October 2019 • Volume 13, Issue 2
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Once a Laser always a Laser
PHOTOS BY AVERY STANKUS, HOLLY FEOLA & KATIE PETERS
Family, friends and alumni weekend is one of the most highly attended events each year. Over the weekend, many different events and activities are put on for the community to enjoy.
Family, friends, alumni flock to campus for festivities HOLLY FEOLA & KATIE PETERS news editor
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Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend (FFAW) brought together new and familiar faces on campus for a variety of activities from Oct. 18 to 20. Each day had its own agenda of fun events organized by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The weekend is for families to connect with their Lasell students and for alumni to reconnect with their former classmates, current members of the Lasell community and reminisce about memories from their college years. Alum and Assistant Director of Student Activities and Orientation Santina Antoshak (‘14), played a big role in organizing FFAW. When comparing her two statuses Antoshak said, “it’s definitely strange but I have more appreciation for it, I think now that I’m the one who’s helping plan it...it’s cool to be a professional staff member and also an alum.” When alum Colin Froment (‘19) came back to campus, it reminded him of his experiences as a student. “When I was on my way back here, it felt like I was walking to class but I was
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just missing my headphones,” said Froment. As alumni reminisce, current students can look to them for knowledge from their past experiences. First-year Michael Woo had the opportunity to meet with former students. “I met some alumni that were very involved on campus so it was great to speak with them and get their insight, why they are coming back to Lasell and what really impacted their time here,” he said. On Saturday afternoon, everyone had the opportunity to partake in Fall Fest. This event was hosted in Edward’s parking lot where 15 clubs and organizations had their own booths. From cookie decorating to pumpkin painting to airbrush tattoos, there was no shortage of ways to keep busy. Some food options included a kettle corn booth, mac n’ cheese and cupcakes. Program Coordinator for Student Activities and Orientation and International Services Meaghan Lynch was in charge of organizing the weekend. While planning this event, she was tasked with reaching out to clubs, collaborating with different offices
Nick Colletti “what the F is up,” [Lasell?]
and coordinating the setup. When speaking about the participation of clubs Lynch said, “having so many students involved shows how much the community wants to be involved with everything so it was really exciting.” This weekend allows students to bring their parents and families to attend traditions at their second home. Bingo has always been one of the more popular events on campus. Junior Cory Neal attended the sold-out event with her family and friends in hopes of winning a prize. Unlike last year, the family walked away from the night empty-handed, however, they enjoyed other events that day. While at the Honey Pot Hill Orchard, the Neal family indulged at the farmstand where they served warm cinnamon sugar donuts. When asked about their favorite part of the weekend, Neal’s mom, Tina Neal said, “I really enjoyed the apple picking and the scenery because it’s so hilly, looking into the valley was really beautiful.”
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The orchard offered numerous attractions such as hayrides, a hedge maze, wooden ladders and farm animals in addition to the typical fall apple and pumpkin picking. According to junior Jessie Cote who chaperoned the trip, there were 49 people in attendance. For evening entertainment, Office of Student Activities and Orientation and The Hospitality Management Association sponsored the Student Performance Showcase. The event encompassed performances from the Drama Club, Lasell University Pulse Dance Team, Cheerleading Team and Chorus. The Drama club provided a sneak peek of two numbers from their upcoming November show, “Children of Eden.” True competitive energy took hold of Stoller Boathouse at the annual River Day Race. In attendance were families, clubs, faculty, alumni and students. Eleven teams went oar-to-oar with each other for the first trophy since Lasell became a university. The Rowing Stones paddled their way to victory. This year’s winning team included seniors Rosa Del Carmen Gomez and Jimmy Kappatos with their friends and family.
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As the art director, my job is to create the physical newspaper. With the help of five section editors, two digital editors, an illustrator and an editor-in-chief, we put something out every month that covers topics from campus news to members of the Lasell community. Most of my team members are communication majors. But, once we start talking about concentrations, things get a little different. I am a communication major with a concentration in creative advertising. The majority of my counterparts are journalism and media writing concentrations. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in advertising and the design that goes with it. During my first year, I looked for anything on campus where I could use these skills. After my search, I ended up landing on the decision of sticking with The 1851 Chronicle. Here, I get to use all of these skills. Even though most of the other editors are journalism majors, I am not treated as if I’m ignorant of journalism practices. I end up bringing a different point of view to how we come up with ideas. While people are concerned with the content of a story and how well it reads, I am focused on making sure that the story fits in the size of space that I made for it. The reporters go out to help better inform students, faculty and staff, while I am in the office making sure everything is set up to bring different voices to life. The skills I learned throughout my time with the newspaper will end up helping me in the long run. The talent used to come up with headlines for stories is the same talent used to come up with headlines for print advertisements. Even though I am not a journalism major, I’m still learning valuable skills. Keep your mind open to opportunities, you never know what might happen.
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Shoulder to Shoulder: An arm and a leg CASEY DIBARI opinion editor
Recently, the Shoulder to Shoulder program’s price has increased. Before, the program ran by Study Abroad would offer students a chance to take a service trip for a week in a country, such as Vietnam or Ecuador, for varying prices depending on the location. But now, the trips have all have a set price of $1,200. For trips that used to be around $500 for Mexico or $800 for Antigua, according to students in the old program, this increase has made the trips harder for students to afford. Students within the program were informed there was going to be an increase in pricing for Shoulder to Shoulder trips. This was still a surprise for students who claim the trips were different from each other and don’t understand why all prices were made the same. Payment for Shoulder to Shoulder trips are added on to a student’s tuition bill depending on the semester. While a student doesn’t seem to have to pay immediately, it’s still difficult for some to get this money in a short amount of time. Because of this price increase, there have been fewer students involved with the program this year. For example, the 2020 Mexico trip has been cancelled due to the lack of students, according to Director of International Education Stacy Weltzin. We do have to understand despite the costs of these trips, the university does cover the rest of the trip price. According to Weltzin, the service
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trips themselves range from $39,000 to $45,000 per program. This number covers the required 12 students, one leader, and one co-leader. The students are paying somewhere around 32 percent of the cost before the price raise. The increase for students’ payment was a way for Lasell to alleviate some of their own costs for the trip. Despite the different locations, the trips aren’t so
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different, and can be the same price. Frankly, the increase in price isn’t fair to the students and seems to be hurting the program. This is not to say they need to think about the students, however, when they are rediscussing the budget, they could reconsider other ways to alleviate the cost to be beneficial to both parties.
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The proposition of paying college athletes is brought up often in the sports scene. This time, a move has been made in the right direction. California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill permitting Division I college athletes in the state to sign with agents and pursue endorsement deals. This was originally prohibited under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations. According to The New York Times, this new law would come into effect in 2023. The NCAA believes a degree is enough payment for student athletes. They also oppose the California bill because under it, it would be illegal for a player to follow NCAA rules. However, sports icons such as LeBron James have spoken publicly in support of athletes receiving financial compensation while in school. Zion Williamson, a professional basketball player for New Orleans Pelicans, attended Duke University. Duke is known for recruiting the country’s best high school men’s basketball
players year after year. Many of these talented young men such as Williamson, commit to college and the NCAA in hopes of improving their chances at a professional career and have no intention of completing a four-year degree. Jaylen Brown played basketball at the University of California and took a similar route to Williamson. Brown attended for one year before packing his bags and shipping off as soon as his name was called in the NBA draft. Iconic teams such as Duke’s Blue Devils, are a brand within themselves. They market their team to increase their program’s popularity and rake in profits through ticket and jersey sales. This is the core of the issue. Schools like Duke are taking all of the profits. Athletes don’t see a dime of this, even though attention received by the teams are a result of high performance by the players. Therefore, they should be permitted to create their own revenue through their talents.
To impeach or not to impeach?
MADELYN HEDGES 1851 staff
On Sept. 24, it was announced there were efforts in place to look into impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump due to the report of controversial interactions between Trump and Ukraine. Are these allegations enough to impose an impeachment? Hardly. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has yet to call a vote to begin the process. This, to me, is for one reason. There is simply not enough evidence. Although the democrats will have you believe an impeachment would suddenly make another democrat president, impeachment does not guarantee the removal from office. It seems to me, democrats are simply grasping at straws, thinking if they can’t beat Donald Trump in the polls, they will try to impeach him, when in fact no crime has been committed. However, it makes sense why. Donald Trump is one of the most controversial
and disliked presidents to ever hold office. Most democrats believe the majority of Trump’s policies have failed or are unrealistic and have no beneficial outcomes. They see Trump as untruthful and feel it is time for someone else to take his place and have Trump be held accountable. If President Trump is impeached and removed from office, Vice President Mike Pence would take over his position. Many democrats wish to get rid of both Trump and Pence in the hopes that Pelosi will somehow take over. I find this incredibly unrealistic. Considering the Republican Party out numbers the democrats and controls the Senate, I see it as unlikely the president will be impeached and removed from office due to the resistance the process would face. It would take a significant number of Republican senators to vote with the Democrats in order to convict Trump.
