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An Opinion: Dealing with the Financial Aid Office Editor in Chief

“Don’t call me Roberts!” She gets agitated, raising her voice just loud enough to break restaurant etiquette. I was sitting across from my friend as she read one of her emails and could clearly tell what had just happened. Someone had emailed her, but had decided to refer to her by her last name instead of her first. I could understand and sympathized with her frustrations. The look of anger eventually subdued, but did not completely evaporate. I inquired, of course, as there was evidently more to be dealt with. “Financial Aid Office.” That was all she said for a moment, but that was all I needed to know. The words alone led me down a very ugly path on memory lane. I’ve been fortunate enough to have never needed financial aid, but it came as nothing short of a horror story to me. I’ve heard my friends complain countless times about their experiences, and the vivid descriptions of the hassle they’ve had to go through have made me question a

lot of things and made me thankful for what I have. Stories of missing documents were a frequency. In our business courses, we preach the concepts of six sigma and ISOs; yet internally, we can’t get the concept of paperwork right. Our peers and mentors sermonize getting back to people within 24 hours like it was the holy grail of emailing, but it takes days for people to get responses. The idea that documents that were once reported being received and recorded on multiple occasions suddenly go missing sends chills down

my spine. The stories of being charged late fees because the correct information was not relayed to accounts payable shocks me; it’s the most basic and first thing anyone would do. I’ve been unfortunate enough to hear of incidents such as getting denied financial aid despite it having been approved 3 months prior. I’ve heard stories of people spending all of summer trying to figure out some sort of paper work out that should’ve taken 5 minutes in totality. Efficiency and effectiveness are reoccurring themes across our General Business

curriculum, but apparently it’s only something preached and not practiced and we, as students, still have to deal with this mess. At some point, you’d think someone would’ve compiled all the complaints and issues and thought of an enhancement system. You’d hope that some of our seasoned business consultants and professionals would’ve thought about better automating the processes so that the issues I hear about on a daily basis wouldn’t occur. I bring this up not because I would love to personally attack the Financial Aid department,

Financial Aid is a great tool for students, but it comes with hassles.

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BY Usama Sailm

but because the short stories are now turning into volumes of novels. There needs to be a point where someone needs to take a stand. My friends who rely on financial aid won’t do it; they need it, and they can’t risk a Bentley education for a few words exchanged. So here I stand, not a hero, but a concerned citizen of Bentley, asking those in charge to better our systems. Your students, those you depend on for your high rankings, and those that depend on you for a future, stand behind me in the shadows and they too plead; do something. Her forehead extends, and her head falls into her hands; it was far from over yet. On her to-do list that spans the length of her Lenovo’s screen, she quietly adds, “financial aid papers”, whispers something in muffled sounds to herself, and that’s that. That’s her stand. I talked to her a couple of days later, showing her what I had written. “I have friends that have horrors,” she said. I can only imagine worse. I plead as I have pled before: someone, do something.

A closer look into the Ferrera Fellowship at Bentley BY jennifer wright News editor

This summer, two Bentley University students worked at non-profit organizations as Ferrera Fellows. They were the third set of fellows from the Ferrera Public Service Fellowship, which was established in 2013 to recognize Professor Gerald R. Ferrera’s retirement. This year, Alex O’Halloran (’16) worked at Perkins School for the Blind and Kyla Reslock (’17) worked at KeySteps C.N.A. Program. The Ferrera Fellowship was established by Professor Ferrera’s son, David L. Ferrera. Wanting to honor his father’s 45 year service as a teacher and a scholar, David worked with his mother, Judith A. Ferrera, to establish the program. David decided to set up the fellowship because of his father’s dedication to service. Professor Ferrera had told him that one of the most memorable experiences

he had while teaching was bringing a group of students to a maximum security prison as part of his Law and Society course while discussing the rights of prisoners and the rights of the poor. This story sparked David’s desire to set up the fellowship. The Ferrera Fellowship allows two Bentley University students to receive $2,500 grants every summer to work at a non-profit organization for 8-10 weeks. Any sophomore, junior, or senior can apply. The fellowship also recommends that students have a G.P.A. of 3.6 or higher, excellent communication skills, other skills that “align with the needs of a specific Host Organization,” previous community service experience, and a commitment to continuing public service after graduation. Before their fellowship begins, the students attend a workplace ready workshop with Career Services to ensure they’re prepared for their new

position. After the summer, fellows attend a program hosted by the Ferrera Public Service Fellowship Committee to explain their project, the impact they had on the organization, and what they learned at the fellowship. The two fellows also prepare a short report to present to students, faculty, and their agency’s board of directors on their experience. The fellowship goes beyond simple volunteering or even an internship. According to Professor Ferrera, fellows “are going to make a contribution… in helping to strategize or bring about the mission that the agency is all about.” A volunteer, who has limited hours, is unable to make such an impactful change, and the non-profits working with the Ferrera Fellowship do not have the funds to pay for an intern on their own. Although the fellowship was meant to commemorate Professor Ferrera’s retirement,

he stresses that students don’t have to wait until retirement to give back to their community. Fellowships such as the Ferrera Fellowship give students the ability to dedicate time to working with non-profit organizations and government organizations while still young, applying the skills they learn in the classroom to real-world problems. Reslock, who worked at KeySteps C.N.A. Program, said of her choice to participate in the fellowship: “I thought I could make more of a difference working for a small non-profit than for a larger one that could afford to pay me. [This fellowship] was a way of being able to go where I would be most needed and get paid for it.” Although his son setting up the fellowship was a surprise to Professor Ferrera, he firmly believes in it and has high hopes for participants. “My hopeful expectation for a fellow would be that they will not only

develop a new outlook on the role of non-profits in society, but would come back with the confidence that they’d made a contribution.” And the fellows have made a difference. This summer O’Halloran analyzed Perkins’ $290 million endowment profile, proposing a centralized process for future budgeting implementation. Reslock led a C.N.A. (certified nursing assistant) course for twelve students, eleven of whom spoke English as a second language. After the course, four of her students took and passed the C.N.A. exam. The Ferrera Fellowship is currently accepting applications for its 4th year. Applications can be submitted on BentleyLink by November 20th, and the Ferrera Fellows will be announced on March 1, 2016. The 2016 Host Organizations include: Perkins School for the Blind, Global Smile Foundation, St. Francis House, KeySteps, Inc., and The Learning Center for the Deaf.

