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September 2014 • Volume 9, Issue 1

The 1851 Chronicle



Changes improve campus living tina nalepa

arts editor

Many new additions were made to the Lasell campus over the summer to greet students and faculty on their return. From new LED lighting in Winslow, to the addition of peep holes in every residence hall, to the completion of the two-year Woodland renovation project and the addition of Einstein Bagels, these changes span campus. One of the biggest additions is the completion of the two-year Woodland Hall project. The exterior and interior of Woodland took a 360 renovation with a modern look. The interior includes new bathrooms, lighting, painting, carpet, and an accessible wheelchair lift. The exterior changes include new landscaping in the front of the building, a bus stop overhang and a new roof. According to Peter Wiernicki, Director of Residential Life, the initial renovation began in summer 2013, with the renovations to half of the building and began phase two the day after commencement in May. Marc Fournier, Director of Plant Operations & Sustainability said, “The bus stop over hang, which will include Wi-Fi will be delivered and installed at the end of this month.” Another addition to the residence halls has been the installment of 521 peepholes. Wiernicki said. “Last winter SGA suggested that all doors in the residence halls should have peepholes, for safety and security pur-

poses.” Prior to the installment Case House, East, West, North, and Holt were the only buildings that had peepholes. According to Fournier, “The business office loved the idea and found a budget to complete the peephole project.” In addition, there is a new Lasell banner in front of Haskell House. With Lasell being in a residential area, it’s hard to know where the actual campus begins and ends. The college as well, as the Student Government Association, wanted to make it known where Lasell buildings are. Manager of Plant Operations, Roxey Connelly, explained that 11 more banners will be installed down Woodland Road, starting near East Hall and ending near North Hall. This summer, Lasell also added three new LED lampposts on the walk way outside Gardner. According to Fournier, the additions of the LED lampposts have been in the plans for several years to be completed this year. The college also added LED lighting in deWitt hall and Winslow, Lasell partnered with Blue Stone Energy to retrofit bulbs to be LED. Plant Operations has plans to slowly change all lighting around campus to LED. With Lasell efforts to become a sustainPhoto by tina nalepa

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Renovating the exterior of Woodland was an addition made to campus over the summer. Other projects included adding peepholes, Einstein Bros Bagels, and repairs to many houses.

Student lives dream as Disney intern

tina nalepa

arts editor

Growing up watching Disney movies and listening to Disney soundtracks, it’s safe to say sophomore Micaela Haggerty loves Disney. After visiting Disney World for the first time at age five, Haggerty knew she wanted to work there. That dream led her to working and interning with the Disney College Program. Haggerty first heard of the Disney College Program from her father when she was in middle school. From that moment, she was determined to be part of the program. Throughout middle and high school, she researched the program, got advice, and read past experiences from former Disney College students from online blogs. The Disney College Program requires three steps to apply and applicants may be turned away at any point. The first step is the general Photos courtesy of samantha mackie & micaela haggerty

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application. Going further, an individual can choose from a list of roles or jobs. Haggerty explained applicants can choose from housekeeping to food and beverage to entertainment. The next step is to wait for a Web Based Interview (WBI), which is selective. The WBI consists of multiple-choice questions pertaining to how an individual would handle a situation. If an applicant passes this portion of the application process, they will be notified for a phone interview. “Submitting that initial application was the most amazing and terrifying thing I’ve ever done,” says Haggerty. Haggerty is a Hospitality major and will graduate in 2017. Although, she doesn’t know what she wants to do in the field, she knows she wants to work at Disney. Similar to Lasell’s Connected Learning philosophy, Disney offers internships to get hands on experience and knowledge in the field at their resorts and parks. “Disney does weddings like nobody else, I cannot wait to learn more about how they create them,” said Haggerty. “Being down here is a whole experience in hospitality. As a front line cast member, I interact with hundreds of guests each day.” Since May, Haggerty has been working Parade Audience Control on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. She works up to six days a week, making sure walkways stay open during parades and fireworks, no one runs in front of a float,

or is in an unsafe area for viewing. “I get to help the show take place everyday, whether it is for Fireworks, our Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, or our Main Street Electrical Parade, there’s always something happening at the Magic Kingdom. I’ve worked with many amazing people from around the world, from Mexico to France, to the UK and Australia, to Puerto Rico,” said Haggerty. Haggerty is not the first student to take advantage of this program. Lasell sends one or two students to the Disney College Program each semester, including seniors Samantha Mackie and Ashley Romagno. “The Disney College Program was life changing and the best experience,” said Mackie. “There were 7,000 people in the program from around the world. It was like I was abroad, but being in Florida.” Haggerty said the best experience with the Disney College Program so far was giving her Kanga and Roo pin to a young boy in a wheelchair. Visitors and employees can collect and trade pins. The pin caught the young boy’s eye as it hung from her lanyard. “He had no pins to trade me,” said Haggerty. She congratulated him on having his feeding tube removed and gave him the pin. His mother later handed her an envelope with a thank you card inside written and signed by him and his brother. “Something so small as giving away a pin really makes an impact on a family,” said Haggerty.

Two Lasell students who participated in the Disney College Program. (Top) Samantha Mackie, a senior, went Fall 2013 and Micaela Haggerty (bottom) a sophomore who is currently in Disney.

Take a look at the service-learning trips from this summer.

Women’s soccer hopes to five-peat

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