestic Violence Advocacy class hosted Take Back the Night (TBTN), an annual event that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse who live in this community. Hosted as a hybrid event to include both in-person and online students, this confidential night came with its challenges. Raye was unsure if she would be able to pull off an event like TBTN this year because of some of the COVID-19 restrictions on events. Confidentiality is a crucial part of events like this for the safety of survivors and hosting the event online raised concerns over privacy. People who attended this event in-person signed up ahead of time and were assigned to one of three rooms in the Science and Technology Center (STC). All attendees had to present a “Cleared” Co-Verified badge upon arrival. An online option was available as well through Zoom which was connected to each classroom. “Outside the STC, the class created a beautiful lantern project flanking the building’s entry that featured messages of support and empowerment from both survivors and the broader community, including group lanterns

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from many of the sports teams, clubs, counseling department, campus police and more,” says Raye. The night was broken up by self-care activities, entertainment and an intermission. The event “featured four in-person live survivor speakers and one online survivor speaker all who shared stories of childhood, teen and college sexual and domestic violence,” said Raye. “They talked about the shame and blame survivors experience, fear responses to trauma, healing processes, what happens after cases are resolved and dealing with the aftermath of all those experiences.” As the event was introduced, Raye once again gave the audience a trigger warning for the content of the event and mentioned that it was Title IX exempt, meaning survivors could speak freely without pressure of pursuing a Title IX case. Counselors were available for in-person attendees in quiet STC classrooms and for online attendees in Breakout Rooms. Additional resources listed on the program were REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), Newton-Wellsley Hospital, the Second Step, and the Network/La Red. If you or a loved one are looking for support, Lasell’s Title IX coordinator Jen O’Keeffe can be reached at JOKeeffe@lasell.edu, and BARCC’s 24 hour hotline can be reached at 800-841-8371.

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Lanters with messages of support displayed leading to the Science and Technology Center.

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EDITOR’S CORNER

Allow yourself to grow

PHOTO BY RUTH KEHINDE RUTH KEHINDE digital editor

Growing up, my mom would always tell me, “be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Throughout my developmental years, I never truly knew what she meant until I came to Lasell. Being from Brooklyn, N.Y., I traveled more than 200 miles to start my college career. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but as a high school senior at the time, my only goal was to explore. I didn’t know that my drive to seek would land me in Newton adapting in a new environment that was nothing like the city life. Being an outcast in a new state pushed me to know what my mom meant without realizing it. My comfortability is in my passion for writing but before Lasell, the only place my passion would ever present itself was within an endless amount of journals. Throughout my undergraduate years, the more I wrote the more my passion enhanced. The 1851 Chronicle helped my passion find another place to be sheltered. I was able to branch out in a way I never knew was possible to not only enhance my writing skills but to share this passion with other individuals in this club. My writing transformed into a place where only my eyes can see to a place that was shared by other talented writers. The words that were once stored in my head were now comforted in an outlet that created drafts upon drafts that eventually created different worlds for readers to jump in. As a writer for a student-run newspaper, there’s going to be stories that you take and have no idea how to get started, but eventually you will get them done but in your own way. Sometimes, initiation may seem like the hardest thing to do but what matters is your journey. Although I had no idea how my college career was going to go, The Chronicle is one of the outlets on campus where I was able to witness the architect of my own amplification. It’s scary to think about change but that’s the thing, it can turn out so much better than you thought it would. The only thing that matters is what you make of it. Although N.Y. is known as the city that never sleeps, I’ve learned that it’s best not to sleep on yourself. You’d be surprised at what you can truly accomplish.

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Give us a chance inside Valentine RUTH KEHINDE digital editor

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. Students are able to dine in various tents made for social distancing purposes. As the weather gets colder, some students don’t have the urge to sit outside and enjoy their meals with their friends, though the only way to truly interact is in common room spaces or outside. In a student-wide email sent on Nov. 19 on the behalf of Director of Health Services Richard Arnold by Dean of Student Affairs David J. Hennessey, Arnold was congratulating Lasers on their persistence in doing their part keeping up with the precautions and guidelines. If Lasers are able to do this now, allowing them to dine in the dining hall wouldn’t change that. It’ll be a push for a return of normalcy. If we were to allow this, students would already be able to continue taking those safety measures as they’ve always had. Chartwells would have to design their own

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The grill at Valentine Dining Hall at the end of the dinner rush.

protocols to create safe spaces for not only the students and faculty and staff but for their employees. Although obtaining a zero-risk environment isn’t possible as of right now, eating

5 pieces of advice for Biden NOOR LOBAD 1851 staff

This year’s presidential election will go down in history as one of the most polarizing elections of all time. With so much on the line for so many people, there has been significant friction between members of opposing parties and among those within the same party. In comparison to the staunch rejection of Hilary Clinton that Bernie supporters felt upon her emergence as the Democratic Presidential Nominee in 2016, a notably higher portion of Bernie supporters -- like myself -- opted to back Biden in this election in order to prevent a second Trump term. Winning the presidency was an important victory, but the fight is not over yet. Here are five things I believe Biden can do to make former Bernie supporters further embrace his presidency. 1. Appoint Stacey Abrams to his cabinet: By mobilizing roughly 800,000 new voters in Georgia through her organization, Fair Fight, Abrams played a crucial role in turning Georgia blue – no small feat, considering the state historically swings red. Abrams was vying for consideration to be Biden’s VP earlier this year but wasn’t granted the role. Perhaps this contribution of hers warrants her at least some place in Biden’s cabinet.

2. Embrace grassroots organizers: The efforts of community and grassroots organizers have also been instrumental in orchestrating a Biden win. In a show of civil resistance, organizers have demonstrated commitment and success in rallying support for Biden in pivotal states, even under the extraneous circumstances posed to them by COVID-19. If embraced by the administration, organizers could serve as a vessel between the public and the government. 3. Reboot the Stimulus Check Plan: With another potential lockdown looming ahead, Biden should take heed from Bernie’s proposed $2,000/month per U.S. resident stimulus plan and provide Americans the funds required to abide by stay-at-home orders. 4. Cancel Student Debt: With the student debt crisis hovering around $1.7 trillion, the financial and economic relief of student debt forgiveness would allow for more Americans to buy homes and start families, ultimately benefiting the economy and the greater good. 5. Ban Fracking: Not necessarily immediately, but for the love of God, at least phase it out.

Require the flu vaccine - period

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Flu season is officially upon us, as is the subsequent long-standing debate regarding whether or not the flu vaccine should be made mandatory. This year, tensions between those with opposing views are further heightened due to COVID-19, with pharmaceutical companies racing to emerge with a vaccine safe and widely-tested enough for mass distribution. The Influenza virus is one of the few in existence that mutates so often it requires a new vaccination every year. The CDC estimates the vaccine reduces the risk of contracting the flu by roughly 61 percent. Perhaps the most pervasive argument against getting the flu vaccine is that it poses harmful side effects. Like all vaccines, the flu vaccine does come with the risk of side effects -- the

with friends adds on to the college experience. How is that experience supposed to increase if students aren’t given the chance to enhance it?

most prevalent ones being soreness, headache, nausea, and no, not autism. In addition to the ableist implications of this particular objection to the flu shot, it also lacks any credibility. The idea that the flu shot causes autism in children has been debunked by numerous scientific studies conducted since the claim’s iteration in 1998. Mandatory annual vaccinations are the nation’s best bet at ensuring herd immunity, which would serve to protect us all. In short, getting your flu shot is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from illness, while also demonstrating consideration for others – an invaluable gesture, as we have all learned from this intense year.

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SoCA alum return for Zoom panel KATIE PETERS & TAYLOR VILES editor-in-chief

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On November 5, current hit, like so many companies, students and faculty joined Greenough was forced to let Lasell alumni on Zoom to people go. “[I] was back to hear advice on the industry ground zero, and had to reapduring the inaugural School ply to all different jobs under of Communications and the the sun and take interviews Arts (SoCA) Alumni Network that I had no idea what I was Zoom Hour. talking about,” she said. Alumni listed for the panNow working as a Comel included Margaret Brochu munity Engagement Project (‘20), Allie Clancy (‘20), Drew Coordinator for Citizens Bank Gundlach (‘08), Emma Helin Providence, Palumbo said, storm (‘20), Mike Luce (‘14), “When I got laid off, it was Justin Miller (‘14), Amanda kind of a sigh of relief because Mitchell (‘19), Megan PalumI was so micromanaged… I bo (‘19), Lindsey Tavarozzi literally found the perfect fit.” (‘16), Emely Varosky (‘10), Like Palumbo, other and Zac Vierra (‘13.) alumni’s positions shifted Usually, the main netdue to the pandemic. “I was working event for commuthrown kind of right into nication and arts students is things because I was working “SoCA Day” or in the past, at a church during COVID seaCom Day, and occurs in the son,” said Helstorm, who now spring. According to Interworks as a graphic designer for im Dean of CommunicaLifesong Church. “Not being tions Meryl Perlson, due to able to have as much time as PHOTO BY KATIE PETERS COVID-19, the spring event I like to has been kind of hard, has been put on hold and re- Students, faculty and alumni gather on November 5 for the School of Communications and the Arts (SoCA) Alumni Panel. but it’s kind of just being flexiplaced in part with this one. ble and available,” she said. The event was Osowski’s first net- sometimes I get imposter syndrome, like, The department still plans to continue the Before leaving the Zoom meeting, forregularly scheduled SoCA Day in the spring working event in college. “I really enjoyed I’m not totally qualified to give all this ad- mer WLAS Station Manager Miller shared it,” she said. “I was surprised to have this vice yet,” said Clancy. “But I think that what his closing thoughts. “We were all in the of 2022 “The idea was spontaneous during a opportunity so soon in my college experi- I’ve learned is important.” same position as you guys are right now,” Throughout her undergraduate ca- he said. “Don’t think that anything that you meeting of faculty from SoCA,” said Associ- ence. I liked that I had the opportunity to ate Professor of Journalism Marie Franklin. ask questions as well especially to the large reer, Clancy was proactive about getting want to do, any dream that you have, is too involved, securing an internship at NESN small. Right now you’re in the perfect po“We were brainstorming ways to use Zoom group, it wasn’t just one on one.” Recent alum Clancy is fresh into the the summer following her junior year. Ad- sition because you’re in some of the best more creatively and the idea of a virtual professional world. In just a few months, ditionally, she worked as a camera-person years of your life. So embrace every situanetworking event with alumni was born.” Franklin, with the help of Assistant she was able to land a job as a Post Produc- at TD Garden during her senior year. tion that you’re in… If you do and you get Former 1851 Chronicle Co-Editor-in- involved with anything and everything, you Professor of Art and Graphic Design Deb- tion Assistant for the show “Alone” on the orah Baldizar, orchestrated the evening’s History Channel. She shared her thoughts Chief, Palumbo, accepted a job with Gree- will be very successful in your careers.” proceedings. They, assisted by three un- on being the one to give advice when only nough Brand Storytellers in Watertown dergraduates, asked the alumni questions. a year ago, she was receiving it. “I feel like following graduation. When the pandemic

