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To close or not to close: Bentley’s snowday conundrum Historic snowfall forces Bentley to make difficult decisions on cancellations NEWS EDITOR

“Bentley University closing at 4pm today…” “University closed tomorrow…” “Bentley day classes & events cancelled…” “Bentley remains closed…” Phrases that would once excite students now have become so common that they are causing as many groans as there are celebrations. With historic snowfall in Massachusetts this winter, Bentley University has been forced to close down for the safety of its students, faculty and staff numerous times and all are feeling the repercussions. Although an excuse to sleep all day in lieu of classwork is fun, missing this much work means a frantic rush to make-up the missed class hours. Bentley is required to fulfill a minimum number of contact hours in order to meet

accreditation requirements, according to Patricia Rogers of the Registrar’s Office. There are two approaches to making up all these missed hours. First, evening classes (or “night-bombs”) and grad-

uate classes will be meeting over the next few Friday nights, excluding the two Fridays during Spring Break. However, day classes have posed more of a problem. Due to the difficulty in

re-scheduling the large number of day classes, Bentley informs faculty that they are required to make-up the class somehow, but the exact manner is left up to them. Rogers states that she “has

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Bentley’s library covered in mounds of snow. A record 72 inches covered Boston in 16 days.

told faculty teaching day classes to figure out what works best for them and their students.” This makeup time can be during activity periods, Friday afternoons at 3:30pm, class extensions by 20 minutes for a few weeks, Saturday classes, or even online taped lectures. According to Rogers, a uniform make-up schedule has been attempted in the past but proved unsuccessful. Making up these missed classes has been particularly difficult because of how many of these cancellations have fallen on Mondays. As of yet, 5pm and evening Monday courses have not met during their scheduled time. For GB courses in particular, which are committed to a tight schedule, this makes it difficult to keep up with the other class sections. The decision to cancel SEE SNOWDAY, PAGE 5

BY Jennifer wright news editor

On Saturday, February 7, the Winter Leadership Conference was held for e-board members of all student organizations on campus. At the conference, the Association of Bentley Activities (ABA) discussed a renewed push for student organizations to meet Bentley’s set student organization standards. This push came in the wake of the many new clubs formed recently and the several existing clubs that are struggling to stand out amongst the 100+ groups on campus. ABA is the governing organization of undergraduate student clubs and is responsible for supporting all recognized groups on campus and for approving new groups. Last semester they spent time speaking with student leaders on campus to see what their clubs were doing well and what issues they were encountering. This conversation was continued at the Winter Leadership Con-

ference with a 20 minute discussion about the problems student organizations have had this semester. Based off of last semester’s conversations and updated based on the conference, ABA created a list of goals for all student organizations starting this semester. These goals include requirements that clubs have a written mission statement, vision statement and constitution, as well as a membership of 10 students not including e-board members. New student organizations are required to fulfil all of these requirements when they first go through the approval process and ABA recognized that they were not uniformly applying the same requirements to existing organizations. According to Lexi Kacoyannakis, the Arts Cluster Representative of ABA, many student organizations no longer had a copy of their constitution and therefore were all required to redo theirs. Although these requirements have always been in place, this semester

has seen a renewed effort to enforce them. The ABA hopes that these four pieces will help student organizations solve many of the problems they currently face by giving them a clearer identity and goals. The 10-member requirement is also meant to ensure that the Student Activity Fee is being utilized in the best possible way, making the biggest impact on the Bentley community that it can. The goal of these enforcements is to help improve all student organizations. Kacoyannakis says, “We want organizations to start putting their name out so that students who are interested in the mission…can sign up to be a part of that club or go to an event they may not have otherwise known was on campus. The purpose of these requirements is not to hurt our student organizations but rather get them to start innovating and showing off how awesome they are.” Setting these clear requirements and set deadlines are

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ABA: Governing body looks to make changes with orgs

ABA has come up with a new, simpler set of rules for orgs. meant to help clubs, but smaller organizations on campus are feeling the strain. There are several clubs, particularly those under the arts cluster, that struggle to maintain a solid member base. Bentley is a business school, so finding 10 jazz musicians or 10 film makers can be difficult, never mind also maintaining an e-board. Bentley students are also notorious for having full schedules and the 100+ student organizations must fight

over students’ already limited time. Lorenzo Garchitorena is on the e-board of one of those clubs that struggle with membership: the Jazz Club. He recognizes the importance of ensuring clubs are working hard to get their name out there and make an impact on campus, but has found it difficult to find enough musicians who can SEE ABA, PAGE 5

Prayer Spaces

Warby Parker

Bentley Glory

Upper campus is now host to a brand new prayer space!

The fashion trend now taking over campus!

Falcons place second in regional meet.





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THE VANGUARD 2015 EDITORIAL BOARD Bentley University, Waltham, MA 02452

Editor-In-Chief Managing Editor General Manager

Usama Salim ‘17 Karan manwani ‘16 Stephanie seputra ‘17

Copy Editor

evan mcardle ‘17

News Editor

jennifer wright ‘16

Campus Life Editor

brendan gerety ‘17

Features Editor Sports Editor

megan lieu ‘17 Ian Giancursio ‘16

Business Editor

Danica chugani ‘17

Photography Editor

kristin salazar ‘18

Directors of Production and Layout Director of Advertising Director of Online Services advisor

angela ly ‘17, nghiem phuong hong ngoc ‘17


Three events you don’t want to miss

1 2 3 Mission IMPROVable

Henna Night

Day: friday Time: 9:00 p.m. Location: Back bay Host: Student activities

This group has performed with members of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has even performed at multiple comedy festivals!

Day: sunday Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Back bay Host: SASA

An afternoon filled with fun, games and Henna! Don’t forget to check out our cool photo booth!

Jabari Asim Day:Tuesday Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Wilder pavillion Host: The forum of creative writers

A talk by Jabari Asim, an Associate Professor at Emerson College around the topic of creativity.

corey werner ‘17 michelle chiu ‘17 Nicole Chabot-Wieferich Director, Student Activities

Editor’s pick The Newlywed Game! Day: Thursday Time: 9:00 p.m. LocAtion: back bay Host: CAB

Staff Writers Emily ellis ‘15, jd towers ‘17, ethan hall ‘17, nick toselli ‘17, stephanie seputra ‘17 ,cam estelle ‘17 Columnists KEVIN LARYEA ‘15,USAMA SALIM ‘17 Production AssistantS USAMA SALIM’17 Photographers Alex yuan ‘17, Shiyu Xu ‘17, Mark Tsyporkin ‘17, Hongyi Jin ‘17, Garrett meccariello ‘17, angela su’17, amanda rose ‘17, michelle ghozali ‘17

Compete with a friend, roommate, or significant other to see how well you know each other and win great prizes worth $1,500! Free food provided!

