Runway 2012

By Cherai Mills

Each year Lasell has a symposium at the end of the fall and spring semesters showcasing how students apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world.  This spring the symposium runs from Tuesday April 24-Saturday April 28 and as it always does, it will end with the two fashions that are put on by Lasell’s fashion department.

During the fall and spring the students have many different garments they must design and execute for their classes. The undergraduate show showcases all of the hard work of the freshmen, sophomore and junior fashion design students. While the designers work on getting their garments ready for the show, the merchandising students are hard at work behind the scenes deigning and building the set as well as managing the models. The merchandising students also manage backstage the area the night of the show and make sure the show runs smoothly. This year’s undergraduate show is Friday April 21, 2012 at 7 P.M. in Lasell’s Athletic Center.

The senior collection show showcases the hard of the senior fashion designers. Starting during the summer, the seniors work hard at coming up with a concept and executing their idea. There are many things that go into creating a collection from finding models, to finalizing design to actually making the clothes. On top of the actually garments the designers must think about how they want to style their collection and what choreography they want to do. As a fellow senior fashion designing it can be overwhelming to make all their decisions on your own. Each of us seniors has 3 minutes from the playing of our commentary to the time the models are off the runway. All of the seniors are hard at work preparing for our 3 minutes of fame. Senior Collection 2012 will take place Saturday April 22, 2012 in Lasell’s Athletic Center.

To purchase tickets for the show, you can buy them online here and any Lasell student can purchase them online mylasell. Tickets are $25 each for general admission to both shows. You can purchase a VIP ticket to the senior show for $50, which includes a reception before the show.


Easter at Lasell

By Will Henry

The holiday known as Easter is celebrated differently by many of the students who take classes here at Lasell College. Many students go home while other students stay here at school. There are a number of reasons as to why most students, including myself, may have chosen to stay here at Lasell rather than go home to spend the holiday with their family members. Here are a few of them.

One reason as to why Lasell students such as myself choose to stay on campus for Easter is our weekly class schedules. Many students have classes the day after Easter that can complicate their plans to get back to school for their classes that could take place in the early morning hours on Monday. I myself had a class at 8am this morning which really drove my plans of seeing my family into a rut. I told my parents that in order for me to come home for Easter, they would have to drive me back to school on the same night. I don’t have a car of my own on campus that would allow me to travel back and forth from Lasell to my house at my own leisure. Because of that 8am class, Easter time with my family was a no-go.

Another reason for many students here at Lasell not to go home for Easter is the distance from their hometown and the college. Many friends of mine here at Lasell live out of state and when I mean out of state I really mean put of state. Two of the basketball players here at Lasell that I know very well, Brock Walters and Arthur Alexander, live down in Florida. Nery Guerra, one of the star Men’s Soccer players, lives down in Guatemala, so traveling home for Easter is way out of the question for him. It makes me feel bad that I only live 30 minutes from this college while other students don’t have that kind of travel luxury.

Another reason many students couldn’t go home for Easter was that they were athletes who had games to go to or had practice to take part in on Sunday or Monday morning. Athletes can’t miss practice and/or games of their sport for these kind of reasons, which is kind of unfair when you look at it.


Ty Burr at Lasell

By Lindsey Jones

Movie critic Ty Burr will visit Lasell College on Tuesday April 10, 2012. Burr’s presentation is titled “The Future of Movies” and will be sure to engage the audience with his experience and expertise of the journalism field. The presentation will be held in DeWitt Hall at 12:30pm. Throughout the presentation Burr will share information about technical and cultural aspects of film.

Ty Burr studied film at Dartmouth College and New York University. He then began his career in the 1980’s. Burr started at Home Box Office, where he helped program Cinemax pay-cable service. From there, Burr worked for Entertainment Weekly as the chief video critic for the magazine. Burr has also had experience covering and critiquing music, film, theatre, and books. In July 2002, Burr began working as a film critic for The Boston Globe.

