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January/February 2020 • Volume 14, Issue 4

The 1851 Chronicle

University provost, deans retire CASEY DIBARI & MADISON RAFFONE opinion editor

& copy editor

Upgraded space to spark career confidence and professional development AVERY STANKUS & CLAIRE CRITTENDON editor-in-chief

PHOTOS BY MADISON RAFFONE & CASEY DIBARI

L-R: Associate Vice President Steve Bloom, Dean Helena Santos and Provost Jim Ostrow prepare to make their exit in the next few months

By the end of this academic year, the university will be going through another major change. Starting in March, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Academic Success Helena Santos will retire after 14 years. Provost Jim Ostrow and Associate Vice President Steven Bloom will also retire later this year. Both Associate Vice President Bloom and Provost Ostrow have been at Lasell for 20 years. For Provost Ostrow, it was the structure of the school that made him want to come to Lasell. “I think primarily the philosophy of connected learning, which at the time needed a lot of development and consistency and refinement by and from the faculty and the community,” he said.

“It was a position that I felt where I could have some impact. So, it just called my name,” Santos said.

The deans say their leaving Lasell will not cause problems for the students, and they hope for a smooth transition. Dean Dave Hennessey said, “I don’t think there’s going to be a gap. I think it’s going to be seamless.”

In fact, not all are leaving completely. Associate Vice President Bloom plans to occasionally teach at Lasell Village. As they prepare for their departure, the university is currently searching to fill the open positions. A search committee, consisting of President Michael Alexander, Dean Hennessey and faculty has already started the search to replace Provost Ostrow. “The provost reports to me, so naturally I have more than a hand in it as a final decision under the hire is mine,” said President Alexander. “Thankfully, Provost Ostrow told us well enough in advance, we have the time, we don’t have to rush. And so, we have posted the job first internally and now externally.” An email sent out by Nancy Anderson on Jan. 30 to student leaders and mentors invited select students to sit in on the interviews for Dean Santos’ replacement. In December 2019, Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts (SOCA) Aaron Toffler also left to take an energy policy position at Boston Harbor Now. Program Chair

of Communication Meryl Perlson is currently acting as interim dean of SOCA. When asked what each of them will miss most about their time at Lasell, the three administrative members said it’ll be Lasell’s community. “[I will miss] talking to students, you know, having student contact,” Associate Vice President Bloom said. “Last spring, I directed one of the one-act plays in the spring drama production. So, I really enjoyed my time working with the students in my cast.” Students will also miss them, according to senior Student Government Association President James Kappatos. “I would say from the students: thank you for your service.”

Kappatos also said the change might be energizing.

“Students are going to be seeing some new changes and I think it’s something to look forward to, because with new people come new ideas and all those members that are retiring this year have served Lasell for a number of years,” Kappatos said.

Men’s B-Ball, athletic culture shifts

ADAM HALLENBECK, CLAIRE CRITTENDON & TAYLOR VILES sports editor, features editors

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For prospective students, a strong athletic department can be the reason for choosing a particular school. Lasell’s Athletic website reflects this idea, saying “Athletics are considered an integral part of a sound educational experience with the goal to have each student-athlete strive to reach his or her potential, on and off the field.” With an increasing number of smaller colleges closing each year, college administrations around the country are asking how they can keep their schools open ---and vibrant---amid the decline. One of the issues that comes up is, can we increase athletic involvement across college campuses as a way to improve student life? “Either you’re all in or you’re all out,” said Men’s basketball head coach Aaron Galletta. “There’s no gray area with commitment.” This gray area for the men’s basketball team was tested over winter break, when six of the team’s 19 players left the team, including 1,000-point scorer and former captain senior Stefan Masciarelli, according to team manager Corina Lombardi. “There was a lot of division amongst the team to begin with, with clashing between players,” said Masciarelli. For the remaining players, the consensus was the same. “I feel like when you’re losing and you’re playing these tough teams, it’s easy

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to be like, ‘oh, it’s his fault, or it’s his fault,’” said sophomore point guard E.J. Day. “Are we absolved? Are we perfect examples of teammates? Absolutely not. But it’s the pot calling the kettle black,” said Masciarelli, “and Galletta sat there and endorsed it.” The team’s culture hasn’t always been this way, according to Masciarelli. “When I was getting recruited, the culture was different… The guys were welcoming, there wasn’t cliquiness, it was like one group,” said Masciarelli. “[Galletta] didn’t really have to sell it because the guys here sold it.” This change in dynamic prompted Masciarelli’s decision to quit the team, accompanied by former teammates juniors Vic Collazo and Dylan Murray. The group approached Galletta to inform him of their intentions, but “he just looked at us,” said Masciarelli. “He shrugged his shoulders and made a little sarcastic face. So I go, ‘well, I guess we’re done here.’ And he goes, ‘I guess we are,’ and he got up and walked out of the room.” When asked about his former players, Galletta said, “we want...guys [that] want to be all in. If you don’t want to be all in then, unfortunately, we gotta move on.” Even though the team lost some valuable assets, Galletta’s main interest was getting them back on track and not letting the person-

nel change ruin their season. “That day in practice we came down, we went to work and credit to these guys, they were...completely bought into everything we’ve said,” said Galletta. Galletta’s team philosophy may be off-putting for some, but others view his mindset as effective and motivating. Junior captain Kevin Nunez said, “I don’t think I’d be in school [if it wasn’t] for the game of basketball. [The situation] was shocking, but we knew we had to go to work.” Galletta’s players believe it’s his mentality following a loss that has contributed to the team staying competitive. “Every single day, [Galletta will] come to practice, we could’ve lost the last game by 30, and he’s in there with the same energy he [would have] if we won a game,” said Nunez. “He never gave up on us and it’s showing now.” Since losing their former players, the team is 6-4 in Greater Northeast Athletic Conference play, stepping into fifth place. Although their record shows recent success, it isn’t a cohesive effort. Outside of the consistent starting five roster, no bench player sees more than ten minutes a game on the court, according to the team statistics on LaserPride.lasell.edu. With students leaving the athletic pro-