Chinese economy

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GOP Debates

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Karan Manwani tells it how it is: Justin Bieber is amazing and here’s why.

We are to blame for bad debates? Writer Thomas Blakely proves out why.





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


Usama Salim ‘17

Managing Editor

Karan manwani ‘16

General Manager

corey werner ‘17

Central intelligence

asli altan ‘19

Copy Editor

stephanie falconer ‘18

News Editor

jennifer wright ‘16

Campus Life Editor


Features Editor


Sports Editor Business Editor Photography Editor

russell cloon ‘18 adam haidermota ‘18 kristin salazar ‘18

Director of Production and Layout

angela ly ‘17

Director of Advertising

alizay maniya ‘19, haley persin ‘18

Director of Online Services Marketing director Director of app services in-house creative director social media manager advisor

michelle chiu ‘17 Felicia dodge ‘18 neeraj ganglani ‘17


Three events you don’t want to miss

1 2 3 Fall Fest

Date: nov. 14 Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: lower green space Host: campus activities board

The perfect way to enjoy fall; smores, bonfires, hot chocolates, apple cider and blankets. Did we mention there was a trolley pick-up/ drop-off?

Date: nov. 14 Time: 9:00 P.m. Location: living room Host: tnt

Try your hand at bows and arrows at the first-of-its-kind event hosted by Falcons Unite.

Date: nov. 15 Time: 6:15 P.M. LocAtion: koumantzelis Host: campus activities board

Nicole Chabot-Wieferich

Courtsey of Kelsey Johns

Staff Writers jd towers ‘17, ethan hall ‘17, nick toselli ‘17, stephanie seputra ‘17 ,cam estelle ‘17, Paola Sierra ‘17 joseph greely ‘18, christopher mella ‘18 Columnists USAMA SALIM ‘17 Production AssistantS MiCHELLE CHIU ’17, USAMA SALIM ’17 Photographers Garrett meccariello ‘17, angela su’17, amanda rose ‘17, michelle ghozali ‘17, nicole gadeloff ‘17, Final Editors ADRIA CLANTON-THUoN ‘17, Matt DWYER ‘17, kiley caravella ‘17, brendan devine ‘17

mail Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452 USA phone +1 781.891.2912

Ever wondered what food from around the world tasted like? Then come check out Food Fest, your one stop shop for international foods!

Fall Comedy Show

isaiah johnson ‘18


Date: nov. 2o Time: 5:00 P.M. Location: EDR Host: REAL and cultural orgs

Editor’s pick

natalia mccullough ‘17

email GA_Vanguard@bentley.edu

Food Fest


Ready for a good laugh? ImprovBoston is coming to campus Sunday, November 15th! Tickets available to reserve on MyBentley from November 10th. You could also win a complete VIP access to the Spring Show as well! So, finish the Patriots game and then come on down to the best comedy show in Boston!

...find more campus events at events.bentley.edu


Clean up your sh&*%, seriously

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At Bentley University, we are blessed with what I, personally, think is a beautiful campus. Greenery all around, a multitude of different colors in the fall and the most quaint brick buildings create a seamless landscape. The administration encourages us to make the most of this by placing benches all over campus, rocking chairs in front of the student center, a fireplace to the side entrance and tables outside of La Cava. Even the inside of buildings are kept spick and span to ensure a comfortable learning and living environment. Bentley’s hard working and dedicated team of janitors and grounds staff begin work early in the morning, well before we wake up, to maintain our campus’ beauty. Unfortunately, rather than preserve this campus of ours, we as a community decide that we really couldn’t care less. We proceed to abuse our great privilege of a campus. On the weekends, there should be a drinking game dedicated towards finding empty beer cans in absurd locations. Beer

cans and bottles in addition to the trash can be found all over campus lying in elevators, in the hallways, sometimes atop bushes, around the Bentley Bridge, and atop and around various other objects on campus. Cigarette butts tend to be littered outside various buildings on campus every day of the week and when cleaned are immediately replaced with more. In The 921, people leave their plates on the tables, and in La Cava there are those that don’t bother to throw their trash away either. Most freshmen know the feeling of walking into their communal bathroom and seeing either an unflushed toilet, hair all over the shower cubicle, or a sea of paper towels flowing out of the bathroom garbage can. I’ve seen upperclassmen dorms with holes in the ceiling and dents in the walls. Look at the furniture in the common area of your on campus suite and apartment and you are guaranteed to find a combination of dirt, gum, and candy wrappers. Yeah, I get it. We, along with

our parents pay an exorbitant $60,000 or $40,000 or $30,000 or whatever it is we pay to go to school here. But paying thousands of dollars a year does not give either you or I the right to trash our amazing campus. As business students at a premier business school, we of all people know that when we invest our money in something, be it our education or anything else, we should do our best to better it and preserve it. I acknowledge that it is only a small portion of Bentley’s students who mistreat our campus and enjoy trashing it. I think it’s safe to say that most students throw their cigarette butts in the trash, recycle their beer cans, and take proper care of their living spaces. However, there are those who don’t, and the rest of us as so far have chosen to do nothing. So the next time someone doesn’t pick up their plate and leaves a mess on your table at The 921, just remember: all it takes is a few simple words and almost no effort to make our campus a lot better.


