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Administration looks into limiting student services Bentley considers different budget options for cable and parking By Lacey Nemergut NEWS EDiTOR

On November 7, Dean Andrew Shepardson addressed the student body via e-mail, proposing potential ways of generating revenue to make up for student affairs division budget cuts. The two impacting students most directly included eliminating cable services and instituting a fee for students to park on campus. No decision has been made on the subject yet. The Student Government Association (SGA) had requested that this information be released to students as soon as possible. SGA, with support from ABA and AIA, has organized forums, See CABLE, Page 5

By Sindhu Palaniappan CAMpUS LifE EDiTOR

SGA and other organizations are involved in the process of gaining feedback from students and organizations on the services issue.

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SASA’s Diwali event achieves campuswide appeal By Brenna O’Connell VANGUARD STAff

Bentley’s South Asian Student Association (SASA) held its annual Diwali show, which presented a message that spans cultures and delivered it with a fusion of Bollywood and Hollywood. My Big Fat South Asian Wedding had a great turnout that reflected all of the work put into the production of the show. SASA did an amazing job producing a show with campus-wide appeal. From the

concept popularized by the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding to the choice of music and dance, everyone could relate to the Diwali show. Yashika Mody, heading External Public Relations, describes the process of picking the subject. “We were just throwing a lot of themes around this time, but we felt this one people could relate to the most,” said Mody. “As advanced as the South Asian culture has come, there is still the stigma of datSee DIWALI, Page 6


On November 1, President Gloria Larson joined a group of influential speakers from the area to give a presentation at TEDxNewEngland in Boston. TEDxNewEngland is an offshoot of TED, a nonprofit organization with the premise of promoting “ideas worth


Boston Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet comes to Boston’s Opera House.

sharing.” TEDx programs are local and self-organized events that provide a forum for communication and the sharing of stories and inspiration. “I wanted to focus on higher education as a place of hope when it comes to solving our economic and social challenges,” said Larson. “I shared how Bentley students and faculty were bringing hope to many communities here and

The topic of student group proposals has been a popular issue for Bentley’s Student Life due to the large inflow of new ideas. At Brandeis, another university in Waltham, students are charged less for student fees and have nearly twice as many student groups on campus. “Before hearing [that about Brandeis], I would say that Bentley’s campus is saturated. After hearing that, though, I’d say that there’s more room for organizations. If a new group has a good idea, they should be added to Bentley,” said Ryan DeChance, Allocations and Internal Audit’s president. “Brandeis and Bentley sys-

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young people who want to take on a challenge like this themselves,” said Larson. “By sharing examples of Bentley students turning ‘ideas into action’ to make a difference in the world, I believe we were able to showcase how the innovative curriculum at Bentley feeds a sense of empowerment among our students and facul-

tems are very different, and it is somewhat hard to compare the two… the structure at Brandeis does not require organizations to have advisors,” said Nicole Chabot-Wieferich, Association of Bentley Activities’s advisor and the previous Associate Director of Student Activities at Brandeis. “This difference drastically alters the human impact that clubs have on campus. I strongly support Bentley’s model of each organization having a faculty or staff advisor. Within this system we have to exercise caution as we think about increasing our number of organizations because

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My Big Fat South Asian Wedding played on different cultural themes.

President Larson speaks at TEDxNewEngland By Kristin Tomasi

ABA and AIA discuss the value of new orgs on campus

around the world through our Service Learning programs such as Give a Year, the Ghana Project and the AntiBullying Initiative. “ A highlight for Larson was having Bentley grad/current MBA student Sarah Benson on stage with her to share her story about Bentley’s AntiBullying Initiative. “She was so poised, confident and inspiring to many


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Women’s and men’s basketball showcased.

5 CITY YEAR St u d e n t M o l l y Godfrey reflects on her City Year experience so far.

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Police log Detour de Falcone On Wednesday at 12:34 a.m. (hehe 1234), University Police was notified about an orange traffic barrel that had been spotted inside Falcone East. The barrel was apparently stolen, and an officer promptly removed it and put it back where it belonged. Now wait a minute. Did anyone stop to consider just WHY the barrel was in Falcone East? Did no one stop to think: “Hey, maybe this traffic barrel sitting in the middle of the hall is a vital marker for somebody’s campus-wide remote control car race track”? No? Well, that’s just fantastic. Now we have to start all over again. So inconsiderate. Fresh, Man On October 30, an officer overheard discussion regarding a game of “beer pong” in Maple Hall. When the astute officer knocked on the door, one of the players in this presumably wild and crazy game answered the door holding a full handle of “vodka”. Recognizing that he had opened the door for both the officer and for judicial punishment, this brilliant freshman made the most freshman-y decision he could have possibly made – he tried to hide the bottle. Honestly dude, you’re in a room with people playing beer pong and the officer just saw you holding the alcohol. You’re not doing yourself

any favors by concealing the evidence. This incomprehensibly ingenious, insolent intellectual will now be judicially charge for an underage alcohol violation and being uncooperative with an officer. #firstyearproblems GrooveBoston (but not Waltham) At 12:09 a.m. on October 30, Police received a noise complaint for the music coming from the Halloween Dance. The caller was told to take a chill pill, and Police notified her that the event would be over at 1 a.m. Pushed then Pulled University Police responded to Fenway Hall last Saturday night, where a fire alarm had been inadvertently activated. Apparently, there had been an altercation between two male parties in the hallway, and one of them bumped into the pull box, setting it off. Now, the two parties eventually fled the scene, but not before attempting the equivalent of a fire alarm Hail Mary: The responding officer reported that it appeared that the males had attempted to extract the pull box from the wall entirely. Talk about a great first reaction. You hit the fire alarm while practicing Sumo with your buddy, and the only thing you think of doing is ripping it out of the wall? Brilliant… Brawl at Fenway

On October 29, a story that started out like Romeo and Juliet took an unfortunate turn toward Ali and Frazier. A male student was throwing rocks at windows in Fenway, obviously attempting to see the 1 a.m. moonlight shine on the beautiful face of his star-crossed lover. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out, and a fight broke out on the third floor. Maybe it was the whole “our families hate each other” thing. We don’t know. Regardless, officers responded to the scene and first aid was provided to one of the Montagues. Now, instead of a wedding, there will be judicial hearings. I think Taylor Swift will avoid this story in her future songs. CSI: Bentley Last Tuesday at 12:40 p.m., University Police was notified that a bullet had been found outside of the Dana Center. Upon arriving on the scene, however, an officer discovered that the “bullet” was a plastic replica from somebody’s Halloween costume. In other news, a number of scantily clad, female bunny rabbits were spotted roaming campus last weekend. There is reason for alarm because these rabbits have somehow learned to walk on two legs and talk EXACTLY like sorority girls. Oh…wait…nope, apparently those were Halloween costumes too. Phew!

A Faint Sense of Empowerment On the morning of November 1, officers responded to a report of a female student experiencing dizziness and laying on the floor of Jennison. An ambulance came, but this student declined any further medical treatment or transport to the hospital. This, friends, is modern-day feminism at its finest. Rather than talk about “voting rights” or “equal pay for equal work”, this woman of fortitude shakes off a loss of consciousness. Heck, even NFL players get carted off after getting knocked out. This chick? No chance. She wakes up in the morning, eats nails for breakfast, licks her elbow, sneezes with her eyes open, and attacks the day like Herman Cain attacks women. Touché, undergraduate female student. Even Rosie the Riveter would run from you in fear. FRESHMAN PUKE COUNT: After two relatively slow weeks, the yutes come storming back with a wild, vomit-soaked vengeance: 6 freshmen blew their respective chunks in the dormitories this weekend. Just when we thought you were learning your lesson, you go out and puke away your Halloween candy. What a showing.

Sean Harrington and Brian Shea Vanguard Staff


Alyson Bisceglia Lacey Nemergut Robbie LaBrie Sindhu Palaniappan Lindsay Beauregard Phillip St. Pierre Emily Silver Brian Fuerst Ian Markowitz Jeff Breault Greg Kokino Brandon Schug Judy Rakowsky Nicole Chabot-Wieferich



Total number of cases: Total number of individuals involved (violators): Number of individuals dismissed from responsibility: Number of individuals referred to Judicial Board: Number of educational sanctions given: (includes referrals to Alcohol Education) Cash total of fines given for the week: Number of Work Sanctions assigned: Number of students placed on warning Number of Parental Notifications: Number of individuals put on Residential Probation: (Loss of 15 Housing Credits) Number of individuals put on Disciplinary Probation: (Loss of 30 Housing Credits) Number of individuals put on Suspension (Housing): Number of individuals put on Suspension (University): Number of individuals expelled from University: Provided by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

12 24 1 1 19 $650 2 12 0 1 0 0 0 0

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Sodexo provides new options for Bentley students By Lacey Nemergut nEwS Editor

Sodexo, Bentley’s primary food provider, has added a variety of dining options to campus to better cater to student’s culinary needs.Changes include the addition of Mein Bowl, a made to order Chinese restaurant, plated meal options in seasons, breakfast additions to Currito and LaCava, and the addition of Café Spice to LaCava which features a rotating Indian menu. “The Food Service Advisory Board, which meets every two weeks, discusses many things that students want to see regarding the dining program,” said Doreen Floyd, a member of the Food Service Advisory Board. “We knew that students were very excit-

ed about some of the changes that occurred in Seasons last year, and continue to be excited about what is happening this year.” Mein Bowl, the most noticeable campus conversion, has received a significant amount of students’ late-night attention and discretionary funds. Jason Laprade, resident district manager for Bentley Dining Services, spoke to the changes featured on campus. “We heard through focus groups last year, and we found there was really a need for more of a late-night offering,” said Laprade. “We’re also discussing with Res Life the need to get more people into the pub area.” “I love Mein Bowl. It tastes really good when you want a late night snack or dinner

With the addition of Mein Bowl, Bentley students have more eating options.

