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This Issue Where is your meal plan money going? Meal Plans

The discrepancy of price per swipe between value plans

Ice Hockey Culture Fest Transgender ...................4 Twitter@Bentley...........4 Urinetown ........................5 Senior Experience ........6 SGA Speaks ....................6 Food for Soul ......................7

Seasons is a large part of every student’s life, and their costs at Bentley.

Glutton Girl ...........................7

Dan Merica

For Your Entertainment: Gran Torino ....................8

students with the Value 10 meal plan, which offers students 10 swipes per week at seasons dining hall, pay more per swipe than a student who pays out of pocket, according to an analysis of figures on the sodexo website. students who reside in apartments and are eligible for a plan that offers five swipes a week, a Value 5 plan, pay $6.87 per swipe compared to $11.83 per swipe for those with a Value 10 plan.

Kellan Lutz Interview ...9 April’s Advice .............10 Vampire Archives .......11 Women’s Basketball ...15 Men’s Basketball ..........16

staff WrIter

If a student has no meal plan and walks into seasons, they pay $10.50 for lunch or

“Bentley is just lending me the space… I can tell you right now, I do not get all of that. I do not get all $4,320 or whatever a meal plan costs.” -James Cornacchia General ManaGer, sodexo

dinner and $7.50 for breakfast. only students who live in apartments are eligible for the five-swipe per week or Value 5 plan, according to Bentley

Hockey sits fourth in the conference

Photos by Dan Merica

rules. and only students who live in campus apartments or off campus can opt to not have a meal plan. Paul Clemente, vice president of Business and finance, recognized the difference and pointed to their necessity in the universities upkeep. “In order to operate the university, we have healthcare costs, utility costs, financial aid, a lot of expenses going up, and you need to generate the revenue from those costs,” said Clemente. Part of Bentley’s licensing agreement with the city of

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Robbie Labrie sPorts edItor

the Bentley hockey team has kicked off the month of november with some tough conference games against their division I atlantic hockey rivals, air force and sacred heart and came out looking like a team that could be ready to make a run in the conference this season. the first two game series of the month came on november 6th and 7th against air force at usaf academy in

Colorado. the falcons stepped onto the ice at Cadet Ice arena for the first game on friday looking to upend the defending back-to-back atlantic hockey champs and they nearly succeeded. the falcons gave up a goal just a minute into the game, but 2 goals, 19 minutes and a 12-7 shot advantage later, the falcons had dominated air force in the first period, holding a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. freshman Brendan hartung scored his first career

Photo by Kevin Chen

goal to knot it up at one apiece. then junior erik Peterson received a long pass from sophomore trent Bonnett and snuck a shot past the air force goalie to give the falcons the lead. then in the second period, the falcons extended their lead to 3-1 when freshman Brandon Bahnemann fed senior Justin Kemmerer a centering pass that he put away to extend the Bentley lead. But air force fought back, showing the kind of grit and (Continued on Page 14)

“We try to improve the plan every year and I believe we have met that every year.” -Paul Clemente VICe PresIdent, BusIness and fInanCe

have a certain level of meal plan. In the current Bentley meal plan system, that mandate kicks in at the Value 10, the lowest value anyone without a full kitchen can have and (Continued on Page 12)

Culture brings Bentley together Matthew Somma

The Falcon offensive attack has been effective this season.

Waltham stipulates that all students who do not have full kitchens in their room must

Culture fest ’09 is a week built around giving awareness to the different cultures around the world that are represented on Bentley’s campus by students, staff and faculty. through a multitude of students, organizations, and the Multicultural Center, the week contained a mix of shows, events, and other activities all dedicated to giving different cultures their moments to shine. each event from november 7 to november 14 was met wit h sig nifica nt st ud ent turnouts. as director of the steP program and the Program Coordinator for this event, Claudette Blot commented, “Bentley, with a cause, is unbelievable.” Kicking off the first event of Culture fest was the harvest hall Charity 5K road race which raised money for the american red Cross. the cul-

tural entertainment for that night was provided by sasa’s diwali festival of lights which featured a diverse mix of dancing, music, and acting as the participants laid out the making of their next movie “legally Brown.” freshmen sadiq Khan said that he only heard great things about the

“Instead of focusing on what the military can do to win the war…ask what ordinary people can do to win peace.”

