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A Tribute to Jefrey(1)

December 4, 2019

“How a flower in the rain only grows more when it’s grey, you just shined on brighter, making gold out of the pain.” – Oliver Sykes Before my cousin Jefrey died, he spent his last few weeks in rehab sharing his story with others to let them know they were not alone in this process… Read More ›

The Problem With Music Elitism

Music, for all its ability to unite audiences, has the equally compelling power to inspire competition and hatred among a select few people. Certain listeners, or music elitists, feel as though it is their duty to create guidelines surrounding music listenership. Specifically, these people attempt to dictate which types of music are somehow inferior because… Read More ›

Addressing some myths about Africa

[Editor’s Note:  Lesley student Doucette Kayombo, who comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a version of this talk for Community of Scholars Day.] For many centuries, a one-sided view of Africa has been portrayed to the rest of the world. This has been done in an effort to belittle and patronize African culture… Read More ›

The End of an Era: Why Neighborhood Kids No Longer Play Outside

I grew up on a dead-end street. We were the last house on the right, the yellow one with yellow lights and two yellow dogs out front. My backyard was a fairy land to me and the woods that settled at its heels were like Neverland. Barefoot, tick-filled, and happy as hell, me and my… Read More ›

It’s A Myth That Students Don’t Care About News

Over the past few years, many people in the older generation have come to the unfounded misconception that young adults care less about the news than they do. These adults base their assumption on the fact that most millennials don’t read newspapers and watch the nightly news on TV. While this is true, their generalization… Read More ›

The Mid-Term Elections: Groundbreaking in Many Ways

The 2018 midterm elections resulted in the Democratic party gaining control of the House of Representatives, and the Republicans maintaining their Senate majority. But that is not the entire story.  For one thing, young adults (including many Lesley students) turned out to vote in large numbers– some of the highest numbers in the past 25… Read More ›

Lesley Sophomore Offers Advice to First Year Students

Approximately a year ago, I was frantically packing. Checking off a list with a red pen, I was attempting to ignore the nerves knotting in my stomach. Everything I had heard about college was from my older sister, who was happy to share; but her advice didn’t help quell any of my anxiety. College is… Read More ›

Why History Courses Matter Now More Than Ever

The past two years have been confusing to watch.  Many of President Trump’s decisions (such as withdrawing from the Iran Deal or refusing to address climate change) have made no sense to me.   However, one event stuck out:  it was during his first ever State of the Union address in January 2018.  Mr. Trump… Read More ›

Threshold Program Encourages Educational Inclusion

Students who are new to Lesley may not be aware of the Threshold program, which provides a two-year on campus college experience for students with diverse learning challenges. Threshold has accessible housing for those with various kinds of disabilities; and it not only offers on-campus classes, but also provides job opportunities, such as working in… Read More ›

Confronting (and Overcoming) Bigoted Attitudes: One Student’s Experiences

“Go back to your country”, these were some of the first words I heard when I moved to the United States. My journey began here, sitting at a Starbucks, drinking my coffee with my mother, and taking in these atrocious words that echoed through the background of my mind. I never imagined myself in that… Read More ›