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after seasons has closed or has nothing good,” said Ashley King, a junior. “One thing I don’t like is the days of operation. I would like it to be open Tuesdays and Sunday.” “Sodexo and Bentley worked incredibly hard over the summer to incorporate many of these items. The stu dent response since September has been tremendous,” said Floyd. “I hear many comments about ‘how awesome’ the Mein Bowl is, and we have certainly noticed more students using the Student Center during the evening hours.” “Personally, I think the changes have been great, especially the addition of Mein Bowl. It not only provides great food for campus, but it creates a new energetic environment in the pub that I have never seen before on the weekends,” stated Cody Clarkson, Executive Board policy coordinator for RHA and student liaison to the Food Service Advisory Board. Einstein’s, known for its lengthy lines yet quick graband-go breakfast and lunch options, now has competition from a newly featured menu in LaCava. LaCava now offers grab-and-go style sandwiches, yogurts and salads, once only offered at Einstein’s. “As for the grab-and-go

options in LaCava, I feel that once more people hear about it, it will ultimately decrease the size of the line at Einstein’s that people are always complaining about,” said Clarkson. Currito, once only a lunch and dinner option for students craving smoothies and burritos, now features breakfast foods for morning students on Lower Campus. The Dana Center’s Burritos Without Borders now opens at 8:30 a.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and serves breakfast burritos and bowls in addition to Pete’s coffee. Seasons now offers plated meal options. This reduces the time students must wait to receive their meals and encourages healthy portions of necessary food groups. “At seasons we started doing the plated entre. The entre now is plated for you. You can still get other stuff if you want, but it’s a nice balanced lunch or dinner,” said Laprade. “Sodexo has been working very hard to satisfy the needs and wants of the student body,” said Lucia Garcia, a sophomore. “They have been doing a lot for the students. This includes but is not limited to offering tiny marshmallows that can be put into the hot chocolate, as well as the already made Caesar salad

which appears to be a success between the students.” “Through focus groups we found out that, especially for athletes and students on Lower Campus, it would be nice to have a breakfast option down there,” said Laprade. “All of these changes have been a direct result of student feedback and input, largely through the Advisory Board, but also from talking to students and listening to their suggestions - it’s so important to all that we do,” said Floyd. Sodexo’s changes are the result of organized student focus groups, expressing their needs for specific changes and additions to their dining options. Sodexho would like to encourage students to follow on Twitter and Facebook. Social media support will help raise student awareness for featured dining options and offered specials. “The more followers we have, the more we can use social media to advertise and communicate out,” said Laprade. “We understand that flyers and e-mails aren’t the most preferred method of communication. Last week through Twitter, we had a special go out from Curritos Burritos to its followers. The first 10 people got free burritos.”

Bentley Microfinance Group conference event By Fred Fang Vanguard Staff

In Boston alone, 20 percent of the population is impoverished. The average income of a woman living on welfare is $17,000, far below the $51,000 needed to pay for rent, health and child care if she were to have two kids. In contrast, the average tuition cost of a Bentley University student disregarding scholarships and financial aid is around $53,000. The Bentley Microfinance Group Superstar Conference addressed some of the issues of poverty and offered models that have been implemented in the past to alleviate financial struggles. A lot of what Microfinance does is lend out small loans to those who are living at or below the poverty level, and cannot receive help from banks. Most of these Microenterprises lend their money based on a technique called social collateral, a lending method that allows money to be loaned out only if the previous loan has been paid back. In other words, a person waiting behind someone cannot receive a loan until

the person in front of them has fully repaid the loan. This instills a sense of urgency upon the person paying back the money being borrowed. If they default on the loan, others waiting to receive loans would not be entitled to receive capital. Generally, most of the loans are repaid periodically to push the borrowers to fulfill their obligations. The added pressure of someone overlooking one’s shoulder (peer monitoring), and the financial incentives serve as other reasons of the high success rate in following this mechanism. If all the loans were repaid, the group would have been allowed to take out more money to invest in and borrow. In the end, everyone won. Borrowers obtained the necessary capital to start their small businesses and earn small profits while Microenterprises felt good about creating jobs and stimulating the economy. The highlight of the event, however, was the loan shark game. Participants randomly received one of five loan client profiles: Arnold, Brad, Charlie, Dianne and Evelyn. Each client profile had different

behavioral characteristics, work experiences, referral bases, financials and reasons for needing a loan. For instance, Charlie has been in the magazine business for twelve years since receiving a marketing degree from UMass Lowell. His financials for the past five years have been solid and his company has been making a profit for four out of the five years it has been in business. He wishes to take out a $12,000 loan to expand his business and hire an IT professional. Charlie struggles personally, though. He is hard to get in contact with and cancels meetings last minute. On the other hand, Dianne is an excellent character. She is easy to maintain contact with and her commitment is undeniable. She got her entrepreneurship degree with a concentration in technology from Northeastern but has since been struggling to maintain a job. She wants to take out a $20,000 to start her own business. This is it for her as she quit her job to devote her time and energy into the start-up. The idea was for a student to match up their profile with a bank that would

agree to give him or her loans. To simulate the process of obtaining a loan in the real world, BMG withheld the names of the various banks and lenders. Students had to walk around the Student Center and talk to a “representative” of Bank of America, ICICI Pvt. Ltd (Bank in India), ACCION (U.S. Microfinance group), Foreign Microfinance Group and loan shark without being directly told of each entity’s criteria. For example, the Foreign Microfinance Group was looking to give out loans to a group of six to eight people in poor, financial standing. The loans taken out had to fall within $10-$500. If Charlie, an individual looking to take out a $12,000 loan, came and delivered his pitch to the Foreign Microfinance Group, he would instantly be turned away. The challenge then was to find the right lender based on what was learned during the student’s interaction with the representatives. Unfortunately, some are more helpful than others. The loan shark would offer incredibly high interest rates ranging from 100 percent

to 780 percent and physically threaten a client if he or she did not pay back the loan. ICICI Pvt. Ltd was a little more forgiving, offering loans to those with at least five years of tax filings and a clean credit history. Throughout the game, it was evident that there would not be any withheld emotions. Quickly, with what seemed like a simple task suddenly turned into a frustrating one. Students revealed that it was much harder than they expected after being rejected by various lenders. Some even went to four lenders before finally arriving at the fifth and reaching a successful deal. Other students were humored by the loan shark’s ridiculous proposals and accepted, saving them from struggling any further. The Superstar Conference turned out to be very successful. Everyone who went expressed interest in the Bentley Microfinance Group. If you wanted to attend the event but could not for any reason, the entire event was videotaped so stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for details on where you can watch the recording.

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*The Vanguard’s editorial as well as the editorial cartoon are proposed at each Editorial Board meeting. They are represented as being the opinions of the Board as a whole, although drawn by individuals, and not the Bentley community.


No Love for Bachelor of Arts Majors An overwhelming majority of Bentley students are business students who go through the whole GB curriculum, from the 100 level to the 400 level. After all, Bentley was originally the Harry Bentley School of Accountancy and Finance, which is likely why Accountancy and Finance are among the strongest and most popular majors at Bentley. Bentley also has one of the top career service programs in the country. So, why are the Bachelor of Arts majors at Bentley so often overlooked and underserved by Career Services? While the BA majors may be an afterthought for Career Services, they are certainly making their presence and talent known on their own, and Admissions is certainly taking note and using them to help sell Bentley. Look at Jim Ferguson, a senior Media and Culture major who spent this summer interning with the Cannes International Film Festival. His film Twelve Acres was also selected to be shown at the Cannes Festival and was subsequently picked up by DirecTV for their Shorts network. He was at Open House helping to sway prospective students interested in the

arts toward Bentley as the bridge between the arts and the business world. Ferguson is following in the footsteps of Alex Hagen, a Bentley Alum who graduated in 2010. After producing several short films with other Bentley students, he graduated and started Hollow Skull Films, a nonprofit production company and grant program for aspiring directors and producers. Do you want to look outside the Media and Culture major, a major which has only gained significant traction in the last few years? Look to the Global Studies major, and you’ll find Dan Merica. After being a Vanguard News correspondent during his time at Bentley, Merica headed over to NPR to serve as the Executive Producer of their Intern Edition. He is now a writer for and is working his way through the journalism field. Many BA majors say they have felt neglected or under-

served by Career Services, who they say are often too busy focusing on the business majors on campus. While this may not accurately be the case, several BA majors have felt that they are an “odd ball” at Bentley and can’t get help from Career Services. However, that being said, those who have been there for help have found the experience helpful and the staff willing to dedicate time to assist them. One alum said that although they didn’t receive help from Career Services for jobs or internships, they did find them helpful for the career process overall. The progress that BA students are making is often due to their own persistence and networking, as well as the assistance of their professors. We may not be an arts school at Bentley, but we all pay the same tuition and we should all receive the same treatment from a key support resource such as Career Services.

CorreCtions & ClarifiCations In the November 3 issue of The Vanguard, the story “GrooveBoston tears up Bentley” on page 1 incorrectly left out the participation and co-host status of the Class Cabinet organizations, who also planned and executed the GrooveBoston event. The Vanguard regrets this error.

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“Ain’t gonna happen.” -Herman Cain, Republican presidential hopeful, on whether he would withdraw from the race following another allegation of previous sexual harrassment. “The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet.” -Phil Larson, White House space-policy expert, responding to petitions submitted to the website We the People that called for disclosure of government information on alien life. “They say ‘Wall Street fat cats got a bailout, so now I want one too.’ And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.” -Sarah Palin, telling Republican donors that Occupy Wall Street protestors believe they’re entitled to other people’s productivity and money. Disclaimer: The opinions published in The Vanguard are submitted by readers of the newspaper, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Vanguard and its staff. We are not able to print any letters submitted anonymously.

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City Year: A personal account from Los Angeles By Molly Godfrey ContributinG Writer

City Year is an international non-profit that unites high school and college graduates to serve a year in some of the most underserved inner-city schools across the country. Acting as mentors, tutors and role models, City Year corps members help alleviate the educational dropout crisis. Bentley University was the

first university to partner with City Year as a Give a Year partner, and now many acclaimed Universities have followed in Bentley’s footsteps. This is a truly unique and life-changing opportunity provided to young people and greatly supported by the Bentley community. For more information about City Year and the Bentley Give a Year scholarship program, please contact City Year Alumna ’11 and Give a Year

Godrey discusses the commitment needed.