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News Briefs Let’s talk diversity On Oct. 15, The Donahue Institute for Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion forum during common hours in de Witt. This forum was an open discussion where students, staff and faculty were able to review how the new status of Lasell influenced diversity on campus. Key takeaways discussed were diversity’s impact on the community, the feelings it gives our community now, if everyone is equally represented on campus, and how diversity can be infused into the classrooms. These topics were divided to be analyzed by attendees in four groups. Each group spoke about those areas, giving individuals an outlet to be heard on this community-based topic. This forum continued Lasell’s goal to recognize areas that need to be enhanced on campus and what steps are needed to do so. Warm welcome to handshake
This year, the university has made the decision to change the student employment site from College Central Network to the program Handshake. According to the description on MyLasell, “the platform will integrate with Starfish and a number of offices across campus to help students and faculty collaborate on career opportunities.” The site is also mobile friendly. Students can find a link under the academics tab on MyLasell.
Fallen tree results in dangerous and extreme campus conditions
PHOTOS BY AVERY STANKUS & KATIE PETERS
Residents of Holt Hall were evacuated early on Thursday, Oct. 19, after power lines intertwined with a fallen tree right outside of the building as a result of high-speed winds and heavy rain. The storm disconnected power to Holt around 2 a.m., including power to fire, smoke and CO2 detectors. It partially disconnected power to Butterworth Hall. Residential Life, Eversource, Facilities Management and Campus Police worked to solve this issue, informing students who lived in those buildings via email they could return to their rooms at 8:35 p.m. that night.
Spectacular Studio 1851 set for Spectar classroom
CASEY DIBARI & MADISON RAFFONE opinion editor & 1851 staff
Sources on the go On Oct. 16, students received an email from Library Director Anna Sarneso that there would be a change to how students access library resources from off campus. Previously, students had to put in the 14-digit code found on the back of their IDs to access these resources. But now, due to the difficulties Sarneso said students were having, they changed the system to simply requiring students’ MyLasell credentials. The change was enacted Monday, Oct. 21. Shea steps up Bobby Shea has been named Lasell University’s new Police Chief. This promotion took place after the departure of former Chief of Police, Robert Winsor. Shea has been with the Lasell Police for four years, previously serving as Detective Sergeant and most recently, Deputy Chief. Correction: The byline for the “Women’s soccer locked in for nine” story was incorrect for the printed Sept/Oct 2019 issue. The byline should have read “Adam Hallenbeck & Kaie Quigley.” Emily Long, Casey DiBari, Ruth Kehinde
Sarah Gardella helps a student interested in a Lasell University sweatshirt.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, Studio 1851 held their first pop-up shop of the year since the university transition, in the Glow Lounge at 12:30 p.m. The shop presented their new designs as well as their older ones. One of the new products was their VINTAGE LASELL Collection, designed by junior Matthew Searth, a fashion merchandising major. The shirts displayed prints of old photographs, retrieved from the university’s archives. One shirt design is black with a polaroid picture of the old Lasell rowing team, with the words “Vintage Lasell” and “Community” printed on it. The second shirt is white with a picture of an old Lasell class on a firetruck with “Vintage Lasell” also printed on it. The idea behind this came from Searth and other students after meeting with the Brennan Library Archives and looking through the different yearbooks and artifacts they had. According to Searth, “what stuck out to us was the yearbook photos because it just showed a sense of community and everyone was kind of together.” FASH409X: Studio 1851 Pop-Up is a course run by Assistant Professor of Fashion Kristin Kinsky, who said that this was not the first time that
they had done the vintage theme in their pop-ups. “Last semester, we did our first vintage t-shirt for Symposium. Which was the firetruck one. We sold out of it immediately,” Kinsky said. Like the recent pop-up shop, the items either sold out completely or came very close to. Studio 1851 is more than just pop-up shops around campus. It is a class students are invited to be part of, where instead of getting lectured twice a week, they work during the class and their time out of class as well. According to Kinsky, while Studio 1851 may have recently started, the idea of having a store within the fashion department has been thrown around for at least twenty years. It wasn’t until she suggested the final project idea to her FASH302 Retail Operations class, they came up with a retail store. “They laid the groundwork. They did some surveys… and they came up with a pretty good plan,” Kinsky said. Junior fashion merchandising and retail management major Allie Jo Amos is currently taking part in Kinsky’s Studio 1851 class and assisted in the most recent pop-up. “We really
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want to make this more than just selling and designing clothes. We want to make this as a platform to really support what the students are doing within our community.” Recently, the black Lasell University hoodies that were sold at the pop-up event had to be taken back due to a mishap with the logo printing. The sweatshirts were made of the wrong material and the logo would not adhere properly. The fashion team managed the issue and sent out an email addressing the matter, asking they be returned to be fixed for free.
“I thought we handled the situation very well and did the best we could with the situation,” said Amos. With all of their work with their pop-ups, Professor Kinsky mentions they do have a goal in mind. “[Since they started] we’ve just done pop-ups, in hopes of being so amazing that at some point they would give us a physical location… Over this past summer, they gave us they physical location,” Kinsky said. You can find the new Studio 1851 store in the Spectar classroom located in Winslow on Nov. 21, 2019.
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Nick Colletti “what the F is up,” [Lasell?] ADAM HALLENBECK, KATIE PETERS & ELLIETTE BARROWS
sports editor, arts editor & 1851 staff
Former Vine star Nick Colletti was welcomed by a massive crowd at Arnow on Oct. 5 for a live comedy show. Held in conjunction with Campus Activities Board (CAB), this event had people lining up hours before Colletti was scheduled to take the stage. Although the internet comedian has previously thrived in his element of Vine, Colletti recently decided to tour. The show at Lasell was his second stand-up performance, as his first show ever was held on Sept. 15 at Brea Improv in California. “I always wanted to do stand-up. It’s what I used Instagram to get to, it was my stepping stone… I was really afraid, honestly, I am still really afraid. But I decided, what better time than now to do it?” said Colletti. He began the show promptly and opened to a large roar from the audience. While sharing his life stories, the audience got the chance to hear of his time growing up and his experiences he has of the big city. His favorite joke of the night was one he had written about a strange encounter with his parents. “I like the parents’ joke, walking in on my parents. It’s so real for me...it definitely scarred me, so talking about it and people laughing about it makes it easier to deal with now,” said Colletti. Colletti finds inspiration from big-time movie stars of his youth for his comedy. “When I saw Jim Carey in “Liar, Liar,” I knew I just had to be a part of his world. I remember watching that movie as a kid and being totally mesmerized by how funny he was and just wanting to be something people could laugh at,” he said. Junior Sam Foreman, the Vice President of Laugh and Crafts of CAB, was in charge of organizing the event. The planning for this event began in August at a CAB retreat, “we threw out names and asked who they might want to see, and Nick Colletti was the name that came back,” said Foreman. He also said CAB works with Jonathan Bricker, a
talent agent, who reached out to Colletti and offered him the job, which Colletti accepted. People gathered waiting to be seated earlier than 7:30 p.m., surprising CAB with their early timing and number of people. Rows of chairs were set up as more people arrived, filling the first floor of Arnow with Lasell students and their guests anxious to be seated. As capacity neared maximum, CAB started checking student IDs, handing out raffle tickets and seating guests 15 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open. There was standing-room only for anyone who arrived later than 8 p.m. One audience member compared fitting everyone in the space to playing Tetris with people. When asked how big a crowd he was expecting, Foreman said, “not as big as it currently was. I got 11 or 12 emails from people who do not go to this school asking if they could come and my answer was no. However, if we have an event like this, you can show up if you know someone who goes to this school. You have to have a Lasell student be your host so you can go.” To some audience members, Colletti came off a bit awkward at some points in his performance. It was not known to the audience that the Lasell performance was only his second. For having such little stage experience under his belt, Colletti pulled off a successful show with seemingly no hiccups that had the majority of the crowd laughing for an hour straight. Senior Chloe Boyce attended the show and said, “my favorite part was more toward the beginning, like when he walked in on his parents or him before Vine. The pre-L.A. stuff was probably the funniest.” Colletti will begin his first official comedy tour on Oct. 28, when he will travel to Des Moines Funny Club in Iowa to kick off the coastal tour.
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Nick Colletti on stage in Arnow Campus Center performing stand-up comedy.
