September 2019 • Volume 14, Issue 1
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Lasell U–Belong event brings campus together HOLLY FEOLA AND CASEY DIBARI news editor & opinion editor
PHOTOS BY RUTH KEHINDE AND HOLLY FEOLA
Students celebrate new university status at the Lasell U–Belong celebration. Students pictured from left to right, Eleianet Nunez, Emmanuella Brempong and Connor Zicari.
Lasell kicked off the school year in September with a celebratory Lasell U-Belong event in the Arnow Quad to commemorate the institution’s new university status. The event started with Assistant Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer Jesse Tauriac and a panel of community members welcoming attendees to the event, saying how everyone belonged at Lasell. A few of those people among the panel were Helena Santos, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Academic Success, junior Dylan Alves, and a Lasell Village resident. If one of the members was bilingual, they would say why they belonged at Lasell in their native language and translate it into English. When Stephanie Williams, Director of Lasell Works, talked about the start of the event she said, “it was this gorgeous representation of all of the different people roles, backgrounds and cultures that play a part in being in our community and how you can exist in so many different ways and still belong here.”
The quad was filled with a variety of attractions from giant inflatables, caricature drawings and sumo wrestling suits to an assortment of food options for everyone to enjoy. The event had many stations such as nachos, macaroni & cheese, papaya and liquid nitrogen desserts. In addition, they also had food and ice cream trucks. Students were able to sit down and listen to music as they enjoyed their food. Sophomore Elliette Barrows attended the celebration with her friends. She shared her favorite part about the event. “It had so much energy and they had so much stuff here. I have never seen anything this big and have this many people in attendance [at Lasell],” said Barrows. Senior Gabby Miller thought the event was a great introduction for the new year. “It was something that was unexpected of Lasell and it brought a new energy to campus. It was the first time since being here in the past three years that I felt there was a strong community feeling,” said Miller.
According to Tauriac, the event came to be after President Michael Alexander approached him last spring and asked him if he could put it together. When asked why he thought this event was important, Tauriac said, “I think that so many of us feel that we belong here but we feel it in different ways for different reasons, and so just for people to have an opportunity to express that and what that means for them is incredibly powerful.” Tauriac also said the event brought together people from various backgrounds, such as age, majors and race. “Lasell is a community comprised of folks who are passionate about one another, about education and about fostering an environment where everyone feels that they belong.” Bringing the event together wasn’t a oneman show. Tauriac credits Director of Dining Services Michael Quakenbush for overseeing the food, as well as former Assistant Director of Student Activities Sara Richardson and seniors
Kate Kennedy and Corey Zemke. The group helped come up with the ideas while Tauriac oversaw the events and the logistics.
Kennedy, President of the Campus Activities Board, and Zemke, a former Student Government Association member, explained that the event was inspired by the annual Spring Week Carnival, but on a larger scale. “[The Administration] knew the students wanted something like that to kick off the year,” Kennedy said. Because they are well-known to the student body, Kennedy and Zemke were chosen to help put on this event. Tauriac and Richardson looked to Zemke and Kennedy to verbalize what other students would enjoy. When discussing adjustments for future events Tauriac said, “what’s most important to me, regardless of what’s done is that students, employees, Lasell Village residents and their families walk away knowing that they belong here and I definitely want to be creative about planning ways to convey that.”
Newbury transfers welcomed by community
CLAIRE CRITTENDON AND KATIE PETERS features editor & arts editor
Lasell has seen many new people around campus this semester, some are students and faculty that used to call Newbury College home. Last December, Newbury’s president announced to the community that the class of 2019 would be the last graduating class from the college, forcing students to find education elsewhere. Newbury’s former and Lasell’s current Director of Admissions, Yavuz Kerimet, was interviewed by The 1851 Chronicle in Feb. 2019 right after Newbury announced they would be closing their doors. He expected many Newbury students would explore Lasell because of the overlapping degree options and similar size. Kerimet says one of the reasons he ended up at Lasell was because the school has “made really great choices. The types
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of investments they’ve made in the facilities and buildings… there’s been surpluses in our budget for 24 years in a row [and] endowment is really healthy.” As some smaller colleges shut their doors, students are faced with the struggle of finding a new school to call home. Many of them are finding home at Lasell. According to Kerimet, 74 former Newbury students, now attend classes just nine miles from Newbury’s old campus. A transfer orientation session this past summer specifically for former Newbury students to get a taste of what life at Lasell is like. A notable Newbury transfer is junior Cameron Pensak. Despite only being enrolled for a month, Pensak is already a peer mentor and a peer advisor. “I didn’t figure that I’d be considered for any-
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thing like this going into my first year at a new school,” said Pensak, who was pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to get involved on campus. Alongside Pensak is senior Mallory Stefan who is interning with both t-stop pictures, a multimedia business in Somerville and with the Alzheimer’s Association. She was unable to transfer both her Business and Psychology minors due to the different requirements between the two schools, but she’s enjoying Lasell nonetheless. “It’s definitely a different vibe,” said Stefan, “I really do like Lasell, my classes are a lot more challenging, I’m actually learning a lot more than I did at Newbury.” Pensak also spoke to the friendly culture of the university. “It’s such a different culture with [everyone] walk-
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ing around... here. Everyone smiles at you and waves and I’m just standing there going, “‘do I know this person? Do I not know this person?’” His only critique was the separate orientation, saying, “it would have been nice if there was more interaction between [the two transfer orientations] in order for us to meet not only Newbury students, but of course, welcome weekend was really helpful with that.” Among her classes, Stefan has particularly enjoyed Dr. Vicente and Dr. Anderson’s joint Media Literacy course this semester. When asked to look back on her courses at Newbury, she said, “it’s a way different level of intensity, just the amount of [work at Lasell.]”
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New “U,” new me
AVERY STANKUS editor-in-chief
No matter how hard we try, we can only push away change for so long. It’s inevitable. As I begin the end of my college years and prepare to enter the “real world,” I look back at the changes I have endured during school as well as the changes that have occurred within our community. During the time I was going through my own changes, Lasell was as well. I began my freshman year majoring in fashion communications as the same time the Science and Technology Center was just a blueprint and the area remained vacant. As Lasell’s departments transformed into schools, I was changing my address and moving out of my childhood home. The newest change of all, Lasell became a university all the while I began my role as editor-in-chief and my second year as a journalism major. Good or bad, change can be hard to grasp. One of the better changes I have encountered has been my new position with The 1851 Chronicle. I recall walking into my first meeting sophomore year, shy, not knowing anyone or what to expect. Fast forward to senior year, I confidently walk into the weekly meetings, prepared to run them. Going from a staff writer to the editor-in-chief has taught me to embrace change with open arms. Sure it’s just the beginning, but I’m learning to accept the unknown. Situations like this remind me change is a good thing. I may be a different major than what I started as, I may call a new place home, I may not be the same person I started college as, but this all proves a change of pace can be good. The more we remain constant, the less we grow.