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Marketing Coordinator Kiernan Patenaude in the ServiceLearning Center, Morison 101, ext. 2723, Sophomore Molly Godfrey discusses her decision to take a leave of absence during her sophomore year to serve with City Year Los Angeles and Bentley’s Give a Year program: So many people struggle with the idea of giving up a year of their lives, and rightfully so. City Year is a big commitment and at times, it is quite a challenge. Long hours and days, with the overwhelming task of helping to teach some of the most difficult, academically struggling students in the toughest of innercity schools takes a toll on you. Despite all of that, I can hands-down say this is the best job in the entire world. I don’t know any other job where you can work 12 hours a day and leave every night feeling so empowered and that you truly made a difference in a child’s life and that you cannot wait to return in the morning. The kids keep you going. Their energy is unlimited and they never slow

CABLE Continued from Page 1 the first one being Monday, November 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Back Bay. These forums are meant to receive and process productive student feedback and present the administration with cost effective solutions. Shepardson will be present at the forums to answer student questions and listen to voiced concerns and opinions. “What we’re looking for is presence and numbers and for the students to have an opinion. The students are the ones who get the chance to react and tell us their opinion on it,” said Maggy Reynolds, president of SGA. “All colleges and universities are dealing with a variety of demographic and economic/ financial issues,” said Paul Clemente, VP for Business & Finance/Treasurer. “Unlike many of our colleague institutions, Bentley has remained stable during the financial crisis and has avoided some of the drastic cuts seen in other places.” Bentley has been reviewing and implementing budget cuts in all divisions. “I think it is important to also understand the return on investment of a Bentley degree,” said Shepardson. “For our graduates in 2010, six months out of school, we had a 99-percent placement rate with an average and median salary of over $50,000. These are incredible statistics and speak to quality of our students and the quality of their experience.” SGA learned in the fall that there would be potential cost restructuring. Since then, mem-

bers of SGA have met with Clemente, Shepardson and Ron Ardizzone, director of Housing and Student Systems, to further discuss the issues facing the budget. “When I came back to campus, Dean Shepardson sat down with me, and we talked about potential changes within the student affairs division this semester,” said Reynolds. “He immediately wanted to sit down with the SGA board and talk to them about changes as the head of Bentley’s student affairs division does at the beginning of each academic year.” The two proposed revenue solutions under review include a student fee for parking and students footing their own bill for cable. Ardizzone provided further details with the savings and revenues associated with each option. “The present budget discussions, of which parking and cable are but two issues, is intended to assure the continuation of financial stability,” said Clemente. “The parking charge is more about spreading the cost of maintaining, lighting, snow plowing the parking lots to those who use them rather than raising revenue which will be $220,000.” As for the cable issue, Clemente said, “This is a similar issue to the parking. Those who want and use cable would pay for it. The saving is $135,000.” “When students had the option to upgrade their cable packages, not as many took advantage as you’d expect,” said Brett Kirkland, president of Residents Hall Association. RHA

has also been assisting SGA in the process of gauging student reactions and feedback. In the past, Bentley has taken other actions to subtly decrease costs and maintain a stable financial position. “Each year, all costs are reviewed and cuts and efficiencies are made. We recently had a voluntary early retirement plan for administrators,” said Clemente. “Many took advantage of the program and many of those opting for the program were not replaced. Several custodial positions (contractors) were eliminated and substantial budget reductions have been taken from HR and from the Help desk. Efforts are/have been undertaken to reduce the rise of health care costs and minimal salary increases have been awarded including one year where no salary increases were given. No stone is left unturned.” “I am hopeful that students will take the opportunity to learn more about their own institution and its priorities as well as understand this in the very broad context of higher education in the United States,” said Shepardson. “This is an issue that all colleges and universities are facing and one that will continue to challenge higher education. Being informed is key to understanding how to move forward. One of the key advantages to a Bentley degree has been that the value of that degree increases over time. We want to keep this institution investing in the future for our current students and our alumni.” Steven Correia, the SGA

down. The real challenge exists in the classroom when the reality hits and you see how badly the school system has failed these kids. Resources are scarce and students continue to get passed along grade to grade without really ever learning the material. Standardized tests are also a huge problem because students are taught for the test and lack basic broad skills. On my first day of school, I was hit with the horrible reality that my tenyear-olds could barely read, add and subtract. Those are skills fifth graders should have well grasped. A lot of the problem also exists in family support because so many of their parents do not understand English, as they come from poor immigrant families. Most of them lack any formal education, even a high school degree. So much of my job lies in trying to motivate my students to see the long-term benefit of education and helping them to push themselves when everything in their environment tries to bring them down. Poverty and gang involvement are problems my ten-year-olds face; it’s heart breaking. Their heads aren’t in their schoolwork, and I try to keep them focused and make school a positive place they want to return to day after day despite what may be going

on at home or on the streets. I serve because I am filled with gratitude for the extremely fortunate life I’ve been given. I’ve had an extremely supportive family and friends, and the opportunity to go to Bentley, an amazing educational institution. I knew I had to give back and City Year was the perfect opportunity. It all hit home for me the other day after a tutoring session with one of my students. Moments like these put my experience back into perspective, no matter how much I miss home or how much easier my college life seems at times. My student and I were doing his math homework and he was struggling with long division. I told him, “You can totally do this, it’s just multiplication and subtraction and you’re super smart, I know you can do both of those.” He stopped and turned to look at me. “Miss, no one’s ever told me that...” He could tell I was confused and said, “That I’m smart, no one’s ever called me smart.” That’s why I serve. Because every kid deserves to be cared about, and sometimes we take for granted how easy our lives have been. These kids are going to end up changing me more then I may change them, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to serve with City Year.

TED ty.” In addition, Larson’s presentation focused on what led her to work in higher education and at Bentley, or “this great generation of ‘millennials’ who will change the world,” as she said. “My goal in the end was to instill hope in the audience about our next generation of leaders and I think we accomplished that,” said Larson. She has already discussed the possibility of hosting a TEDx event on campus in the future. “I received great feedback from attendees that they were moved by the level of student engagement in service learning at Bentley,” said Larson. “I believe this is a wonderful and

effective venue to share what we do differently at Bentley and how it manifests itself in our students and their success.” Furthermore, Larson believes that the TEDx audience aligns well with Bentley’s values and goals. “This audience cares about change and innovation – and most importantly, believes that just one or a few individuals are capable of making significant change in the world,” said Larson. “They are academics, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. I want them to see and understand what we are doing here at Bentley. If we can engage more of them with our students and faculty in creative ways then it will be well worth the effort.”

chairman for cable, serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, and administration, helping to effectively communicate perspectives and opinions. “The administration does want to work with students. They don’t want to make us unhappy,” said Correia. Administration hopes to gauge student opinion and analyze possible proposed solutions. Students have begun voicing opinions in response to the Dean’s e-mail. “Of the two options, I think having a parking fee is more reasonable,” said Katie Baker, a jun-

ior. “I was really surprised when I first came to Bentley and learned that parking is free - so many other schools charge for it, I think it is almost expected.” “I think students at a school in a suburban setting need to have access to their cars in order to efficiently attend to their daily schedules and accommodate their needs outside of campus,” said Tim Avrutik, a sophomore. “I think it’s ridiculous that they would charge us for cable. I think I pay a lot of money for room and board,” said Rachael Casagrande, a sophomore.

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ABA Continued from Page 1 we do not have the people resources to adequately support a huge increase.” Jessica Kenerson, AIA’s advisor, also includes information from a Student Activity Fee study she conducted. “While Bentley ranks in the middle when it comes to the average SAF assessed to its students, it ranks at the top when it comes to how much of the SAF can be allocated to student organizations,” she said. “Many other schools dedicate part of the SAF to campus services, departments and/or salaries, leaving very little to be allocated to support student organizations.” While new student organization proposals are encouraged, it reveals the underlying issue that leadership roles in existing organizations are not being filled. “If an application comes in for something that already pretty much exists,” said DeChance. “We just redirect them to that student group.” “It’s pivotal for any new organization to represent something new and different that is not currently offered to the Bentley community,” said Chabot-Wieferich. “I would like to see pending organiza-

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tions have a strong understanding of what void they will be filling on campus… It would be easy to get carried away with adding organizations for the sake of ‘new,’ and that is when I believe Bentley could become oversaturated.” Ryan O’Keeffe, president of ABA, agreed. “If an organization is going through the recognition process, it is essential that they provide a need that isn’t already met by an existing organization,” he said. “If we, the Bentley community, had the same number of student organizations as we did a decade ago, it would indicate that we are not changing to reflect student interests. As long as new technology, ideas and initiatives are brought to campus, new organizations should be created to continue to make Bentley a dynamic community,” said Kenerson. Kenerson went on to say that if an existing organization isn’t filling its leadership roles, then maybe it’s time for that organization to step down. This process works both ways: new groups are established and outdated groups vanish according to the varying tastes and perceptions of incoming classes and outgoing classes.

Continued from Page 1 ing outside the culture. And that goes for any cross-cultural couple. That theme is timeless; it doesn’t only extend to South Asian culture.” The students put in a lot of work, and Amisha Patel, president of SASA, described some of the challenges associated with the production. “I found it difficult to spark interest in participation with the upperclassmen,” said Patel. “With the freshmen class always so eager to participate in the show, it took an extra effort for upperclassmen to even be interested.” But the upperclassmen did make a good showing, as evident in the Senior Showcase portion of the performance. The majority of the student body probably has no idea how much work went into the production of Diwali. Planning and practices began late September, with a four- to five-hour time commitment per week. Once it hit mid-October, however, that increased to three to four hours a day. With that many participants, the logistics of planning practices and synthesizing ideas proved to be the most challenging aspect. Choreographing so many dancers and simultaneously keeping one eye on western cul-

ture and the other on South Asian, senior Akhil Chimnani was kept on his toes. Chimnani is from Hyderabad, India, and has been professionally trained in dancing for many years now, rounding out his dance career as an instructor in jazz, Bollywood and salsa, to name a few. In addition to the diverse dancing styles displayed in the Diwali show, SASA wanted everyone in the audience to get into the performances by using a diverse playlist. From Jennifer Lopez to Mohit Chauhan, A.R. Rahman to LMFAO, there was something for everyone. The songs straight from Bollywood

featured in the show had contemporary beats. “You may not understand the words [in Hindi], but you can still feel the music and have a great time,” Mody said. Chimnani took careful planning and added a song Akon did for a Bollywood movie this year. “I chose this song because it is in Hinglish, which is a mixture of Hindi and English, and would be great for a mixed audience. The song has a great beat and really cool dance moves,” said Chimnani, showing the careful planning and consideration to make the show a great success for everyone.