-Dr. Robert McNulty Center of BusIness ethICs

diwali show last year so they definitely had a lot to live up to and a lot of pressure on them. Culture fest continued with the “dare to dine” Cultural dinner in the new Global living Center (GlC), orchard north, lounge. students were “dared” to try new foods from a variety of cultures, with all

Police Log 2 Cartoon 3 Editorial 3 Voices 8 Horoscopes 10 Games 13 Falcon of The Week 16

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Campus News

News Briefs Have a big event that you want the whole school to know about? Send your Club Updates to The Vanguard!

Police log

Gaelen Austin-LaFrance Garren Hilow VANgUArd STAFF

Don’t trust the mailman A student was excited this week when she received a greeting card from her parents. To her dismay she realized the card’s seal had been tampered with and the cash she expected to be there was gone. After calling home she confirmed that her parents had sent cash and a few other items with the card. Officers spoke with the mail room staff and found that there has been a recent wave of issues with opened and beat up mail coming to campus. The case is closed due to lack of suspects. Slade Hall resident called in to report a problem with food on the staircase. Facilities notified.

E-mail the updates to vanguard@bentley.edu The Vanguard is taking a Thanksgiving Break!

Like a squirrel hiding his nuts Wednesday night, just before 9 p.m., officers observed a taxi pull up behind Spruce Hall and let out a group of males. One of the students removed a green box from the trunk of the taxi and began walking towards the Spruce Hall door. When he noticed the officers he turned and started walking towards Oak Hall. On his trip between Spruce and Oak he stopped behind one of the brick pillars, set down the green box and walked into Oak. The officer got out of his car and found a box of poorly hidden Heineken behind the beam. When the student came back outside he identified himself as a Bentley student and the owner of the beer. The student claimed that he did not know the names of the people he had ridden with in the cab and had met them at a party at BU. He will be charged with an underage alcohol violation and for being uncooperative with administrative personnel. A resident in Birch Hall called into the police station to report a problem with graffiti on the walls.

Late night snack

We’re giving THANKS to all our readers. See you December 3!

Friday morning, just before 3 a.m., campus police arrived on the scene of a fire alarm in rhodes Hall. Upon reaching the room that had set it off, officers met with a room resident who explained a burned grilled cheese was the cause. The student will be charged with fire alarm cooking accidental.

Case of mistaken identity

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While on patrol Monday just after midnight, an officer noticed a decal on a window of a vehicle that was in poor shape. After running the numbers, he found the decal belonged to another vehicle entirely. The car currently sporting the decal had no Bentley affiliation. The owner of the disguised car was told to get a visitor’s pass, and the student whose decal he was borrowing will be charged with a violation of college rules and for being uncooperative with administrative personnel.

People who live in screened houses shouldn’t throw stones? Sunday at 1 a.m., officers received a

call about students throwing rocks at a window, causing a small tear in the screen in Copley South. Upon arrival, the officers met with a group of students outside the building who were conveniently unaware of rocks being thrown at the building. The group willingly dispersed shortly after. Officers spoke with resident who stated she could not give a description of the suspects. Facilities Management was notified to replace the screen.

Brutal attack outside of Slade 2 a.m. Sunday morning, a visitor was patiently waiting outside of Slade for his friend. Two males approached and asked him to swipe them into the building. Since he was a non-Bentley student, he explained he had no card to swipe them in with. An argument ensued resulting in the visitor being thrown to the ground and punched several times, knocking out one and a half of his two front teeth. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. Since the case is still under investigation, police are accepting any information you may have to help find the attackers.