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that the transition happened too quickly. Hmm... OH! The idea that the tranForever sition was a purely financial Forward! decision isn’t something that could be considered a random idea. With the growing national trend of small liberal arts colleges closing and with two colleges in our area folding due to financial pressure, Lasell Lasell students are more than University right to be skeptical about our financial standing. HowRobby Rowe ever, according to Director of ILLUSTRATION BY ROBBY ROWE Communications Ian Meropol, finances are not someOn Aug. 13, 2019 students were soak- thing we should be worrying about. ing up the last weeks of summer before “Our resources are incredible by our they headed back to Lasell College. How- endowment growing by 79 percent over ever, that would soon change. Students the past 10 years. We are anywhere from wouldn’t be returning to Lasell College in $45 and $50 million depending on how the fall. That morning, President Michael the market did that day. If you look at Alexander appeared in our email inboxes, other schools that we are grouped with, class Facebook pages and social media that’s really good,” said Meropol. feeds to announce “Lasell University.” One rumor about the decision was It’s not every day that an institution that Lasell decided to become a university founded in 1851 decides to change their to increase international enrollment. In name. Many students had their own ideas countries across Europe and Asia, college about the transition. For some, the name is similar to high school while university change seemed like a purely financial de- is more akin to our idea of going to colcision. For many students, they believed
Baker loses cool over Juul
CASEY DIBARI opinion editor
When I entered my first year, one of the first questions my one roommate asked was, “is it okay if I vape in the room?” Me, naive, just starting college, had no idea what she was talking about so, I said yes. After she moved out of the room, I was sure that was the last time I would ever hear about vaping. Clearly, I was wrong. The whole concept of vapes, Juuls, e-cigarettes, whatever you call them, has completely blown up, and not in a good way. According to CBS news, there are 500 reported vape-related illnesses, with eight deaths in the mix so far. Recently, the CEO of Juul has stepped down and not long before that, President Donald Trump discussed banning certain e-cigarette flavors. Gov. Charlie Baker has even supported said vape ban. It has gotten to the point where our school administration is emailing us. But how have we gotten to this point? The original idea of e-cigarettes seemed to be the same as nicotine patches or gum: to stop nicotine addictions. It seemed to be a better alternative. As of April of this year, two-thirds of
the cases of people getting sick from vaping are between the ages of 18-34, and three-quarters are men. What’s concerning is those affected by the rapid growth of vaping, are us: late stage Millennials to Generation Z. According to a recent report from Gallup, an American analytic and advisory company, nine percent of Americans have said they vape regularly, with 20 percent being 18-29 years old. While this is only nine percent of people in the United States, it is still alarming. I believe we are the reason e-cigarettes have deteriorated to what they have become. Sure, companies are targeting us and are equally to blame, but we are the consumers. We are the ones facing the consequences. And I do not believe that many kids my age are using Juuls to get over their nicotine addiction. I think, especially with the introduction of THC pens, that many people are using them to look cool. So next time you’re buying a mango Juul pod, consider the repercussions.
Knock, knock, knockin’ on Plant Ops’ door CASEY DIBARI AND HANNAH SMITH opinion editor
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Students returned to campus, no doubt excited to be with their friends again, start classes and see where they’d be living for the next school year. But for some, that excitement may have deflated when they saw the condition of their housing. Water damage. Paint damage. Missing closet doors. This is just some things heard or seen when school started up again. Some of the residence halls and houses had various damage, which soured the mood of move-in day for some returning students. While these damages can be brushed off and accepted, it can still ruin the feel of a room. Although Lasell is small, there are 27 residential halls on campus. This may be a factor in keeping track of past dorm room damages. Repairs for some of these may not be worth fixing right away or could be too expensive. To ensure this inconvenience doesn’t continue, students should complete their Room Condition Reports (RCRs) prior to move in and move out. It’s much harder to spot issues during rounds than when you’re living there day-to-day. RCRs are for Plant Operations to receive feedback
lege. According to an article by The Boston Globe article, “Small Colleges Hope University Status will Boost their Fortune,” President Alexander said, “about 7 percent of students are international, primarily from Saudi Arabia and China. Officials hope that the university tag will attract more applicants from abroad and ensure that those who come freshman year will stick around through graduation.” Although the idea of becoming a university had always been whispered amongst faculty, staff and students, when President Alexander first sent the announcement email of a possible transition, it was clear that it was go time for Lasell University. In the Feb. 2 email from the president titled “Exciting News,” we first learned that the board of trustees voted to go forward with exploring the idea of university status. In true Lasell fashion, a town hall meeting was held in de Witt Hall. However, in emails sent to the Lasell Community the town hall was about the strategic plan for Lasell and it was not explicit in the fact that the meeting would include points on the university status. Among all the rumors, the change is extremely logical. The fact of the matter is, Lasell has been operating at what is considered university status for years now and our new status better reflects our status as an institution.
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on each of the residents’ rooms. Although your Resident Assistant (RA) is one contact point with Plant Operations, it is also your responsibility to indicate issues you’re having with the room provided to you while you’re living there. Keep in mind that although your RA is a great resource, they are a student just like you. While putting in a work order may be annoying, it is something you may have to do. You shouldn’t fully rely on your RA to put in orders for the room that is more or less your responsibility for the year. Since you signed paperwork and are paying to live there, use these resources to your advantage and make sure you’re in the best living environment possible within reason. However, there is still the question, why weren’t these rooms checked over the summer? How come the older damages haven’t been fixed by now? It’s not fair for a student who just moved into a room to be paying to fix damage they did not cause. A lot of the on-campus houses are old, so they are going to have issues, but shouldn’t our room and board money be going toward these issues? While we are not trying to put the blame on any one department here, we would appreciate some clarification.