Community responds to updated Spring calender RAYANA PETRONE

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On October 27, the Lasell community received news of updates to the Spring 2021 calendar from Provost Eric Turner. In his email announcement, Turner said “the need for safety simply outweighs other considerations” when justifying the university’s decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Important takeaways from the new calendar are the cancelation of Spring Break and the addition of an academic holiday taking place March 19, 2021, as well as the extension of Winter Break by one week. As to be expected, there were a variety of opinions on the updates by community members. “The decision to eliminate Spring Break was not taken lightly... ​it is evident that we have to act in ways that may not be popular, but are nevertheless responsible,” said Provost Turner. Some members of the community are more in support of this de-

cision than others, with Communication professor Dr. Erin Vicente being one. When asked if the decision to cancel spring break surprised her, Vicente said, “​I wasn’t that shocked and can understand given the pandemic situation. It makes sense if one thinks about it to make sure [COVID-19 is] not spread.” Students’ reactions to the cancelation of Spring Break were much different. Sophomore Hannah Booth, a remote student stated, “I was disappointed because that is time I am used to doing things like hiking and relaxing without having to worry about school.” Residential junior Maggie Clukey felt similarly to Booth “I really was not too fond of the idea just because we do have so many breaks in the fall semester and we are just not having any in the spring... that is when I personally like to go home and have a brain break, in the

middle of our spring semester.” Lasell put an academic holiday in place of Spring Break, which also received mixed reactions. A general consensus that can be made from students is that the long weekend is not enough to supplement Spring Break. Booth said “​I definitely appreciated getting a long weekend because that still is time to decompress and relax without having to attend class. Obviously the longer the break, the more time students get to relax without worrying about classes, but having a longer weekend is still helpful.” Clukey brought up that a lot of the Lasell community already have Fridays off and the academic holiday would have been more beneficial to the community if it were held on a Monday. Vicente understands it’s not easy to accommodate everyone’s wants, though. “The long weekend is appreciated given

the circumstances. There’s only so much the university can do while still remaining cautious.” As for thoughts on the extended Winter Break, most are satisfied with the idea. Vicente said, “the extended winter break just gives me more time with my family and rest in a different capacity.” However, Clukey voiced concerns about the break length “... not every student has somewhere where they really want to [be] for that amount of time.” In general, the community seems torn on the new updates, with some updates being seen as more beneficial than others. However, as Provost Turner stressed, these decisions were made to keep the campus open. Although these new alternatives may not be ideal, everyone can agree that they were made with the health and safety of the community at the forefront.

Fall Career Readiness Symposium preview

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On Tuesday, December 8, Lasell will be hosting its second virtual Connected Learning Symposium. The campus-wide event will take place over Zoom and feature the academic creativity of many students. Symposium was first introduced 18 years ago as a way for students to show their development and growth, showcasing what they learned during the semester. Students present individually or within groups. There are powerpoints, panels, discussions, and many visual as-

pects, such as artwork. Students are able to further elaborate or display the work they did over the course of the semester. Although the format is a little different this year, Professor Nancy Waldron still believes it is a fundamental part of Lasell’s Connected Learning experience. “Despite the fact that everything has changed, the Connected Learning Symposium is a constant for both students and faculty. Additionally, it is important to demonstrate

that even though things are different, we can still engage in a meaningful sharing of student work even if virtual.” Waldron participates every year with her students, believes the turn out may be better through a virtual platform. “I think that the virtual symposium will be beneficial as students and faculty may be likely to attend more events given that there is no travel from event-to-event…” Symposium will begin with opening

remarks by President Alexander. The presentations will be live via Zoom throughout the day with a special lunchtime broadcast of LCTV. Students can participate in a Scavenger Hunt with the chance to win one of three, $200 gift cards. Since the spring of 2002, the Connected Learning Symposium has been a crucial part of what Lasell is all about and with careful planning, 2020 will be no different.


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Boston higher ed adapts to COVID-19

CLAIRE CRITTENDON & TAYLOR VILES editor-in-chief

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While COVID-19 forced many greater Boston and MetroWest higher education institutions fully online, some, like Lasell, have stayed open despite rising statewide cases. On October 13, NBC Boston interviewed Director of Health Services Richard Arnold and other members of the Lasell community to report our lower-than-average COVID-19 numbers. The story, by Alysha Palumbo, can be found on nbcnews.com. Lasell University Students on campus shared thoughts on how the school has handled COVID-19 testing and whether they feel safe on campus. Senior business management major and Class of 2021 VP Amanda Hawkes explained, “What’s happening is with the holiday around the corner and so many schools closing after Thanksgiving, the testing lab we use is backed up with the increase in tests so they aren’t able to update the dashboard as quickly as they’ve been able to. So I hear on campus that [when] someone tests positive, it’s not updated right away because the results are delayed so they have to call the student first and get it all situated.” “I would say that even though I wish it could be more transparent that they’re doing the best given the high stakes of the situation. After talking to Rich Arnold about everything I do feel more at ease and I think they’re doing the best they can without trying to scare us,” said Hawkes. “Though the guidelines can feel strict at times, they do keep us safe and allow us to keep living on campus,” said senior entrepreneurship Mathieu Ouellet. Ouellet added the atmosphere on campus since September hasn’t changed “except for some students realizing that the regulations are serious.” If there was one thing he could change, it would be the communication between the school and the students regarding numbers. “The only way to find out is to go check the website, they do not send any emails regarding that,” said Ouellet. Boston College Boston College made headlines for a campus COVID-19 outbreak according to an article written by GBH in September. Being a larger school with an emphasis on hands-on learning, 90 percent of the school’s undergraduate population (9000+) opted to return in-person. This was according to Special Assistant to the Provost at Boston College Adam Krueckeberg. He also said how most of the students who decided not

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to return are international students who had problems with their travel plans. The numbers of on-campus students at the graduate level varies much more frequently as Krueckeberg explained. “At the graduate level, in-person numbers vary much more widely: on one end of the spectrum some programs, like our advanced nursing degrees, are almost 100 percent in-person. At the other end, our Masters of Social Work program elected to go fully remote- most are somewhere in between.” Since the mid-September story was written, positives tests have increased to 440, trailing only Boston University’s 572 as of December 6. Krueckeberg explained how the school handled testing. “Members of our community are asked to test on a frequency that depends on their on-campus interaction,” he said. “As you’d expect, undergraduate residential students and high-touch staff members (RAs, dining services, etc.) are tested most frequently.” Although positive tests have been increasing, Krueckeberg is optimistic about how students on campus have handled themselves. “Overall, we’ve seen a high level of compliance - students understand how important this is, and they encourage one another to act appropriately.” Simmons University Simmons University Provost Russell Pinizzotto spoke with us on November 13 to discuss the current state of Simmon’s campus. As of December 6, Simmons was reporting eight positive cases. For the fall semester, the only students residing on Simmons’ campus are physical therapy majors. All other students are completing their studies online. To combat this, Simmons developed “what was called “studio in a box” and shipped [it] out. I think 100, almost 200 [went out] to our faculty,” said Pinizzotto. “That included high-resolution cameras, high-resolution microphones, backdrops, lighting, all the all the hardware to hook all that up to your computer, so that faculty could do high-quality video, and get all that stuff ready for their class.” Athletic competition has been halted for Simmons, though Pinizzotto said, “I think the sports teams actually are working out together virtually, with their coaches. Some of that is still going on as far as trying to stay in shape.” The start date of Simmons’ spring semester has been pushed back to February 1. Spring break has been eliminated, but threeand four-day weekends have been scattered

throughout the semester. Bentley University Bentley University junior Owen Harnish said, “testing transparency is very good [at Bentley.] They have an online dashboard that shows the aggregate test results for each day with positives separated by on-campus student, commuter student, and faculty/staff and with how many people are isolated or quarantined.” However, Harnish couldn’t say the same for communication around policy changes. “[The administration] notify by email without giving any advance notice. For example, policy changes get put in place at 6 p.m. on a Thursday effective immediately. There have also been some unexplained inconsistencies in policy with one dorm building having considerably less strict capacity rules announced by the RA for no clear reason.” Emerson College Emerson College junior Audrey Labonte is very pleased with Emerson’s handling of COVID-19. According to Labonte, all Emerson students are required to use an app to