Throughout his career, Burr has written three books. The latest book that was published, The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together, was released in 2007. Burr’s other books were published in 1999 and 1998. These books are, The Hundred Greatest Movies of All Time, and, The Hundred Greatest Stars of All Time.  Along with the numerous amount of work Burr has done, he has also written articles for several major publications including the New York Times, Spin and the Boston Phoenix. Currently, Burr is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and The Boston Society of Film Critics. He also lives in Newton Massachusetts along with his wife and his two daughters.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Donahue Institute and the Department of Communication. Students, especially ones studying communication, are urged to attend this presentation as a way to learn even more about the world of journalism. Along with Burr’s presentation, free pizza will be provided to all that attend.


Ad Age’s Best Place to Work List

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By Meghan Crozier

Once again another person doing a write up about where to take your profession post-graduation. I know, it’s not sinking in for those of you seniors just yet, but finals are just around the corner. By taking a look at Advertising Age, there are various options for agencies while you begin researching and applying as well.  As a communications major I have found this website, Advertising Age extremely helpful in staying up to date with advertising news, company information as well as a direct source for career options.

Highly valued is “Ad Age’s Best Place to Work List” which has certainly made it’s mark within the communications industry. For the second year in a row, Allen & Gerritsen has topped the list as no. 1, demonstrating it’s one of the best agency gigs in ad-land. It has recently been getting ready for the big move from Watertown, Mass., to Boston’s emerging district near the seaport. This may be a company to sink your teeth into and start looking at for a potential future.

Recently picking up Papa Gino’s New England Pizza and the Los Angeles Zoo as clients, there is a prediction for a set hire of up to 50 employees in the coming year. This is extremely optimistic for the fresh graduates in the next coming months eager to get their hands into an already successful agency.

Andrew Graff, A&G’s president-CEO has a lot of input for the movement of the company and the direction that they are going in. For those of you students remaining in the area for the summer or for the next couple semesters, this may be the place you want to look into for an internship. Graff explains in an interview with AdAge, “Interns aren’t [relegated to] filing cabinets and coffee pots but rather are treated as real employees,” one intern wrote in the survey. “The intern program … really caters to enriching us with opportunities and realistic experiences.”

This is a great opportunity for eager and excited communications students looking to gain crucial experience from a well-known and appreciated agency. I recommend taking a look at this website on a weekly, if not daily basis if you’re interested in a future in the advertising industry. Certainly through graduate school as well this will be a wonderful source for all of your advertising current events.

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7 Facts about the Boston Marathon

 By: Molly Clarke

As a Lasell College senior, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the phenomenon that is Marathon Monday for the past three years.  The pseudo-holiday, as described by urbandictionary.com, “Is often considered, among Bostonians, the greatest day of each year.  Falling on the third Monday of each April, the marathon provides a race as a backdrop to the biggest day of drinking and legalized hooky-playing found anywhere in the country.”

Whether you plan to spend this Marathon Monday enjoying one of the greatest athletic competitions of all time or simply enjoying a few, completely legal and responsible, drinks with your friends, here are a few fun facts about the Boston Marathon to remind us all why we come together each year on this day.

  1. 1. The first modern marathon was held at the 1896 Summer Olympics. The 24.8 mile course was based on the distance run by Greek soldier Pheidippides from the plains of Marathon to Athens, where he carried the news of the Greek army’s victory over Persia.

2. John Graham, manager of the first ever U.S Olympic Marathon Squad, was inspired to organize and conduct a marathon in the Boston area.

3. Only fifteen men ran the first Boston Marathon, which was then called the American Marathon, in 1897.

4. The race has always been held on Patriot’s Day, a holiday celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine to honor the beginning of the Revolutionary War. However, when the Boston Marathon first began, Patriot’s Day always took place on April 19th. In 1969 both the holiday and the race were officially moved to the third Monday of each April.

5. Roberta Gibb was unofficially the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966. She did not run with an official racing bib and concealed herself in the bushes until the start of the race because the race would not accept female participants. The following year, Katherine Switzer was issued a bib number because she hadn’t identified herself as a female on her application. Once race officials became aware that Switzer was in fact female, they tried unsuccessfully to physically remove her from the competition. In the fall of 1971 the A.A.U, or Amateur Athletics Union, allowed women to enter the race for the first time. The following year Nina Kuscsik was officially recorded as the marathon’s first female winner.  Eight women started that race and all eight completed it.

