The 1851 Chronicle
April 2016 • Volume 10, Issue 7
Community supports Marathon runners krista dejulio & tristan davis CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & features editor
Remember what you did on Marathon Monday. Did you run 26.2 miles? You probably didn’t, but sophomore fashion merchandising student Tess Dooley did something few from the Lasell community have. She ran 26.2 miles, accomplishing her first Boston Marathon. While the Lasell community loves participating in the marathon by cheering on runners and attending the concert in the Arnow Quad, it’s easy to forget these runners are average people, most running for a cause. At mile 17 of the marathon on Commonwealth Avenue, the Lasell community was able to cheer on Dooley as she ran past her school, and classmates. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, spanning eight Massachusetts towns, starting in Hopkinton, and ending in Boston on Boylston Street. The marathon takes place each year on Patriots’ Day, a day observed for commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. Dooley played sports throughout high school, but never considered herself a runner. She ran two half-marathons before signing up for the Cape Cod Marathon as an impulse a week before the race took place. “One thing led to the other and I became serious,” said Dooley. “It’s realizing what you can accomplish. People say all the time ‘I could never do this,’ but that was me. I used to watch and not understand how these people do it. When you see yourself reach one goal, you want to set another one and reach that and the feeling of reaching those
goals is insane.” Before the race, Dooley went home to Barnstable, MA to spend time with her family. The day of race, her family watched from mile 16 on Commonwealth Avenue, then met her at the finish line. After, her family gathered at her aunt’s house in Newton to celebrate her 26.2 miles “Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do it. I mean that in the most sincere way. I would never think that I can do this and here I am,” advised Dooley. “If you want to do it, do it. If you want to do it, you’ll find a way and it’s so worth it.” The money Dooley raised for running in the marathon will be donated to Lasell scholarships, through the Lasell Alumni Association. All scholarships given to students are given out through this department. “People don’t realize how important scholarships are. I wouldn’t be here without one and being able to raise money for it is just great,” said Dooley. “I’m just so grateful to the Alumni Association and everybody who gave me the opportunity. When they told me I got a number I was in tears.” Chair of Mathematics and Science Department Professor Neil Hatem has officially run the Marathon four times, once even under the name of Celtics legend Larry Bird. Hatem did not run this year, but like Dooley, advises anyone who thinks they are capable of running to run. “It had always been on my bucket list of things to do,” said Hatem. “My goal in
my mid-age crisis of running was not to actually run it competitively, but just to finish it.” One of Hatem’s official years as a runner was 2013, the year of the Boston Marathon bombing. “At that point I’d run 25.7 miles so I didn’t really find out until the ride home. I had to wait an hour before I knew anything. You heard rumors. Once I found out I remember breaking down and almost crying because I had gotten 100 text messages,” said Hatem. “They had shut the phones off. Then when you finally got them all, it all sunk in. It was a pretty emotional day.” “After I finished and crossed the line I was so anxious to hug my family and let them know how every runner next to me was jealous of my fan crowd and how loud they were,” said Dooley. Off the course, Lasell students couldn’t have asked for better weather. Temperatures hit the mid70s by the early afternoon, and families and students alike enjoyed the food, refreshments, and warmth. Children lined Woodland Road with lemonade stands, promising to donate their profits to the marathon. Two Ethiopian natives won the elite races; Lemi Berhanu Hayle for the men’s at 2:12:44 , and Atsede Baysa for the women at 2:29:18.
Photo courtesy of tess dooley
Sophomore fashion merchandising student Tess Dooley ran her first Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18 while family and the Lasell community cheered her on at mile 17.
Students win big at annual Awards Banquet Seán McGlone
Photos by seÁn mcglone
(Top) Senior Myranda Smith won the prestigious award of the night, the Lasell Chair. (Bottom) Relay for Life won Organization of the Year. Relay for Life raised more than $17,000 this year, a record for the committee.
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The 2016 Awards Banquet was held in de Witt Hall on April 14. More than 100 students, faculty, and staff were in attendance for the annual ceremony that celebrates the accomplishments of Lasell’s many clubs and organizations during the past academic year. The ceremony opened with remarks from Director of Student Activities and Orientation, Jennifer Granger. A presentation followed by the Yearbook Dedication Award presented to President Michael Alexander, the Alumni Scholarships given to juniors Courtney Braman, Grace Hogan, and sophomores Megan Croce, and Tess Dooley. The SGA de Witt Spirit Award was awarded to Assistant Director of Student Activities, Sarah Richardson. Relay for Life won the coveted Organization of the Year award after 301 students from 26 teams attended the event on April 9 and 10. This was the sixth time Lasell hosted the event, and the club raised approximately $17,000 for cancer research, the most raised at a Relay for Life event in its time at Lasell. “[Relay for Life] wasn’t just a club that was good for us and looks good for us, we did something that impacts everybody, and we brought everybody together,” said sophomore Megan Croce, co-president of the committee. “We were able to raise money that’s going to better the world, not even just Lasell, it’s bigger than Lasell.” Croce also said in an email that Lasell’s Relay for Life website will
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be open until August for anyone still interested in donating. Senior cheerleading captain Jordan Dalpe took home this year’s Student Leader of the Year award. “The cheerleading team means everything to me,” said Dalpe. “Winning this award really means that my heart and my soul were kind of showed and exemplified to my team. Knowing the way they feel about me makes me so grateful and so happy.” The Lasell Bowls were then presented to seniors Colbylyn Gilman, Deirdre Duddy-Kennedy, Samantha Buote, Anthony Szol, Morgan Nash, Kristin Arnold and Braman. Myranda Smith won the Lasell Chair award, which is presented to a graduating senior. Smith was given the award for her contributions to the Tennis Club, Random Acts of Kindness Club, the Center for Community-Based Learning and her work organizing the yearly Red Cross Blood Drives, among several other groups and positions she has held. Smith also won the Student Leader of the Year award in 2014, her sophomore year. “Every year, the person winning the chair was always someone I looked up to,” Smith said. The award had special meaning to Smith, having personally known the winners of all three previous Awards Banquets she attended.
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