Next time just make the walk of shame A facilities employee was surprised to find a student sleeping near the elevator on the third floor of Copley North Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Campus Police arrived and shook the student awake. The sleeping beauty was confused to find himself being woken by police in the hallway of his dorm. He admitted that he had been drinking the night before but had no memory of how he got into the hallway. He was cooperative with officers but will be charged with an underage alcohol violation. Sunday morning around 11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the Smith Center for a trouble alarm. The officer reported the “trouble” was due to a dirty smoke detector.

Proud to be an American Early Friday morning, two drunken students showed up at the police station requesting officers’ assistance in sorting out their issues. When officers began to question one of the students, they found him to be too drunk to answer questions. His only response to their questions came when he decided to proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Though it was a noble effort, the student’s bad balance and slurred speech convinced officers he needed to be taken into protective custody. The student’s friends indicated he had been involved in an altercation and been hit in the head. The potential concussion alerted officers that the student’s patriotism might not have been the alcohol talking. When the ambulance arrived, he initially refused to get treatment but was finally convinced after much discussion. Our patriot will be charged with an underage alcohol violation, endangering health and safety/physical confrontation, being uncooperative with administrative personnel and protective custody.


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Editorial

Library website holds a myriad of un-tapped treasures As a college campus striving for technological innovation, Bentley is continuously updating their facilities, and Bentley’s Library is no exception. Being the most prominent place for students to study for big exams and write long papers, the Library provides a comfortable and quiet atmosphere to accommodate Bentley students.

After administering the survey last year in order to get ideas and hear the opinion of the heaviest users, the Library worked diligently to satisfy the students. From complaints about the warm temperature to the dim lighting to the Internet outages to noise issues to the out of date website, students gave their opinion on all aspects of the Library that

weren’t on par. Along with satisfying those attainable needs of the students, the Library updated their website to mirror the technical advancement of the rest of the campus. The website provides everything there is to know about the Library. Its features include a search for books, DVDs, journals, and articles, access to interlibrary

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loan books and databases, and a function to reserve group study rooms. The website is a very useful tool when it comes doing research outside of the Library itself as well. Having all the online databases easily accessible from the website is a feature that more students should take advantage of. At times it does seem as though the Library is overcrowded, but if more students took advantage of the website they could do work from there room, eliminating the concerns of an over-packed Library. The website also informs the campus of all the Library’s amenities as well as provides a communication feature via a messaging function in order to get in contact with a reference librarian from a student’s laptop. It is an easy to navigate website that has been updated and tweaked to make it approachable for all students and faculty. That being said, the website is clearly an underused capability by both students and faculty. As an institution that is continuously striving to advance their research and academic efforts, Bentley must use their resources more effectively. From experience, students have not always been fully aware of the Library’s services and website and consequently have not used the best resources for their assignments. Therefore, it should be the responsibility of professors from all departments to encourage students to take advantage of all that the

Library has to offer. Through a massive collection of books, resources and an approachable and knowledgeable staff to help with references, students can avoid using references from junk websites such as the infamous Wikipedia that do not contain much academic rigor. When professors, students, and the Library collaborate together, it creates a win-win-win situation. The professor receives a well-thought out paper with obvious research and analysis; the student is enriched by the exposure to more scholarly resources, and the Library is allowed to provide its expertise to students. Not only will professors avoid getting papers with lousy references, but if students utilize the Library’s reference and citation help, professors will receive properly cited papers which will decrease the rate of plagiarism. The Library’s assets can also be used by professors as resources for their own research and publication. It is important to not only give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and research, but also give professors this opportunity for their own discoveries and studies. After a revamp of their facilities and offerings, the Library has shown that it is committed to serving the needs of students and faculty, and therefore, the campus as a whole should utilize the attention they are receiving.