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From students to facilities: Thank you Well holy snow balls. Obviously, there has been an enormous amount of snow lately. Everyone in the country probably knows that by now. Thanks to the last two storms, 5 days of classes have already been affected. Monday nightbombs have yet to meet. People have not gotten back into the academic lifestyle yet! What misery is surrounding us in such a bright, white, fluffy essence? However, avoiding all the negative things we could all complain about, we here at the Vanguard choose to stay positive! Why? Because why would you be sad, burrowed underneath two feet of snow, when you can be happy and play in it instead! We are looking at you, all those depressing people on Yik Yak! Anyway, how great has facilities and the rest of the Bentley staff been the past two or three weeks? Amazing, is the right answer. If you have friends from the area, then you would know that other places have not had the fortune we have had. Most people do not have the pleasure of being able to ignore the snow and stay inside all day while other people shovel the snow for them, most often for people who do not get the opportunity to thank them! To make up for the lack of showed appreciation, this editorial will take its place. Every

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single person taking their time to shovel, on and off campus, deserves a big round of applause. Also, every Seasons employee and every Bentley employee that worked during the storms deserve an award for still working even though we all know that they probably did not want to. Without you all, we the students would have be trapped in our dorms, without food and possibly with a few injuries by now! One big thank you and much gratitude sent to all the wonderful employees braving the cold, wind and snow. Sure there may have been a few bad parts, but without a doubt, the snow removal was done extremely well. There was always a path to walk on, although it may have been a little slippery, but that is better than there being no path

at all! The parking lots were cleared fast, too. The amount of texts and phone calls we received were a little over the top, though. One of our editorial board members got four in an hour. But that is nothing to complain about after the fantastic job that is being done. The police department has done a nice job facilitating everything as well, so a big thank you to them, too! So, if you are walking around campus and see someone who worked hard while we were all being lazy and “doing homework” during these past and coming snow storms, take the time to thank them for all they have done. It definitely was not fun for them and was probably really horrible instead. Spread the positivity, happiness and gratitude, Falcons!


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Courtesy of Amanda DiCristoforo

beyond excited for it!

MaJOR: Management HOME TOWN: Monson, MA

What are you looking forward to this year? I love travel and learning about different cultures. After visiting Rome, Italy for my study abroad, I started adding places to visit to my bucket list. A group of friends and I are planning a graduation trip to Dubai, UAE and Delhi, India in May and I am

What is your favorite event on campus? I really enjoy the cultural events we have on campus. My favorite event hands down is Diwali held by SASA each fall. I absolutely loved dancing in it this year and I am really excited to dance with SASA in FOC in March. What are your goals for this year? My number one goal this year is to get into grad school, find a job that I enjoy to work part-time while attending grad school and to just enjoy my last semester as an undergrad student! How are you feeling about graduation? It’s definitely bittersweet. I am excited to move onto the next steps of my life however, change and moving away from constant contact with close friends al-

Advice to seniors/ words of wisdom: I know it’s wicked corny, but I would advise my fellow seniors to genuinely enjoy each day because a day without laughter is a day wasted. This is the last time in our lives when we will be free from real-life responsibilities and surrounded by friends that we can easily see every day. Make a point to enjoy it everyday. What can Bentley do to help you with this year? Bentley can continue to put on events that allow me to bond and share time with my fellow classmates and friends before we graduate. I want my last days at Bentley to be the best of my memories as a young adult. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Bentley? I think in general Bentley has taught me how to grow into myself. Bentley has helped develop me into the person I am proud to be today. From leadership roles to the family I’ve made here, they’ve all helped me to become a person I am happy with!







What are you involved in at Bentley? I’m on the executive board of the South Asian Student Association as the Senior Liaison, a brother of the International Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and I have worked as an Office Manager for Student Activities and Student Affairs since I was a freshman. I have also been an Orientation Leader four times – two summers and two winter sessions.

What are your plans for the future? I want to go to grad school for an MA in Intercultural Relations. I am applying now and should hear back by late March. I really hope I get in because I absolutely LOVE this subject matter.

ways comes with some degree of sadness.


Amanda dicristoforo


STUDENT CONDUCT SUMMARY February 5 - February 10 13 Total Number of Cases 31 Total Number of Individuals Involved 4 Individuals Dismissed from Responsibility 24 Individuals Admitting Responsibility 0 Number of individuals found responsible by Conduct Board 3 Number of educational sanctions given 0 Number of Work Sanctions 3 Number of Parental Notifications $300 Cash total of fines given 18 Number of students given a Verbal Warning 7 Number of students put on Written Warning 0 Number of individuals put on Probation 0 Number of individuals put on Disciplinary Probation 0 Number of individuals who lost 15 housing credits 0 Number of individuals who lost 30 housing credits 0 Number of individuals put on Suspension (Housing) 0 Number of individuals put on Suspension (University) 0 Number of individuals expelled Provided by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: In a healthy relationship, both partners respect, trust, and support each other. Each person feels comfortable honestly discussing thoughts and feelings about the relationship. Assess your relationship on Bentley’s page at http://bit.ly/1gC0wvQ.

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Bentley Talks Compost, Not Trash GRACE DIBENEDETTO

A senior majoring in IDCC.

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Starting last semester, Bentley University began a new composting process as a means to give our food waste a new life. With a school population of nearly 5,700 undergraduate and graduate students, Bentley University’s Office of Sustainability and Sodexo team are continually collaborating on sustainable strategies to reduce waste in Bentley’s dining locations. Colleges are notorious for producing large amounts of food waste simply because of the large student body they serve on a daily basis. Those universities that recognize the impact of their food waste on both the local community and the world at large are the ones leading the way for sustainable change. But why is food waste a problem? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste is the second largest form of municipal solid waste found in our landfills, totaling almost 18% of the waste stream. Without compost, this abundance of organic waste sits idly in our landfills instead of breaking down into a usable substance. Composting tackles this problem. It turns our waste into a useful product or “marketable commodity.” By diverting our food scraps rather than tossing them in our landfills, we reap a multitude of benefits. The finished

Food accounts for 18% of the total waste stream. Compost, compost, compost people! product improves soil quality for farmers by adding natural nutrients and increasing its water-holding capacity, which gradually makes soil fluffy and light as opposed to solid and compacted. It even reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, which makes for fewer chemicals leaching into the environment and fewer synthetic fertilizers in local produce. So how does Bentley do it? The Sodexo staff in Seasons, La Cava, the Dana Center and the catering kitchens remove pre-consumer compost. In other words, all food scraps produced in the Bentley kitchens are disposed in compost bins rather than trash. In addition, in Seasons Dining Hall, the kitchen staff separates post-consumer compost. Have you noticed that the trash bins next to the conveyor belt are missing? This was intentional! Now,

rather than students separating their own trash from food scraps, Sodexo workers separate what you leave on your plate. The food waste is sent to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus, Massachusetts, where the next steps of the compost process take place. Once at the farm, food scraps are placed in an in-vessel digester that combines food waste, grass clippings and leaves together to create a high quality compost product. After three days, the materials are completely broken down and placed in rows where the mixture takes one month to mature. The compost is then placed and rotated in Rocky Hill’s McCloskey Trommel screener to test the quality for any remaining trash particles. Once complete, the finished soil is sold for many uses including turf dressing, soil amendments and erosion control.