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Minsky’s economic theory, “The Finanical Instability Hypothesis” By James Pini Vanguard Staff

Similar to the Austrian position laid out in my article last week, economist Hyman Minsky’s theory of economic crises has recently gone mainstream. Minsky (1919-1996), an American economist who did not receive much recognition during his life, developed a theory that explains economic crises based on a dynamic within the banking sector’s function as a financial intermediary. As early as 2007, the theory was being referred to as a prescient explanation for the then unraveling housing market. And although it is still not generally accepted by the mainstream economic profession, any decent observer of the financial media or economic inter-webs has at least heard the term “Minsky Moment” thrown around once in a while. Minsky’s theory, called “The Financial Instability Hypothesis” (FIH), is an endogenous explanation for economic cycles. Minsky’s position is that the financial sector, which finances the “real economy” in all capitalist countries, has a tendency to become less and less stable over time.

Minsky’s commonly quoted phrase is that “stability breeds instability.” More specifically, after a period of time where financial intermediaries act conservatively, there is a growing profit incentive to act more and more speculatively, eventually leading to a financial crisis. To flesh out this dynamic, Minsky categorizes three types of financing relationships that can exist in an economy: “Hedged”, “Speculative” and “Ponzi”. Hedged borrowers have the income stream to afford all future cash flow payments. Speculative borrowers can afford to pay back interest payments, but not the debt itself. They speculate that they will be able to “roll over” the principle (presumably at the same interest payment) when it comes due. Ponzi borrowers can’t really afford to pay back much of anything; they hope to be able to sell the asset they financed at a profit before their debt payments come due. After a period of time where the economy is mostly financed by “hedged” relationships, financial intermediaries can easily increase their profitability by acting “speculatively,” which then similarly leads to “ponzi” financing. The ponzi financing

climaxes with what has been termed a “Minsky Moment,” where suddenly everybody realizes what has happened, and the self-reinforcing cycle of price appreciation that fed the boom reverses and heads downward. A deleveraging period occurs, which causes a return back to sounder lending practices, and starts another period of “hedged” financial relationships. The process is bound to repeat itself as long as this natural tendency of capitalist economies isn’t prevented by government restraints. Without going into it, I hope it is clear at this point that Minsky’s theory fits as a very accurate description of the housing bubble during the past decade. The financial industry financed adjustable-rate-mortgages whose borrowers were relying on interest rates staying low. These were the “speculative” borrowers. Additionally, the financial industry financed homebuyers that simply wanted additional income via expected property appreciation. These were the “ponzi” borrowers. Then a financial crisis commenced; now lending practices are back to being strict, and households are trying to pay down debt.

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As mentioned, due to its accurate description of the recent financial crisis, Minsky’s theory has become well known in the financial media, although it hasn’t been accepted and applied to the degree Minsky probably intended. The underlying suggestion of the theory is that capitalist economies are not as inherently stable as the mainstream eco-

nomic profession has come to believe it can be (with proper monetary and fiscal policy of course). Consequently, just like the advocates of Austrian business cycle theory, those in favor of Minsky’s explanation have a lot of work to do. Special thanks to Professor Bryan Snyder for providing much of the background information used to write this article.

Eurozone debt crisis still affecting stock market growth in U.S. By Jasper Huang Vanguard Staff

Welcome to the weekly market wrap for October 31 through November 4. The month of October has shown the strongest monthly market rally since 1974. However, as the month ended and proceeded into early November, the markets winning streak came to an end. The S&P500, DOW and NASDAQ all fell this week, with this marking the first drop in the S&P index since September. Crude oil futures experienced little change, however, trading for $94.22/barrel at market closing on Friday. Gold futures grew slightly to $1757.11/ounce. Domestic and international market focus again fell on Europe, as the debt bailout deal that was proposed last week fell into doubt. Greece was largely responsible for the trading patterns seen this week, as well as the market volatility. The week started on a poor note, with stocks taking a substantial hit of five percent upon Greece’s announcement that it would base its participation in the latest bailout on a national vote. This sparked fears that Greece would exit the Eurozone (an EMU that belongs to the EU). However, the markets recovered when protests from Germany and France, as well as dissention within the Greek government, forced the Prime Minister to rescind his proposition of referendum.

Domestic markets regained footing slightly midway through the week when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed was “[preparing] to take further action as appropriate to promote a stronger economic recovery.” Also helping the positive sentiment was an announcement from the Labor Department stating that, although hiring slowed in late October, the unemployment rate hit a sixmonth low and job gains in the two months prior had been stronger than predicted, pushing unemployment down to 9 percent. By Friday, however, markets were unable to build on the positive growth that occurred the past few days, owing to news that discussion on how to handle the Eurozone debt crisis at the G20 summit was “less than amicable.” Eventually, as the week wound to a close, domestic markets had suffered a 2.5percent weekly loss, brushing away four weeks of gains. Despite poor market performance this week amid the chaos in European markets, the dollar climbed ~2.5 percent against a small crowd of major foreign currencies, including the yen and the euro. In other market news, the S&P500 and the DOW, two of the world’s most renowned stock indices, will soon be merged. The S&P, which is owned by McGraw Hill, will merge with the DOW, owned by CME, with McGraw Hill holding 73-percent

ownership and CME holding 24.4 percent. News Corp. will have a 2.6-percent stake. The joint S&P/DOW index is expect-

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What business would you bring to campus?

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Imagine if your parents hadn’t allowed you to have play dates or watch TV. Last spring, I read an article about a woman whom everyone was referring to as a “tiger mom”. That woman is Amy Chua, and earlier this year, she published a memoir titled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The book explores her parenting techniques, which generally reflect the traditions of Chinese parenting. Chua and her husband Jed have two daughters - Sophia and Louisa (known as “Lulu”). Both girls are musical prodigies, on the piano and violin respectively, and are held to incredibly high academic standards. The book chronicles Chua’s experiences raising Sophia and Lulu - the successes, fights and breakdowns are written in an honest, entertaining way. The girls certainly had a different childhood than many of us here at Bentley - they were not allowed to go to sleepovers, get any grade less than an A, be in a school play and the list goes on. This memoir caused quite a spark when it came out and led to a lot of discussion comparing “American” parenting to “Chinese” parenting. In general, American parenting is considered less rigid than Chinese parenting, and American parents are said to care more about feelings and self-esteem than academic success. This is where the danger of generalizations comes into place. No two sets of parents raise children exactly the same, and many cultures enter into this debate besides just American and Chinese parents. Chua acknowledges this throughout her memoir, and she points out that her mission was to write about her parenting experiences, not to make a statement about all Chinese or American parenting.

The memoir caused controversy about Chinese parenting when it was released in the U.S.

I found this book very engaging. I was really excited to randomly see it at the library and immediately read it. Some of Chua’s methods will make your eyes widen (though they may sound familiar to some students), but she presents it all in a non-scary way. I think one of my favorite aspects of the memoir was realizing that, as much as Chua may have pushed her daughters, she pushed herself equally as hard. She was completely immersed in their academics and music education, to the point of practically learning the instruments herself. At one point in the book, she wrote that as much as she made them miserable, she made herself even more miserable. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother has been marketed by the media as a “how-to” guide

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to create tiger children. However, I got the opposite impression after reading it. Chua highlights the concessions that she made throughout the years regarding her parenting style, especially her struggles with Lulu. As it turns out, not all children will conform to extremely strict parenting. To my readers who were raised by “tiger” parents, I’d be curious to know your thoughts on Chua’s memoir. I, along with most of my classmates, can’t even begin to relate to having such a strict and structured childhood. I think the lesson to be learned from this memoir is balance- an issue that we as college students already grapple with constantly. Fun and games are certainly a necessary part of childhood, as are academics and strong expectations. I’m certainly not qualified to give parenting advice of any kind, but I’d like to think that my conclusions are right (I’ll probably read this in 15 years and laugh at myself). If you haven’t already read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, I’d definitely recommend that you pick it up at the library. It’s a quick, easy read that will keep you interested from start to finish. There’s also a lot of online debate over the memoir and its theories and accuracy. If you’re as fascinated by this topic as I am, Googling the title will bring up a ton of blogs and essays (even Sophia has her own blog).

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By Leslie dias

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The opening night of the Boston Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet commenced at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. The Boston Opera House was buzzing with anticipation and crowds of ballet enthusiasts, first-time ballet fans and anyone who appreciates the most classic love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s most renowned play has appeared on stages all over the world since 1593. The Boston production, artistically directed by Mikko Nissinen, was a demonstration of vivid storytelling by every character and dancer involved. Throughout the ballet, the dancers wowed the audience with their graceful athleticism and expressive acting, conveyed solely through their facial and body expressions. The stage was set with scenes from Verona, and ornate, colorful costumes whisked around the Opera House stage. The play began with a jolt of energy in the form of dueling fights and hearty celebrations which lasted throughout the first act. Through various street celebrations, the dancers showcased their talents and costumes and also set the scene for the tension that would arise between the two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. After a tumultuous end to the first act, the second began with a playful scene from the village jesters. The mischievous characters glided around the stage, showing a more whimsical side to the otherwise tragic plot. The audience applauded appreciatively, clearly enjoying the entertaining and comical performance. However, the show was completely stolen by the chemistry radiating from the lead characters, Romeo and

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romeo and juliet’s characters created powerful and climatic scenes.