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The Career Development Center (CDC) re-opened their doors on the second floor of Edwards to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The re-opening promoted the benefits of the new CDC. Attendees could have free LinkedIn headshots taken and a chance to book a meeting with a career counselor all while enjoying the refreshments. A free raffle also took place for a chance to win a professional portfolio for interviews. The event was to encourage students to use the center as a resource to find jobs or internships. Prior to this remodeling, CDC staff offices were scattered. Assistant Director Jessi Orlando said, “We’ve always been here, what’s exciting is that all three of us are now in the same hallway.” “The new space highlights who we are,” said Director of Career Services Donnell Turner. Students can meet with Turner, Orlando or Career Advisor Karen Bailey to practice mock interviews, assist with cover letters or develop job search skills. The three of them work together in hopes to make the transition from Lasell to the workforce smooth and successful. The offerings of this new space extend past aesthetics, however. Besides one on one meetings, the room can also provide a quiet space for Skype and phone interviews. Since the majority of students living on campus reside with roommates, a guaranteed noise-capped space can help ease interview stress. Senior Victoria Spellman agrees, saying, “The space will be beneficial to me for practicing interviews. Being a senior is stressful enough, so to have a space to help for the real world is like a weight being lifted off of my shoulders.” Orlando hopes to make the space more active. “We want to have workshops, programming and drop-in hours. Whatever it may be, the space is for the students… We’re hoping to be more visible and prominent,” she said. Students like senior Jared Sgroi plan to use the renovated space to help with post-grad plans. “I think the career center is a great space to get help or get advice,” said Sgroi. “Whether it be part-time work, full-time work, before graduation, or after graduation, overall it’s a great space for people to interact and feel better about going into the real world.” Turner encourages students to go to the CDC to enhance their experience at Lasell. “Why not take advantage of something that you’re already paying for that will help you to be more prepared to transition into the world of work?”

New England Free Jacks move onto campus

Lasell Votes drives success with registration campaign

Halsey’s junior album breaks down barriers

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More thoughtful move-in needed

EMILY LONG & MADISON RAFFONE digital editor & copy editor

or friend has to make accommodations. According to the Office of Institutional Research, of Lasell’s 1,639 undergraduate students, 583 are from out-of-state and 78 are international students. These long travel times require flexibility when moving back to campus. The day before was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that a majority of people have off from work. If move-in day was on that Monday, it would have made the day easier. If students opted to move in early, they had to pay a $50 fee per night, a standard fee with most colleges, according to Woodrow Freese.

The process of changing or extending the move-in day for the spring semester is not as easy as it seems. Students should keep in mind that Valentine Dining Hall only has enough resources to prepare for the students they know will be there during winter break and the $50 fee would help cover the cost of meals for that student.

EMILY LONG digital editor

When an editor gets to write the editors column, it means that it’s our turn to step up on our soapbox.

As someone who frequents the opinion section, I have many soapboxes of varying height. From letting administration get their word in with the student body to voicing my concerns about what’s happening at Lasell, my time on The Chronicle has been marked by letting the thoughts that I deem important, coming from myself or the voice of others, be heard.

As young people, we are told every day that our voice matters; that by speaking out about injustice, inequality and things that matter to us, we can change the world. While that’s true, the most important thing we can do to get our message across is to listen. As a communication major with a concentration in PR, I’m taught how to speak and communicate my message to the world. However, as I edge further into the professional world, the less important it is for me to do those things. When I’m in a meeting with a PR client, it’s not about me, it’s about their vision. When I communicate with my boss, it’s not my time to shine, it’s my time to listen and ask critical questions of what they expect from me. Too often, and I’m guilty of this too, we’re in the middle of a conversation and the other person says “Wait, what?” because they were looking at their phone not fully invested in the conversation. It’s incredibly frustrating when I am talking about something that I am passionate about, only to have someone not listen. When we take the time to actually look someone in the eye and hear what they have to say, we show them we value what they’re saying. It’s the easiest way to show someone we care. When we listen, we gain a certain level of trust from a person who will then be more receptive to our point of view. If you want to maximise the potential for our voices to be heard and valued,we need to listen to others first. So put your phone down, stop trying to answer that email and simply, shut up and listen.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 21, students moved back into their dorms from winter break. Enrollment Confirmation, a process to ensure students are back and settled on campus, was held in the STC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although many students were excited to return and see their friends, getting back to campus wasn’t as sim-

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ple as some thought. Between coordinating transportation, schedule conflicts and getting to campus in time for enrollment confirmation, move-in day needs to be reworked. Tuesday is an inconvenient day of the week for students that are not bringing their own car back to campus. This means a parent

The cost of convenience KATIE PETERS arts editor

Laundry is an unavoidable part of living away from home. Though it may be a small hassle and cost some money, it still has to get done at some point. The original way of paying for laundry was via the swipe of a laundry card. Now with the new laundry system, it may just make it easier for some students to get their laundry done by eliminating the plastic cards and enabling students to pay through an app. This change comes after a Student Government Association (SGA) survey that was sent out last fall. Originally, SGA voted not to make any changes to the system but was informed this past fall that the change would be happening anyway. CSC ServiceWorks, Lasell’s laundry vendor, updated all of their equipment, making laundry cards obsolete. Students must now pay for their laundry through the CSCPay Mobile app with an added 25 cent fee per load. Many students would occasionally misplace their cards, which cost $5 to replace.

By using an app to pay for laundry, students won’t have to worry about losing a physical card. Since everything is done through a mobile device, students don’t have to leave their dorm building to refill their laundry cards. This makes it much easier to pay for laundry. The machines that could refill laundry cards also broke down at multiple points over the past few semesters. At some points, some machines were only taking cash, but only in ones and fives. According to the SGA survey, 52 percent of those who responded did not want the price of laundry to go up. With the price of higher education increasing yearly, some students may not be able to afford to do laundry as often as they would like. Though this new system does come with a small price bump, the benefits outweigh the downsides. It is much more convenient for many students because of the ease of access and use.

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Is America’s Pastime in America’s future?