You may be wondering, “Has composting at Bentley really made a difference?” Well, since this past fall, our kitchen staff has composted nearly 84 tons of food waste—that’s equivalent to the weight of 42 cars! The Bentley community should celebrate this accomplishment of making continuous strides toward our commitment to waste reduction and responsible disposal. However, there is still far more work to be done. The Office of Sustainability aspires to one day have front-of-thehouse composting at Bentley, where students, faculty and staff voluntarily make the sustainable decision to sort their own waste between compost, recycling, or trash. But we can only achieve this goal with the entire community’s commitment to proper waste sorting. We are now asking you, the Bentley community, to do your part—to

help the sustainable choice become the way of life at Bentley. How can you help? Easy! It’s a habit to walk into Seasons and pile up your plate— but don’t let your eyes fool your stomach. Start by taking smaller portions and finishing the food on your plate. This alone will help reduce a lot of our food waste on campus. Separating your recycling from your trash is another simple, sustainable way that you can make a difference. Paying attention to sorting your waste now will make the eventual transition to postconsumer composting that much easier. It is important that all waste collected for compost is biodegradable, so recyclables and trash don’t contaminate the compost stream. The Sodexo staff has played a crucial role in our accomplishment thus far and they have surpassed our expectations. But moving forward, we can’t just rely on Sodexo. We need help from every individual on campus to make this program successful! Keep your eyes on the prize. Remember to recycle and reduce the amount of food you waste to help make Bentley even more sustainable.



classes is a multifaceted one. Ernest H. Leffler, Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, says “a decision to cancel classes, order an early dismissal or close the university is primarily based on the grounds crew’s ability to keep up with the snow removal, based on the weather forecasts.” This decision is made by a team of key individuals on campus, including the CFO Ken Cody, Dean of Student Affairs Andrew Shepardson, Facilities Executive Director Tom Kane, Grounds Manager Ryan Gaffey and Chief Leffler. They take into consideration issues such as whether or not they can clear the walkways and roads on campus and the weather conditions of the surrounding area. Safety, above all, is the determining factor. Further conversations on what services can remain open, such as the Dana Cen-

ter and Seasons, also need to happen. Once a final decision is made, Chief Leffler is responsible for posting the announcements. The decision is shared via local media outlets, email, phone and text messages, an announcement on Bentley’s website and an update to the storm phone line (781-891-2020). Then Gaffey is responsible for mobilizing and coordinating snow removal crews. Removing snow is one of the biggest problems Bentley, and the rest of Massachusetts, is currently facing. Chief Leffler acknowledges the hassle caused by asking students to repeatedly move their cars, but this is necessary for quick removal of the snow. He is very appreciative of everyone’s cooperation and says “it is a tremendous help to our grounds crews in removing the snow in the most efficient manner.” Dean Shepardson echoes the value put on safety in the decision to cancel classes. Obviously closing school has

a major impact on the entire community, both financially and academically, and Bentley relies on its Cabinet and campus staff, particularly Academic Affairs, to understand the full impact of each cancellation. However, Dean Shepardson says they are in “unanimous agreement that the safety of the community is the first priority. This winter has certainly been inconvenient (to say the least) and we appreciate everyone’s willingness to make the adjustments necessary to keep the community safe.” With even more snow on the horizon, this is a historic winter and one for which Massachusetts was unprepared. Dealing with the issues of snow removal and make-up classes has been a challenge and requires cooperation from the entire community. Bentley takes the decision to cancel classes very seriously and will continue to consider the safety of all community members as these storms rage on.

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dedicate their time to the club, despite greatly boosting their marketing and number of live performances last semester. According to Garchitorena, the Jazz Club is working to “step up recruitment” in response to the requirements, but “the fact that this enforcement is lining up with one of the most unproductive activity fairs (probably the most) doesn’t help matters at all.” The Winter Activities Fair, which was held indoors on a Friday evening due to the ongoing renovations of the Student Center, had a strong turn-out, but few sign-ups for student organizations, a disappointment expressed by many eboards. Greg Gouillart, President of the Bentley Student Television, also recognizes the value in pushing clubs to expand and is working hard with his e-board to boost marketing and grow their

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membership, saying, “I hope this abrupt deadline announcement motivates us to do whatever we can to grow our membership.” ABA also plans to help student organizations spread the word about their events. According to Ben Gutwetter, Vice President of External Affairs for ABA, they are encouraging all student organizations to send in copies of their flyers. That way ABA can send an email out to the entire campus containing several events at once, both drawing attention to events that usually are only emailed to those on a limited email list and reducing the number of emails sent to students. Though the email will likely be a welcome change to students who regularly receive the 1am “Your mailbox is almost full” email; ABA President Sophia Sirage explains that nothing else they’re telling student organizations is new – they’re just stressing the necessity of having these items in place this semester.

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Warby Parker’s: A sensation

Falcons share their thoughts. Describe yourself at age 7.

Carl Farnham ‘17 MaJOR: Eco-Fi

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Very rambunctious, sporty, and dangerous.

A model showing off Warby Parker’s. BY Megan lieu fEATURES EDITOR

Deirdre herman ‘16 MaJOR: Accounting MINOR: Law

I was a goody two shoes and my favorite show was Lizzie McGuire.

Ben shoham ‘16 MaJOR: idcc

Naive and very picky.

