THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF BENTLEY UNIVERSITY SINCE 1963
THE VANGUARD VOLUME LVI ISSUE III
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
the Bentley builds Prospect Hill Only B.E.S.T at Project aims to enhance Waltham housing development NEWS EDITOR
Bentley University has become a key player in an initiative to create a Community Center within Waltham primarily for residents of Prospect Hill Terrace, utilizing an abandoned building at 44 Hansen Road. Receiving both a Community Block Grant and inspiring assistance from local organizations, the project is tenaciously moving forward to enhance Waltham’s largest housing development project. “The mission is to build a strong community within Prospect Hill and to establish the Prospect Hill Community Center, a community space dedicated to benefiting the residents of Waltham through enriching academic and life development programs,” said Jeannette MacInnes, Senior Associate Director of Service Learning. The program currently includes plans to provide af-
ter-school academic support and mentoring, English language classes, GED tutoring, computer training, a financial literacy program, healthy cooking classes and a variety of accommodations for demonstrated community needs.
The project received a Community Development Block Grant of $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant, according to government records, is intended to “provide communities with
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Bentley students help build a new $85,000 playground.
resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.” Bentley Professor Joan Atlas acted as the official applicant for the block grant, with support from Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy. “The Prospect Hill Community Center is really an extension or expansion of the successful model used at Chesterbrook Learning Center, a popular BSLC site that is a free after-school program for the children who live in the low-income Chesterbrook Gardens public housing development,” said Professor Atlas. “That program has been in existence for about 15 years and obtained tax-exempt status and achieved financial stability about 7 years ago.” In addition, Dr. Jonathan White, Director of the Bentley Service Learning Center, obtained a $25,000 grant from the Alice Willard Dorr Foundation and other smaller SEE PROSPECT HILL, PAGE 6
Class of 2014 is excited for the Bahamas 500 seniors pay first $200 deposit in less than 10 hours BY JEFF BREAULT EDITOR IN CHIEF
Registration for the Class of 2014 Commencement Week events went live on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. and in less than 10 hours, all 500 available seats on the chartered planes were reserved. Nicole Chabot-Wieferich, Director of Student Activities, explained that the quick rate of registration was “unexpected.” To register, seniors were required to pay a $200 non-refundable deposit through MyBentley. In total, Commencement Week costs the graduates $1400. Members of the Class of 2014 who were not one of the first 500 to register for Commencement Week should not panic.
For students who are committed to attending the trip, the Office of Student Activities has created a waitlist. Students can sign up for the waitlist without paying the deposit. Once additional flight details are arranged, the students on the waitlist will be notified of the arrangement and will have the option of making the deposit at that time. Registration for the waitlist is available on MyBentley (“Register for Events” Commencement Week 2014: Additional Flight Option) until October 31, 2013. “Our goal is to have everyone who is interested in attending the trip to have the opportunity to do so,” said Chabot-Wieferich, “however, we first have to confirm that additional flight options are available.” The Office of Student Activities
changed the registration process this year in an effort to streamline the process for students. This year, students were required to pay the first deposit when registering. In the past, there was a pre-registration period that required no deposit. Chabot-Wieferich explained that the old pre-registration period made
the process more complicated for the university and students. The payment structure was also altered this year. The total payment was divided into three deposits instead of two to make it easier for seniors to finance the trip. The next deposit of $400 is due between November 1, 2013 and December 2, 2013.
The Bentley Essential Studio Team reaches out to nonprofits BY Michaela Stephenson VANGUARD STAFF WRITER
Due to a generous grant from the Bentley Service Learning Center and the vision of Professor Michael Goldberg, starting this semester, students may now experience the Bentley Essential Studio Team (B.E.S.T.). Professor Goldberg brings B.E.S.T to Bentley after successfully running the program for five years at the New England Institute of Art. He calls the program a “collaborative effort” between students, faculty and clients. This unique experience involves working with non-profit organizations in several areas of the business process, providing services tailored to client needs. B.E.S.T. assesses these needs and carries out the processes in relevant classes. It acts as a full in-house creative design operation, with all services besides printing provided for free. Professor Jonathan White, director of the Bentley Service Learning Center, saw B.E.S.T. as an opportunity to better the community. According to Goldberg, the program “will help fill a major need for many non-profits who either don’t have the resources or the time to produce first-rate materials,” which help them to “move their important work forward.” Goldberg goes further to explain that “all put together, B.E.S.T. will be an example of the power of service-learning and will add greatly to the work that the Bentley Service SEE B.E.S.T., PAGE 6
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This week we question Bentley’s smoking policy and call for action.
Betsy Myers addresses alumnae about issues regarding women in business.
Bentley Microfinance Group’s journal is the only of its kind in the world.
CAMPUS LIFE 7
OCTOBER 3, 2013
THE VANGUARD 50th EDITORIAL BOARD Bentley University, Waltham, MA 02452
Editor-In-Chief Managing Editor General Manager
Jeff Breault ‘14 Lindsay Beauregard ‘14 Brian Fuerst ‘14
Nathan Marchand ‘14
Lacey Nemergut ‘14
Campus Life Editor Features Editor Sports Editor Business Editor Photography Editor
zack O’malley ‘14 Vacant Matt gustus ‘14 jasper huang ‘15 melisa kocarslan ‘16
Director of Production and Layout
meagan kalpokis ‘15
Director of Advertising
kevin laryea ‘15
Director of Online Services adviser Journalism AdvisEr
vicky lin ‘15 Nicole Chabot-Wieferich Director, Student Activities George Donnelly Executive Editor, Boston business journal
Editorial CAMPUS EVENTS
Three events you don’t want to miss
1 2 3 Parents and Family Weekend
Day: Friday-Sunday Time: Daily schedule available online Host: Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends
An unforgettable weekend of events and programming designed specifically for Bentley students, parents and family members.
Redline A Cappella Dinner Show
Day: Sunday Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: Bentley Host: Campus Activities Board
CAB Sports and Recreation is hosting a color run at Bentley! The run will be 1.5 miles and runners will be covered in color as they run! Register on MyBentley.
Day: Wednesday Time: 5:30 p.m. (Doors) Location: EDR Host: Bowles Performing Arts Series
Formed in October 2007, Redline is made up of local guys who love to sing! Show features an opening by Bentley’s own a cappella group, Off the Clock! Tickets are $15.
Editor’s pick Garba Night Day: Friday Time: 7:00 p.m. LocAtion: Back Bay Host: South Asian Student Association
Staff Writers Alex Delong ‘15, Emily Ellis ’15, Billy Fitzhenry ’15, Ian Giancursio ‘15, SEAN Harrington ‘14, Sai He ‘16, Jess hughes ‘14, Meghan Ryan ‘14, BRIAN SHEA ‘14, michalea stephenson ‘15 Columnists JULIE DELONGCHAMP ‘15, ANGELA HARt ‘14, Moussa Hassoun ‘14, KEVIN LARYEA ‘15, JoN MIKSIS ‘16 Production AssistantS Sarah egner ‘17, Brendan Gerety ‘17, JUlie Keedy ‘16, Amos Page ‘16 Courtesy of Parita Amin
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Garba is an Indian dance form that originated in the Gujrat region. The dance form is a staged mock-fight between two gods and is nicknamed the sword dance. During Bentley garba, you will have the chance to be a part of this energetic dance form where you will utilize various dance rhythms and colorful dresses to honor the Goddess Durga.
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Clearing the smoke: A challenge to CP and SGA How many times have you walked through the entrance of a campus building and been overwhelmed by the smell of cigarette smoke? How many areas do you avoid during your walking commute so that you don’t inhale careless smokers’ secondhand smoke? Have you ever thought, “How come no one enforces the smoking policy on campus?” Signs are posted on every building stating that smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of a building. Enough is enough with the careless neglect of enforcing the smoking policy on the Bentley campus. Are people bad at judging distances? The answer is no. Students and staff alike have recognized that this rule is not enforced by any office and have become accustomed to breaking it in their daily routine. It is against the law to smoke in an outdoor space that allows smoke to migrate into an indoor space. The law provides for fines ranging from $100 to $300 for violations. The university handbook states, “All members of the Bentley community are expected to assist with enforcement of this policy by informing any person smoking in non-designated outdoor smoking areas that smoking is in violation of Bentley
policy, and requesting that the person extinguish his/her tobacco product. Persons who refuse to do so should be asked to leave Bentley property.” We find this wildly absurd that all members of the community are expected to enforce this policy. This statement in the handbook is suggesting that even a student is responsible for informing a fellow student that he/she is violating the policy and if the smoker refuses to stop the nonsmoker should ask him/her to leave the campus. Really? This is an unrealistic and unfair expectation for students in the Bentley community.
Students should not be given the responsibility to enforce policies. Campus Police needs to start patrolling popular smoking destinations and writing citations for those who violate the smoking policy. The Student Affairs Office, which is responsible for enforcing the policy through the judicial process, also needs to take a more active role enforcing this policy. Perhaps these careless smokers are just misinformed.