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News Briefs SGA Elections Student Government Association (SGA) announced the class presidents of the four undergraduate classes on Tues. Oct. 1. Senior Kate Kennedy, junior Kevin Fey, sophomore Maggie Clukey, and first-year Michael Woo are the presidents of their respective classes for the 20192020 school year. The senior class can also count on their Vice President Katlin Johnson, Treasurer Steph Sullivan and Secretary Alexis Quiles for all of their SGA needs. Juniors have Simon Nigro as vice president, Amanda Hawkes as treasurer and Mitchell Bolton as secretary. Melaney Jenkins is the new vice president of the class of 2022, working alongside Lexys Bladecki as secretary. Firstyear students can look to Vice President Hannah Booth, Treasurer Mahima Patel. Lasell Works Lasell Works prepares students for their futures with a unique approach to developing their professional and financial skills.The program is offered to first-year students who complete it within their four years. A defining feature of this program is the continuous decline in their tuition every year. In addition to taking regular classes their first year, Lasell works students take exclusive courses geared to prepare them for the following year. A special component of this program is the sophomore experience which is when students live off campus and are able to work in their field of choice while taking online classes. A full feature story about Lasell Works will appear in October’s issue. Library Carnival On Sept. 18, the Brennan Library hosted a carnival for all to enjoy from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The event showed how students can utilize various programs, like the Academic Achievement Center and Academic Advising. With games, snacks and prizes, students attended the event to learn what the library can do for them.
New staff, professors arrive at Lasell
CLAIRE CRITTENDON & RUTH KEHINDE features editor & digital editor
To add to the changes on campus, the school welcomes many new hires in different departments this fall. There are two new area coordinators, Kevin Castiglioni and David DupreWilson. Two new assistant professors were hired, Leanna Farnam and Nickki Pearce Dawes along with visiting instructor, Julia Khodor. “It’s been great,” said DupreWilson. “I have been introduced to a lot of people on campus, had a lot of opportunities to meet people and work with different people and serve on different committees and just make some connections.” Both Castiglioni and DupreWilson are enjoying their time here, noting the welcoming atmosphere on campus. “I’ve been very happy with how I’ve been treated by the staff,” said Castiglioni. The pair are proving to be qualified employees. Castiglioni holds a masters degree from Rutgers University, and DupreWilson has degrees from Merrimack College and Salem State University under his belt. DupreWilson pays respect to his to his alma mater, saying how his time at Merrimack really prepared him for his role here, given the similarities in the demographics. Castiglioni provides a much different view. “I’ve never worked at a small school and I’m seeing the same people a lot, Rutgers was 60,000 people,” he said. “Here, you... see the same faces all the time, so it’s just a smaller community.” He now oversees the residence halls Woodland, Carpenter, Case, Gardener, and Cushing. Junior Allison Smith, a resident assistant in DupreWilson’s staff, says, “he’s really eager and ready to tackle anything that comes his way. He is also very supportive of his staff and wants to make sure they succeed.” DupreWilson oversees the residence halls McClelland, Van Winkle, East, Spence, and Haskell. Dawes took on the role of Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning and Internship Programs. Her affiliation with Lasell’s classrooms are with the Psychology Department. Dawes received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Jackson State University which led to her previous job working in the Department of Psychology. This experience guided her to Lasell in Social Sciences Psychology and re-
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(Top left) Professor Nikki Dawes, David DupreWilson (top right), Kevin Castiglioni (bottom right) and Leanna Farnam (bottom left) are some new faculty and staff hired this fall.
lated courses. Her favorite aspect of working at Lasell is interacting with her colleagues and students. In this particular role, teamwork is a factor. She doesn’t have to take on a task on her own to show various pathways for students achieve their goals. “No matter what role you have, you’re always connecting with students,” Dawes says. “I love the challenge of getting to the next phase..it’s like a puzzle, every day you come into work and put in another piece together, getting closer to the finished project.” Student enhancement and success motivates Dawes. Farnam started her career as a forensic scientist for the State Police Crime Lab. She also worked as a forensic DNA analyst, forensic serologist and a crime scene investigator. She additionally worked as a research scientist with the Department of Defense, helping develop a new field of forensic DNA testing. “In my last position, I managed the Genetic Department at Brigham and Women’s Hos-
pital in Boston,” Farnam says. Lasell gives Farnam a different sense of community. Here Farnam is teaching general chemistry lectures and three of the general chemistry labs. She trusts she can apply her personal experiences to her class so her students can relate and understand the fundamentals of Chemistry. On the other hand, Julia Khodor is a visiting instructor, teaching one section of Intro to Biology and one section of a lab. Although Lasell’s institution is much smaller in size than where she previously taught at Bridgewater State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Khodor loves how it gives her the opportunity to interact with her students. Khodor describes working at Lasell as, “exciting, it’s very interesting working with the students who are coming in knowing that they want to be biology majors...there’s always something I’m looking forward to.”
Different generations, but still a first
HOLLY FEOLA news editor
Student Discounts Students take advantage of the various college discounts offered around the Boston area. From restaurants to fitness classes to haircuts, Lasell students pay a reduced price just by showing their student ID. Be sure to check out the full list of college discounts on the1851chronicle.org Therapy Dogs On Tues., Oct. 1, Peer Health organized a two hour session to kick off Alcohol Awareness Month where students were invited to answer trivia questions, learn about alcohol, and play with therapy dogs. About 200 students showed up to the event in de Witt.Three therapy dogs were invited with their owners to interact with the community. Once a waiver was signed, attendees were welcomed to pet and play with the dogs. Sophomore Mia Donahue attended the event with friends and said “all of the dogs were adorable, the owners were super loving, and the event was overall a great way to unwind from classes.” This is the first of four events that Peer Health is hosting this month in a series called “Alcohol + U.” Holly Feola, Avery Stankus, Katie Peters, Adam Hallenbeck
First-generation students speak about their experiences in small discussion groups.