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Sagar shah What are you involved in at Bentley? “S.A.S.A, Alpha Kappa Psi, R.E.A.L.”

Courtesy of Sagar Shah

What are you looking forward to this year? “Ending my senior year strong. Catching up with everyone I’ve met over the last three years.”

MaJOR: Finance and global perspectives HOME TOWN: river vale, NY

What are your plans for the future? “Grad school.” What are your goals for this year? “Finish on a strong academic note.” How are you feeling about graduation? “Bittersweet. I’m excited to graduate but at the same time

don’t want to leave college.” Advice to seniors/ words of wisdom: “Don’t get senioritis. Stay involved and keep on building relationships.” What can Bentley do to help you with this year? “Lots more senior events. They are always fun!” What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Bentley? “Socially: College is too short. Spend your days/ nights having a good time with your friends. Professionally: The importance of group work in the real world.”

STUDENT CONDUCT SUMMARY October 28 - November 11

Total Number of Cases Total Number of Individuals Involved Individuals Dismissed from Responsibility Individuals Admitting Responsibility Number of individuals found responsible by Conduct Board Number of educational sanctions given Number of Work Sanctions Number of Parental Notifications Cash total of fines given Number of students given a Verbal Warning Number of students put on Written Warning Number of individuals put on Probation Number of individuals put on Disciplinary Probation Number of individuals who lost 15 housing credits Number of individuals who lost 30 housing credits Number of individuals put on Suspension (Housing) Number of individuals put on Suspension (University) Number of individuals expelled

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Vanguard TIP OF THE WEEK: Eat breakfast. Start your day off right with a good meal when you get up. Whether you’re rolling out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class, make sure you start your day with a balanced, healthy meal. Don’t fight stress by eating. It can be tempting to reach for a bag of chips or some cookies when you’re stressed out about an impending exam. Eating won’t help your stress go away, so avoid filling up on snacks. Try working out or taking a break instead.


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A n h e us e r-Bu s ch InB ev and SABM i l l er team s u p The largest beer maker in the world AnheuserBusch InBev (BUD) has come to an agreement to acquire its closest rival SABMiller, for $104 billion. The combined company which would consist of brands such as Budweiser, Corona, Hoegaarden, Ultra, and Stella Artois, along with Miller Lite, Urquell, Pilsner, and Peroni would control a third of the Global Beer Market and have sales of over $73 billion. Domestically, the company would have an 80% market share of beer sales. However, the real growth opportunity comes from international expansion especially in places likes Africa where beer sales are rising exponentially. The formation of a major conglomerate such as this


would lead to pricing power. A rise in prices for brands such as Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft could potentially make unique craft beer brands more enticing to consumers. In an effort to defend its market share, BUD has been taking over various independent craft beer breweries. In the last few years, Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing, and Chicago-based Goose Island have been bought. SABMiller, too, has bought London’s Meantime Brewing Company a very successful independent craft beer. As younger drinkers are migrating to independent breweries, the purchase of these breweries could cause a price hike in the craft beer segment as well. If completed this would be the largest beer merger ever, and one of the top


BY adam haidermota business editor

In the third quarter of this year, China’s growth dropped below 7% for the first time since 2009 to 6.9%. A drop of 0.1% may seem trivial but given the immense size of China’s economy, the announcements of these results had a huge impact on not just China, but the world economy. China’s importance to the world is of vital importance and a sharper slowdown than currently predicted could lead to an entire percentage point of global output. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has even stressed that a greater slowdown in China’s domestic demand could cause some serious repercussions for world markets. Amidst the mini crisis, the Chinese government made many efforts to stem the slowdown and support the economy, but investment remained sluggish. Despite China’s economic success prior to the current slowdown, they have still been burdened by debt, excess manufacturing capacity and overbuilding by the real estate sector. These frailties are seeming to catch up with them. In 2015’s third quarter, although retail managed to meet its growth expecta-

tions, industrial production missed its target by 0.2% and fixed asset investment failed to meet expectations as well. According to UBS, the struggles of the real estate sector are probably the most concerning of the aforementioned troubles as these could remove up to 1.5 percentage points off of China’s overall growth for the year. In order to deal with the slowdown, the Chinese government has made steps to try and combat its concerns and its repercussions. Chinese leaders are massing pressure on local officials to spend their budgets more effectively and completely and to speed up work on infrastructure projects. The government’s attempt at rescuing the 29% weaker stock market was unsuccessful (although it later recovered). They also surprisingly decided to devalue the currency; a move which did more negative than positive, and instead sustained the certainty of China’s struggles. More recently, President Xi Jinping has finally set a minimum benchmark for China’s growth at 6.5% and all current and future efforts will now be focused on ensuring that China’s growth will not fall anywhere below it. President Jinping on Monday, November 9th announced a greater press for reforms, innovation, and the market to be more de-

five acquisitions of all time. However, SABMiller has been playing hard to get, they have already rejected at least four previous offers from AB InBev. Behind the scenes, majority shareholders of both the companies have been holding talks. 3G capital the Brazilian investor of Anheuser Busch held discussions with the Santo Domingo family that has a large stake in SABMiller. 3G had fruitful discussions with Altria the other major investor of SABMiller, and gained their support for a buyout. Anhueuser Busch InBev will be taking out a $70 billion loan to acquire SABMiller, a loan of that size will put some financial strain on even the king of beers. AB InBev is willing to pay a value of 39 GBP per SABMiller share. SABMillers board has stated that it will be willing to unanimously

growth cisive. The communist party’s meeting last week was fruitful as President Jinping signed off on a new five year plan for China which will focus on stabilizing economic growth. China’s chances of meeting its goal to double its 2010 GDP and per capita income looks to be more fragile than ever. Last week, China also announced reforms for management of the country’s state owned assets which

recommend the all-cash offer of 44 GBP per share to the SABMiller shareholders which represents a premium of about 33% to the shareholders. AB InBev has agreed to pay $3 billion to SABMiller if the deal does not go through, due to not getting

approval of regulators. Regulators could force both the companies to sell some brands. There is speculation that the Miller line of beers would have to be sold in the States. At present, 42% of that venture is owned by the Molson Coors and the remaining by SABMiller.

