December 2015 • Volume 10, Issue 4
The 1851 Chronicle
Seussical: a splendiferous spectacle
Graduate devoted to new job
JARED MACDONALD contributing writer
PHOTO BY MICHELLE PORT
The Drama Club performed four showings of “Seussical the Musical” November 19 to 22. Yamawaki Auditorium was filled to capacity for every show and even had to turn some attendees away. See page 7 for full article.
Behind the scenes of Symposium ALEX BALLETTO
Since 2002, Symposium has been a very important and well-attended event. Symposium was once a week-long event in the spring but changed into a biannual event; one per fall and spring semesters. This year’s fall Symposium is being held throughout the day on Tuesday, December 8. The fall and spring Connected Learning Symposium include presentations, displays, exhibitions, and performances that last throughout the day, as well as other events related to Symposium throughout the week. Besides the fact that some students may view Symposium as a day to stay in and get their work done before finals, it is much more than that to Student Connected Learning Organizer, junior Kelsie Pace. “It’s a time to showcase what you have worked so hard on all semester to your fellow students and faculty. It’s a day to present yourself in a professional manner and reach new heights not only as a student here at Lasell, but as a school together,” said Pace. Symposium is a perfect event to exemplify students’ commitment to the connected learning philosophy. “These end-of-semester events gather the Lasell community in celebration of the collaborative accomplishments of students and faculty, helping to further establish the relevance of teaching and learning beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Sarah Abbott, Faculty Connected Learning Organizer. On top of the day being focused on academics “there’s something for everyone,” according to Abbott. There is no limitation to what classes present at Symposium which
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is part of the reason why it is so interesting. Pace added that as an event management major, she’s “lucky” to have the opportunity to work on Symposium and working alongside Abbott is a “pleasure.” “The more time, energy, and emotions I put into each showcase, the more I love to watch it all come together,” said Pace. No matter who you are, any part or Symposium is a great opportunity to see. Various faculty can view what other colleagues are doing with their curriculum, giving each other valuable ideas. Participating students are “committing to a professional presentation and its’ associated preparation,” according to Abbott, discussing another benefit of this event. Abbott added the skills learned while preparing for Symposium are “transferable” and can help students when applying for graduate school or for the first job out of school. Some examples of groups presenting in the poster session which is being offered from noon to 12:50 are: “Why Make Art?” “On Deadline: 1851 Chronicle and Website,” “The Pistachio Presence Project,” “Native American Social Justice,” and “Differential Equations with Applications.” According to Abbott, her favorite part of symposium is working with so many talented faculty, staff, and students in the Lasell community that she would not ordinarily do in her role as a faculty member. She has especially enjoyed working with Pace. To the people presenting, Symposium means something very similar.
“To me, this presentation is a demonstration of all we have learned; it is our way of communicating with Lasell the importance of our classes,” said freshman Nicole Glendye, who is presenting for her honors legal studies classes. Glendye’s honors class, The Riddle of Gender, will “provoke students and faculty to think in ways they may not be used to be” according to Glendye. The focus of the discussion will be the meaning of gender binary. Glendye views Symposium as a great way to teach her peers while stepping out of her comfort zone to speak publicly. Freshman Samantha Beneski, who is also presenting with an honors class, says that Symposium gives students a chance to “appreciate what their fellow classmates are doing and also learn in a non-classroom setting.” Beneski’s honors class, The Witch in History and Culture, is presenting “Culture Threads of Magic” which focuses on the students long-term projects on a topic they wanted to explore. Beneski researched Ancient Egypt and their belief of afterlife. This course is taught by Jill Shoemaker. Shoemaker believes Symposium is important “to learn, explore and share.” “I believe that there is no other opportunity for the community to experience the quality work that is occurring in our classrooms every day. Providing a space where our students can present their finest scholarly work is our responsibility as an institution and I’m thrilled to be a part of that,” said Abbott.
Dressed in Boston Celtics green, the six-foottall Greg Bullock sprints from behind midcourt with a basketball in his hands. He leaps on the mini trampoline placed just inside the foul line, launching himself into the air. “It feels like heaven… It feels like nothing else matters… You’re completely in the zone… You’re completely aware of what’s going on… That’s all that matters to you at that moment,” said Bullock. In the air, Bullock tosses the ball behind his back with his right hand, catches it with his left hand, and slams it through the rim at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham, where he spends his Thursday nights working to perfect acrobatic stunts, including one of his signature dunks, the “Behind the Bull,” as a member of the Boston Celtic’s dunk team. Most young adults will be working in their field of study after college, but that’s not the case for 22-year-old Bullock. The 2015 Lasell graduate majored in business administration, but another interest took his career in a new direction. At the age of five, in his hometown of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Bullock tried martial arts for the first time, but wasn’t interested. Five years later, he was ready to give it another try as part of a summer program. He loved the instructor he had, received his gold belt quickly, and has been hooked since. He is currently a third degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do, the style created by Chuck Norris, which, in Korean, loosely translates to mean “the universal way.” Bullock is working toward his fourth degree black belt under direction of Steve Giroux at Giroux Bros. Martial Arts in Newtonville.
“I always had that go-getter attitude. I just wanted the next belt, and the next belt,” said Bullock.
Kelsy Chandler, Bullock’s girlfriend of four years, has seen firsthand the drive that he has to succeed. “He won’t let anything stop him from reaching a goal. He never makes excuses for himself,” said Chandler. “I think that sometimes he’s hard on himself, but I think that’s what makes him who he is.” While working at the New England Sports Academy in Westwood, he was asked to trick, which is an aesthetic blend of kicks, flips, and twists, by Kit Ackermann, better known as Boston Celtics’ mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun. Ackermann was impressed with what he saw, and invited Bullock to a practice with the dunk team. After practicing with the team four times, he decided to try out for a position on June 18. Roughly 15 other dunkers were in competition, but Bullock was offered a spot on the final roster with eight others, including Ackermann. The position requires Bullock to attend weekly practices on Thursday nights at the Waltham facility where the team works on their routine, but the foundation of his skills has been a work in progress for the last 12 years. “I think the one thing most people get wrong about it is that we just find these people and just teach them how to do the things that they do, and that’s really not the case,” said Ackermann in the video, “Kit Ackermann – The Face of Pride.” “So many of these guys, like myself, come from a very disciplined background, whether it’s in acrobatic stunting, or tumbling, or whatever their specialty is. It’s something that they’ve spent years mastering, and really making their own.” Bullock also has to attend certain Celtics’ home games at the TD Garden, where the team performs during half time. For a typical 7:30 tip off, the team arrives around 2 p.m. for rehearsal. After rehearsal, the team grabs a bite to eat and relaxes
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