Recently, a trend has been bubbling up in the fashion world of prescription glasses and sunglasses by Warby Parker. The brand can be seen on faces all around campus. They may look like regular thick-rimmed glasses to onlookers, but these frames are actually more fashionable and sustainable than other brands. Started in 2010 by David Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal in New York City, Warby Parker only has a few retail stores, namely one on Newbury Street right in Boston. The start-up is a ripe contender to have an IPO this year, so for all those investors out there, keep your eye open for the opportunity to snag some stock! The company has a very unique way of operating in that, aside from going to the store, you can also go online to have 5 glasses of your style choice shipped right to your

mailbox. From there you try them all on and decide which one fits your taste. After that, you send in your prescription and you can get your glasses. Generally all the glasses, frames and lenses included, cost about $95, which is relatively low compared to some other options out there. The company also offers virtual try on, by uploading a picture and moving it around to fit your face in order to see which frames you like. Warby Parker also has a charitable side that is similar to the brand TOMS. For every pair of glasses purchased, the organization donates a pair. The company is eco-friendly, too, with 100% carbon neutrality, which is basically saying that they do not produce any carbon dioxide while making their products. They therefore have no carbon footprint. In other words, their social responsibility makes me wish my group could have chosen them for our GB 214

project! All of the glasses offered have names, such as Oliver, Nash and Daisy. They have a variety of colors, shapes and styles that can fit your style and face shape. Just walk in or log on, try some on and then find an attendant and buy a pair! When in the store, the buying process is very simple and completed by answering a few shipping questions and doing a few tasks to get the right fit. Warby Parker also suggests high index thin lenses that allow for thinner lenses for those with prescriptions worse than 4 or 5. It costs an extra $35, but makes your glasses lighter. A word of warning, in my experience, the glasses take a bit of getting used to. Just as with any other glasses when you first get them. Even if your prescription does not change, you might feel like you may trip while walking down the stairs or your vision might not be as clear as it usually is. Personally, I feel like the high index lenses cause it so that unless I am looking through the center of the lenses, I cannot see as well. So my peripheral vision is worse than normal. I also felt that the customer service / employees were not the nicest. But that is a person by person stance and if you do the home tryon it would not even matter. So if you are in need of some new spectacles, take a look at Warby Parker to not only be fashionable, but to choose a company that is doing some good for the world.

erika garcia ‘18 MaJOR: marketing

I began to become crazy like I am now.

dan liang ‘15 MaJOR: Eco-Fi

I was a ball of fun. I was always running around and could never stay still for more than 5 seconds. Courtesy of www/gcmag.org


BY Kristin salazar photography editor

Different variations and styles of Warby Parker’s new trendy glasses.

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Karan Manwani ‘16 CFA

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Evan McArdle ‘17 CFA

Jennifer Wright ‘16 Marketing

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Megan Lieu ‘17 Accounting

Danica Chugani ‘17 Economics-Finance

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Faculty Advisor Nicole Chabot-Wieferich

Angela Ly ‘17 ISAC

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Young VC founders panel on start-up success The Venture Capital & Private Equity Club had the privilege of Geoffrey Bernstein from Indicator Venutres, Hugo Van Vuuren from Experiment Fund, and Ty Danco from TechStars, come to Bentley and speak to students about their transition into the Venture Capital industry, how to achieve success in startups, and future career insights. The enthusiasm and intellect they all shared created a sense of entitlement and inspiration to all members in the room. We in the VC/ PE Club try to create an atmosphere different than what the books teach us, and by the end of this event, every student knew a little more about how startups are implemented and what to expect going forward in their careers. Geoffrey is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Indicator Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focusing on the digital landscape. Indicator Ventures looks for passionate entrepreneurs with the tools, experience, and skills to successfully execute and navigate through the unavoidable challenges of building a business. Geoff states that although he is not a big fan of school, he graduated from Brown University and has worked in banking in New York and later joined a $25 million hedge fund. His focus was on building his networks and creating a forward thinking team. Investors want to see what

makes you different because there are so many funds out there and investors can see through the phonies. Funds like I.V. don’t invest in concepts or ideas…they need facts! They only invest in what they know, get in early, and try to add value as much as they can. Geoff states that they look for old industries that are in need of being modernized, and want everything they invest in “to have a mobile component, that is the future.” Hugo Van Vuuren is a founding partner of the Experiment Fund, graduated from Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where Xfund was founded. Xfund is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to finding and supporting

technically gifted entrepreneurs with a liberal arts mindset. The firm focuses on early stage investments in world-changing startups. Hugo explains how he went into finance in 2007 during the financial crisis and relates it to how timing is everything in life. “After 2008 I thought I should start a company, so I literally Googled how to start a startup”. He saw an opportunity and decided it was worth taking. In venture capital you are trying to predict the future of what’s going to be hot, so it’s imperative that VC’s get close to the talent! When asked how do you know when to start your own company, Van Vuuren suggested that if you wake up in the morning and the idea is in your head or you’re taking a shower and

it’s in your head, or eating lunch or doing activities and still cant get it out of your head, then do it! Too many people go into startups because they think they have a good idea but they aren’t as passionate about it. In your career, to be successful, you need two things: motivation and drive. Hugo states, “back then if you went into VC your parents would consider you a loser or you failed.” Now, it’s a completely different game. Goldman Sachs and big companies are all paying higher because they can’t hold onto the best people at their firms who are all going into VC. Ty Danco is a director at TechStars, entrepreneur in FinTech, and a limited partner in many funds. He stole the show with his

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BY Eli Karam

VC & PE Staff writer

Hugo Van Vuuren and Geoffrey Bernstein shared insights about the VC world.

humor and fervid stories, and joked numerously about being the oldest VC there. Danco didn’t get into startups until age 45, which shows anyone can make it if they have the right mentality and experience. He says don’t be a ‘wantrepreneur’, “ideas aren’t worth nothing without execution”. If you’re going to do something, do it and do it right! Ty explains how VC’s are like farmers in which they are farming relationships and networks, and says “if you cant get to me for the first time with a warm call, then you’re doing something wrong”. Find a way to be useful to a connection. Don’t just say “oh can I buy you coffee and talk it over with you?” No! As a senior about to graduate, it’s eminent that you find the right connection, and when you do make sure you know what they need, rather than what you need. Wrap-up advice to students: go and learn code. The VC’s say if you want to become successful learn how to code, or definitely know someone who does. Also you’ve heard this a million times, but NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! They can’t stress this enough, especially if you are thinking of getting into this career. Geoff says a key reason why startups fail is because they don’t have the vital networks to keep it going. When asked as a general question which sector is hot to invest in? They agreed that Drones and Artificial Intelligence is vigorous for the future.