Courtesy of www.wsj.com

business editor

AB InBev’s Budweiser and SABMiller’s Peroni together.




are worth $15.7 trillion. These reforms of SEOs involves establishing investment firms to manage state owned capital and restructure state-owned enterprises. There were also reforms called for in relation to foreign trade which is on its eighth consecutive monthly decline. One of the biggest concerns about China’s problems is the unreliability of the data that they have

been announcing. It is widely suspected that they are fudging numbers to show stronger performance and there seems to be no sure way of telling by how much. This, in addition to President Jinping’s announcement of a minimum growth benchmark far below expectations, implies serious struggles for the foreseeable future. Right now, only time can tell what is in store for China.

Courtesy of www.ibtimes.co.uk

BY adam haidermota

China’s October industrial growth numbers decline to 5.6% from a year ago.


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CAMPUS VOICES Falcons share their thoughts.

What was your favorite childhood Halloween Costume? Mike Durkin ‘18 MaJOR: accounting hometown: Franklin, MA

Power Rangers!



Max french MaJOR: cfa HOMETOWN: west kelowna, british colombia, canada

Scoobydoo was the way to go for me!

Bieber Fever: A fan’s thoughts BY Karan Manwani Managing Editor

Okay, okay, why an article about the Biebs? To put it in simple terms, he’s just “Killin” it. Was it just yesterday he was just screaming Baby— the number one hit that makes most guys today cringe? He’s all grown up and destroying charts with hits that resonate well across college campuses, when we ask the macho population of Bentley University, “Hey, you listen to Justin Bieber?”, we get a contorted face of disbelief. I personally have walked by Collins and heard “Where Are U Now” blaring through thrift store speakers... don’t even deny it, you know who U are. Secretly, every guy wants to be him, fact. Between the fast cars, foreign models, and Calvin Klein photoshoots, what more could you want? Remember when the Biebs tried to rap? Well, that failed. We all have phases and personally, I don’t blame him. We knew something was wrong when his pants began falling much below his knee line, I mean waist

line, and his skin slowly began to disappear behind all his body art. Tattoos are great. At least his 18K Gold Rolex stands out…and can pay for my college tuition for a semester, goals! Fair enough, if I was making that much money in a year, I could justify the Ferraris, private jets, and million dollar mansions. Can you Believe, he’s just 21? It’s hard to be a global sensation at that age, so what’s a few extravagant purchases? So, which one of the BIG 4 audits the Biebs, is the real question. What is he saying Sorry for now though? Well, aside from the fact that it is his second number one hit since August (what great tur naround time), I can’t help but think this one goes out to Selena. I’m sure you’re thinking it. Jelena was perfect, but might it actually be too late? The couple has been dating on and off through their teen years and rumor has it, the Biebs might actually win her back. Let’s switch gears slightly and look at the example he sets for our generation: Drugs?

Check, Private Plane? Check, hanging out nude in Bora Bora in public? The latest scandal catches Justin in Bora Bora going commando with alleged “friend.” But, yes, Selena, I’m sure he really is sorry and does want you back—we’ll Just-ignore the bottles, models, and questionable holiday adventures. JB can only do what he does best. At the end of the day, he’s an entertainer and I believe a pretty good one at that. Sure, he might not be the ideal role model for the youth, but we’d be lying to ourselves if we said that we wouldn’t even want a slice the pop sensation’s life.. (Psst, Berkley School of Music is just down the road everyone). I’m only joking, public accounting for life. Justin’s a real person, and he’s living the life the way he wants it. We don’t know his struggles, we don’t know what’s in his mind, but if you really want to find out, listen to “I’ll show you”, his new single where he tells us what his feelings really are. You tell us Justin, we’ll keep listening!

MacKenzie Klarsfeld ‘16 MaJOR: marketing HOMETOWN: saratoga springs, ny

Definitely dressing up as a dalmation dog was my favorite of all!

Katie Hill‘16 MaJOR: Marketing HOMETOWN: N

I’d have to go with a flamingo.

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BY Virginia Duffy photography staff

The Biebs just dropped his new album, and surprise surprise, our Manging Editor is obsessed.


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An Open Letter to the Bentley Community from the University’s Adjunct Professors Bentley University is one of the top business universities in the country in part because of our commitment to the highest standard of business ethics. Now that Bentley has entered the nationwide debate about the role of part-time faculty in higher education, we have the opportunity to represent those high academic and ethical standards in a new way. We now have the opportunity to affect the educational system we teach in. We can make this community more fair and equitable while improving the education our students receive. That is why we based our bargaining agenda around three principles we believe are critical to the future of Bentley University and higher education: 1. Creating One Faculty: Adjuncts currently teach more than 25% of the courses at Bentley. Such a significant contribution should be recognized by incorporating us more fully into the academic culture and allowing us additional opportunities to educate our students. 2. Moving Past Contingency: While being an adjunct fits into each of our lives differently, part-time teaching does not need to be treated as contingent or disposable. We can work together to create a more regularized, stable, and predictable employment relationship that works for everyone. 3. Moving Towards Parity: Adjuncts teach the same courses as their full-time counterparts and regardless of who is teaching a course, students expect the same standard of excellence since they receive the same credit and pay the same tuition. Equal pay for equal work dictates that we should also receive the same pay for those courses. We all care deeply about Bentley University and see these negotiations as an opportunity to improve our school. We hope everyone in the Bentley community will join us in this conversation. There are undoubtedly instances where we will disagree about what is truly best for our University, but as long as we all stay true to Bentley’s mission – “to educate creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational leaders” – we will make progress. Let’s demonstrate how valuable an education at Bentley is by showing how much we value those who educate.

