THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF BENTLEY UNIVERSITY SINCE 1963
THE VANGUARD VOLUME LVII ISSUE IV
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Bentley University appoints Phil Knutel as CIO
Bentley seeks to continue advancement in the technological world with Knutel News Editor
Bentley University has recently appointed long-time faculty member Phil Knutel as the newest Chief Information Officer. Knutel has worked at Bentley for the past fifteen years, most recently as the Executive Director of Academic Technology. “I’ve overseen academic technology, the library, online learning, classroom and specialty lab technology, and served as an assistant professor in IDCC,” said Knutel on his past experience at Bentley. “Students should be encouraged that Bentley has chosen someone who has a pretty solid understanding of IT issues from their perspective.” Knutel received his BS in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt, before earning an EdM in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard. He went on to
receive his PhD in higher education from Michigan. Before joining Bentley’s staff in 1998, Knutel was Director of Academic Technology in the Office of Academic Outreach at Michigan. Once at Bentley, Knutel helped design several
of the academic technology facilities that students now enjoy today. These include the Center for Marketing and Technology, Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement, Center for Languages and International Collaboration,
Computing and Information Systems Sandbox, the Media and Culture Labs and Studio, User Experience Center, and most notably the Hughey Center for Financial Services, one of the most sophisticated trading rooms in higher education.
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BY Michaela Stephenson
Previously, Knutel was Bentley’s Executive Director of Academic Technology.
As the new CIO, Knutel will take on new responsibilities, including overseeing a $19 million budget and over 100 information technology staff members. He will be the primary technology leader, managing seven different IT units on campus. These seven units include the Library, Academic Technology Center, Administrative Computing, Client Services, Systems, Networking and Telecommunications, Classroom Presentation Technologies, and Information Security and Privacy. This is nothing new for Knutel, who was responsible for overseeing a $7 million budget and 36 staff members as the Executive Director of Academic Technology, the Library, and Online Learning. His oversight during the $16 million library renovation led to RFID collection management systems, increasing gate count by 470 percent SEE cio, PAGE 6
BY nicholas toselli vanguard staff writer
Just how cool is the annual Ski/Snowboard Club trip to Stratton? Cool enough to pull a Spring Day-esque blow up the MyBentley portal and sell out within three minutes. Tickets went on sale online, December 10 for the Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual event, the club utilized the MyBentley due to highly anticipated traffic. The club has maintained existence for over a decade and gives outdoor enthusiasts in the Bentley community an opportunity to attend day and overnight trips to local mountains. “The weekend trip this year will have 110 people, up from 65 last year and 10 two years prior to that” explains SSC vice president James Donato. He continues, “We’re really happy with those numbers as it represents 1000% growth since this E-board’s seniors started working with the club as freshmen.” These 110 Bentley thrill seekers head to Stratton
Mountain to fill their weekend with whole lot of fun and a little bit of skiing. Ticket Sales include a seat on a coach bus, meals, lift tickets and a ski lodge filled entirely with Bentley students. Fear not parents and hopeless dependents, the trip is supervised by the one and only John Tommasi, trained law enforcement officer and Bentley Professor. Stratton Mountain provides nearly a hundred trails and 11 lifts. This includes a gondola from base to summit. Assortment of terrain parks, expert trails and bunny slopes welcome any level of skier/ snowboarder to the mountain. SSC member Owen Karl can remember his good times on the trip last year, commenting, “I hate the looks of my bank account, but love the looks I get after a perfectly executed 180”. Retention from previous trips and positive word of mouth proves the trip is well worth the expense for nonclub and club members. Unfortunately, this year’s weekend trip to Stratton is the last skiing event hosted by the SSC
Humans of Bentley
Discovering Bentley University, one story at a time. NEWS 5
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Ski and snowboard club hits the slopes this weekend
Bentley’s ski and snowboard club posing on top of a mountain. this semester. The trip is made possible only by the hard work of the Club’s E-Board. Members include: President Alice Ni, VP James Donato, Treasurer Olivia Carlson, Secretary Scott Ross/Olivia Graham, Event Plannner Andrew Peppel, Social Media Chairs Maggie Corbett/Celine Yousefzadeh and Promotional Chairs
Susanna Gerner/James Purdy. Students looking to get involved with the club should look out for an all day trip held during the fall semester of 2014. This trip is usually to Okemo because of snow conditions. The club follows the first semester trip with two day trips and a weekend trip in the spring. This year, tickets have
White Becomes Black A man who was convinced he was white, turns out to be bi-racial.
been sold out for each event as the club plans to expand next year, possibly holding more day trips or a second weekend trip. Known around campus for having cosponsored Breakfast by Moonlight, more information on SSC can be found on Facebook: www. facebook.com/pages/BentleySki-and-Snowboard-Club.
Spring’s Sport Preview
Baseball, lacrosse and so much more!
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
THE VANGUARD 2014 EDITORIAL BOARD Bentley University, Waltham, MA 02452
Editor-In-Chief Managing Editor General Manager
MELISA KOCARSLAN ‘16 BRENDAN GERETY ‘17 VICKY LIN ‘15
MICHAELA STEPHENSON ‘15
Campus Life Editor Features Editor Sports Editor
zack O’malley ‘14 SAI HE ‘16 Matt gustus ‘14
jasper huang ‘15
VIRGINIA DUFFY ‘17
Director of Production and Layout
STEPHANIE SEPUTRA ‘17
Director of Advertising
USAMA SALIM ‘17
Director of Online Services advisor
vACANT Nicole Chabot-Wieferich Director, Student Activities
Staff Writers Emily ellis ‘15, jd towers ‘17, ethan hall ‘17, jess hughes ‘14, nick toselli ‘17, lacey nemergut ‘14, stephanie seputra ‘17, megha ryan ‘14, megan lieu ‘17 Columnists ANGELA HARt ‘14, KEVIN LARYEA ‘15, STEPHANIE SEPUTRA ‘17, USAMA SALIM ‘17 Production AssistantS Sarah egner ‘17, Brendan Gerety ‘17, JUlie Keedy ‘16, 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
Editorial CAMPUS EVENTS
Three events you don’t want to miss
1 2 3 Mik Mersha-Music Workshop
17th Annual Bentley Business Bowl
Day: Friday Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Back Bay A Host: Arts and lectures program
These arts workshop sessions provide an opportunity to brush up on old skills and learn new ones through instruction and high-caliber musicians, artists and others.
Data Analytics for Managers
Day: Saturday Time: 8:00 a.m. Location: EDR Host: Business Bowl Committee
The Bentley Business Bowl is a one-day campus-wide, business case competition where teams compete against eachother to solve real world business problems.
Day: Monday Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Smith 122 Host: Department of Executive Education
Skills for Gathering and Analyzing Business Intelligence. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” -Albert Einstein
Editor’s pick Spring Comedy Show Day: Saturday Time: 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. LocAtion: Koum Host: Cab
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Sodexo, I actually paid for that
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Going back to one of Bentley’s most discussed topics: Seasons. We, at the Vanguard, try our best not to rant about this topic. It’s not like everyone already talks about it. This time around though, Seasons is begging for it. Many of you Bentley students have probably had an occasion where someone in the Seasons dining hall has told you not to take more than one piece of fruit or a cup full of cereal out of the dining hall. I believe that this notion needs to be questioned. We students already pay more money than we should for food that isn’t really all that great, so why shouldn’t we get to take out that extra snack that we are going to munch on in the room in an hour or so? The BentleyDining website states “Our team is committed to creating the best possible dining experience.” Well BentleyDining, would you like
to know what would make my dining experience a lot better? Having the ability to take some food with me. Now it’s not like I am saying that I would like to smuggle 5 hamburgers out, nor am I trying to steal an entire pack of bread. Simply to just have the right to a proper snack. So what does an “all you can eat” buffet mean? It means that we, as paying students, have the right to eat as much as we want. There’s no term or definition out there that limits the meal to a confined space. All I’m saying is, there is no number of square feet that determine the border of food passage. If the dining hall is meant to feed Bentley students, then we should be able to eat it on the Bentley campus. The only barrier to an all you can eat experience is that it is confined to a single meal. A meal according to dictionary.
com is defined as “the food served and eaten especially at one of the customary, regular occasions for taking food during the day, as breakfast, lunch, or supper.” Thus a single meal is a breakfast, a lunch or a dinner. I mean in my own terms, a meal entails me eating a lot of food at whatever hour I want. I might be an athlete who needs a snack after practice, or have something to munch on while I study, or even just want something to eat once my stomach feels empty again. Since we’re in a business school, let’s talk all about waste and economic efficiency. We highly doubt that all the food Seasons makes actually gets consumed. The question that is begging to be let out of the bag is: what happens to all the food at the end of the day? Unless seasons is feeding us day old food (we would not be surprised one bit), it’s most probably thrown out, which goes against every single principle of efficiency and waste reduction. Given that, why can’t we take the food out? Sodexo, let’s get real. Let us take food out of seasons. Students, it’s time. Time we stood up for our rights as paying customers. Time we took what’s rightfully ours. Once paid for, it’s our food and no longer theirs. We need to demand our rights back. We need to demand our sovereignty back. We demand our food. Good day.