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VC firms enter the legal marijuana industry

Millions of dollars are being pumped into this “new” industry. BY dylane guede VC & PE Staff writer

To date, cannabis has been decriminalized for medical purposes in 24 US states increasing overall demand for the product. Consequently, the legal marijuana industry is the fastest growing industry in the US, making it a sweet

pot for venture capitalists. According to the National Cannabis Industry Association, the legal marijuana industry is estimated to be $2 billion to $3 billion. “Investors are saying it’s legal and they’re all in” concluded Peter Adams, the CEO of Rockies Venture Capital club. Last month, the venture capital

(VC) firm Founders Fund made a” multi-million dollar” investment in the legal marijuana industry. The VC firm is reputable for funding Facebook and Spotify. Founders Fund invested through Privateer Holdings, which is a private equity firm that focused on shaping the future of the legal cannabis industry. Jonathan Roubini, a tech industry expert explained Founders Fund’s penchant for this evolving industry. The VC firm likes to invest in unpopular projects in which it sees growth prospects. The firm’s investment in Lyft and Airbnb are perfect examples to show their passion for challenging sectors. The recent legalization and limited information to evaluate the legal marijuana industry are to blame for its unpop-

ularity among large venture capitalist firms. More so, companies are worried about the effect these kind of investment will have on their brand name. However, the steps taken by the big players of the venture capital industry such as Peter Thiel, the Co-founder of PayPal and managing partner of Founders Fund have pushed other venture capitalists as well private investors to join the green rush. At the same time, banks are more willing to work with Marijuana companies. Both Founders fund and Privateer Holdings have faith that as prohibition of cannabis comes to an end, more big players will invest to grow the industry. As Cannabist’s editor, Ricardo Baca says, “Not

all marijuana stocks are created equally”. Although returns from marijuana investments are estimated to be very high, there are pitfalls investors that should avoided. During his interview with Cannabist newspaper, the CEO of ArcView advised buyers to be cautious of penny stocks, which usually sell mot more than a cent per share. Most of the time those stocks are overvalued and are highly volatile. As much they can lead to high return, they can also lead to huge loses. Unfortunately some of the companies selling stocks on the public or private market are illegimate. It is therefore important that players thoroughly research the company whose stock are interested in before investing.


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Dubai: Government Summit 2015 Government Summit 2015 being held in Dubai next week, will amongst other things see the launch of a ‘Museum of Future Government Services’. The museum, according to organizers, will showcase new technologies that will improve future government service provision. That the museum is being launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai makes it clear how seriously organizers would like the museum and summit to be taken. The representatives of the 87 countries that will be in attendance will probably comply, though members of their entourages may be more inclined to visit the Museums of Present Consumer Goods. The third iteration of the summit will see discussions about the future of all things governmental on local, national, regional and global scales. With attendees including U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, founder and executive chairman of the recently ended

World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab and Queen Rania of Jordan, the summit certainly does not lack star power. Though not an attendee, Bill Gates’ recently publicized sound bite provides an interesting angle to the summit. In an interview with Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, he lamented the inability of world leaders to properly address the climate change and epidemics. According to Gates, we would be better prepared if such a thing as a global government existed. Gates name checked the United Nations in the interview when talking about the relatively better readiness we have for security issues. Some have a somewhat contrarian view of the United Nations. UNICEF, the WHO and the World Food Programme (WFP), arms of the greater U.N., are in the view of many experts and armchair analysts, more effective in achieving their aims, than the U.N. Security Council or General Assembly. That a global government

is unlikely to be realized anytime soon is especially unsurprising when it is accepted that without democracy tinted binoculars there is no global consensus that Western style democracy is the panacea for political and social problems. Winston Churchill’s famous quote that “democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried” is witty and somewhat true but does not discount the possibility of certain demographic, social and historical circumstances leading to a natural steady progression to democracy or indeed a non-democracy. The concept of democracy can be reasonably interpreted in varying ways suitable to differing populations. Tailored democracy, which takes into consideration the many unique complex facets of a region or country in setting up democratic systems, seems intuitive but is quite uncommon. Electronic government is likely to feature heavily at the Government Summit.


interview and dance tryouts this week, not to mention five classes and work. I’m sure every Bentley student can relate. Now before you tune out after hearing the word stress, one of the most overused, diluted and misunderstood words in the young adult dictionary, I’m here to share my story on a timeless practice that really works. Meditation. I fully understand the underlying connotations of the term and every formulated preconceived notion; however, I promise it’s not as challenging as you think. Just fifteen minutes a day can drastically change your mood and yield long-term benefits. By focusing on your breath, you become immersed in the present moment and allow yourself to sink deeper into the meditative state. Sitting still for long periods of time may be daunting to many, but working incrementally is as easy as ten long breaths. The point of meditation isn’t to work through every problem on the forefront of your mind. As you hone in on the rise and fall of your chest, the subtle drop of your shoulders, the lengthening of the spine and lower back, the release of your jaw and perhaps the quiet gurgle of a shaded creek from a peaceful melody app, allow yourself to let go of pressing thoughts or physi-

KEVIN LARYEA A senior majoring in Economics-Finance.

indices. A great example of why South Korea places so highly in these indices can be seen in e-People. Operated by the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) it has won numerous global awards. It is an integrated online portal that allows citizens to submit complaints, suggestions and petitions regarding public organizations and local and central government bodies and officials. The responses to submitted complaints and proposals are received through the portal and forums are available for people to debate pertinent issues. Submissions are open to foreigners and the twelve languages that submissions can be made in make it clear that these submissions are welcome. In 2012, e-People received nearly 1.3 million complaints and 110,000 civil proposals.


One Breath at a Time 10:52 am. I glance down, for the sixth time this morning, at the tiny silver second-hand ticking away on my timepiece. The loop is late and mind you, it’s never late. An icy speckled snowflake briefly lands on the back of my hand and shrivels into a single drop of water. I turn my palm and examine the dozens of similar unknowing flurries resting for a moment but inevitably experiencing the same ill fate. The sound of tires splattering against the wet pavement draws my attention towards the approaching half-sized shuttle, drowning out my friend’s indecipherable babble about how it’s too cold to go to class. My mind quickly fills with the badgering of my internal dialogue as I begin to reiterate my daily schedule. With four snow days in quick succession, my academic life seems to be in constant limbo. One step forward—two steps back. And with looming summer internships, the career fair, class projects and extracurricular activities coming at me with full force, it’s easy to feel like my world is slipping from my grasp. Like newborn babies begging for undivided attention, it’s often hard to decide which mouth to feed first. I’m focused on being in the present moment but my Outlook is reminding me that I have two group meetings, a Skype

E-government, as its prefix suggests, involves interactions between government, citizens and businesses via information communication technologies to aid the provision of public services and information. Participation in, improvement of and communication with government are at the heart of e-government schemes. The usefulness of e-government in improving governance is evident but it is severely underutilized in most countries. An example of the potential of e-government can be seen with the explosion in mobile phone usage. High mobile phone penetration even in the poorer regions of the world means participation in government can be made slightly less income and class discriminatory if e-government projects target mobile phone users. The best examples of egovernment in action can be seen in South Korea. Since 2010, the country has been ranked first in the United Nations E-Government Development and E-Participation

KAREN WANG A junior majoring in Marketing. cal annoyances. Your attention should be centered along your forehead at the area between your eyebrows, or the third eye, letting your energy radiate from that exact spot. If you find yourself distracted by unwanted thoughts, try to bring yourself back to your breath; counting up to five on your inhale and down to ten on your exhale. I want you to try this. I want you to try this because I know for a fact that it works. Although people may take different lessons away from this practice, once you have grown accustomed to the silence, controlling your breath under any stressful circumstance becomes second nature. As someone who has dealt with a history of anxiety, if I ever feel the pressure building within my chest, I stop and go back to my breath. With each cycle of inhales and exhales, I grow numb to the ticking of the time bomb and allow my head to level out before I re-address the situation. I write this piece in hopes that at least one person will find solace in the meditative practice and can make sense of this brilliantly mysterious state we call reality. Good luck.