- On behalf of the Bentley Faculty Union Robert P. Ackert Jr., Natural & Applied Sciences Gregg Almquist, Information Design & Corporate Communication Jennifer Alpert, History Lord Andzie -Quainoo, Economics Joan Atlas, English & Media Studies Emily Avery-Miller, English & Media Studies Albert Barnor, Economics Marilou Barsam, Marketing Brian Bethune, Economics Lilian Bobea, Sociology Diane Bulpett, Global Studies C.C. Chapman, Marketing Alain Chinca, Finance Chong Un Choe-Smith, Philosophy Keith Clavin, English & Media Studies Stephanie Clayman, Management Mariastella Cocchiara, Modern Languages Christopher Dale, Sociology Roger Danchise, Natural & Applied Sciences Dr Jack Dempsey, English & Media Studies Anne Dent, Modern Languages Jon V. Dzitko, Sociology Virginia G. Egan, Ph.D., Natural & Applied Sciences Patricia D. Ellis, English & Media Studies Xiaoyin Fan, Mathematical Sciences Thomas Finn, English & Media Studies Colleen Fullin, English & Media Studies Jacqueline Gately, Philosophy

Eric S. Graber, Economics David Greenway, Marketing Alexander Gribanov, History Robert Hannigan, History Julia B.Hans, English & Media Studies John Hermanson, History Todd Holden, Sociology Curtis Holland, Sociology Heather Jacob, English & Media Studies Thomas Johnson, History Gary Johnson, Management Ted Kaplan, Mathematical Sciences Erin Kappeler, English & Media Studies Jonathan Kim, English & Media Studies Cheryl La Monica, Finance Bradley Lovoi, Global Studies Matt Macarty, Computer Information Systems Marilyn Matis, English & Media Studies Jason Megill, Philosophy Gail Mohanty, History Brian Murphy, Mathematical Sciences Bruce Murphy, Information & Process Management Barbara Nash, Natural & Applied Sciences Kate Nash, English & Media Studies Matthew Nelson, English & Media Studies Alicia Nitecki, English & Media Studies Stephen J. O'Leary, Accountancy

Michael Paige, Law, Tax and Financial Planning Thomas Parish, Economics Vanessa Parravano, Modern Languages Gabriel Repassy, Natural & Applied Sciences Patricia Rice, Computer Information Systems Katie Roman, Natural & Applied Sciences M. Rosenberg, History Michelle Rowland, Law, Tax and Financial Planning Charles L. Saccardo, Economics Santosh Sambare, Finance Aimée Sands, English & Media Studies Christine Sarkisian, English & Media Studies Elaine Saunders, Mathematical Sciences Clarissa Sawyer, Natural & Applied Sciences Deborah Schreiber, Law, Tax and Financial Planning Deborah Schwartz, English & Media Studies George W. Seeley, Global Studies Leeann Simons, Natural & Applied Sciences Martha Singer, English & Media Studies Lorne Smith, Philosophy Brian Sousa, English & Media Studies Summar C. Sparks, English & Media Studies Jonathan A. Speros , Accountancy Mareike Stanitzke, English & Media Studies Paul Therrien, Accountancy Jonathan Todd, Mathematical Sciences Svetlana B. Todorova, Mathematical Sciences Yuriy Zhaurov, Mathematical Sciences

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BY Thomas blakely vanguard columnist

On the evening of October 28th, I settled into my Bob-O-Pedic recliner, pushed the power button, and relaxed as I went from upright to near-horizontal in seconds. I positioned the clicker for the cable box on the left, the clicker for the volume to its right, and a glass of water in the middle. I was overcome with a sense of excitement as I changed the channel to CNBCHD (favorite #3 on my TV) and watched what the media was calling the “pre-game” to the debate. Minutes later, the familiar cast of characters walked across the stage. The moderators kept talking to the cameras while the picture shown to the viewing audience panned across the GOP candidates walking out, smiling, and waving at what presumably was a camera in the Boulder, Colorado auditorium broadcasting to the millions who were tuning in for the debate. I’ll spare you the color commentary of the rest of the debate. It was a terrible. If you do a quick Google search for “debate,” the bevy of big, bold, blue results, litter your search results—all declaring the



same opinion—that this was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad debate. The reasons behind this collective opinion, however, differ tremendously across the political spectrum. The DNC will blame the candidates for not having a thick enough skin, (The DNC notably, turned down offers for a debate on Fox, sticking with a debate schedule so narrow and few that it has been criticized by elements of the Democratic base) while the RNC will blame biased moderators and the liberal media (which seems to have been a defacto position for the GOP for several decades now.) As for myself, yes, I blame the media and biased moderators, however, I do not place all the blame there. I believe we are all to blame for what we saw on October 28th . On the issue of bias, yes, this was a biased debate, but it was also poorly run. Becky Quick badgered Donald Trump over facts that when questioned, she could not recall the source. John Harwood fired back at Mr. Trump, angrily disputing his claim that a combined effort between him and Dr. Ben Carson resulted in the de-