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What are your goals for this year? I really want to end my senior year on a memorable note. I have always been very busy and I am just realizing how important it is
What are your plans for after graduation? I am taking the summer off before starting at TJX in August. I am excited for the opportunity to spend some time with my family at home in New Hampshire. I plan to relax and enjoy the lakes and mountains before moving back to the Boston area. How are you feeling about graduation? My feelings toward graduation are very mixed. I am honored and excited to have had so many opportunities at Bentley but I am sad to see them come to an end. It is bittersweet to think about the limited time we have left on this campus. The past 4 years have gone by so quickly and it is hard to be-
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Bentley? I’ve learned to surround myself with people who care about me and allow me to be myself. Before coming to Bentley I was much more reserved and didn’t often go outside my comfort zone. After dancing with a broom during the hypnotist show during First Week, I realized that I can laugh at myself and not care what others think. That same year I met some great friends and brothers that helped me continue to go outside my comfort zone and develop personally.
STUDENT CONDUCT SUMMARY February 12 - February 19 5 Total Number of Cases 5 Total Number of Individuals Involved 0 Individuals Dismissed from Responsibility 5 Individuals Admitting Responsibility 0 Number of individuals found responsible by Conduct Board 4 Number of educational sanctions given 0 Number of Work Sanctions 1 Number of Parental Notifications $75 Cash total of fines given 0 Number of students given a Verbal Warning 4 Number of students put on Written Warning 1 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: It’s important to stay active, even when temperatures drop. Great winter workout options include going to the gym, taking fitness classes with friends, or even working out with DVDs in your dorm. And don’t forget, cranking up the volume and dancing is a great way to have fun and stay fit!
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Advice to seniors/words of wisdom. Let people know how much they mean to you and how much of an impact they have had on you. I think it is great to reach out to professors, mentors, peers and advisors to let them know how much you appreciate them. I can think of many people on this campus who have impacted me and have led me to where I am today that I want to thank.
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Harvey Two Face “RA reports a disorderly person. Officers responded and found the person to be orderly.” Now Watson, this may seem like and open and shut case but I know there is more going on here than meets the eye. This is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation in the making. This chaotic mood swing can only set in place by extreme mental instability or studying for a GB exam. Whatever the reason being, I will not let this case go cold and I will not sleep until I uncover all the gritty details. I will not let my google image degree in investigative journalism go to waste on this one. Disorderly person turned orderly, please let me help you! PETA arrives at Bentley: It seems we have experienced an increase in animal activism here at Bentley University. On February 7th a student reported an injured rabbit to campus police, luckily, the rabbit was determined well enough to return to the wild. On February 11th a report came in of an incapacitated squirrel outside Jennison, Waltham police were contacted but no animal control officer was on duty. Finally, on February 14th another report, presumably from the same student, was received of an injured squirrel on campus. Now it’s quite obvious that this student is one of those wimpy social responsibility LSMs and after his third report of injured wildlife the Bentley Police merely told him that the animals were being taken to “a farm”. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting: Bentley officers responded to Rhodes Hall this past Saturday evening around midnight for a report of a possible fight. Upon arrival two bashful roommates emerged and explained that they had simply been joking. The officers also received a tip from a nearby room that one of the roommates had been heard screaming, “tickle fight!” and
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What are you involved in at Bentley? I have been involved with several different organizations while at Bentley. Currently I am a brother and Vice President of Pledge Education for Delta Sigma Pi, the Historian for the Senior Class Cabinet, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. In the past I have served as a Senator for SGA, Editor In Chief of The Vanguard, a FYS Peer Facilitator, and Vice President of Community Service for Delta Sigma Pi.
What are you looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year has to bring. I am excited to continue working with the Senior Class Cabinet to plan the rest of our events and the senior trip to the Bahamas.
lieve that I will be a college graduate in just 3 months. I truly feel prepared for my future and I know that I have developed the skills I need to succeed after graduation.
MaJOR: Marketing LSM: Ethics and social responsibility MINOR: IDCC HOME TOWN: Laconia, New Hampshire
to focus on my own well-being. I want to spend time with my friends and enjoy our final months of college. One mini goal I have to push me academically is to graduate Summa Cum Laude.
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Don’t try this at school. On this week’s edition of don’t try this at school we have a student who went all Nitro Circus on us and created his very own sledding “Slip and Bleed”. The student, who was sledding as gnarly as possible for the camera, injured himself and needed to be taken to the hospital. I know the Olympics are on but really people, extreme sledding? At least try something more dangerous, like eating in Seasons for three meals a day or farting in the library. Those are the stories that get passed down for generations. You will tell you kids about that. Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die. NaNaNaNaNa Splatman! A student reported to Dispatch that a significant amount of apple was smeared on the walls and doors of Collins. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my fruit go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will politely ask you to stop. Winter Wonderland: In case you have missed it, it has been pretty wintery around here recently with brutal cold and snows gracing us Massholes. This wild week has brought a slew of weather related issues including 7 different vehicular problems requiring police involvement. The Harvard Square shuttle even required help after getting stuck in the slush. For us non-police though, the weather provided entertainment not so different than the Winter Olympics as we watch terrified drivers slip and slide around campus and countless people fall on the ice.
BY matthew buck & owen karl the vanguard stAFF
february 20, 2014
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BY Michaela Stephenson News Editor
This spring, Bentley University students have the unique opportunity to apply the skills that they have been learning in the classroom to real-life application in the surrounding community. As the April 15th tax filing deadline fast approaches, residents of Waltham and surrounding towns may take advantage of the free tax return preparation that Bentley University students are offering through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and continues now until April 10th, excluding the week of Spring Break, March 8th to 16th. The program is offered on campus through the Bentley ServiceLearning Center (BSLC). The BLSC gives students the opportunity to get in-
volved with service activities that complement Bentley courses. For the past fifteen years, the BLSC has provided the VITA program for students passionate about tax. According to the program’s mission statement, VITA looks to “assist eligible taxpayers in satisfying their tax responsibilities by providing free tax return preparation.” All students must pass the IRS VITA certification exam before they can be involved in the program. The program is aimed at assisting low income taxpayers, the elderly, and the disabled. Expertise and assistance is provided to those who make less than $50,000 a year. Tax returns by VITA are completed on a first come, first served basis. Last year, over 70 Bentley graduate and undergraduate students participated in the program. They were responsible for helping prepare over 1000 federal and state income tax returns for
the residents of Waltham and surrounding communities. In return, students gain a better understanding of income tax returns. “I’ve learned a ton in a short amount of time, especially since I had to study for and pass the VITA exam before I could do the tax returns,” said Nicole Grinsell. Grinsell is a junior accounting major, currently participating in the VITA program. “I feel like it’s helped me a lot in the class too because I can think of real life situations where a deduction would apply, or when certain income is taxable.” The assistance program is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Morison Hall room 101. Students are also available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Those looking for more information about the VITA program are encouraged to call 781.891.2714 or email ga_VITA@bentley. edu.
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Students help the community with tax returns
Help your community by participating in the VITA program!
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What inspired you to start Humans of Bentley? “Humans of Bentley” is a team of people. But the two of us who came up with the idea have a back story that inspired this movement. We were “hi and bye” friends for about a year, and nothing more than that. One random night, we ended up in the same place at the same time, sat down expecting to make small talk, and 3 or 4 hours later, realized we’d become excellent friends over one small unplanned conversation. We were of completely different backgrounds and expected
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“Bentley University, one story at a time,” states the Humans of Bentley’s Facebook page tagline. And as of February 2, they have been doing exactly that. Slowly but surely, their page is constantly being updated with pictures of people all throughout the university along with the stories that these different individuals have to tell. They have gone from one side of the campus to the other with a mission to find out about the stories of the occupants of Bentley, and now it is time to find out about their story! Who is Humans of Bentley? We anticipated that everyone would be asking “Who is Humans of Bentley?” We’re staying quiet on our identities for a reason. We wanted to remain under the radar so people would stop focusing on whom to give the credit, and start focusing on why we’re
doing this project in the first place. We want the members of this community to go along with the spirit of this project, to meet some strangers, open their eyes to what lies deep within the Bentley community, and to become a bit more humanoriented. As of right now, we plan to stay with anonymous in our continuation of the project.
