Bruins Ready for Repeat

By Anthony Carnevale

The Boston Bruins are ready for their run at a second consecutive Stanley Cup. The 2 seed Bruins open up the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the 7 seed Washington Capitals. The Capitals are led by their Alexander Ovechkin. The Bruins are looking to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to repeat as Cup Champions.

The Bruins are coming off a 49-29-4 regular season record. The Bruins led the Northeast Division with 102 points. The Bruins survived a late season scare of the Ottawa Senators in the points race to clinch the division. The Bruins did not know who their first round opponent would be until the last day of the regular season, when the Senators lost to the New Jersey Devils and the Capitals beat the New York Rangers.

The Bruins were led in points in the regular season by the 20 year-old Tyler Seguin who racked up 67 points. Seguin also led the team with 29, which was one more than Brad Marchand. Patrice Bergeron led the B’s in assists tallying up 42, which edged out the 40 assists by team captain Zdeno Chara. Bergeron also was the team leader in +/- coloumn. Grinder and team enforcer Shawn Thornton led the Bruins in penalty minutes, with 154. This includes a league tieing 20 fighting majors for Thornton. Tim Thomas started 55 games in net for Boston. Thomas won 35 games, recorded a 2.36 goals against average, a .920 save percentage, and 5 shutouts.

The Bruins enter the playoffs, with a little bit of the injury bug. General Manager Pete Chiarelli announced that forward Nathan Horton has been shut down for the entire 2012 playoff campaign, with lingering concussion symptoms. Horton received a concussion in a January game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Horton also received a concussion in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 that forced him to miss the rest of the series. This proved as fuel for the B’s as they upset the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games after trailing the Canucks 2-0. Defensemen Johnny Boychuck and Adam McQuaid are day-to-day. Boychuck is fighting a leg injury received against the Pittsburgh Penguins and McQuaid suffered an eye laceration against the Capitals. The future of backup goalie Tuukka Rask is also unknown as he is also recovering from an injury. Anton Khudobin will serve as backup until and if Rask returns.

Last year during the Bruins incredible and unforeseen title run they beat the Montreal Canadiens in the first round in 7 games, swept the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 games, and deafeated the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games to caputre the Cup. The Bruins became the first team to win three Game 7s. This Playoff run will prove to be a rough road back, with the outstanding offense of the Capitals and the top-seeded Rangers along with the Penguins lurking in the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is considered the power-house with the Canucks as the top-seed, and teams like the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings.

Bruins fans should expect a entertaining first round, and hope for another roller coaster ride back to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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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.


The Art of Kindness

By Stephen Brennan

With the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select, Trent   Richardson, former RB out of Alabama. This is what Trent Richardson is hoping to hear on Thursday, April 26th and finally fulfill his lifelong dream of playing RB in the NFL. Trent is the top running back prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft and his bulky size and forceful downhill running are very appealing to certain teams in the NFL. But, about a week ago this was not the most important thing happening in his life.

On Friday, April 13th, Trent Richardson had a couple more things to worry about than what was going to happen in the NFL Draft. Introduce, Courtney Alvis who is a 17 year old high school senior but, who is also a cancer survivor. Courtney had to miss most of junior year because of kemo treatments and there had been a lot of rocky times in her life. But on April 13th everything seemed to change when Courtney was getting ready for prom. She finally had all of her hair back, she was confident, Courtney was beginning to look like her old self, but because of the treatments she missed out on a lot of things and did not have a date to the prom.

That’s right folks, Trent Richardson took Courtney to her first prom. What a great night for both of them, Courtney won prom queen and I am sure Trent had a fun time answering everybody’s questions and signing all of those autographs. Trent was quoted as saying, “I’m not doing this just to make someone happy, this was my choice, my mother is also a cancer survivor so this is something that I wanted to do.” He’s an animal on the field, Trent Richardson might just be one of the nicest guys to ever come through the NFL, and would be the perfect face of a franchise down the road.


Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

 

markzBy Meghan Crozier

The heavy baller, Facebook made a public offering today, April 9, for its first big purchase. The popular photo-sharing application, Instagram has been causing a commotion on the social media scene and of course Mark Zuckerberg was not far behind.

On Monday, both companies expressed their official commitment to run Instagram as an independent service, while Zuckerberg explained that Instagram would continue to work with rival social networks, allowing users to post on other services, enabling them to opt out of sharing on Facebook.

This is a good policy, due to the initial fan base of the brand which may want to leave out their Instagram photo’s on Facebook. The question lies, whether or not this was an intelligent decision on Facebook’s end due to the fact they have yet to go public. However, Mr. Zuckerberg feels strongly about the decision, because they’ve been focusing on building the best experience for sharing photos, and with Instagram, “Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests,” which he posted earlier on Facebook himself. Facebooks initial public launch, is expected to take place next month, causing a lot of investors and buyers to make a name for themselves.

From the Instagram side of things, chief executive, Kevin Systrom, reiterated plans the preserve the service’s functionality and is looking forward to taking the most out of their new parent company’s resources. There were also a lot of other investors in the market for the fast growing photo-sharing application.

