October 2021

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October 2021 • Volume 16, Issue 2




Marathon Monday returns to Boston


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Students gather to celebrate the return of Marathon Monday. Following the Marathon on Commonwealth Avenue, students celebrated with one another and music from WLAS DJs in the Arnow Quad.

On October 11, Marathon Monday made its return to campus as the Boston Marathon ran for the first time in over 900 days. Students celebrated throughout the day, from watching runners pass them by on the corner of Woodland Road and Washington Street, to singing and dancing at Arnow Quad. Due to COVID-19, this was the first Marathon Monday for about three-quarters of students on campus. The last time the event took place, the senior class were first-year students. This year, the Marathon was pushed back from its traditional month of April to October. According to the Boston Athletic Association, Marathon officials still plan on holding the 2022 Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, April 18. This means there will be two marathons in one school year. On the corner of Woodland Road and Washington Street, a large crowd gathered to cheer on the marathon runners as they hustled from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston. Over on Arnow Quad, Lasell’s radio station,

WLAS 102.9, hosted a celebration for students to sing, dance, and party. Sophomore entrepreneurship major Cliff Lewis was one of many celebrating their first Marathon Monday. Lewis enjoyed meeting new people and how students were gathered all over campus taking part in the event. “I was doing everything that everybody usually does, going out there to watch the marathon then move over to Arnow Quad. I did everything. I did Marathon Monday.” said Lewis, after his first Marathon experience. While students were celebrating on campus, alumni Geralson Winthrow (‘21) was busy running the marathon for the first time. “Running the Boston Marathon has always been a goal of mine, and being there running it felt surreal. It was a dream come true,” said Winthrow. Winthrow, a native of Mystic, Conn. was a standout student-athlete here at Lasell. He transferred from Newbury College after the school closed its doors in 2019. Graduating in

2021 with a degree in graphic design and a minor in studio art, Winthrow was a key member of the cross country and track & field teams. En route to the finish line, Winthrow knew he would pass his alma mater. “The truth is I was looking forward to it, and it made my day. I felt proud to be a Laser,” said Winthrow, recounting his thoughts as he passed campus. “I think it went well, I honestly think I liked this year more,” said senior Emily Hong, comparing this year’s marathon to her first. “I hung out with friends and was able to enjoy the day outside, it was beautiful weather,” said Hong. After losing Marathon Monday for her sophomore and junior years, Hong said she looked forward to celebrating two marathons her senior year. “I’m very excited, I’m looking forward to it,” Hong said. “I think it is going to be awesome having my last year have two,” After the tradition was lost for the past two school years, the community will now prepare for a second Marathon Monday this spring.


Sophmore Dylan Fraize holds up sophmore Isabelle Babcock during Marathon Monday.

Friends, Family, Alumni weekend is back


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Family, friends and alumni flocked to campus from October 16 to 18 to reconnect with their loved ones within the Lasell community. This annual event was put on pause in 2020 to respect federal and state COVID-19 guidelines, but two weeks ago the Office of Student Activities launched three days of nonstop, in-person events. The weekend started off on Saturday with a boat cruise where family, friends and alumni had the opportunity to take a guided tour and view the skyline of Boston. Also offered on Saturday was apple picking, BINGO night in the dining hall - a community favorite- the alumni and family beer garden, among many others. The beer garden gave

alumni a chance to unwind and catch up after a long time apart. River Day took place on Sunday, which is an opportunity for friends, family and alumni to take turns racing in the Lasell University canoes. Winners of the race take home the Golden Trophy. Everyone is encouraged to come by and cheer on the participants, including President Michael Alexander and the university’s crew team. Friends and family stood on the docks alongside the Charles River to watch alumni, parents, and the Lasell Crew Team participate in the race. The 2021 River Race Golden Trophy was awarded to alumni James Kappatos (‘20) and his team.


Alumni gather outside the Athletic Center to paint.


Study abroad cancelled for Spring 2022

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Alum and past 1851 Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Avery Stankus (‘21) said, “I spent most of the day at the alumni Beer Garden where I was able to see classmates I hadn’t seen since before COVID-19. Simply getting to mingle and catch up while being back on campus was so heartwarming.” Stankus continued, “I loved how welcoming and eventful the campus was even after graduating … the past few months have gone by fast and if COVID-19 impacting my senior year taught me anything it was to really appreciate the moment for what it is.” 8 p.m. on Saturday, the dining hall was bustling with people for bingo night. Concurrent to the garden, Fall Fest was hosted in the lot behind Edwards Student Center. Music was provided by WLAS, and a plethora of family friendly activities were set up including crafts, tie-dye, cookie decorating, caricatures, games, and more. In the alumni tent, two School of Fashion graduates, Aine Hawthorne ’20 and Abigail Detrick ’20 were hosting a signing for their book “Les Modes Magnifiques.” Friends and family of alumni are welcomed to the events as well, not just those visiting current students. “My sister actually worked in the admissions office forever… she went here for four years, and played basketball and softball,” said Heather Perez, also the parent of current men’s Soccer player Jaydon Perez. Heather Perez visited the event once before her sister’s first year, “The kids

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President Michael Alexander and his dog, Lady Di, seen with Boomer at Family, Friends, and Alumni weekend.

really like this one (tie dye shirts), and they painted the pumpkins already too.” Three unsuccessful home games were held against Johnson & Wales University: field hockey, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer. Field hockey finished 0-6, men’s soccer 0-2, and women’s soccer 1-3. Women’s volleyball was set to face off against Emmanuel, but the match was postponed until October 29.

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Text me when you get home

CLAIRE CRITTENDON co-editor-in-chief


(L-R seniors Aster Kallman, Claire Crittendon, & Nick Brown.)

My college application essay was on the importance of what I called at the time, my found family. My friends, mentors, partners - people I knew would meet me with the perfect balance of patience, support, accountability, and love. Four years have passed since I wrote that essay, and I would write it over again. As a senior in college, the significance of a sound, circular support system has not been lost on me. I graduated high school early, and started college a little before I was ready, honestly. Being treated like a child was never something I tolerated well, and as a first-year I worried that was the only way my peers would view me. While my older friends did hold space for me throughout my adolescence, it was observed in a way free from condescension and instead full of encouragement and subtle aid. I am continually grateful to have a group of people whom I find myself comfortable opening up to in such raw ways and who make life that much more worth living. I grew up fiercely independent and had difficulties with trust; friendships and partnerships are a give and take that I’ve struggled with in the past. Committed support and codependency walk a fine line, one I’m still figuring out myself at times. That said, don’t settle. There are people who will take all you have to give and offer nothing in return. Leave them. There are people out there who will match your energy, and they’ll do it enthusiastically. I’ve met the sun and the stars, I live with them; people so bright, warm, persistent and forgiving, people who have guided my path so clearly without even being asked to do so. However, you can’t ask of others what you don’t ask of yourself. Are you showing up for your loved ones? How? How often? Do you go to their shows, read their writing, consume their art, listen to their stories? Do you wait to back out from the driveway until you see them enter their home and watch the door close behind them? Where are they among your priorities? Perfection is hilariously impossible but dedication and loyalty are not. Anyway, all this to say, hug your friends and tell them how and why you love them - everyone’s trying their best.