Area-wide fun for all Annual security and fire
KATIE PETERS & MIKE MARUK arts editor & 1851 staff
Painting pumpkins and pie-throwing filled “I don’t know if they were expecting more or the East and West Quad for the Autumn Extravafewer people to show up, but it happens.” ganza on Oct. 5, an event for students to get to AC Amanda Smolenski says they’ve been know each other, their Resident Assistants (RAs) planning this event and their Area Coordinafor two months. She tors (ACs). This event thought the event was was put on by the ACs in well attended, saying Residential Life with help Res Life could have from Student Activities “had more pumpkins, and input from RAs. had more opportunities It’s not often profor [residents]. It was grams put on by ‘Res a good first experience Life’ are area-wide. Many to see how it was gotimes, RAs will hold ing to go and I think we events for their floor or can figure things from building, but not in conhere.” She hopes to see junction with other floors another event like this or buildings. This was the on campus soon. first area-wide program, Though food and or event sponsored by pumpkins went fast, Res Life designed to instudents still hung out clude people from all in the quad with activiparts of campus. ties provided by Res Life. PHOTO BY HOLLY FEOLA The event started at Entertainment included 2 p.m. with pumpkins RA Cory Neal gets pied in the face by her lawn games and music from Wilson’s Farm in resident, Lindsey Morris DJ’d by juniors Charlotte Lexington for residents Gitelman, Amanda Tamto paint and two tables of fall-themed foods such borelli and Nora Ortegas of Lasell’s radio station, as caramel apples and apple cider donuts. ResiWLAS. AC Kevin Castiglioni was pleased with the dents waited in line to throw a pan of whipped event turnout. “It’s been nice because this event cream at their RA. Sophomore Lindsey Morris started around 2 p.m., people were here at 1:45 had the opportunity to pie her RA, Cory Neal at p.m.,” said Castiglioni. the start of the event. “The pie-an-RA event was The main goal of the Autumn Extravavery fun in my opinion… I really appreciate ganza was for RAs and residents to get to know Cory for taking it like a champ, too,” said Morris. each other a little better. First-year Brett Carry arrived to the festiAccording to junior RA Dylan Alves, the val at the time when it was really booming, but event was bigger than any of them expected. decided to come back once the crowd had died Mentioning the hard work of the ACs for putting down. To Carry’s surprise, coming back later on on this event, he says events like this are imporaltered his experience. tant for RAs because they can become more conCarry mentioned the residential staff put on nected to residents in all areas. a great activity for their first campus event, but AC David DupreWilson said this event maybe should have had a bit more supplies for was held was to build a stronger community the event. Many students that came later in the within Lasell. “Since we work in Residential day missed the opportunity to paint pumpkins Life, we’re trying to get people together in and enjoy donuts. “Me and maybe a few other residential locations to have people talk to groups there [didn’t get] a pumpkin,” said Carry. each other,” said DupreWilson.
safety report released
EMILY LONG, CLAIRE CRITTENDON & TAYLOR VILES
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Content Warning: domestic violence and rape Campus Police and Human Resources recently released the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the 2018 calendar year via an email. The report is released in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). Title IX Coordinator Jennifer O’Keeffe and Campus Police work in conjunction with each other to put the report together. It is to be released every year in October according to federal guidelines. The report is then submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Education. Criminal offenses remained low however, it is important to note the acts that were reported. Sex offenses were reported in significant numbers as compared to the other reported crimes. In 2018 there were four reported cases of rape. This is an increase from two reports in 2017. There were two reported fondling offenses, up from zero in 2017. There were also four instances of domestic violence. College Judicial Referrals topped the report with the highest number of instances. These include drug, liquor law and weapon violations. The highest number of judicial referrals came from liquor law violations at 80 referrals. This is down from 126 in 2017. Drug violations amounted to 47 referrals, down from 59 in 2017. Weapon violations remained at zero and has remained consistent. Other crimes reported included aggravated assault and burglary. One aggravated assault was reported, which is equivalent to the number reported in 2017. Three burglaries were reported in 2018 which is a decrease from six in 2017.
It is important to note that reporting required by the Clery Act can often be misleading. According to O’Keeffe, “you are required to report the crimes when they are reported. For example, if somebody comes in to see me and says, ‘I was sexually assaulted two years ago,’ that’s going to go in this year’s Clery Report because that’s when it was reported, not when it happened.” This requirement can often lead to deceptive data on the report that isn’t necessarily straightforward. Students can play a major role in keeping campus safe. Deputy Police Chief Bobby Shea says to stick to the ageold verbiage, “if you see something, say something.” To keep the campus safe, students are the first line of action when noticing if something is wrong. “The kids are our eyes and ears. We’re not in all the classrooms with the students. You have no idea what is going on in some people’s lives… If you’re in class with somebody… you see this kid in September and he’s vibrant and he starts changing and seems withdrawn, we can check it out,” said Shea. Students are with each other day in and out, resulting know of each other’s behavior and mannerisms that Campus Police would not be aware of. Lasell’s small community allows for us to be aware of our peers and if something is out of place. “We’re not trying to have the kids judge people but if something doesn’t look right, let us vet it out and see what the story is. No call is a bad call. It’s then up to our guys to go and check it out,” said Shea.
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KATIE PETERS & CASEY DIBARI arts editor & opinion editor
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Students wait in long line to order food from the 1851 late-night option.
When students returned this September, they were met with a surprise when they arrived at The 1851 Grill to get their late-night dinner. Instead of the usual meal swipe for anything on the menu under $7.99, students learned that was only an option for five items; everything else they had to pay for with dining dollars. The sudden change, according to Director of Dining Services Michael Quackenbush, was to alleviate some of the time students spent standing around
and waiting for food. “By streamlining the menu to the top five favorites from the previous year, our team was able to produce made-to-order items more efficiently and quickly,” Quackenbush said. However, according to the Student Government Association (SGA) President senior Jimmy Kappatos, the wait time may not have truly been an issue for the students. Following the change of meal swipes to dining dollars, SGA sent a survey to students to gauge how they felt about the change, and whether
or not the wait time bothered them. Kappatos brought the idea of SGA starting an investigation into the meal swipes after he, along with students who came to him, were disappointed in the new system. “I heard a lot of frustrated students,” says Kappatos, “but also other members of my organization expressing their concerns about the meal swipes.” A total of 424 students completed this survey when it was sent out on Oct. 2. The results showed a very high dissatisfaction rate with the meal swipe equivalencies at the beginning of the year. When students were asked if they were satisfied with the wait times, 82 percent said they were satisfied or neutral, leaving only 18 percent of the responses being dissatisfied. Some students added on, saying they were upset seeing the sudden change at 1851. “I’m very frustrated about it,” junior Aster Kallman said. “I live by Arnow, and one of the big things I was excited about was getting to have dinner here...but now that you only have [five] options, it really limits you.” Kallman was not the only student who was unhappy. “I feel like it just limited the amount of food we had,” said senior Kendall Allerton, who compared the five-item system to the way Boomers operated. “I was really disappointed.”
Following the survey, Kappatos set up meetings with Quackenbush and Diane Parker to discuss student concerns. As of this month, because of the results of the survey, 1851 reverted back to the old system of paying with a meal swipe. This change only lasts a month long. “We’ll be evaluating the program through the semester to make any adjustments as needed,” Quackenbush said. When it came to informing students of the initial change in September, Quackenbush admits on their end, Dining Services could have done it better. “We did a poor job of communicating the changes in advance. We relied on our associates to communicate the changes. It was not clear to most students as to what the new program was,” he said. There was no formal announcement made to students when the meal swipe equivalency was changed to its original system. Kappatos said he has “been working with the dining hall to try and get some form of language out there to make a formal announcement of everything.” When the one month trial of this system expires, another survey will be sent to students about their satisfaction levels. Kappatos says SGA “really want[s] to use that data to make an announcement.”
Lasell Works provides early work experience, lower tuition HOLLY FEOLA news editor
The Lasell Works program made its debut for first-year students in fall 2018. Despite the program being introduced last year, it continues to evolve. Lasell Works is a four-year, declining tuition program that equips students early on with skills for their future professional careers. This year, 110 first-year students enrolled in Lasell Works, which is a large increase compared to the 21 enrolled sophomores. Lasell works also reduces students tuition from 37,000 their first year down to 27,000 by the time they are seniors, the cost benefit is one year many students are attracted to the program.
When asked where the idea came from, Director of Lasell Works Stephanie Williams said it was President Michael Alexander’s idea since the cost of college tuition has increased.