Unravelling the different stories of Bentley’s occupants.
to have little in common, but soon realized that we had a million and one experiences/ stories that tied us together or kept us interested. This interaction completely changed our friendship and we are now extremely close. It made both of us realize the value of meeting a stranger, engaging in some irregular conversation, and learning just what this community really consists of. How has the experience been? The experience thus far has been incredible. We challenge ourselves to talk mostly to strangers, so that we ourselves can grow as a team and showcase the hidden stories, unfamiliar faces, and unexpected life experiences that all exist right here on our tiny little campus. The reaction to this project was completely as expected. We assumed the project would “go viral” and it did. Within the first 2 or 3 days, we’d reached 400 likes. We’re planning a dinner to celebrate hitting the 500 mark! Can you see this project making a change in people’s lives? Absolutely, we can. But we need the Bentley community members to rally and take individual responsibility. We need each member that follows the page to choose to forego the selfish, assumption-filled nature we’ve all been taught and to acknowledge the impact on one’s life, simply by building a connection with someone new, asking a question before assuming the answer, or extending an “I’m human too” gesture to someone in need. We want people, especially Bentley students,
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Humans of Bentley: An on-campus phenomenon
This project was inspired by Humans of New York. to see that a community is around us here have their only as good as the people own story; a story that have within it and that we must all the potential to teach you – or work together to establish the maybe even change your life caring, supportive, and spirited and the way you are living it. community that we all want. Admittedly, even by the simple act of looking through Humans What has been the most moving of Bentley’s page I have learned or shocking story so far? so much. For one, I’ve learned Honestly, no one story is that you can never judge a book greater than the next. We’ve by its cover. Yes, its cliché. But noticed a lot of the people we knowing that something is talk to trying to “come up with cliché does not necessarily something good to say.” Little make it less true. Yes, we are in do they know, that’s not the part a business school. Yes, being of our conversation we plan to in the business field is often quote. The point is to bring synonymous with being overly out the human side of people; competitive and cut throat. the little things that we can all But that does not mean that relate to, get a kick out of, or we should isolate ourselves can’t even imagine happening and not care about these to us. This project has proven people around us. After all, to us, the team behind all this, learning does not necessarily that every interaction is a quality have to involve textbooks and interaction and that there is lectures. Sometimes the best something to gain in every lessons are learnt through our conversation with any person, interactions with each other. especially a total stranger. If you haven’t already done so, go on Facebook and like As we’ve walked from one the Humans of Bentley page class to another, consumed and scroll through it to see with our own thoughts, we the different stories that the often forget that the people occupants of Bentley have to tell!
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and a 2011 #14 ranking in the Princeton Review on best libraries. Knutel’s work has not gone unnoticed. In 2013, he was a UBTech Innovation Award finalist. In both 2009 and 2010, the Princeton Review ranked Bentley #1 in state-of-the-art campus facilities. “Phil’s influence at Bentley has been farreaching as he has worked closely with faculty, students, departments, and central IT directors on significant IT projects,” said President Gloria Larson in a press release. Moving forward, Knutel will look to the recent IT assessment report by Grant Thornton to develop future initiatives. The report provided several recommendations, and it will be Knutel’s job to implement these recommendations. These include suggestions in areas of administrative systems and emerging technologies.
Specifically, Knutel would like to improve the standard issue Bentley laptop. “I’ve gotten tired of lugging my standard issue Bentley laptop (the same one undergrads use) and can relate to the complaints about the size and weight,” said Knutel. “I’m hoping that this fall we’ll have three models for undergrads to choose from. We’re seriously considering two Ultrabooks - a small, light one for maximum portability as well as a larger, more powerful one, plus a Macbook Air.” Bentley has thrived technologically the past fifteen years under the leadership of Knutel. “His innovative and cutting edge thinking is one of the reasons Bentley has been able to stay ahead of the technology curve,” said President Larson. Faculty, students, and administration look forward to seeing the further technological advancements with Knutel as the new Chief Information Officer.
Under Knutel’s leadership Bentley has advanced technologically.
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Connect To Your Future HUMAN RESOURCES
11:00 – 11:50 AM LaCava 395, EDR
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Friday, February 28, 2014
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
PROFESSIONAL SALES AND MANAGEMENT
10:00 – 10:50 AM LaCava 395, EDR
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1:00 – 2:00 PM LaCava 395, EDR SPEAKERS Ahold USA Green Mountain Coffee JOH Ocean Spray Sc Johnson Shaws The Greater Boston Food Bank
EMC Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Instron Marshalls Activewear Oracle Respiratory Motion Inc. The TJX Companies Inc.
2:00 – 3:00 PM LaCava 395, EDR
Meet and network one on one with representatives from over 20 companies
Sponsored By Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Co-Sponsored by: Career Services and Delta Sigma Pi
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How white becomes black: The startling story
of Michael Fosberg
Falcons share their thoughts.
ashley caporoso ‘17 MaJOR: finance LSM: media arts & society
Merchandising for Neiman Marcus.
Michael Fosberg recently visited Bentley University about his identity-changing transformation. BY Megan lieu
Vanguard Staff Writer
katy burke ‘17 MaJOR: actuarial MINOR: law
juan leonardo ‘15 MaJOR: management
Soccer player for Barcelona.
jonathan ramos ‘15 MaJOR: marketing LSM: media arts & society
A movie director.
How would you respond if you found out you aren’t who you thought you were? Michael Fosberg, who has gone under one such identity-changing transformation, recently visited Bentley University to talk to students about his experience. After touring all over the country, Mr. Fosberg was invited to come speak at Bentley University by our arts coordinator Adam Payne, who believed that Fosberg’s story was illuminating and deserved to be shared with our community in order for us to recognize the importance of diversity and acceptance. Over the course of his roughly 60 minute performance, Incognito, Fosberg enchanted the audience with his one man show that detailed his discovery of being black when he had previously thought he was purely white. Fosberg, whose mother, Adrienne Pilbosian, is Armenian, began his journey when he was 32 years old. One day, his parents, who were married for 25 years, abruptly announced to him that they were getting a divorce. For Fosberg, the news was life-altering. After getting into a fight of immense proportions with his mother because she had delayed informing him of the news, Fos-
berg abstained from speaking to her for six months. Fortunately, Fosberg’s girlfriend at the time, whom he fondly refers to as “the Brit,” suggested that perhaps his angst came from not knowing his biological father, who Fosberg had not seen since the age of two. The idea caused a revelation within Fosberg, who apologized to his mother and then set out on a journey to find not only his father, but the part of him that was missing. Fosberg initially started by getting the name of his father, John Woods, and some minor facts about him from his mother. Once that information was obtained, he set out to find his other family, but not without some hesitation and anxiety. Fosberg went to his local library, flipped through the Detroit phonebook and wrote down a small list of all the registered John Woods. After returning home, Fosberg experienced an internal dialogue during which he wondered whether or not to call the numbers he had acquired. He eventually picked up the phone, nervously intending to ask the following three questions to each recipient: I’m looking for a John Sydney Woods? Did you live in the Boston area in 1957? Were you married to a woman by the name of Adrienne Pilbosian?
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What is your dream job?
With a stroke of luck, the first John Woods answered “yes” to all three questions, and Fosberg was able to find his father on the initial attempt. After realizing their relationship, a movie-esque sequence of events ensued, culminating with Woods telling his son that he had always loved him. Following that came the mind-blowing news: John Sydney Woods is black. The reason Fosberg’s mother had to leave Woods’ side was because of poverty and her racist parents. However, now that nothing stood in their way, Woods and Fosberg were equally determined to build their relationship and make up for lost time. Since his discovery, Fosberg has gone on to travel across the country, interviewing many family members in order to not only better understand his heritage, but also to write his book, Incognito, which chronicles his tale. Finally, Fosberg felt the missing part of him had been completed. Fosberg’s Incognito, already a play and a book, is currently being adapted for the big screen. When it is released, even more people will be touched by Fosberg’s inspiring story of family and determination. We here at Bentley University wish Mr. Fosberg the best of luck and continued success!
elvin titan ‘15 MaJOR: economicsfinance LSM: asian studies
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Fosberg’s Incognito, already a play and a book, is currently being adapted for the big screen.