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Back in January, Major League Baseball (MLB) sent the Houston Astros their punishments for their role in 2017’s sign-stealing scandal, which led to their 2017 World Series win. The controversy came forth after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers sat down with Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich from “The Athletic” sports magazine and spilled the beans. The MLB’s report detailed how the Astros used a television monitor to watch the catcher’s pitch sign. Once the signs had been decoded, a player would bang on a trash can to let the batter know what the next pitch would be. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to place the blame on the Astros executives and manager. According to the report, it was really the players and bench coach Alex Cora who were the masterminds and operators of the scandal. How did the team get away with a cheating scheme that was so obnoxious? Keep in mind, this happened in 2017 and Fiers’ interview wasn’t until after the end of the 2019 season. That’s two more seasons the Astros weren’t being looked at as a team that committed a serious crime.

Lasell’s move-in date and procedures don’t work for our community. For returning students who live farther from Lasell, coming back to school takes an entire day. The condensed enrollment confirmation period makes it difficult for students who have to travel far distances or work around a parent’s schedule. For some students, a $50 a night fee is too much. Lasell needs to change its move-in day policies to better accommodate the needs of their students.

One example of their thievery was with former pitcher Mike Bolsinger. The starter-turned-reliever is suing the Astros for essentially ending his MLB career after being demoted following a rocky appearance against the Astros. In the past few years, there have been new occurrences in the sport and fans have begun to question, “is baseball worth it anymore?” With rule changes like adding a replay review, the game has slowed down significantly and in turn, bored any casual fan who doesn’t want to sit and watch a four-hour baseball game. This incident with the Astros is becoming a breaking point. However harsh the punishments were, a team as strongly built as the Astros won’t suffer as much as they should. Baseball is getting ruined one move at a time. It’s not only the executives of the league, but it’s also the players and the managers who are endorsing the eventual death of America’s Pastime. It’s still too early to see what the long term effects will be on this issue, but this is just the beginning.

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News Briefs New tech reaches campus New this semester outside of Campus Police, the Amazon Locker is giving students and employees the chance to pick up packages ordered from Amazon 24/7. This locker will hold packages for three days and can be accessed with a unique six-number pin. During checkout, Amazon shoppers can choose to have their package delivered to an Amazon Pickup Location. This particular locker’s name is “Amazon Hub Locker - Venue” and is located at 80 Maple St. This locker is not maintained by the mailroom on campus, but remotely by Amazon. Students can report any issues they may come across to Amazon directly by calling (877) 346-6244. Who are “Some Girl(s)” ? On Feb. 11, Lasell University Drama Club’s (LUDC) cast of the spring play “Some Girl(s),” written by Neil Labute, was announced. The cast of “Some Girl(s)” is Brian Allen as Guy, Laura Gunning as Sam, Kyla Dodge-Goshea as Tyler, Emily Kulick as Lindsay, Angela Hayes as Bobbi, and Cassidy Phillips as Reggie. The play will run from March 26-28 and will be in the Yamawaki Auditorium. The play will open for faculty and students with general admission being $5. Laundry goes digital Lasell coveted the new year by introducing the new Digital Laundry Room Services, installed by Lasell’s laundry vendor, CSC ServiceWorks. In a campus-wide email, Residential Life informed students this new digital service would allow them to use their electronic devices to activate their laundry instead of their laundry cards. With the price now increasing to $2, this new advancement comes with an app called “CSC Pay Mobile” where students create an account, pay for and be notified on the status of their laundry. If students come across any troubles with the laundry machines they can report it through the “CSCPay Mobile” app, email the company directly at customerservice@cscserviceworks.com or by calling the number 877-264-6622. Black History comes through On Feb. 5, Come Thru for the Culture: A Black History Month Celebration took place in the IC3. The event was inspired by February being Black History Month, which recognizes the accomplishments and history of African Americans. As a tribute to recognizing those accomplishments, a whiteboard was decorated with photos of people such as Frederick Douglas, Barack Obama and others. At the event, there was Carribean and African-inspired food and music. All of the food trays were labeled so people knew what dishes they were trying. In addition, they had different types of foreign soda to complement the meal. The IC3 was filled with students, professors and faculty all engaged in friendly conversation. Swipe it forward for community On Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., students were given the opportunity to donate a meal swipe to other students who need it. The event was put on by Lasell University dining services. Students were able to contribute a meal swipe by stopping the table in front of Valentine’s Dining Hall where they would provide their student ID number and sign their name next to it. To commemorate their contribution, those who donated were able to write their names on a paper hand that would be stuck onto the wall in Valentine in front of the radio studio. By the end of the day, the wall was covered with over 150 colorful paper hands and showed how the Lasell community had many individuals that were willing to give. Katie Peters, Holly Feola, Ruth Kehinde

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New England Free Jacks move onto campus

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A professional rugby team, the New England Free Jacks, moved on campus to Saunders House over winter break to utilize the close proximity of their headquarters in Auburndale. The move occurred because the team was in need of housing for a majority of their players. “We are considered an exhibition team for year three of Major League Rugby,” said Anthony Purpura, a “prop who can play both sides of the scrum” according to the Free Jacks website, and one of the team’s community performance coaches. The team played their first game of their young history on February 9, beating Rugby United New York 34-14. The Lasell community may notice the players around campus. “We might look scary but we’re all really nice and respectful gentlemen,” said Purpura. “Feel free to [talk to] us. Hopefully… we can host a bunch of the student body down to our match. I think they’d really enjoy it.” The partnership is meant to be mutually beneficial for both sides and it happened by chance. Dean of the School of Health Sciences Cristina Haverty ran into the Free Jacks Head Athletic Trainer Katherine Henry last August while Henry was visiting campus. “After that encounter, she reached out and explained that she was the new medical director for the Free Jacks and they had opened their headquarters here in Auburndale,” said Dean Haverty. “It prompted a conversation about looking at a potential partnership.” Dean Haverty inquired into having Free Jacks admit a few interns to learn skills in the field as part of their trade with the school. “There are sports communication majors, sport management majors and a psychology major that are doing internships in various aspects of the organization there this semester,” said Dean Haverty. Junior Adam Hallenbeck is one of the few chosen for this internship opportunity. “I like it because it’s a professional environ-

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Media intern Nick DeSimone serves among four interns for the New England Free Jacks, the new expansion professional rugby club based in Auburndale.

ment and that’s something that students at a small school, like Lasell, don’t really have access to all that much,” said Hallenbeck. “Having this chance and this partnership really gives us, and me specifically, an opportunity to kind of break that barrier.” He explained that he, along with his co-intern junior Nick DeSimone, are helping the team to build their brand. “They’re really trying to build their team culture early on,” said Hallenback.

