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.

Advertisements

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.


So. Much. Work

By Alyssa Lajoie

It’s about that time of year again, final projects are starting to be due, research papers for classes are due, exams are right around the corner.  Students are feeling extremely overwhelmed.  Sure, you can’t exactly help that you have these large heaps of homework, but you can help the amount of stress you have.

Make a to-do list- Use your planner!  That’s what it was given to you for.  Write down when you have due dates for projects, papers, and readings.  Each day write down what you need to do that day and check it off as you accomplish them.  It’ll feel great and decrease your stress about all the work you have due once you check something off your list!

Plan your time accordingly- Have a big exam coming up?  A research paper or project due?  Don’t wait to do it last minute.  Use that planner and write down that you need to work a little bit on it each day.  Do you have an exam coming up?  Split up your material you have to study for over a span of days and leave the day before for a review of everything you’ve been studying.  Writing a research paper?  Make each day productive.  Research your topic one day, make an outline of what you want to write the next day, start writing the day after that and continue going with the days following until it’s due.

Keep organized- Make sure you know where everything is at all times.  Keep your materials organized in folders and binders and easily accessible.  Label everything by class and make sure that nothing that doesn’t pertain to that class gets into the mix.  This will help when you get back to your room and want to jump right into your work.  You won’t have to dig for study materials or a rubric for your project that you’re working on.

These are just three simple things that you can do to try and decrease the amount of stress students have right now with the end of the year winding down, but there is plenty more that a student could do.  Make time to relax and hang out with friends could be something else a student could do, but sorting out your priorities and being organized is the best way.


What can you do with $5?

By Abbey Daniel-Green

Check out who can make a music video with $5.

Earlier this year the experimental progressive rock band from Boston, Art Decade released a new album entitled Western Sunrise.  Art Decade’s single from the album also entitled Western Sunrise, made technology nerds and animators everywhere cheer.

Why? The recently debuted music video for Western Sunrise was almost completed created using a $5 Ipad application. Hired by the band animator and director, Alexander Whitney used the app Procreate to make a unique moving painting as the video for Western Sunrise.

In an interview with mashable.com Whitney offered some recommendations for other animators, “I really recommend it to anyone who does storyboards, concept art and animators, filmmakers, producers, whatever- this is the future.” (Alexander Whitney) It took Whitney four months to create this beautiful moving painting, using the Ipad2.

Aside from using Procreate the most amazing $5 app ever, one might say, Whitney also stated that he used a little help from other design programs, “I used After Effects to compose all of the elements, and also to create elements like the water, mist, clouds, as well as the final paint filter called Video GoghMocha was used to track the position of the character.” Whitney also revealed that he used a iMac keyboard when creating this master piece. With four months of basically finger painting on an Ipad, Whitney had to invest in special orthopedic gloves to protect his fingers from the long days of pounding on the keys.

With all this hard work, Whitney definitely pleased Art Decade. Lead singer Ben Talmi said “Whitney actually ended up surpassing what I thought was even possible.” With life like paintings moving simultaneously to the next Art Decade without a doubt have to give it up to Whitney for creating an animation marvel.

Want to see how he did it?


Injuries

By Bryan White

For any athlete and injury is the worst thing that could happen to you. Especially at the beginning of your season. I am now one of those unlucky enough to be dealt this hand. A week ago my team had a rugby match against Nichols college, which we ended up winning, but not before I would start the chain of events that would lead to my season ending injury. So I had made a tackle, and as I was taking the player to the ground I landed in an awkward position and my hands went to the point of pain which was my knee. Throughout the week my knee had a very slight pain but felt tight, I felt like all I needed to do was put some WD-40 on it and I’d be set. Though yesterday at our practice, the slight annoyance in my leg gave to a full blown injury.

My injury happened not even 10 minutes into the actual practice. We had just finished our warmups and moved on to our first drill. In this drill you have to move straight towards the defender, and right before you were about to go into contact with the you had to turn and pass the ball off to your teammate. As I was drawing the defender away from my teammate I turned and was ready to pass off the ball, when my knee just buckled. Right away a searing pain went up and down my leg and I knew I was done for the season.