Last week, Instagram had a financial round worth of more than $50 million, with names such as Sequoia Capital, and early backer of Google, Greylock Capital, and early investor of LinkedIn, and Thrive Capital, the firm run by Joshua Kushner, all being in the running for the large purchase.

This is the news release from Facebook:

“Facebook announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Instagram, a fun, popular photo-sharing app for mobile devices.

“The total consideration for San Francisco-based Instagram is approximately $1 billion in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter.”

And from Mark Zuckerberg’s statement:

“We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.”

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Steve Buttry’s Case for Digital Journalism

By Zachary Gray

For over forty years, Steve Buttry has been in the news business as a journalist, writer, editor, and reporter. Buttry learned the old-school techniques and styles of journalism, but makes a case for digital journalism in a recent post on The Buttry Diary. Titled “Dear Newsroom Curmudgeon,” Buttry lists seven reasons for why journalist resist digital journalism. With each reason, Buttry breaks down the flaws in every excuse to not leap into the digital world.

The seven reasons journalists resist are: quality, you love writing, confidence, you don’t have the time, you don’t like Twitter, ethics, and age. Buttry explains that the old-school journalists believe print journalism is of high quality, and digital journalism has flaws. But history has shown that not all print journalism is perfect.

Many journalists resist digital journalism because they love to write, feel they don’t have the time, or even feel as if they are too old. Buttry’s response is to simply suck it up. The Director of Community Engagement & Social Media for Digital First Media and Journal Register Co. explains that digital journalism has improved his editing skills, in essence made him a better writer. Time wise, it’s exactly the same; there’s no difference from taking notes at an event to live blogging. As for age, Buttry’s response is simple: “bullshit.” At 57-years-old, Buttry says using digital journalism actually energizes him.

Buttry’s letter, in my opinion, is spot on. Too many “old-school” journalists complain about digital journalism and its “flaws.” yet many of them have yet to use digital journalism. The fact is simple: digital journalism is the future. The experience in standard journalism is highly valued and will always be, but adaptation a necessity.


RIP Mike Wallace

By Anthony Carnevale

Legendary 60 Minutes interviewer Mike Wallace died April 7, 2012. Wallace, whose career spans six decades, was 93 years-old. Wallace was a legend in the his profession, and made 60 Minutes a must watch for years. The news of his death has sparked an outbreak of several politicians and journalists paying their respects to Wallace via social networking. Of these posts some include ones from Anderson Cooper, Ann Curry, and Robin Roberts.

Wallace served as a reporter until 2008 when he received heart surgery. Wallace was the first person hired in 1968 for first 60 Minutes staff. The show however was not a favorite right away. It was not until 1977-1978 that the show reached the Top 10 and was a staple for years. Wallace was the face of the show for many of those years. It wasn’t until 2001 that the streak in the Top 10 was broken.

60 Minutes is credited with being a founding father in the surprise interview. Wallace was known best in his interviews for his “follow up” questions. He is also known for his tough interviews with Richard Nixon’s first aide John Ehrlichman during the Watergate scandal, and with his remarks to Barbra Streisand.

During his long career Wallace was the recipient of 21 Emmy awards. During his career, although it is known for his time with CBS, was not all. He also spent time as a game show host in the early part of the 50’s. He also did interview work for ABC in the 50’s. Wallace started his career at CBS in 1951, but it was not until 1963 that Wallace became a full-time newsman on CBS. Wallace was born on May 9, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He began his career in the 1940’s. He was also married four times in his life. His current wife, along with his son, stepdaughter, and stepson are still alive.


World’s Most Photogenic Guy, in a 10k Race

By Alyssa Lajoie

A simple picture of Zeddie Little Running a 10k race in Charleston, S.C. has given his life a complete 360.  Little is pictured in the middle of the race, running, surrounded by other runners, looking very tired and sweaty; Little, however, not so much.  His hair seems to be styled perfectly, not a drop of sweat on his face, and his pearly whites shining brightly as he runs along with the others.

This picture was found when a South Carolina native, Will King, was looking through photos from the Cooper River Bridge 10k race and he happened upon this picture of Little.  He immediately uploaded to his Flickr account because of how much Little stood out in the picture and the fame came instantly.

A friend of King’s dubbed Little “Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic.”  In an article on Yahoo! News by Chris Chase he said, “photoshop him out of that shot and put him in a family photo at Disney World and Little doesn’t look any more ‘ridiculously photogenic’ than anyone else.”

So if this is all true, why is this picture along with Little himself getting so much fame from all of this?   It all leads back to how much power Social Media has over our society.  The minute an unknown face gets a little bit of attention it becomes worldwide “news.”

He’s popping up everywhere from Facebook to Twitter and even as the face of many new Memes.  There’s even a Tumblr page where people can post their adaptions of their memes where Little’s face is in the background surrounded by sarcastic and witty remarks.  Little is getting so much attention but in reality, this man is just like anyone else out in the world, but he’s famous for running a marathon, looking good, and being captured doing both.  Surely anyone could do that if they just tried a little!