Opinion & Editorial Gen Z will change the world EMMA INGENOHL

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What and who are Generation Z? Young people? Gamers? Peace-makers? “Digital-ites”? Generation Z is a unique generation which has become a controversial topic of the last few years. Those who are considered Generation Z, or Gen Z for short, are born between the years of 1997 and 2012, though some sources say mid 90s to mid 2010s. Some of the leading characteristics of Gen Z are that we are a diverse generation that are the first “digital natives.” According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation, we tend to be politically progressive, financially focused, independent, and mental health conscious. It seems Gen Z gets a bad rep from older generations. We are told that we spend too much time on the internet, we are bad at interpersonal communications, lazy, and too sensitive. I get it. We grew up in the digital age, I got my first cellphone in fifth grade. Many of us knew how to navigate Facebook before our parents did. Additionally in an article from Businesswire.com, the technology that was around in our childhood impacted our generation in many ways. Gen Z is bold, we stand up for what we believe in, we live ferociously, we have big goals. According to Pew Research Center, we are on track to be the most educated generation. If you ask me, Gen Z has the power to change the world. Gen Z is passionate. We care deeply about the preservation of life and happiness for all people. Greta Thunberg was fifteen years old when she began practicing environmental activism. She, like many other young people, have strong

concerns about the state of the world and wish to do something about it. ‘Strike With Us’ is a youth climate strike that holds strikes all over the United States, helping to fight climate change by demanding action from our policy and law makers. According to CBS News, in the summer of 2020 when millions of people hit the streets to protest George Floyd’s murder and in support of Black Lives Matter, it was Gen Z leading the pack. Maybe it’s not that we are too sensitive, maybe we have exposed patterns and systems that were normalized and refuse to let them continue. Growing up with the internet has allowed Gen Z to perfect the ways to use social media as a tool for activism. As technology advances, ideas are spread faster, young people are using this to their advantage. Remember when young people on TikTok spread word to reserve fake tickets for Donald Trump’s Tulsa Rally, resulting in the arena to not have as much of an audience? I believe this is just the beginning of what Gen Z can do with the power of the internet. This, combined with our never-ending


drive and aspirations, is going to be what changes the world. We juggle school, extra-curriculars, our family, mental health, activism, social lives, and more just to keep up with the ever-changing present. We never take no for an answer and we never apologize for who we are. Generation Z has the power to change the world.

Late night dining tries its best


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I think it’s been a rough year for 1851 late-night dining. Last year late-night dining wasn’t offered until later in the year, and you would think that students wouldn’t be complaining as much about the food service for this year. I believe students have no right to complain about 1851, due to the short staffing and the nationwide product shortage. Chartwells has been looking for more workers since the beginning of the year. A few employees have left for other career pursuits, leaving holes in the work environment, holes they hoped students would fill. Late-night dining was one of them, and to help lure students in, they raised the payment to $18 per hour. I cannot say it has worked. It may not be widely known, but there is a nationwide food product shortage that is also impacting Lasell. There are going to be times where your favorite

item is not going to be available. When the problem is outside of Lasell, there should be no reason why students should feel the need to complain about it when there are still other options available. Of course the late pickup times could be fixed since getting food at 11 p.m. is not ideal. If the sides are prepped too much ahead of time it can result in food becoming cold too quickly. However, if this does happen to the student, a quick fix could be heating up the food in a microwave. In conclusion, late night dining is doing everything it can. The late pickup times may be a bummer but in the end you will still get your food. They are working hard to make everyone happy and in the end the food they prepare will hit the spot. The food shortage is going to be hard to deal with but there is always another option.

Please pick up the pace


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I completely understand when it’s a lovely fall day on campus, people want to take a pleasant stroll down Woodland Road to watch whatever sports team is playing and enjoy their day. I get it. But I have places to be, so pick up the pace and get out of the way. Able-bodied people who choose walk slowly are some of the worst creatures on this earth, next to people who chew with their mouths open, bikers, and the New York Yankees. I mean, seriously, you’re telling me your legs can’t move any faster? There is no possible way that your legs move that slow, it doesn’t make sense. Students have places to be and when other students slow them down because they can’t walk faster or step to the side, it ruins everybody’s day. Most people will be polite and take a step to the side, but some like to take up the whole sidewalk and make everybody else late for their mandatory biology class. I understand I walk at a faster pace than most, but it’s because I like to get

to my destination on time. When I get an alert from Boost that my quesadilla is ready for pickup, I want to make sure I get it as soon as possible. And when you slow-walkers prevent me from getting my quesadilla, it gets my blood boiling. Please be advised, I am not saying you are a bad person if you walk at a slow pace. I would also like to make it clear that this is not directed towards anybody with a disability which causes them to move slowly. I’m just saying for those who are able, I would like you a little more if you could just go faster or move. I sound like a broken record at this point, but there are not very many solutions to walking slowly other than moving or going faster. As I write this, I realize that some people may see me as rude. I apologize for that, as that is not my intent. However, I would not have to come off as harsh if some people could add a tiny amount of urgency to their day and please walk faster.

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News Briefs Weekly Yoga for All Bodies Every Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., an all-levels yoga class is hosted in de Witt Hall. The class is free and hosted by Counseling Center Staff Adela Hruby. Students are encouraged to bring their own mat, but one can be provided if needed. No prior yoga experience is needed to follow through the sessions. Any questions can be directed to ahruby@lasell.edu. Changes to the Academic Calendar The Office of the Registrar sent out an email to students on October 4 informing them of changes made to the Academic Calendar. The updates include changes to the date of the winter/spring registration for graduate students. Check MyLasell to see the updated Academic Calendar. Take Back the Night The Take Back the Night event will take place in de Witt hall on Friday, November 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature serious discussions regarding sexual assault and domestic violence. Trained counselors will be available on site. The event will also have a debriefing process following the speeches that are given. Those in attendance are asked not to record audio or video, or take photos during the event to respect the privacy and safety of those speaking.


October 2021


Phishing scams plague campus community KAIT BEDELL & HANNA BABEK news editor

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In recent weeks, the Although Jozwik said community has received sevthe “two pronged approach” eral emails from campus pois effective in protecting the lice and the IT department community, students have exwarning students, staff and pressed frustration with this. faculty members of recent “I personally hate it bephishing emails. cause it always logs me out and The scam emails have it’s a nuisance especially when messages which look like I really need to check my email they are coming from difquickly,” sophomore Maddie ferent community members Sewade said. which talk about possible The other half of the ap“termination” of student acproach is education-based. IT counts. The emails prompt is planning training campaigns students to share personal inand initiatives to raise awareformation on a Google form ness in how community memto “resolve” the issue. bers can protect themselves. IT Department Director Jozwik emphasized the Wiktor Jozwik says Lasell uses most effective way to avoid bethe Microsoft 365 system for ing tricked by these emails is to security, which detects most be careful. He says, “If you have phishing emails before they any reason to suspect an email, even reach the students. He send it to IT, we’ll look at it, says only about one percent we’ll let you know.” of the phishing emails make Detective Lieutenant Richit past the security system ard Heslin said Campus Police and into students’ inboxes. and the IT Department moniIn order to identify a tor nationwide and local alerts phishing email, Jozwik said of scams such as these. students should make sure “As a community, it’s imthere is a valid reason to be portant to report suspected receiving that email. If there PHOTO BY KAIT BEDELL phishing emails to IT immediare spelling errors or the for- Campus Police and the IT Department have worked with the Lasell commu- ately and monitor individual mat looks different, the stu- nity in recent weeks in an attempt to keep people’s personal information accounts for suspicious activident should call the office the secure amidst phishing email scams. ty,” Heslin said. sender is impersonating and Heslin said although techThe IT Department is using what nology is used regularly by the university, he ask if they had sent out an email. “A little bit of awareness goes a long Jozwik calls the “two pronged approach” thinks the benefits of it outweigh the risk of to handle these emails. IT has escalated the “falling victim” to phishing scams. way,” Jozwik says. When it comes to these emails, Jozwik technical aspect of protecting students by “It’s important to remember that phishsaid to confirm that they are legitimate be- enabling two factor authentication, which ing emails exist and are used because they fore interacting with them. If something prompts students to confirm their identifi- do work,” Heslin said. “If you fall victim to a about the email looks different than usual, cation through a code received by text or a phishing/scam email while on campus don’t Jozwik says the best way for students to stay phone call. Per Jozwik, this caused a “huge be embarrassed about it, contact campus safe is by sending the email to IT to deter- reduction” in the number of malicious ac- police or IT and we will help you work your tors gaining access to students’ information. way through it.” mine its trustworthiness.