New prayer space on upper campus BY BRENDAN GERETY CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR

The Diversity Committee of the Student Government Association has collaborated with the Bentley community to create a prayer space on upper campus. The space will serve to further Bentley’s commitment to diversity; accommodating a need for Islamic students to complete prayers between classes. At the beginning of last year, Noah Kligerman, the Chair of the Diversity Committee, was contacted by Farbia Shaminm, then president of Bentley Islamic Community (BIC). Fariba described that due to the frequency of Islamic prayers during the day; students need and want to be able to pray in between classes. The current sacred space is in the Student Center and would take more than the ten minutes in between classes to walk to, complete prayer and get back to class on time. Noah and Fariba worked with Maria DiLorenzo, who at the time was Head of Spiritual Life at Bentley, to devise a plan of action to accommodate the students’ needs. Changing the Bentley class schedule was not a realistic option, so a space would need to be found for a

prayer space on upper campus. Having a classroom or study room set aside for the entire semester was ruled out due to the lack of free space. Another idea was to transform an existing space on campus into a space dedicated to Spiritual Life. However, due to budget constraints the space would not be created for another two years. Bentley prides itself on being inclusive of all and providing a safe, welcoming environment for all students. The need for students on campus needed to be addressed sooner. In the fall semester, Doreen Floyd of Student Activities contacted Noah that a prayer space had been found. The classroom behind the Koumantzelis Auditorium is currently being used by Alpha Psi Omega (APO), a national theater organization, as a dressing room only occupied during the weeks before a performance. APO was welcoming and receptive to sharing the space, which will now act as an inviting area for interdenominational worship or spiritual practice. This project could not have been completed without the help and cooperation of various offices and campus organization including Student Activities and Spiritual Life.


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Center Fielder Mike Muir prepares to bat for Bentley. BY kunaal murthy Vanguard Staff Writer

The Bentley University baseball team opened up the 2015 season with a threegame road series against the University of Tampa. The Falcons went 0-3 on the road trip as they were unable to overcome the talent of a very strong UT team. Bentley held strong for the first six innings of the first game, until the number one ranked team in Division II was able to break through, scoring four runs in the 7th inning to put the Spartans

up 5-0. The Falcons narrowly avoided the shutout when Zachary Littman was able to drive in catcher Mike Muir on a double in the 9th inning. The starting pitcher for Bentley was Connor Root, who had a terrific day, only allowing 1 run before being pulled for Scott Lueders. Bentley lost the first game, 5-1. UT showcased its firepower in the second game of the series, cruising past Bentley 13-5. Even in the loss, the Falcons were able to provide some offensive firepower of their own. After

two consecutive singles in the 6th inning, senior Tom Nagy loaded the bases for Littman, whose groundout was able to score Mike Samko. Ultimately, the big blow for the Falcons in this game came in the 6th inning, when UT third baseman Nick Flair launched a two-run homer to put the Spartans up 11-1, a truly insurmountable lead. UT was able to complete the series sweep in the third game, beating the Falcons by a whopping 15-2 deficit. The Spartans were able to manufacture 22 hits off of Bentley’s pitching staff, seemingly picking hit locations at will. The Falcons inability to minimize Tampa’s offensive ability showed in the fifth and sixth innings, when UT was able to put the game out of reach by scoring 13 runs. Despite the slow start to the season, the overall outlook is bright for the remainder of the year. Mike Muir explains: “We have a lot of returners from last year’s team including our entire pitching staff, so I think our expectations are pretty high

this year. The new guys that are here are fitting in pretty well and they will be getting more experience as the season goes on. We expect to play meaningful games all year long as our conference

is very competitive and we expect to be in a good spot at the end of the year come playoff time.” Bentley’s next game will be against Rollins College next Friday.

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Rough beginning will not stop the baseball team

Connor Root throws a hard one against the opposing team.

BY austin miller

Vanguard Staff Writer

Last weekend, the Bentley Men’s Hockey Team managed to pull off two big conference wins in a homeand-home series against the Holy Cross Crusaders. The 2-0 weekend improved the squad’s record to 15-11-3 overall and places them in second place in the Atlantic hockey conference standings, behind only Robert Morris. Friday night’s matchup at home was a thriller that

came down to the very end. By the end of the first period, Holy Cross jumped out to a 2-0 lead that included a late power-play goal with only 40 seconds left in the first. Andrew McDonald pulled the Falcons to within one halfway through the second period with a power play goal of his own. Just when it appeared momentum was beginning to shift, T.J. Moore of Holy Cross tallied the team’s third goal of the night just one minute later to re-establish their two goal

lead. However, McDonald came up huge once again, responding with his second of the night to pull the Falcons within one with three minutes to go in the second. The incredible resiliency of the Falcons shone through early in the third period with a tying goal from Michael Reardon. Just when it seemed the suspense could not be any more magnified, senior Brett Switzer buried the game-winning power play goal with just under five minutes to play to send the Falcons to victory. The resiliency of the offense, along with the steady goaltending of Gabe Antoni, who had 26 saves, earned Bentley a tough victory on Friday night. Looking to carry their momentum from the night before, the Falcons headed to Holy Cross for the second leg of the weekend series. Holy Cross jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just five minutes into the first, but the game was never in much doubt after that. The Falcons answered with a goal from Matt Sieckhaus less than 20 seconds later and Andrew McDonald tallied his third of the weekend while

killing a penalty with less than 2 minutes to go in the first period. Kyle O’Brien made it 3-1 in the final ticks of the second period and Bentley kept the momentum going in third with an early goal from Kyle Shmidt. Holy Cross made it 4-2 with just under 15 minutes to play, but Jayson Ar-

gue and the Falcons shut the door with an empty netter to nail home the 5-2 victory. Picking up two conference wins was an enormous success for Bentley as they enter the final month of the season. They will look to win their fifth straight this Friday at home against Sacred Heart at 7:05pm.

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Forward Andrew McDonald helps Bentley sweep Holy Cross.

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Hockey pulls out a thriller in series against Holy Cross

Senior Brett Switzer scores a goal during the power play.