The handbook also states, “Outdoor smoking areas will be established and communicated to all faculty, staff, students and visitors. These designated areas will be at least 25 feet from buildings” and “Outdoor ashtrays will be located at least 25 feet from building entrances.” How many clearly designated smoking areas are you aware of on campus? Have you ever been told where the designated smoking areas are? Do you see ashtrays 25 feet from building entrances? While the question of who is to blame for allowing bystanders to breathe cancercausing smoke is a mystery, we challenge the Student Government Association to eliminate the problem all together. Create a smokefree campus here at Bentley. Plenty of other universities in the Commonwealth have enacted smoke-free policies, including Harvard Medical School, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Northeastern, UMass Amherst and Wentworth Institute of Technology. If these schools can enact policies to create a smoke-free campus, we believe that Bentley can succeed at enacting a similar SEE SMOKING, PAGE 4
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What are you looking forward to this year? I think all seniors would agree when I say I am looking forward to our Bahamas trip in the spring! However, what I am looking forward to the most is enjoying my last basketball season as a Bentley Falcon. What are your plans for the future? I would love to continue playing basketball overseas after graduation since there are more opportunities to play professional basketball internationally than
What is your favorite event on campus? My favorite events on campus are definitely all of the sporting events. Although I am biased towards the basketball games, I love going to watch all of the different sports that Bentley has. I also love all the cool giveaways at the games! I am definitely a Bentley Superfan! What are your goals for this year? On the court, my goal for this year is to win a National Championship with my team. Off the court, my goals are to enjoy the time I have left as a Bentley student and not to stress about the little things. What can Bentley do to help you with this year? Get lots of fans to come to our basketball games and support our team!!! (See the first goal above!) How are you feeling about graduation? Looking ahead to graduation is bittersweet. Although I am excited for my future and the
new journeys, it is sad to think about how quickly these 4 years at Bentley have gone by and all the great memories I have as a student here. I definitely am not wishing graduation to come anytime soon, I really want to enjoy every moment of my senior year! Advice to seniors/ words of wisdom: My advice would be to not worry about the future if you are not certain about what you want to do after graduation. We have the rest of our lives to work and find our passion. Keep as many doors open as you can, try different things and pursue the path that is going to make you the most happy in life. Everything will fall into place if it is meant to be. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Bentley? Life is about balance. That is one lesson I learned as a student-athlete and I will apply it to the rest of my life. Too much of something is never a good thing. My 4 years at Bentley were about finding a healthy balance between athletics, academics and my social life so that I could look back after graduation with no regrets.
STUDENT CONDUCT SUMMARY September 24 - October 2 18 Total Number of Cases 27 Total Number of Individuals Involved 0 Individuals Dismissed from Responsibility 25 Individuals Admitting Responsibility 2 Number of individuals found responsible by Conduct Board 19 Number of educational sanctions given 0 Number of Work Sanctions 0 Number of Parental Notifications $150 Cash total of fines given 8 Number of students given a Verbal Warning 16 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) Number of individuals expelled Provided by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: In Fall 2012, 12.5 percent of Bentley students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function. If you are worried about depression, you are not alone. Help is available at the Counseling Center and the Health Center. Learn more at National Depression Screening Day, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lower Café.
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Please Do Stop the Music informed the dispatcher that An officer responded to some students had tied a the world-famous Miller Hall rope between two trees and for a report of a raucous were attempting to do their rager coming from a rockin’ best Nik Wallenda impresroom. Originally, when the sions (If you don’t know RA got there, Nik, look him the everup… but N U I V Y E E R L S T so-fresh not if you I TY BEN men reare afraid fused to of heights open the slash have door. The a general RA called disdain for the police men who for backwear blue VE AND INFO R up. jeans durE S W h e n ing semithe officer athletic got there, e n deavors.) THE D VAN GU AR he discovered While the ofthat there were no ficers prevented students in the room any broken bones, they and that music was actu- single-handedly shattered ally playing. As it turns out, Bentley’s first intramural the officer arrived right after gymnastics program—unthe start of October, which less, of course, you count we ALL know as Blackout keg stands and sobriety Month! By then, the stu- tests. dents had shut off all the lights, turned off all the mu- Unlocked sic and gone into hibernaUniversity Police retion mode. Well done, fresh- sponded to the Blue Line men. You’re #paratus. to unlock the facility for the Chamber Ensemble DirecShocking Development tor. In other news, Bentley on Beaver Street has a Chamber Ensemble. Last Wednesday, an RA alerted an officer about an Under Cover issue with the lights in StratVery late last Wednesday ton House. In other news, night, University Police were Stratton House is a thing. summoned to Forest Hall for a report of a suspicious perNo Electreecity son. Officers responded to On that one awkward the dormitory and found the day sandwiched between person described by the reMonday and the weekend, porting party. As it turns out, Bentley Police were notified the suspicious person was of a power outage in Trees. not only a tuition-paying Now, many would credit this Bentley student, but also a to our smart, nimble, can’t- former student-worker for quite-hold-their-alcohol-yet- the Bentley University Police ish freshmen participating Force. Needless to say, the in the Blackout Challenge. responding officer cleared That would be baller… but it without issue. happened last week, so that While we have literally ain’t the case. Here’s the nothing to back this up (but, real reason – they thought let’s be honest, when has the terrific trio from Wind- that ever stopped us from spark was coming to switch coming to grandiose conus to turbine-based power. clusions?), these reportWell, that didn’t wind up ers firmly believe that this happening, so, as usual, the “suspicious person” was freshmen were powerless. actually going rogue for the C’est la vie. FBI- University Division. We conjecture that he was on a Gotta Cut Back Some- mission in Forest Hall to inwhere vestigate what are thought For about the millionth by the feds to be “cruel time in the past month, and unusual” living condiBentley Police were re- tions—8 students crammed cently called upon to open into a space marginally the President’s House. Glo- larger than a chicken coop. ria, you have to remember It’s too bad the government to bring your ID with you had to shut down, or the whenever you leave the feds would have been able house! Otherwise, you can’t to shut that prison down get back in! #FreshmanMis- just like they did Guantanatake mo Bay… oh wait… All About Balance Last Friday afternoon, at approximately 4:21, University Police were called to the area of Dovecote (by the way… what in the name of Miley Cyrus’ upper thighs is Dovecote? Is that a thing?) for a report of some hooligans, well, monkeying around. A staff member had
What are you involved in at Bentley? I am the captain of the Women’s Basketball Team and also a member of the Falcon Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and Bentley Honor Society.
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Freshman Puke Count One. One puker. That’s it. Never have we seen such a well-behaved group of youngsters. These freshmen mean business. Keep it up, kiddos! BY sEAN hARRINGTON & bRIAN sHEA the vanguard stAFF
OCTOBER 3, 2013
Deichmann to lead trip to Balkans BY Lacey nemergut News Editor
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policy. It is time for Bentley to create a healthier environment for all students, faculty and staff. People who are forced to inhale secondhand smoke are victims. The Bentley campus should be a safe place for people to live and learn. The Student Government Association can bring about a positive change on this
for students to pursue their own interests,” said Professor Deichmann. “The rule of thumb is two group activities per day (one in the morning, one in the afternoon), with free time in the evenings.” The trip this year offers a unique insight into the country of Serbia. Students are provided with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and converse with Serbian students, gaining a fresh insight on first-hand experience throughout their parents’ ordeal through the civil war and economic prospects. S:10”
Bentley has often impressed the collegiate community with its unique opportunities for short term trips abroad, but in this instance, it’s extended the realm of possibilities. This year’s May intensive offering, “Case Studies in Transforming Economies of Europe,” presents a unique collaboration between Professor Joel Deichmann and eager student, Shivam Senjalia. The team began work for the trip in 2012, following Professor Deichmann’s long-standing history with the Balkan course, dating back to 2007. The two co-authored a scholarly article entitled Public Perceptions of Political and economic Transformation in Croatia and BIH: A Pilot Study, published in the Regional Science Inquiry in 2013 and supported by Shivam’s Valente Center Student Research assistant grant. “Recognizing from working with Shivam on our co-authored project that he is an exceptional student, passionate about the Balkans and one who is extraordinarily eager to explore and learn, I asked him to take a student-leadership role in the 2013 course offering as well,” said Professor Deichmann. “Knowing “the basics” of how my STPs are run from the previous year, Shivam was instru-
mental in assisting with our rather large group of 15.” Professor Deichmann initiated this class under the title “Transforming Economies of Europe” beginning in 2001, escorting students to the Czech Republic and nearby nations. The course at this time focused on the transition economies of Yugoslavia, caused in part by the country’s civil war between 1992 and 1995. “We try to balance government visits, company visits, university lectures, cultural/historical activities and free time
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The trip this year offers a unique insight into the country of Serbia.
campus by using its authority as a governing organization to make the recommendation for a smoke-free campus to the University administration. So let’s start to clear the smoke. Begin holding violators responsible by enforcing the smoking policy. Create a healthier environment for victims of secondhand smoke; Begin the process of making the Bentley campus completely smoke-free.
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The Smoking Policy, as found in the student handbook, states that smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of buildings and that ashtrays will be placed at least 25 feet from building entrances. Above are just a few examples of the blatant violations of the university’s own policy.
OCTOBER 3, 2013
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THIS WEEK IN BENTLEY HISTORY
Harry C. Bentley
There are so many reasons to celebrate Bentley this year. The Class of 2017 marks a milestone as Bentley’s centennial class. The Vanguard continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary as the official student newspaper on the Bentley campus. This semester we will be sharing noteworthy stories about Bentley’s past from the archives of The Vanguard.