First-generation college students gathered last month for group discussions in the Science and Technology Center to celebrate their presence on campus. In addition to the 25 first-generation students attending were several administrators who were the first in their family to graduate from college, Jesse Tauriac (Assistant Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer), Dave Hennessey (Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs), Helena Santos (Assistant Vice President and Dean of Academic Success), Thomas Morgan (Assistant Director of the Donahue Center), Victoria Turnquist (Academic Advisor), Donnell Turner, (Director Career Services) and Jenny Granger (Director Of Student Activities and Orientation). A ‘first-gen’ college student is an individual whose parents haven’t received a college degree. At Lasell, 43.3 percent of undergraduate students are first-generation college students. Tauriac organized this celebration since he is first-gen himself. When he was asked
about his inspiration for this event, he said that his son’s school had a similar event for first-gen students and thought to bring it here to Lasell. “My dissertation and research focused on the experiences of first-generation college students, I’ve done the research on it, I have presented on it, and I’ve facilitated workshops on it. For me, this is near and dear to my heart,” said Tauriac. During the event, students broke into small groups with faculty members with discussion-based questions about what being a first-gen student means to them. Once they were done conversing, they had a larger conversation with everyone. Combining all of the groups allowed students to hear more stories from their peers as well as faculty members. Senior Tarahfinah Destine said the event was a good opportunity for great conversation. Destine wished they had an event like this her first year since it would have introduced her to other first-gen students. In the middle of their discussion questions, they talked about impostor syn-
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drome, which is when a person questions their achievements and is constantly afraid of being revealed as a fraud. Some students related to this idea, even though they deserve to attend college. When senior Julissa Salazar talked about her experiences as a first-gen student, she compared it to her time she studied abroad. Sometimes, when a first-gen college student first arrives to college, they may feel confused, as if they don’t belong, but eventually that feeling goes away. Going off of what Salazar shared, Destine said, “even being a first-generation college student is like a culture shock within itself.” “I think that for first-generation college students, often times there’s a tendency to put pressure on ourselves to feel as if we have to do it ourselves. My recommendation is to push through any of those feelings of reluctance and to really seek that help out,” said Tauriac. A follow up event will be held on Tues., Nov. 12.
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Education Professor Claudia Rinaldi speaks for diversity CRISTINA SERRATORE 1851 staff
Last spring, Associate Professor and Director of Education Dr. Claudia Rinaldi was invited to speak about the Pathways to Teacher Diversity (PTD) program on New England Cable News’s (NECN) CEO Corner. Started in 2016, the pilot program hopes to diversify the pool of teaching candidates so it better reflects the increasingly diverse classrooms in American public schools today. “Right now, across the nation, about 80 percent of teachers are white,” Rinaldi said to NECN anchor Brian Burnell in the May 1 segment. “That’s a problem when half of our population is of a minority makeup. In Massachusetts, actually, the situation’s harder. So, we have about 92 percent of teachers who are white and 40 percent of students who are minority.” Rinaldi firmly believes that students deserve to see themselves reflected in their teachers, and that having minority teachers might push more minority students into the teaching profession. In the PTD program, minority students majoring in education at Lasell are paired up with minority students from local high schools. These high school students are mentored by our undergraduate students, primarily through online channels. By seeing a student resembling them studying education, Rinaldi’s hope is for minority high school students to view education as a path in life that is available to them. The PTD program goes beyond encouraging minority high school students to pursue a career in education. Rinaldi acknowledges that minority students face many obstacles in applying and succeeding in college. She said, “we know that minority students have a harder time getting
Claudia Rinaldi speaking on NECN is shown with President Alexander (left) and the NECN anchor Brian Burnell (right).
to college because they don’t know how to navigate the educational system. They may not have the language, the parents may not know how to do the financial letters, so a lot of these issues are ones that my students and myself come up with to be able to share with the schools and the students and the parents.” The Lasell students involved with the program are often called upon to create videos that address various topics related to getting into or being in college, such
New courses? Of course! AVERY STANKUS & KATIE PETERS editor-in-chief & arts editor
As the fall semester kicks off, Lasell updated their course catalog by adding 16 new and experimental courses. These classes range from 100-level to 400-level courses and are offered to undergraduate students. From CJ210.A: Neighborhoods & Crime to HON305.B: Global History of Childhood to MATH108X.A: Mathematics of Design, many students can benefit from this new variety. Senior marketing major Alexa Madeiros agrees the variety is, “a nice change of pace from your typical intro courses.” Some of these courses focus on the social sciences, such as SOC223X.A: Social Movements and PSYC231X.A: Stress & Trauma while others focus more on physical sciences and mathematics, such as BIO2019.A: Cell & Molecular Biology, BIO310.A: Genetics, and MATH108X.A: Mathematics of Design. Madeiros decided to take HON305.D: Green Business, to learn how it could relate to her desired industry in marketing. “This is more of a discussion-based class which sometimes in business classes there is lack of. There can be discussions at times in business classes, but it’s mainly a lot of lectures. It’s nice to translate what I’ve learned from those foundational classes into something I can actually conceptualize in the future,” she said. Senior fashion merchandising major Alexa Hoffman is currently enrolled in FASH409X: Studio 1851 Pop Up. While she wasn’t able to provide many details of their current secret project, it is safe to say this connected learning approach is preparing the students well for their future. “It gives me great hands-on experience of what I hope to do in my future. This class shows all of the different aspects that go into this process,” said Hoffman.
Two new intergenerational courses are being offered this semester. BIO113X.AKP: The Dinosaurs, is a science Knowledge Perspective course that teaches the, “evolutionary ecology and behavioral biology of dinosaurs.” Students in this class are required to go on two field trips. The second intergenerational course, CJ210.A: Neighborhoods & Crime, focuses on the relationship between crime and topics such as street networks, lighting and environmental design. Education majors can also benefit from the two added education classes: ED222X.A: Behavior, Culture and Learning Equity and ED224X.A: Individualized Teaching and Mentoring. Taught by Dr. Claudia Rinaldi, ED224X.A will help students develop, “instructional strategies that support mentoring and self-advocacy in Pre-K16-year-old students.” ED222X.A teaches students ways to meet the needs of all students in the context of socio-economic learning differences. There is also a new opportunity for students to take a course that requires international travel. IDS306X.A: Global Engagement Through Sport, Health and Fitness is designed to help students understand the global impacts of health and fitness and to immerse them in a “problem-based learning environment.” Students enrolled in this course will travel to Northern Ireland in late November to apply their learning in a real-world context. Be sure to check the Registration and Course Information link on my.lasell.edu for the full description of offerings and prerequisites.
as financial aid, being a first generation college student or applying to college for students with disabilities on an Individualized Education Plan or 504 plan. The high school students are then directed to watch the videos in the hopes that it will provide them with some direction. Rinaldi has high hopes for the future of the PTD program. She hopes that as minority high school students go through the program, they will be inclined to enroll in education programs and even become a
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mentor in the Pathways program. “Being able to share about the Pathways to Teacher Diversity program and how we are supporting underrepresented minorities to become educators has given me a lot of pride and satisfaction,” Rinaldi said. “I know that having Lasell student leaders connect with high school students considering a teaching career will help them know what it will take to be leaders in their field and pay it forward to others.”