According to Williams, “it’s not just about cost savings, it’s also about preparing the students in the program to be ready for the challenges that will meet them after graduation and to be viable candidates for the jobs that they want to have and that they’re studying for.” Being the director, Williams collaborates with various faculty members and staff on campus to keep the program going from all different departments such as Career Development, Counseling Center, Academic Affairs, Academic Achievement Center, Admissions, and many more. One unique element of the program is the Sophomore Experience, where students live off-campus, take online courses and are required to get a job in their desired field. “Most students go home for their Sophomore Experience but that’s not a requirement of the program. We also have students who are not living at home, they’re living in their own apartment, or they’re living with extended family in different states, so there are a variety of different paths that you can take,” said Williams. For every other year, students have the option to live on campus or commute. During the students’ first year, they take a career development course and attend
workshops to prepare them for their next year. The workshops help them prepare cover letters, resumes and begin discussions about what jobs they want to pursue. Since the program started last year, this is the first year students are going through the Sophomore Experience. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hennessy is an event management major currently in her second year of the program. She decided to enroll in Lasell Works because of the continual decrease in tuition every year and the chance to work in her field of. This year she is currently working at Sky Meadow Country Club and is an events intern for Excellence Through Quality (ETQ), a software company. When describing what she has learned from her internship, Hennessy said, “I have definitely learned so much about the events industry, specifically the whole industry uses specific applications …. I learned a lot about it my first year at Lasell but getting into the more nitty-gritty little details the internship has dramatically helped out with that.” Her internship has allowed her to be at the forefront of planning events such as a user conference in Dallas, Texas. Another Lasell Works sophomore is Julianna Denning. Denning is a criminal justice major who balances online classes while working part-time and playing for the volleyball team. According to Denning, “some days… when I get my days off [from work] it’s definitely easier, but when I am going from work to practice, it’s tiring but it’s doable.” Denning thinks the program is beneficial and said, “it gives you the opportunity to branch out beyond your peers because the majority of sophomores aren’t going to be working a job in their field of study. The odds of me getting a job at a courthouse before Lasell Works were much slimmer ... because of Lasell Works and the networking that comes along with it, I am now able to work in my field of study.” Sophomore communication major Lindsey Morris was enrolled in Lasell
Works but decided to withdraw from the program last spring. In the beginning, the program seemed like the right choice for her and was excited about it but she said, “I wasn’t really happy with staying home and working full-time [for her sophomore year] and I would rather spend my time living on campus with my friends and my little family here.” Morris said she would have stayed in the program if she didn’t have to go offcampus for her second year of college. In an effort to help students within the program get to know each other better, a house system was introduced this year. Williams says “although they are called ‘Houses’ – they are not literal houses, just small groups that students are a part of for all four years.” The purpose of this new system is for students to have, “a small-group experience within the PHOTO COURTESY OF KAITLYN HENNESSY larger cohort,” Kaitlyn Hennessy in her room taking online classes for her first day of Williams said. sophomore year.
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Vanderhorst: The ultimate fighter battles beyond the court MEGHAN CARROLL
and volleyball before he moved to the States. At Lawrence High School of Math, Science and Technology, he continued to do what he cherished. After graduating eighth in his class, he had big decisions to make regarding his future four years. He was motivated and determined to play sports, but also driven to succeed academically. With many options from recruiters including Merrimack College, Lasell University and Mount Ida College, he decided the best place for him was Mount Ida. It offered a competitive education as well as the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. He enjoyed every second at Mount Ida while majoring in business administration. He especially valued his teams, where he established a great deal of friendships.
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Kevin Vanderhorst pictured in the Athletic Center where he spends countless hours practicing for the upcoming basketball season.
Junior Kevin Vanderhorst was born July 20, 1997 and raised in the Dominican Republic until 2013, when he came to the U.S. with his mom, dad and little brother. He moved to Lawrence, Mass, where he attended Lawrence’s public school system. His life changed instantly. He didn’t know anyone and having to learn a new language along with the change of weather made adjusting harder. But, his passion to be on the court was always familiar. Vanderhorst had been playing basketball
April 2018, Mount Ida announced it would be closing due to financial issues. “I felt lost… at first I didn’t know where I wanted to go. I called my parents. They were confused at first, they didn’t know what was going on. They thought that UMass was going to buy Ida and I would be able to go there right away but that wasn’t the deal,” Vanderhorst said. He found himself applying to schools again. Lasell University was still on his mind. As soon as word of Mount Ida’s closing got out, Lasell’s Aaron Galletta, the men’s basketball coach, took action. When asked about Vanderhorst’s defining qualities, Galletta said, “I think it’s his toughness on the court, he was just relentless when he played on the floor so when we were recruiting him that’s what I loved about him. I coached against him for a couple years and the scouting reports would just say he was a relentless rebounder, he’s going to play hard for 40 minutes, and his energy is off the charts. So when we were able to get him, it was huge for us.”
Vanderhorst applied to Lasell and communicated with both basketball and volleyball coaches. On top of being able to play, he would be able to attend school with two of his best friends from home, seniors Andy Henriquez and Janci Soto, both a part of the men’s volleyball team at Lasell. With Mount Ida closing, many of his classmates also transferred to Lasell due to its close proximity. In fall 2018, he enrolled at Lasell to major in accounting and marketing, with hopes to create a new path for himself. Little did he know, his life would soon be flipped again. A couple weeks into his first semester, Vanderhorst began to complain of stomach pain. He was admitted to Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After many visits to the hospital and weeks of appointments, they gave him his medical prognosis: stage III cancer. Vanderhorst was healthy, athletic and optimistic yet suddenly he found himself in a hospital room, receiving the worst news someone could. He was left confused and unsure, but he did what he had always done when things got tough, he fought. He fought hard with help from his family, friends, teammates and coaches. “I had amazing support. They were constantly checking up on me. They all helped me with transportation to get my treatment and appointments,” said Vanderhorst. Going to the doctor so often was draining, but Vanderhorst continued to live on campus and attend classes. “I wanted to live a regular life. If I went home, I knew I would go crazy doing nothing,” said Vanderhorst. Vanderhorst attended the majority of basketball and volleyball practices. He went to every game he could, supporting his new teammates, as they were supporting him in a difficult time. Coach Galletta seemed to admire that
most. “Tough. Resilient. What he had to go through, no 21-year-old should have to go through. He’s just a really tough kid, that takes on adversity, just a strong-character kid. You know, not a lot of people would go through what he had to go through with the positivity that he had at every turn,” Galletta said. His best friend, Henriquez, was with him every step of the way. He took Vanderhorst to most of his appointments and treatments, as a reminder that he was not alone. When Vanderhorst was first diagnosed, Henriquez was there. “We got close my freshman year of college and we got as close as we are now. I started introducing Kev as my brother,” said Henriquez. Although not brothers by blood, Henriquez considers Vanderhorst family and has showed it through endless support. In spring 2019, after surgery to remove the rest of his cancer, Vanderhorst was declared cancer-free. When asked what he plans to do when he graduates he said, “I’m planning to come back to school and get my master’s degree. I want to play basketball one more year, for the year I was getting my treatments.” Coach Galletta was not shy to show his excitement, “we’re thrilled to get him back, I just think he’s a great kid and a great basketball player. I’m looking forward to being able to coach him because I wasn’t able to coach him on the floor this year. I’m thrilled he’s able to play basketball because that means he’s healthy. So that’s the biggest thing for me.” His dedication did not go unnoticed and now Vanderhorst is taking full strides to get the team ready for the upcoming season as a captain of the men’s basketball team. His friends, family and the Lasell community are excited to see what’s to come with his life on and off the court.
Empty Bowls inspires community service and outreach CLAIRE CRITTENDON & SEAN CHASE features editor
& 1851 staff
Every Wednesday night at 8 p.m., Yamawaki ceramics studio is ablaze with clay, music and community. Founded four years ago, Empty Bowls is now a renowned club on campus. The club’s mission is to give back to those less fortunate. Each week, the club hand-crafts bowls for their main event, a fundraiser on March 27, 2020. The event consists of selling dinner to fill student-crafted bowls to the Lasell and Auburndale community. For Lasell students, it costs $5 for a bowl and dinner, and $15 for anyone else. All of the proceeds go directly to the Centre Street Food Pantry, a non-profit in Newton. The club set out goals to build from last year’s success, which saw the club raise roughly $2,700 from their event, as well as selling bowls at Lasell’s Connected Learning Symposium. Members of the club believe the Empty Bowls mission gives them an upper-hand in fundraising. “We want people to support [Empty Bowls’] mission by using art to fight hunger in our community,” said Vice President sophomore Elliette Barrows. “Our big goal for the year is raising [at least] $3,000 from our event.” Empty Bowls’ mission and their informal setup allows for anyone to get involved. Barrows
points to the informal setup as an advantage because you’re allowed to attend one meeting or all of them - all that matters is people are buying into the mission and supporting those less fortunate. Although you can come and go as you please, many follow Barrows’ footsteps in continuing to be involved with the club because of the people. “It’s not just a club to just have fun,” said sophomore Fayrn Malley. “[Although] it’s still fun, it’s also for someone else, you’re not just doing it for yourself.” Malley is an example of Empty Bowls’ ability to welcome everyone with open arms. She noted that she was always into theater rather than studio art. While Malley was nervous when joining the club, she acknowledged the club took her in and made her feel welcome, “they really help you and show you how to make these bowls.” In this club’s weekly meetings, members gather to make and glaze ceramic bowls. Some bowls are crafted on pottery wheels, while others are done by hand using different molds. Professor Baldizar, the faculty advisor to Empty Bowls, said, “you don’t have to have any background in working with clay. We can teach you the skills.” Baldizar also said she’s “blown
away by the creativity … generosity [and] the kindness of Lasell students.” She appreciates how this club draws together students from different majors. “Art is always something that’s been very therapeutic for me,” said junior Charlotte Gitelman. Gitelman expressed how this club simultaneously allows her to support her community and herself. President junior Mandolin Miller spoke to the energy of the room, saying, “whenever we meet, the room is always filled PHOTO BY CLAIRE CRITTENDON with excitement and anticipa- Professor Baldizar demonstrating different pottery techniques. tion. We’re always thinking about how to make our event better every year, and we’re always trying to get people just want to come, hang out, make a bowl more involved and connected.” and listen to some music and that’s fine too,” said Sophomore Anna King is serving as Empty King. “We like to say one bowl we sell for $10 at Bowls’ Public Relations Manager. “We’re working our event can actually support a family of four for for a great cause but we also try to make things rea week. So even if you just come and make a bowl, ally fun here, we play music in the evening. Some you’re really making a huge difference.” people are more involved in our event but some
Professor Clark decolonizes history and media through lecture LIV P. FERNANDES 1851 staff
Students, faculty members and IC3 interns attended a lecture last month, titled “Decolonizing History.” This event was held by Director of Communications Programs for Equity and Inclusion and Professor Jordan Clark in Rosen Auditorium. The seminar addressed decolonizing history, or understanding how cultures formed through Western research, established positional superiority and Western knowledge. The speaker discussed learning what was done, and reclaiming and rebuilding aspects of culture that were wiped away by white colonialism through understanding the different perspectives of history.