28 Years ago this week Originally Published October 10, 1985
Freshman class gets computers By Marc Crespi In an attempt to keep Bentley Freshmen ahead in the world of business technology, a program was undertaken this year in which all incoming freshmen were given a microcomputer system. The package consisted of the Hewlett-Packard portable plus, a Hewlett-Packard 9114 portable disk drive, and a Hewlett-Packard Think-Jet printer. Each freshman was given his or her own computer and disk drive and each room was given a printer. All of the equipment runs on batteries that can be recharged by simply plugging it into a wall socket. This is not the first time this was tried. Last year, 150 freshmen students were given a similar machine, the HewlettPackard portable, in an attempt to see if the computers were an aid. In an interview with Dr. Chand, the head of the computer department at Bentley, he stated that “The freshmen with the computer found the flexibility to work at any hour.” There was no academic study done to show whether the computer owners fared any better in respect to
grades, but the project relied on random feedback. The majority of the freshmen stated that having their own computer was preferable to going to the Hewlett-Packard lab. Because of the practice of making the freshmen use the computer in all of their classes in some way, there was some concern as to the problem of predominantly freshmen classes that contained some sophomores. Rather than making the sophomores exempt from the assignments that involve the computer, the sophomores are expected to go to the Hewlett-Packard lab. There are some minor differences in the Hewlett-Packard 150, which is in the lab, and the freshmen computers. However, Dr. Chand stated, “Every lecture is designed with the subtle differences between the portable plus and the 150 in mind.” He also said that the sophomore reaction at first was one of concern but in recent weeks that attitude has significantly changed. But why the Hewlett-Packard portable? The reason is because it is the most compatible machine with the machines in the lab. Also,
it is a very powerful machine and relatively easy to use anywhere. The freshmen do not actually own their machines, but rather they rent them for a cost of $250 per semester. There is not, as of yet, any way for the freshmen to purchase the machine. Dr. Chand attirbutes this to a couple of factors. First of all, not enough is known about the project’s success yet. And secondly, and more important is that Bentley does not want to freeze students in a world of fastpaced technology. A machine purchased now may be nearly obsolete in four years. This helps to keep the students options open. It is expected that the project will be maintained next year. There are a few questions though. Is the Hewlett-Packard the right machine for the project? Is renting the computer the best form of ownership for the students? And if it is, should students be allowed to rent the machine for more than just one year? Regardless of the minor details, Dr. Chand summer up the project by saying “A computer is a productivity tool. You should use it to exploit the learning process.”
39 Years ago this week
Originally published October 10, 1974
New Cheerleaders Chosen For the first time in its history, Bentley College held try-outs for the cheering squad. Freshmen might think this is not a big event for Bentley at all, but if one was to mention to a graduate that because of excess girls, try-outs were necessary, the response would be one of disbelief. From approximately twenty girls who tried out, the judges, who were Daryl Leonard, Taffy Goldberg, Coach Sevene, Dean Ronan, Dean Walton, Julie Butter, and Roslyn Lueders, had to choose ten. The competition was tough, as the majority of the girls were ex-cheerleaders, so the judges definitely had their work cut out for them. After tallying scores, the judges came up with the following squad: Lynn Day, Pamela Downing, Linda Lighthall, Karen Mousette, Carlene O’Brien, Heather Parsons, Joanna Piccerillo, Karen Poulson, Marie
Quatropanni and Janice Stivali. The co-captains, chosen by the girls on the quad, are Linda Lighthall and Carlene O’Brien. Another addition to cheerleading this year is Taffy Goldberg. She will head the coaching of the squad throughout the year, while Daryl Leonard takes care of all the other angles. Taffy has had much experience with
cheerleading, as she was both a member (captain) and coach of the squad at Nasson College. In short, with the enthusiasm of both Taffy and Daryl and the girls on the squad, along with the much needed support from the fans, this year’s athletes will not go unnoticed. The girls plan to cheer for football, soccer, hockey and basketball.
Cheerleaders at the tryouts in 1974.
This map shows the Bentley campus in 1984.
44 Years ago this week Originally Published October 7, 1969
In case you haven’t already noticed, the names of our beloved dormitories have been changed from simple, easy to understand letters, to complex, hard to remember, names of trees. It is not that one wouldn’t enjoy living in trees, it’s just that one doesn’t expect to see beds and desks and classbooks [sic] in them. One always pictured oneself lying in a beautiful birch tree with my favorite… Another aspect that some avid dormitory name readers may have missed is that the
first three dormitory names are “Alder,” “Birch,” and “Cedar,” which would mean that the names of the dorms would comply with their alphabetical brothers; Right?? Wrong! Someone with a nimble brain couldn’t find a tree that began with the letter D (Dogwood), and let the rest of the timber fall where they may. All you squirrels be happy in your little nests and don’t bite off more wood than you can chew. The remaining four dorms, in order, are entitled “Elm,” “Maple,” “Oak,” and “Spruce.”
Cool School Filmed Here A professional film-making crew spent four days on the Bentley College campus the week of September 28 filming scenes for a sound motion picture being produced for the National Electric Contractors Association. The 12-15 minute full-color sound movie, which will be entitled “The Cool School,” will seek to show that an advanced statement in electrical technology can produce schools with an environment that is responsive to student learning needs. The movie is being made under NECA supervision and produced by RFG Associates, Inc. of Hollywood.
Bentley, the only college to be featured in the film, was selected on the basis of its strong electrical technology and architectural attractiveness. While on the Bentley campus, the film crew took both interior and exterior scenes, including classroom, library, lecture, and dining hall situation. The shoot included both still and motion pictures. Audiences for the film which will be made available to all NECA chapters on a national basis, will be professional design groups, local school boards, ParentTeacher organizations, and other groups with an interest in school construction.
OCTOBER 3, 2013
The project also showcased a burgeoning partnership CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 in the community with University. grants have also been brought Brandeis in to help fund this initiative. “One of the most exciting Bentley alumnus Mackenzy pieces of the work we are doing Bernadeau, a guard for the in Prospect Hill, is that it has Dallas Cowboys of the National helped us to establish a strong Football League, has made key partnership with Brandeis in appearances during the project. our community work,” said “Our main reason for Dr. White. “For months, key contacting Mackenzy was for members from the Bentley Center, the leadership, mentoring and Service-Learning hope we knew he could give to Brandeis, the city of Waltham kids in this low-income housing and Prospect Hill have been development,” said MacInnes. meeting and collaborating “For them to get to know in true partnership on this Mackenzy - hear about his own project. We believe that this childhood in Prospect Hill – hear will be a springboard for further that he graduated from Bentley collaborations of this sort with University – and to know that he Brandeis in the coming years.” is now a big star playing for the Prospect Hill is now a Dallas Cowboys is extremely popular option for Bentley inspirational for them.” students interested in civic through the Recently, Bentley teamed engagement program. up with UnitedHealthcare service-learning employees, the New England “Since we know that this type Patriots Charitable Foundation, of service-learning approach to the New England Revolution the curriculum yields powerful Charitable Foundation, results for students’ academic Brandeis University and the outcomes and sense of longWaltham Housing Authority term civic responsibility, we are to successfully build a new tremendously excited for the $85,000, 2,576 square- impact that service-learning foot playground, complete experiences at Prospect Hill with a spiral slide, monorail will have on our students,” and rock-climber. These said Dr. White. “There is a organizations worked through great deal that we are doing KaBOOM, a national nonprofit here that we suspect will be organization whose mission is looked toward as a national to enhance childhood through model. One of the exciting constructed playgrounds. pieces is the two universities “To be honest, I was most struck (Bentley and Brandeis) townby the level of commitment that gown partnership we have Bentley students showed,” said created. It is exciting to have Bentley student and Bentley Bentley, Brandeis, the town Service-Learning Center of Waltham and the Prospect Student Program Coordinator Hill residents working together Brian Shea. “I often hear people toward a common goal.” say ‘yeah, we’re business The initiative is currently students’ as if to say that we creating a Board of Directors, Foundation for a can’t rely on Bentley students the to help the local community. Better Waltham, who will That Tuesday, nothing could continue with the long-term be further from the truth. An prospects of the process. incredible amount of students, “This is a program that including dozens who aren’t absolutely will continue to grow, involved in Service-Learning, expand and innovate through came during their free blocks the great skill of our students, to help in any way they could. the great skill of Prospect Hill That struck me as the most residents and the tremendous amazing thing—people giving support of the City of Waltham,” up whatever free time they had said Dr. White. “We couldn’t to spread mulch, pour concrete, be more proud of our students build picnic tables and construct and more excited about this playground equipment.” initiative.”
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Learning Center is accomplishing in the community.” For Bentley students, B.E.S.T. means a chance to apply concepts in the classroom to real-world instances. Students receive internshiplike experience without leaving the classroom. While Professor White applauds the program’s volunteer services, he also acknowledges the opportunity for bettering the student as well. “Bentley students will gain deeply valuable experience, through their academic courses, in applying the skills they are learning in class and using these skills to fill the realworld needs of non-profits,”
said Professor White. Right now, B.E.S.T. is working with just one client in two IDCC classes, but is looking to expand its client base as the program grows. The hope is that the services will span all departments, utilizing those interested faculty members and creating a network of resources. “It will be a win-win-win,” said Professor White. “Students will have an incredible experience and gain valuable applied skills, faculty who participate will be rewarded by the heightened interest and commitment of their students and the nonprofits we are partnering with will gain valuable assistance in their ability to reach out to stakeholders.”