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who worked at Converse for a short time. While many students spent their Through the alum, the class was able to summers relaxing from their studies, visit the Converse Headquarters where traveling with family or catching up Boyce immediately began networking on sleep, some rising seniors spent it for a possible internship. She was evenworking hard to get a leg up in their tually put in touch with the woman who future career. ran the internship program. Seniors Chloe Boyce and Julia Aus“I emailed tin are two her with my of many stuapplication and dents who my resume,” spent their said Boyce. “It summers inwas kind of terning at difcrazy, she got ferent organiback to me in zations. Lasell like a half an preaches conhour.” Boyce nected learnfound out she ing and one of was chosen a the best ways few months to enact that later. She also is through endiscovered only ticing intern32 people were ships. accepted out of Boyce, a the 4,000 who fashion merapplied. chandising Boyce bemajor, plans gan her internto graduate ship this past early in DeJune, workcember. This ing five days a summer she week. “I didn’t worked at have to work the Converse that much, I Headquarters PHOTO COURTESY OF CHLOE BOYCE in the West Chloe Boyce prepares for her post-graduation journey just worked extra,” she said. End of Bos- at Converse. “Working hard ton. Her role definitely makes a difference.” Because was Assistant Product Line Manager, of her hard work, she was guaranteed a which translates to helping with materijob as a Product Line Manager in June afal design and learning how to fit shoes. ter she receives her diploma from Lasell. She explained her department’s main Boyce wants students to be able to job was to listen to the needs of one of have an experience like hers that not their accounts and then create a mood only made her summer fulfilling, but board of ideas on how to fill that need. also gave her tremendous insight about The account would then choose one of her career. “An internship is your time to their ideas and bring it to a designer. explore and see what you might be inter“Connections are everything,” she ested in,” said Boyce. She recommends says. She procured the job because she keeping your mind open and applying utilized her connections. During a fashfor everything that even slightly interests ion course last fall, she met a Lasell alum
To add to interesting internships, not many can top what senior fashion communication major Julia Austin experienced. Austin began the summer thinking she was going to be interning with 10 Magazine in London along with well-known stylist Harry Lambert. But, improper documentation altered the opportunity and after a short while in Europe, she was forced to turn back around and figure out something else. Austin got back to the States and had to suddenly scramble to find a new internship. She found Covet and Lou in Needham. Her role consisted of writing blog posts and press releases while also understanding the fundamentals of running a business. In July, Austin received an email from Lambert, who she’d PHOTO BY AVERY STANKUS previously worked with during her time study- Julia Austin reflecting on her three-day shoot with Harry Styles ing abroad in London. Lambert asked Austin if true for her. “I got a lot of hands-on she wanted to help out with a shoot in experience with a lot of high fashion New York City. Eager for any opportubrands,” said Austin. nity, her answer was, yes. Lambert then Her advice is to, “put yourself out disclosed this shoot was unlike any there even if you think nothing will Austin had assisted with, “looks like it’s come out of it...I almost didn’t and if all set…We’ll meet in a couple of days I hadn’t, none of this would have ever with Harry Styles.” happened.” She explained that if her “I was so excited,” said Austin. The internship in London had worked out, shoot took place over three days for she would not have been able to assist Rolling Stone’s September 2019 issue. the Rolling Stone shoot. “Everything She said her job during the whole prohappens for a reason,” she said. cess was to assist wherever needed. The whole experience was a dream come
A common goal, 11 different journeys
CASEY DIBARI opinion editor
Last spring, juniors Olivia Tata and Dylan Alves were selected to be two of 11 summer 2019 orientation leaders (OLs). They were tasked with greeting the newest, and first class of Lasell University to campus. As OLs, Tata and Alves are the first friendly faces these students would get to know before the start of school. According to both, the first-years still see them as familiar faces. “ ….Some of my orientees, they’ve come up to me and asked about certain things like where classrooms were, or ... hours of the buildings,” said Tata. “I think it’s kind of cool, because if I wasn’t an orientation leader, I wouldn’t know anything about the incoming class.” For Tata and Alves, who were paired together for orientation, being OLs taught them things about Lasell they never knew and may not have known if they hadn’t applied. Alves, a Mount Ida transfer, admitted he had been wanting to know more about the school and be more involved. Through orientation, he gained connections with administrations that he didn’t have before. “Like they said in orientation [training], ‘orientation changed my life,’” Alves said. Like Alves, other former OLs commented on how orientation changed them, such as Santina Antoshak, the new Assistant Director of Student Activities and Orientation. Antoshak (’14), also lead orientation as a junior. She said orientation is why she
is where she is today. “I was really quiet, and I decided to become an orientation leader going into my junior year and it just opened me up. I met new people that I wouldn’t have talked to had I not done it. I got my job through orientation.” Similarly, Tata also said before becoming an OL, she was very shy, but after she led orientation, she found herself being more outgoing. However, there is more to orientation than icebreakers and games. Before students can become a leader, they must go through the application and training processes. A prospective orientation leader must apply online through Laser Involvement. From there, group and one-on-one interviews are conducted. According to Director of Student Activities and Orientation Jenny Granger, who is in charge of OL interviews, along with Antoshak and two orientation coordinators, they picked students based on the application and the interviews together, not one or the other. “Some people do really great applications. Some people are better in the group interview, some people are better on the individual interview,” Granger said. “We … really look at the whole picture and [don’t] just write somebody off if they got nervous at any point of that.” Once the students are hired for the
summer, they go through a fair amount of training to prepare them for their new jobs. Junior Laura Gunning was an orientation coordinator (OC) this past summer and an OL the year before. She assisted in training this new group of OLs. An OC, as Gunning explains, acts as a bridge between the OLs and the Office of Student Activities and Orientation. When asked about the training process for OLs, Gunning explained that it starts when they move into Rockwell Hall at the beginning of June. “We all live in Rockwell together for an entire month and that consists of about two weeks of training. So pretty much every single day we would meet from 9:00 in the morning until 5:00 at night and we would meet with different departments on campus [to] learn about the different aspects of orientation,” Gunning said. She also added as an OC, she went through the same training with the OLs, she also got to run activities. She explained how at first, she would run through icebreakers with them, and then would go on to do more team building activities. When asked if they thought being involved with orientation helped them grow, Alves and Tata, along with Gunning and Antoshak, all agreed, with Tata adding that she would recommend for people to become OLs. “I think being an orientation leader is very rewarding in the sense that it helps your personal skills, your leadership skills, and the people that you work with,” Tata said.