Campus regulations continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic KAIT BEDELL & AVA NEELY news editor

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college classes that haven’t experienced ‘college,’” said Hamm. “We had a high expectation that it would be awful, but everyone is doing well.” Being an RA during the pandemic has added an even greater management role to the job; keeping everyone in line, while also keeping everyone’s health at utmost priority. “It is definitely a role that PHOTO BY KAIT BEDELL is my biggest The COVID-19 testing center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 responsibility,” a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hamm said. “I do peer mentoring and I am a As the pandemic has changed within writing tutor, but this one holds the most the past year and a half, so have the uni- responsibility.” versity’s safety guidelines. Hamm said that it has been difficult Students living in doubles are cur- to maintain all of her responsibilities as rently allowed to have two guests in the an RA, but that the lifting of some of the room and masks are no longer required in covid-regulations has helped to alleviate buildings for vaccinated students except some of those duties. for in the classroom. “Testing has been lifted, we used to Students who wish to have a guest on kind of have to look around at people’s campus outside of the Lasell community bracelets and keep a mental note if they must register them through MyLasell and didn’t have a bracelet,” she said. Also, for upload proof of their vaccination or a neg- the first month no guests were allowed on ative COVID-19 test. campus, so we had to check for that.” Junior Resident Assistant (RA) Emily Sophomore Maeve Willerup said that Hamm commented students have been the new regulations have also impacted doing a respectable job abiding by rules. the campus atmosphere. “We were expecting a lot of party“This year feels a lot more like college ing and craziness because we have two and what college should be,” Willerup

said. “Feeling a sense of community and camaraderie is something you can’t experience online and that’s a big part of Lasell’s character.” Willerup said she thinks the school has done a good job of handling COVID. “I feel like the current covid regulations are safe and comfortable for everyone,” Willerup said. “I think testing has been the most helpful thing that we’ve had easily accessible on campus.” Commenting on the work the university has done and continues to do to navigate the pandemic, Hamm had some words of advice as the community moves forward in these uncertain times. “I think right now it’s a time of change and I think that our campus is trying to adjust to what it once was, I think everything has room for improvement,” said Hamm. “It is a matter of if I am not feeling well, it’s my responsibility to take action. It comes down to self-accountability.” One of the head members of the COVID-19 task force, Director of Health Services Richard Arnold, spoke on the current guidelines on campus, and how these are going to affect the winter sports season coming up. “The current guidelines on campus are masks in all classrooms and at all publicly accessed events. This includes indoor sports, or any other indoor events. There are no mask mandates for outdoor activities, but we encourage those who want to mask for any reason to feel free to do so,” said Arnold. “We currently require regular testing for the small number of unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff,” Arnold continued. “They are required to wear a mask indoors at all times. Athletes are being required to test regularly due to the higher risk associated with their sports.” Arnold also discussed the guidelines for the upcoming indoor sports season. While all the guidelines are not fully so-

lidified yet as the task force moves day by day, Arnold was able to paint a good picture as to what these events will look like. “While on court players do not have to [wear a] mask, yet on the sidelines and during practices everyone has to [wear a] mask, and the spectators all have to [wear a] mask as well, even with proof of vaccination or a negative covid test,” Arnold said. As the weather pushes people indoors, the risk of airborne infection including the flu and other seasonal viruses increases. Lasell mandated the flu vaccine last year, but they did not this year. However, Arnold says it is strongly encouraged. Arnold also made sure to remind the community of the basic precautions to take to avoid illness. “As we do every winter, we encourage frequent hand washing and to avoid touching your face to limit infection spread,” he said. The guidelines have changed, yet the COVID-19 task force continues to meet twice a week, reviewing the latest information, data, and research. This helps to interpret how campus data guides upcoming decision making. Arnold says a recent example of this work is dropping mandatory testing for everyone on campus due to the “wonderful job everyone is doing, students, faculty, and staff,” with keeping infection rates low. Arnold says, “we’re always constantly reevaluating. I don’t anticipate any change in the near future. The ultimate goal is to return as much as possible to a pre-covid campus culture, while maintaining the safety of our community.” Arnold then offered some final words of support and advice. “Thanks for doing your share to keep everybody safe. It is working. Don’t let your guard down, we are not through with this virus.”


October 2021


Students still unhappy with dining services


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Late night dining at The 1851 Grill was implemented on campus in the spring of 2019, giving students not only another dining location but also a late-night meal option. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the grill switched from in-person ordering to using only the Boost Mobile app. Since the majority of the student body has returned to campus for this academic year, issues have been experienced across multiple aspects of dining. Many students have been experiencing issues ordering late night dining at the 1851 Grill through the Boost Mobile app due to pre ordering and backups in production. “It’s certainly not the ideal thing to have to order at noon for dinner when I literally live right upstairs,” said sophomore sports communications major LJ VP LaFiura. Director of Dining Services Michael Quackenbush said the backups are due to staffing shortages and working out flaws in the Boost Mobile app. “To ensure meals are prepared on time despite labor shortages, we offer a set number of pick-up times every six minutes,” Quackenbush said. At the beginning of the year, some students were unable to place a late-night order

after 8 p.m. because the app was backed up with student orders, but according to the Assistant Director of Operations for Dining Kyle Mullen (21’), this situation has been resolved. “It is not normal for pick-up times to be later than a guest’s order time. Sometimes we may experience a short delay if we are short-staffed. We did experience a campus-wide outage recently that did cause pick-up times to be delayed in September,” said Mullen. Until this improvement has been seen by students, many continue to have ordering issues. “The app doesn’t work [on my phone] so it’s a little frustrating because I can’t order food late at night,” said Kaitlyn Gargas, a sophomore hospitality and event management major. Quackenbush said the app works best when the most up-to-date version is installed on students’ phones. Gargas is hopeful the grill can return to in-person ordering as she remembers from her first year, but after meeting with the food committee, Quackenbush says they have decided to continue exclusively use the Boost Mobile app to limit large groups from forming in the Arnow Campus Center. He explained how earlier in the semester, time slots for ordering on the app were


A student waits to pick up their food from Kyle Mullen (‘21) at the 1851 grill.