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Success: No longer a male-only domain
Betsy Myers speaks at many events advocating women. BY ZACK O’MALLEY CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
“There’s a lot that goes into being a successful woman,” this was just one of the emotionally charged messages Betsy Myers had for her audience of Bentley alumni on September 25. Myers, recently appointed Founding Director of the Bentley Center for Women & Business in 2011, spoke at the Executive Dining Room in LaCava on a number of current issues affecting women in business
today. The event garnered a large turnout with more than 80 alumni members, mostly female, in attendance. The EDR was dressed as professionally as its guests with an array of food and full bar furnished by Sodexo. During the first half hour, the former Falcons enjoyed a mingling period, where they could catch up with former classmates or network with other successful alums. In a set-up reminiscent of a day-time talk show, Betsy Myers was interviewed for the
following hour with a docket almost entirely compromised of questions from members of the audience that evening. But Betsy wasn’t about to let those questions dictate whether she was going to make the points she came that evening to make. She spoke on her experience as the Senior Adviser on Women for the Clinton administration, as well as her tenure as the chief operating officer (COO) for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. It goes without saying then that her resume was more than adequate to garner the attention of our own commander in chief, Gloria Larson who wanted to develop a resource at Bentley for the growing number of issues facing women in professional spaces. “And Gloria told me, there’s still only 10 to 15 percent of women in c-suites… we’re still talking about the same issues we were in the 70s.” Together, they established the Center for Women & Business. When asked to explain what the center was about, Myers broke down the organization’s goals into two categories: the Corporations and the Students. The Center has begun the twofront assault by working with corporations in creating work environments more conducive
to the success and advancement of women in the arena of corporate culture. Simultaneously, Myers notes, the newly minted organization is working with students to help them fit into that customized environment quickly and easily. “To be more successful,” says Myers, “millennials need to be ready for the workplace. And that means, at least in part, being less reliant on technology and more on interpersonal skills.” As the interview progressed the Founding Director looked more and more relaxed, clearly in her element talking about the changes that needed to be made, unflinchingly unapologetic. Notably, she addressed the need to “engage men in the conversation”, cleverly reasoning that for the movement to gain any traction support must first come from the top, an area so often dominated by men. But this is not always the case, as demonstrated by women at the top of their fields such as Yahoo President and CEO Marisa Mayer and Google COO Sheryl Sandberg. Mayer has recently become the center of a controversy surrounding her changing the company’s policy of allowing employees to work from home. Having just given birth to a son herself, Mayer then built a nursery next to her of-
BY jess hughes
vanguard staff writer
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With the fall semester already in full swing, it is already almost time for this year’s Parent’s and Family Weekend! Between this Friday, October 4 and Sunday the 6, there will be a wide range of activities occurring on campus welcoming parents and friends of our Bentley community. The Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends already has a long list of attendees, which is comprised of many families, parents of students in various years and even alumni who graduated in the 70s and 80s. Needless
to say, this weekend is going to be hopping here at Bentley and surely a great time, but what exactly will it consist of? As indicated, there are many things planned, starting as early as Friday afternoon. Saturday features some campus classics, such as breakfast “A la carte” in multiple locations, as well as the trolley running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “I love the trolleys. We should have parents come and drive the trolleys for us every weekend,” said Class of 2014 President, Brian Shea. For family members and friends that may want more of an inside look at what their fa-
This weekend will feature multiple sports games and trolleys.
vorite Bentley student is up to this year, there will also be multiple classroom sessions in Smith covering many aspects of our academics. For those who may be seeking more action, there are numerous sporting events that will be taking place as well. On Saturday, the women’s soccer team will be playing, as well as the football team. On Sunday, the field hockey team takes on Dowling College. “I am most excited for the football game on Saturday because as a cheerleader and someone who is trying to raise school spirit, it’s more exciting when there’s a full crowd. Besides Homecoming weekend, Parent’s Weekend brings the most people to the game” stated senior, Thomas Diorio. A recent addition to Parent’s Weekend that is sure to draw in the crowds is the dessert reception that will be taking place on Saturday. This event will be held on the first floor of LaCava and will consist of an arrangement of desserts, coffees and teas, as well as an opportunity to converse with some of the faculty and staff members involved with the first-year student seminars. Even if you did not have plans to host visitors or participate in this year’s Parent’s and Family weekend, the forecasted events are worth checking out even with just roommates or friends.
Fear fear, parents are here!
fice, further frustrating other mothers employed at Yahoo. When asked for her opinion on the controversy, Myers had this to say, “I’m going to give [Mayer] the benefit of the doubt. I’m going to respect her role as CEO. But if you’re asking us to come into the office and you’re going to turn [the] office into a nursery…I’m not sure about that.” While critical, Myers empathized with the Yahoo CEO given her probable motive for the policy change and her current celebrity status. In an empowering moment, she concludes her talk when she responds to a pertinent question: What does having it all mean? With the heads of alumni nodding in approval and empathy, Myers explains the delicate balance that is the life of a woman in the corporate world. “You can’t have it all, because you don’t want it all,” she explained as she detailed the sacrifices she made while involved in the President’s first campaign. She acknowledged that her devotion to her work, caused other areas in her life to suffer from neglect. And while a balance can be achieved, certain sacrifices must be still be made to enjoy one’s success. “You have to make that conscious decision that something has to go.”
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Fall forecast (for television)
Falcons share their thoughts.
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GREESHMA RAJEEV ‘16 MaJOR: Managerial economics MINOR: cis
One Tree Hill, because I’m all over the place and my best friend rocks.
Robin Williams stars in a new comedy called The Crazy Ones. BY meghan ryan
Vanguard Staff Writer
Atish patel ‘17 MaJOR: economicsfinance
I’d say Friends, but I don’t have any.
Veronica chung ‘17 MaJOR: marketing
I think I would fit into New Girl beacuase my friends match up with the characters perfectly.
manny adediran ‘16 MaJOR: Cfa MINOR: cis
I would fit into Breaking Bad because it’s almost as popular as me.
In between papers, midterms and presentations, fall can fly by in a wind whirl. In the midst of all this busyness, it is important to make the most of your fall free time. That’s why The Vanguard will let you know all of the television productions that are worth tuning into and which are better off skipped. Agents of Shield is the fun, action-packed and alluring production that audiences have hoped for from Joss Whedon in his return to television. The pilot brings a group of fast-talking, somewhat-super-powered, socially awkward heroes together to restore peace and justice in a post-Avengers world. The optimism in the show is remarkably appealing in a genre that’s made up of many angsty and clinically depressed heroes. There is a reason the show broke so many viewership records with its pilot last week. Verdict—watch it, you won’t regret it. Trophy Wife – ABC is clearly trying to create Modern Family 2.0 with this new comedy starring Malin Ackerman as the titular trophy wife. It doesn’t quite pull it off—Modern Family has a collective team of superstars, whereas Trophy Wife is struggling to find its synergy in these early episodes. The program isn’t
fantastic, but neither is it offensive, as some of the other new programs of the season are. Verdict—not worth changing the channel for, it’s good enough as background noise for now. The Goldbergs has been compared to The Wonder Years—with its look back on an older decade from the perspective of a young boy using first person narration. However, The Goldbergs is the polar opposite The Wonder Years. This means that any hope you may have for a program featuring a family-oriented nostalgic look back at the decade before our birth is effectively quashed. Instead, the show features crass jokes, ugly sweaters and stereotypical humor about women and the elderly. Verdict—watch The Wonder Years instead to fill your nostalgia fix. Or Everybody Hates Chris or That ‘70s Show. Lucky 7 takes on the question “what happens when Joe Schmoe wins the lottery?” Prior to airing this program, ABC ran a 20/20 special on an individual who did have this kind of luck. The particular individual in the documentary didn’t survive the experience; hopefully the television program Lucky 7 has better luck. The characters—the criminal, the good guy, the single mom, are clichés, but hopefully ABC will be able to pull off the original new action-packed drama.
Verdict—keep an eye out, with luck it could improve to be the compelling drama network television has been hoping for. The Crazy Ones-Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar are surprisingly believable as a goofy dad/straight-laced daughter executive team in an advertising agency. There is something troubling about the fact that it is a comedy without any laugh-out-loud moments, especially because of all of the star power behind the program. However, the cast as a whole is appealing and the addition of Kelly Clarkson making a cameo in the pilot provided much needed levity. There are many directions this program can go—should it survive its initial lethargy. Verdict—you’d be crazy not to tune in, especially at a business school—the advertising agency part of it is especially interesting. The Michael J. Fox Show – Michael J. Fox is beloved by most of America, as is his character in the new NBC program. The pilot is made up pretty much of jokes about how much of a hero he is— and how annoying that is to both himself and his fictional character’s family. It is amusing in an uncomfortable way (you wonder, how much does art imitate reality?), but that alone is not enough to stretch the show out for another few seasons. Michael J. Fox will have to remind America of why his acting chops initially endeared him to audiences. Verdict—watch at least the pilot, Fox and the rest of the cast (including Betsy Brandt of Breaking Bad fame), are very funny for this episode at least. There are many other new programs out this season that The Vanguard hasn’t been able to review yet for this season, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dads, Moms, Sean Saves the World, Super Fun Night, etc., that all hold potential. However, the task now falls to you this autumn, to grab your pumpkin spiced latte, bundle up in a sweater and fall into fall television.
andrew waddington ‘14 MaJOR: marketing MINOR: law
I would be on Hung ‘cause I relate to it the most.
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Joss Whedon’s Agents of Shield features the adventures of a group of socially awkward heroes.