Among discussions within smaller groups, attendees discussed their experiences with Native Americans in the media. One video shown was the “Crying Indian” ad from the 1970s, which features an Italian actor presenting as a Native American distressed by litter. Another, a screenshot from the movie “Avatar,” which features alien-like creatures connecting to nature.
An additional reference to Native Americans in the media was a short scene from Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” in which the characters interacted with Native Americans with exaggerated features, singing about their “red man” identity. After the showing, Clark
added that it builds a challenging and dangerous image of Native Americans. Attendees took away the idea these instances are not new issues, and movies such as “Peter Pan” and “Pocahontas” and commercials from the 70s such as the “Crying Indian” are ugly distortions of true identities. One person in the crowd mentioned in a small group he had “both negative and positive experiences” growing up in Ohio, where Thanksgiving was the primary educational source of Native Americans.
An attendee commented the 70s commercial was her regular “Saturday morning ad.” Another attendee addressed
the issue of forgetting how current this issue is. He emphasized how this story was always written as though the struggle was over, when these people were still in the country. He said we need to, “recognize this is an ongoing situation.” Clark’s final message was, “behavior is learned, it is outrageous but continues while we are looking at symptoms and not the cause of Native American colonization.” He said, “we pick and choose what we present,” of a culture, and by doing so we are wiping out a group’s entire history.
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Emotional support animals bring comfort to campus
HOLLY FEOLA & CLAIRE CRITTENDON news editor & features editor
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Gabby Miller’s ESA Gracie in her second year on campus.
Since 2015, Lasell has allowed qualifying students to have emotional support animals (ESAs) in the residence halls with them. Four years later, the process is still going strong. Before bringing an ESA on campus, students must get permission from the Director of Disability Services & Conduct System Scott Lamphere. According to Lamphere, the option to have an ESA stemmed from the Fair Housing Act. “We’re kind of in a unique situation in a college setting because we’re asking students to provide documentation for accommodations,” said Lamphere. “If a student wants an emotional support animal, our policy is to provide substantial documentation indicating your need for the emotional support animal.” Lamphere explained Lasell is home to a variety of ESAs, some of which include dogs, cats, ball pythons, and sugar gliders. He also stressed the importance of thinking about how students would handle the pet during winter and summer breaks. “I try to encourage people to really think about if you have this animal, is it gonna make sense for you? Are you gonna be able to manage those transitions?” Lamphere said. Last year, senior resident assistant (RA) Gab-
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by Miller decided to get a dog for her ESA. Now she’s had her dog, Gracie, on campus for over a year. Gracie is a one-year-old havanese. When describing Gracie’s personality, Miller said, “she is just very loveable and playful. She always wants to hang out around people.” Miller said she got Gracie because, “being an RA and living alone I got kind of lonely. I really wanted companionship after hard days with school and my different jobs and internships. I wanted to be able to come home to something exciting.” Miller believes having Gracie has not only been helpful for herself but also for her residents. “There have been multiple occasions where residents will come up to me, text me, [asking to see her]…. I get it all the time, that people say that [seeing Gracie] made their day,” said Miller. Amanda Smolenski decided to get herself an ESA for similar reasons as Miller. “I think I noticed being alone, by myself, in my apartment on campus was just so lonely…After every time I went back to my parents house I was so much happier when I had the pets around so I knew I had to do something,” said Smolenski. Her dog, Endi, is four-month-old rescue.
She’s had her a little over two months. Smolenski isn’t confident of Endi’s breed but believes she is a mix of an Australian Shepherd and a labrador. Smolenski said she plans on getting a DNA test for Endi to see what breeds she’s mixed with and what diseases she may be prone to. Endi is, “the most codependent dog I have ever met. She has to be on my heels everytime I’m home and will follow me around the house,” she said.
She can tell the difference Endi has made in her life. “I just found myself held up in my apartment and not doing much. Once I got Endi, I was actually bringing her outside, going on walks and interacting with the other dogs on campus,” said Smolenski.
“For certain [people,] we really see the benefit of having the pet. We’ve had students that were struggling in all these different ways and not that the pet is ever the perfect answer,” Lamphere said, “but students that we didn’t think we’re gonna get through because of their depression and those sort of things and the power of having this animal to take care of is sort of undeniable.”
First Year Success Series supports academic strides BAILEY KLINGAMAN & MADISON RAFFONE 1851 staff
EMILY LONG & CLAIRE CRITTENDON digital editor & features editor
One of the many draws Lasell University has for students is the impressive number of student-run clubs and organizations. It is common to see students running from two or more club meetings during Tuesday and Thursday common hours. Ask any student about the clubs they are in and most will passionately tell you about what their role is on campus. The executive board or “E-board,” is the group of students that run each club. E-Board positions range from President to Secretary and even social media directors. Club leadership spends extra time on making sure everything runs smoothly. The skills gained by playing a leadership role in an organization often translate to careers after Lasell. From leadership experience to professional insight, increasing activity on campus can give students a jump-start in the professional world. Katelyn Bellina (‘19) graduated with a degree in event management. She now works for Yotel, a company that specializes in micro-hotel space and coordinating events around Boston. Bellina was involved with the Honors Student Council, Hospitality Management Association (HMA), Lasell Environmental Action Force (LEAF), and the Student Coordinator for the Connected Learning Symposium. Her time with HMA helped her learn managerial experience which has helped her in her job today. “While I was working with HMA... one of the amazing features of what I was able to do as a club leader was manage my group so I was able to give everyone timelines, I was able to help hold people responsible to those timelines and get the experience of being a manager … which helped [me] get the job I have now due to the fact that I was already understanding the manager role to encourage and empower your employees,” said Bellina. Alex Baletto (‘19) graduated with a degree in law and public affairs. “I was a member of the Mock Trial team for two years. I wish I had known about it earlier. Mock Trial is a club (and class) offered by the [justice studies] department, and it serves as a valuable tool for
interested students. A lot of the work I do now requires skills I refined while working with The 1851 [Chronicle,] as I’m a communications consultant,” said Balwwletto. “Regardless, I strengthened my research and analysis skills while learning from first-rate Justice Studies professors like Professor Rosenthal, who coaches the Mock Trial team.” Mary Fran Hansen (‘19) graduated with a degree in communication with a concentration in public relations. During her time at Lasell, Hansen was heavily involved with the Student Government Association (SGA), where during her senior year, she was the Vice President of Student Affairs. In this capacity, Hansen led weekly meetings with students, SGA members and the Lasell Administration. This helped her gain confidence that lead to her job with Talbots, where she works in marketing. Specifically, her experience running many of SGA’s meetings every week helped her succeed at Talbots. “With SGA, I had to run meetings all the time, I pretty much ran two meetings a week alongside the other vice presidents. We’d have our main general board meeting and meeting with my committee every week, and then every other week I’d lead a meeting with Diane Austin which was kind of intimidating but I had to do it,” said Hansen. Her position now is above entry-level and her experience leading meetings helped her gain professional confidence. “With all of these meetings I really just honed my presentation skills. I learned how to be a good leader and come prepared to the meeting, come with your talking points, keep it brief- I gained a lot of confidence speaking to a room full of people and presenting to them… Super thankful that me e-board positions gave me a sense of professionalism and those skills and being able to get in front of people and talk,” said Hansen, who graduated last May. Many clubs advertise their meeting times on both Laser Involvement and flyers around campus for any interested students.
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Junior Peer Mentor Mandolin Miller (center right) sitting with Professor Baldizar and FYS, The Spark of Creativity.