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Campus Life / News Alex Pangborn educates Bentley on transgender issues Kim Sok Staff Writer

in a world where diversity has become so evident, thus revealing its importance, transgender activist alex Pangborn spoke in hopes of educating the Bentley community about transgender issues through his personal experiences of being transgendered. the presentation took place on November 12 and was cosponsored by the english Department, P.r.i.D.e., and the Distinguished Lecture Series. there were about 60 students, faculty, and guests in attendance. Dr. traci abbott, who is an adjunct assistant professor for the Bentley english Department and teaches the transgender Literature course here, introduced Pangborn. “alexander Pangborn has been in transition for 10+ years and has been active within the Queer community for over 15 years…He has spoken at a few colleges and programs on the topic of exploring and understanding the queer community.” Pangborn started off by emphasizing that he was not speaking on the behalf of the

entire transgender community, but rather reflecting on his own experiences. as a very young girl, Pangborn was confused on why she was attracted to other boys and girls. after Pangborn entered seventh grade, she knew what it meant to be gay and identified herself as gay. Keeping the secret until her junior year in high school, she finally came out to his high school, family, and friends. Pangborn did not only come to the realization that she was gay; she also had thoughts about being a transgender in college. after hearing alex Myers, the first openly transgender from Harvard speak at Wheaton College, where Pangborn attended, she began to seriously consider being a transgender, for she was constantly grappling with the idea that she was really a male. at the age of 21, Pangborn finally had the operation to become physically male and came out to everyone that he was a transgender. Similar to when he came out for being gay, Pangborn comments, “eventually, it wasn’t a big deal.” Pangborn then focused his

Simple symbol, but transgender issues are complex.

speech on the different issues faced by transgenders in society. the room gasped when he mentioned how in a survey conducted by Harvard and Stanford, “1 in 1,000 people” may be transsexual, in how they have a desire to be another sex or have actually had surgery to change sex. Pangborn views a large majority of people as not being born with or having a defined identity when it comes to sex, gender, and sexual preferences. “Society is used to [put people] down the line, but most people

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do not fit completely down the line,” Pangborn comments. Senior Christine Varriale reflects on his thoughts saying, “He said ‘i don’t know who i am and i’m ok with that’. it really makes one think, ‘Do you even have to identify yourself at all? are labels like this necessary?’ He looked at this issue of how people do not consider themselves as strictly male or female and why in some instances they are given a label anyway. as a law, people are required to fill out gender boxes on applications. “it takes a small change to add

a small box for people to identify themselves for paperwork.” Pangborn also mentioned how bathrooms are not available to transsexuals, commenting “access to a clean, safe bathroom is a right for everybody.” Moreover, he felt that transsexuals face issues with employment protection. Pangborn notes, “97% of people [queried in the Harvard survey] have experienced mistreatment and harassment at the workplace.” following the lecture, Vice President of P.r.i.D.e., junior David Leclair, commented, “alex had some great things to say in the lecture that many of us don’t even consider when thinking about or interacting with transgendered individuals. “Simple day-to-day activities can become much more complicated, and require much more thought be put into them…you may never know if you are talking to a transgendered person, they just blend in with the rest of us and try to live their lives normally.” Dr. abbott commented on the event saying, “today’s event demonstrates Bentley’s commitment to issues of gender and sexual diversity.”

Tweet this, Bentley: The effects of Twitter on a college campus

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Alisha Crete Staff Writer

Numerous Bentley students and faculty are just being introduced to one of the newer social media phenomenona—twitter. Many are skeptical and more are not using it to its full potential. However, there is a lot the Bentley community should know before either embracing twitter or kicking it to the curb. Professor elizabeth LeDoux, director of the english department’s media and culture program at Bentley, encourages the use of twitter in her Mass Communication class this semester although she herself was a skeptic at first, stating “i started using twitter mainly as a news aggregator. i got all of my feeds in one place. then i realized i could start searching for colleagues, media professionals and

organizations related to my field, students and alumni, and old friends that i hadn’t spoken to in awhile. When i discovered that many of them were also using twitter, it led me to becoming a follower to those unknown to me who also share my interests, such as other filmmakers. Collaborative ideas and discussion ensued with people that are outside of my immediate physical community.” Bruce Weinberg of the Marketing department recently finished traveling the country, interviewing a variety of companies that currently use twitter; he hopes to develop a clearer understanding of this form of social media. He has a lot of insight to share on the benefits of professional twitter accounts. “One of twitter’s greatest benefits is that it creates a channel for businesses to engage in conversations with their customers. it gives companies a chance to listen,” says Weinberg. “Some companies check up on themselves by searching for their company name on twitter to see what people are saying about them. By doing this, they can reach out to those who are dissatisfied and try to solve the problem. it’s an effective tool for customer service. another way companies are using twitter is to inform loyal cus-