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BY Jasper huang Business editor
At some point during your collegiate career at Bentley, chances are you’ve heard of the Bentley Microfinance Group (BMG), one of the largest and most influential business organizations on campus. The group “provides micro-loans to Boston area small business owners and entrepreneurs” with rates and maturities being customized to each specific case. Just two weeks ago, BMG published their first ever edition of the Bentley Microfinance Review – the only undergraduate microfinance journal in the world. According to Michael Mazmanian, the organization’s EVP of External Relations, the Review came into existence with “the rationale being that as one of the premier collegiate microfinance organizations in the country, students deserved the opportunity to publish their findings in a professional forum.” Aside from being the only undergraduate Microfinance journal in the world, the Review is unique in that it has been “man-
aged exclusively by students since its inception.” According to a BMG press release regarding the journal. In mid-2012, the Review was conceived by Roy ‘Chip’ Wiggins, the Dean of Business here at Bentley. Through the past 15 months from conception to fully fledge product, the Microfinance Group has worked diligently to make the Review a reality, from monthly budget forecasting and marketing to copyrighting. Michael Mazmanian told the Vanguard in an interview that “the journal has truly been a collective effort of so many faculty, staff and students at Bentley.” The inaugural edition of the Bentley Microfinance Review includes five articles – four of which are written by students at Bentley and one by Dr. Diane Kellogg on the Ghana Project. According to an interview with the BMG, all articles are screened and go through a rigorously competitive editorial process. “We sourced articles from the honors program, EXPOS classes, the BMG and the Ghana Project – all of which gave students a great learning
opportunity” “Logistically, we have a very detailed plan which we have been executing since last summer. This ranges all the way from legal, publishing, printing, article sourcing, marketing and funding. We have done our due diligence and research in making this entire project a reality,” said Mazmanian. With the BMG being a business that manages $125,000 in loan funds that are loaned out to small businesses that cannot get funds from banks, credit unions, family, etc., they are constantly looking for new students with dedication, commitment and a high level of interest in microfinance. In his interview with the Vanguard, Mazmanian said, “This journal is a strong indicator of the high-caliber students we have at Bentley – the journal was written by, staffed by and edited by undergraduates. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through the journal and equally as proud of all the people who made the journal possible.” Any students interested in
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a look at the incredible work that the Bentley Microfinance Group has put together in their first Review, you can find that at bentleylends.org.
BY sai he
Vanguard Staff Writer
Move over, Drake. There is a newer, shinier album out to steal our hearts and iTunes gift cards. While it almost certainly won’t debut by moving 650,000 units like Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, Lorde’s Pure Heroine certainly has the potential to become a perennial fixture on Billboard’s weekly Top 200. You might recognize the name – after all, Lorde is the artist behind one of the defining songs of summer 2013, “Royals.” But Lorde, born Ella YelichO’Connor, is much more than a one-hit wonder in the making (see: Asher Roth). By drawing upon her haunting, airy vocals and knack for delivering thoughtprovoking lyrics, the New Zealand native has carved out a distinct niche in today’s cluttered
soundscape. Just as Lorde’s lyricism and voice are a badly-needed breath of fresh air from today’s stifling boy band-centric pop music environment, track production on Pure Heroine is equally as invigorating. Frequent vocal harmonies layer on top of each other, making for a lush, three-dimensional sonant portrait. Lingering tones transition smoothly, weaving together an entrancing groove only enhanced by the sparse but deliberate percussion. A thin, omnipresent layer of reverb veils the entire production, further adding to the “city nights” vibe given off by this record. If Lorde’s music and attitude reminds you of Lana Del Rey, well that is because Lorde looks up to Del Rey for inspiration. In an interview with NZ Insider, Lorde said “When I wrote ‘Royals,’ I was listening to a lot
of Lana Del Rey… all those references to expensive alcohol, beautiful clothes and beautiful cars – I was thinking, ‘this is so opulent.” However, the song most inspired by Del Rey is not leading single “Royals,” rather; it is the aptly-titled “Glory and Gore,” a three-minute reflection on fame and desire with a strong resemblance to Del Rey’s “Dark Paradise.” Side note: We are all raptly waiting for a Lorde/Del Rey collaboration. While production is stellar, the songwriting component is what makes Pure Heroine a standout album. Modern songwriting standards dictate two basic principles. Firstly, lines should end with a perfect rhyme. Secondly, lyrics should make sense and any similes or metaphors employed should be easy to decipher. Take for example the lyric “You hear my voice, you hear
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Praise the Lorde: Unconventional and sophisticated
Lorde’s lyrics stray far from modern conventions. that sound / Like thunder gonna shake the ground” in Katy Perry’s latest number one single, “Roar.” It features not only a perfect rhyme in “sound” and “ground,” but also a simple, understandable simile. Lorde is no stickler for modern songwriting convention. She immediately dispels any notion of conformity with the opening lyrics to Pure Heroine’s lead track and second radio single, Tennis Court. “Don’t you think that it’s boring how people talk / Making smart with their words again, well I’m bored.” Right off the bat, Lorde employs both a half-rhyme rather and a complex metaphor. Later in the same song, she answers the question on everyone’s mind: why? “It’s a new art form showing people how little we care.” The IDGAF mentality Lorde possesses permeates every song on the record. As she sings on “Royals,” “We don’t care / We aren’t caught up in your love af-
fair / Life is great without a care.” There are plenty of other instances where she reminds us she doesn’t give a damn. In addition, thoughts on truth, loneliness, angst and passion manifest throughout the ten-song album. On highlight track “Buzzcut Season,” Lorde repeatedly ponders the idea that “I live in a hologram of you.” The sophisticated songwriting on Pure Heroine would lead you to think that Lorde is a veteran of the music industry who is finally catching her big break. However, you would be wrong if you thought that. Nothing in her demeanor or music would give it away, but Lorde is barely old enough to drive. That’s right, she is only 16 years old! With her fresh approach to pop music evident in her debut release, it is no wonder that Lorde brags on “Still Sane” “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” Watch out – this girl can talk the talk and walk the walk.
NOTES FROM ABROAD
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Singapore is a very small country that gets a lot of worldwide press, so people are generally well-educated on it. But, there are some things not many people know about. For instance, 85 percent of Singaporeans live in ‘Public Housing.’ Due to the extremely small land territory and the fact Singapore is the second most densely populated country in the world, the government has organized public housing for the whole country. But, don’t think of the public housing as it is in the states. The housing in Singapore has similar layouts, but is all very nice. By having government provided housing, it allows the government to manage the population. The other aspect of their daily lives I did not know before is that the majority of Singaporeans eat most of their meals at hawker centers. First off, hawker centers are communes where the Singaporean citizens gather to eat on a very
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regular basis. The centers are generally all outdoors with different stands set up with various different foods. The general food stands are chicken rice, noodles, vegetarian and Indian food. The hawker centers are extremely cheap and anyone could easily eat 3 meals a day there for less than 12 Singapore dollars. Chicken rice is also one of their national dishes. It is made up of-just as it sounds -hite rice, roasted chicken, soy sauce and chili sauce on the side. It is a dish I never pay more than 3 dollars for and I eat way too much of it. The hawker centers are places where students hang out and eat late night meals. If there was one thing I wish I knew before I went abroad it’d be that it is impossible to be fully prepared and educated about the country you are going to. Until you are in the country, it is very difficult to imagine it. You just have get there to understand the full experience.
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Connor went skydiving on Australia’s coast. bond, Australia
I chose to study abroad in Australia because it is an English-speaking country. However, when socializing and talking with the Australians, they say a lot of different things. I often find myself stopping someone in the middle of his or her sentence just so that I can understand. Australians also speak
a lot faster than we do and sometimes their thick accent is very difficult to decipher. A few words I have recently discovered the meaning of are “How ya going?” which means “How are you?” and “cheers” which means “thank you.” Another instance when I noticed a difference was the first time we went to a restaurant. We waited for the check
like we would here in America, however, you have to go up and ask for it. They do this because they do not want to feel like they are kicking you out. In general, everyone and everything is a lot more laid back and relaxed in Australia. Also, in Australia, you do not tip. The prices are more expensive than the U.S. but since minimum wage here is around $18 an hour, tips are actually frowned upon.
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Coulter is studying at Nanyang Technological University. Andrew cayer
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Manchester Town Hall is a great example of the beautiful architecture in the city.
Before arriving in Manchester, I did loads of research on the city life so that way I would not be hit with many surprises and the daunting effects of culture shock. Although that research has prepared me for most of my encounters thus far, the hardest part upon arriving was understanding the British’s choice of words, in other words, slang. I was caught off guard every time somebody asked, “All right?” when I walked into a shop. I would usually reply with “Yes”, but almost always got a weird look back to my response. Turns out you’re supposed to say “All right” back. Also, the British use the word “cheers” a lot. I always thought that you said that when you were having a drink,
but it can be used interchangeably. For example, I’ve heard it used to thank someone, to say goodbye and to excuse oneself. In addition, it doesn’t help that some British accents are very hard to understand, especially in the north. Just like back in the states, there are many different types of accents to be found, which sort of surprised me. The Manchester locals have a somewhat heavy, but simple accent to understand. In my opinion, the accent is easier to understand than the Scots, but harder than the Londoners. This makes sense because Manchester is geographically located in between the two areas. But with each day, I’m getting the hang of the dialect and even using some of their slang without trying to make a fool out of myself. Cheers!
