The shooting of unarmed 17 year-old African-American Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. last month has forced the country to discuss race, stereotypes and profiling very publicly – whether or not some Americans are ready, willing or sane enough to handle it. In Worcester, some residents have taken the opportunity to use the tragedy to highlight what they feel is a misunderstanding that began last summer. One they say started with allegations of racial profiling and was fueled by miscommunications between citizenry and government.
"I was in the studio and my phone rang," recalls Roger Lavallee, a musician, engineer and producer. "It was my friend John Donovan, who performed every Tuesday night at Vincent's with Scott. Why would John be calling me at 11:30 a.m.? I answered it, and he began with, 'I really don't know how to say this...'"
Tufts @ Tech
Knocking two birds with one stone can be both efficient and beneficial. And that's exactly what Worcester Technical High School's and Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's joint animal clinic intends to be when it opens this May. The Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic will serve as both a source of community outreach as well as an educational environment. The new clinic will be primarily run by senior veterinary students from Tufts and Worcester Tech High School students studying to be veterinary assistants, with the main clientele being underserved pets from Worcester who more often than not do not receive the necessary medical care they need including checkups, blood work and vaccinations.
Becker video game debuts at PAX East
This March, The Princeton Review named Becker College the 10th best college in the country to study video game design as an undergraduate. This is the third consecutive year Becker has been named one of the top schools for game design and development; coincidentally it's also the third consecutive year that Becker has had a group of students display their work at the PAX East Conference in Boston, an annual conference dedicated to video games. This year, a group of Becker students showed off a project they started work on last August, a PC video game and comic called "Shadow Walker."