First Year Success Series are events designed to assist new students as they prepare and transition to the college environment. According to Kimberly Kaplan, a practicum coordinator and professor, “it’s a great way to get the students used to the University and all the different resources and skills that they’ll need to be successful moving forward.”
Each First Year Seminar (FYS) professor has their own theme for their class, which allows students to explore different topics and themes while professors get to expand the creativity amongst their students. “The overall goal of the First Year Success Series is to help first-year students get more acclimated to campus. There’s a ton of events and classes that anybody can attend to get more involved,” says sophomore Peer Mentor Kelly Mooney.
As a mentor, she works closely with the professor of her FYS class and meets with the students to discuss their transition into college. “The peer mentorship allows students to have someone that has gone through it, [who] knows the campus and different ways to seek help,” Kaplan said. Lasell offers more than 40 events and workshops during the fall semester. Although, according to first-years Emma Jacklin, Beverly Banks and Cassidy Phil-
lips, many first-year students aren’t aware of the events that are going on around campus. These workshops could get more exposure by circulating emails, flyers and word of mouth from the students. The Lasell U-Belong Celebration utilized this method of advertising to attract students. Posters were put up, multiple emails were sent out, and there was word of the event all throughout campus. “I’ve gone to [the U-Belong Celebration] but I haven’t gone to any other ones. For my FYS I have to go to three [events] and write about each of them to present in class,” says first-year Samantha Thebodo. First year seminars are mandatory for new students to help prepare them for their classes. “It’s basically a support for organization and planning,” Thebodo says. There’s dozens of events going on around campus, aside from ones like the U-Belong Celebration. The events allow students to work on their skills for their major, explore the campus and all it has to offer, attend workshops or talks and more. Many events are coming up soon, such as the Meaningful Work-Undeclared workshop on Oct. 29 and Financial Wellness 101 on Oct. 31.
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“Big Mouth” The one with the Ralph Lauren collection season 3 is going through changes AVERY STANKUS editor-in-chief
ADAM HALLENBECK & MADISON RAFFONE sports editor & 1851 staff
After months of anticipation from fans, “Big Mouth” season three was released on Netflix on Oct. 4. The characters fans have all come to grow and love continue to experience some of their own growing pains. The season is full of twists and turns in puberty. Andrew Glouberman ( John Mulaney) returns with Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Jessi Glaser ( Jessi Klein) as the group handles their issues but more importantly, their hormone monsters Maury (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph). Some of the topics the show touches on are the new to technology addiction, standardized testing and sexuality. The show continued to develop the side plots of Missy ( Jenny Slate), Matt (Andrew Rannells) and Jay ( Jason Mantzoukas) to help shed light on other discussed topics in health science. There are several aspects to the show that allow either those in middle school aged audiences or older to relate. A few episodes show Jay on a journey of self-discovery as he struggles with his sexuality and whether or not he decides to come out. The new student, Ali (Ali Wong), identifies as the first pansexual in their grade. The Depression Kitty makes an appearance with Jessi yet again, along with Missy’s doubtful and angry side, Mirror Missy. There was even an occurrence of the Menopause Banshee. Though her appearance is brief, it still depicts “Big Mouth” is branching off to show the aspects of an adult’s life. Though, a large question that remains up in the air is if the show crosses the line. “Big Mouth” has been criticized in popular media for having played a delicate balance of education and being plain inappropriate. Although doing a better job than season two, season three went places it probably should not have. For example, multiple episodes in the season discuss incest and some byproducts of incest. While the relationship between Andrew and his hormone monster, Maury, is a playful one, the approach Director Andrew Goldberg takes with this content is just too much. The origination of “Big Mouth” was to discuss human health issues in a comedic way and the lesson of incest was delivered poorly. In all, season three was a big hit, despite concerning topics of some of the episodes. The last episode kept us wondering what will happen in the next season. The maturing seventh-graders finally graduate and move onto eighth grade, Jessi has to deal with a move to a new city and Andrew and Nick have to go to summer camp after having a tough argument about their friendship. The writers, Kroll and Goldberg, did a fine job at maintaining the informative aspect of the show while keeping it awkwardly touching at the same time.
After 25 years of initially airing, the NBC hit TV show, “Friends,” is coming back—but not to our television screens, more like our closets. Ralph Lauren has recently partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create the “Friends”inspired collection, “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” released on Sept. 18 in celebration of “Friends” 25th anniversary. This curated Wear-to-Work set consists of 74 wardrobe staples. From polo neck sweaters to pinstripe suits to miniskirts, this collection takes on true 90s and early 2000s trends. Known for her plaid miniskirts and strappy midi dresses, Rachel Green’s ( Jennifer Aniston) iconic look is coming to life. Any avid “Friends” fan would know the significance between Ralph Lauren and Green. The fictional character landed a job at Ralph Lauren as an assistant buyer, hence where the inspiration of this collection stems from. While “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” comes from Green’s Ralph Lauren job, the curation as an entirety pays homage to all six characters. The collection is told in a story split between five scenes in which they are all synonymous with the comedic sitcom. Beginning with “Scene 1: Central Perk,” the look includes the leopard-print haircalf coat, ribbed turtleneck sweater, pleated lambskin miniskirt and the Brie leather boot. This Phoebe Buffay-influenced combination would be seen on her while singing in the coffee shop and guitar in hand. The story would be incomplete without refer-
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Could we be any more excited for the Ralph Lauren X Friends collection?
ence to the iconic New York City apartment. The next scene, “The Apartment,” encompasses the working woman’s go-to style. The corduroy blazer and pant-pair is a typical Rachel Green office-look. “Scene 3: The Taxi,” incorporates two ensembles. The sheepskin moto jacket, a cable-knit cashmere sweater, the cotton-blend pant and the leather large bellport tote make for the first look. The haircalf coat, cashmere turtleneck sweater, suede midi skirt and the Brie leather boot complete scene 3. These 90s classics add to the “Friends” nostalgia. The fourth scene is called “The Fountain,” in reference to the opening credits. The six-look scene includes a Chandler Bing-esque (Matthew Perry) cable-knit and button-down combination, black leather skinny pants that are reminiscent to
Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)’s season five mishap and a sleeveless dress Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) would certainly lounge around the apartment. Finally, the story completes with “Scene 5: The Balcony.” This Rachel-and-Ross inspired scene consists of the satin shirtdress and the polo wool-blend suit jacket. “Ralph Lauren X Friends” ranges in nostalgic pieces with updated shapes and silhouettes. The collection retails for the working woman, starting at $39.50 for their classic fit pocket t-shirt to the leopard-print haircalf coat for $2,998. Check out the “Friends”-themed promotional video and the rest of “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” collection on ralphlauren.com.
Lituation energizes campus with culture RUTH KEHINDE digital editor
On Oct. 17, Lasell University’s Pulse Dance Team and Multicultural Student Union (MSU) merged together to create an event, “Thirsty Thursday Lituation,” in DeWitt Hall. This campus-wide event was designed to have students and guests come together to enjoy themselves on a Thursday night. Typically the term “Thirsty Thursday” is associated with college students being under some type of influence in order to have fun. This event was the complete opposite, with music by DJ Shamel, DJ Judah and the company of friends proving to be the only sources of entertainment needed. “I thought it was cool. I’m a wallflower so I really just chilled with my homies. I saw people enjoying themselves - the party was more wholesome than amorous,” said junior Dubem Okafor. There was a $3 fee to attend this five-hour event and the attendance was high. The community of this party was intertwined with individuals who wanted to have a good time and those who wanted to find a place to be welcomed. “It was very successful, it was a big turnout. A lot of people were enjoying themselves and having
a great time,” said sophomore Vance Viliere. Various music genres were played to dance to such as Afrobeat, reggae, islander tunes and bachata. Some artists featured were Bad Bunny and J Balvin. The variety of music made it easier for attendees to enjoy what they were comfortable with. Others enjoyed listening to new content to understand the wide range of culture from those who hosted the event. This event was an opportunity for individuals to learn what MSU and the Pulse Dance Team are really about. The goal of this event was for students and guests of all backgrounds to come and feel appreciated. MSU wants to have an understanding of moral and cultural differences, while the Pulse Dance Team performs to various music genres that portray coordination and choreography. This merge was an essential factor for students to know they have a place to express themselves the way they want to without feeling discriminated against. This event not only emphasized the importance of expressing and introducing various cultures, but it also conveyed the company of friends, dance moves and music are all the essentials one
needs to have a good time. “This event gave me an open-mind on how I can have fun while also hearing new music I’ve never really allowed myself to indulge in. I was also able to move my body in a way I’ve never done before. Overall, it truly was a lituation because I had fun. I honestly believe that’s all that matters when you come to an event like this,” said a student who wishes to remain anonymous. This student also believes, “if everyone on campus would give learning about other student’s habits and values a chance, maybe more students of other backgrounds can come and embrace each other’s differences.”