QuickQast: An App Review BY STEVEn defontes columnist

Recently I was hanging out with a few friends on the lower ground, and I noticed one of them on an app I didn’t recognize that had pictures of Bentley. “What’s that?” I asked, already feeling the first signs of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). “It’s called QuickQast”, she said as I grabbed her phone out of her hand. “It’s like an app where you can post pictures to your college’s feed, the cool part about it though is that it’s all anonymous. Honestly some of the pictures on there are hilarious.” Lo and behold, for once in her life, my friend was right about what she was saying. Right away, I was amazed with what I saw. Students all around Bentley were posting anonymous pictures to this app, talking about anything and everything. The pictures weren’t like ones you would normally find on other social media. They didn’t fit the model of Facebook or Instagram, but were nonetheless things that were fun to talk about. People were post-

ing pictures of their not-sostellar meals from seasons, wishing they had saved their discretionary, their late night study sessions for accounting exams, and all the other events going on at campus. The anonymity allows for students to be completely honest, and honest they are. Moreover you can see pictures from other schools and even “reqast” (like retweet) the picture to your school’s feed to show your college how others do certain things (I’m looking at you Texas Tech with your awesome food). If you haven’t downloaded QuickQast yet, I suggest you get the free app and start seeing what Bentley student are talking about. If you’re frustrated with a class, think someone is cute, or just want to see what’s going on during the weekend, chances are that other people are in the same boat as you and are talking about it on QuickQast. This app has already been helping Bentley students connect and share ideas. Download the app and join the conversation!



bate being shortened from three hours to two, despite days of media reports that the business network had agreed to shorten the debate, and after days more of reports saying that Mr. Trump and Dr. Carson were threatening to pull out of the debate if this demand was not met. Mr. Trump was asked about his campaign in terms of comic books, Carly Fiorina was repeatedly spoken over, and stepped over, trying to interject and be granted time from the moderators, while the same tactics allowed several other candidates to be granted time, something that seems to be based purely upon the whim of the moderators. The moderators pitted candidates against each other, not to debate about the “real” issues, but issues such as whose campaign was in the worst shape (recall the question to Jeb Bush about “how far his stock has fallen,” a reference to his changing podium placement reflecting his poll numbers, as if using stock price as a metaphor for poll numbers makes the question more appropriate, since CNBC is a business network). The moderators were out-


right rude at times. All of these things have been highlighted in painstaking detail by the media. If you want to hear more about the debate being biased, you know where to find it. The main reason, however, as to why we saw what we saw in the debate is the following: we, too, as the viewing audience, are to blame. As you can recall from the beginning of this piece, the way I prepared for the debate was identical to how I prepare for when the Patriots play the Broncos, or the Bruins play the Canadians, or to watch a movie. Political debates, for the American people, have ceased to become political debates. They have become instead, just another form of entertainment. Our opinions are our opinions. We are going to check off the box on the ballot for the name with (D) or (R) next to it, because that letter stands for a party that we believe embodies our beliefs, regardless of what we see or hear on stage. Nowadays, we watch debates not to hear ideas, but to simply be entertained. When the debate went to a commercial, I flipped between Comcast Sportsnet and Twitter, to see what

Debates other people were saying about the debate. Heck, during the debate CNBC even put a box across the bottom of the screen, scrolling through tweets sent using the hashtag “#GOPDebate.” The next day, we hear Nielsen ratings about the debate to see how many millions of people watched, the same way we would after a Super Bowl. We, the people, have come to desire entertainment in our debates, which has manifested itself in the debates themselves, in questions that only serve to pit one candidate against another, such that we can be entertained by two people trash-talking each other, much like one would see on the sideline of an NFL game. Except this trash talk is about debt-ceilings and Common Core. The media and politicians can squabble back and forth about substance in debates all they want. Only when the American people choose non-biased substance over raw entertainment value, will this event, through some form of social osmosis, actually manifest itself in a serious debate. Let’s make our debates great again.


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Bentley XC clinch second in NE BY taylor carlough Vanguard Staff Writer

It was an impressive team effort that got the Bentley men’s cross country team 2nd place Sunday at the NCAA East Regional race Sunday at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, qualifying them for the NCAA National Championship for the first time since 2012. The top five runners for the men all finished within the top 28, and all seven Falcons managed to place within the top 38. No other team had all of their runners place within the top 50. The Falcons’ score of 103 only trailed that of the favored American International team, which scored 45 points on the day. Along with Bentley and AIC in qualifying for the Championship race was Stonehill College, which edged the hosting school Franklin Pierce 122-126. The Falcons were led by senior Thomas Dean and sophomore Ryan Cadorette. Dean’s time of 32:10.8 on the 10,000-meter course got him 16th overall out of 189 runners, while Cadorette followed his teammate into the finish line ninetenths of a second later. “Going into the race, we knew that we had the potential to qualify for nationals,” Cadorette said, “but we were going to need everyone running to have

the race of their lives. Turns out, that’s what happened.” Rounding out Bentley’s top five were junior Nik Haas (34th, 32:15.7), freshman Cody Murphy (22nd, 32:21.1), and sophomore Graham Chapski (28th, 32:37.6). Even though they didn’t score, sophomore Erik Alatalo (34th, 32:47.0) and senior David Cooper (38th, 33:01.8) also had very nice races on the day. “Our team’s depth is the sole reason that we are going to Nationals,” said Thomas. “We had all 7 guys across the line before all the other teams had 5, with the exception of AIC. This was the definition of a team effort and I am very proud of how some of our young guys stepped up on a big stage. The future of Bentley Cross Country is looking very strong.” AIC had the top two finishers in junior John Chirchir (30:49.0) and freshman Leakey Kipkosgei (30:58.0). The Bentley women had a very nice result themselves, coming in 5th place overall at the East Regional. While the result does not qualify the team for the NCAA Championship, grad student Tara Dooley did qualify as an individual for the race. Dooley qualifies by placing among the top three runners who did not have their respective team place third

or better. She finished 4th overall out of 186 runners with a time of 21:54.4 on the 6,000-meter course. “I am very excited,” said Dooley,” as this is my 4th and final trip to Nationals for Cross Country! I’m hoping I’ll be able to rest up these next couple of weeks before the big race and get some more substantial workouts to prepare.” In her previous trips to the NCAA Championship, Dooley has finished 49th in 2011, 58th in 2012 and fourth in 2013. She missed the 2014 Championship due to injury. As a team, Bentley scored 180 points, trailing Daemen (4th, 178), St. Thomas Aquinas (3rd, 160), Roberts Wesleyan (2nd, 128), and Stonehill College (1st, 48). Junior Julia Morena placed 18th with solid time of 22:21.1, while sophomore Marianne Bartolotta (49th, 23:32.7), Courtney Loughnane (51st, 23:34.2), and junior Mary Leach (58th, 23:44.5) rounded out Bentley’s top five. Stonehill junior Nicole Borofski won the race by a rather wide margin, finishing with a time of 21:12.5, more than twenty seconds ahead of the second place finisher, junior Sarah Jerotich of the New York Institute of Technology. The Bentley men and Dooley will be going to Joplin, Mo. on Nov. 21 to compete in the National Championship.