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Top performances at Tufts’ meet BY russell cloon



Vanguard Staff Writer


School NE-10 Overall Saint Anselm 5 4 0 6 5 0 American Int’l 8 1 0 8 3 0 Merrimack 4 5 0 4 7 0 Assumption 6 3 0 7 4 0 LIU Post 7 2 0 8 4 0 Southern Conn. 2 7 0 2 9 0 Stonehill 4 5 0 5 6 0 Bentley 3 6 0 5 6 0 New Haven 6 3 0 6 5 0 Pace 0 9 0 1 10 0

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The Bentley track & field teams competed at the Tufts Cupid Challenge last weekend, with the men’s team finishing 13th out of 20 teams and the women finishing 16th of 17 teams. The field consisted of teams from schools such as Tufts, Amherst, MIT, UMass Dartmouth, Trinity, Merrimack and Franklin Pierce, among others. One of the top performers in the meet for the men was senior Anthony Charter, who finished second in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump. “It’s reassuring to know that I’m still able to compete at a competitive level despite the setbacks I faced last semester,” Charter said. “My jumps at Tufts are a good sign of what is to come from the rest of the season.” Untimely circumstances made Charter’s pre-season preparations less than ideal going into his senior indoor track season: “I’m happy with my performance this past weekend,” Charter said. “Given that my pre-season training was greatly impeded this year, I can’t complain with my recent marks.” Going into his senior season, Charter hopes to be a leader amongst the men’s team by helping younger underclassmen transition from high school track & field to the collegiate level: “As a senior, I have two goals I want to achieve: First, I want to ensure that the underclassman on my team become accustomed to the level of competition they’ll encounter at the collegiate level. When thinking specifically of the jumpers, I want to make sure they have a high level of confidence in themselves without me at the pit.” Charter noted the demanding mental toughness needed to jump at a high level. “Jumping is as much a mind game as it is a physical one,” Charter said. Chartr holds the 7th spot in Bentley track & field history for best performer of all-time in the triple jump where he jumped 43 feet and 7.75 inches at the Tufts Cupid Challenge in 2012. In addition to his goals to be a leader on the team, Charter has some personal expectations for himself:

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Senior Anthony Charter leads bentley’s track and field team. “I want to compete in the AllNew England Championship Meet one last time.” Along with Charter’s performance, sophomore Nik Haas placed third in the 1000 meters in a field of 39 where he posted a time of 2:35.02. The performance moved Haas tenth in the Northeast-10 Conference performance list for the 1000 meters. On the women’s side, senior Brynnan Farrington was the top performer for the Falcons where she finished fifth in the shot put, posting a top throw of 37 feet, 5.75 inches. However, Farrington was not completely satisfied with her performance. “I was happy with my performance at Tufts,” Farrington said. “But I am always looking to improve from week to week, which did not happen at this particular meet.” Like Charter, Farrington has high expectations for herself as a senior member of the track & field team competing in her final season. “My expectations for the year is to continue to improve from last year, and from meet to meet,” Farrington said. “I am looking to improve on my best performance from last year.” Farrington reflected back on her favorite part of the indoor season, and her message was simple: “My favorite part of this indoor season has been

spending time with the team and seeing everyone achieving their individual and team goals.” Along with Farrington, the other top athletes for the women’s team were senior Alix Pettinella, who finished 12th of 42 with a time of 2:30.45 in the 800m. Also, freshman Courtney Wilson finished 14th in both the long jump and triple jump, setting a personal record in the long jump. Sophomore Katie Burke finished 16th place in the 3,000 meters who finished just ahead of junior Samantha Albanese, who was 19th. Charter, who is also a residential assistant in Collins Hall as well as president of F.I.R.E Step & Dance Squad, reflected back on his favorite parts of the season, but was more excited about what was to come, or more specifically, next weekend: “One of my favorite moments of the indoor season is the Valentine’s meet at Boston University,” Charter said. “This is a large-scale meet that draws athletes from all divisions, resulting in high level of competition. I love how everybody feeds off of each other’s energy when competing. I’ve had some of my best performances at this meet.” The David Hemery Valentine’s Invitational starts on Friday, Feb. 13th and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 14.

School NE-10 Overall Merrimack 5 6 0 9 8 0 Stonehill 9 2 0 17 4 0 Adelphi 8 3 0 14 7 0 LIU Post 10 1 0 18 4 0 Saint Anselm 3 8 0 8 9 0 American Int’l 7 4 0 12 8 0 St. Michael’s 5 6 0 9 9 0 Assumption 7 4 0 12 7 0 Bentley 6 5 0 10 9 0 Southern N.H. 0 11 0 1 17 0 Southern Conn. 1 10 0 3 15 0 Franklin Pierce 5 6 0 8 10 0

MEN’S BASKETBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Saint Anselm 11 5 0 14 6 0 Franklin Pierce 8 8 0 13 10 0 St. Michael’s 11 5 0 15 6 0 Southern N.H. 13 4 0 15 6 0 Bentley 9 8 0 14 9 0 Merrimack 7 9 0 12 9 0 Stonehill 10 6 0 15 7 0 Assumption 5 11 0 8 13 0

NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Southern Conn. 12 3 0 17 5 0 New Haven 8 9 0 13 10 0 Le Moyne 8 9 0 14 10 0 St. Rose 5 11 0 7 16 0 American Int’l 12 4 0 17 5 0 Pace 1 14 0 5 18 0 Adelphi 1 15 0 4 18 0

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Bentley 5 12 0 10 13 0 Stonehill 14 2 0 18 2 0 Assumption 7 9 0 12 9 0 Franklin Pierce 10 7 0 12 8 0 Saint Anselm 5 11 0 7 14 0 Merrimack 7 9 0 11 10 0 Southern N.H. 5 12 0 11 13 0 St. Michael’s 4 12 0 9 12 0

NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Adelphi 14 2 0 21 2 0 New Haven 14 3 0 20 3 0 American Int’l 8 9 0 13 12 0 Le Moyne 8 9 0 14 10 0 Southern Conn. 10 5 0 13 10 0 St. Rose 6 10 0 10 12 0 Pace 5 10 0 11 12 0


School NE-10 Overall Stonehill 11 3 0 21 8 0 Southern N.H. 9 5 0 17 11 0 New Haven 11 3 0 24 9 0 Assumption 5 9 0 8 14 0 Southern Conn. 3 11 0 7 22 0 Adelphi 10 4 0 16 15 0 Bentley 11 3 0 19 12 0 Merrimack 9 5 0 17 8 0 Saint Rose 10 4 0 18 9 0 Mass. - Lowell 0 4 0 2 14 0 St. Michaek’s 2 12 0 7 14 0 Saint Anselm 6 8 0 14 12 0 Franklin Pierce 8 6 0 15 13 0 Pace 1 13 0 4 23 0 American Int’l 2 12 0 6 24 0 Le Moyne 7 7 0 10 13 0


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Senior Brynnan Farrington was the top performer for Bentley at Tufts.