Juliet. From the first meeting between the two characters to the final goodbye scene, Romeo and Juliet displayed a captivating connection that kept the audience fixated on their performances. During the scenes in which Romeo and Juliet had joint dances, the two dancers could almost be mistaken as one unit. Juliet’s petite, nimble character portrayed the dramatic and passionate role to a tee, while Romeo’s fierce yet compassionate character was precisely balanced. The scenes in which Romeo and Juliet openly interacted were powerful and climactic. Although the characters and dancers themselves brought the show to life and gave the audience a compelling story to follow, the lighting, staging, and orchestra put the show over the top. The background to each scene was not only fitting but also coordinated perfectly with the mood being set by the characters. When Romeo and Juliet spent their last morning together, the tangerine-pink

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backdrop illuminated the couples’ romance, while the dark, ominous backdrop, appearing after the couple’s inevitable separation, brought the plot back to the reality of the ballet’s tragic outcome. The orchestra strung the scenes together seamlessly, highlighting the carefree moods of festivals and celebrations with playful, quick pieces and coupling the sad, grievous scenes with slow, somber songs. The ballet was a spotless work of art and kept the audience seeking more. The production proved appealing to all age groups, with older couples and younger friends raving during the walk out of the Opera House. Anyone who has ever appreciated a solid love story will be sure to find the ballet mesmerizing, to say the least. Romeo and Juliet will be showcased at the Boston Opera House from November 3 to November 13. If you are interested in getting tickets for the show or finding more information about the Boston Ballet itself, visit

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Is Baby Bieber a baby daddy? Mariah Yeater says yes By Radhika Bansil Vanguard Staff

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a love child, Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted 72 days and now Justin Bieber is allegedly a father. Twenty-year-old Mariah Yeater claims that her now fourmonth-old child was the result of a rendezvous with Bieber backstage at one of his concerts. Though the general population assumes Yeater’s claims are an attention-seeking manifestation of sorts, some still speculate the possibility of the allegations being true. Whether or not they are true, Yeater is thoroughly

enjoying her 15 minutes in the limelight. Bieb’s reaction to the baby drama is as expected - denial. The teen heartthrob responded with a slightly more hip version of Clinton’s infamous, “I have never had sexual relations with that woman.” Bieber went a step further by asserting that he has never even met the woman. Though the simple swipe of a q-tip on the inside of Bieber’s cheek will solve this mystery, the repercussions of these rumors go beyond that. First, we must consider the feelings of poor Selena Gomez – the classy teen icon already has

Mariah Yeater, age 20, claims that Bieber is the father of her four-month-old child.

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enough on her plate – dealing with a middle-aged stalker whose been threatening to kill her. On top of a psycho stalker, now she has to worry about the possibility of her 17-year-old boyfriend being a father. The rumor mill spewed that boyfriend Bieber has been spending big bucks on Gomez recently, perhaps to soften the blow. He recently wrote a check for $3,400 to rent a movie theater for the two of them. Nevertheless, Gomez appears to stand strong next to her man, putting her faith in him. What’s more is that the abstinence crowd will have to find a new poster child. Any previous ideas about Bieber’s virginity have been thrown out the window. Parents of young Bieber fans will no longer look favorably upon their children listening to his music. There is a possibility that Bieber may end up losing a significant fan base. A fan base, however, is not the only thing he stands to lose. Momma Bieber would not be thrilled if these allegations were true. It was not too long ago Justin Bieber’s mother Pattie Mallette discussed how proud she was of her son’s purity. Many would also argue the worst part is the affect this scandal has had on the experience of going to a Justin Bieber concert. Yes, he always sings about girls,

Seventeen-year-old Justin Bieber has been the poster child for abstinence and purity.

but we tend to assume that the kid is innocent. Unfortunately, we will now all be left wondering what happens behind those curtains. As with everything else, everyone and their grandmother will have their opinions on whether or not the baby is actually Bieber’s. Of course, if the baby does turn out to be Bieber’s, Yeater will be charged with statutory rape, according to California law. Yes, it is a popular saying that all press is good press, but is having your name sprawled across sleazy magazine covers at check-out aisles for maybe

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two weeks really worth having statutory rape on your record? Apparently that’s the case for Yeater. Lawyers say that if the baby does turn out to be Bieber’s, Yeater will be getting anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 per month. A decent chunk of change, yes, but the child support is most likely not as profitable as she was hoping it would be. Whatever may be the case, both Bieber and Yeater’s reputations are tarnished forever, or at least until some other celebrity takes over the limelight with his or her respective scandal.

Boston’s hidden gems: Sports, food, music and more By Jessica Hughes Vanguard Staff

Going to college in the Boston area, one of the America’s largest cities and biggest college towns, allows for endless possibilities of things to do in your free time. With the countless T stops and activity options, the main question on the weekend is, “Where are the best places to check out in Boston?” For the chocolate lovers out there, L.A. Burdick is a must see. Located on Brattle Street in Harvard Square, this unique shop serves only

the finest chocolates and sweet drinks. If you think the hot chocolate at Dunkin’ Donuts is good, wait until you taste the chocolaty goodness they serve here - every cup is filled with pure chocolate, lacking even a hint of watery flavor. Though the sweet treats are slightly expensive, the taste is worth every penny. Perhaps you’re looking for a live performance without spending all of your summer savings. In this case, you should check out venues such as Paradise Rock Club, located on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, or

Larz Anderson Park and Flagstaff Hill are open for sledding each winter.

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Brighton Music Hall, located on Brighton Avenue in Allston. The two clubs feature bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus while providing an intimate performance. These smaller venues are loaded with upcoming performances that cost between ten and twenty dollars per ticket. For those looking to explore their geeky side, the upcoming Boston Sci-Fi Festival is the event to attend. The festival is set to take place in mid-February in Davis Square. Featuring popular flicks such as Battlestar Galactica, the 10day festival will be releasing tickets for just $8. If you are looking for a sporting event but don’t want to fight the crowds at the Garden, check out some of the events at Boston College or Northeastern. The Division I teams offer a hyped-up fan experience without the high prices of the big leagues. A great place to satisfy your hunger in a fun and friendly environment is The Fours, a sports bar located near North Station on Canal Street. Serving the allAmerican food many college kids crave, this restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Paradise Rock Club and Brighton Music Hall feature popular bands at low ticket prices.

allowing the crowds of hungry people to grab a bite and catch the game. As the winter season approaches, it’s time to prepare to have fun in the snow. Boston offers many sledding hills that give us all reasons to unleash our inner kid. Places such as Flagstaff Hill in the Boston Commons, Larz Anderson Park in Brookline and Dorchester Park in Dorchester offer both small and large hills to satisfy the thrill-seekers and children inside us all. Lastly, if you are looking for an activity that is out of the ordinary, a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery is a

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great way to learn about a large company while being entertained by a comical tour guide. Located off of the Orange Line, the free tour offers insight into the popular business. Free samples of beer are given out at the end – if you are 21 or older, of course. Because of the variety of events and activities that the city has to offer, there are so many things to check out in lots of different areas in Boston. Our location at Bentley allows us to embark on many adventures that should be experienced before graduation. Happy searching!


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Notes from Abroad Question: “Describe an experience in which you overcame a challenge in your host country? What did you learn from the experience?” By Hanna Ogilvy nantes, FranCe

After being abroad for over two months now, I’ve had many unique challenges that will change my life forever. Whether it is something more obvious like learning a new language and culture, or something small like getting a cold, every experience has caused me to mature while simultaneously learning more and more about myself. There have been many times in France where the language barrier has presented a challenge. For example, this past weekend, I was trying some clothes on in a local store and the man taking the clothes on the way out of the dressing room must have asked me three different questions – acknowledging every time that I didn’t understand what he was saying. Yet still, even with my confused facial expressions, he continued to try and strike up a conversation. Eventually, I understood what he was referring to and

was able to respond. Needless to say, if it was not for his continuous attempts for me to comprehend him, I probably would have given up on the situation and walked away. But this young man’s dedication to get me to understand him helped me recognize I should be more dedicated to not giving up on understanding the language when talking to native French people. That experience is one I’ve been dealing with since I arrived in Nantes. It’s a large challenge and I’ve learned a lot from it. However, there are small challenges I’ve encountered as well. This past week, I had a cold and cough. While at home or Bentley this would not be such an issue, in France it’s a different story. First of all, I don’t have a doctor here in France, so it’s almost impossible to get a prescription. I had to resort to going to a pharmacy where I tried to explain my symptoms in French. However, it was very hard to communicate with the pharmacist as my head throbbed from being sick and the

By Justin Lawlor Dublin, irelanD

I find it amusing that nearly every sink in Dublin has two faucets - one for hot water and another for cold. This may appear to be a minor domestic detail, but trust that it does pose a challenge. The hot faucet always pumps out piping hot water, while the

By Monica Tshanakas Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the most challenging, but educational, experiences that I’ve had while on exchange has been a change of lifestyle. The most basic parts of my lifestyle are the same, but the way I do most things is slightly different. For starters, my classes are a lot different from what I am used woman spoke the fastest French I’ve ever heard. I left the pharmacy empty-handed. I eventually survived my sickness and although it was a challenge, sometimes just a little tea and rest can go a long way. If I was in the States, I would expect medicine to be in my hands the minute I’m sick. However, living abroad, I have very different expectations of everything. I always expect that I’ll have to just “survive” the situation organically with no help from my parents, friends, or even doctors. At first, this concept is frightening, but actually, I think it’s changed the way I view life and I will forever remember that after my time abroad.

noVember 10, 2011 cold one dispenses a frigid, icy stream. Every time I rinse my hands in the kitchen or in the restroom, I am faced with a choice: Shall I opt for a third degree burn or can I afford to forego the feelings of my fingers for a time? Thankfully, I have devised a crafty strategy to avoid this faucet dilemma. After approaching the sink, I turn on both

faucets and run my hands under the hot faucet for a few seconds before the water becomes too hot. I then switch to the cold faucet for a second or two. I then swap back to the hot faucet for as long as I can stand it, and again counter the burning sensation with the cold stream. I never thought an act as minute as washing one’s hands could be a dance or an art form.

to at Bentley. Here in Copenhagen, I take four classes instead of five, and some of them meet only once a week. The theory of education differs slightly; the responsibility lies on the student to do the reading for class and learn the class material. Attendance is not strictly enforced because classes are more of a service to the students. The way my classes are structured, I have had the ability to do a lot of traveling around Europe. Two of the most valuable skills I have improved on are navigation and public transportation. Before going abroad I was pretty hopeless when it came to directions, but constantly being in different cities has forced to improve those skills. Since I am no longer on Bentley’s meal plan, I have had to cook for myself more than I am used to. This has been another major lifestyle difference that I have experienced. I have been cooking a lot of meals myself or with friends and have had to do a lot of grocery shopping. Thinking of different dishes to cook can be challenging, but it is preparing me for having a kitchen when I get back to

Bentley. The hardest part of being abroad is being away from friends and family. I am lucky enough to have great friends studying and different countries and that has been a great opportunity to see different cities and experience other exchange programs. I have also met a ton of great people in Copenhagen in my exchange program, which definitely helps when you miss your friends and family back home. Being here has expanded my network of international friendships which benefits me both socially and in my business career. Being abroad with a huge group of international students is a unique experience that I will never have the opportunity for again. While my change of lifestyle was challenging at first, I have grown accusstom to it and have learned a lot from my experiences in Copenhagen. It is hard to believe that I am over halfway through my education abroad experience, but I still have a lot of adventures to come before I return to the States in December.