The general mission of this event was for students to learn about and join both clubs. It was a successfully vibrant way students could enjoy their Thursday night. This event likewise was a way for attendees to relax due to the semester being busier than most. “This party was an amazing turnout with super contagious energy from beginning to end,” said junior Ashaad Tillman.
Domino’s (Pizza) effect is not what you would expect ADAM HALLENBECK & TAYLOR VILES sports editor & 1851 staff
Domino’s is back! At least for Lasell University, that is. The campus is now receiving Domino’s delivery for the first time in several years, as the restaurant’s Newton location reopened for business in July after remodeling. The Chronicle sampled the revamped Domino’s to see whether the new delivery service is worth its own hype. The first thing noticed was the ease of ordering through the website. The layout was straightforward and all of the options easily found. With the new store, you can have the delivery address adjusted to your specific residential hall or house. Step by step, the online ordering process was
well developed, even offering commonly paired items after completion. After contemplation of adding side dishes and desserts, the order only amassed to a large three-topping pizza with sausage, onions and green peppers. The pizza itself totaled $18.24. After adding a side of ranch, tax, delivery charge, and tip, the final price was an astounding $27.51. This total cost for one large pizza seems too much, especially considering how it was from a fast-food chain not known for its quality. Besides the high price, there were other delays with the process. The or-
der was placed promptly at 6:30 p.m., and while the website said the driver left with the food at 6:43 p.m., the pizza was not delivered until 7:10 p.m. For a nineminute drive from Domino’s to Lasell, the wait time for the pizza made what was once a convenient option, inconvenient. As for the pizza itself, it was still warm but it soon became apparent why the website kept trying to sell extra cheese. The cheese was slightly overcooked and because of the excessive time it sat out of the oven, it became increasingly dry. The sausage, peppers and onions tasted fine but not above mediocre. If not for the side of ranch, each
bite would have been less bearable. When other students discovered Domino’s Newton location, thoughts were mixed. Junior Robby Rowe said when delivered, the pizza “tasted like cardboard, but when straight from the oven, it is a gift from above.” Domino’s refused to comment on their previous inability to deliver to the college. The overall experience would be put at a 5.5/10. While the taste of the pizza was decent, the time, service and quality did not amass to the price that was paid. If you are looking to order out, think twice before you choose Domino’s. Your stomach and wallet might not be happy with you later.
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Spoken word artist slams Arnow CLAIRE CRITTENDON & CASEY DIBARI features editor
& opinion editor
On Oct. 15, Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted spoken word artist Jinahie on the first floor of Arnow. The event was attended by around 15 people. wAs the event began, students were encouraged to sign up to go on stage and perform openmic style. They could read poetry, sing or share fun facts with the crowd - the choice was theirs. There were many participants including juniors Duffy Martin and Dubem Okafor. Martin opened up the show by reading their own poetry, while Okafor closed doing the same. Between the students’ performances, Jinahie would take the stage to share her own poetry. On her account, Jinahie became a professional spoken word artist wholly by accident. “You just follow the thing you’re curious about, and it feeds you. Love what you love, and it will love you back,” she said. “There’s no rhyme or reason to anything I’ve done, but it’s worked out and I’m very lucky and blessed to have [that happen.]” Some of Jinahie’s poetry performed that night included a piece she wrote when she was younger, about her father leaving. Another discussed how her mother, an Egyptian immigrant, struggled to perfect her and her daughter’s English. Her passion for her craft was strikingly evident throughout the night. “Every time I step on
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Sophomore Yadira Medina tells the audience a fun fact during Jinahe’s spoken performance.
stage, I’m very aware that at the time, I felt like this was the only thing that loved me, and now, my goal is to love it back and to spread my love for it with other people,” she said. Jinahie passed a notepad around at the beginning of the show for a potluck poem. A potluck poem, she explained, is an activity in which she will
script the first line of a poem, that night it said, “I remember…,” and allow audience members to add a line of their own. “I think art happens in community, and I think it’s really interesting what happens when you take people who don’t consider themselves artists or creatives or collaborators and you say, alright, we’re
going to do this,” she said. “When you give people a space that is anonymous and safe and free, where they can just sort of pour their heart out and share this experience with other strangers, I think it, it always ends up being a beautiful, beautiful poem.” Jinahie also invited five students up to the stage, not explaining the reason. She then asked them one at a time to share their biggest insecurities with the crowd. Among the volunteers was junior Dylan Alves. When asked what prompted him to join, he said, “I’m a very out-there person. I was like, you know what? I don’t [care]. I was like, I hope this is a fun game.” Jinahie says art, like the majority of practices, is subject to trial and error. “I write down a lot of stuff that will never see the light of day, and I’m okay with that,” she said, “because I know that even then, that’s part of the creative process, you have to give yourself permission to fail. That’s perhaps the scariest but also the most exciting part.” When asked what she wanted her audience to take away, she said, “I think for me it’s, as cliché as it is, that we are so much more alike than we think, and I think we need the reminder we are not alone in our pain, in our suffering, we are not alone in our joy and our laughter, the human experience is always a shared one. I think what I want people to walk away with is, I’m not alone and people are sharing this with me.”
Glossier pops up in Boston’s Seaport KATIE PETERS & RACHEL SHEPARD arts editor & 1851 staff
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The pink huts of Glossier’s Boston pop-up shop, selling makeup, skincare products and exclusive Glossier Boston merchandise, sits on Northern Ave. in Boston’s Seaport.
From Aug. 7 to Oct. 4, Bostonians walking along the Seaport’s Northern Ave. could visit Glossier’s pop-up shop. This was the online-based shop’s third pop-up of the year, others located in Miami and Seattle. Each pop-up was inspired by the city they were housed in. “As part of our efforts in Boston, we will be engaging with and making a donation to BAGLY (Boston Alliance Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth),” said Glossier’s Communications Coordinator Reed Redman. Some of the profits made during their pop-up went toward the non-profit LGBT+ organization. The organization provides a free meal every third Wednesday of the month to LGBT+ youth during their family dinners. The pop-up was housed in eight huts painted in a pale pink with fresh flowers adorning the outside. Each hut was centered around a specific line of products, ranging from skincare to fragrance. Guests were given a booklet with the full list of merchandise available. Attendants in pink jumpsuits
were eager to help and recorded the order on their tablets. Once the order was placed, customers would go to the designated pickup window in a hut of its own. Every hut is decorated with its own style. The first building was their ‘Shop All.’ Inside was a wall of mirrors and a range of all products that could be purchased throughout the different buildings. Next came ‘Brows,’ a room covered in reflective and holographic wall panels that had a small podium dedicated to the company’s brow line. Glossier’s brow products are often looked at as the staple piece of the company. “We consider brow grooming an important final step before heading out into the world: brush your teeth, brush your brows and then maybe brush your hair,” said a plaque outside the building. The hut dedicated to perfume was decorated in red velvet from the couches to the lining of the wall. Fresh bouquets of roses were placed in vases along the room and mirrors were engraved with reminders to the customers they smelled lovely.
Lined against one mirror were samples of Glossier perfume. Not only did they have their spray-on perfume, but also the perfume balm; a chapstick-like consistency that melts into the skin. This is a unique option for those who like perfume but don’t enjoy overpowering scents. The makeup hut gave customers a chance to try out Glossier’s various highlighters, concealers and foundations. A sign at Glossier said this room is home to products that “give you options but never cover you up, turn you into someone else, or over-complicate your routine.” In true Glossier fashion, the room was lined with mirrors, flowers and lights to give customers a pleasant shopping experience. Shoppers were able to find their perfect shade, a luxury many people don’t have when buying Glossier products due to the web-based nature of the company. Only two permanent Glossier stores exist, New York and Los Angeles. The hut one door down was dedicated to fun. Naming it after one of their new
matte lipsticks, Generation G housed a huge whimsically-sculpted letter ‘G’ shoppers could sit on and take photos with. No products were sold here, just a large sculpture and a wall of mirror. Many people from around the area came to the pop-up to take pictures in this room with friends. The final room was ‘Skincare.’ With a rose-scented candle burning, shoppers were invited to browse a collection of face masks, toners, cleansers and moisturizers. “We believe in skin first, makeup second,” according to Glossier. “Our skincare essentials are designed to optimize skin’s tone, texture and hydration.” As well as cosmetics, the pop-up also offered Boston exclusive merchandise. Shoppers could choose between apparel like a grey Glossier sweatshirt (sizes XS to XXL) and a white baseball hat with the Glossier logo. They also sold Glossier Boston enamel pins, mini composition notebooks, and stickers - all in the signature pale pink color of the buildings.
