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How to Make Every Day Earth Day(0)

May 10, 2016

“Climate change” has developed into one of the most-trending words of 2016 on social media websites. It has also become a topic of conversation and controversy in the presidential campaign, with some candidates believing it is a problem (Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders) and others believing it is a hoax (Donald Trump).   But while the… Read More ›

Lesley Students and Faculty Discuss Controversy over Beyoncé’s New Video

It’s not unusual for there to be an uproar whenever Beyoncé drops a new music video (I mean, it’s not like she has a big fan base or anything!); but when Queen Bey dropped the video for her new song “Formation,” I swear pop culture felt the tectonic plates move. With lyrics like “I like… Read More ›

Documentary About Anita Hill Raises Important Issues

“What happens when a victim of sexual harassment speaks up?” In October 1991, Anita Hill was called to publicly testify before congress, at senate hearings about her allegations of sexual harassment against her former boss, Clarence Thomas.  Thomas was at the time a supreme court nominee, so these hearings served as a possible factor in… Read More ›

Helping Dogs at a Unique Animal Shelter

I started volunteering for NorCal Family Dog Rescue (NFDR) in San Francisco in the summer of 2013. A high school project on wolf hybrids reignited my passion for dogs. I used to own two dogs, but other commitments led me astray from dedicating my time to canines. So, with a summer’s worth of time on… Read More ›

Where Girls Are Still Unwanted

[Editor’s Note:  From time to time, we receive interesting articles from our alumnae.  This one comes from 2014 Lesley graduate Diba Feroz.] I am originally from Afghanistan, and I was born and raised in Kabul. I am the third child in my family; my mother had three daughters in a row. Gender differences have never… Read More ›

#BlackLivesMatter: Lesley Students Speak Out Against Racism

On August 9, 2014, a young unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot six times by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. This incident occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, a small suburb of St. Louis, and sparked national interest, social media campaigns, and a new group of young activists who jumped up to protect the… Read More ›

Student Organization Feeds the Homeless

Every Tuesday night at 9:30 pm, dozens of Lesley students come together to make something beautiful: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Lesley Delivers is a Community Service Club, a student-run organization that brings people together to assemble brown bag lunches, and then distribute them to the hungry and homeless people of Harvard Square. Lesley Delivers… Read More ›

The Other F Word

There is one word people seem to be terrified to say. Recently it seems almost taboo to bring up in public conversation. The word has taken on a life of its own, becoming possibly the dirtiest word a lady could utter. The word feminism seems to repel even the strongest of men. I’ll admit, even… Read More ›

Michael Brown Vigil Sparks Discussions about Racism, Discrimination

On Friday September 12th, on the Doble campus, Students for Social Justice held a vigil for Michael Brown, the young black man who was gunned down by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th. Dean Mary Coleman led a discussion about the murder, posing difficult questions such as “What justifies homicide? Who keeps… Read More ›

Enthusiastic Audience Welcomes Bill McKibben to Lesley

There were no empty seats in Marran Theater on Monday night when environmental activist and author Bill McKibben spoke; he was greeted enthusiastically by the large crowd, the majority of whom seemed very  familiar with his work.  Senior Katy Parr was typical:  she said that she went to hear McKibben because she knew his name… Read More ›