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keep track of testing, symptoms and test results. “A lot of all of our classes got cut down in time. Normally they are like an hour and 50 minutes, now I think they’re like an hour and 35,” said Labonte. This shift was to avoid large groups of students entering and exiting academic buildings at the same time. Lasell strives to stay safe As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, colleges like Lasell remain open and continue to work to create a safe campus for its students. As of December 3, Lasell had a total of 42 positive tests, with 12 in the past week according to the COVID-19 dashboard. A schoolwide email from Henry Pugh on behalf of President Alexander sent after the return from Thanksgiving break read,“While the increase in recent cases is concerning, it should be comforting to hear that we have been able to manage all cases to date quickly and appropriately … I am proud to say that so far, we have done a marvelous job of keeping our community safe”

Returning to campus after T-Day

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On November 2, the COVID-19 Task Force distributed an email containing information and guidelines for the upcoming Thanksgiving Break. With resident students going home and then returning to Lasell, the announcement was meant to inform about how to keep yourself and others safe while enjoying the break. Since the initial outburst of the virus in March, a group of faculty and staff came together to form the COVID-19 Task Force. Their objective is to serve as an advisory team for situations impacted by the pandemic. But, the impact on Lasell isn’t the Task Force’s only concern. In the email they address the students, “Your actions have an impact – as we see infection rates rising in our state and nation, the rates on our campus remain low. We must continue to remain vigilant.” With nine positive tests in the last week, Lasell is also seeing rising rates. According to Hennessey, one of the Task Force members, “With over 22 thousand tests completed, that positive test rate is just 0.08%. We are experiencing an upswing of cases, like the state in general, but still remain well below the averages for the state and most other colleges.” Hennessey also says out of the total 22 positive tests this semester, only one has been contracted on campus. All 21 other cases have been a result of off-campus activity. Hennessey says while Lasell is doing

extremely well, it’s not doing perfectly. Students who signed the pledge vowing to abide by the guidelines and rules set in place to keep the community safe are adhering a majority of the time. This same praise applies to faculty and staff as well, and supports “the whole idea of coming together with other people in an academic community,” says Hennessey. In order to maintain our low number of cases compared to state statistics, the Task Force included guidelines for student departure, travel or time at home, and return to campus. Before leaving campus, students were required to get a COVID-19 test on Monday or Tuesday to reduce the chances of bringing the virus home and putting their families at risk. They had also been advised to limit the number of people they interact with the week before departure. In the case that a student received a positive result before leaving campus, they were given the option to either isolate at home or on campus. While at home or traveling, students were encouraged to practice good personal hygiene, use hand sanitizer frequently and wear a mask. If possible, they were discouraged from attending large social gatherings and using public transportation. When returning to campus, residents were to restrict their contact with others until they had received a negative COVID-19 test result. If stu-

dents had not received negative test results they were not cleared to attend in-person classes until they had. The Testing Center in Edwards Student Center was operating from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, with walk-ins welcome. The center reopened on Monday, November 30 from 7 a.m. to noon. All classes on Monday were held online unless students were informed otherwise. All campus gyms were closed. Brennan Library services were available online. Academic support services through the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) were held online as well and resumed as normal on Tuesday, December 1. On Tuesday, classes were conducted as usual. Although the Thanksgiving Recess Announcement meant to provide clarity to the students, confusion arose after a census was distributed to resident students. “I thought the census was really unclear because at first I felt as though it was giving students the idea that we could stay home following Thanksgiving, which was never properly communicated to us,” says sophomore Rayana Petrone. It was her understanding that students were being offered the option to move off campus for the rest of the semester. To address the confusion, ResLife sent out an email stating that the question asking if students were returning to campus after break was not a recommendation or option

available to students with in-person classes. Rather, it was meant to gather information about the small group of online students living on campus who had reported that they would not be returning. “After we got the email clarifying that Lasell was not offering the option to all students, I was even more confused and wished that was fully explained,” Petrone says. “Returning to campus following the break is scary, and is not being done by many universities.” As Petrone said, unlike many colleges in the Boston area, Lasell welcomed all resident students back on campus after Thanksgiving break. According to Hennessey, part of this was due to the 15 week requirement for a semester, other colleges beginning the fall semester early and planning for departure before Thanksgiving. The other part was reliant on Lasell’s low positive-test rates. In hopes of welcoming more students to campus next semester, in a lasting message to fortify Lasell’s motto, “it’s not about you, it’s about all of us,” the COVID-19 Task Force email says, “The health and safety of our community depends upon all of us doing our part. The care, concern, and responsibility of the members of our community, helping all of us stay safe, are reasons to be thankful, as we celebrate this holiday.”


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Student Government Association revises

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Photo of the Student Government Association office located in the Arnow Campus Center.

Since the start of COVID-19 in March, Student Government Association (SGA) has risen to the task of quickly adapting to the “new normal,” while still upholding tradition as it fulfills its purpose of wholly representing the school’s student body. They have done so while working toward making necessary adjustments during the semester. Bolstering the organization’s efforts to address student concerns while providing safe means of community engage-

ment is its newly-established Platinum Rule. One of the latest additions to the Lasell University Values To Live By, the Platinum Rule supplements the Golden Rule by stating that in addition to treating others the way you want to be treated, one should treat others the way they want to be treated. This sentiment has been at the core of all SGA operations as the organization works to ensure not only that students are abiding by COVID-19 safety and social distancing regulations, but that the school is making it as easy— and enjoyable— as possible to do so. Due to newly-mandated COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Governor Charlie Baker in November to curb the surge in cases again, SGA had to reimagine the logistics of several of its events. The new guidelines limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 attendees, and indoor gatherings to no more than 10. “We’re trying to help clubs be creative and to make these things still happen, if possible. Not everything can be a replica of when we’re in non-pandemic land, but there are other ways to try to make that happen,” said SGA Advisor, Jenny Granger. With events such as Spirit Day and other annual fall festivities, these rules have meant coming up with new strategies to ensure all students who wish to do so have a chance to join in on the fun. For Spirit Day, which took place on Friday, November 6, this meant setting

up two separate spots on campus for students who had RSVP’d to swing by and pick up a t-shirt, as well as an autumn-themed catering box. SGA also accommodated online students by spearheading a social media Positivity Campaign, in which students submitted statements of appreciation for other individuals at Lasell that were then posted to the SGA Instagram page. “The hardest part about fulfilling our purpose during the pandemic is that so much is different this year, and there is a lot to navigate when trying to make discussions that will affect this year,” said Class of 2021 VP, Amanda Hawkes. As new COVID-19 related obstacles continue to arise, senior Student Body President Olivia Tata, has named bettering the Wi-Fi on campus one of SGA’s top priorities, due to students’ heightened need for unrestricted internet access in order to attend online classes. SGA and IT have been working in correspondence with one another to conceive solutions to this particular drawback, which many students have been feeling the brunt of. “The Wi-Fi has been such an issue, and we worked with IT— the CIO [Chief Information Officer] has come to a few of our executive board meetings, and Diane Parker, who oversees IT, she’s still consistently coming to our executive board meetings. They’ve done a lot of troubleshooting, but everyone’s on their devices at the same time, on Zoom or Canvas,” said Tata.

COVID-19 has not been the only defining development of 2020, however. In June, the Black Lives Matter movement experienced a massive upsurge in support. The protests and demonstrations that ensued worldwide in the wake of the unjust killings of Black Americans, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery among many others, have reiterated the importance of individuals and organizations alike actively showing up for Black lives. SGA understands this necessity, and in recent years has sought to ensure it accommodates and highlights the voices of members of marginalized communities at Lasell. “SGA has tried to do a better job the last five years, in even just presence, and being aware of actions versus words, and actually showing up, and actually being present at things. Sure, diversity things— but also just things in general,” said Granger. SGA has been meeting online through Zoom this semester and will continue to do so until it is deemed safe to return to in-person meetings— although it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Despite club meetings themselves being held remotely, SGA as an organization has focused its efforts on implementing communication between the school and students who are both on and off-campus, and relaying and addressing student needs as they arise.

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It is more important now than ever to be mentally, emotionally and physically well and keep tabs on overall well-being. Being Well @ Lasell is a new program created by the counseling center that features events and activities surrounding well-being. According to clinical counselor Adela Hrudy, the initiative behind this movement is to foster a culture of health and wellness on campus. Twice a month, a newsletter from the counseling center is sent out featuring a new calendar with activities and information on how to attend. Because of the ongoing pandemic and the many different avenues which students are choosing to study at Lasell this semester, there are both virtual and in-person events happening. These events range from yoga to one-on-one nutrition coaching, making the program attractive to all individuals. One of the events featured in November was an election reflection via Zoom. The event had four parts stretched throughout the period of the election. Clinical counselors Joanna Garcia and Nasya Smith hosted the first meeting via Zoom on November 4. The hour-long presentation focused on staying grounded amidst uncertainty and unrest as well as creating balance and boundaries in everyday practices that can keep one’s mind and body in check. Garcia and Smith took time to begin the event by having everyone on the Zoom introduce themselves to one another and then laid down some ground rules regarding respect and confidentiality. After, they dove into how to recognize election stress and methods that can be used to endure it, such as creating a plan for your day that includes some negotiable and non-negotiable

activities and a sweet message to yourself. They suggest you make this plan appealing and realistic with self-compassion in mind. The event closed with a check-in and a reminder of the next reflection on November 18. For students struggling to create boundaries in their life either with family or friends regarding politics, or are just dealing with the stress of this highstake election, this event was an important and relevant one. Students looking for a bit more movement in their life might enjoy yoga with health educator and clinical counselor Hruby in de Witt. This is an in-person event that runs from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and requires registration via the portal. Each class has ten slots in order to keep up social distancing efforts and upon arrival, participants must show they are cleared on their CoVerified app making it an extremely safe event. Hruby plays upbeat, feel-good music to set the tone and the headspace before diving into a full-body warmup. She recognizes that not everyone present has taken a yoga class before, and often offers alternatives to certain poses and positions that are less challenging and at times more challenging for more advanced members as well. She talks the group through each movement, constantly reminding everyone to breathe deeply. The practice ends with savasana--the resting pose in which the group takes a moment for mediation and to gather their thoughts. According to Hruby, the goal of this program is to assist students on this new journey. She acknowledges for many students, this is their first time out of their family homes. She affirms, “You have to start mak-

ing a lot of decisions around your health, around what you eat, around how much you exercise [...]. A lot of that decision-making is really new for a lot of people.” She goes on to mention another goal of the program, exposing students to new things saying, “Maybe you’ve always wondered about meditation but have no clue about it. The point is, let us help. Let us give you some options.” Hruby encourages students to reach out to the counseling center with ques-

tions, concerns or for one-on-one help with any area of wellness and well-being. Being well at Lasell or anywhere else is an achievable objective and one that no one has to go through alone. Check out one of the many events happening on campus or via Zoom by following @wellatlasell on Instagram or Twitter. To make an appointment with the counseling center call 617-243-218 or email counselingcenter@lasell.edu.