tomers of sales and promotions. Jet Blue has an account especially for this purpose— notifying people of cheap flights at the last minute.” Prof. Weinberg also notes some of the ineffective uses of twitter for businesses. He emphasizes staying away from corporate-speak. “You want to be more casual and relate to your customers. When you don’t, you’re limiting your ability to connect with someone,” said Weinburg. He also recommends being on your best behavior and staying away from hot-button topics such as politics and money, advising to, “avoid making assumptions. avoid scams. and don’t constantly push out information. You have to take the time to reply to people or re-tweet their posts; it humanizes you, and makes them feel appreciated.” Professor Mark frydenberg of Bentley’s CiS department is amazed to see how far twitter has come since he began using it two years ago. “i don’t think the creators of twitter ever envisioned what it would be used for today. it’s being transformed in ways that no one could have imagined.” Prof. frydenberg uses tweetDeck, a platform for computer desktops that shows updates from twitter,

facebook and MySpace all in one place to keep track of his direct messages, “mentions,” and topics of interest. i asked him how he manages the slew of tweets from those he follows. “i think of it as a steam of running water that i sometimes dip my cup into. the rest just flows by,” he explained Megan Jones of CollegeDegrees.com offers some helpful tips for making the most of twitter academically, which include chatting with professors and fellow students about your classes, setting up alerts and reminders so you don’t forget quizzes and exams, and collaborating on a project. On that note, as a college student, it’s important not to get carried away with tweets. Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want your mom or boss to read. When choosing your username, think like an adult. as Samuel Bradley of the Communications & Cognition blog writes, “it’s OK that you picked your aOL screen name when you were 11, but i don’t want to be tweeting to @lovespuppiesanddaisies. also keep in mind that when it comes to followers, it’s better to choose quality over quantity, and you aren’t obliged to follow everyone who is following you.” Of course, not everyone is

fond of twitter. Yves Smith, writer of Naked Capitalism, has an interesting critique of twitter in his february 3rd, 2009 blog post: “So why do i hate twitter? twitter is troublingly reminiscent of Newspeak, the language being developed by Oceania in George Orwell’s 1984 to control thought. Orwell, in an appendix, describes the principles of Newspeak, and they are directed towards simplifying language so as to void it of inconvenient (for the power structure) propensities of thought. another critique in The New York Times describes the possibility of losing the ability to form legitimate relationships: “if you’re reading daily updates from hundreds of people about whom they’re dating and whether they’re happy, it might…spread your emotional energy too thin, leaving less time for true intimate relationships.” an extreme critic, alexander Zaitchik, feels that, “it may not be true that only morons are drawn to twitter, but everyone on twitter sounds like a moron.” So, Bentley community, the choice is yours—join twitter or don’t, tweet every day or once a month, follow your friends or celebrities, family members or @bentleyu, but remember that twitter is what you make of it.


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Urinetown is worth visiting Jon McColgan Copy Editor

With all the talk over the past few months of death panels, socialism, and government regulation of everything from the financial institutions we’ve bailed out to healthcare, one might think that spending time watching a musical about government regulation of urination would just be painful. you’d be dead wrong. Urinetown, a wonderfully satirical piece that would please George orwell at times, takes a look at a world where a twenty year drought has pushed the wise old men in power to outlaw private toilets as well as harshly punish public urination, leading to the set up of public amenities. there’s a catch to this solution: politicians in the musical world are apparently just as corrupt as the ones in our reality. you see, a rich robber baron has hijacked this drought, financing the public toilets through his private corporation, generating his own monopoly on the crappers. Caldwell, who serves as the antagonist in the tale, does not come accessorized with a monocle, cane, or sinister top hat, but rather with a ruthless business sensibility that puts him somewhere between John d. rockefeller and Gordon Gekko.