The Hibachi station at the Valentine Dining Hall, which offers vegan and vegetarian options.

set further apart to keep distancing measures in place, but since on-campus COVID-19 guidelines have been updated, the 1851 Grill has followed suit, accepting more orders per six-minute time slot. LaFiura has begun to accept the possibility of eating late or not eating at all because of the experienced back-ups. “You kind of have to deal with the 11 p.m. timeslot… I guess it just comes down to, you don’t eat, or I’ve gone and ordered from off-campus which certainly costs a lot more money...to have somebody deliver,” he said. The 1851 Grill is not only experiencing issues with ordering but is also offering a smaller menu than students were used to in the past, but some of these issues are out of the hands of Dining Services. “Currently we are experiencing supply chain disruptions in the food and beverage industry. We are doing everything we can to minimize disruptions for the Lasell Community,” said Quackenbush. Dining Services is also making changes to better accommodate those with allergies and dietary restrictions in both the 1851 Grill and Valentine Dining Hall. “Boost just introduced an Allergen Alert to identify allergies. We are currently installing this across all Boost Platforms. Our team will review that information

when the order is received and ensure that the item is prepared appropriately,” Quackenbush said. That change only applies to the 1851 Grill however, as students with these dietary restrictions continue to experience minimal options at the dining hall on a daily basis. This has forced some to go out of their way to find other sources of nourishment. “Some nights it’s hard to find something that’s not unhealthy. French fries are an easy option, but to find something decent and nutritious can be difficult,” said sophomore public and community health major Caitlin Gannon. “Going off campus and buying my own food is more reliable than the dining hall, but it can be expensive.” Quackenbush stands behind the two allergen and diet friendly stations offered in the dining hall, saying they improve their options every year. “Year over year Valentine Dining Hall continues to increase its availability of allergen-friendly foods,” Quackenbush said. He invites students to reach out to Dining Services if they have specific needs. “We encourage all students who are having trouble finding foods to meet their dietary restrictions to contact us to discuss a plan to ensure they are comfortable navigating their way through the dining hall.”

Study abroad cancelled for Spring 2022 semester


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In an email sent by Academic Affairs on September 29, students were informed that all study abroad and Shoulder to Shoulder programs for the Spring 2022 semester would be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Director of International Student Services Maria Adkins was asked about the cancellation of the study abroad program and its impact on the decision process behind the program not continuing for next semester. “...President Alexander, really talked with the board and decided that, for safety matters with COVID-19 on the rise at the time in late August when they were making this decision, there were too many unknowns. And to be cautious and thinking of the safety of our students they canceled study abroad for the spring semester,” said Adkins. Adkins went on to share the importance of the domestic programs continuing for the spring semester, such as a semester in the city, the Disney college program, and the Washington D.C. spring semester trip. However, Adkins did not mention there is an alternative route to study abroad during the pandemic. Senior fashion merchandising major Karina Fernandes, who is double minoring in business and entrepreneurship, is currently taking a leave of absence to study at the London College of Fashion


Karina Fernandes posing outside a telephone booth during her Fall 2021 gap semester in London.

for the fall semester. Fernandes worked everything out with the study abroad office who assured her the credits she earned would transfer back to Lasell. “I sent them an email and...they told me that I could take a leave of absence from [Lasell] for a semester. I would be able to study abroad independently, and I would just have to pay my current school . . . directly rather than paying


Karina Fernandes at the KNWLS fashion show for London Fashion Week.

through Lasell,” said Fernandes when asked about the process. Fernandes has had many opportunities since being in London to help strengthen her portfolio, including attending London Fashion Week and working with brands such as KNWLS, Rejina Pyo, and Paul & Joe. Fernandes hopes more students will have the opportunity to take a leave of absence as she did.

Some students were hoping for the opportunity to study abroad internationally this year, like current junior health science major Celeste Hunter-Pines. “Having certain things in order already just to have plans fall through so far into the year was disheartening,” said Hunter-Pines. The news sparked empathy in recent alumni, Noor Lobad (‘21), a fashion media and marketing major whose study abroad at the London College of Fashion in Spring 2020 was cut short. “A lot of schools are continuing their study abroad programs that I’m seeing and then there are schools that are just canceling them across the board...I guess Lasell is erring on the side of caution a little bit more...we’re just going to have to wait and see. It’s going to be a while before things go back to normal,” said Lobad. Academic Affairs noted in their email announcing the cancellation of Spring 2022 study abroad programs they would continue to monitor COVID-19 news to decide whether study abroad will continue for the Fall 2022 semester. “I do hope study abroad returns next fall. I’m hoping more and more people get vaccinated and we get beyond this pandemic, because it certainly affected a lot of people and especially global travel in general,” said Adkins.


October 2021


You know de Witt Hall, do you know Thomas de Witt?


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Thomas de Witt pictured at 1993 River Day.

Students know de Witt Hall for the different social events it holds, such as the recent Halloween concert. Students remember the large group history and ethics classes held between its walls and department events like SoCA Day and School of Business Day. But as students

walk through the entrance under the plaque that reads “de Witt,” few wonder who de Witt is and what gives him significance to Lasell. Thomas E.J. de Witt was the eleventh president of then-Lasell College, serving the community from 1988 until 2007. According to de Witt, when he accepted the position at Lasell, the school had less than 400 students and was in bad shape. “In 1988, the college was probably two years away from bankruptcy. It was tiny,” he said. “The campus looked very tired.” Former Vice President for Enrollment Management, and longtime colleague of de Witt, Kate O’Connor said de Witt gave the college a new attitude about finances. “Tom helped us understand it was about everybody [not just] about the individual.” She explained how de Witt showed his board the best thing to do with leftover budgeting money at the end of the year is save it, eventually turning it into more money. At the time de Witt came to Lasell, the school was still a two-year women’s college. The first two major changes de Witt made for the Lasell community was to make the school a four year institution, and then a few years later, he made the school co-ed. According to O’Connor, without de Witt’s leadership knowledge of the industry, Lasell might not be here today. “He brought the community together, which is a hard thing to do when you’re a new president. But he helped all of us understand that we were in it together.” But the improvements he made to help the college from its “near-bankrupt” state are not

what de Witt is most proud of. In the early 1990s, Lasell’s board was working to find a purpose for a large piece of land that the college owned located at the back of the campus. Friends of the school suggested selling the land which would financially stabilize the college, but O’Connor recalled de Witt wanting to do more to help the community than provide land to several multi-million dollar homes. Instead, de Witt and his colleagues embarked on a project that, although risky, could set Lasell apart from other colleges for the foreseeable future: Lasell Village. “When we decided to build Lasell Village, people thought we were crazy. But Tom had a vision for the future,” said O’Connor. “[Lasell Village] is the only [continuing care retirement community (CCRC)] in the country, probably in the world, with a learning mandate,” said the former President. “We have to do 450 hours minimum of learning a year… We’re now in a generation with far more educated elders who are not ready to just hang up their shoes and sit back and watch television. They are intellectually curious.” De Witt said he loved the process of creating Lasell Village because of the continuous excitement and the constant contention that prompted the college to gain recognition. “We made the front lead editorial in the Boston Globe once,” he said. De Witt said there was pressure from the neighbors to not build Lasell Village which intrigued the local media. “That kind of constant pressure and people coming out and wanting to write about it put our college on the map.”