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Yoga participants showing their CoVerified apps before the start of practice on Monday, November 16.


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As COVID-19’s effect has conilies to get detailed descriptions tinued through the summer, high of different parts of campus. schoolers have been missing out This option shows inside dorm on campus tours. Since this is an rooms and the Arnow Campus important step for students in Center and provides extra inchoosing where to pursue their formation about laundry, meal higher education, the Admissions plans, class locations and much and Marketing teams decided it more. Kiremit described this adwas time to add thorough, virtual dition as “a decent alternative” tours to the website to give stufor those families that wanted to dents the opportunity to see camtour campus but could not due pus without stepping on it. to the impacts of COVID-19. There’s been an interactive The addition of these tours map on the website for three years, can also assist students combut Senior Assistant Director of Admitted to Lasell in familiarizing missions Emily Stanley and head of them with campus before movthe visitor experience on campus, ing in. Stanley says students are knew it was time to add more op“doing their research on our tions for potential enrollees. website before coming to camStanley said, “It’s kind of alpus,” which makes them more ways been a dream of mine to have comfortable and excited to be a lot more online content. There on campus for the first time. just wasn’t really the time to do it, According to the Admissions until we were thrust into it.” StanOffice, the tours are designed ley and the rest of the Admissions to give students and their famiand Marketing team went full force lies access to resources that are PHOTO BY REBECCA OSOWSKI into adding more virtual options. important in making the compliA walking tour and guided The Arnow Campus Center featured in the virtual walking tour. cated decision regarding higher walking tour were added to the education, as well as providing, The walking tour, according to this addition was helpful, the team “a sense of what our campus comwebsite as virtual options. These options are easy to access, located in a Director of Admissions Yavuz Kire- wanted to add something more ro- munity is like, and what the campus blue tab on the top right corner of the mit, is, “someone with a camera, in bust to the website, giving prospec- feel is like,” said Kiremit. website. These new tour options allow fast motion, going through campus.” tive students a better look at what The addition of virtual tours have not only those affected by COVID-19 This option briefly stops at places the campus has to offer. become a viable option for students Therefore, they created the around the country, and the world, to tour the campus, but those that live around campus, walking students a great distance away to visit campus through them, however gives no guided tour; a videotaped tour nar- to get an accurate representation of information on these places. While rated by a student that allowed fam- what this campus has to offer. without having to travel.

Shuttle stories: Meet Pierre Verand

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Pierre Verand, the morning driver, driving the shuttle.

Whether you’re getting on at Riverside after a day spent in Boston or you’re catching a ride to the Natick mall on the weekend, it’s fair to say most all members of the Lasell community have hopped on the shuttle at least once. But, when was the last time you slowed down enough to have a good conversation with any of the shuttle drivers? We had a chance to sit down and talk with morning shuttle driver Pierre Verand, and we guarantee you’d enjoy doing the same. “I’m happy to help anyone when I’m driving,” said Verand. “Sometimes kids are late so I always give the [students] like two or three extra minutes [to get on.]” Aside from driving for VPNE, Verand is a dedicated father to his four daughters. His oldest daughter is studying at Roger Williams.

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Talking about her, he said, “They are kids, you know? If she says, ‘I want to be a lawyer’ and you say, ‘no, I want you to be a doctor,’ she will fail. You will mess up her life. Don’t push her, let her go. Say you want it, you got it and congratulations.” When asked how COVID-19 has affected him, Verand said, “I like to smile when I see people but the masks make it difficult.” He goes on to explain, “This pandemic is not okay because when you go home, your mom, dad, anyone you see you have to take a shower, even your husband or wife. COVID-19 destroys your life.” When asked about what keeps him motivated, especially in these times he said, “God keeps me motivated. I feel happy because everywhere I go I can help someone to do something, that is my motivation.” Varand mentioned his wife of 22 years who currently resides in Paris, until he can get her a flight back, with his three other children. He says, “we need someone forever, until our last breath. Love is special. Love from God, ya know what I mean? God is love.” Lasell outsources its shuttle drivers from VPNE Parking Solutions, and like all else around campus, the shuttle services have been modified to be as COVID-19 safe as possible with capacity maxed out at seven passengers. According to Lasell’s website, VPNE has “purchased electrostatic sprayers … with a botanical solution that kills all viruses. This is the same unit that the MBTA uses.” These sprayers, in combination with the drivers wiping down high-touch surfaces and adjusted capacity, are all new initiatives instituted with everyone’s safety in mind. “Lasell is doing good with the tests so that we can trust each other,” said Verand. “I like it here because everyone respects each other.” On October 29, the parking office announced via email that the shuttle route will now include a stop at the West Newton CVS. In addition to this CVS, the shuttle’s off-campus stops include Riverside MBTA station, Star Market, the Natick mall, and Market Basket.

Content warning: mentions of transphobic violence

November 20 was Transgender Day of Remembrance. PRIDE club enveloped the Glow Lounge in Winslow Academic Center into a display to commemorate this day and the now 39 trans lives ended by transphobic violence in 2020. Traditional, Trans Day of Remembrance is observed with a candlelight vigil. To comply with all fire safety and COVID-19 guidelines, the event was presented in a passive format. Passerbys would write a message of support on a paper candle and hang their message on the inside of the window. Toomey said PRIDE has been planning this event since “before Halloween” to ensure all details were correct and as up to date as possible. “I just want people to realize these people were killed for being exactly who they are, for feeling comfortable in their own skin. And I think that people don’t realize just how big of an issue transphobic violence is. The most potent part of the display to me is that we get their names and faces out there,” said President of PRIDE junior Kelsey Toomey. Trans Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith after the murder of trans woman Rita Hester in 1998.

According to Toomey, “a vast majority of the victims every year are Black and Latinx people, and a vast majority are women. A vast majority are sex workers as well. I think that it’s important to get that information out there as well, because I think it really shows where we are, as a country, and who we value as people.” PRIDE prioritizes intersectionality in the crossroads of all its work as an organization. “One of the slogans for Transgender Day of Remembrance is ‘say their names.’ And I always like to say, ‘say their names, remember their faces,’” said Toomey. “Because, at the end of the day, I really just want people to realize that it’s not just a statistic or a number, it’s actual people.” Toomey says the numbers are not going down, instead, the opposite is occurring. 2020 has the highest recorded rate of trans lives lost since 2016, though this number going up does not confirm an increase in death, instead that more deaths have been recorded. If you or a loved one are looking for support, The Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860.

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The names and faces of 33 victims of transphobic violence displayed in the Glow Lounge.


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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. Before their Tuesday gatherings, this organization was able to provide information to Resident Assistants (RAs) and Area Coordinators in Residential Life in an in-service live presentation that occurred on September 20. This in-service added to the contingent of the many RA trainings so RAs could branch out to residents in a familiar way that Lasell Votes couldn’t. Sarneso and sophomore student representative Micheal Woo spoke about voter registration; giving RAs insight on how to further use their role to assist in the election year.

“Lasell Votes’ overall goal is to help with registering to vote while reminding students about deadlines in what course of action they’re using in their voting plans. We say this every time someone pops into one of our zoom calls,” junior Lasell Votes member Anna King said. According to an email from Student Activities on October 19, the Couch Party: Vote Early Day program, sponsored by the All In To Vote’s Nation Campaign, was open to the [entire] Lasell community to interact with peers through a platform called, OutVote, that gave attendees the space to share their voting plans. Lasell Votes also hosted a watch party event of the second Presidential Debate with Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Lasell Village over Zoom on October 22 to witness the points of both presidential candidates while submitting questions for the Presidential Debate Panel discussion for the day after. “It was interesting to see the reaction of students ... I’m glad I was able to attend to witness other re-

actions than my own,” said attendee part-time Writing and Communications Coordinator Professor Stephaine Schorow. On October 30, Lasell Votes hosted a “Preparing For The Election” confidential program where individuals from Lasell Village, students, faculty, and staff were able to break off into various affinity groups to exchange opinions towards the election and came back together as a large group to share what each break out groups’ concern was. “I thought it went well ... I think the structure is one that could be great moving forward. It allows people to be a little less guarded when sharing … It allowed me to connect with people on a personal level, since I was speaking just as the Library Director but also as a member of the LGBTQ+ community,” Sarnerso said. This event invited individuals to go to Lasell Votes and the Counseling Center on Election Day with the long process of waiting for the results. On November 10, “Bringing the Lasell Community Together: A

Post-Election Town Hall” took place. This virtual event occurred just as the pre-Election Day event, where attendees were put into break groups to state uncensored opinions about the results of the election. These opinions ranged into a wide-variety of feelings. Additionally, it was made evident who attendees supported based on the numbers in each break room. Regardless of the various perspectives, the one aspect that was the same was the curiosity of what’s next. Nevertheless, in the lively journey towards the election, hosting these voting-related events was done to unite the Lasell Community. In an election that seemed to separate individuals more than social distancing would, these events paved a space for Lasers to express freely in their political views. Even though the election is over, Lasell Votes isn’t. It can always be reached if students still have any lingering questions or concerns.