OCTOBER 3, 2013
The International Report
Meanwhile in Bangladesh A degree of serenity was finally restored on Sunday when Bangladeshi garment workers ended their weeklong, sometimes violent, protests. Owners of the garment factories, which employ 3 million Bangladeshis, promised to raise wages to the extent recommended by a soon to be convened government panel to end the strike action. Now that the protests and strikes are tentatively over, other stories from the world’s eighth most populous country can come to the fore. Grameenphone (GP), Bangladesh’s major mobile operator with 44 percent market share, launched the country’s first commercial 3G network on Sunday. In a few days, selected areas in Bangladesh’s two biggest cities, Dhaka and Chittagong will have 3G access. By November, the chief technology officer of GP predicts 70 percent of Dhaka and 50 percent of Chittagong will be covered by the 3G network. Other
cellular operators have also received3G licenses and the hope is that by mid-2014 the entire country will have access to 3G. “The country is getting ready for the data centric era, and our mission is to help the nation move ahead through providing internet for all,” stated Vivek Sood, Grameenphone’s chief executive. Giasuddin Ahmed, acting chairman of the Bangladesh Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n Regulatory Commission, proclaimed that 3G will not only offer high-speed internet, but will help boost productivity in the agriculture, education and health as well. Sadly, it seems that whilst one door is opening, the locks on another are being tightened. Amendments to Bangladesh’s 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act) made in August have resurfaced fears about press freedom and free speech in the country. According to Reporters Without Borders (RWB),
“The recent amendments permit even more arbitrary behaviour by the police and judicial authorities towards news providers. This repressive law enables the government to gag netizens and to arrest and detain them without legitimate grounds. It thereby helps to maintain a climate of fear among news providers.” Bangladesh’s 15 place fall to 144th out of 179 countries in RWB’s 2013 press freedom index report indicates a worrying trend. The sentencing to death of opposition MP Salauddin Chowdury for crimes (mass murder, rape and torture) he is alleged to have committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan on Tuesday reopened divisions within Bangladeshi society. The tribunal which made the ruling was set up to investigate Bangladeshis who collaborated with Pakistani forces trying to prevent then East Pakistan from becoming independent. Human Rights Watch described the tribunal as being marred by “a
strong judicial bias toward the prosecution.” Earlier rulings by the tribunal, most of which were death penalty sentences against current Islamist politicians, have led to demonstrations supporting and decrying said rulings. Bangladesh’s ties with Asia’s economic powers are getting stronger. Last week, India began transmitting electricity to Bangladesh. Initially on a trial basis, the hope is that the transmission system will be fully launched on October 5. The plan is for 500MW of electricity to be exported to Bangladesh with half from India’s national grid and the other half from private sector firm PTC India Limited. The necessity of power importation is highlighted by Bangladesh’s 1500MW electricity shortage, illustrated by lengthy power cuts across the country. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan met on Saturday in New York and discussed the Motor Vehicles Agreement and
Kevin D. Laryea A junior majoring in econimcsfinance Land Boundary Agreement bills which would see transportation restriction easing and territory exchange between the two countries. China, not to be left out, also has very strong trade ties with Bangladesh. In 2012, bilateral trade between the two nations was valued at $8 billion. In comparison to the first five months of 2012, 2013’s trade volume was up by more than 30 percent, a remarkable statistic. The Chinese government has stated it hopes to increase the percentage of Bangladeshi goods that receive zerotariff treatment from 65 to 97. As Chinese ambassador Li Jun said this past week at a Chinese National Day reception held in Dhaka, “At present, our two countries are enjoying the best of relationship we’ve ever seen in history.”
Scratching the Surface
Inroads: Helping to Empower Underserved Students This column is based on an original piece written on dailyvoiceofreason.blogspot.com by the same author. For the past 3-4 years I’ve been part of the non-profit, Inroads. Its mission is “to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.” The national organization matches corporate partners with underserved undergraduate students. The companies are provided a diverse group of talented students to develop into full time hires post-graduation and the students gain access to companies, training and resources that otherwise would have never been possible.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that my perception of minority racial communities has been molded by two factors: 1) My own association with multiple minority communities and 2) Inroads. I’ve discussed the former often throughout the years in this column, but I haven’t had a chance to reflect on the latter. The diversity of students in race, personality, gender, religion, social and economic equity is truly impressive. The only uniformity and consistency found in Inroads students are their dedication to professional success as well as their wellintentioned camaraderie. It proves to be a direct rejection of the decades old discriminatory beliefs of those not involved in these communities.
Inroads matches corporate partners with underserved undergrads.
We find African-American students striving farther than most would give them credit and Sikhs pushing forward in the corporate environments (turban & beard included). Women of all colors are trained on professionalism, networking, work ethic and they are provided career and life mentorship by their Inroads manager (who facilitates their application, interview and hiring process). New students learn from the veterans about work-life balance and how to deal with common professional issues while strengthening bonds they’ve formed over the years. Inroads has brought social and economic advancement for members of these underserved communities in the corporate and larger world within the past 3 years that I’ve known the organization and I can only imagine their effect on students over the 40 years since its founding. But Inroads also has a much more personal role in my own life. Spring semester of my freshman year I considered finding an internship. As a rising sophomore I hadn’t taken any specific courses for my business degree and I expected that my internship would mostly consist of coffee deliveries and paper shuffling. As I Googled new opportunities, I stumbled upon a website with the Inroads logo. I didn’t quite understand the point of the organization, but I
quickly filled out an online application. After a month or so I got a call from Carlos, a manager at Inroads. Next thing I knew they expected a resume sent to them and we set up an interview. So began my Inroads experience and soon I found myself interning at RBS Citizens Financial Group, relatively close to home making more money as an intern than I ever thought I would (and leagues ahead of any of my friends - of those that did get paid internships after freshman year). I never got coffee for anyone and my RBS manager gave me reports, tasks and work to do that helped develop me as a professional and individual. Well paid and growing I couldn’t have done it without Inroads. My second summer (summer of 2012) I returned to RBS as an Operations Analyst Intern and helped the team replace recent team member losses. There I gained even greater experience and took on tasks I never thought I’d have the responsibility to complete. With the support of my manager (at the time) Xavier, my boss Stefanie and co-workers I was able to build new frameworks and developed new methods of reporting that the team still relies on today. Finally, my third and last summer (summer 2013) I found a great position at Liberty Mutual as a Product Analyst. The
Moussa Hassoun A senior majoring in management responsibilities were so challenging I learned more in a week that I ever had at school within the same time frame. As a student who attended New Bedford High School, the 4th worst performing high school in Massachusetts (50 percent of my class dropped out) access to such corporate connections and experiences would have never been possible. Inroads; in conjunction with hard work throughout the years, has helped empower students like me to reach higher than we thought we could. All the while I’ve gained a greater mentor in my Boston regional manager, Xavier Pelaez who’s insights into work and personal life has changed my life. The organization has provided me with greater intracommunity understanding and appreciation, new-found and previously impossible corporate experience, professional and personal development training and a great network of friends and professionals. For those interested, I would advise visiting inroads.org to find out more. I’m also open to discussing my experience and the organization in person, by phone, or email.
OCTOBER 3, 2013
STATE OF THE UNION
The Complexity of Gun Violence in the US
Even if assault weapons are banned, they can still be bought illegally. America’s pervasive captivation and passion for guns are what differentiate us from the rest of the world. Since the U.S. Constitution was adopted back in 1787, there has been an unwavering obsession with guns that makes it a difficult issue to debate to this day. Furthermore, contemporary media and culture have landed the gun control debate at the forefront of public policy – especially since last year. As a result, there has been a tenacious yet ambiguous battle between advocates of gun control and those who seek to defend their Second Amendment rights. The media has starkly painted the picture of a battlefield with liberal gun control advocates on one side and their superficial enemy, the National Rifle Association, on the other. However, it has become increasingly apparent that the ideologies required for this debate have been inaccurately represented. The solution to our nation’s gun woes is much more complicated than that. Last year alone, there were seven mass shootings which accounted for the deaths of
151 victims. As one can imagine, the culprits of these horrific mass shootings were mentally ill people who should have been restricted from owning a firearm. Such dreadful events typically emerge from a pattern where “assault-style” weapons are purchased legally and without an assessment of the psychological well-being of the buyer, as was the case involving the perpetrator of the Washington Navy Yard shooting just two short weeks ago. This legitimate concern in firearm transactions, highlighting the merits of both “background checks” and an “assault-weapons ban”, should not be the sole dynamic to be considered in the gun control debate, however. Before jumping to insular conclusions that the solution to gun violence is “banning all guns” or making it nearly impossible to acquire one, one must understand the other key variables embodied in this debate. Most cases of gun violence take place in poverty-stricken, inner-city areas. Although the media has accurately demonstrated to the public through recent atrocities, such as the
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Newtown massacre, that acts of gun violence can take place just about anywhere, they are exceedingly more common in impoverished, urban settings. Therefore, the correlation between high poverty and high crime is no coincidence - America’s long-standing poverty problem must be seriously addressed in order to help solve the gun control equation. Perhaps spending more time tackling the enduring dilemma of poverty and less time interpreting the second amendment of our Constitution would be a good start towards minimizing gun-related fatalities moving forward – lawmakers ought to take note. Since 2007, over ten thousand Americans have been murdered by firearms each year. A vast majority of these deaths, 99 percent, were not caused by “assault-rifles” but rather by lower-capacity arms such as pistols and rifles. The routine, one-size-fits-all argument for gun control, raised by President Barack Obama and frequently echoed by CNN’s Piers Morgan, is that gun violence will wither once the highpowered munitions are taken off the streets. So I persist to ask: how can one expect to effectively curb gun violence by imposing a ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines when they make up such a rare conglomerate of cases? Therefore, while taking such measures could inhibit the devastation of mass shootings, an assault weapons ban would do very little to curb the bigger problem of gun violence in the U.S. So that must mean that banning all guns is the answer, right? Not so fast. Criminals do not follow laws, hence the nature of their very name. Some advocates of gun control ar-
gue that a complete gun ban would eradicate gun-related crime. While that logic could have some elements of truth, you can count on this notion to supersede it: violent criminals, who are mentally deranged to the extent that they yearn to slaughter masses of innocent civilians, will seek a gun regardless of whether it’s legal or not. If some criminals were able to access automatic weapons through a “black market” while law-abiding citizens were left with nothing to protect themselves, America would be a terribly frightening place. The only way to truly prevent gun violence would be to raid each and every American household of their guns. But then again, guns could be smuggled in from other countries. And in the event that our government did infringe upon our basic constitutional right to bear arms, who is to say that our government could not also trample on our right to free speech, or everything else in the Constitution for that matter? With our fundamental
JON MIKSIS A sophomore interested in finance. liberties stripped away, would any spirit of America be left? Contrary to the omnipresent media and the rhetoric of politicians, the solution to gun violence is not black and white. The answer begins not with gun control, but with the very foundations that this nation was built upon: families, friends, and organizations working together for the common good of others. Encouraging mental treatment and psychological guidance, in addition to promoting the general welfare of others, is the difference between a sunny day and a stormy one. The simple premise of looking after a loved one at home, a classmate at school, a colleague at work, and above all - your fellow human being - will go a long way in averting the symptoms of gun violence once and for all.