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“I hate Flappy Bird,” tweeted one of the very first Flappy Bird adopters. This simple statement is so perfectly phrased that I finally understand the purpose of retweets. For those of you who do not know what Flappy Bird is, it is an addictive game created by Dong Nguyen, an independent mobile game developer. The goal is to maneuver a bird through small gaps between a never ending set of green pipes. Tapping your smartphone screen allows the round, yellowish orange bird to elevate, while releasing your finger allows the bird to be pulled down by the awesome force that is gravity. “Piece of cake, I play Jetpack, I know how it works” – If that’s your thought process, you could not be more wrong. Play the game and you will see. Although the gap between the pipes is invitingly wide, the bird moves at such a rapid pace that a split-second mistake can have a fatal result. The tiny margin for error is one of the things that make this game so frustratingly fun. With every game, there seems to always be a formula – the equivalent of an answer key for a challenging math problem. This is not the case for Flappy Bird. I thought that to conquer this game, it would take an insanely fast reaction time combined with 20/20 vision; that is not the case. Perhaps the “10,000 hours” rule applies to this game: after a while, you begin to find a rhythmic pattern of the bird and the pipes, making the game easier. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case either. Because it is a game that just about anyone can play, but no one can play well, Flappy Bird has been able to attract not just a specific niche market, but almost everyone. The Nintendo-inspired mo-
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Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird. bile game has been downloaded over 50 million times and garnered over 47,000 reviews in Apple’s App Store. These are shocking figures, given that Nguyen did not invest much capital or time in creating the game – Forbes reports it only took him two days to write the entire game. Most users have voiced similar sentiments in their reviews of Flappy Bird: the game has been ruining their lives. “I’m sitting in the bathtub writing this review, warning you NOT to download it,” says one user. “My family doesn’t dare enter. My brother hasn’t taken a shower in a month.” Another reviewer writes “All it takes is seeing the words ‘Flappy Bird’ until you find yourself, 19 hours later, fingers bleeding, screen cracked, eyes duct taped open, insomnia and paranoia set in, so determined to pass the devil bird through the impassible gates that you would sacrifice every part of your body except your thumb if it helped beat your high score.” Yikes. It is unclear whether it is due to these comments that Dong decided to take down his game, but all the Flappy Bird-related phenomena are quite baffling in nature. First,
an overly simplistic game topped the App Store charts, overtaking games powered by complex mechanisms. Second, the game’s maker decided to remove his creation at its peak – it was reported that the game was making $50,000 a day from the pop-up ads that appeared during gameplay. Both of these instances simply defy reason, which is why it feels like rocket science. Nonetheless, if you have not had the chance to try out this game, there are used phones listed on eBay that come with the game installed. Buyer beware – some of the phones have exorbitant price points; one of the first listings, a gold iPhone 5S, sold for around $100,000! Alternatively, if you are a mobile game developer, this may be for you: a platform called the Flappy Jam, launched a few days ago by a group of unknown independent game developers as a means to honor Dong Nguyen and his controversial creation. The goal of the jam is simple: “Make a hard, almost unplayable game; use assets inspired (not ripped) from classics; FLAPPY word or gameplay not mandatory; have fun, be supportive. Hate must not win.” Game on.
chelsea whynot ‘17 MaJOR: isac MINOR: psychology
I love Bentley Radio! my firends are, like, on it. Sometimes I call in - it’s really fun!
kiri pashev ‘15 MaJOR: economicsfinance MINOR: accounting
They seem really professional, I was on a program once talking about my club. They seem to do a great job of connecting with students about what’s going on around campus.
raghav chand ‘16 MaJOR: cis
I tuned in and heard classical music. Like, I wanted house and techno.
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The game that has cost millions of friendships around the globe.
I actually work for the radio. I think it gets a really bad rep, honestly. We’re well organized and offer a ton of programs. You’d definitely be surprised at the people that work in the program. I’m sure some of them are your friends. BY hunter palmentiero the vanguard stAFF
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The financial and economic side of snowstorms
Besides being a nuisance, snowstorms have cost the economy billions of dollars. BY jasper huang business editor
The Northeast, and indeed the entire Eastern seaboard of the United States, as well as many parts of the rest of the country have experienced very severe weather this winter season. At this point, many are tired of the snow, which has been falling incessantly and often in greater than desired amounts, causing school and business closings, declarations of emergencies and more than one headache and aching back from shoveling. Physical pain and men-
tal frustration, however, are not the only things negatively affected by these harsh weather conditions. According to NBC News, the recent slew of cold temperatures and devastating snowstorms have caused the US economy billions so far, and the costs likely won’t stop there. Though overall impact to the $16 trillion US economy will not be very large in the long run, low retail sales, property damage, repair costs, and lost productivity from closings will continue to take bites out of the economy. Evan Gold with the business weather
intelligence firm Planalytics says that many of these weather-related business losses will never be made up. Financial burdens are especially tough on workers who work for hourly income – these harsh weather conditions often mean that these workers will never get the chance to make up their lost wages later in the year. A survey of 50,000 retailers across areas of the US affected by the polar vortex earlier in January averaged to a sales dip of 9.6 percent. Power loss, burst pipes, and increased heating bills to fight the cold weather aren’t help-
ing to put any more money in consumer pockets, either. All of the above negative impacts are exacerbated in the South – southern states are typically not equipped with the infrastructure to handle extreme winter weather conditions, and shortages of salt, icy roads, and limited visibility conditions have caused multiple accidents and even deaths. The industry that has perhaps been most impacted by the winter weather is the transportation industry. Terrible road conditions, airport bottlenecks and cancellations, as well as stalled train lines have hindered supply chain lines and businesses that require the shipment of goods to stock inventories. The airline industry is similarly burdened, year round, airlines operates at near capacity, so any delay and backup causes immense problems throughout the country. For example, this winter season, multiple US airlines have already cancelled a total of 49,000 flights and delayed more than 300,000. Transportation backups and delayed have cost airlines between $75 million to $150 million, and all of the passengers that are stuck or delayed en route to work or other important business functions cost businesses
huge losses in productivity. According to the Financial Forecast Center, the regions hit hardest in the recent snowstorms contain about 38 percent of the overall US population – if 20 percent of workers in those regions do not show up for work on any given day during these storms, that could amount to an estimated $48.8 billion in lost productivity. Financial markets are also not reacting well to the weather – though there may be no direct correlation between weather and markets (other than employees being unable to get to work to operate in them), studies have shown the market does better on sunny days than it does on cloudy days. Despite all the doom and gloom coming from these reports, and no guarantee of better weather to come in the next couple of weeks, all of these costs and negative impacts are only on one side of the ledger. Though inevitably there will be money lost that will never be recovered, money not spent today can always be spent in the future. So even through the icy sentiment surrounding the recent weather conditions, remember that even the longest storms will end, and that spring will bring with it warmer and sunnier times.
Janet Yellen’s first congressional testimony as new Fed Chairwoman BY alex grotevant Vanguard Staff Writer
from the Bernanke regime. Among the first orders of business Yellen must deal with as she transitions into her new position is monetary tightening. If labor markets and inflation continue to show signs of improvement, Yellen confirmed the Federal Open Market Committee will continue with the tapering process. This process, which began under the leadership of Bernanke, will cut back the Fed’s purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgagebacked securities by $10 billion per month. In turn,
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On February 11, Janet Yellen, the new chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, appeared before Congress to present the semiannual monetary policy report. Following her testimony, Yellen spent nearly six hours answering questions raised by members of the House Committee of Financial Services. In this time, she discussed many of the most pressing matters surrounding the American economy including monetary policy
and unemployment. Perhaps the most notable takeaway from the testimony, however, was her obvious support of her predecessor, Ben Bernanke and her intention to continue with many of his policies. Yellen praised Bernanke for his accomplishments as Federal Reserve Chair, explaining, “His leadership helped make our economy and financial system stronger and ensured that the Federal Reserve is transparent and accountable.” With regard to monetary policy, she added, “I expect a great deal of continuity”
Janet Yellen, the “Sixteen Trillion Dollar Woman,” delivers a speech.