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(L-R) Olivia Tata and Dylan Alves during orientation, representing their Arnow Aliens.
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Runway rescue: Lasers save “Prophecy” show
KATIE PETERS arts editor
Seven students volunteered backstage at Boston Fashion Week’s “Prophecy” show on Sept. 28 at Arlington Street Church where they became the show’s finale. Students were given the opportunity to walk in the show due to a shortage of models. Students had mixed experiences after being thrown into a frenzy of hair, makeup and fittings. Sophomore fashion retail merchandising major Julia Ricco described the event as being unorganized. She showed up to the venue early Saturday morning with many other Lasell students to help set up the event and make sure the day ran smoothly. When it became evident many models weren’t going to show up, Ricco suggested to a volunteer coordinator Lasell students with prior modeling experience may be able to walk in the show. She was told no. About 10 minutes later, the same volunteer coordinator asked Ricco to gather up the Lasell volunteers to see who would be fit to walk. She had to take a detour to Newbury Street to buy a new pair of shoes because they couldn’t provide her with any to match her designer’s vision in her size. Senior fashion communications major Mattias Voltmer recounts the day a bit differently. He was recruited by Lasell graduate Ammy Thach (’19) who presented her new designs at the show. “The managers were well organized but it’s always hard to keep track of so many designers and models,” says Voltmer. “There were a lot of people working in one room which gets hectic so I was trying my best to alleviate some of that stress from whoever I could.” Along with Ricco and Voltmer, other Lasell models included Chloe McAuliffe, Kim Potter, Ava Aguilar, Jacquie Minasian, and Lauryn Turner. None of them planned to model in this show. Lasell graduate Caitlyn Flannery (‘19), also presented her ‘CF Designed’ knit-wear. Just over 100 attendees were in for some surprises as well. Boston Fashion
Week’s website said doors were to open at 5 p.m. and the show to start promptly an hour after. Doors to the church did not open for general admission until 6:20 p.m. for the show to begin at 7:10 p.m. Ricco says they started doing run-throughs of the show moments before the doors were scheduled to open. Intermission featured music, cocktails, shopping and the flashing lights of a fire alarm. Guests were encouraged to stay calm and seated as they investigate the cause of the alarm. Once Boston Fire Department showed up, attendees were evacuated for about five minutes. “No fire, just hot style and flat ironed hair,” said one organizer. The actual show ended at 9:30 p.m., followed by an after party at the Bijou. This show was presented by GASP Industries, a fashion networking service. Boston Fashion Week’s website states this event is supposed to be a “beautiful fashion showcase of designs.” They were contacted for a comment but were unresponsive.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CORA RYNER
Senior Mattias Voltmer models at Arlington Street Church for Lasell graduate Ammy Thach’s label REV.
PHOTO COURTESY CORA RYNER
Sophomore Kim Potter wears a white checkered bodysuit with oversized sleves for MIKAYLA by Mikayla Frick
PHOTO COURTESY OF CORA RYNER
Designers from Boston Fashion Week’s closing show,”Prophecy,” pose at the end of the runway to close out this year’s event.
Drama Club to present, “The Children of Eden” in November
RUTH KEHINDE digital editor
PHOTO BY RUTH KEHINDE
Lasell students sit awaiting the essential information they need for the fall show, “Children of Eden.”
On Sept. 17, the Drama Club held an information meeting in Yamawaki Auditorium for upcoming actors and crew members to receive details on John Caird’s, “The Children of Eden.” “The Children of Eden” is based on the chapters and stories of The Bible. These stories include, “Adam and Eve” and “Noah and the Ark.” But, instead of the Almighty being referred to as ‘God,’ ‘God’ is instead called, ‘Father.’ This play allows the cast and audience to have an open mind.
“Although these stories are coming from a biblical aspect, we’re not promoting anything biblical...we’re really just showing the family aspect to it, ” Director Jamie Nicole Imperato said. Working alongside Imperato in “Children of Eden” is Assistant Director and Fight Choreographer Bobby Imperato, Music Director Jack McShane, Stage Manager Amanda Raponi, and Dramaturger Sean Perry. Imperato developed a unique ap-
proach as the new director. “I have a different style when it comes to acting,” Jamie says. She wants everything to be complete by the end of October. “I want the cast to have more of a professional experience...I want to take things up a speed level, which I’m super excited about because it challenges us... we’ve never done that before,” Jamie Imperato said. She emphasizes that they’ve always taken their time but said the sooner the
process finishes, the sooner the cast has to develop and relate to their characters. Sophomore actor Dante Torri said, “I’m really excited, we have a lot of new stuff happening this year and people coming in to help. I think it’s going to be a really good show.” The opening of “Children of Eden” will be performed at Regis College on Nov. 20 to 22 at 7:30 p.m.
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Dynamite in Drag, Destiny shines ADAM HALLENBECK & ROBBY ROWE sports editor
& 1851 staff
CAB and PRIDE club partnered to host the second drag show in the Arnow Campus Center to headline well-known drag queen, Destiny Boston. This show followed the first successful Drag Night. “There was a drag show in April already, so we were already in the mindset that people were going to go crazy for this,” said PRIDE Club President Dylan Alves. The goal of this fall show was to introduce drag to new students and other community members. Students arrived at the campus center an hour before the show began in order to get a good seat. The Arnow crowd grew in size as the night progressed and people were intrigued. “It was a good opportunity for people who were a little bit nervous about the drag scene to dip their toes in and see how it was,” said PRIDE Club Vice President AnnaMarie Seiler. The event also had a station of non-alcoholic soft drinks and the chance to enter for a $25 Amazon gift card. The line-up for the show began with a number from Destiny, who came to the stage with the intent to warm up the crowd. They received her warm welcome with a roaring ovation upon her entrance. After her number was a per-
reographed in true Gaga-manner. While they both had a spectacular showcase, Langevin took home the prize of a gift card from her countless flips and splits during the song “Starships” by Nicki Minaj. “I was a pretty shy human before I came [to Lasell] and I wanted to be more out there. What a more perfect way to do it than this?” said Langevin. Following the lip sync battle was another performance by Alves who performed once more on the campus center floor. Finally, the night concluded with a performance by Destiny where in the end, CC and Dylan joined to praise her. The students have been fans of this event ever since its creation. With the amount of Pride awareness on campus, this event in particular gets a lot of positive feedback. Junior Duffy Martin commented on the event, saying that it “shows getting out of your PHOTO BY ANAMARIA SEILER comfort zone can be fun and sexy.” Queen Destiny dances with sophomore Elise Stanbury during her performance at Arnow Center. On Oct. 11 there will be an open mic formance by Alves, who commented on something I love so much,” said Alves. night hosted by The PRIDE Club for Nathe event by saying, “it was a night of drag After Alves’ number, the start of the lip tional Coming Out Day, where students and diversity, at the end of the day.” Not sync battle was announced which involved can share their coming out stories as only did the president host the event, but first year queen CC ( Joey Gordon) and well as any other portrayals of art. also stepped on stage for the first time as first year Abby Langevin. CC lip synced to a queen. “I was happy to be able to show Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” which was cho-
Penny & Sparrow captivate Cambridge CLAIRE CRITTENDON features editor
Applause shook The Sinclair as Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke of Penny & Sparrow took the stage on the evening of Sept. 22. The energy in the intimate venue was palpable, heightened by the fact I was right at the front of the crowd. The lyrics of their opening song, “Cult Classically,” simultaneously revved up and settled energy of the Cambridge lot. Hearing Jahnke’s voice truly find its home during a particularly difficult harmony in the pre-chorus, the line “let me know you” barely contained the raw, youthful energy the song’s message conveyed. Given the majority of Penny & Sparrow’s set was played with a single acoustic guitar, it made for a serene setting. A major shout-out to the tech crew for assisting in furthering the otherworldly atmosphere through mesmerizing lighting.