After going to the ER my thoughts were confirmed, I had torn a small part of my Meniscus and would have to see an orthopedic and get physical therapy. Now to anyone this would be a set back, a burden and most of all an annoyance. To me its all three plus the added affect of a disappointment. For most athletes its injuries like these that keep them out for a time, make them completely jittery to get back in the game. In that way they try to jump back into the game before they are fully recovered and often hurt themselves all over again. This is what I worry about with myself, I love Rugby and the spring semester just started, for this whole winter I’ve been biting at the bit to go out and play and the first time I do I get injured. Now I know how my mind works and the second I feel I can run on it I’m going to want to go straight onto that pitch and start up a game. Though in this instance I am going to try and control myself so I don’t make the same mistake so many others have made.


Extreme Makeover Home Edition: A Materialistic View?

By Amanda Tyler

The show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that airs on the ABC network is a show thats main point is to find people with an unfortunate story or an unsafe home or both and demolish their existing house and rebuild the family a large, brand new home. Most of the time the story is tragic, heartbreaking and could bring you to tears, anyone with a heart would feel bad.

The house on the top is an example of a house the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition decided to visit and rebuild. Before the project started, you can see the house is a small ranch. In the after photo you would not be able to tell that this is even the same lot. The new house is completely different and a lot larger.

before

 after

Cameras follow the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for 7 days while the selected family goes on a “surprise,” paid vacation. The cast spends the 7 days demolishing the family’s house and rebuilding a brand new, extravagant house, consisting of large open spaces, amazing yards and at least one surprise along the way. The surprises could consist of famous guests, extra money for oil or groceries, cars and sometimes an “outside” company will pay the mortgage on the house so the family doesn’t need to worry about it.

Extreme Makeover has worked with Sears for many years now. In an agreement between Sears and Extreme Makeover, Sears appears in the show every week to donate appliances, tools, and more. An article focusing on Sears and their product placement campaign stated, “Not only does Extreme Makeover feature Sears brands like Kenmore, Craftsman tools and Land’s End…but the retailer itself is a character on the show, helping people solve problems and providing the good life to deserving people.”

If you take a second to think about the effects of these houses, the long-term consequences may not look so glorious after all. These houses are built for families who (most of) already have financial difficulty. After the cast comes and builds a whole new house, how are the families supposed to pay their mortgage on a house twice the size of the one they had before?

All in all the thought behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a wonderful thought, but does anyone really need the huge houses and the extravagant furniture, the meeting of celebrities or a brand new car? How do families, who are struggling financially before the show, pay for all the renovations and expenses it takes to own and take care of a huge home like the one above or below? Share your thoughts!

 


My summer of 2012

Anthony Liberatore

It seems as though all my friends, who are graduating in May, are running around like crazy to find some kind of a job in their field so they can bring home a weekly paycheck this summer.  I consider myself to be a “go-getter” and the most driven individual out of my group of friends, yet I’m currently not looking for a job.

This may sound a bit foolish, but I’ve decided to spend this summer learning and living life to the fullest.  More specifically, I will be interning at a small advertising agency (non-paid), working in retail about ten hours a weak (poorly-paid), and then just simply enjoying the rest of my time by relaxing.  I don’t necessarily consider these plans to be foolish at this stage in my life, because I feel that I will learn a lot this summer and gain a better idea of what I want to take on for a career in near future.

I’ve come to realize that the summer of 2012 will really be my last opportunity to have a “summer break”, so why not enjoy it?  My senior year at Lasell College has been crazy, as I’ve had to get done a great deal of projects completed.  My mind simply needs to rest and “de-stress”, so that I can be rejuvenated for the real working world come the end of summer.

Some of the exciting things I plan to do include a bit of traveling, seeing some of my favorite bands, going to the beach and connecting with old friends.  I feel I’ve lost touch with a lot of the people I was close with in high school, so this summer poses a great chance to reconnect.

All in all, I’m looking forward to graduating come May and having a different kind of summer than all my friends.  Everybody simply needs a break at some point and life is too short to spend all of your time working.