interest rates are expected to return to a more normal level that has not been experienced in nearly five years. The pace of the monetary tightening, however, will have direct implications on inflation. For example, if inflation begins to increase at a faster pace, this would mean the labor market is at a new normal in which wage and inflation concerns are linked to higher unemployment. If the Fed is faced with this situation, monetary tightening would need to occur sooner and at a faster pace than is currently expected. Ultimately, Yellen will need to adjust the pace of monetary normalization based on how the economy reacts as a whole. The morning after Yellen delivered her testimony to Congress, major market indexes experienced an increase of nearly one percent. Wall Street was relieved to find out that the new leader of the Fed was interested in continuing with many of Bernanke’s policies. Specifically, stock traders may benefit from the continued tapering of the Fed’s bond-buying program, which has impacted investment into stock markets and ultimately share prices. While Yellen acknowledged concerns such as slow eco-
nomic growth, high unemployment and inflation, she emphasized the optimistic outlook for the economy. “The economic recovery gained greater traction in the second half of last year,” she said. “Economic activity will expand at a moderate pace this year and next.” Yellen referenced the 3.5 percent growth in gross domestic product during the third and fourth quarters of 2013 compared to the 1.75 percent growth in the first and second quarters. She also mentioned progress within the labor market, citing that 3.25 million jobs have been created since August 2012 when the Fed began a new round of asset purchasing. Ultimately, Janet Yellen and the rest of the Federal Reserve have their work cut out for them in order to achieve the objectives they have set for the American economy. Developments within recent months have created a sense of optimism that Yellen hopes to maintain. After the delivery of her testimony to Congress, it will be interesting to see how effective Yellen is in her approach to improving the economy, which seemingly draws many parallels to the way Bernanke acted as Chairman of the Fed.
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Lorraine Mumby I decided to study abroad in Milan, Italy, because it is one of the four fashion capitals of the world. With that said, one of my favorite experiences here occurred just last Thursday. I had to attend a field study for the Managing Fashion and Luxury Brands course I’m taking. We explored La Rinacente, a department store; Excelsior a concept store; Prada; and the Giorgio Armani flagship store. It was very interesting to see how each store displayed some of the same brands differently. Certain locations had an open layout, shelves instead of racks and organized merchandise according to a certain look. I also took note that most products in the aforementioned stores are sold at higher price points. Of the four stores, Armani and Excelsior were the most interesting to me. The Armani flagship location has fashion (men, women, and children) and accessories, a café, bookstore, and a hotel. Talk about brand extension! The concept store, Excelsior, is home to Eat’s which is a café, bistro, wine bar and small gourmet supermarket. Excelsior has orderly displays where the products are presented according to department (beauty, fashion,
from the tiniest restaurant in Le Marais, Paris’s quaint Jewish neighborhood. Wandering the cobblestone streets, I couldn’t help but imagine how the city has changed since the days of Rousseau, Robespierre, or Edith Piaf; “the past” is on an entirely different scale than I am used to with such a vast and complicated history. Despite a few wrong turns and the incessant European winter drizzle, we ended up happily back at the hostel with our feet throbbing and clothes damp. We spent our evening on the balcony of our top-floor hostel room with blankets, 750cl Kronenbourg 1664’s, and an iPod playing in the background. As we peered down to the bustling streets around Gare du Nord in the 10th arrondissement, we sat in awe that this would be our second home for the next five months. It sounds like just another touristy day, but there is something so charming and magical about Paris that turns typical sightseeing into an unforgettable wander in the City of Love.
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Lorraine is taking a Managing Fashion and Luxury Brands course. accessories, and food), or by the current season’s style. To an ordinary shopper it may seem like the fashion and accessories are unsystematically placed around the store, where to me, it made perfect sense. It is like the IKEA of concept stores; various products, grand in size and most importantly its maze-like layout to encourage the customer to find more than they bargained for. Attending this field study was a great experience because I typically would not venture into stores such as Armani and Prada solely to browse and
takes notes. I would be too worried about my college-studenton-a-budget aura and the employees turning their noses up at me. However, I was greeted with a warm “buongiorno” from multiple employees even though they probably sensed I had no intention of purchasing. I had to get over this, for the lack of a better word, “fear” because my future career in fashion will require me to reach out of my comfort zone to expand my knowledge and open doors to new opportunities. I learned quite a bit in less than 90 minutes on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Olga frech
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Olga is studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
It’s hard to pinpoint one single experience as being my favorite after being abroad for almost a month and traveling every weekend to explore new places in Italy and Europe. Yet, I would say that I have had one of the most unique experiences in my “Food and Culture” class. Although I was hesitant about staying in the class because I have no cooking experience whatsoever and had my mom joking on the other side that it would be the first class I would ever fail, I decided to give it a shot. What doesn’t sound exciting about having hands-on food sessions where you get to prepare a full meal for the class to taste accompanied by a variety of wines from the country? And to top it off, we get to wear our chef uniforms during every class – what’s not cool about that?
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With Rouen being only an hour away from Paris by train, it’s no wonder that I’ve spent at least one day of the past six weekends in France’s capital city. On our very first visit, we started our morning the Parisian way: a breakfast “formule” of croissants, a baguette, and a cappuccino in the smokefilled, open air of a red-awning café. We navigated the metro from our hostel’s neighborhood to the furthest point, the Eiffel Tower, witnessing the first of many turnstile-hoppers and accordion players. Using the Seine as our tour guide, we walked the city on foot to soak it all in, stopping at all of the breathtaking sites: Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Pont des Arts, and Notre Dame to name a few. Once we realized that we were practically clipping people’s heels as we walked behind them on the sidewalk, we adjusted our brisk eastcoast pace to the casual Parisian meander. We detoured to grab the “best falafel in Paris”
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Jullie has gotten to see many breathtaking sights. Since day one, the class has been engaging, fun and we have gotten to learn many curiosities regarding Italian cuisine. To start off, we walked through the “San Lorenzo Food Market” and the center of Florence to become familiar with the historical cafes, wine and gourmet stores, gelato shops and learn the inside scoop to Italian “street food”. This brief walk around the city opened my appetite. I cannot live in Italy and not have fresh pasta, wine, nutella, and gelato on my mind all the time! Going to the market and observing Italians buy fresh produce also made me understand why the concept of a bulk supermarket does not exist here. Before the class ended, we all enjoyed a meal prepared by our teacher. It was hard for me to believe that such a delicious pasta dish was made with just oil, onions, salt, peppers and breadcrumbs. The pasta wa-
ter and breadcrumbs actually gave the pasta so much texture and thickness that it tasted as if though it had cheese! This speaks to authentic Italian cuisine and how their food is mostly made out of very few and inexpensive ingredients. All the Caesar salad, spaghetti with meatballs, and chicken parm lovers will probably be disappointed to find out that you won’t find these dishes here. In reality, authentic Italian dining is so unique and delicate that it requires the pasta to be served by itself. Serving pasta as a side dish is almost seen as a sacrilege. Having this new knowledge under my belt has left me with an insatiable desire to learn more about the Italian way of life and eating habits. I cannot wait to learn more good recipes and bring them back home with me to have “Italian Night” and cook for my friends and family!