The retirement community was eventually finished after grueling legal and financial processes, according to de Witt. Those intellectual elders began to move in. When de Witt decided to retire from his presidency in 2007, he wanted to make sure he left the college in capable hands, so de Witt hired Michael Alexander. A decision, the former president said he has become very happy with. “I feel really good about having somebody follow me who didn’t mess it up and in fact make it so much better than it was then,” said de Witt. Before de Witt left the college, he spent an additional 50 hours working one-on-one with Alexander to give him advice and teach him all he needed to know about the school he was about to become in charge of. This educational transition of power is something that Alexander will offer to his successor. De Witt had an active retirement, moving around to help other colleges stay afloat during a time when small institutions seem to be folding. It was not until this past August when he decided to settle down and move into Lasell Village; the retirement community that he built for life-long learners two decades ago. Although he is now only a short walk away, de Witt says under President Alexander’s leadership, the Lasell community is in good hands. “He is an outstanding president,” said de Witt. “He has a different temperament. He’s really good at strategic planning… You’re not going to get a lot of small colleges that have 30 years of consistently good leadership.”

administration, human resources, professional sales, and certified financial planning. These course meetings are held via Zoom once a week, are flexible to your schedule, and are usually eight to 14 weeks in length. Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Management and Fashion Media and Marketing Catharine Weiss acts as Lasell’s RIZE Coordinator. As coordinator, Weiss’ main responsibility is to connect students and the Lasell community with RIZE, acting as a communication liaison. Weiss values the opportunity for students to be involved in RIZE education as they are expanding their academic resources while being exposed to new people and new ideas. “[RIZE] offers us a multitude of curriculum and major opportunities that we wouldn’t necessarily be able to build up to fast enough… [RIZE] helps us offer majors that are relevant and applicable… and really makes our students marketable,” Weiss said. Sophomore business management major Emily Chaffee is a Student Ambassador for the organization and has taken the professional sales course in the past. Her role is to inform the Lasell community about RIZE, making these options easier for students to access. “I stepped into this role because I enjoyed

the course I’ve taken through RIZE. The professors are skilled in the subjects they teach...and are knowledgeable about how to prepare you for the workforce,” Chaffee said. According to Weiss, courses offered through RIZE are developed by “rockstar professors,” who are experts in their field. When developing the supply chain management courses, Weiss worked with Rudi Leuschner, associate professor and program director of the master’s program in supply chain management at Rutgers University. “You have this incredible, invaluable content from a professor that you probably wouldn’t even interact with during your college career. And you have this really great opportunity where you’re exposed to this amazing content and strategy…” Weiss said. In addition to classes, RIZE offers events such as a week-long seminar with five nightly events aimed at providing information to students that will set them apart in their industry. This year, RIZE Week included panels called ‘How to Build a Better Instagram,’ ‘Majors Every Undecided Should Consider,’ ‘How To Turn Your Degree Into A Career,’ ‘Found It! How Entrepreneurs Start Companies,’ and a comedy show. Whereas courses through RIZE must apply to your major, events like RIZE Week are open

to all students at the partnership college or university. “The events RIZE has are very beneficial to college students, they only want to prepare [students] for the workforce,” Chaffee said. Most of the courses offered through RIZE at Lasell are business focused. Because of the opportunities provided by the organization, Chaffee hopes more courses will be developed outside the business field and both Lasell and RIZE will continue to expand its offerings. Weiss agrees the opportunities are important to our community, “the ability to exchange ideas… and become a smaller college with all of these different institutions that are out there is really cool,” Weiss said. The RIZE team will be visiting campus on November 12, offering students free professional headshots, meeting with current RIZE students and connecting with other students interested in RIZE. The purpose of this visit will be to gather information on how to improve their student experience and show their commitment to and support of their partner schools and students. If interested in RIZE, contact Catharine Weiss at cweiss@lasell.edu or Emily Chaffee at echaffee@lasell.edu for more information.

Rise to your fullest potential with RIZE courses


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A RIZE Student Ambassador displaying promotional material.

RIZE is an organization working to provide students with access to majors their college may not offer. RIZE consists of partnership colleges and universities around the United States that have access to their plug-in module courses. These courses take an ordinary major and turn it into specific course content that is applicable to an individual field. Lasell offers five courses through RIZE: supply chain management, esports and gaming

Habitat For Humanity club hosts campus clothing drive


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Lasell’s chapter of Habitat For Humanity is hosting a clothing drive benefiting Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization in Newton. The club held a kickoff event for the clothing drive in the Arnow quad on October 19, aiming to collect new or “like-new” items. Students can continue to donate used clothing until November 16 outside the dining hall. There is also a dropbox site in Newtonville, located on Albany Street. According to the club’s profile on Laser Involvement, Habitat For Humanity’s mission is to “provide students with community service opportunities while benefiting low-income families and individuals”. Cradles to Crayons is a local organization that helps families and individuals in the Boston area who are in need. According to their website, their mission is to provide children ages newborn to 12 the essential items needed to survive and thrive. They aim to support children living in homeless or low income situations. Cradles to Crayons’ most needed donations include everyday shoes and sneakers, shirts, and sweatshirts but will also accept all clothing and coats, books, new arts and crafts supplies, and new hygiene products.

President of the Chapter and senior psychology major Beverly Banks says after the event ends, the items collected will be donated directly to Cradles to Crayons. The drive also has an Amazon Wishlist for people to help out virtually where they can purchase items online that will be donated directly to Cradles to Crayons. The link to the wish list can be found on Cradles to Crayons Boston’s website under the Take Action and Donate Goods tab. Banks said she enjoys her time on Habitat For Humanity and she is grateful to be able to help out with the clothing event. “I try to be mindful of what I have and to be grateful for that...because obviously not everyone does have access to food and clothing and things like that,” Banks said. “I feel privileged to be able to allot my time to helping others in that way.” Among those donating was first-year fashion design student Eliara Ventura Rodriguez. “I have clothes that I don’t wear anymore, so I thought it would be good to just donate them here,” Ventura said. Isabelle Conway, a first-year elementary education major and member of Habitat For Humanity, says it’s important for students to give back to

the community. “We all have clothes that don’t fit us anymore, or just don’t wear anymore. So it’s always great to donate them to someone that really needs it,” she said. This is the first event Habitat For Humanity has hosted since the start of COVID-19. Senior Vice President Maggie Powers, a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing, says the club is eager to start working with organizations again. “We usually partner with Father Bills to donate food. We are also trying to work with the local Habitat For Humanity, whether that’s through their restores or helping with builds....” Banks says clothing donations are especially needed around the holidays. “Now that the weather is getting cold, people are really in need of clothing. Especially winter jackets, so if we can get people to gather these items to then provide them to Cradles to Crayons, it will help people in the area and that’s the whole purpose of the clothing drive,” said Banks. Habitat For Humanity is also doing giveaways for those who get involved with the clothing drive, Banks said at the event. According to Banks, the fifth person to donate received a gift and in the future, there will be a raffle basket which those who

donate can enter to win. “I’m really excited about the clothing drive and I really hope that more people as the weeks go on keep participating and hearing about it,” Banks said.


The Habitat For Humanity Club kicked off the clothing drive during their first event of the year.


October 2021

Arts & Entertainment

New England’s 2021 spooky season events


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pire Passage and the Haunted Hayride. All tickets must be purchased online at $42 a person on their website, wictheswoods.com. You’re sure to see Halloween sights you won’t witness anywhere else this season.