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Top: 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. Mid: CNN updated presidental election results on November 3. Bottom: Residents watch presidental election results in the Woodland Hall common room.


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Virus disrupts university finances

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Attending any higher education institution is an investment in both time and money, and it’s important for people to know how those two things will be spent. Tuition dollars paid by students should turn into opportunities provided by the university; that’s how Lasell approaches budgeting. However, according to President Michael Alexander, COVID-19 has created complications for financial planning. “The pandemic has reduced revenues, increased costs and created all kinds of things that weren’t anticipated,” he said. “We’re really looking at things very short term.” Students and faculty continue to wonder about the university’s financial health and what it will look like post-COVID-19. Despite losing millions of dollars in revenue last spring from refunding room and board due to COVID-19, cutting costs in other areas along with aid from the government helped Lasell’s operating costs outperform its budget, according to President Alexander. This semester tells a different story. Two areas of loss making an impact now are the reduced number of students paying for room and board and discounted tuition for online students. Additionally, with less governmental help than usual, testing and other COVID-19 safety precautions put a financial strain on the university. “A lot of people are anxious, especially staff and faculty are wondering what this all means for them and we can’t provide all the answers,” says Alexander. “Everybody’s do[ing] their best to try and adapt to it for which I’m grateful.” On March 29, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer Basil A. Stewart, Lasell received around $1.6 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF.) Stewart said $823,971 went out to students in the form of direct deposit payments or checks, with the remaining $823,970 allocated to the institution. “There were extra costs that we had to incur and even the signage that you see around campus associated with social distancing, take care of your neighbor, ‘wear your mask,’ and ‘keep distance’— all those things cost dollars for the institution,” said Stewart. “Those

weren’t things that were planned nor seen as costs that the institution was going to ultimately have to invest in because of this pandemic.” The Athletic Department also had to re-assess its finances as a result of the pandemic. Leading into this school year, Director of Athletics Kristy Walter was asked to look at the budget and investigate what funds could be returned to the institution. “I was instructed to do a couple different models that included no games, a few games, people on campus, [and] people not on campus,” said Walter. “In the summer, we weren’t actually sure if we were coming back ... that would have been a different budget.” Since sports were not held in typical fashion this semester, costs were reduced for the Athletic Department, however, “that money from the fall… was basically returned,” Walter said. Even in a non-pandemic year, the department can find itself counting pennies. “Our budget is pretty lean… it’s really based on actual costs,” said Walter. These costs consist of the needs for each team throughout the season such as paying for travel, food, officials, and other game volunteers. Senior point guard Peyton Young from the women’s basketball team, which is no longer playing this semester due to COVID-19, said, “over the years, there has been a change in quality of gear that we have received. My first year with the team, my sophomore year, our gear was limited. The last two years we have had team stores open so that players are able to choose high quality and multiple options of gear.” “The school has 17 teams to cater to; the money should be spent wisely and put towards things such as the facilities that all teams use,” said Young. When it comes to budgeting for teams, each team gets $75 per roster number, according to Walter. “They have that much money to buy a sweatsuit, a bag- whatever they want to do. Anything they get above that has been fundraised or they’ve paid for.” Young trusts women’s basketball has all the physical resources and equipment available for them to succeed, and thinks it’s important to “spend money where it’s needed.” Given that Lasell is a Division III school, Young thinks it’s within reason for players to supply

most of their own equipment. Additional funds are allocated towards things such as updating team uniforms, which are on a rotation to be replaced every four years, and recruitment. “Each coach gets a certain amount for recruiting,” said Walter. “They get a recruiting budget to go on the road or to bring people to campus… do their recruiting to go to tournaments and that kind of stuff.” Walter says the department isn’t “spending money just to spend it. We’re not lining anybody’s pockets, we’re trying to provide an opportunity.” Walter also said many sets of eyes see the budget before it is finalized. “It goes to the Budget Committee, it goes to the senior management team, it goes to the trustees. Lots of questions are asked, and you get to defend everything that you’re doing. But I think that that’s because we have the best interest of the students [in mind].” Athletics also uses a large portion of its budget towards staff. In addition to paying coaches, the Athletic Department is also responsible for paying staff members of all the on-campus fitness centers. Similarly to the Athletic Department’s budget, all major department’s budgets must go through the Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees, Senior Management, and President Alexander before being approved. As feelings of fiscal uncertainty rise during this time, the university has tried to provide cost efficient options for students. One of these options is Lasell Works; a four-year program designed to assist undergraduates in their professional career. The program includes tuition reduction and an opportunity for students to

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work part-time while living off campus in their sophomore year while attending classes remotely. While the main goal of this program in pre-pandemic times was to offer an education to students at Lasell for less money, a subsidiary goal was freeing up rooms in resident halls. “We had to figure out how to moderate our housing stock and ensure that we’re not minimizing and overcrowding ... if we had sophomores not living in housing, we think about how much relief that would give the institution when it comes to housing,” Stewart said. “Having a group of students who were not on campus but still matriculate ... but at the same time trying to find a mechanism in a product line that would also be interesting to people and attractive that they would be paying a lower price.” In its third year running, the program is still able to provide a four-year-discount to undergraduates. With COVID-19, the housing stock wasn’t affected as it was in the past. Regardless of the pandemic, students are still able to participate in this program. Member of Lasell Works first-year Sydney Pesaturo thought it to be safer stepping off campus for her sophomore year experience. Pesaturo says she will be safe and follow government regulations if she is to live at home or in an apartment with friends. “As difficult as it is to be in this kind of society and in this environment right now ... we are learning some things that may be staying with us even after this pandemic is under control ... one of those things is personal hygiene,” Stewart said.

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The first consignment store is local to Lasell. Global Thrift on Moody Street a brief 30 minute walk or seven minute drive away in Waltham. It has become a recent hotspot for fashion enthusiasts at Lasell over the past couple of years, however the priorities of the founders do not lay solely in impressing the trend-focused youth. Since its establishment in 1995 by Cindy and Mark Pochesci, Global Thrift has begun working with local shelters to provide clothing for members of the community. It has adopted a recycling program that collects items on the rack or shelf for over a month and outsources them to factories where they are made into new materials. Inside the store is a wide array of clothing for all ages, sizes and genders, as well as furniture, toys and other houseware making it applicable to nearly everyone. Vivant Vintage is a highly-curated vintage shop located in Allston featuring authentic pieces from all over the world. The store was established in 2014, however, owner and founder Justin has been traveling the world buying and selling vintage clothing since 2011. He and his team handpick Vivant’s entire inventory, making it a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Left: Exterior of Rick Walker’s on Newbury St. which was founded in 1932. Right: Masked mannequin posed inside Garment District in Cambridge.

Garment District in Cambridge has been hit harder by the pandemic than most second-hand stores. This is because one of their highly-favored elements, “the pile,” is no longer available. The pile was made up from inventory overflow and was marketed at two dollars a pound. Shoppers would dig through the merchandise to find hidden gems, which is what makes it unsafe for the current times. However, the upstairs is

a vintage dream with clothing ranging from the 40s to the early 2000s. They also feature a costume store where customers can buy and rent costume items. Buffalo Exchange has two locations, one in Somerville, and one recently opened in Brookline on Coolidge Corner. This store gives the option for customers to bring in their own clothes to be exchanged for either cash or in-store credit.

It may be picky in terms of the items it accepts, as the store maintains an aesthetic mix of vintage name brand and trendy streetwear pieces, but the opportunity is taken advantage of by many shoppers nonetheless. Two locations means twice the opportunity to find something you like, however, each store is a reasonable distance from campus— about a 30 minute drive or hour long T-ride to either location, so access could be considered limited for some students. Rick Walker’s rounds off the list of best thrift stores in the area. This staple rock’n’roll and cowboy shop has been around for over 85 years, and specializes in classic western wear— offering a wide variety of cowboy boots, hats, leather and denim jackets and pants, flashy belt buckles, and more. The store also provides a niche selection of vintage concert T-shirts from classic bands like Metallica and Aerosmith. This store stands out, as it strays away from trends and is far from a typical thrift shop. The store is easily recognized by it’s longhorn sign and vintage displays, and is certainly a spot worth seeing on Newbury Street.


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features editor

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PHOTO BY KAIE QUIGLEY

Josh Michna models his own BUSHLAND ROPE HOODIE, available in his latest collection. The lettering is rope sewn into the fabric.