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
A NICKEL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
Life and People Life is a great blessing. It is comprised of a myriad of parts, far more than can be enumerated or listed, and such an attempt would be vain. That isn’t to say that there aren’t some essential characterizing nuggets of truth, which can at least partially, illustrate the magnitude and splendor that is life. One such nugget that is highly important to us as humans is our ability to experience existence. We are endowed with life, and the consciousness and intelligence necessary to evaluate both life and existence. Other animals are conscious too, to varying degrees and subject to varying levels of scrutiny by the scientific community. But as a species, with the exception of extraterrestrial life, we are alone in our sentience. We are alone as a species – but not as individuals. Rather than life comprising of a single giant, sitting alone on a rock in desolate contemplation, it is an incomprehensibly vast
network of interconnections. Interconnections so complex that it is speculated that through a chain of on average six individuals, one can find a connection with almost anyone on Earth. Someone like President Obama is easy. You’ve met multiple professors – consider them the first part of the chain. Most of those professors, if not all of them, have at least met some corporate executives. Of the collective group of those corporate executives, at least one has met a high ranked executive, perhaps someone in the Fortune 500. I would wager that there are plenty of Fortune 500 executives who have at on at least one occasion met the President - he does travel around the country and deliver speeches and dines with hundreds of executives at a time on a weekly basis. But even if you are skeptical – consider that this this would only be a three part chain. With the exception of hermits and perhaps certain native islanders and other
incredibly isolated folk, you can within a chain of six people establish a connection to basically everyone on this planet. This “Six Degrees of Separation” is perhaps quite surprising to you, it is not very revealing. It shows a connection of mere acquaintances, a sort of almost unperceivable connecting line. We all affect each other, but to varying degrees. Politicians affect us all, but their effect is usually to a small degree, or at least to a degree that is incredibly small when you consider people like friends and family. Think of your relatives. All of the traditions you’ve grown up with, the culture you were immersed in, and the beliefs and values that were instilled in you gradually since your were a toddler. What you eat, and how you prepare it. What you watch, and how you watch it, and whether or not it is allowed to be watched during dinner. The games you played, and the toys you loved. These are all things that came from life and are
collectively unique to you as an individual. Even amongst siblings, our life experiences can differ dramatically, just as personalities can. We are all unique, and as overwhelming as it can be to think about, we each have a complete life and story. It is obviously impossible to know every person’s story, but all of the people you meet or learn about, whether you like them or dislike them, can teach you something valuable about life. Sometimes it is unintentional. When you experience rude people, and are offended, you are unknowingly reminded of politeness. When people are mean or selfish, it reminds you of kindness, and hopefully you choose to take that path rather than reciprocate negativity. Those are more obvious lessons, but some of the most valuable lessons are far more subtle. I met an individual earlier this year here at Bentley, and had the opportunity to play board games with him. Rather than always choosing the best
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available move, he would often intentionally and knowingly choose worse moves. He wasn’t a bad player, he simply appreciated the added variation and element of luck to the game, and that play style brought him more happiness and enjoyment than winning itself did. He taught me that in games, although it also applies to life, it is more about the journey than the outcome. The different people we meet all have something they can teach us. Whilst some may come as anecdotes, others may come from the mannerisms which characterize an individual. As we learn about and from others, we learn more about ourselves, and become increasingly aware of our strengths, weaknesses and role in this world, and our ability to appreciate the experience of life continues to grow.
Charity: Water there are a lot of problems in this world and he can help address that. Harrison was getting sick of the life he had in New York when he decided to sign up for a volunteer service aboard a floating hospital with a group called Mercy Ships, thinking that maybe, this would bring about change in his life – which it did! Because volunteering at Mercy Ships allowed him to not only put a face to the world’s 1.2 billion living in poverty, but also meet remarkable people who were all from
different backgrounds who were united by their passion to help others. One of them was the chief medical officer, who before volunteering, was a surgeon who left Los Angeles to volunteer for two weeks – 23 years ago. The experience impacted him in such a way that Harrison actually decided to start his own non-profit, which is charity: water. Granted, there are many organizations – both for profit and non-profits – who seeks to address the problem of water. However, there are three distinct
Charity: water has funded 9,458 water projects in 20 countries.
things that differentiate charity: water from these other organizations. First, they operate under the “100% model”. The model is actually quite selfexplanatory; basically it means that everything that the donors chose to donate will go straight to the field. Second, to prove that, charity: water actually documents each and every one of its water projects. In addition to that, they not only have photographs, but also GPS coordinates that can be tracked on Google Maps. And third, to make sure that
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When I was still in high school, my English teacher always reminded me that an introduction is the most important part of a paper. She said that it doesn’t matter if your argument is gold, if you don’t have a good introduction your argument will not matter. She said those first few sentences ultimately determine whether your paper would be one that is compelling or repelling. One time, I jokingly answered, “if that is the case, I should always start off my essay with these three words: New York City – I bet it would keep my reader’s interested.” She laughed. But I legitimately thought that those three words possessed some kind of magical prowess. Admit it, when you see those words, there must be certain objects that comes to mind. Be it those iconic I ♥ NY t-shirts, the intimidatingly gorgeous skyline or maybe even those bright yellow cabs – these are the things that makes New York the city to be at. And yet, Scott Harrison, the founder of charity: water decided to leave the streets of NYC in favor of the shores of West Africa. I didn’t get it, at least at first. But Harrison realizes that there is more to life than just being the heart of the party. He realizes that
STEPHANIE SEPUTRA A freshman with an undecided major. these water projects would be maintained properly, the organizations worked together with local partners. After all, Harrison realizes that it would almost be impossible to address this problem by himself. As of today, charity: water has funded 9,458 water projects in 20 countries. But that is not everything that the organization does. Along with the water projects, charity: water also investigates strengthening their partners, innovating solutions and maintaining projects. This helps ensure communities have the support, knowledge and parts they need to keep their own water flowing for years to come. Additionally, to ensure that maintenance and repair needs are being met and clean water keeps flowing, charity: water is working together with Google to develop a remote sensors that will tell us how much water is flowing through their water points anywhere in the world at any given time. Find out more about charity: water at www.charitywater.org!
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Card and Krueger on the Living Wage What is at the center of Card and Krueger’s work is the analysis of a minimum wage increase of 20% in New Jersey in 1992 in comparison to its neighbor state Pennsylvania. Their conclusions were that there was no negative effect to employment in NJ among low paying fast food workers and that the only negative effect is that essentially customers subsidized the minimum wage by carrying the burden of relatively higher prices. Card and Krueger went further to say that the negative effect on teen employment was non-existent as well. However, it must be noted that they took broad view of the entire demographic and didn’t focus on individuals that were at that time working minimum wage
in addition to having relatively little skills. This includes adults with no or only a high school diploma, elderly, disabled, etc. To reevaluate the results of Card and Krueger, data was used from the 1997 federal minimum wage increase to see if Card and Krueger’s conclusion would have held up when the relative changes in minimum wage were reversed. In 1997, the minimum wage increased more in PA than in NJ. According to Hoffman and Trace in their paper on the 1997 minimum wage increase, they found that comparatively adults with no high school diploma were severely hurt by the minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania. Moreover, they found that there was a small yet
consistent negative effect from minimum wage increase on teens in PA versus NJ. Hoffman and Trace conclude that overall, a negative effect did occur on employment of low wage workers and that preceding research to Card and Krueger was not entirely incorrect. The difference in analysis in this paper to Card and Krueger is that the use of CPS data on industry labor is more effective and was not used by Card and Krueger, who surveyed a variety of employers all over NJ. The techniques used by Card and Krueger are very important. Like I mentioned, research after Card and Krueger used a variety of techniques. In Hoffman and Trace, Current Population Survey (CPS) and other data
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There is a common pattern of rhetoric in political economic discussions that sometimes I find irrational. This is not to say that the ideas are absolutely irrational, but the rhetoric behind them makes it seem that way. Recently, fast food workers protested against major food chains, requiring $15 an hour. They also required that the government mandate this wage. Now what is being proposed is a less outrageous figure for a minimum wage, $10.10. Now, what was the reasoning behind this? People claim that this is a living wage. Now, I am not an economist or even a legitimate source for policy, however the claim of moving the minimum wage up to $10.10 so as to attain a “living wage” seems steep. Yes, getting paid $10 versus $7 is better and it could help a lot of people. However, such claims assume that employers have money to give out and that the consequences of higher wages are nonexistent or extremely limited. Now some people probably don’t understand the equilibrium situation caused by a minimum wage. That much is expected. However, some people do know it but instead see other forms of research that confirms their opinions as sound forms of proof. The proof that “living wage” is possible with no effect on unemployment is almost always supported by some reference to Card and Krueger’s research on minimum wage effects.
David Card and Alan Krueger’s argument can no longer justify minimum wage.
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finance. were used. The reason many have not replicated Card and Krueger using similar techniques is because they used telephone surveys, which some considered to be inaccurate. In fact, a paper by Neumark and Wascher that analyzed payrolls of the control groups used by Card and Krueger found that a 4.6% decline in employment occurred in NJ following the 1992 minimum wage increase. This may not be an absolute answer to whether minimum wage always causes negative effects, at least not negative effects to that magnitude. Instead, this shows that Card and Kruger’s analysis most likely had a flawed structure. Overall, this shows that using Card and Krueger as proof of the benefits of minimum wage would be lacking. There are issues with the data analysis methods and contradicting results after replication. In the end, there are many other ways to improve the wellbeing of low wage earners more effectively than government mandates. Subsequent research has only shown that the debate has long moved past Card and Krueger’s original conclusions and thus supporters of the “living wage” will have to update their arguments to be valid, political rhetoric can only get you so far.