At the end of the semester, representatives from the team and the school will meet to discuss the highs and lows from the beginning of their partnership and think about the possibility of continuing into next fall. “Our preliminary assessment is that this internship exchange… has been really positive,” said Dean Haverty. “But I just have to stay on top of it and see how the semester goes.”

Students celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year KATIE PETERS & MADISON RAFFONE arts editor

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Students and faculty celebrated the Chinese New Year in Valentine Dining Hall on Friday, January 24 with traditional Chinese cuisine, dumpling making demonstrations and other celebratory activities. This event came one day before the actual Chinese New Year on Jan. 25. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2020 is the year of the rat. When swiping your torch card, there was a glass bowl of red envelopes filled with a decorative card and a fortune, a theme of red and gold was sprinkled around the dining hall. Chinese lanterns with trivia questions attached hung from the ceiling above where traditional Chinese dishes were served. Recipes inspired by influential Chinese chefs included boneless spare ribs, Chinese pork roast and Asian beef and broccoli stir fry. There was an array of food options, including vegan seitan steak, pepper pecans and teriyaki mushrooms. Flyers advertising the event were posted around Arnow Campus Center and Valentine Dining Hall. Guests were also invited to make dumplings with the instruction of senior Betty Song. She demonstrated how to carefully construct the dough pouches to be filled with either meat or vegetables. Dumplings made by guests were cooked to be enjoyed by those who made them. Those who didn’t get the chance to make their own dumplings still had the opportunity to try some. Steamed dumplings were made and served during the lunch buffet with options of vegan and meat. “It made me really happy to see an activity where students and professors can explore other cultures different from what they’re used to when eating at the dining hall,” said first-year Joshua Varghese after attending the event and enjoying the vegan food options.

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Students fill their plates with Chinese cuisine inspired by various influential Chinese chefs in Valentine Dining Hall during the Chinese New Year Celebration.


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Lasell Votes drives success with registration campaign ADAM HALLENBECK sports editor

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Anna Sarneso serving at one of many registration drives to spread voter awareness around campus, hosted by Lasell Votes.

When are the primary elections? How do I register to vote? What is an absentee ballot? All of these questions and more are founding pillars to the new campus initiative, Lasell Votes.

Lasell Votes is a nonpartisan initiative working to increase voter engagement, awareness and education both on and off-campus. The goal of this initiative is to help students identify their political voice as a part of who they are and be able to do so

in a safe environment. “We really want to support students to start developing their engagement in the electoral process as a part of their identity,” said Associate Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning Byrd Hughes, who co-founded the campaign. “We want to support the development of that here while it’s somewhat of a safe environment to help them figure out where they fit in the political process.” To establish this, Library Director and Co-Founder of Lasell Votes Anna Sarneso and Hughes requested the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) data from Tuft University, which offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates, according to their website. Lasell’s political engagement was below average compared to other institutions according to the results. Currently, 47 percent of the Lasell student body is registered to vote, but this statistic includes the consistent voting group of Lasell Village. “The best age group for voter turnout is always 65+ and [Lasell] is no different from that, so they really boost our statistics,” said Sarneso. “Even though we’re at 47 percent, our traditional college-age

students vote at a 41 percent rate.” “We weren’t like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s a drastic problem here,’ but once we started talking about it we said there is definitely a need to boost up, not only our voting rates but also our registration rates,” said Sarneso. Since discovering Lasell’s data, the two have worked diligently to expand their project and increase awareness by hosting registration drives and classroom visits to begin the conversation. Their social media campaign, led by first-year Class of 2023 President Michael Woo, has gained traction by helping students understand more of the internal and external resources available to them. “I’ve been an avid supporter of voting… I saw what good it has done for our community to get out and vote,” he said. Woo has experience with political campaigning, as he assisted the municipal mayoral campaign for Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove, his hometown representative. With the passing of the deadline to register, their next move is to increase student involvement for their initiative. Lasell Votes is encouraging students to reach out and start creating their own initiatives, such as debate watch parties and other programs.

The School of Health Sciences spearheaded by women

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As of September 2019, The School of Health Sciences is been directed by a group of leaders including Dean of the School of Health Sciences Cristina Haverty, Program Chair of Exercise Science and Fitness Management Dr. Marisa Hastie, Program Chair of Science Dr. Monica Hall-Porter, Program Chair of Forensic Science Professor Leanna Farnam, and Program Chair of Math and Information Technology Deirdre Donovan. According to Dean Haverty, this was an unplanned result of the structural changes to Lasell’s five schools in late 2017. Due to the qualifications of the applicants for program chair positions, the majority of the spots were filled by women.

With the arrival of Farnam last September as the program chair of forensic science, the School of Health Sciences was officially headed by a full female staff. “This is probably one of the first jobs where I haven’t felt like I need to prove myself because I’m a woman,” said Farnam. Enforcing women as role models, especially in scientific fields, enriches our culture. Additionally, Dean Haverty points out the open-minded, collaborative environment of Lasell. “Yes, we have strong women leaders in this area. But it’s not to diminish the exceptional male leaders that we’ve had in the area as well.” As a diverse university, many of the chairs agree with Dean Haverty,

Financial literacy course to LU

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the inclusive environment of their departments will “inspire change in the workforce.” STEM fields are heavily male-dominated industries, but the School of Health Sciences is looking to provide the foundation for an expanding group of future professionals. According to Dean Haverty, many of the health sciences programs are heavily female, but the industries are dominated by men. Her reasoning for this is the potential difficulty in finding a work-life balance. “I’m a working mom and I have three children. I watch five basketball games a weekend, I go to clarinet recitals, art shows, rugby games, concert choruses,” said Dean Haverty. “It’s a hard bal-

ance if you don’t have an environment at home that allows you that flexibility. And that’s really where the challenges lie… I think for some individuals, they can’t find that balance or it’s not worth the effort.” Hall-Porter adds, “the School of Health Sciences [has] a common goal within our faculty group: to provide optimal educational experiences to students.” As a collaborative group of faculty, they work to achieve this goal for all students. “I am always trying to advocate for young women who are questioning whether they can do it all. They can totally do it all,” says Dean Haverty.