It all started with sneakers for Joshua Michna. The sophomore fashion media and marketing major from Barkhamsted, Conn would take apart and recreate shoes in high school to figure out how each piece came together. Since then, Michna dedicated his free time to his clothing brand BUSHLAND, which he launched in early 2018. “I didn’t have a specific goal in mind,” said Michna in reference to the brand’s launch. “I just needed a direction to go in … an outlet to put things out.” Over time, Michna’s goals with BUSHLAND have refined drastically. At first, BUSHLAND’s focus was taking vintage-like hiking and outdoor culture and putting it in modern street culture. Now, the focus is to hone in on America’s rural youth and figure out the aesthetic to display what those stories need to tell. According to BUSHLAND’s website (https://www.bushland.online/), “BUSHLAND is the story of … those who shout their ideas with no one to hear.” Michna believes being on campus helped him build his brand. “As I’ve gone along, I’ve had more resources to do things such as living around people that model for me and photographers to make it look ... professional,” Michna says. One of those people is Michna’s roommate, sophomore Sam Gilvar. Gilvar assists Michna with curating looks, supplying fabrics and more. “Josh has one of the hardest work ethics I’ve ever seen in all truthfulness,” said Gilvar after referencing how the two would stay up until 3 a.m. working on Michna’s collection at times. “I see Josh and BUSHLAND going far.” Senior Emma Ingenohl, lead stylist for POLISHED magazine, also works closely with Michna. “Josh looks far beyond the box as a stylist. His vision is extremely strong and this helps a lot in the creative process of styling and producing a photoshoot,” said Ingehohl. “I adore Josh and gain a lot of inspiration from him. I can’t wait to see what he does for POLISHED as Creative Director.” Through his work with POLISHED thus far, and a fashion-based internship over the summer, Michna has learned how to express himself and break down communication barriers. Since POLISHED is more teamwork orientated, Michna focuses on “understanding what the team wants as a whole,” and uses his knowledge and capabilities to help make that happen without pushing his own agenda. Michna has transferred some of those skills to his work on his most recent collection for BUSHLAND. “We probably did five, six different… shooting sessions,” said Michna. “When you do that, you get so many more ideas… you can tie a sweatshirt around in a different way [and] it’s like a whole new look.” Michna said he also got inspiration from taking walks, pictures and doing research on street view. Michna’s designs are featured in BUSHLAND’s new collection which incorporates 10 pieces that display various messages. The collection was dropped November 28.

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The Boston you don’t know

GHIZ B. & REBECCA OSOWSKI

1851 staff

Everyone has their favorite spots in Boston, from spending time around Fenway Park to having a great Italian meal in the North End. Despite the well known attractions, Boston and its surrounding areas have so much more to offer. Caffe Vittoria: 296 Hanover St, Boston First, we have Cafe Vittoria. Right next door to Mike’s Pastry, this small Italian cafe could be taken right out of Italy. It serves a variety of pastries and coffees that will cure any craving. On top of the excellent customer service, vintage decorations and delicious pastries, Cafe Vittoria offers reasonable prices, perfect for a sweet treat all day, and can beat the tourist trap next door any day. Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant: 743 Washington St, Newtonville Have you ever wanted to drink a frappe out of a pitcher? Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant, right down the road on Washington St., is the place to do it. With a large food menu and even larger ice cream menu, there is certainly something for everyone. Make sure you are hungry though, the sundaes are so big they could be your meal. Cabot’s is a great place to grab some ice cream with your friends. The food, dessert and staff are sure to brighten your day. Corey Hill Park: 180 Corey Rd, Brighton As the colder months approach, Corey Hill Park is a good place to keep in mind for the warmer days. Corey Hill Park in Brookline is a great place for a picnic or study session away from campus. Corey Hill Park is in a quiet residential area with stunning views of the Boston skyline all within walking distance of three T stops. While you are there, make sure to stop at some of the great restaurants and cafes close by. Santarpio’s Pizza: 111 Chelsea St, East Boston

Forget everything you have heard about Regina’s Pizzeria and head to the original Santarpio’s Pizza in East Boston established in 1903. The original location is still up and running and like most old school restaurants throughout Boston, it’s cash only. The menu consists of pizza, meat skewers, and vino, known famously for their thin, crispy (semi-burnt) crust, homemade Italian sausage and lamb skewers. My suggestion is to buy a grand pie with a side of lamb skewers. You can also order it on DoorDash, if that is something you are more comfortable doing. lbc Boutique & Loan: 260 Elm St, Somerville Last thing on our list, if you are looking to do some shopping, or even pawning, is lbc Boutique & Loan in Davis Square. From Tiffany Co. to Louis Vuiton

(for the low), sports collectibles such as Big Papi signed baseballs and other bits of valuables from vintage to modern, they have it all. The prices vary greatly here and you are able to find something awesome for all kinds of budgets. You never know what you will find here at LBC and honestly it’s worth going just to see what they may have in store. They also provide layaway options for everything in store, besides Louis Vuitton. I think this is the perfect broke-college-student-in-themidst-of-a-pandemic way to treat yourself. There are so many more hidden gems all around the Greater Boston area. Keep your eye out for them and step out of your comfort zone, you may just find your new favorite place.

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Outside of Cabot’s Ice Cream and Resturant on Washington St in Newton on a dark night.

2020 Winter style review EMMA INGENOHL

1851 staff

As the crippling pandemic continues to rage on in the world around us, the fashion world is erupting in a different sense. Style enthusiasts have to adapt to different methods of sourcing their inspiration. Social media sites and the many influencers who reign on them have a more prominent and imperative role than ever before. The digital world allows for previously-unknown expression and exploration, and the current trends and fashions reflect this exactly. Sustainability in fashion continues to be an important issue to consumers. But since most of us still are hardly leaving the house, the current theme remains casual, comfortable, second-hand chic.

Trend #2: Layering It seems many of us have a recent influx of clothing, seeing as all there has been to do the past eight months is online shop. In an attempt to wear as many of these

Sometimes the motivation to put on an elaborate outfit is not there, pandemic or otherwise. The solution? A brightly-colored or bold-printed sweater or pair of trousers. Although neutral and earth tones have previously been popular, a color revival is on the rise. Perhaps to also brighten up what can be dark times. Tik-Tok user @ wisdm8 knows how to incorporate color and pattern. His everyday outfits are far from typical and break boundaries in not only menswear, but fashion in general.

Trend #4: Loungewear Sets Just because you want to wear PJs all day, does not mean you have to look like you’re wearing PJs. More and Trend #1: Texturemore brands are honing in Ribbed and Ruched on perfecting their loungeThe once shunned “bawear with the realization sics” are making a reappearthat Zoom meetings can be ance in the style addict’s attended and emails can be PHOTOS BY EMMA INGENOHL wardrobe, but this time Emma shows off her various fashion styles. written in style and comfort with a twist. To add dimenwith fashionable loungewear sion and detail to otherwise sets. These sets have the opnew pieces as possible, and stay warm in boring everyday-wear, textures are being freezing temperatures, layering is more tion to be dressed up or down, or be worn incorporated. Ribbing and ruching are par- prominent this winter season than ever. on their own, making them extremely deticularly common, since both add shape to Instagram user @wuzg00d has perfected sirable to the fashion enthusiast. Instagram the wearer and elevate the classic t-shirt, the art of layering and the “fit pic,” giving influencer @stassiebaby is the ultimate tank top or bodycon dress. Youtube star inspiration to her 387,000 followers. wearer of the lounge set. She can be seen Emma Chamberlain is the queen of texwearing ones from Fashion Nova and Reture, constantly rocking a ribbed knit or a Trend #3: Bright Colors and Bold volve, and even Chrome Hearts and Chanel. ruched baby tee. Patterns


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The effect of Donahue’s reduced hours

CLAIRE CRITTENDON editor-in-chief

In pre-COVID times, Donahue Center for the Arts’ sewing labs were alive with fashion design majors plugging away at their garments 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now, the labs are only accessible from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on specific days, with a lab supervisor present. Senior fashion design major Maggie McGovern recalls the effect this has on her first-hand. “It definitely affects how I work, there’s a lot less space, my home machine is not as nice as the industrial machines in the studio and I am kind of at the mercy of my roommates I have to be respectful of their space and level of noise especially when they are sleep-

extra help days but then also include the weekends, where all fashion students do is swipe in with their Lasell ID to get in on the weekends.” “During the week, I am overloaded with assignments and classes and not always able to work on my garments, but I can always dedicate time on the weekends compared to the weekdays. I feel like the design students should be given the same amount of opportunities as other majors get for time to work outside of the classroom, because there’s the STC and library where it’s open everyday basically but for Donahue, the overall building closes at 5 p.m.”

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Donahue’s sewing labs on what would have been a bustling Tuesday evening.

ing,” McGovern said. She continued to explain that she feels the shift in hours is reasonable given the situation, but hopes the spring semester will bring changes that more resemble the norm. “I have two jobs and most days I cannot get to working on my collection until 6 pm or later so it would be nice if maybe seniors could have the option of going later at night,” said McGovern. Sam Bettencourt (‘20) is serving as Donahue’s lab supervisor. “I think it’s mainly just a learning curve for everybody involved, students and teachers.” Bettencourt mentioned just how much of an impact COVID-19 has had

on not just design students on campus, but those off-campus as well. He recalled how collaborative of a field fashion design is and the effects of isolation on creativity. “Everybody has such different schedules,” said Bettencourt. “It’s hard to conform to this singular schedule, to find time to work [for everyone.] If a major has class during the workshop hours on Tuesday and Thursday, they don’t really have any time to come in here [to] work.” Junior fashion design major Elise Stanbury would like to see a change in the hours, saying “a way to change the hours would be to keep the two

Bingo goes v-i-r-t-u-a-l

BLACKPINK “The Album” is in your area

KYLA DODGE-GOSHEA

AUDREY ABBATE

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One of the biggest girl groups in the world has been breaking barriers in the industry and COVID-19 is not slowing them down. With clever verses and a mix of genres, BLACKPINK does what they do best which is incorporating various genres into their fun K-pop tracks. We’ve sen the group grow from their debut in 2016 and are finally releasing more content for this year. On October 2, their latest release and first LP simply titled “THE ALBUM” has eight tracks. Helping the group appeal to the Western market, this album included collaborations with American artists like Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Cardi B. I value the bridge between the cultures and languages that’s created by BLACKPINK; I think that’s why the Blinks are a more international fanbase. BLACKPINK’s popularity has introduced many non-K-pop fans to the genre. This album knows how to prove just that. Keeping me on my toes, I would say I like almost all of the tracks but here’s my top six picks: First, “How You Like That” is a dance synth trap record that you might have heard on TikTok. Second, “Ice Cream” is a catchy tune that includes trap elements with a sweet aesthetic. Next, “Pretty Savage” is a hip hop track that talks about being pretty but still tough. I was surprised to hear english swears on this track. I like “Lovesick Girls.” It’s an upbeat pop anthem with EDM elements and great rap verses from Jennie and Lisa. Then, “Love To Hate Me” has a bunch of cool harmonies and talks about an on-again-off-again relationship. I wish the track was longer though. “Crazy Over You” is a mix. This one is unique and fun because of the sound effects. This album shows how the girl’s sass and confidence helps them stand out from other Kpop idols. BLACKPINK’s production team is amazing as well. As a whole, the girls do a great job expressing their individuality and talent on each track. We learn a lot more about their personalities and capabilities in this album. I also recommend watching their live performances and music videos to see their awesome choreography and style. You can also learn more about Jisoo, Lisa, Rosé, and Jennie through their Netflix series. Their success this tough year shows that BLACKPINK is unstoppable and is getting started.