This duo’s ability to control a crowd was uncontested, seamlessly conjuring a family from the sea of strangers in the pit. This was highlighted within one of their more popular songs, “Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya,” which had me dancing as if I was a child again. Demographically, my concert companion and I were among the minority, being the youngest there by a good 20 or so years. The crowd was largely fans who’d been around since Penny & Sparrow’s cultivation in 2011, when they released their debut single, “Creatures.” Since meeting in their shared time at University of Texas, the pair has released five albums, each better than the last. Their newest, ‘Finch,’ was released Aug. 2, and is home to 11 tracks that will easily bring forth all your emotions.
From ‘Finch,’ some highlights played that put their studio recordings to shame were “Eloise” and “Stockholm,” each bringing an emotional, adrenalized charge. Both “Kin” and “Honest Wage” brought a well-received nostalgic energy into the space. Kicking off their encore was a lovely rendition of “Creatures.” Following the song that sparked their journey, the duo invited their opener, Caroline Spence, back on stage. After congratulating each other on their lovely sets, the three joined for a chilling rendition of “Duet” that will forever burned in my mind. It warmed my heart to hear Baxter and Jahnke go on to talk about opener etiquette and the consequence of the lack thereof after they played their last song. All too often, concert-goers feel respect
is optional for all acts except the headliner. It’s always comforting to see artists who’re starting to establish a name for themselves pay careful attention to the spot they once held, trying to close, not emphasize, the difference in fan following. The Sinclair, is, if you ask me, one of the nicest venues in the area. With a capacity of 525 people paired with many of their shows being accessible for all ages, it resonates warmth with no effort. The staff are friendly and eager to help or simply converse. A bonus, it’s easy to get to from campus utilizing public transit. Some upcoming artists coming to The Sinclair include: Jukebox the Ghost, mxmtoon, Ra Ra Riot, and many more. Tickets are available via sinclaircambridge.com.
Movie at the Arnow Courtyard scares “Us” RUTH KEHINDE digital editor
Students gathered in the Arnow Campus Center Quad on a Saturday night to watch “Us,” hosted by CAB. The movie is about a woman, Adelaide Wilson, and how her past comes to haunt her. Her past goes back to when she was a little girl, seeing a version of herself in a mirrored room but instead of seeing her true self, she saw the dark part of it, calling itself, “her shadow.” This shadow form has a hold of its own identity, wanting everything that the original Adelaide had. The shadow acts on this by coming to kill both her and her family, only to find out Adelaide’s family too had homicidal doppelgängers as well as everyone else. Although students were on the edge of their seat, “Us” goes deeper than just be-
ing a horror film. This movie’s significance is to show the audience that humans are made up in both the light and dark aspects of themselves in a terrifying, yet humorous way. “I was so happy to see this movie because it made me think deeper, beyond what I had seen,” junior Emmanuella G Jean-Louis said. This movie unfolds the true horror of what it means to see a different part of yourself. Students who hadn’t watched the film yet were confused, yet understood the underlying message toward the end.
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Scene from Jornan Peele’s 2019 film “Us,” where Adelaine’s son destroys himself by walking into fire.
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Women’s soccer Athletics makeover locked in for nine put on brief hold
ADAM HALLEBECK & MIKE MARUK sports editor
& 1851 staff
For the first time since 2010, the women’s soccer team has not been the league voted team to beat. According to the GNAC preseason poll, six out of 13 league head coaches believe last year’s winning team— Saint Joseph’s of Maine, will repeat as champions in 2019. This vote comes in spite of the Lasers’ eight conference title wins since 2010. The women’s soccer team lost their first GNAC title in nine years under the direction of head coach, Vito LaFrancesca, after a 1-0 loss at home. “I felt at first, that it was our [the class of 2022] fault. I think a lot of us felt that way, too. At first we thought, ‘oh, we won for eight straight years, we come in and we get all this way and lose,” said sophomore Serena Speight. Both teams were held scoreless in the game until Haley DaGraca of St. Joe’s of Connecticut hit the lone shot 59:14 into the game, sealing the fate of their championship run. “The pressure is on everyone to bring it back and to prove that we are still here. I know a lot of people in the conference believe that Lasell is over now and that they are going down hill, so we are just trying to prove that we can bring the cup back home,” said Speight. This season, Lasell has started off slow with a 3-6 overall record, unable to pick up a win in the first four contests after the disappointing championship loss. After losing five seniors to graduation, including the two-time All New England team selections Carly Zdanek and Sabrina Morais, the Lasers have been looking for an offensive answer. “Last year, we had a group of five strong seniors and they were passionate. They can be aggressive and scary sometimes, but the way they played on the field made you feel like you could do anything,” said Speight. The women’s team only scored eight goals
in their first six games to start the season, their lowest in the past four seasons. However, there should be minimal worrying about the Lasers getting back in the running. The women’s soccer team has maintained greatness for the last decade under LaFrancesca. He has led his team to a 90-7-4 record in GNAC play since their dynastic run began in 2010. That’s an 89.1 percent winning. They also sport an 88.9 percent winning in GNAC championship games, going 7-1-1 in their nine title appearances. First-year starter Bobbi O’Guin spoke on the winning culture here and what it’s like to be a part of it. She said, “it’s nerve wracking. They’ve all been together and been through the championship runs. You have to prove that you want it too.” When asked about the team’s ability to get back to the title game, O’Guin added, “we’re all pushing ourselves, working really hard. We want it really bad.” Junior defender Korynne Provenzano is a crucial part of the back line this fall. She saw the celebrations after a GNAC title in 2017 and experienced the heartbreaking loss at home last year in the 2018 finals. “When we won the GNAC championship, it was surreal and I was only a freshman.” She continued, “every year is hard because you can lose key players that have been on the team for four years.” However, winning is still in their sights in 2019. “Because we lost, I think it lit a fire underneath us. Now we have to really work to get back on top. We are putting everything we got into being back on top with that cup.” At the end of the day, this group of women is equipped to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. According to current players, they have every intention to do so.