Salem, Mass: A live performance going on outside of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Salem Haunted Magic Show: “Hysteria” - October 1 to October 6 (50 Washington St., Salem) Having had the privilege to attend a show, I’d recommend if you’re in the Salem area to check out the Haunted Happenings Magic Show. With a new theme every year, this year’s 10th-anniversary Hysteria show had scary ghost stories, illusions, and mind-reading performances all live on stage. General Admissions start at $18 per person, and with tons of audience participation, you feel like a

Six Flag Fright Fest - Friday, September 24 to Sunday, October 31 (1623 Main St., Agawam, Massachusetts) A New England favorite, Fright Fest is back this year at Six Flags. Walk through the scary zones around the massive theme park while going on rides, seeing haunted attractions, and watching live entertainment and shows. A one-day ticket costs $34.99 or grab a season pass for the rest of 2021 and all of 2022 for as low as $49.99. Once a ticket holder, you can purchase the premium haunted house add-on for $24.99, allowing you access to all five of the haunted houses set up throughout the park. For tickets and more information visit, visit sixflags.com/newengland/events/ fright-fest.

part of the show! With the capacity not exceeding 100, a negative covid test is not required upon entry. Attending the show and walking around the streets of Salem make for the perfect spooky afternoon! For show postings or more information, go to TheSalemMagicShow.com. Hawthorne Hotels’ 2021 Halloween Ball: “Don’t Look Back” - October 23 (18 Washington Square W, Salem) Join the Hawthorne family in Salem for their annual costume party featuring The Ward Eights, and multiple DJs spread out across three dance floors; for ages 21 and up. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and don’t forget to enter the costume contest! “We chose ‘Don’t Look Back” Salem Haunted Magic Show. as our theme, wanting to put a positive spin on what has been a difficult year and a half,” the ALL PHOTOS BY KARISSA GAUGHAN Hawthorne Family said on Eventbrite at https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-hawthorne-hotelhalloween-ball-dont-look-back-tickets, which is the only place you can purchase tickets starting at $150 a person. You must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours before the event. DRAGATHON: Halloween Night Spooptacular - October 31 (279 Tremont St., Boston) Hosted by The Boulet Brothers, come stand stageside to watch the Halloween Spooktacular drag show starring Trixie Mattel, Katya, Kylie Sonique Love, and featuring so many more. Premium Stage Front Tickets are $99 per person, and General Admissions are $64. All ticket holders have access to the balcony, and those 21 and up will have entry to the Hot Mess After Party. The event is open to all ages and does not require proof of vaccination but requires masks to be worn per request of the city of Boston. Go to ticketweb. com/event/dragathon-halloween-night-spooptacular-all-royale-boston-tickets for tickets and more information.

Witches Woods - Friday to Sunday (Select Thursdays) from October 1 to October 31 (79 Powers Rd., Westford) In addition to all the carnival rides, Witches Woods is back for the 2021 season with past attraction favorites like 3-D Keeper’s Crypt and Castle Morbid. In addition, enjoy the thrills of the JackO-Lantern Jamboree, the Chamber of Chills, Vam-

“Battle at Garden’s Gate”


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Since their debut album “From The Fires’’ was released in 2017, Greta Van Fleet has brought the sounds of classic rock back from the dead to a new generation of fans. However, the band has received significant criticism for sounding too similar to the iconic rock group Led Zeppelin. The critics are not wrong, as the resemblance is uncanny. With their newest album, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate,” the band does a nice job at trying to find their sound and separating themselves from their Zeppelin-esk past. This time around, we got a more vibrant, soft rock sound most fans seemed to appreciate. This album starts off very strongly with “Heat Above,” which has become one of the band’s biggest hits. This song introduces listeners to the band’s new sound. Followed by “My Way, Soon,” the band still holds on to its roots with a fast-paced, fun song keeping their more hard rock fans interested in their music. After the first half of the album is where things start to take a turn. Succeeding the sixth RACHEL SHEPARD

song, “Tears of Rain,” most people seemed to lose interest. Putting it nicely, the reason for this is because the last half wasn’t good. The only saving grace of the latter half was “Light My Love,” which could honestly be the best song on this album. Compared to their last album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,” this album is better because the group is trying to find their sound. If they can keep this sound and have better songs, their next album will be even better than this one. Rating this album out of 10, it would probably fall around a six. Mainly because the first half was great, and the second half was not even close to good. The best songs on “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” would most likely be agreed upon as “Heat Above” and “Light My Love.” They both give a great preview of what we can expect to hear from the band in the future while also just being great love ballets. A few honorable mentions are “My Way, Soon,” “Built By Nations,” and “Tears of Rain.”

An autumn mixtape

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Autumn is a time of change, the weather gets colder and classes become harder. However, change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. This is the perfect time of year to add some new songs to your rotation for the fall. “Lady Grinning Soul” - David Bowie The opening piano solo after Bowie begins singing feels odd, like autumn leaves are swirling around in a gust of wind. The overall atmosphere of “Lady Grinning Soul” is wonderful for walking around campus on a sunny autumn day when the leaves are still turning. “People Are Strange” - The Doors Cold and detached from reality, Jim Morrison croons into the listener’s ears about the feeling of uneasiness when sticking out. People seem cruel and grotesque, sidewalks uneven, and there’s a chill in the air. A perfect song for celebrating the Halloween season without being explicitly about ghouls and goblins. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL SHEPARD

“Naima” - John Coltrane

SoWa Market: Explore creativity

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Mural of SoWa Art & Design District.

Located in the heart of Boston, at 450 Harrison Avenue, is SoWa Art and Design District, which is home to a variety of vendors, galleries, and life. From farmer’s markets to fashion designers to vintage shops, there is something here for everyone. What was once abandoned South End warehouses has been transformed into a blossoming hub for local creatives. There are currently 29 art galleries open in the SoWa art and design district. Inside the old mills is where you will find the artist’s studios and an antique/thrift section. If you take the rustic metal stairs up to the fourth floor (which is where we recommend you start), you can make your way down through the hallways filled with individual studio spaces. Every room is its own art exhibit in itself, and you may even catch an artist at work. Some personal favorites among these are Jules

This is the only instrumental song in this selection, and for good reason. A soft blend of saxophone, piano, and a quiet drum convey a warm and cozy sound that can easily be swayed to. Coltrane named this ballad after his wife and embraces sharing the things we love with others. “Naima” is great for showing off to a partner during cuffing season, or even during the quiet hours after a Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. “The adults are talking” - The Strokes As mid-semester comes around, feeling a slump mentally and physically is normal. The Strokes take that feeling of frustration sur-

Place, Carroll & Sons, and the International Poster Gallery. On the bottom floor, you can find SoWa Vintage Market, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Farm stands, food trucks, beer gardens, and art markets line Harrison Avenue from the beginning of May until the end of October. These vendors are mostly smaller local businesses, so this is a great opportunity to support your community. Every week you are guaranteed to see new vendors, as spots can be reserved easily online. To become a vendor, you must first decide on what type of product you would like to sell. If you are interested in marketing your art, you must fill out an application on SoWa’s website before February 28. The application consists of nine questions, then asks the applicant to select which dates they would like to vend. There is a $40 charge per week if granted a space.


Entrance to the artists studios on fourth floor.

rounding expectations, of not having a plan for what’s coming next, and channel that into a slightly grungy beat. This song could be a great study track, or even better, a study break song. “Rhinestone Eyes” - Gorillaz When looking at everything in the news over the past year, it’s hard not to feel a sense of impending doom. The Gorillaz take that existential dread, especially concerning the topic of climate change, and focus it into this song with an industrial hip-hop sound. Might as well embrace the end of all things as the end of another year approaches with a good song.