TEAM SPORTS STANDINGS MEN’S SOCCER NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall Saint Anselm 1 8 0 1 10 0 American Int’l 1 3 4 3 5 4 Merrimack 4 2 2 8 2 2 Assumption 2 3 3 2 8 3 Le Moyne 4 4 0 8 4 0 Southern NH. 7 0 0 10 0 0 Adelphi 5 1 2 7 2 3 Bentley 5 3 0 6 5 0 Franklin Pierce 2 4 2 4 6 2 New Haven 1 7 0 4 8 0 St. Michael’s 4 4 0 6 5 0 St. Rose 4 3 1 5 5 1

WOMEN’S SOCCER NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall Merrimack 1 10 0 3 12 0 Stonehill 10 2 0 13 2 0 Adelphi 6 0 2 8 2 2 Le Moyne 11 0 0 14 1 0 Saint Anselm 6 5 0 7 6 0 American Int’l 6 2 0 8 4 0 St. Michael’s 0 8 0 1 9 1 Assumption 5 4 0 9 6 1 Southern N.H. 6 2 1 8 3 1 St. Rose 7 1 0 9 1 2 Franklin Pierce 5 6 0 7 6 0 Pace 2 9 0 4 10 0 New Haven 9 2 0 12 2 0 Bentley 7 4 0 8 5 0



The Bentley Falcons football team ended the regular season with a 3028 win against LIU Post, which improved their record to 5-5 overall. The win snapped a two-game losing streak over both Stonehill and Assumption. Senior kicker Michael Baron gave the Falcons the lead with 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest by completing a 31-yard field goal. Bentley Head Coach Bill Kavanaugh brought Baron out to kick, moments after he had missed a 35-yard field goal from the left hash mark. The gamewinning field goal was Baron’s 29th of his career. Bentley lead the Pioneers 27-14 going into the fourth quarter, but gave up the lead when LIU Post scored 14 unanswered points. Junior quarterback CJ Scarpa completed 228 passing yards, many of

them to senior receiver Chris Calvanese. Calvanese caught a career high 10 passes for a combined 154 yards, which included three touchdowns. LIU Post, however, completed more passing yards than Bentley, with 422 yards to Bentley’s 270. The Falcons lead rushing yards, however, with 156 yards in the day compared to LIU Post’s 98 yards. Senior slot receiver Chris Walsh completed a pass to Calvanese on a trick play with 5:03 left in the first quarter to give the Falcons the first touchdown of the game. Junior Martin Bannerman scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter, which came after fellow classmate Shane Wellman recovered a failed punt attempt. Junior Sam McDonald also contributed to the Falcons win by intercepting his fifth pass of the 2016 season, while sophomore Brandon Brown recovered a Pioneers fum-

ble in the third quarter. The Falcons scored the most points out of any game in their 2016 campaign, despite losing the edge in total offensive yards to LIU Post, 514 to 426. The teams will meet this weekend again at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 on the same field as participants in the Northeast-10 Championship Weekend. The weekend features four match-ups from the top eight teams in the conference, with the first seed playing the second seed and so on and so forth. The teams finished fifth and sixth place in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Northeast-10 Championship will be decided between Assumption and New Haven at 1 p.m. The Falcons lost to New Haven at home in the final seconds of the game 2221, and also lost at Assumption by a 40-7 margin. Next Saturday’s game can also be viewed online at bentleyfalcons.tv.


Merrimack 1 10 0 3 12 0 Stonehill 10 2 0 13 2 0 Adelphi 6 0 2 8 2 2 Le Moyne 11 0 0 14 1 0 Saint Anselm 6 5 0 7 6 0 American Int’l 6 2 0 8 4 0 St. Michael’s 0 8 0 1 9 1 Assumption 5 4 0 9 6 1 Southern N.H. 6 2 1 8 3 1 St. Rose 7 1 0 9 1 2 Franklin Pierce 5 6 0 7 6 0 Pace 2 9 0 4 10 0 Bentley 0 0 0 0 0 0 New Haven 9 2 0 12 2 0


Bentley football wins on Senior Day




Merrimack 1 10 0 3 12 0 Stonehill 10 2 0 13 2 0 Adelphi 6 0 2 8 2 2 Le Moyne 11 0 0 14 1 0 Saint Anselm 6 5 0 7 6 0 American Int’l 6 2 0 8 4 0 St. Michael’s 0 8 0 1 9 1 Assumption 5 4 0 9 6 1 Southern N.H. 6 2 1 8 3 1 St. Rose 7 1 0 9 1 2 Franklin Pierce 5 6 0 7 6 0 Pace 2 9 0 4 10 0 Bentley 0 0 0 0 0 0 New Haven 9 2 0 12 2 0

WOMEN’S TENNIS NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall Stonehill 10 2 0 13 7 0 Southern N.H. 11 1 0 12 6 0 New Haven 3 9 0 3 13 0 Assumption 7 5 0 9 10 0 Adelphi 12 0 0 15 4 0 Bentley 6 6 0 7 15 0 Merrimack 8 4 0 15 9 0 Saint Rose 2 10 0 3 12 0 St. Michaek’s 8 4 0 8 5 0 Saint Anselm 4 8 0 4 9 0 Franklin Pierce 1 11 0 1 12 0 American Int’l 0 12 0 0 12 0 Le Moyne 6 6 0 8 11 0