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Lasell athletes stand proudly in the Hall of Fame ADAM HALLENBECK & TAYLOR VILES sports editor & 1851 staff
On Friday, Oct. 18, around 200 guests gathered at Braeburn Country Club in Newton to honor a historic team and five alum student athletes who planted their mark in Lasell athletics. The formal event was the second Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that Lasell has held in school history, as the first one took place in 2017. Among the athletes were Lasell alumni Mark DeMieri, Mike Skelton, Tia Pratt, Ashley Slattery and several athletes representing the 2001-2002 men’s basketball team. The evening began just before 6 p.m. as the athletes of the hour and their families filtered into the venue and caught up with old classmates and teammates before the festivities started. In only the program’s fourth year as a varsity sport, the 2001-2002 men’s basketball team had an outstanding year, setting the standard for future Laser squads to follow. The team, led by second-year Head Coach Chris Harvey, dominated opponents winning 21 out of 28 games overall and remaining undefeated in conference play (8-0). They became the first Lasell team to play in the NCAA tournament for any sport and, although an unfortunate two-point loss in the first round had them go home early, the success that they found that season was remarkable. With a high scoring offense led by senior Dwayne Okantey (17.4 PPG) and junior Vincent Johnson who made 52 threepointers, the Laser’s placed 12th in the NCAA for scoring (85.3 PPG). Mark DeMieri (‘13) was an All Region selection and a two-time All Pilgrim League selected men’s lacrosse goalie. DeMieri owns the school records for goals-against average in a season (6.59, 2008), and saves in a game
(30), season (260) and career (916), the latter of which ranks eighth in NCAA Division III history. His first-year season, DeMieri posted a Division III leading .682 save percentage, earning him Rookie of the Year honors. In 2008, he led the Pilgrim League in goals against average (6.59) and save percentage (.695), which ranked second and eighth in the nation, respectively. After he led all NCAA Division III goalies in 2005, DeMieri was eighth nationally in save percentage in 2006 (.648) for his sophomore season. “I think it was dedication to my craft, I put a lot of work in on the side...being surrounded by really great teammates and a school that supported me,” said Demieri. Mike Skelton (‘13) dominated Taylor Field during his soccer career at Lasell. Skelton owns the school records for goals and points in a season and career, finishing with 55 goals and 126 points. He was a four-time GNAC selection, a two-time GNAC Player of the Year/ All-New England First Team pick, and a Third Team All-American in his senior season. “I think the reason I was so successful was because our team was so...successful. I was surrounded by a lot of players who played at a high level,” said Skelton. He helped lead his team to a combined 51-20-9 overall record in his four seasons, including a 27-6-1 mark against GNAC opponents. He led the team to a program-best 174-2 mark as a senior, including a 10-game unbeaten streak before falling to Springfield in the ECAC New England Championship game “It’s nice to get individual things but...everything that I did, I wouldn’t have been able to do alone...it’s nice to see some of the guys I used to play with,” said Skelton.
Tia Pratt (‘11) played field hockey for the Lasers and started all four years of her college career. As a first-year, she took home not only the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Year but she was also picked for All-Conference Second Team, an honor she was chosen for the following season as well. In her final two years, she received All-Conference First Team honors. “This is huge for me, I wasn’t a recruit...I came on as a walk-on and I tried so hard...I just wanted to be on the team… I was very strongly committed to the team...it just means a lot to be recognized for so much work,” said Pratt. Pratt finished her career scoring 28 goals, which is good for fourth all-time on Lasell’s scoring list, and 23 assists. The latter is a stat that held the school’s record for seven years until 2017. Her 79 career points are good for third-most in school history. Ashlee Slateree (‘13) was a dominant women’s lacrosse player, one of the most decorated in the program’s history. She cleaned house in her time in the GNAC, having a GNAC Rookie of the Year honor and Second Team selection in her first year and three First Team selections in her last three years. She holds the school career records for ground balls, draw controls, and caused turnovers. Slateree also ranks second alltime in assists and third all-time in goals for Lasell. In single-season records, she ranks first in assists and top four for both goals and points in a single season. Jose Guitian (‘09) is an alum basketball player that was recently admitted into the GNAC Hall of Fame class of 2019, being a part of the third ever class into the GNAC
Hall of Fame. The hall began in 2010 and had an induction class in 2012, but this summer was the first-ever dinner to celebrate the event. Guitian finished his Laser career as one of the school’s most decorated athletes, being the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,911 points and leading rebounder with 1153 boards. He also holds the record for most blocks with 187 spread out through his career. Cait Connolly (‘05) played field hockey and basketball for Regis from 2001 to 2004. After graduating from Regis, Connolly transitioned to coaching and landed the position of head coach for Lasell’s women’s field hockey and lacrosse teams. “[Connolly] had a very successful playing career which brings credibility to [her as] a coach,” said Kristy Walters, athletic director for Lasell.
Connolly holds both the career points record for the Pride’s field hockey program with 74 and the season points record with 26. She finished her basketball career with 1,229 career points and 836 career rebounds which is good for seventh place in all-time scoring for the Pride. As head coach of lacrosse, she has a combined record of 114-50 in her nine seasons. Her teams won the GNAC Championship in both 2013 and 2016 securing themselves a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament. Connolly guided the field hockey team to its best season record with a 16-4 overall record and an undefeated 7-0 in the conference. That season, she won the 2017 GNAC Coach of the Year, an award which she also took home two years earlier.
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Ashley Slattery (‘13) stands at the podium delivering her speech as she is sworn into the Lasell Hall of Fame Class of 2019.(Top left) Greg Walker (‘04) celebrates after receiving his plaque for playing with the 2001-2002 men’s basketball squad. (Top right) Tim Dunton, former coach to inductee Mark DeMieri (‘13)ww, offers his words and wisdom to his former player and stand-out goalie. (Bottom)
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Addington, an alum, takes on new responsibilities CLAIRE CRITTENDON features editor
Since August, recent Lasell graduate Olivia Addington has been serving alongside Dana Jones as assistant coach to the women’s volleyball team. Graduating from Lasell in May 2019 with a degree in public relations, Addington was also hired this September as an admission counselor. Addington played as a starter for women’s volleyball during her four years as an undergraduate student. She joined Angele Lavoie Piotrowski (‘07) as the only two players in school history to break 1,000 career digs and 1,000 career kills during her tenure at Lasell. The California-native finished her career with 1,325 kills (ranking second in school history) and 1,177 digs (fourth most). In her junior year campaign, Addington broke the record for kills in a match (27) as well as records for kills in a three-set match (19) and the standard in a four-set match (22) established in 2016. From player to coach Addington described the transition from player to coach as a weird but fulfilling switch. “The first tournament, when I didn’t hear my name being called from the starters list, that’s kind of when it first hit me,” said Addington. “Being a coach, it’s definitely completely different but it’s also another type of excitement. Being able to tell someone something to fix [their] form or maybe they should try this during a game, and then seeing the results from that,” Addington said, “you get a certain amount of pleasure and joy from that.” Because Addington was a member of the team just last year, she admitted to worrying about the dynamic of coaching her onceteammates. “There was definitely that moment when I was getting hired that I was like, oh man, are they going to respect what I say?” But she says she has had no such issue. In part, she thanks the fact that she was a captain during her junior and senior years. “They’re such great girls that they do understand the line of
respect,” said Addington. Addington prides herself on being able to relate to her players, as she has spent many years in their shoes. “I’m able to pull them aside [during games] and be like, ‘hey, what’s up? Tell me what’s wrong, how can I help? How can I fix this?’ … I know every single emotion that can go through their heads, because I’ve done it for the past eight years, having those emotions on the court” said Addington. Junior Meghan Carroll said, “I played with Olivia for two years before this year and she is an amazing player. Even as a player, she was always giving me advice on how to improve. Now having her as a coach, it’s no different. She is always giving me ways on how the team and us as individuals can be better volleyball players and leaders. She really knows the game and how to teach it.” Addington is enjoying working with her old coach, Jones. “[He] has some amazing philosophies that he follows,” she said. Her and Jones work to incorporate her past experiences to adjust things such as pre-game drills to fully benefit the players. While she says her and Jones don’t have identical coaching styles, they work very well together. In addition to coaching, Addington also works in the office of admissions as an admission counselor. When she was a student, she joined the Blue Key Society in 2016 and worked as a student ambassador until her graduation. Director of Admissions Yavuz Kiremit said working with Olivia has been amazing. “Olivia was a wonderful ambassador to the college, was a wonderful tour guide and when we had this position open this past fall … we knew that she would be a fantastic admissions counselor,” said Kiremit. Addington is amazed by the talent and growth her players continually display, and her players and employers confidently say the same about her.
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Olivia Addington (‘19) now works as Lasell women’s volleyball coach as well as in the office of admissions.
Men’s rugby shows off skills on Grellier
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Members of Men’s Rugby Club celebrate after scoring a try. Lasers came together Sunday during Friends, Family and Alumni Weekend on Grillier Field for the Rugby Club’s senior game. Defeating Mass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), 36-14, students and visitors were treated to an exciting game. The team travels to Connecticut College to face off in a tri-match with them and Colby Sawyer to secure a home playoff game on Oct. 26.
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