October 2021

Arts & Entertainment


Emma’s Style Corner: How to find your personal style EMMA INGENOHL

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In a world full of social media, mico-trends, influencers, and Shein, fashion and style as we once previously knew them are changing drastically. Trends are coming and going faster than ever before, leading to overconsumption and wastefulness. We’re being conditioned to think we need a different outfit for every occasion or every new Instagram post. An easy way to break out of this cycle is to find your own personal style true to you. Personal style is all about wearing what makes you feel good and most like yourself. It’s a form of self expression, just like all other art forms. Here are some easy ways you can dig deeper into yourself and the world of style to find your personal style: Take note of your interests, values, personality traits- We can gain a lot of inspiration from the things we already enjoy. For example, are you a reader? Do you like a particular genre of music? Are some of your favorite movies or characters a reflection of how you see yourself or how you want to be? What means a lot to you? How would you describe yourself? Getting to know yourself through conscious effort may help you to figure out what types of styles you enjoy wearing. Maybe you’re a minimalist with a love for modern chic. Or maybe you’re a Gilmore Girls stan and get your inspo from the early Aughts. Search for inspiration beyond Instagram and Pinterest- If you’re seeking to break away from the grain, it’s best to

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stop looking for inspiration on social media channels, especially Instagram and Pinterest. These sites are hubs for microtrends and unrealistic expectations. Instead, try searching for designers who may capture a style or essence that speaks to you. Watch runway shows, process videos, and interviews. Learn about fashion from the past century. Fashion is cyclical just like anything else, so if something about 1970s fashion inspires you, there is likely a way to portray those fashions in a modern way. Look outside the

box, maybe take a deep dive into your grandparents’ closet. Explore different styles- Just because you want to develop a new style does not mean you will know right away what that style is. And that’s okay! It’s okay to try out some different styles when you’re in the process of finding your personal style. In fact sometimes personal style is a mixture of a lot of different styles. The more you can experiment with fashion, the more comfortable you will be with it. How best to do this

sustainably? That leads us to our next tip: Source second-hand- Getting clothes from second-hand sources such as Ebay, Depop, Poshmark, Goodwill, Saver’s, etc., is an eco-friendly way to find original pieces specific to your personal style. Again, fashion is cyclical, and second-hand stores and marketplaces are a great way to find vintage garments that are just as stylish now. In fact, second-hand clothes are a great way to help develop your personal style because every item is different and likely something you haven’t seen before on anyone else. When you see something you like, you’ll know it’s of interest because you’re relying solely on your own opinions, taste, and style! Block out the noise and wear what makes you feel good- Even though it can be hard, try your best to block out the noise of what the masses are saying and doing and don’t be afraid to follow your own path. It’s not a bad thing to like and wear a particular trend either! Certain trends will likely be part of your personal style. But, do not feel influenced to wear something just because everyone else is. We had this saying on my high school volleyball team: look good, feel good, play good. I believe that applies to all aspects of life. When you think you look good (whatever that means to you), you’re going to feel good (confident), and you’re going to play good (give a good presentation, crush an interview, etc.)

New shows for your fall watchlist

Looking for new shows to watch that will keep your interest? Here are some trending shows you can watch on Hulu, Netflix, and Disney Plus. Netflix: Squid Game In this suspenseful thriller, a character named Gi-hun finds himself navigating a dangerous game for a large sum of money. The game is filled with shocking challenges that end up eliminating players each round. The game starts off with 456 players but will Gi-hun have the luck to outlast them all? Netflix: Maid In this limited series the main character, Alex, is a mother escaping an abusive relationship and tries to find a way to support herself and her daughter by becoming a maid. Will Alex make the right choices to ensure her daughter has a bright future despite their situation? Netflix: The Circle (Season 3) A group of contestants enters into a reality show competition, where each player remains confined to an apartment. Contestants get to know one another via circle chat where they can take privately or amongst groups. Games and other virtual events

take place where players learn more about each other. The trick is, players can catfish other people. Players must rate each other from 1-10. Those with the best rankings achieve the “influencer” role, where they can block a fellow partner. All of this for the sum of $100,000. Hulu: Only Murders in the Building In this mystery crime show directed by Selena Gomez, three characters find themselves investigating for the truth, however, the closer they get, the more lies they uncover. Through their search for answers, they come to a chilling realization that a killer could be closer than they think. Will they be able to identify the killer before it’s too late? Hulu: Dopesick This Hulu Original drama is adapted from the nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug company that Addicted America. This series tells the story of how OxyContin became the infamous drug it is known to be. Hulu: Alter Ego This show creates an opportunity for vocalists to compete against each other without sharing their


identities. The performers get to take the stage as their own virtually displayed creative characters. Disney+: Visions This Star Wars anime series shorts takes viewers through alternate stories in the galaxy far far away. Each episode is about 20 minutes long or shorter, making it an easy binge series. This series introduces new characters to the franchise. Disney+: What If… This Marvel show is a series of short 20-minute episodes that are brought together by a single


question “what if?” The show features familiar heroes but each of their movie storylines has a twist to it. Marvel fans are able to see different character crossovers they would have never seen before. Disney+: Magic Bake Off In this sweet competition, young bakers battle to win Disney-inspired challenges to win a recipe video of their wedding cake, a deluxe baking set, and the Magic Bake Off Trophy. For each episode, there are three teams that each have two bakers that will compete to be crowned the winner.

Kent Cherrington resigns after nearly four years TAYLOR VILES

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In an email to the Athletic Staff on October 24, Director of Athletic Communications Kent Cherrington announced his resignation after almost eight semesters serving the Lasers. Hired in January 2018, Cherrington’s responsibilities have included scheduling coordinator, home event coordinator, and athletic communication coordinator. The home event coordinator role has made PHOTO BY TAYLOR VILES

him a regular face at home games. According to Cherrington, he has been hired by the Babson Athletic Department to serve in a similar role as he did with Lasell. The main difference? He will be working on a team of three instead of being a “one man show” as he has become accustomed to during his career. Although he will no longer be a Laser, Cherrington is proud of what he accomplished at Lasell. “I cherish my time with the students. That’s what I’m going to miss the most,” he said. “I like having an impact on young people’s lives and hopefully I’ve done that while I’ve been here.” Cherrington continued to say he took the opportunity at Babson for his career

and the betterment of his family and it’s “nothing against” Lasell’s Athletic Department. “I thought I would stay at Lasell for the rest of my career,” he said. Director of Athletics Kristy Walter said at this time the Athletic Department plans to work with graduate assistants, interns, and event staff to cover the responsibilities Cherrington leaves behind. She says a job posting is being created to fill the position for the spring semester. Cherrington’s last day will be on Friday, November 5. More information will come in the next issue of the 1851 Chronicle.

Cherrington smiles from his office reflecting on the work he’s done with the Athletic Department.


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Sports Fall teams celebrate Senior Day


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With fall sports seasons winding down, veteran Lasers were able to celebrate their Senior Days across campus. The soccer teams and the field hockey team enjoyed these festivities during the spotlight of Family, Friends, and Alumni Weekend, including a soccer doubleheader at Taylor Field. The women’s volleyball team celebrated later that week on October 21. One of the first events was the women’s soccer game at Taylor Field. This season the team honored eight players. Those included Alexandria Lorenzo, Maddie Burke, Serena Speight, Rebecca Beringer, and Angela Sanzari, and graduate students Erin Petrocelli, Narissa Libby, and Korynne Provenzano. In their game against Johnson and Wales, the team got off to a rough start in the first half. A lack of possession contributed to a two-goal deficit at halftime that soon turned into three just minutes into the second half. A long shot by junior Bob-

bi O’Guin got the Lasers their lone goal in a 3-1 loss. “My senior day was amazing, and I’m not quite sure if the full effect of it all has hit me yet,” said Speight, who is set to graduate in May. “The amount of effort our teammates put into making it the best of the season was astounding. The surprises, the crowd turnout, and the feeling of a supportive community made Senior Day feel like the best day of the school year and I don’t think I could ever forget it”. Meanwhile, over on Grellier Field, the field hockey team had a senior celebration of their own. This season, they had four seniors; Kait Duarte, Sofia Rodriguez, Claire Shepherd, and Grace Marc-Aurele. The Johnson & Wales Wildcats spoiled another Laser celebration as this game did not go any better than the women’s soccer game. The Lasers were shut out while only taking three shots. First-year goalie Courtney Tello made seven saves on 13 shots,