Scratching the Surface: What Constitutes a Human Being? This week, the state of Mississippi voted on a constitutional amendment called “Initiative 26,” which would define personhood as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” Although deemed too extreme by some, this is essentially the goal of the pro-life movement in the abortion debate. Pro-life supporters believe that humanity begins when a sperm enters and fertilizes the egg in a woman. This implies that as a human, those embryos have rights, the most important being the right to life. The implications of the pro-life stance are shocking. If a fertilized embryo is considered a person, we kill people all the time, but in ways we don’t realize. There are, literally, thousands of embryos in the umbilical cords of pregnant women; millions of cords get thrown in the trash every year. Furthermore, does the rape of a woman justify the murder of this embryonic “person?” One person’s misfortune surely doesn’t justify the killing of a “human”.

What happens when the birth of a child threatens the life of a woman? Does the embryos life get valued above the woman’s? How do you choose? In addition, pro-life definitions would ban the use of the Day-After pill that kills embryos to stop pregnancy the morning after a sexual encounter. What about miscarriages? Let’s also start investigating whether women are lying or not because it’s about the life or death of another “human”. One can’t help but feel disgusted by such an immoral stance on such an important issue. The key to the argument is that “life” begins at conception, so let’s address the core argument. During conception, the sperm and egg, are essentially cells, not humans at all. By the end of a month, the cell is the size of a sesame seed. During this time the spine and brain begin to form as well as a heart that begins to beat within nine weeks. Is this human? Of course not. It resembles a tadpole more than a human. By the end of nine weeks, the form of a baby is solidified in an amazing transitional period, yet we know that our

humanity is grounded by our consciousness. The question is then further defined as, when does the fetus gain the staple of humanity: consciousness to earn its rights under humanity. This is different than selfawareness and most kids won’t gain that until years after birth. Consciousness is the result of nerve cells; these don’t come until the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Yet even at the developmental stages of pregnancy, the baby, moving and all, is still “asleep” as its brain develops. It is for similar reasons that the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that abortions were constitutional (with reasonable limits). Since then, the science has built a mountain of evidence expanding on those findings decades ago. Fact: Life doesn’t start until many months into the pregnancy, and a “baby” isn’t a “baby” when it’s a jumbled mess of organizing cells. In this respect, we see that a fetus at any stage within the six to seven month period of pregnancy can be deemed as a person or human. The rights of the woman, to

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By Moussa Hassoun

be able to choose when, where, and how to have a child has been one of the greatest single advancements in human rights history we have ever seen. Initiative 26 directly stands against that and provides nothing but regress to our society. Thankfully, the measured failed after voters decided against it. Had it passed, it most likely would have been dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional and the long process of making it to the highest court would

Initiative 26 was voted down in Mississippi this week.

have put thousands of women in Mississippi at risk because of the restrictions on pregnancy prevention options over the counter and by the doctor. The life of a woman should be valued above those of cells. Yes, they have the potential to become humans, but our society doesn’t establish rights for things that are on their way to humanity; just things that are. Protecting the choice of women does far more good than the “life” of a cell. I stand by women to make their own life decisions. Do you?

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November 10, 2011

HoroSCopeS By Franziska & Johanna Griecci

April’s Advice

Your Questions Answered!

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By April Gammal

Aries (March 21-April 19)

I recommend keeping all comments about muscled meatheads to yourself. They’re funny-looking, not deaf.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

When it comes to exercising or taking a nap, you’ll inevitably choose the nap.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

If you’re on a treadmill AND your phone, you’re not working hard enough. Up the speed, lazy pants!

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Watch out for the petite girl in the weight area. She may be tiny, but she’ll still kick your ass.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Keep memories of summer alive by participating in hot yoga classes.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Nobody cares about your designer gear. It’s only going to get dirty and it was cheaper at Target.


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French toast is a quick and easy breakfast to make.

Question: I am in an apartment this year with no meal plan and I am sick of plain pasta and microwavable meals. I’m not the greatest cook, but are there easy quick recipes that even I would be able to make? You’re all settled into your new apartment for the year and you’re excited to have your own refrigerator and stove… You will finally be able to get away from Seasons. You open the refrigerator and stare at the stove. Now what? Most students,

like you, will resort to Lean Cuisine microwavable meals, plain pasta and cereal. However, there are quick, easy meals you can prepare that will add a little more flavor to your day. While waking up is the hardest part of the day, eating a good breakfast is one of the most important parts of our day. While there is nothing wrong with a bowl of cereal, it can get a little boring after a while. Instead, try cooking up some French toast. It’s simple and tastes great in the

morning. You will need butter, bread, eggs and milk. First, grab a frying pan and melt enough butter to cover the bottom of the pan on medium heat. While the butter is melting, crack two eggs, add half a cup of milk and beat together. Coat the slices of bread (it should make five pieces) by setting them into the egg mixture and then place them into the pan. Flip until brown on both sides. You can add fresh fruit or maple syrup and voila, you have yourself some breakfast.

Senior Spotlight

If you’re still hooked on pasta, you can spice it up by throwing some chicken, peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic into a pan on medium heat with some oil. Cooking the vegetables, chicken and spices will add greens and protein to the plain carbs. Sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on top and you’ll include your dairy for the day as well. If you’re not into cutting up the vegetables, you can grab a bag of mixed frozen vegetables from the super market, which is just as good. (Note: Adding too much garlic can potentially have adverse social consequences). A nice, easy meal to prepare is roasted potatoes, which can be eaten alone or alongside anything else you may have for dinner. Start by cutting up as many red potatoes as you want into 1 inch wedges. Add about a tablespoon or two of olive oil so that all the potatoes are coated. Add as much salt and pepper as you like, as well as any other spices you may like, such as garlic or rosemary. Place the potatoes into a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes on 450°F or until golden brown. Bon appétit!

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with it. Of course there are the pub nights, harbor cruise, Bahamas trip, etc., but I’m also excited for the little things. Ideally, I’d like to get to know and work with more seniors.

Know your limits. You won’t impress anyone by becoming pinned under the weight you’re trying to lift.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Spandex is a privilege, not a right! Save the 80s gym wear for Halloween only.

What are your plans for the future? Great question. I’m graduating in May and I am still in the “search” process. I just want to make sure that whatever I do, I’m being challenged, making a difference and that I’m happy. Mike Montalbano, our Faculty Advisor for Class Cabinet asked me today: “What would you be doing if you didn’t have to work?” and I’m trying to answer that question and go from there…

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Misery loves company. That’s why you should have a gym buddy to bring along for the torture.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

It doesn’t count as a bicep curl if the “weight” you’re lifting is merely the TV remote.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Aquatic exercise may be for the elderly, but since you’re competitive, you’re willing to take anybody on.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Don’t worry about how you look at the gym. Everybody’s looking just as sweaty and flushed as you.

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Interview for Senior Spotlight Name: Liz Sisson Major: Marketing Hometown: Plainville, CT What are you involved in at Bentley? Currently, I am the president of the Senior Class Cabinet, a

Freshman Year Facilitator, a Women’s Leadership Floor mentor and a loyal member of PRIDE. What are you looking forward to this year? I’m really excited for the entire senior year, and the experiences that come along

What is your favorite event on campus? Any of the APO plays - wouldn’t miss ‘em for the world! What are your goals for this year? I want to meet new people, have fun, relax, take a nap at least once a day, get my dream job and achieve everything on my bucket list. How are you feeling about graduation?

I think change is so exciting. It is of course sad to think that I will be leaving the place I’ve called home for four years, but I’m so eager to see what lies ahead of me. What is your advice to seniors/words of wisdom? Do what you love, not what you’re good at, even if that means not following the clear and comfortable path. What can Bentley do to help you with this year? Encourage students, both with internships and jobs, to explore outside of what’s so readily available or expected. See previous question… What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Bentley? Be yourself.

The columns found in this newspaper are written by individual authors and do not reflect the opinion of The Vanguard, its Editorial Board members, or Bentley University. Comments resulting from the columns may be directed to the author and/or The Vanguard.

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CoLumNs Internet Celebrities

Last week’s column was a success. So successful, that when I posted the link to it on my Facebook, one person liked it. Some would call this rather insignificant; I would call it progress. Before you know it, people will be re-Tweeting links to my column left and right and my crude, thoughtless writings will be trending alongside #BieberRapsBetterThan, whatever the hell that means. I will begin this week with analysis of an important new video that has caught the attention of procrastinators worldwide. But, rather than describe the video, I shall provide you with a scenario. You are strolling down the street, perhaps sipping a cup of cocoa as you examine the rather bland colors of the homes around you. “Hmmmm, yes, the color of those drapes is rather shallow and pedantic.” Thoughts such as these fill your mind, nothing of interest seems to be occurring. And then, you gaze down the street as far as you can see. Charging towards you is a gaggle of some 70-odd Canadian geese. The geese are just sprinting down the middle of street, causing car accidents left and right with no regard for the destruction they’re causing.

Luckily for the geese, hunting is frowned upon in residential neighborhoods.