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Studnets gather to play a couple rounds of bingo in Windslow Hall.

Sahbabii- Barnacles

GHIZ B.

1851 staff

Released on all platforms on July 8 “Barnacles” immediately lifted my spirits with beats and lyrics to carry myself through the second half of 2020. Based in Atlanta, the 23-year-old Pisces Sahbabii is honest about his upbringing, proud and protective of his family, and expresses his personality, friendships, oppositions and sexuality in ways that I have never heard from a rapper. He is romantic, he’s motivated and very cheeky in his language. You can not help but laugh at his references to Disney World, Rick and Morty, Anime, and much more. I find his wordplay to be interesting and his choice of beats to be out of this world. When promoting Barnacles, he mentions time and time again how the album was for his fans and the amount of love he pours into music is felt by all who listen to him. My first suggestion for a very motivating and empowering song is the second track in the album, “Ready to Eat.” For a more romantic and passionate song that is still boppalicious, “Purple Umbrella” is a great place to start. Like a fine wine, he is an acquired artist. But, once you start, you can never stop.

On September 25 the Campus Activities Board hosted a virtual bingo night through Zoom. The next Bingo night was held October 17, and the event was presented as a COVID-friendly alternative to the traditional Family, Friends and Alumni weekend. The link for virtual bingo was available on Laser Involvement, class pages and Campus Activities Board (CAB) Instagram for students to RSVP. Abby Loynd is Vice President of Play to Win and hosted virtual bingo this fall. The FFAW virtual bingo invitation was sent through email for everyone’s accessibility. CAB has been very versatile and inclusive with their events, especially Bingo. Most everyone on or off Lasell’s campus loves CAB’s bingo, hence why they decided to adapt it to a virtual event. Online bingo allows for students who are online for the semester to still feel engaged with the community. “With virtual bingo, we try to include online and in-person students. So we always have those prizes, just online … if a student wants [it] to be shipped … we can just ship it straight to their house,” said the President of Campus Activities Board junior Maggie Clukey. “We also wanted there to be an option for people if they still didn’t feel safe going out in person. Even though they are on campus, we still wanted to give them an option to still go and participate in events, but there’ll be an online option for people who don’t feel safe in person. And then also just having that online option for the people who actually are online,” said Clukey. Clukey mentioned it has been difficult to transfer from in-person to virtual but they eventually got the hang of it. They have done a few virtual bingos with the first one being held in April as an end of the semester bingo. Bingo has been the most popular activity on campus so the transition from in-person to online took some time. “With everything that happened, we just had to end the school year with a bang,” said Clukey. “I feel like in-person, it’s more fun to actually call up the numbers and be like, talking to actual people and getting to take their picture. Whereas now it’s more of just calling numbers and like whoever wins, we contact them. So it’s a lot less of like, person-to-person contact,” Clukey added. Clukey added CAB’s prizes are targeted towards college students, including Keurigs, TVs, bundles and fridges. They had a fall dorm bundle available for the bingo held in September. “In the past we have had ticket options, but because of COVID restrictions we can’t do as many tickets for events like sports games or concerts, but those are also some other prizes we would typically offer,’’ Clukey said. Winners of virtual bingo were contacted through the private chat by the host in order to get their email, phone number and name. “Our advisor from CAB would reach out to you and let you know these are your prizes, this is what you won and where would you like us to ship it to,” Clukey said. All in all virtual bingo has been a fun activity for the Lasell community during these strange times.


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Lasell cancels Winter sports

TAYLOR VILES & LJ VP LAFIURA

sports editor

& 1851 staff

RUTH KEHINDE

digital editor

PHOTO BY RUTH KEHINDE

Senior Ruth Kehinde exchanges laughs with Professor of Mathematics Neil Hatem over Zoom.

In an article published on the Lasell athletics website on August 26, it was announced Todd Montana was stepping down as head coach of the women’s basketball team. Montana had roamed the Laser sidelines for the past six years. His departure paved the way for Professor of Mathematics Neil Hatem to become the interim Head Coach. Hatem has been part of the coaching staff on and off as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the women’s basketball team for two different three-year periods: 2005-2008 and 2016-2019. Besides Lasell, he gained coaching experience with women’s basketball at Newton North and South high schools and through coaching his daughter. With the absence of Montana, Hatem brought the aspects of his parenting abilities to the court, making his coaching experience not just beneficial to the student-athletes, but for himself. “I’m enjoying that aspect of it. My main goal is to keep on helping the kids… I want to make sure the kids have some continuity,” said Hatem. “I think he’s a great leader, has a great personality and is a great motivator,” said Director of Athletics Kristy Walter. “He’s got a great record as an educator which is coaching too. I think students respond well to him… He has that personality that draws you in. I think it’s a perfect fit for us right now.” Although the team as a whole hasn’t been able to practice much this fall due to COVID-19, a Canvas page was made for introductions and a place to refer to offensive and defensive drills that were set up in case a winter season did occur. The team also has Sunday Zoom calls for check-ins to get the bonding experience with each other. Unfortunately, the winter season was recently canceled, squashing any hopes of seeing the women’s team compete under their new leadership this season. Although this wasn’t the year players were expecting, Hatem “is taking on recruiting, coaching practices, and keeping us together as a team despite us not actually being able to be together. He cares a lot about the program and the players and stepped in because he knew we deserved to have someone in our corner to support us, especially during these times,” said Senior shooting guard Peyton Young. Tackling his duties as a professor and now interim Head Coach, Hatem said, “I really like trying new things. With tutoring kids every day, every lesson is different. So to me, it’s just always keeping myself busy with new challenges.” Hatem said the group of athletes wants to play, and he believes they would be lined up at the door before he got there if they were given the chance. Hatem uses his strengths as a teacher and communicator to lead this team, however, he’s fully aware that he isn’t a basketball expert. “At the end of the day, great coaches are great teachers,” he said.

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PHOTO BY MEGHAN CARROLL

Sophomore Brooke Damboise works on her shot in an empty athletic center. The building hasn’t seen live competition since a men’s volleyball match on March 11.

In a time when cancelations seem to be inevitable every single day, another victim has been taken: the winter sports season. Lasell’s announcement came on October 23, 11 days before the presidents’ council decided to make the same decision for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The counsel is made up of the head of each conference school. “The day we found out was like attending a wake,” said interim women’s bas-

ketball head coach Neil Hatem. “We knew that we could still [practice] but when you know that you’re not going to compete, it takes a lot out of it.” Hatem recently took the reins of the team after the resignation of longtime Laser, Todd Montana. Optimism for a winter season existed earlier in the semester, but as the winter approaches, Mass has begun to report more COVID-19 cases. As a result, the chances of seeing basketball and indoor track and field became increasingly bleak. President Michael Alexander said one of the reasons for the cancellation is because of close contact and inability to compete outside. “Basketball is worse than soccer or field hockey, right? It’s indoors, it’s really close contact, you’re actually colliding with people and you can’t possibly play it with masks on,” he said. “It kind of became obvious.” Director of Athletics Kristy Walter explained how continuous hurdles have squashed any possibility of a winter season. “It seems like [the NCAA] keeps moving the finish line,” she said, regarding the protocols and regulations. She also reinforced the number one priority on campus: student safety. Unless that could’ve been ensured, no plan would have come to fruition. Walter is part of Lasell’s COVID-19 task force which meets twice a week to discuss ways to keep Lasell healthy while trying to reopen parts of the campus. She says there’s no roadmap to creating a perfect situation, but they take solace that Lasell has remained open while so many other schools have moved entirely online. No matter how hard the task force tried to allow winter sports to be played, the

potential risks outweighed the positives. Another task force member and Director of Health Services Richard Arnold said, “it was decided that that type of risk was too much of a threat to not just the athletes, but obviously everybody on campus.” Communication has been key for the athletic department during the cancellation process as they worked with the coaches and kept the student-athletes informed. “They did collaborate with us and get our feedback about what was going to be best for our team,” said Hatem. In terms of the spring season, President Alexander knows it’s going to be tough to play but doesn’t think a vaccine is the only way to restart competition. “If we can get the infection rates low enough and be assured that people were treated in a way that there weren’t going to be long term effects, then that might allow us to play,” he said. “We still have hopes up for the spring, but something’s gonna have to change for that to be successful.” Remaining positive has been a point of focus for teams and coaches throughout the fall. “We have our goals set on the outdoor season [in the spring], having team competition where the seniors can compete,” said track and field coach Michael McGrane. “But if we don’t, then the process of...working hard together to become better athletes, learning more about yourself as an athlete and what your potential can be, the rewarding part of the experience.” “I realized because I am coming back for my grad year I can always compete [then],” said senior track and field athlete Jordan Robertson. “That’s making me look forward to going to grad school here.”