but the Wildcats prevailed with the 6-0 win. “Senior Day was super meaningful, it was a great day all around to be a Lasell field hockey player,” said four-year Laser Marc-Aurele. “The younger girls get us gifts and we’re honored by our coach and by our game staff. They got us flowers which was fantastic. I got to see my family and they got to announce our stats. I felt very appreciated as a Lasell athlete.” Later, on Taylor Field, the men’s soccer team got their turn. They celebrated seven seniors and one junior; Zack Laware, Jake Ouellette, Nathan Smith, Dylan Thambirasa, Edson DaSilva, Kevin Pitt, Alexander Tavitian, and Youssef Danguir. In another matchup against Johnson & Wales, the Wildcats got on the board in the first half with a penalty kick score by senior JP Rioux. Rioux scored again in the second half as the men’s soccer team fell 2-0. “Having senior day was a special moment for me. It’s been a crazy ride to this

point and I would have never expected it to be at Lasell,” said Laware, a former transfer from Newbury College. “But I wouldn’t trade it for the memories I made the last three years. It also meant a lot for my godparents to see me play for the first time.” The last senior night was for the women’s volleyball team. They celebrated four senior careers: Meg Roberts, Jess Langan, Corina Lombardi, and Juliana Denning. The women’s team wasn’t able to cap off the night with a win as they lost to Rhode Island College. “The class coming in with me, we had about seven girls and it kind of whittled down to four so it meant a lot to me that those four girls stuck in the program with us for those years,” said longtime setter Langan. “As you probably know, we lost our teammate Alysha [Rentas], so it meant a lot to be out there together for her. We’ve just all been through a lot together so it was really nice.”

Lasers, their coaches, and their families gathered for pictures at their respective playing surfaces during Senior Day. Many of them have been teammates since their first year at Lasell.

Future bright for women’s volleyball Coaches Corner: Dieter Treusdell IZZY WOODS & PAT CARBONE

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Laser’s schedule, if the team can return to their winning ways from the beginning of the month, they have a chance to at least tie many of those previous teams’ conference records. Senior setter Jess Langan has been a key piece of the women’s volleyball team since her first year, recently recording career assist 2,000 on October 21 in a 3-2 loss against Rhode Island College. She is one of only five upperclassmen that makes up the 17 athletes on the roster. “It was definitely difficult at first, we’ve never had a team with PHOTO BY KARISSA GAUGHAN that many freshmen coming in,” said The young Lasers celebrate winning a point during their Langan. “As upperclassmen, I’d say recent senior night game against Rhode Island College. most of us just try and be welcoming and open.” Twelve first-year players have joined the Langan said the fact that much of the team is women’s volleyball team this season: Emily young doesn’t discount their work ethic. “They’re Cerasani, Ashlee Long, Camila Lopez, Mckenna super hard working, it’s definitely not easy comMcCool, Hope McFall, Juliana Medini, Sabine ing in as a freshman and having to start. It’s a huge Milton, Sasia Neerman-Hinds, Tori Scambray, role on the team to have to play and you have to Madalyn Scully, Mia Sullivan-Sanders, and Emily be mentally prepared and physically prepared and VanHouten. I think they played that role really well,” said LanWith the season in its final weeks, coaches gan. are witnessing the impressive capabilities of these Head coach and former Laser Jeff Vautrin young athletes. As of October 27, the team has a (‘17) said these first-year student-athletes are 13-11 record which included a six-game winning some of the best Lasell has ever recruited. “Our streak to start the month of October. The last time best player in program history was [around] a the team reached 12 wins before mid-October was 3.5 star on Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), 15 years ago in 2006. Following the stretch, they and eight of the 12 girls this year are four stars cooled off losing five of six matches. or above,” said Vautrin. “Then the other four that “The freshmen that are here, they’re all aren’t four stars are above that 3-3.5 rating,” said amazing athletes,” said Milton, one of the many Vautrin. first-years on the team. Milton, and teammate McThe former player Vautrin referred to is OlCool, were each named Great Northeast Athletic ivia Addington (‘19) who has her name embroiConference’s (GNAC) Rookies of the Week earlier dered on the “Volleyball Milestones” banner in the this season. Milton has led the charge at the net athletic center. She finished her career with 1,325 this season registering a team-high 252 kills. (The kills (second all-time in Lasell history) and missed next closest is Scambray with 188.) only two matches during all four years as a Laser. “Right now our team is doing a lot better If Addington was the best player in women’s than we did a couple of seasons ago. I want to take volleyball history at Lasell, then the next four years it to the top of the conference, I want us to win the could have Laser fans in a euphoric state with all GNAC, I want us to go all the way,” said Milton. the possible talent. “When they’re focused, they The team is currently seventh in the GNAC are a very good team [with a] really bright future with a conference record of 5-5, after holding the ahead of them,” said Vautrin. Like Milton, Vautrin fourth spot in the standings as recently as October hopes to lead his team to the top of the GNAC. 21. The team hasn’t won more than eight con“I’m hoping that our athletes know I’m very ference games in a season since 2007 when they happy with them so far, but I hope they continue went 10-3 under 20-year head coach Mary Tom. to work hard,” said Vautrin. Three more conference games remain on the


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Coach Treusdell setting the offense up for their next drill during practice on October 19.

Dieter Treusdell has stepped in as the new Head Coach for men’s lacrosse after a five-year stint from Bill Mason came to an end in the spring. In those five years, Mason led the men’s lacrosse program to four championship games, and two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship wins, which automatically granted them access to two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament appearances. This past summer, Mason accepted a job at Bowdoin College, leaving the head coaching position open. Treusdell was the beneficiary of this opening. According to the new Coach, he strives to be not only a good coach for his athletes but also to act as their mentor through college. When asked about what separated Treusdell from the other candidates who applied for the job, Director of Athletics Kristy Walter said, “coach Treusdell’s passion for the game and his enthusiasm to build a program were key factors for the committee in our selection. Also, his values and his strong commitment to being

a mentor to young men really stood out to me.” For all the seniors, it is hard to see someone, especially a longtime head coach, leave your team. Senior captain Tyler Rose has been on the team since he was a first-year and said Mason helped shape him into the player he is today, but he has already begun to learn from his new Head Coach. “The transition with coach Treusdell has been pretty easy, he’s taking all the right strides with gaining each of our trust. You can really tell he cares about the team and the game of lacrosse,” said Rose. Although it can be difficult for a coach to adapt so quickly to a team, Treusdell is concentrated mainly on his team’s comradery, not only the gameplay. “I have been focused on the culture and the product that we are putting on the field. The guys know we are transitioning but I just want them excited about playing for each other,” said the new Head Coach. He says coaching is more than just teaching the sport; it is about creating a great environment within the team. “I want to create strong bonds with all of our players. I enjoy sitting down with guys individually to see what motivates and inspires them in life. It’s about more than lacrosse. Conversations like that help us find common ground as people first.” Having a well-rounded athlete who is willing to accept the different parts of being a student-athlete is important to Treusdell. “We focus a lot on strength and conditioning, film sessions, and making sure that we stay on top of all academics with weekly study halls. The work on the field will come together because of the great habits we are building as a team,” he said. As the spring season approaches, the team is becoming excited. There are rivalries to renew in the GNAC and the possibility of repeating as conference champions. For all of this, the Lasers will be in the hands of coach Treusdell.

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