Clancy: Jack of all trades TAYLOR VILES

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Dr. Neil Hatem teaching during the first session of IDS217X: Intermediate Financial Literacy on Jan. 23 in the STC.

Students learn a lot of valuable skills during their time at school to help them navigate their professional careers. But how many classes are offered to help students navigate adult life? For the past 10 years, Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Neil Hatem has taken one day to teach financial literacy in each of his classes. Now, Hatem is working to make Intermediate Financial Literacy a required one-credit course for every undergraduate student. After realizing one day wasn’t sufficient to teach comprehensive financial literacy, Hatem took steps to create his own semester-long course to better educate students. “It started with me giving workshops to my own class,” he says. “Then I started going to some of my friends and colleagues here to their classes... [students] kept saying, ‘can you do that again?’ So I know that kids want this information.” This semester, he is running an experimental session of IDS217X: Intermediate Financial Literacy with a class of 33 students. He hopes they walk away from the class feeling more confident about handling their personal finances and knowing how to network when needed. The class features many guest speakers such as alumni, a financial advisor and President Michael Alexander

to speak about their own financial paths. Senior Koinonia Howard decided to take this class to prepare herself as she steps into the real world. Through this class, she hopes to learn “what to expect, how to maneuver in different financial situations and just the different language,” she says. “You really need to learn how to budget … and be strategic about how you move.” Koinonia, along with classmate senior Haley Cannon, advocated for the importance of this class as a new option for students. “I think it’s just a really good [and] real experience instead of looking down at a textbook all class,” says Cannon. “It’s very real and it’s going to get you prepared.” President Alexander was invited to speak to Hatem’s class. Alexander spoke about his financial struggles and how he navigated life in California as a young adult. He agrees with Hatem in saying this course would benefit many students and hopes to see the course grow in the future. “I wish we can make it mandatory somehow, and that’s my goal. But believe it or not, as President, I don’t get to decide that,” he says. “I’d like to see this grow into something that more students would be exposed to. I don’t think [the coursework is] a big burden, but it helps you the rest of your life.”

When senior Allie Clancy enrolled in a high school media course, she had no idea it would change her life and decide her future. It was cheerleading that persuaded her to look into the course, “Media Remix.” “I thought that meant remixing songs,” said Clancy. The class ended up being a video-centric course and Clancy’s romance with the media industry began. “I loved writing a story,” she said. “If I hadn’t taken that class with that teacher, I don’t think I would’ve found video.” For college, she stayed close to her home in the North Shore, deciding on Lasell and majoring in Entertainment Media. Clancy immediately got involved on campus, joining Lasell Community Television during her first semester. At the beginning of her sophomore year, Professor Meryl Perlson emailed Clancy about “NESN Next Producer,” a program for college students wanting to go into the media industry. The goal was to make a short video about the upcoming Red Sox season. Clancy pounced on the opportunity, spending the year working on her submission. “I had a lot of ideas at first and I narrowed it down to one,” she said. “I thought...the project that she made showed a depth of storytelling,” said Perlson. “She...pulled it together in a way that not all sophomores can do at that point.” Clancy has shown she is not afraid to part with her work even if she’s spent days on it like she did when she realized she hated her creation for NESN just hours before it was due. She has a somewhat gruesome saying paired with her ideology. “Sometimes you have to kill your babies,” said Perlson quoting Clancy. Her hard work paid off. During a Red Sox game in spring 2018, Clancy was surprised with the news, she was the winner. “I just

got tunnel vision… I was elated, it was the best feeling I’ve ever had.” She not only won a large cash prize but was also guaranteed a summer internship with NESN. “It was a really unique internship because I was a production assistant to the creative producer Justine [Pouravelis].” One of her main jobs was assisting a golf show with Bruins Color Commentator Andy Brickley. She helped with “pre-production research of guests on the show.” During summer 2019, Clancy found a job posting on LinkedIn from TD Garden. She applied and received the good news on her birthday. “I am an intern in the control room,” said Clancy. “Typically... I’ll shoot fan shots for the jumbotron … pregame I’ll shoot hallway shots for Celtics and Bruins games…” Clancy says the biggest thing she’s learned while working at TD Garden is to “have a thick skin and be attentive,” she said. “Sometimes it’s just about figuring it out on your own.” This is something Clancy is no stranger to. “I remember… when we went to go see her editing the first cut of her video, she was just using the ‘help’ drop-down menu to teach herself how to do everything,” said NESN’s Pouravelis. Clancy’s inexperience only led to a greater appreciation of her accomplishments. “That’s her personality, she’s going to figure it out herself,” said Pouravelis. “She has some raw talent that started to reveal itself throughout the show.” Clancy’s mentor and professor, Perlson, is hoping to see her decide on exactly what she wants to do. “I think her biggest challenge right now is having to narrow the opportunities and the focus a little bit,” said Perlson. “She’s interested in so much and it’s a huge industry.” Contrary to Perlson, Clancy aims to be a jack of all trades, saying, “I want to be a swiss army knife.”


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Little Big Diner: Low price big taste

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Kara-aged Fried Chicken, with a bowl of vegan style miso ramen across the table, served at Newton Centre’s own Little Big Diner.

Right in Newton Centre, Little Big Diner is a modern restaurant that offers a variety of homestyle cooked food. Though this restaurant may seem cramped from the outside, the interior offers a modern and exciting atmosphere. Servers seem perfectly choreographed in taking care of their guests in a timely fashion through the skinny isles between tables. The L-shaped restaurant offers a more intimate setting, and whether or not it is crowded, with the low playing music you can easily hold a conversation with whoever you came with or sit

comfortably in silence as you enjoy your meal. Two counters provide seating for guests as well as tables and chairs lined up against a booth spanning the length of the brick wall. The food served focuses on Asian-style noodle and rice bowls. For anyone who may be more of a picky eater and is a little worried about the items on the menu, the Kara-aged Fried Chicken is a safe and tasty choice. The bowl comes with fried chicken, spicy mayo, Negi salad, which is essentially longer and thicker onions, and togarashi, a spice powdered over the chicken. While we got the chicken