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SPORTS Falcons take three-game win streak into final four games of the season THE vanguard
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
BY Matt gustus sports editor
After finishing a two-game series with the University of Connecticut in dominant fashion, the men’s ice hockey team rode that momentum as it took on Army in a two-game series. The end result was a sweep for the Falcons who kept themselves in the thick of the Atlantic Hockey race. When the team visited Armzy, they found themselves down 1-0 within the first five minutes. However, the Falcons responded ferociously in the second period, netting five goals to put the game away. Eight minutes into the period, sophomore defenseman Matt Blomquist scored on a shot from just inside the blue line, tying the game. Three minutes later, after goals from forwards junior Alex Grieve, sophomore Derek Bacon and freshman Tyler Deresky, the Falcons were well in control of the game. Grieve later scored his second goal of the period, adding to the onslaught. The final score was 6-1. One night later, as the team’s met at the John A. Ryan Arena, the game turned out to be a much closer contest. At first, the script looked to be the same. Army once again was the first to score, with a goal coming 11 minutes into the period. The next four goals were scored by Bentley, including three on the power play. Sophomore forward
Andrew Gladiuk accounted for two of them, coming in the fifth and seventh minutes of the third period. However, this time Army showed quite a bit of resiliency, as they scored three goals in the last eight minutes of the contest to tie the game. Two goals of theirs came on the power play. The coaching move of the night was made by Army’s staff, as they elected to pull their goalie while on the power play, stuffing the offensive zone with a 6-on-4 advantage. The move paid off, as they tied the game with less than one minute to play. In overtime, the hero of the game was Deresky. After recovering the puck from an Army shot, Deresky and junior forward Alex Kubiak raced down the ice on a break. Kubiak fired a shot that deflected off Army goalie Parker Gahagen, and Deresky was there to finish the play and send the Falcon faithful into hysteria. The Falcons currently sit in second place in the AHA, two points behind first place Mercyhurst. Air Force, UCONN, and Robert Morris are all nipping at the Falcons’ heels and are within three points. The Falcons will be looking to get as many points as possible this weekend as they take on AHA bottom dweller Sacred Heart. However, as we saw with Army, no game in the AHA is a sure thing. The teams will meet at Sacred Heart on Friday before returning to Waltham on Saturday.
Alex Grieve and Tyler Deresky helped take on Army for the Falcons.
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BY Matt gustus sports editor
This weekend, the Falcons will return home after back to back road games. After battling conference opponents St Michael’s and Southern New Hampshire, the teams will be looking to make a statement over our biggest rivals, Stonehill. Saturday’s contest will also be a special moment for the seniors, as the game will serve as Senior Day with activities beginning at 1:00 pm. On the women’s side, the majority of the team will be honored before the game as seven players are all in their final years. The men’s side will be a little quicker, as only two seniors are on the roster. Nonetheless, each of the senior players will be congratulated for their outstanding accomplishments as Falcons. For the women’s team, the seeding is set for the Falcons who will take their rightful place as the number one overall seed in the conference tournament. However, they will face a tough opponent in Stonehill University this weekend. For the first few months of the season, the Skyhawks were ranked in the top 15 in the country, including a brief stint at #7. The last meeting between the two teams ended in a Falcon victory by the score of 81-62. Although the score looks onesided, it was a two point game
at the half. The Falcons came out hot in the second half, and were able to pull away slow and steady. This go-round will be played at the Dana Center, which should help the Falcons duplicate their shooting numbers from the first game. However, the daunting presence of the Falcons should not be a factor for the Skyhawks. The team has already played two games against the nation’s top teams, including their first game against the Falcons and a contest against #6 Nova Southeastern. For the men, the stakes are at an all-time high. The team is currently battling it out for the division’s fourth seed, with a first round home game on the line. For the Falcons, having a home playoff game is extremely important, as their home record (9-3) is higher than their road record (6-5) this season. The last time the two men’s teams met, Bentley was in the midst of its fast 7-0 start that saw them nationally ranked. The Falcons shot the ball extremely well, shooting 55.4 percent from the field. After taking a 14-point halftime lead, the Falcons cruised on and won 81-63. With the conference tournaments coming up fast, each team is looking to fine-tune their games to make deep playoff runs. Wins over Stonehill would further prove that the teams are ready to take on any challenge the Northeast-10 has to offer.
This weekend, the Falcons look forward to hosting their biggest rival, Stonehill.
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Falcons host Stonehill with major NE-10 implications
SPORTS Spring sports cannot come soon enough
TEAM SPORTS STANDINGS
BY Matt gustus
School NE-10 Overall American Int’l 8 1 0 9 3 0 Stonehill 8 1 0 8 3 0 New Haven 7 2 0 8 3 0 Assumption 6 3 0 6 5 0 Merrimack 5 4 0 7 4 0 Bentley 4 5 0 6 5 0 LIU Post 3 6 0 5 6 0 Southern Conn. 3 6 0 3 8 0 Saint Anselm 1 8 0 1 10 0 Pace 0 9 0 0 11 0
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Rick Edelmann to head Bentley’s Men’s and Women’s tennis. eighth in the nation last season and finished with an overall record of 11-7, will open up with a trip to perennial powerhouse Le Moyne. Their strong season last year ended in a loss in the first round of the conference tournament, and the team is looking to make a run in the playoffs this year. The team performed wonderfully at home last season, compiling a 7-1 record in Waltham. Their first home game will be March 29th against New Haven. On the men’s side, the team is hoping to build upon its late season success. The team managed to win two of their last three games of the season, including a triple overtime thriller against Franklin Pierce. The team opens up with three road games before hosting Le Moyne on March 21st. Grad student midfielder Steve Caditz and senior defenseman Billy Sweeney, two of Bentley’s top returners this season, were named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division II Preseason team and will be looking to lead the team to new heights. Both lacrosse teams were picked to finish sixth in the conference in the North-
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As we struggle to get through yet another snow storm, it is starting to feel like there will be no end to the cold. Inch after inch of snow has blanketed our campus in the past few weeks and once we finally shovel out our cars and can walk to class without slipping; news breaks about another storm on its way. But fear not, my friends. There is hope on the horizon. In just a few short weeks, the spring sports will be taking the field, ready to officially signal the beginning of spring. In fact, the men’s baseball team has already gotten underway, when they played a three game series at the University of Tampa. Although they were unable to come away with a win, the team hung tough with the number one ranked team in the country. Over spring break, the team will head back down to Florida and play six games. Hopefully, the team can bring some wins and sunshine back with them. The team will have their first home game on March 26th. The women’s tennis team, looking to improve upon a 4-0 fall schedule, will be the next team to begin competition. As detailed in Emily’s article, the players are excited to see how far new coach Rick Edelmann can take them. Their first match is this weekend in Haverhill, with their first game at Bentley coming on March 30th. A few days later, the men’s tennis team opens up with a trip to MIT. The team has two Florida matchups set for spring break before returning home on March 19th. Similar to the women’s team, the men are undefeated coming into the spring as well. Beginning in March, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will be starting up, looking to build upon their successes last season. The women’s team, who ranked as high as
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Steve Caditz and Billy Sweeney were named to the ALL-NEILA preseason.
east-10 Preseason Coaches’ poll. Heading back to the diamond, the women’s softball team is also gearing up for a trip down south. Beginning March 8th, the team will play 10 games in seven days against a variety of Division II programs across the country. While the team was unable to reach the Northeast-10 playoffs, they were able to end the season strong, earning a winning record over their final fifteen games. On the links, the golf team has been working hard over the winter to keep the winning culture alive. The team ended the fall portion of their season with a Division II Championship at New Englands. Junior Jon Stoddard was the Division II medalist and was the sixth best golfer in the cumulative field of 200 participants. Senior Harry Kirkpatrick has been making sure his team has remained locked in while training at their winter practice facility in Sudbury, Mass. The team’s first spring tournament will be March 15th at the beautiful Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Ocean View, Delaware. Finally, in late March, the track and field teams will make the switch from indoor to outdoor. Their first meet will be on March 22nd at the Bridgewater State Open. The meet will only be one week after the NCAA Division II Championships, so it will be interesting to see how the teams handle that transition. Grad student Amy Varsell is having a great year on the indoor track circuit, as she has the Northeast-10’s fastest times in three different events, including the mile, 1,000 meter and 3,000 meter races. So, as you are walking to class thinking about how deathly cold it is outside, just imagine that in a few weeks you can sit outside and enjoy a nice 70-degree day watching the various Bentley teams take the field. Hopefully that can bring some warmth to your day.