Coach’s Corner: Billy Uberti
KAIE QUIGLEY 1851 staff
A new yet familiar face is heading the baseball program for the 2019-2020 season— Lasell University alum Billy Uberti. Younger than most of his counterparts by a large margin, Uberti is only 28-years-old as he steps into his first head coaching role. Growing up in Newton, attending Newton North High School, and playing four years of baseball for the Lasers, it is safe to say Uberti bleeds navy and laser blue. “When the opportunity came up for me it was a no brainer,” said the new head coach. After completing a year of professional baseball in Australia, Uberti built his profile by assistant coaching at different institutions. He began here at his alma mater, learning from former coach Greg Harjula. He then moved to a position at Suffolk University where he worked alongside head coach Anthony Del Prete, helping them win their fourth consecutive GNAC title. “I sat in his office and picked his brain pretty much all day,” said Uberti when talking about his relationship with Del Prete, “a big learning experience for me.” Uberti also coached on the semi-professional Martha’s Vineyard Futures team, assisting them to win a title in 2018. After completing his master’s degree, Uberti was picked up by East Georgia State’s program to assist under coach Dusty Hess last spring. This junior college program gave Uberti a unique perspective on coaching different types of players. “They are trying to develop themselves either academically, socially, or on the field. I’d say all three.” Thankful for the experience he’s gained, Uberti added, “if I didn’t @1851chronicle
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Billy Uberti (‘14) returns to the Lasers a seasoned coach, as he anchored first base for the team.
move on to other schools... I don’t know if I’d be as ready for this job as I am now.” Along with an impressive resume, this new coach also brings a passionate mindset he hopes to instill in his players. Uberti uses the motto “push the rock” to inspire his team. The term derives from the story of Sisyphus in Greek Mythology, who was sentenced to endlessly push a rock up a hill. “If we push that rock up a little bit more up the mountain every single day, we believe that eventually, we’ll get to the top of the mountain. And even if we do get to the top of the mountain and win a GNAC, we’re going to push it back down because it’s not about the goal, it’s about loving the process.” He concluded by saying, “my guys need to know it’s about them, not about me. I care deeply about them being as successful as possible.”
ADAM HALLENBECK & MIKE MARUK sports editor
& 1851 staff
Every year, the athletics department prepares for change. There is a change of roster, change of schedules and change of opponents. This year, they must prepare for a new type of change-the change of a school name. On Aug. 15, the school announced that it had been granted university status by the State Board of Higher Education. In February 2018 however, momentum picked up heavily on the discussions held. “The Board [of Trustees] asked us to look into it...we formed a University Status Study Group, 18 people led by Professor Nancy Waldren… doing research on a variety of areas. They came back last November with a recommendation to make the change,” said President Michael Alexander. As soon as the change was announced, the school began their revamp. While the blue hues and Boomer aren’t going anywhere, there are other changes that need to happen in the two-year plan to redesign the campus. The new school logo was released on the athletics’ website, along with their new website design on Aug. 15 to coincide with the school’s announcement. Since the logo has changed, that also means that some of the clothing and sports equipment have to be updated as well. Items such as sports bags, athletic apparel, field hockey skirts, and select jerseys were on the fix list. “The two cross-country teams and volleyball uniforms actually said Lasell College. The rest of the uniforms just said Lasell,” said Cherrington. This was a step ahead of the game for the department. As for the older clothes, they are going to be used for the next few years until they decide to put money into buying new uniforms. Coaches were one of the first considerations for obtaining Lasell University gear, since their work goes beyond the regular season. They need to travel and represent the Lasell name while participating in recruiting, league meetings, and showcases. The areas of play, such as the sports fields and the banners on them, have to be updated. Cherrington said, “a lot of our facilities, like the scoreboard out here, the soccer field says Lasell College. The scoreboard up at Grellier Field says Lasell College. The gym floor says Lasell College, I think they are going to do that over Christmas break.” With the change of the name, there were discussions if other changes could be made in athletics, including the possibility of a football team. Unfortunately for foot-
ball fans, changes won’t be made anytime soon. “When I first interviewed for the position [in 2007], the applicants were given the chance to meet the students. I asked what the community wanted and everybody in the community wanted us to look at football, so we entered an investigation...neither field we have is big enough for NCAA requirements, they aren’t wide enough,” said President Alexander. He continued saying the only place a football team could play would be off-campus. “Even if we had a way to practice and play football at Brandeis, we wouldn’t get the school spirit benefit out of it. I don’t know how many people would go, I don’t know what it would add,” said the President. In the eyes of the school, it seems that the benefits wouldn’t meet the costs of running the program. The costs of having a football team would exceed $650,000 in expenses to create the group, plus the amount to get the equipment, uniforms, and proper protective gear. “It took months, but we reached the conclusion that football wasn’t for us,” said Alexander. Besides the physical changes, the ethics and goals are still the same for Lasell athletics, according to Athletic Director Kristy Walters. “I don’t think we are doing things differently, we have always tried to be a competitive program and present a good product to the student athletes… the change itself has been something to hang on to in terms of getting our name out there… we still want to be a strong Division III program, that will not change,” said Walters.
PHOTOS BY ADAM HALLENBECK & PROVIDED BY LASELL ATHLETCS
TOP: A sample of the new athletic merchandise seen on campus with the brand new athletic logo. BOTTOM: The school announced rebranding on August 15 and launched the new athletic website for the university, unveiling the new athletic logo as the school evolves from college to university.