without the spicy mayo, it was still a bit of a spicy dish. However, if you’re someone who enjoys spice, we would recommend getting the mayo with it. Their menu provides options for people who do not eat meat or seafood. They have two ramen bowls that can be specifically made vegetarian upon request. We were able to try the spicy, vegetarian version of the “Miso Ramen...Spicy or Not” ($16). This dish contains chashu pork, ajitama egg, bean sprouts, sweet corn, Mayu, scallions, and nori. The vegetarian version of this dish substitutes the chashu pork for grilled tofu and the salt-based broth for a miso-based one. The other ingredients remain the same, however, Little Big Diner welcomes customization to their ramen with the possibility of 18 different add-ons known as “Ramen and Rice Bowl Extras.” We stuck with the original form of the ramen which included vegetarian ingredients and we were not disappointed. The steaming spiced dish wasn’t overbearing and everything blended together effortlessly. The nori was crisp, the ajitama egg was soft-boiled and the thin noodles were easy to slurp. Little Big Diner also has a selection of rice bowls, available with or without meat. The base of these dishes consists of brown rice, carrots, pressed cucumbers, and fresh herbs. From Lasell to Little Big Diner, the journey isn’t too troubling. Students can get there in a short 11-minute drive or 30-minute Green Line ride. The pricing of dishes at Little Big Diner is not too steep for the average university student to afford. The ramen can range from $15.50 to $18.50 at their base price depending on how intense you go. The small dishes can range from $9 to $11 and the rice bowls can range from $13 to $15. The actual wait for the restaurant can be a bit longer depending on what time and day of the week you go. Weekends around lunchtime is the prime time to go to Little Big Diner, meaning the wait could range between 15-45 minutes. You do have the chance to explore the Newton Centre area to kill some time, but if you’re looking for a quick meal on a time crunch you might have to come back on a different day. If you do have the time, Little Big Diner is definitely a small gem worth checking out.

Little Reviews of 2019’s End Game

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Two movies that came out this year, “Little Women” and “Avengers: Endgame,” left audience members in awe and left lasting impressions.

How can one truly tell what the best movie is? According to Statista, 786 movies were released in North America (the United States and Canada, specifically) last year. If every movie lasted exactly two hours, which they do not, then you would need to watch 1,572 hours of content spanning throughout multiple different styles and genres. That seems like a lot. With hits like “Joker,” “Rocket Man” and the newly remade CGI “Lion King,” 2019 made it clear there was no true standout movie. This piece reviews two different successes from 2019: Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” and “Little Women.” Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” was highly anticipated ever since its original announcement in 2014 as an expansion of the first Avengers movie. The MCU marvel cinematic universe, built through box office breakouts like “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “Thor,” and more, concluded its third phase with co-directors, Anthony and Joe Russo. The climax of the series broke records.

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“Endgame” surpassed James Cameron’s “Avatar,” breaking numerous box office records in various markets. Worldwide, it set the record for the highest-grossing film of all time, the highest opening weekend gross and the fastest cumulative gross of $2.5 billion. What makes the Marvel series so successful isn’t the big-name actors or the action-packed scenes in the movie, but the way they have been able to weave in the most layers and subplots of any movie series. While the six main characters (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye) carried the storyline of the Avengers trilogy, every character within the universe made an appearance at some point. With such a wide audience and demographic, Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” will be difficult to beat in the box office charts for years to come. “Little Women” This Louisa May Alcott literary classic gets a refresher with a stunning cast including, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence

Pugh, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. Fans of the book raved as the release of the film was set on Christmas Day. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, this rendition of “Little Women” is the latest of many adaptations. Even though it is a classic tale, this box office success was able to stand on its own as an independent and inventive piece of literary and contemporary popular culture. Gerwig has successfully fashioned a story that feels entirely true to its nineteenth-century origin and at the same time, undeniably modern. The lively cast are the ones to thank for bringing this story to life once more. The women of this film are effervescent, young, and talented actresses who took their characters and shaped them into women we all aim to be. With the new decade just beginning and big-name movies already in place to premiere, it seems there will be no shortage of good movie content in the years to come.

Fashion Focus: Meet Cora Lynn ABI BROWN 1851 staff

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Among Lasell’s notable characters is the student designer and model Cora Lynn. She loves going against the grain and having personal growth within the art of fashion.

To talk about what makes a community great, you need to understand who makes it up and influences it from within. It takes a few underlying creative geniuses to inspire the rest of us, and that is what this new editorial section will aim toward uncovering. Who makes Lasell’s energy unique? Which students remain lowkey but stand out; and what makes them stand out? Sophomore Cora Lynn did not know she would end up as a fashion design and production major. Her unique passion for the industry started with the dream of becoming a costume designer or a personal stylist. Lynn decided fashion design was the right fit because of her personal style and need to create something beautiful. Lynn is in the Styling and Photography Club on campus and she’s doing a shoot with them later this semester. When she’s not shooting, she walks the runway. She has modeled in the Lasell Senior Spring Show in 2019 and is modeling in this year’s Senior Show on May 2. The designer, model and writer inspires students around campus with her style which is “very passionate, expressive, beautiful to me, free, and just myself,” she says. “I’ve heard a lot of different people describe my style in different ways.” Sometimes she agrees with their descriptions and sometimes she doesn’t. She most often will get that it is “eccentric.” One may wonder what it is like to be a student of fashion design here since the university is very small, having a total of 1,629 undergraduate students. For Lynn, she feels like she benefits from having a small community because, “it’s big enough where there’s a lot of different perspectives, and it feels good to be around similar people, interested in fashion,” she said. Despite having plenty of inspiration surrounding her, there are still challenges, like finding the dedication and time to perfect her craft. Amid this struggle, she finds comfort in the small size of Lasell’s community. This sort of comfort can be very beneficial to someone who faces a lot of stress pertaining to work. Even if you are one of the faces in the sewing room every day like Lynn, deadlines are still a challenge. She often finds herself pushing it out in the last 48 hours. Lynn’s plans for the future are bright. At the moment, being only a sophomore, her plans include “internships at a few different types of places then [to] decide from there,” she says. Ideally, she wants to be a designer for her own brand, “I have to make a more solid plan but we’ll get to that, probably within the last 48 hours of graduating,” Lynn’s message to everyone is to “practice and do more of what you want to do.” Hard work and dedication will get you where you’re trying to go.