There is a correlation between high poverty and high crime.
OCtober 3, 2013
Kelley records sixth shutout as team gains momentum BY Billy Fitzhenry Vanguard Staff Writer
portant element to our success thus far is the hard work we put into practice,” said Kelley. “We’ve been practicing at game speed this year with a lot of competitiveness and it is really helping us transfer our momentum to our games.” In addition to the time spent on the practice field, Kelley also put in a lot of work in the offseason to develop her allaround game. From the team lifts and conditioning to the pick-up leagues and camps that she participated in, Kelley worked very hard to improve her skills. One of the highlights of her summer was when she competed in the Collegiate
Bay States. According to Kelley, “Bentley Field Hockey took part in Collegiate Bay States this year and we went 3-1, which was really exciting”. In the upcoming week, the Falcons will be looking to get back on the winning track with a game against Dowling.
“We just have to take one game at a time and work hard” said Kelley. “We have a key game coming up this week and it’s crucial for us to put in our best effort to keep the winning going”. The Falcons will face Dowling at home on Saturday in a non-conference match.
After a tough overtime loss to Stonehill, the team is looking to bounce back against Dowling.
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The Bentley women’s field hockey team has been on a role lately, winning three of their last four games behind the spectacular display of goaltending put on by sophomore Katie Kelley. During their last three victories, Kelley did not allow a single goal as the Falcons won by scores of 3-0, 2-0 and 1-0. However, a loss to Stonehill has given the team their third loss of the year. In their game against Assumption, Kelley stopped a season high seven shots en route to her sixth shutout of
the year. Senior captain Melissa Martorelli scored the only goal of the contest in the 22nd minute to give Bentley the 1-0 victory in their first conference game of the season. As of now, Kelley leads the NE-10 in shutouts and is third in save percentage with an .796 mark. Additionally, Kelley is third in the NE-10 in goals against average and fifth in the NE-10 for goals against having only allowed eleven goals total for the season. When asked about her season so far, Kelley attributed her success to the time she has put in on the practice field. “I would say the most im-
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Kelley has been dominant in net.
Falcons suffer tough loss against Stonehill
Despite defeat, Bentley defense still tops Northeast-10 Conference BY IAN GIANCURSIO Vanguard Staff Writer
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The Bentley men’s football team is off to a record-setting pace defensively with one of the top-ranked defenses in the NE10 and hopes to bounce back from a disappointing loss at the hands of Stonehill last Saturday night. While the sample size is only four games, so far this season the Falcons have established themselves as the one of the best defenses in all of the NE10. In all relevant statistical cat-
egories, the Falcons are at or near the top and its defensive intensity is one of the primary reasons for their achievements thus far. Unfortunately, this incredible defensive play was not reflected on the scoreboard in the Falcons’ last game versus Stonehill. In their 30-3, loss the Falcons gave up over 400 yards of total offense to Stonehill and 17 straight unanswered points in the second quarter proved to be an insurmountable obstacle. Going up against a team that
Quarterback Danny Guadagnoli has a 300-yard average per game.
had been allowing 34.3 pointsper-game, offensively the Falcons managed over 300 yards, but the lack of scoring was the defining factor throughout the game. A late fourth-quarter field goal by sophomore Michael Baron prevented the shut out, saving the Falcons from a scoreless defeat. While the game against Stonehill hurt the Falcons’ defensive statistics, the Falcons still have allowed the fewest points, yards and first downs in the conference. Such a strong
defensive output has been led by defensive end Kyle Young and linebacker Taylor Tavarozzi, who each had recorded 22 and 21 tackles, respectively, prior to the Stonehill game. Senior defensive end Matt Campo has also shined this season, recording 2.5 sacks through three games. Offensively, quarterback Danny Guadagnoli has arguably proven Coach Thom Boerman’s declaration that he is the best QB in the NE-10 right, as his 62 percent completion percentage
is second in the NE-10. His average of at least 300 yards total offense per game makes him one of just three quarterbacks to accomplish that feat. Wide receivers Jeff Hill and Chris Walsh have been providing big plays, as each rank in the top seven in yards with 251 and 238, respectively. Newcomer Jet Kollie leads the team’s rushing attack with 157 yards. The Falcons look to rebound in their next game versus Saint Anselm on Parents’ and Family Weekend October 5.
OCTOBER 3, 2013
Falcons start season hot on the courts FALL TEAM SPORTS STANDINGS
BY Emily Ellis
Vanguard Staff Writer
School NE-10 Overall New Haven 3 0 0 3 1 0 Stonehill 3 0 0 3 1 0 American Int’l 2 1 0 2 2 0 Assumption 2 1 0 2 2 0 Southern Conn. 2 1 0 2 2 0 Bentley 1 2 0 2 2 0 LIU Post 1 2 0 2 2 0 Merrimack 1 2 0 2 2 0 Pace 0 3 0 0 4 0 Saint Anselm 0 3 0 0 4 0
FIELD HOCKEY NE-10 STANDINGS
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The men’s and women’s tennis teams are off to an undefeated start after two well-deserved victories over Franklin Pierce and Saint Anselm. The women Falcons aren’t just undefeated, but they haven’t even lost one game yet this season. This is quite the feat, especially considering what a young team they are. Junior Melanie Scott, the only junior on the team, describes the promise of this young team, comprised of only four sophomores and seven freshmen, in addition to herself. Sophomore Ludmila Yamus, who is playing the number 1 spot for singles and doubles this season, is able to see how having an inexperienced team could end up being a blessing in disguise. “[The youth on the team] only makes us a closer knit group because we will be together for the majority of our college careers.” Scott attributes the wins so far to “some of the new freshman as well as the returners who have all worked hard to be play at such a competitive level.” Yamus also credits their coach, Matt Wong for the team’s strong start. “[Wong] has not only supported our team through everything, but always gives us the motivation to excel,” said Yamus. Growing up with her father as her tennis coach, Yamus has been working toward her collegiate goals since she was young. Her current aspiration is to win or reach the finals of the ITA tournament and then win the NE-10 championship. Based on the first matches, this seems like it could be the year she achieves her lofty goals. Overall, there are still kinks
Senior Andrew Waddington set the pace for the Bentley Falcons. to be worked out, specifically in the doubles matches, but the undefeated start to the season has the promise of a very successful year for the Falcons. “Rachel Petrini has become a great friend of mine, as well as an awesome doubles partner,” explained Yamus. “As a new doubles team partnership we are looking forward to getting better throughout the season and can only hope to come out with successful results.” The team is working hard at practice every day in order to come out as strong as possible on the courts. Scott finished her interview by saying, “To obtain our goals we will have to play well straight down the line up and fight for each and every point. “ The men are off to a dominating start as well. Their first win of the season against Franklin Pierce ended 8-1 and marked Coach Wong’s 100 th career win for the guy’s team. Wong had already achieved
this accomplishment with the girls’ team last season. A pair of seniors, Jimmy Rindo and Andrew Waddington set the pace for the team, winning their number one match of the day. Freshman Chase Rosa and sophomore Evan Chomka followed suit and also won their doubles match. The men won five out of their six single matches, allowing the only lost game against them so far in the season. The Falcons swept all 9 matches against Saint Anselm College on September 27. The men have a more experienced team than the women but are working hard every day towards the same goals as the women. Both teams, under the guidance of Coach Wong, look to have a very promising season. The men next play at the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden Connecticut on October 4. The women next play on Oct. 9 at New Haven. Both teams hope to keep their winning streaks alive.