MEN’S TENNIS NE-10 STANDINGS School NE-10 Overall Stonehill 8 2 0 15 5 0 Bentley 7 3 0 13 7 0 Adelphi 9 1 0 9 3 0 Merrimack 10 0 0 11 6 0 Le Moyne 5 5 0 7 11 0 Southern N.H. 4 6 0 4 12 0 Assumption 6 4 0 9 10 0 St. Michael’s 2 8 0 2 9 0 Franklin Pierce 2 8 0 2 10 0 American Int’l 0 10 0 0 11 0 Saint Anselm 2 8 0 2 9 0


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New England Patriots at 8-0, “scoring by the bunches” Vanguard staff

Do you live under a rock? No? Good, then you’re well aware that the Patriots are 8-0, scoring points by the bunches, and are widely considered the Super Bowl favorites in the AFC. You’re also aware that Tom Brady is playing possibly the best football of his career, throwing for 22 TDs and 2 INTs so far, despite turning 38 this past summer. Dion Lewis was emerging as a star before his recent ACL tear on Sunday, but LeGarrette Blount is more than capable of shouldering the load. Julian Edelman is arguably the most consistent receiver in football, Danny Amendola is a constant big play threat, and Rob Gronkowski is – well, Gronk. The defense, meanwhile, has been surprisingly strong. The line hasn’t missed a beat despite losing Pro-Bowler Vince Wilfork, with Jamie Collins and Rob Ninkovich stepping up in his absence. The linebackers, led by redhot Dont’a Hightower, have gotten consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and the defensive backs have accumulated 8 interceptions in as many games. Gostkowski is as strong as ever, and Bill Bellichick is the genius in the hoodie he has always been. The question regarding the 2015 Patriots isn’t if this team can be great; we all know the answer to that. The real question (which I type with one hand while the other knocks on wood) is much bigger than that: can they be perfect? “That’s so Boston of you.” Bring this up to a non-

New Englander and that’s what you’ll get. “They start strong and you’re talking about a perfect season? Typical Boston sports fan.” But let’s look at the facts: here are Brady’s stats through 8 games in 2007: 198/267 (74.1%) for 2,431 yards, 30 TD 2 INT Impressive, right? Very. Now, let’s take a look at Brady’s stats through the first 8 games of the current season: 225/328 (68.6%) for 2,709 yards, 22 TD 2 INT See what I’m saying? Even at his advanced age, Brady is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Now, how about we really compare the entire teams. First, the offense. Of course the ’07 Pats were led, along with Brady, by Randy Moss and Wes Welker. But, do you know their other top receivers that year? Wideout Donte’ Stallworth and tight ends Kyle Brady and Ben Watson. Ever heard of them? If you’re not a diehard fan, probably not. Meanwhile, the 2015 squad boasts an incredibly deep receiving core, featuring the aforementioned Gronk, Edelman, and Amendola along with recently returned WR Brandon Lafell and newly acquired TE Scott Chandler. What about running backs? Well, the 2007 team was led in rushing by Laurence Maroney, a 2nd year back out of Minnesota who managed just one more decent year and retired in 2010. The 2015 team, even without Lewis, features the proven bruiser Blount along

with the young James White and pass catcher Brandon Bolden, all of whom get the privilege of running behind a banged-up but consistent offensive line. Want to look at the defense? Sure thing. The ’07 squad held teams to a ridiculous 17.1 points per game , but the 2015 D is no pushover, holding opponents to an average of 17.8 points through the first 8 games. 2007’s team accumulated 19 interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries, while the 2015 squad is on pace for 16 picks and 12 fumbles. While all of these numbers don’t guarantee a notch in the “W” column every week, they obviously don’t hurt. In the topic of injuries, the Patriots have overcome

plenty. The offensive line has been hit the hardest by the injury bug, having already lost tackle Nate Solder and guard Ryan Wendell for the season. Sebastian Vollmer, Bryan Stork, Marcus Cannon, and Tre’ Jackson have all missed time with injuries as well. The Pats have also been forced to play without DT Dominique Easley, LB Dont’a Hightower, and special teams standout Matthew Slater for various parts of the season. Many teams would look at these circumstances as an excuse, but the Patriots have proven to be the exception, not the rule. As they say in Gillette, “Do your job.” So, what’s the verdict? Easy: we have

to wait and see. The Patriots will travel to the Meadowlands next week to take on the New York Giants before a Monday nighter at home against Buffalo. Then comes the biggest test, a primetime battle in Denver against the first place Broncos. This looks to be the biggest possible bump in the road for the Pats, as its Week 13-17 opponents currently sport a combined record of 17-23. Nobody’s saying perfection will be easy. Any sports fan knows anything can happen on any given day, but know this: the Patriots historic 2007 season came just weeks after the infamous Spygate story broke. Remember Deflategate? So do the Pats.

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BY Sean Keegan

Brady has been intrumental to the Patriots sucess this season.


Men’s Basketball vs. Concordia 8:00 PM


Hockey vs. Rochester Inst. 7:05 PM


Volleyball vs. American Intl. TBA

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Women’s Basketball vs. Philidelphia U. 1:00 PM


Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. Brandies 6:00 PM


Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. Saint Rose 1:00 PM


Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. Brandies 6:00 PM


Men’s Basketball vs. Merrimack 7:30 PM


Men’s Basketball vs. Bridgeport 2:00 PM

Men’s Basketball vs. Caldwell 8:00 PM


Women’s Basketball vs. Merrimack 5:30 PM


Men’s XC vs. NCAA DII Championships TBA

Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. Saint Rose 1:00 PM


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