What do you do? Do you call the U.S. Military and tell them that Canada has sent in their finest troops? Do you call your redneck friends and tell them to bring as much ammunition as possible? Or, do you do what I would do and just take it in stride? If I were to witness this spectacle, my reaction would go something like this: Ho hum, just another flock of geese sprinting down the street. Happens all the time, right? Surely they’re bored with flying, just like we get bored with walk-

ing. All the little goslings will remember the dudes at the front of the pack as heroes, the Wright Brothers of goose culture – pioneering the land-based-travel movement one waddle at a time. After all, why let anything surprise us anymore? First we find out that parking a car at Bentley costs more than $53,000 per person and then we find out that geese like to run marathons down Moody Street. Letting these things get to you is only going to make things worse in the long run, so I say let

Briefcase Banter It’s Sunday morning. You’re walking around campus enjoying the final fleeting moments of sleepy-eyed relaxation pending the nightmarish struggle to finish all the homework you’ve been pushing off since Thursday. As you head back to your dorm after a wholly unsatisfying and assuredly unnatural Seasons breakfast, you see a familiar face approaching. You can’t quite figure out who they are or how you know them, but you get that sinking feeling that you’re about to look very rude and stupid. You convince yourself that perhaps you’re just delusional and don’t really know this person, but despite your skepticism, that face is just so damn familiar. As you frantically try to place them in some sort of context, the imminent fact that you’re both walking toward one another dawns on you and, panic stricken, you look away. The mysterious figure follows in suit. Like two self-conscious housecats side stepping one another in an alleyway, both you and this stranger have just narrowly avoided the potential pitfalls of performing a natural social ritual. You both know full well that you should have said hello, but the pressure of being the first to acknowledge the

other was insurmountable. Instead, you both opted to take the path of least resistance: Swallow your pride and avert your eyes. It’s definitely safer than venturing out on the unstable limb of the social tree and prostrating yourself in hopes of reaching the right words for the ever elusive “casual greeting,” but something’s still eating at you as you walk away… Who the hell was that? Welcome to college, land of awkward social encounters and second-guessing oneself. The main culprit? Alcohol, of course. It only took another 30 seconds before you realized that the girl you pretended not to know was in fact Sally…no, Susan, from that frat party on Friday night. You two shared that intimate and spontaneous conversation about how much GB112 blows, remember? And then she went to go dance while you whet your whistle with a little more of that fantastic social lubricant in hopes of conjuring up another meaningful intellectual conversation in the near future. Unfortunately for you, Susan took off with Craig at around 12 that night for what you can only imagine must have been a late night game of chutes and ladders. You never got to say good-

bye, and as devastated as you were at the time, 10 minutes later you started doing keg stands and forgot completely. As most college students will come to realize, alcohol can remedy all of life’s little problems. Afraid to talk to girls? Jack Daniels has got your back. Don’t know enough about sports to carry on a conversation with a stranger? Well neither do they, but you’ll both be experts on the field tonight. Unfortunately, this cure comes at a high price: These problems will manifest themselves in new and hilariously unexpected ways when you’re sober again, and you will definitely not see them coming. If you’re not savvy or socially adept enough to handle them when they come back around, you’re going to be in for a rude awakening on Sunday morning. A little social awkwardness is the least of your worries in college, though. In fact, it’s a natural part of pretending to have grown up after high school. The real problems we all face as a result of drinking in a college environment are the kinds of things I can’t talk about or even do justice to in a 700word article in The Vanguard. However, nobody wants to hear about real

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Canada’s finest sprinters cruise on by with barely even a courtesy nod. In other news, strong wind gusts dominate baby ducks. So mama duck and her little ducklings are strolling down park place minding their own business, just another day of adventure for the little minions I suppose. Unfortunately, moms forgot to check the weather forecast before hitting the old dusty trail with her kids. The result is one of those situations where you really should-

n’t laugh, but that only makes it even funnier. Little furballs are just rolling all over the place, each blast of wind sends them toppling to the side a good ten feet and then they just get back up like nothing ever happened. Even mama duck slides fifteen feet on her face before the wind shows a little mercy and lets her stand back up. Even so, she just shakes it off and goes back to trying to prevent her ducks from ending up the star of some book about how being ugly is okay. This attitude is what we all need to adopt. Like, you’re walking to Jennison hall and a little Bentley gremlin comes up to you and says that you now have to pay 50 cents every time you use the crosswalk. No surprise there, tuition is awfully low after all. The ducks sure as hell wouldn’t be upset by this, so why should you be? In the end, I think it’s important to learn from these birds that there is no point in getting upset just because something is wrong. Instead, we should just give up and let things happen the way the big guys say they should. That being said, tune in next week for more demotivational speeches and otherwise useless dialogue.

By Nick Vasiliadis

Run-ins involving alcohol can often lead to awkward moments later.

problems, lest they be forced to similarly acknowledge their own in the process, so I won’t go there. Ultimately, students should acknowledge that while alcohol may not solve all of life’s little problems, it’s definitely possible to drink until they can’t be seen clearly anymore. The only downside is that you’ve got to look at life straight on

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eventually, and depending on how drunk you were last night, it might panic and look away when you do. The moral of the story is that it’s best to either cut down on the sauce or be prepared for a few uncomfortable encounters. Unless you plan on becoming an alcoholic, of course, in which case you’ve beaten the system and will never have to face reality.



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Men’s ice hockey splits two-game series with Canisius By Matt Gustus VANGUARD STAff

The men’s ice hockey team split a two-game set against conference opponent Canisius last weekend, bringing their record to 2-6-1 overall and 2-1 in the AHA. Sophomore goalie Branden Komm played a major role in game one, posting Bentley’s first shutout since January 2009. Komm was able to stop all 24 Golden Griffin shots to preserve the win. The play of the game came with less than four minutes remaining, when Komm made a remarkable

save on a shot from Canisius forward Kyle Gibbons. Aiding in the strong defensive effort for Bentley was the penalty kill line, who were on the ice for eight power plays, totaling an impressive eighteen minutes of play without conceding a goal. Junior Brett Hartung provided the only score in the game, scoring twice in the contest. His first goal came in the middle of the second period. Hartung was in the right place at the right time and tipped in a shot to give Bentley a 1-0 lead. Assisting on the play was sophomore Zach Marginsky.

In the last minute of the game, Canisius pulled their goalie off the ice in favor of an extra attacker to try and tie the game. However, Hartung recovered the puck and knocked it in from the neutral zone to give Bentley the 2-0 win. The next day, the two teams suited up again for game two of the weekend set. Canisius got on the board first, scoring a goal midway through the first period. The goal came on the Golden Griffin’s first power play of the night, which was a great improvement from the night before. Neither team

The team now holds a record of 2-6-1 after their latest series.

The Falcons won the first game of the series in shutout fashion due in part to the efforts of sophomore goalie Branden Komm.


scored again until the third period, when Canisius forward Mitch McCrank scored less than five minutes in. Canisius scored one more goal less than a minute later to put the game out of reach. Bentley managed to score one goal late in game, coming from sophomore Brett Gensler. However, the game was out of reach for the Falcons, who lost their first conference game of the season by the score of 3-1. Looking ahead, Bentley has


a pair of conference games this weekend. Friday, Bentley will host American International in just their third home game this season. AIC (2-7 overall, 2-2 AHA) is in a similar situation as Bentley, having lost some close non conference games early in the season but rebounded well in conference. Saturday, Bentley will travel to Army (0-4-2 overall, 0-21 AHA). The Black Knights will be looking for their first win of the season on the comfort of their home ice.

Women’s basketball looks to continue success from last season By Louis Sherman VANGUARD STAff

As the 2011-12 basketball season approaches, the Bentley women’s basketball team looks to continue the success that they had last season. If you do not remember last year, Bentley won the Division II East Regional Title before losing in the National Quarterfinal game to Clayton State. This season, Bentley has been given the #2 ranking in the nation for Division II

schools coming into the season, with only the reigning champion, Clayton State, ahead of the Falcons It isn’t much of a surprise that Bentley is also the early favorite to take the NE-10 Conference title this season, after making it to the Conference Finals game last season. The Lady Falcons lost Kim Brennan, the school’s all-time, fifth-leading scorer in the team’s history, to graduation last year. Although this was a significant loss for Bentley, the

The Lady Falcons hold the #2 ranking in the nation for Division II schools.

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team will be returning some integral parts to last year’s production. The sophomore frontcourt of Jacqui Brugliera and Lauren Battista were named to the All-Conference team last season as freshmen. They were the team’s top two scorers and rebounders last year, and are looking to improve on their totals this coming season. Other returners who look to make an increasing impact are senior Katherine Goodwin and grad student Elise Caira. Caira injured her knee last season, sidelining her down the stretch. She looks to come

back in a big way this season. Goodwin has started the last two seasons and was second on the team in three-pointers. Other seniors who are looking to make the most out of their final season are Meghan Thomann, Shatasia Kearse, and Lauren Massie. Thomann is a versatile player who is just one of the six players who played in every game last season. Kearse, who was honored as the team’s Most Improved Player last season, when she was third on the team in rebounding. Massie was out for 10 weeks last year and is looking to

make more of an impact this season. Bentley’s powerful lineup of returners and impact players shows that there is no reason to think they will not out-perform the 28-5 record from the 2010-11 season. Bentley kicks off the season this weekend, at UmassLowell’s Tip-Off Tournament. They are set to take on Holy Family and Felician on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in Lowell. The first home game for the Lady Falcons is set for next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., as the team takes on Umass-Lowell.