Challenges stunt baseball’s non-traditional season TAYLOR VILES sports editor

This fall has been anything but ideal for Lasell’s baseball team. From the beginning of the semester, head coach Bill Uberti could tell he was going to have to work harder than usual to groom his players for a competitive spring season. Usually, the team’s non-traditional season begins in mid-September, but this year, they didn’t start practicing until October 3. Usually, Uberti holds intense weight room sessions for his team to build muscle. He monitors them closely during these workouts. Since current COVID-19 restrictions only allow a certain number of people in the weight room for 45 minutes at a time, Uberti is unable to keep an eye on his players. Another obstacle Coach Uberti had to work with was the teams’ home for the fall. In previous years, they held scrimmages and tryouts at Brandeis University in Waltham. But with that diamond not available to them this fall, the team had to scout out a new location to practice at. They settled on Albemarle Field, on the grounds of the F.A. Day Middle School in Newton. Finding Albemarle Field was a victory in itself, because it gave the team the option to organize scrimmages. For first-year players, it allowed them to feel some sort of normalcy. Using the field came at a price though, adding another challenge for the Head Coach. “We only have a two-hour time block [at Albemarle.] If we’re at Brandeis... we’re going to get there, for an hour we’re going to hit batting practice, we’re going to take infield and outfield, then we’re going to scrimmage for two or three hours,” said Uberti. “With our dynamic at Albemarle, we have to just show up and go. It definitely puts our hitters at a little bit of a disadvantage.” Contrary to his Head Coach, junior infielder/catcher Matt Motyka says the change of venue hasn’t affected his preparation this fall. “It is just like playing an away game; get ready and play baseball,”

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Junior Matt Motyka sprints home during Lasell’s first scrimmage of the season.

he says. The possibility of a positive COVID-19 test also adds to the unpredictability of this fall. According to Uberti, no one on the baseball team has tested positive as of November 18, “[but] we did have seven guys that were in quarantine because they were in contact with somebody. Now they’ve all tested negative.” Uberti says all his players are now out of quarantine. Director of Athletics Kristy Walter says in general, the athletic department was becoming nervous with the state’s infection numbers rising as well as an increasing number of students who were in contact with someone who tested positive. “We did have some people that had been in contact, either direct contact or indirect contact,” she said. “That number was getting bigger on campus... We thought it was the safest thing to do to just pull it back a little bit.” The quarantine situation the base-

ball team faced, as well as a late October snowstorm that descended on the northeast, stunted the team’s fall plans. This included an intrasquad scrimmage series, an idea Uberti had gotten from the Vanderbilt University baseball team. The plan was for half the team to play the other half in a best-of-seven series. This would create both a competitive atmosphere and help the coaching staff watch the young players to better their sense of their place on the roster. The team was in the middle of the second game of the series when they had to put it on pause. They were never able to continue it, but with the little time Uberti spent watching the series, he was able to make some conclusions. “I was very happy with our team, both on the mound and offensively,” he said. “I think it’ll be one of the better teams we’ve ever had here.”


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After 9 years, Hilary Turner bids Lasers goodbye

MEGHAN CARROLL news editor

PHOTO COURTESY OF LASELL ATHLETICS

Hilary Turner poses for a picture during Lasell’s “Media Day.”

Hilary Turner was hired to be an athletic trainer at Lasell in 2011. Graduating from Bridgewater State University, she earned Athletic Training Student of the Year upon graduation. At Lasell, she mainly worked with the men’s basketball team and the softball team. “I have been in need of change for a while now,” said Turner. “I had been keeping my eye out for jobs for the past few years and nothing seemed to be a good fit. This has been a difficult year for everyone and 2020 really made me think about where I am currently, and where I want to be.” She emphasized the importance of prioritizing yourself and doing what makes you happy. “I am guilty of always putting others before myself and this year, in particular, has shown me that I need to put myself first and focus on my goals and that it’s okay to be selfish in that respect,” said Turner. She is highly respected by staff and student-athletes, as Director of Athlet-

ics Kristy Walter was also sad to see her go. “Her athletes had a lot of faith and confidence in her… The teams that she worked with, I know that she supported them both physically and mentally. She took really good care of her athletes on and off of the court… Her clinical skills are great and the intangibles that she did with the team and the coaches, I know people appreciated that.” Turner has picked up a new gig as an athletic trainer at South Shore Orthopedics in Hingham, Mass. She sees patients daily and has been training in the durable medical equipment (DME) room learning how to cast. “Casting is a lot like taping so I have been enjoying it and it’s going well. It’s been great that I already have bracing experience. Just today I was able to jump in and help when the DME room was getting backed up and fit a patient for a walking boot and crutches, I was in my element.” South Shore Orthopedics utilizes ath-

letics trainers along with Medical Assistants because they have extensive orthopedic knowledge and can dive deep into a patient’s history to help get to the root of an injury. “The switch from athletics to the orthopedic clinic isn’t a career change, it’s a setting change,” said Turner. It is clear Turner will be missed among student-athletes. “It was extremely difficult not being able to see all my athletes before I left… I feel that each athlete deserved to hear it from me instead of through other people, it was difficult for me not to be able to speak to everyone. I think I shocked a few of them but I wanted them all to know that leaving was a good thing for me and that it was a hard decision to make.” When asked if there was one thing she could tell her athletes, she said, “always follow your instincts and go with what you think is right.” She finished by saying, “please always do your clearance paperwork by August 1.”

COVID-19 infects on-campus sports coverage KAIE QUIGLEY & RUTH KEHINDE features editor

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With the exception of some teams practicing in hopes of playing in the spring, sports on campus have come to a halt. However, this lack of athletic action affects more than just players and coaches. “I don’t have any event planning to take care of, and very little scheduling responsibilities,” said Director of Athletic Communications Kent Cherrington. In lieu of his usual workload, Cherrington has worked with the Marketing and Communications office, helping them with updating Lasell’s website as needed. “It was a smooth transition to working with the school’s website and I’m glad I could help them out.” A lack of sports means a lack of content for the athletics website and social media pages. “A normal school year revolves around the schedule, results of the athletic events and honors and recognitions received by our student-athletes,” said Cherrington. “With the events on hold, we have [to be] a little more creative with our content.” While Cherrington’s pool of interns

shrunk dramatically this year, he still works with a few students that help write feature stories and manage social media. Senior Zach Kraft is one of these students. Kraft creates the coaching biographies and writes feature stories for the athletics page. “Every week or two, he gives me a new story idea...always involving somebody at Lasell,” said Kraft. “I go out and take it upon myself to get in contact with them, write up the story, and then he edits and posts them up on the athletics website.” Content on the athletics page during the pandemic has consisted of a variety of human interest stories featuring people involved with the athletics department, and a segment called “Alumni Spotlight” featuring Lasell athletic alumni. It looks at what alums are doing now and how their experiences at Lasell helped influence what they’re doing today. “That’s the main thing that we’ve been focusing on due to the lack of sports,” said Kraft. “It’s been good for me and the people who I’ve interviewed because they got

to tell a story that was more than just their activity with the sport. You got to know more about them as a person.” Cherrington says working with students like Kraft “has been great for everyone, as it not only helps us with content for our website and social media, but it gives them excellent real-world experience that they can use going forward.” Krafts trusts his experience in this internship has taught and inspired him to go into sports writing. “It’s hard to stay intrigued when there aren’t sports to cover on campus and when there’s not as much in the professional realm,” said junior Taylor Viles, sports editor for The 1851 Chronicle. “What I’ve found is that teaching myself how to create and think about stories when there are no sports is really going to help my future career in the sports media industry.” Although there have been no games to cover, human interest stories have sufficed for the likes of Cherrington, Kraft and Viles while working on campus this semester.

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Director of Athletic Communication Kent Cherrington pictured in his office.

First-year walk-on living dream of playing college ball JOSH WOLMER & PATRICK CARBONE

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put in extra time in the batting cage and pregame fielding practice to improve his footwork and positioning,” said Flynn.

Matt Paharik grew up in Boylston, Mass, in a time when Boston sports was at its peak. Teams were winning championships, and Paharik began hitting the diamond. Like many other athletes, Paharik looked up to many big leaguers as his inspirations, specifically David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, who he grew up watching. However, the person who inspired him the most was his grandfather. “My grandfather has always been a big role model to me, he was really athletic growing up. He was always watching my sports games, whether it was football, baseball, or basketball,” said Paharik. Making his grandfather proud, Paharik strives to make his future the best it can be.

Paharik was a two-sport athlete, playing football and baseball in high school. While he enjoyed his time on the grid-iron, his first love was always baseball. He has played baseball since his mom first signed him up at four years old. He worked his way through little league, Babe Ruth league, middle school, junior varsity, and then cracked the varsity roster his junior year. His high school coach Sean Flynn said Paharik knows what it means to be an athlete. “Matt was always working hard at his position. He came to practice ready to play and was a true student of the game… He

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First-year Matt Paharik playing third base during a high school game senior year.

When deciding where to further his education after high school, Paharik said there were two deciding factors. “It came down to both financial and athletic opportunities. I thought Lasell would be the best fit because I was confident I had a good shot to make the baseball team, it’s good academics, they had the major I was looking to pursue, and it was the right fit.” He is majoring in business management with hopes to own his own business one day. At Lasell, he Paharik managed to make the roster despite being an unknown walk-on at the start of the year. He is now one of the younger members of an older team set to graduate 16 players in the spring. Baseball head coach Bill Uberti said he is excited to see what the first-year infielder can contribute but emphasized the work he still has to do. “Matt needs to learn from the upperclassmen and continue to work on his game, both physically and mentally. I was very impressed with his strength, coachability and work ethic this fall. He needs to continue to be consistent with his habits, rely on discipline and be patient in his development,” said Uberti.


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