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Class of 2023 roars us back to the 1920s CASEY DIBARI AND ROSA DEL CARMEN GOMEZ opinion editor

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at the event, though they were not required. The event offered snacks and mocktails, more specifically, sparkling Rosé, sparkling apple juice and Shirley Temples. Character profiles presenting who the attendees could play as for the murder mystery were laid out for everyone to grab. Those there were encouraged to get into character once they chose a sheet. There would then be time for everyone to mingle and establish their characters before the mystery of the night began. The guests were given time to mingle around the party and learn about all the characters in the room. After about thirty minutes had passed, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Felix, one of the characters in the mystery, was found dead on the floor.

“Everyone got a character and everyone had an interaction between the character on the sheet and we had to figure out who murdered Felix and it was really fun,” said first-year Sean Spina. “I played an actress. I haven’t done one of these in a while so it was really cool,” said first-year Hannah Ward. First-year Brett Carey, who played both murder victim, Felix and Detective Cecil, enjoyed the event, saying, “I thought it was a fun event just to go to.” Class of 2023 President Michael Woo, who played murderer Edgar Fitzgerald in the mystery, said that it “was a lot of fun faking it. Going around, pretending to be someone I wasn’t... It was fun planning it too because we already knew the back end of it, we knew we wanted it to be a murder mystery.”

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Students participate in the murder-mystery during the Mocktail Speakeasy event on the top floor of the Arnow Campus Center.

On Jan. 29, the Class of 2023 Committee hosted a 1920s-style Mocktail and Murder Mystery night for their Class Giving Challenge, an annual fundraiser for their class gift. The event was held on the second floor of the Arnow Campus center from 8-10 p.m. and was led by Secretary Samantha Vega-Torres.

“We came up with this idea because it was 2020, 100 years since the 1920s,” Vega-Torres said, adding that the proceeds for the Class Giving Challenge go to the senior gifts for graduation. “It’s a cumulative thing that raises money across all four years.” To attend, students paid $2 at the door. They advertised the ability to wear costumes

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Above: (L-R) The Class of 2023’s student board who hosted the event for the night: Samantha Vega-Torres, Michael Woo, Hannah Booth, Mahima Patel. The four first-year students organized this event to raise money for their Class Giving Challenge. Left: Tortilla chips, dip, and various mocktails that were up for grabs at the speakeasy. The food and drinks helped set the tone of the event.

Halsey’s junior album breaks down barriers

KATIE PETERS arts editor

Halsey is back with her fluid music style and powerful voice on her third full-length album, ‘Manic,’ which was released on January 17. The 16-track record features verses from a variety of artists such as Dominic Fike, Alanis Morissette, SUGA, and BTS. The singer has a way of making the listener think they know where the beat is carrying a song and then she pulls something new out of nowhere to create a new sound. Her music sounds familiar and new at the same time, something that appeals to many new listeners. This Grammy award-winning artist experiments with new sounds throughout ‘Manic.’ In the songs “You should be sad” and “Finally // beautiful stranger,” the singer-songwriter explores a more pop-country instrumental track than what is typical for her. The acoustic guitar with Halsey’s (for the most part) mellow vocals give listeners something new from the alternative pop-rock meets hip-hop music usually is produced by this artist. The first song on the album, “Ashley,” ends with audio from the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” with the main character, Clemintine, saying, “I’m just a f*cked up girl looking for my own peace of mind. Don’t assign me yours.” This audio clip captures one theme that appears

throughout Halsey’s entire discography, trying to find your way through love and loss while still remaining independent. This song leads directly into “clementine,” which was released as a single in late September. Halsey uses another audio clip from the movie “Jennifer’s Body” in the song “killing boys.” Her youthful and rebellious spirit shines through in the lyrics and beat of this song while she sings of revenge for a former lover. Surprisingly, the track “Without Me” appeared on the newest album. This song gained popularity when it was first released as a single on Oct. 4, 2018. It is now her second most popular song on Spotify with over 948 million listens since its release. She also included the single “Nightmare,” released in May of 2019. There is no shortage of personal stories woven throughout the album which is typical for her music. The lyrics are raw and emotional, telling small stories of the singer’s life. The song “Still Learning” shows the singer’s struggles with self-esteem and gives insight into the origin of her issues with lyrics like “I go home and I got no self-esteem… It’s passed around my family tree.” Much like “Ashley,” this song has the theme of paranoia that pops up occasionally throughout all of her music

Perhaps the most powerful song off this album is its finale, “929.” The quiet start of Halsey saying she was born at 9:29 a.m. on September 29 brings the listener closer to her. She goes on to sing lyrics about her life since her career took off. It’s the story of the ugly side of fame, singing, “I’m picking my hair out in clumps in the shower, I lost the love of my life to an ivory powder.” The song finishes with her saying, “I was really born at 9:26, it’s on my birth certificate… I’m a f*cking liar” By being so open about her struggles, Hasley easily relates to the struggles of her listeners. She is currently on her Manic World Tour in Europe. She will be coming to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on July 5.

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Grammy-winning artist, Halsey, on the cover of her newest album ‘Manic.’ This is the third full-length studio album from the artist.


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Men’s B-Ball, athletic culture shifts

ADAM HALLEBECK, CLAIRE CRITTENDON & TAYLOR VILES sports editor, features editor

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gram at such a high rate, the future of their population may be at risk. According to Athletic Director Kristy Walter, about 20 percent of the student body plays a varsity sport. On top of that, sports management, health sciences and sports communication students are involved in athletics, representing most of the game day staff. Galletta has noticed changes in athletic interest on campus since he was hired 16 years ago. “When I was first here...the games were really well-attended,” said the Head Coach. “I think there’s a lack of athletic culture here... that’s sad to see at times.” Even Walter acknowledges there’s definitely a change from how attendance used to be and says she and her staff use social media to promote games. “It is true, I do feel like we have had a decline, in which basketball would