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Even a dynasty can hit a crossroads The Patriots’ focus on Brady has hurt their once dominant defense

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rECEnt rESultS Results from 11/2-11/8

By Robbie LaBrie SportS Editor

For some NFL teams, there is no defining moment or defining game. Sometimes teams cruise through the season with little trouble like the Packers this year or the Patriots of 2007 or the Colts during a majority of the Peyton Manning years, or they aren’t contenders and know it the whole way. But for other teams there are games that come around that will truly define the season, or in the very rare occasion, will define the status of a dynasty. I tend to not get overly dramatic about any one particular game, but the Patriots have reached a point in the season, after losing two games in a row and sitting in a three-way tie for the AFC East lead, where they could go either one of two directions. They could beat the Jets and reclaim the driver’s seat in the division, while maintaining their status as a top two or three team in the AFC. Or they could lose this game and find themselves on the outside looking in at a crowded AFC playoff picture with more backwards momentum than any other team in football. Really, this one game is a microcosm of where the Patriots are as a franchise right now. Their window of opportunity to win another Super Bowl and resume the dynasty of the early 2000s is closing faster than you can say “Tom Brady’s shoulder,” and they’ve spent the past five years wasting away the prime of Brady’s career, not to mention the primes of Welker, Mankins and Wilfork. It would truly be a shame if Tom Brady went the rest of his career without winning another Super Bowl, not only for him, but for Belichick and the Patriots organization and fans. Brady didn’t even become the best quarterback of his generation (arguably, I know) until after he won his Super Bowls, imagine if he had been surround by teams of the same cal-

Football (6-4, 5-3 NE-10) Assumption (11/5)*

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Hockey (2-6-1, 2-1 AHA) At Canisius (11/5)* At Canisius (11/6)*

W 2-0 L 3-1

Men’s Basketball Bishop’s University (exhibition)

Brady’s talent hasn’t been enough to get the Patriots to the Super Bowl since 2007.

iber of 2001-2004 for his entire career. During the run of championships, Brady was a great quarterback, but in his late 20s and into his 30s, when the Patriots racked up playoff losses every season, he was statistically one of the best quarterbacks in history. Unfortunately, the organization shifted its philosophy from a dominant defensive team to one built around its star quarterback, putting the entire weight of the team on Tom’s shoulders and letting defensive cornerstones like Bruschi, McGinest, Law, Samuel, Harrison, Seymour, Johnson and Vrabel all leave without bringing in even close to adequate replacements. We can get into all kinds of reasons why the Patriots haven’t been able to build a decent defense to support Brady, like making terrible free agent signings, lack of aggression in taking high-end talent in the draft, gathering second and third round draft picks and wasting them on terrible players, or Belichick refusing to surround himself with experienced assistants. In New England, the view for a while has been that the dynasty isn’t really over, it’s just paused. That may be true to a

After losing some key defensive players, the Patriots’ defense hasn’t been the same.

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certain extent, at least as long as Brady is here, but the fact is that since the last championship, the team’s defense simply hasn’t been good enough to win a Super Bowl and since 2007 they’ve been destroyed in the playoffs every single year. We used to rip on the Colts back when we won titles and they raked in regular season wins and not championships, but look at what the Patriots have become. They’re the Colts now. Peyton Manning has won a ring more recently that Tom Brady. But the crazy part is that even with a defense that starts guys named Phillip Adams, Antwuan Molden and Sergio Brown, the Patriots are still contenders. They could still resume the dynasty because they have Tom Brady and one of the best offenses in the league. If they don’t do it this season, however, the window closes and another turning point passes without a championship. There won’t continue to be chances like this when you have a quarterback in his mid-30s. Especially in a season where there is no established dominant team in the conference, there may be no better chance to get to the Super Bowl and win ring number four than right now. And the only way the Patriots take care of this season is if they take care of this game against the Jets on Sunday. The defense needs to prove they can handle a playoff bound team and the offense needs to prove they are still capable of being elite after struggling to score points two weeks in a row. It’s hard to ever say that one game can define a team, unless it’s a playoff game or the Super Bowl, but this certainly feels like one of those. If New England falls on Sunday, it feels like they are nothing but a mediocre team with one of the worst defenses in the league. That doesn’t sound like a contender to me and it doesn’t sound like a team capable of building on a dynasty.

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Men’s Cross Country NCAA East Regional

3rd of 25

Women’s Cross Country NCAA East Regional

2nd of 27

Women’s Swimming (1-0) Betty Spears Relays (11/5) Volleyball (12-15, 7-8 NE-10) New Haven (11/4)*

No team score

L 3-0

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upComing SChEdulE

November 11 Hockey vs. AIC* Men’s Basketball vs. Felician

7:05 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

November 12 Men’s Basketball vs. Bloomfield

8:00 p.m.

November 16 Women’s Basketball vs. UMass-Lowell* Men’s Basketball vs. UMass-Lowell*

5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

November 19 Men’s Basketball vs. Bridgeport Swimming vs. Saint Michael’s

2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

*Conference Game

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High hopes for Bentley men’s basketball in 2011-12 Falcons enter season claiming six of the last seven NE-10 titles and appearing in five straight sweet 16 By Benjamin Klein VanGUaRD StaFF

The Bentley Falcons men’s basketball team has had great success over the last few seasons and it continued with another huge run in the NCAA Division II tournament last season. A team of experience and leadership took Bentley to the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth consecutive year, only to lose to Bloomfield in the Elite Eight, 75-71. This postseason run came after the Falcons took home the regular season NE-10 championship with an 18-4 conference record. Bentley has now won the NE-10 title in six of the last seven seasons. Bentley loses four of its starters from last season in Joe Fremeau, Brian Tracey, Mike Quinn and Tom Dowling. Tracey was named to the All NE-10 First Team and led the team in points per game with 17.2 and rebounds per game with eight. He ranks 10th on the All-Time Scoring List at Bentley with 1,547 career points. Dowling and Quinn rank 31st and 38th on that list, respectively. Mike Quinn leaves Bentley with the most games started in school history with 133. The lone remaining starter for Bentley will be senior G Sam Leclerc, who completed his first season as a Falcon last year after transferring from Bryant University. Leclerc started in 30 of the team’s 32 games during the season and averaged almost eight points per game. “Sam played well for us last season but will take on a bigger leadership role this year,” said Head Coach Jay Lawson. F Kevin Kettl is the only other senior on this year’s roster. Kettl has come off the bench for most of his career at Bentley but it is likely that he joins Leclerc in the starting rotation. Besides the two sen-

Junior G Greg Jacques is one of the few upperclassmen on the men’s basketball team this season.

iors, there are only 4 other upperclassmen on the roster, G Greg Jacques and F Dan O’Keefe with the most experience as the first and second to come off of the bench last year. Bentley currently has three sophomores and five freshmen on the roster. “This is probably the youngest team we have ever had here at Bentley,” Lawson said. “It’s going to take some time to gain the experience that we’ve had in the past but the guys are practicing hard to try and continue the program’s success.” The younger talent showed what they were capable of on Sunday when they took on Bishop’s University in a preseason exhibition. Bentley won the matchup 101-74 but it was the performances of sophomore G Jasper Grassa and freshman F Andrew Shaw that were overly impressive. Grassa was 1015 from the field and 8-11 from three-point range for 29 points

Falcon Fact 8,189 The Bentley football team closed out there season with an emphatic 41-26 win over Assumption this past Saturday. Did you know that QB Bryant Johnson finished the last game of his collegiate career with a total of 8189 career yards, good for second all-time in program history? Johnson ended an admirable four-year run with 355 all-purpose yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown last week as the Falcons finished the season 6-4 overall.

while also adding seven assists and five rebounds. Shaw scored 21 points off of the bench while shooting 5-7 from behind the three-point line. “Grassa and Shaw are both great shooters and they will play big roles for us this season,” Lawson said. The Falcons shot 50 percent from both the field and three-point range in the game which led to the 27-point victory. Last season Bentley took the most three-point attempts in the NE-10 by a margin of almost 100 attempts. Nearly half of their total shots taken last season were from three but their 43-percent threepoint percentage continues to impress. “We don’t go into games saying that we are going to take a bunch of threes but it helps when your forwards are good shooters and the defense doesn’t follow them out there,” Lawson said. One of the biggest problems the Falcons will face this sea-

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son is their difficult early schedule. They will play seven games before the start of December, five of them being home games. They open the 2011-12 season with the annual Bentley Tip-Off Classic where they will face out-of-conference opponents Felician and Bloomfield. Felician only went 14-13 but Bloomfield will be a true test as it will be a rematch of the NCAA Regional Championship game from last season. They have lost their two leading scorers from last year but were still ranked first in the CACC preseason poll that was released just this week. Bentley will then take on UMass-Lowell who was ranked first in the NE-10 preseason poll just ahead of the Falcons who received 4 of the 16 first-place votes. UMass, even though losing in the semifinals of the NE-10 tournament and the first round of the NCAA tournament, poses

a huge threat to Bentley’s streak of regular season conference championships. They will return all five of their starters and 13 total players from last season. Their backcourt will be a huge test for Bentley as Akeem Williams led the River Hawks and ranked fourth in the NE-10 in points per game with just over 18 as a freshman. “It’s always a big game when the preseason number one comes to your court early in the season,” Coach Lawson said. This anticipated NE-10 matchup will take place on November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana Center. Following that game Bentley will take on the University of Bridgeport in a non-conference game before playing a slew of NE-10 teams. They will travel to play #7 Merrimack and then #3 Saint Anselm before returning home to face #6 St. Michael’s to close out their November schedule. St. Michael’s got the best of the Falcons late in the 2010-11 season and held them to a season-low 42 points but Bentley eliminated the Purple Knights in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NE-10 Championship 6754. One of the main things Bentley will need to do early is stay out of foul trouble. Last season they led all Division II teams in fewest personal fouls per game with 13. Team discipline has been one of the bigger keys to success for Bentley and Coach Lawson has continued to teach it year after year. Lawson is going into his 21st season at Bentley and has produced a winning record in all but one year, sixteen years ago. Lawson hopes that the success continues this year with another great season. Bentley will open its regular season at home on Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. against Felician in the first game of the Bentley Tip-Off Classic.

Women’s Cross Country The women’s cross country team is the Falcon of the Week at Bentley University this week. The team qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships by finishing second among 27 teams at the East Regionals on Sunday in Boston. It’s the first time ever the program has qualified for nationals. The Falcons, who are ranked 25th in Division II, finished second to fellow Northeast-10 school Stonehill. They bested Philadelphia University by 13 points for the second qualifying position. Bentley had two of the top-four individual finishers, freshman Tara Dooley in second with a time of 21:58.7, and junior Amy Varsell in fourth with a time of 22:39.9. Ashley Nichols, who will be returning to her home state of Washington for the nationals, and Caitlin Fahey also earned All-Region recognition. The championships will take place on Nov. 19 in Spokane, Washington.

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