School NE-10 Overall LIU Post 3 0 0 8 0 0 Stonehill 2 0 0 9 0 0 Merrimack 2 0 0 6 3 0 Southern Conn. 2 0 0 2 6 0 Bentley 1 1 0 6 3 0 Saint Anselm 1 2 0 3 5 0 Southern N.H. 0 0 0 0 0 0 Adelphi 0 1 0 5 4 0 American Int’l 0 1 0 5 4 0 Mass.-Lowell 0 1 0 0 3 0 Assumption 0 2 0 4 6 0 St. Michael’s 0 2 0 2 7 0 Franklin Pierce 0 2 0 1 7 0
MEN’S SOCCER NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall Southern N.H. 5 0 0 7 1 0 Merrimack 4 1 0 6 2 0 Bentley 4 2 0 5 3 0 Le Moyne 3 1 0 5 2 0 St. Michael’s 3 1 0 3 3 0 Southern Conn. 2 1 1 2 2 1 Franklin Pierce 2 2 0 3 4 0 Stonehill 2 3 0 3 5 0 American Int’l 1 3 1 3 4 1 St. Rose 1 3 0 3 4 0 New Haven 1 3 0 1 6 1 Saint Anselm 1 5 0 2 6 0 Assumption 0 3 2 2 3 2 Mass.-Lowell 0 0 0 1 4 0
WOMEN’S SOCCER NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall St. Rose 5 0 0 8 0 0 American Int’l 5 0 0 7 0 0 New Haven 3 0 2 5 0 3 Stonehill 3 1 1 3 4 2 Saint Anselm 3 2 0 4 3 1 Assumption 2 0 2 4 0 2 Merrimack 2 1 2 4 2 2 Adelphi 2 1 1 4 1 1 Franklin Pierce 2 2 1 3 3 1 Le Moyne 1 3 2 3 4 2 Southern Conn. 1 4 1 2 6 1 Pace 1 4 1 1 7 1 Bentley 1 4 0 2 5 0 Southern N.H. 0 3 1 3 4 1 Mass.-Lowell 0 0 0 0 6 0 St. Michael’s 0 6 0 0 8 0
VOLLEYBALL NE-10 STANDINGS
School NE-10 Overall Bentley 3 0 0 9 4 0 New Haven 2 0 0 7 3 0 Southern N.H. 2 0 0 7 5 0 American Int’l 2 0 0 8 7 0 St. Rose 1 0 0 9 1 0 Stonehill 2 1 0 9 5 0 Southern Conn. 1 1 0 10 4 0 Adelphi 0 0 0 7 6 0 Le Moyne 0 0 0 6 6 0 Merrimack 0 0 0 5 7 0 Mass.-Lowell 0 1 0 0 9 0 Franklin Pierce 0 2 0 5 2 0 St. Michael’s 0 2 0 7 4 0 Saint Anselm 0 2 0 4 8 0 Pace 0 2 0 3 11 0 Assumption 0 3 0 3 9 0
MEN’S TENNIS NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall Stonehill 4 0 0 5 0 0 Southern N.H. 3 0 0 4 0 0 Bentley 2 0 0 2 0 0 Merrimack 1 0 0 2 1 0 Franklin Pierce 1 0 0 2 2 0 American Int’l 0 0 0 0 0 0 Adelphi 0 0 0 0 1 0 Le Moyne 0 0 0 0 2 0 St. Michael’s 0 0 0 0 2 0 Assumption 0 1 0 0 3 0 Saint Anselm 0 1 0 0 3 0
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Sophomore Catherine Gianino helped contribute to Bentley’s win over Saint Anselm in No. 2 singles.
School NE-10 Overall Southern N.H. 3 0 0 4 0 0 Merrimack 3 0 0 4 1 0 New Haven 2 0 0 3 0 0 Bentley 2 0 0 2 0 0 Adelphi 1 0 0 2 0 0 St. Michael’s 1 0 0 1 0 0 Stonehill 1 0 0 3 1 0 American Int’l 0 0 0 0 0 0 St. Rose 0 1 0 0 3 0 Saint Anselm 0 2 0 0 2 0 Assumption 0 2 0 0 4 0 Le Moyne 0 3 0 0 6 0 Franklin Pierce 0 5 0 0 5 0
OCTOber 3, 2013
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WOBUS sets sights on return to nationals
Last year, WOBUS made it to nationals in Milwaukee, WI. BY Matt gustus sports editor
Four years ago, the Women’s Bentley Ultimate Society, known more commonly as WOBUS for short, consisted of 15 players total, had very few wins and struggled to get support. Since then, a lot has changed. “When I was a freshman there were about 15 people on the team total and we would seldom come in the top few spots in a given tournament,” said senior Vice President Christine Westgate. “Four years later we now have 50+ people on the team…and are competing for the top spot in almost every tournament we attend. Last year we actually went to D-III Nationals in Milwaukee.” Although the team was unable to come away with a victory at Nationals, the experience was one that the team will never forget. “Playing at a highly competitive level with 15 of my
closest friends was an experience unlike any other, never mind being able to explore Chicago and Milwaukee and eat the deep dish pizza and cheese,” said senior President Sydney Southern. “Not only was it WOBUS’ first time represented at Nationals, it was an incredible experience.” For Westgate, the experience of being around others who share the same interest in the sport as her was impactful. “[Nationals] was the most organized tournament we have ever participated in,” said Westgate. “I even got to shake hands with the CEO of USA Ultimate. We were given some tournament souvenirs and got to play teams from all over the country.” This year, the team is hoping to continue to build on its recent success. While the competitive season for the team isn’t until the spring, the fall is just as important to get the team ready to dominate. “We had our first tournament at Wellesley this past
Sophomore forward Scott Levy of the men’s soccer team has scored five goals this season, which has him in second place on the conference leaderboard for the season. Levy trails only with Pierre Omanga of Southern New Hampshire, who has scored six. In Bentley’s game against Le Moyne on Saturday, Levy provided the only goals of the game for either side. His first goal came in the 31st minute when he put home a cross from fellow sophomore Marty Ryan. In the 56th minute, he tracked down a loose ball and was able to get it past the goaltender to give his team the 2-0 victory.
weekend,” said Westgate. “For this fall season we strive to teach the new players how to play the game as well as work on new offensive and defensive strategies for the spring season. We typically try to attend about four tournaments in the fall which will give everyone game-time experience for when it comes springtime. Hopefully we can master the flow of the game while bringing home some championships.” Going 4-0 at Wellesley was the type of start the team was hoping to have. With interest in their team growing, they were forced to split into two units during the tournament so players could get as much experience as possible. Also, with the talent pool available to them this year, the team’s expectations are higher than ever. “We’re looking to head to sectionals, regionals and ultimately nationals in the spring,” said Southern. “That being said, we have a long time before those tournaments are
hosted. This fall we’ll work on strictly development, growth and learning. When spring hits, it’s go-time where every play counts. Overall, we expect our players to learn the game, play competitively and of course, have fun.” The culture of competitive play and enjoyment of the game is one that has been passed down from year to year. Prior to the organizations foundation in 2006, women interested in playing ultimate were forced to play with the men in co-ed tournaments. However, not all of the tournaments the team entered were co-ed, so the women had to sit out those weeks and could not play. For this reason, the women’s Bentley ultimate society was created. In the early years of the organization, the team became known on campus as being a laid-back family who love each other’s company. Fast forward to today and that same image holds true. “It’s a great bunch of girls with everyone bringing their own personality into the mix,” said Westgate. “I love being able to get away from the stress of school work, go to practice and hang out with some of my best friends here at Bentley. We are a team on and off the field. We help each other learn the game itself but if there’s something personal going on we all come together to do what we can to help.” When asked what her favorite part of being a part of the team was, Southern echoed Westgate’s comments. “Aside from the playing and competitiveness of it all, we’re a family,” said Southern. “These girls are my best friends and people I spend the majority of my time with.
We all treat each other with respect and want to see each other grow and succeed. Above everything else, including the winning, losing, traveling, tournaments or practices, I have had the opportunity to build life-long friendships during my time on this team.” As both Southern and Westgate are seniors this year, they serve as role models for the young players on the team. While the stress of being in that spotlight might frighten some people away, these two are able to use their own role models as inspiration. “I know that when I was an underclassman I looked up so much to the upperclassmen as role models,” said Westgate. “It wasn’t just on the field but it was also in regards to academic and career decisions. I just hope that I can help the freshmen the way that I was helped out when I first joined.” Looking ahead in the season, the team is expecting some epic battles with their biggest rival. “Our biggest rival would have to be Brandeis,” said Westgate. “We look at it as a sort of the battle for the best of Waltham. Early on in my career they would usually outlast us in a very close game, but nowadays we are able to pull out the win.” With the schools being less than three miles apart, the turf war fosters a healthy and competitive rivalry. However, while Brandeis provides the team with a little extra motivation, the team’s culture of always giving 100 percent makes the Women’s Bentley Ultimate Society one of the top programs in the nation. And that is quite an accomplishment.
FALCON OF THE WEEK
SAVANNAH DOMINGUEZ WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
S. dominguez YeAR 2015 HOMETOWN Miami, fla. POSITION Middle blocker
Junior middle blocker Savannah Dominguez (Miami, Fla.) is this week’s Falcon of the Week at Bentley University. Dominguez, who was also named the Northeast-10 Molten Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week, recorded 13 kills in each match and hit .338 as the Falcons posted wins over Southern Connecticut State, Pace and St. Michael’s. In the three contests, she averaged 3.55 kills, 1.09 digs, 0.82 blocks, 0.45 aces and 4.55 points per set, with highs of 20 points, six blocks and three aces in a four-setter at Southern, and a .478 hitting percentage in a sweep of Pace. Bentley, following a 3-0 week, sits atop the Northeast-10 standings and is 9-4 overall with a six-match winning streak.