His style of raise prices until the consumer suffers unbearably, then raise them further, pushes the poor of the Urinetown world to the edge. Meanwhile, the poor of this society are led to see Caldwell as their “savior,” but he proves to be anything but a messiah. Strangely, the showing of this musical on this campus could not come a better time. With the conclusion of America’s second Gilded Age comes the canyon between our rich and poor, and the class struggle that ensues from that canyon. Millions sit unemployed while others roll in billions, and the politicians seem to only care about campaign contributions… But this is more than political satire or a fresh way to look at life in modern America. of course, Caldwell has a well-mannered, slightly naïve debutante for a daughter, who returns home from university to be the company’s newest copy-fax girl. And of course, we have a likeable hero, whose poverty has him down but his dreams have his head in the clouds. Why not throw in a forbidden romance? However, three characters are only the beginning of the story, as this piece comes chalk full of interesting, well developed, and well-played characters that will provide audiences with plenty of

reasons to laugh through the evening. the show draws you right in with a full ensemble piece right at the onset, and with catchy tunes and some fine singing, the actors in this satire are among Bentley’s finest. Having seen a dress rehearsal early in the period theatre folk call “Hell Week,” i can say that the crew had their work cut out to get the lighting and flow of the show in order, but having seen four fantastic shows come together well by the thursday opening, i stand supremely confident that the minor kinks in the show will be worked out. At the end of the day, Urinetown is fun, thoughtful experience that masterfully weds an age-old political struggle between the haves and havenots and new age, intelligent toilet humor that all modern audiences can appreciate and enjoy. this show is well-worth the trip up to Koumantzelis this weekend, and will be the perfect way to add humor and fun to your night before heading elsewhere for some other college entertainment. Urinetown, music & lyrics by Mark Hollmann, book & lyrics by Greg Kotis, is presented by Alpha Psi Omega (APO), with direction by SiouxSanna Ramirez-Cruz and musical direction by Jason Whiting. The

production is funded in part by the Student Activity Fee. Urinetown is being presented November 19, 20 & 21 at 7 p.m. in Koumantzelis Auditorium.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free for Bentley students with student I.D. and $5 for general admission.

Rating: 3.5/5 Falcons


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Columns Senior Experience

Presented by The Senior Year Experience Committee

Alumna Paula Witman, ‘06

Photo provided by Paula Witman

Where has your Bentley degree landed you professionally? CRT Capital Group in Stamford, CT as a VP in Institutional Sales. I recommend investment ideas and trade convertible and high yield bonds with institutional and hedge fund clients. What was your favorite course? Tough question as there are many great professors at Bentley. I learned the most from Honors Program capstone research with Professor

Mike Quinn. It was a study of the Chinese Yuan’s deviation from the market-determined exchange rate. With Quinn’s help, I developed a forecasting model and concluded that the Yuan was undervalued. This is still a relevant topic today as the US tries to encourage China to let the currency rate float/appreciate. I included this work on my resume and it was always a good topic during the interview process. My questions probably absorbed 75 percent of Quinn’s work week but he was always willing to help & I will always be grateful for that! Is there something that you missed out on your senior year and regret now? I should have traveled more & volunteered in other countries before I started working full time. The month I traveled around Hong Kong, Thailand, and Cambodia was the best experience of my life. Seeing the Angkor Wat temples, the different cultures, and the variances in the living standards was eye-opening. I’m not sure why I was in such a rush to sit behind a computer screen for 10+ hours a day! We can work for

the rest of our lives! What is your favorite senior year memory? Bahamas class trip – hundreds of friends on the beach, does it get any better than that? How do you stay connected to Bentley today? I stay connected to Bentley in many ways – through attending alumni events hosted in NYC, by staying in touch with Professor Rich Gibble in the Trading Room & other alumni, interviewing Bentley alumni when we have open positions at CRT, and donating to the endowment. I’ve also been back for homecoming to cheer for the Falcons! Any “words of wisdom” for the Class of 2010? Get involved! Take advantage of the resources, speakers, and clubs at Bentley. Use the trading room. Network. Visit professors during office hours. Surround yourself with people you hope to stay friends with for the rest of your life. When choosing a career – go to every job fair, take every interview you can & explore all options. Be flexible. Be motivated but patient. Travel. Volunteer.