be one of our biggest attendees,” said Walter. “It’s not like we are doing anything different... so I’m not sure what I would attribute it to.” “I wish there was more that I could do to help with [game] attendance on campus,” said Galletta. “We’re such a small community and such a small...department that I think games should be really well-attended, but there’s just not that culture...within the student body.” “It’s a tough sell for students. You know, do you want to come to a basketball game and stand for two hours? Do you want to sit on a metal bleacher outside...and freeze or sit on a wall for a lacrosse game?” said Galletta. “I just feel bad for our student-athletes because they’re the ones that are getting hurt by it.” Although Walter has created a diverse and successful athletic program from the ground up, there is still more work needed

to improve it, according to some. “There is not enough marketing for the events,” said junior track captain Ben Biello. “The administration behind the university’s athletic social media accounts are doing a bad job, in my opinion, and don’t promote enough [and only] show love to only one or two sports.” Former men’s volleyball captain Jordan Aprea (‘19) was brought on as an athletic graduate assistant to help with these issues. “[Our game staff] do a lot of social media work, which is a main source of our promotion I would say,” said Aprea. Aprea heads the publicity campaign for athletics and manages the student workers assigned to each game’s social media. Social media isn’t the only avenue athletics uses to raise awareness. Teams like men’s volleyball have begun their own publicity efforts, printing and spreading fliers around

campus to promote themselves. Publicity has been a major issue since the Laser Lunatics club was discontinued. “[The Laser Lunatics] helped create a buzz, they would do some white-out nights...and that was their job to promote it,” said Walter. The Laser Lunatics embodied a school spirit club. Without their support, the spirit has seemingly evaporated with it. Although Masciarelli has lost his spirit for men’s basketball, he feels like he is happier than ever without it. “The relationships I have, the networking I have made, I couldn’t be happier to be exactly where I am right now… but I can’t tell you others agree,” said Masciarelli. “Some people see this school as nothing without their sports...they aren’t preparing for the real world. Without basketball, what are we?” Masciarelli said.

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(Left) The Athletic Center remains hollow at the beginning of the first home game back in front of a populated Lasell campus for the men’s volleyball team. (Right) Students sit and watch from the bleachers within the Legion of Blue, Lasell’s traditional fan section within the gymnasium.

From walk-on to Weyburn Froio takes second at GNAC cup TAYLOR VILES

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Junior Wyatt Sihvonen taking swings in the batting cage at the athletic center to prepare for this upcoming season.

Wyatt Sihvonen walked onto the baseball team as a first-year. The talented infielder looked at Division I programs before opting to go to a school that hadn’t scouted him and wasn’t known for its baseball program. That season, Sihvonen batted .271 in 48 at-bats and added 14 RBI’s, good for second on the team. “It was [about] competing… all season long,” he said of his unanticipated breakout, “I started putting in the work and toward the… end of the season I started playing.” In his sophomore season, he took over full-time shortstop duties and put up similar numbers. It was his leadership ability that impressed newly hired Head Coach Bill Uberti. “From day one, he was a vocal leader,” said Uberti. “He’s also the hardest worker on our team.” These qualities led to Uberti naming him captain this season. @1851chronicle

Uberti also introduced him to another opportunity; one that will take him 2,059 miles North West to the town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan where he will suit up for a 58 game schedule with the Western Canadian Baseball League ( WCBL.) “As far as I know… it’s the league to be in, [in] Canada,” said Sihvonen. “I’ll be up there [from the] last week of May till the first week of August and that’s just the regular season.” Sihvonen will be playing for the Weyburn Beavers, a team that’s made the playoffs in each season since 2010. Coach Uberti learned of the WCBL at the National Baseball Coaches Convention last year. He struck up a conversation with a league representative and then he pitched the option to Sihvonen last Fall. “I know what an opportunity it is to play summer baseball,” said Uberti, “I try to place every single one of my guys who want to play.” For Sihvonen, he’s excited about the experiences in-store. “I’ve never left the country before,” he said. “Being away for almost three whole months is going to be tough to get used to, but I’m ready for it.” “For him to take the initiative to make this opportunity work out for him is incredible,” said his older brother Holt. “It just shows his drive and determination and passion for the sport.” Holt doesn’t believe his brother will have any trouble fitting in in the ‘Great White North.’ “It seems like it’s very similar to our hometown in Lebanon, Connecticut,” he said. This season, Sihvonen is ready to prove himself at Lasell. “We have a really strong team this year… This is going to be a good year for us either win or lose, I don’t care, either way, we’re still gonna have a great season,” said Sihvonen.

Lasell men’s track and field has been having a spectacular season, filled with outstanding performances, specifically the breaking of three school records at Greater Boston Invitational at Harvard University on Jan. 19. The team has broken multiple school records as early as the first track meet held in December at Emmanuel College. Records were set by sophomore Nick Gird in the 60-meter dash and first-year Andrew Froio for shot put. Two of the three school record breakers, Ben Abely and Froio, just completed their first season with the team as first-years. Weeks after setting the school record in the 300-meter, Abely said, “I was very excited and it is very cool to hold the record now. I want to place well in the GNAC Championship and try and maybe get another record in the 200-meter. If not this year, then definitely next year.” Abley finished with a time of 23.37 in the 200m dash, tying the school record and good for third place at the GNAC Championships. Junior Jordan Robertson, who also broke a school record in the 60-meter high hurdles, has been getting mentally and physically prepared for the GNAC championship. “I’ve been practicing with my hurdle coach because he wants to make sure I can hit the times I need to hit so then come meet time I can get the place I’m currently ranked right now or do better than that,” said Robertson. He finished runner up in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.87 at the championships. After being asked if he has high hopes for the future of the track and field program he said, “being that two freshmen did break the school records, I do want the track program to step up a lot more. Hopefully, if the streak continues, the rest of the team will see it and the rest of the team will start breaking records. Come outdoors, I hope we will be competing better than the GNACs because right now it’s kinda tough,

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having only a couple spots that could be in the top three.” The team wrapped up their indoor season at the GNAC championships on February 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Boston University, where the breakout star Froio placed second in the final meet for shot put. “I came in ranked second, so I was definitely hoping to get in second, but once the meet started...I felt pretty comfortable after my third throw,” said Froio. Froio looks to continue his success at the 2020 USATF New England Indoor Track & Field championships at Harvard as the rest of the team prepares for the DIII New England Indoor Championships in Springfield, MA.

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First-year Andrew Froio takes second place in the shot put event at the Greater Northeastern Athletic Conference indoor track championships on Feb. 16.

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