6. The Boston Marathon was the first major marathon to offer a wheel chair division.

7. The Boston Marathon is one of the five World Marathon Majors, a championship-style competition for marathon runners that started in 2006.


Worried?

By Abbey Daniel-Green

As the semester is coming to a very fast end, some of you like me might be getting worried about five million different reasons. Worrying is a hard thing to stop, especially when it come to the unknown and with graduation just around the corner the worrying has set in.

So here are the stats according to pickthebrain.com 40% of worrying will never happen so it was a waste of time worrying. 30% of what you are worried about is done and over with so just move on and let it go. 12% are useless worrying because you are worried about what another person is thinking. 10% of worrying is on pointless things to worried about like being late or if you will find a place to park in downtown. Only 8% of what we worry about actually will happen, 4% are worries that we cannot control or out of your power and the last 4% is worrying about what you are going to do in a situation so this is the 4% you have control over, so why are you worried?

Now the question is how do you stop worrying? I always like to number one think about the worst thing that could happen, and then prepare for that and just pray for the best. Keep yourself busy, if you find yourself just sitting and worrying, get up and do something about it, make a list and just keep checking it off. You can also distract yourself, go see friends, or call your mom, they usually have good advice when it comes to worrying. Lastly make a decision, what are you worried about and what can you do about it. If you can’t do anything then that’s what you need to tell yourself and just let life take over.

And just remember everyone worries, but don’t let it get the best of you; we got this Class of 2012!


Spring Fest Week is Here Again

By Cherai Mills

Each year the Lasell College Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosts a week of events in April known as Spring Fest Week, giving the club a chance to have a variety of events and collaborate with different clubs on campus within that one week. As a member I always have fun helping to plan the many events that take place. This year spring fest week runs from April 17-22. Here is a complete list of all the events:

Tuesday April 17

  • CAB Spring Fest T-Shirt Giveaway

12:15 P.M.-2 P.M. outside Valentine Dining Hall

  • Are You Smarter Than a Lasell Student

12:15 P.M.-1:45 P.M. in Valentine Dining Hall
Play against faculty and staff members for prizes

  • Divine Step Team Showcase

7:30 P.M. in de Witt Hall

  • CAB Comedian Anton Shuford

9 P.M. in the Arnow Campus Center, 1st floor

Wednesday April 18

  • CAB Concert: Mike Stud

9 P.M. in de Witt hall
Free and open and to Lasell students only. Advance tickets strongly encouraged.

Limited to will be available at the door.

For more information on ticket you can join the Facebook group here.

Thursday April 19

  • Scribe Tribe Presents: A Circle Transformation

8 P.M. in Yamawaki Auditorium

8 P.M. in Rosen Auditorium
Free popcorn and soda

  • CAB Minute to Win It

9 P.M. in the Arnow Campus Center, 1st floor

Friday April 20

  • Scribe Tribe Presents: A Circle Transformation

7 P.M. in Yamawaki Auditorium

  • CAB Movie: The Woman in Black

7 P.M. in Rosen Auditorium

  • Pride Student Drag Show

10 P.M. in Yamawaki Auditorium

Saturday April 21

  • Scribe Tribe Presents: A Circle Transformation

2 P.M. & 7 P.M. in Yamawaki Auditorium

  • CAB Spring Carnival

3 P.M.-7 P.M. in the Athletic Center
Dinner will be an outside barbeque
Valentine dining hall will be closed

  • MSU End of the Semester Dance

9 P.M.-1 A.M. in de Witt Hall
Up to 2 guests permitted. No entry after 12 A.M.
$2 for Lasell Students, $5 for each guest

Sunday April 22

  • Lasell College Dance Team Showcase

4 P.M. in de Witt Hall

For more information on any of these events contact cab@lasell.edu