School NE-10 Overall LIU Post 10 0 0 21 1 0 Merrimack 9 1 0 14 6 0 Stonehill 8 2 0 18 4 0 Bentley 5 5 0 11 8 0 Adelphi 5 5 0 11 9 0 Saint Anselm 4 6 0 6 11 0 Southern Conn. 4 6 0 5 14 0 American Int’l 3 7 0 8 10 0 Assumption 3 7 0 7 11 0 St. Michael’s 3 7 0 6 12 0 Franklin Pierce 1 9 0 3 15 0
MEN’S BASKETBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Saint Anselm 14 4 0 16 6 0 Franklin Pierce 13 5 0 18 5 0 St. Michels 12 6 0 17 6 0 Bentley 10 8 0 16 8 0 Southern N.H. 9 9 0 12 10 0 Merrimack 6 12 0 8 15 0 Assumption 5 13 0 7 16 0 Stonehill 4 14 0 7 16 0
NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Southern Conn. 15 2 0 21 2 0 New Haven 12 6 0 17 7 0 Le Moyne 11 7 0 14 10 0 St. Rose 9 9 0 12 12 0 American Int’l 6 10 0 9 14 0 Pace 4 13 0 6 17 0 Adelphi 2 14 0 4 18 0
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Bentley 18 0 0 23 0 0 Stonehill 13 5 0 16 6 0 Franklin Pierce 11 7 0 14 9 0 Assumption 10 8 0 14 9 0 Saint Anselm 9 9 0 13 10 0 Merrimack 7 11 0 11 12 0 Southern N.H. 5 13 0 7 16 0 St. Michael’s 2 16 0 3 19 0
NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall New Haven 12 5 0 18 5 0 Adelphi 11 7 0 16 8 0 Le Moyne 9 8 0 15 8 0 Southern Conn. 9 9 0 13 11 0 St. Rose 8 9 0 12 11 0 American Int’l 5 13 0 10 14 0 Pace 4 13 0 5 18 0
VOLLEYBALL NE-10 STANDINGS
School NE-10 Overall New Haven 14 0 0 28 5 0 St. Rose 11 3 0 19 5 0 Bentley 11 3 0 17 10 0 Adelphi 10 4 0 19 13 0 Franklin Pierce 9 5 0 14 9 0 Stonehill 9 5 0 18 14 0 Merrimack 9 5 0 17 15 0 American Int’l 8 6 0 14 16 0 Southern N.H. 7 7 0 12 12 0 Southern Conn. 5 9 0 17 13 0 St. Michael’s 4 10 0 12 12 0 Le Moyne 3 11 0 9 17 0 Assumption 3 11 0 6 17 0 Saint Anselm 2 12 0 7 20 0 Pace 0 14 0 4 26 0
HOCKEY NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Mercyhurst 15 4 4 Bentley 14 5 4 Connecticut 13 7 3 Airforce 13 7 3 Robert Morris 12 7 3 Canisius 10 9 2 Niagara 10 10 3 Rochester Inst. 9 13 2 Holy Cross 8 12 3 American Int’l 7 13 1 Sacred Heart 8 15 0 Army 3 16 0
Overall 17 10 5 16 9 4 18 8 4 16 9 4 12 13 3 10 14 2 11 15 3 10 14 4 9 16 3 8 18 1 9 19 0 3 20 0
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Jimmy Rindo continues to practice his forehand. BY emily ellis
Vanguard Staff Writer
The Bentley men’s and women’s tennis teams are gearing up for what should be a successful season. Both teams are headed by their new coach Rick Edelmann, who is hoping to use his experience coaching at Boston University to bring this program to victory. Not only does Edelmann bring 20 years of experience to Bentley, but he also brings the many awards he earned during his Division I tenure at BU, namely the 2010-11 America East Coach of the Year. He has also won Coach of the Year honors three times in his career as well. A proven coach paired with an experienced and determined Bentley program is shaping up for a very promising season. The Falcons started off the season in the fall with four blow-out wins and are looking to continue their undefeated seasons during the spring. Junior Alexander DeMuth shared his excitement regarding their team’s new coach, saying, “Rick Edelmann
is a great guy. He brings 20+ years of college coaching experience to Bentley University. This experience will help us once we start playing matches. In addition to his experience, Coach Edelmann really knows the game of tennis and is always working with us to improve our game. Also he brought in a new assistant coach, Mike Kopelman, who played for him at BU. They are both great coaches and they will definitely help us reach our goals.” Sophomore Catherine Gianino has set her expectations high this upcoming season as well. Gianino plans to “win a lot of matches and continue to grow as a team. We are a fairly young team having only one junior and the rest as underclassmen, so I think this will be a great season for us.” In order to reach such high expectations the men’s and women’s tennis teams have been putting in the work during their offseason. Gianino commented on the team’s work ethic, saying, “We are
Three track and field athletes were honored by the Northeas-10 this week. Freshman Eric Beckwith was named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week after throwing for a personal best 46 feet, 2.5 inches last weekend. The other two members to be recognized were grad student Amy Varsell and senior Ashley Nichols. Both had outstanding times in the distance races.
practicing on and off the court five to six days a week. We are playing as much as we can even if it’s late at night.” The men’s team is setting their sights on victory this season as well. DeMuth commented, “This spring we’re expecting to compete for the NE-10 title and a spot in the NCAA tournament. The conference is very strong this year, so we are going to need to peak once we start conference matches.” He continued to explain they plan on getting there with hard work and determination. “Since the day we got back from winter break we have been doing off court workouts in the Dana and hitting at an indoor tennis club in nearby. Tennis is a sport that requires a good balance of strength and endurance so we focus on those two things mostly.” Another way the team is working towards their goals is cross-training both on and off the court. DeMuth explains they work on lifting and other types of workouts in the gym which they feel will give them an advantage on the court. “The more fit our team can be will only benefit us and help us win come game day,” DeMuth believes. The women’s team also enlightened us on their winning attitude. Gianino exclaimed, “Every day we come to practice and try our hardest to get better – every time we step on the court”. Although Bentley competes as a team, tennis remains an individual sport. For this reason, we were also curious about individual goals for the season. Gianino hopes to “improve on [her] singles and doubles games. I’m working towards breaking my personal records.” She believes that
she can accomplish this as a part of a young and eager team who has set their goals on the end of year tournament. DeMuth opened up about his personal goals for the upcoming season as well. “Personally, I am hoping to build on my all-conference season that I had last year and contribute to the team in any way possible. Now that I am an upperclassman, I want to provide leadership to the team also.” While he is working hard as an individual, he made it clear that the team is his number one priority. DeMuth continued to share his team’s goals for the year, saying, “We are hoping to compete well and play our best. The goal is always to win the conference title and to make it to the NCAA tournament. Last year we suffered a tough loss in the semifinals of the NE-10 tournament to SNHU and missed NCAAs by one spot. We are using those two things as an extra motivator for playing well.” After such extensive offseason and pre-season
preparation, the Falcons are eager to take to the courts and let their hard work pay off. The men’s and women’s teams plan to prove themselves early and consistently throughout the spring season and plan to finish strong at the end of season tournament. When asked about overall feelings heading in to the season, DeMuth commented, “I am mostly feeling excited for the season to start. I love competing so I can’t wait to start matches. Our first one is at MIT, so we will be preparing for that all week. MIT always has a good team so it should be a good battle and a fun time.” With countless hours of preparation under their belt, the help of their new coach, good team chemistry and an overall a winning attitude, the men’s and women’s tennis teams are looking to make Bentley extremely proud this upcoming season. Their first matches are fast approaching, as the women begin on February 22nd and the men on February 26th, where they hope to get their first of many wins this year.
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Falcons hope off-season work will turn into championship success
Ludmilla Yamus is excited for the upcoming season.
FALCON OF THE WEEK MATT BLOMQUIST ICE HOCKEY
M. BLOMQUIST YeAR 2016 HOMETOWN
Bentley University sophomore defenseman Matt Blomquist has been named the Falcon of the Week after his outstanding performance over the weekend in a sweep of Army. He was also recognized as the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Co-Player of the Week. Blomquist helped the Falcons to the two wins with a teamhigh five points in the two games, coming on one goal and four assists. In Friday’s 6-1, series-opening win in West Point, he notched one goal and one assist. His goal at 8:02 of the second period tied the game 1-1, and catapulted Bentley to a five-goal period, with four of the goals coming in just 3:49 of game time. One night later Blomquist recorded three assists, all on power play goals, as Bentley completed the series sweep with a 5-4 win in overtime. Blomquist now has a 3-19-22 scoring line in 24 games. He’s 11th in Atlantic Hockey in assists, third in points among defensemen and fourth nationally in points per game among defensemen (0.92).
Bentley Vangaurd Issue of February 19, 2014