School NE-10 Overall Mercyhurst 12 7 3 14 10 4 Bentley 13 7 3 15 11 3 Air Force 10 10 2 11 17 3 Robert Morris 17 3 4 20 5 5 Niagara 3 16 3 3 22 3 Canisius 11 5 6 12 9 7 Holy Cross 9 9 5 10 14 5 Rochester Inst. 10 7 5 11 12 5 Sacred Heart 8 10 6 9 15 6 American int’l 3 14 7 3 20 7 Army 6 14 2 6 18 2


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Bentley’s captains accept the runner-up award. BY Cam estelle

Vanguard Staff Writer

The Bentley Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams took to the pool this weekend to compete in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship from Thursday to Sunday. Twelve Falcons were chosen to represent Bentley after a pair of victories over Bridgewater State. Prior to the championships, the NE10 Swimming Athletes of the Week were awarded to junior Alex Liulakis and senior Nadine Edwards, while the Diving Athletes of the Week were Ryan Shanahan and Paige Wilde. Wilde received this award for an impressive seventh time, while Liulakis, Edwards and Shanahan were first time recipients. Freshman Emily Niemiec was also awarded with her first Women’s Rookie of the Week award. With an impending storm spelling doom for Monday classes once again, the Bentley men brought a strong performance to the pool with two record-breaking performances. Juniors Owen Karl and

Sebastian Bury both broke school records to help Bentley finish the second day of the championships in second place. Karl exhibited the hard work he put in throughout the season by breaking the record that he set a year ago by a whopping 4.01 seconds in the 500 yard freestyle. The Falcons finished with three of the top eight in the 500, with sophomore Davis Wilson finishing seventh at 4:44.74 and junior Kevin Diefenbach finishing eighth with a time of 4:54.92. Bury set the record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.06. He had come within a hundredth of a second of his record during the prelims, but was able to beat the time in the finals, good for fourth place overall. Bury missed out on a silver medal by a mere 0.05 seconds. The Falcons almost broke another school record on the final event of the session, with Bury leading the 400 medley relay team within three-tenths of a second of the record. Junior Tim Connolly, senior Connor Mulvey-Hudson and sophomore Colin McCarthy also

put in extremely strong contributions to the race. The third day brought more success for the Falcons, as senior Mulvey-Hudson swam to a gold medal in the 100 yard breaststroke. He edged Saint Rose’s Elie McRae by two-hundredths of a second for a time of 58.18 seconds. Bentley earned a silver medal in the 200 free relay, with juniors Bury and Connolly swimming with sophomores Liam Bartlett and Wilson for a time of 1:24.58. Yet again, the Falcons set another school record, breaking the previous mark of 1:24.63. In the 200 freestyle the Falcons finished with half of the top six spots. Karl earned bronze, while Wilson finished fifth and Diefenbach finished sixth, respectively. In the 100 backstroke, Bentley took the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth spots. Highlights included Liulakis placing seventh in the 100 butterfly, the fourth best time in program history. Sunday continued the record setting run for the Falcons, as they broke six more records and earned two medals. Combined with the seven medals earlier in the championship, the Falcons finished second overall, placing behind a strong Southern Connecticut team that has won 12 of the last 13 titles. Freshman Aiden Karam set two records in the prodigious 1650 free, with both his 1000 time and overall time breaking Egen Ouellette’s 2009 record. Mulvey-Hudson ended his career by beating another 2009 record by 0.89 seconds. In diving, Colton Bridge missed out on the podium by just a single point in the three-meter dive. Overall, 12 school records were set in ten events, an incredible ending to the season for the men. Young talent led the Bent-




Tyler McFarland and Keegan Hyland are two of the top scorers in NE-10 Men’s Basketball. NE-10 MBB Leaders:


Gelvis Solano, Merrimack 23.3 Chris Santo, St. Anselm 20.7 Ryen Vilmont, Fr. Pierce 20.5 Tyler McFarland, Bentley 19.4 Keegan Hyland, Bentley 18.8

P. Wilde YeAR 2015 HOMETOWN naugatuck, CT POSITION Diving

ley women at the Championships, as freshman Emily Niemiec and sophomore Kaitlin McGahie claimed bronze medals. Not wanting to be outdone by the record setting snowfall, both women set records in their respective races. Niemiec broke a yearold mark in the 200-yard individual medley, while McGahie took ownership of the 50 freestyle record. Paige Wilde won gold in the one-meter dive on Thursday as well. Wilde continued her diving dominance on Saturday, as she blew the rest of the competitors out of the water in the three-meter dive, winning gold with a score that was 54 points higher than the silver medalist. Junior Courtney Stone earned a bronze in the three-meter, with freshman Kayla Ducharme finishing seventh. Niemiec finished second in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 4:35.03, good for second all-time at Bentley. McGahie earned two more bronze medals on Saturday, with the first during the 100 breaststroke. McGahie swam as the

NE-10 Champions: Emily Niemiec and Anne Warren.


Hockey vs. Scared Heart 7:05 PM


Women’s Basketball vs. St. Michael’s 12:00PM


Men’s Basketball vs. St. Michael’s 2:30PM


Women’s Basketball vs. Southern NH 5:30PM


Men’s Basketball vs. Southern NH 7:30PM

13 Paige Wilde (Naugatuck, Conn.), a senior on the Bentley women’s swimming and diving team, has been named the Falcon of the Week after winning gold in both the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions at this past week’s Northeast-10 Conference Championships at Southern Connecticut State.Wilde won the one-meter competition by about 40 points with a score of 404.60 and captured the three-meter tile by about 54 points with a 437.60. Wilde, who’ll compete in the NCAA Division II pre-qualifying meet next month, was also recognized as the Northeast-10 Women’s Diver of the Meet and the NE-10 Women’s Diver of the Week, the latter for the eighth time this season.

anchor in the 200 free relay, joined by senior Danielle Hellstern, freshman Jessica Chen and senior Nadine Edwards. The group finished third with a time of 1:38.21. Hellstern and Edwards finished sixth and seventh in the 200 freestyle, with Hellstern’s time putting her at fifth on Bentley’s alltime list. Freshman Anne Warren finished seventh in the 100 butterfly, good for seventh in program history. The final day brought more success for the Falcons, as the team earned two more gold medals, good for a second overall finish to what was an incredibly impressive performance by both the men’s and women’s teams. Niemiec received what was her third medal in the 200 breaststroke. Her time of 2:24.53 was a comfortable 2.58 seconds in front of Assumption’s Rachel Gagnon. Warren squeaked out an impressive photo-finish victory in the 200 butterfly, with her time of 2:10.69 just three-tenths of a second ahead of Assumption’s Rachel Lanam.

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Swim Team makes a splash in the record books

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