SGA Speaks

By: Monica Mohan & Maggy Reynolds

The Wrap of Culture Fest This past week, the Student Government Association was very excited to be a part of Culture Fest. Culture Fest featured a wide assortment of events available each day. SGA was excited to be a part of Food Fest. SGA, along with other organizations represented throughout the Bentley Cultural Council, hosted a table at Food Fest. The Executive Dining Room was packed with students who lined up from 5 p.m. until the food was finished at around 7:30 p.m. After the students piled food high onto their plates, from lobster ravioli to fried chicken, they quickly made their way to the SGA dessert table. Here they were met by SGA’s Eboard and Senate standing behind a table filled with an assortment of Roche Brothers delectable desserts. After stopping by our table, many students went on to sit in the EDR with their friends, enjoying their food and the entertainment put on by many of the different organizations on campus. Monica Mohan performed a dance she had recently presented at Saturday night’s Diwali celebration in Koumantzelis. The Culture Fest committee also created a service event to bring all of the members of the Bentley com-

munity together for a common cause. Cans for a Cause was an event in which 30 boxes were put all over campus for the weekend, in hopes that students would fill them with all of their empty cans. The collected cans will be redeemed and donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help find a cure for HIV/AIDS. The Student Government Association took on a big role in the organization of this event. Two of SGA’s project groups, one dedicated to sustainability and the other for a Day of Service, spearheaded the finding and labeling of all boxes. Sodexo was extremely helpful in supplying the boxes to collect the cans. This act of community service was small in action by an individual student, but was able to make a large impact when students came together. In looking back and reflecting on the events as the Culture Fest week wrapped up, we could see that both of these events were very successful and were enjoyed greatly by the Bentley student body. SGA was thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved with these events this year and hopes to continue to stay active in volunteering with more events that bring our diverse and cultural campus together in the future!


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Campus Life / CoLumns “Food for the Soul” a great success for Global Living Center Melissa Hector Staff Writer

“food, old people and music brings everybody together…the right food that is” says Sophomore Stephanie Mitchell as she enjoyed savory bacon baked beans. Monday night at the Global Living Center (GLC), Orchard North, marked a new wave in night life at Bentley. “food for the Soul,” as chefs Desiree Daniels and Ma-Kirah Wilkerson called it, attracted a crowd of 30 Bentley students for the evening. While listening to ain’t No Women Like the One i Got by the four tops, the chefs served a menu of southern fried chicken, southern fried cat fish, corn on the cob, bacon baked beans, macaroni & cheese, and corn bread. for dessert the duo made a delicious “better than sex” cake. When asked why it is called better than sex, Desiree simply said, “try it and you’ll find out.”

Since the initiation of Orchard North’s Global Living Center, this event is the first freshman program held. Miller residential assistants elaine Carroll and Charles tiu created this floor plan. “We wanted to change our programming models so that our residents would be the leaders of the program. Desiree and MaKirah were talking about being home sick, so the idea suit them well,” Carroll added. the atmosphere had a strong tint of flavors flowing about the GLC lounge. a group of senior exchange students, Cherie Ong, Vincent Zheng and James Lin stated that their friend angad Sawhney told them to come out. angad was pleased that they stayed and delighted that he could shed light and introduce a culture that is new to them, “it’s our first time having soul food, and t his d efinit ely help s t he night life at Bentley. it was the right amount of

food for the right amount of people, but the more the merrier.” Jokes were shared and laughter filled the air as everyone waited for the prepared food. Junior Schantelle Henry thought that the event was very successful, stating, “it feels good to reunite in the middle of the semester to embrace the african american culture; hanging out with people that make Bentley feel like home away from home is always a pleasure”. Carroll’s two residents of Miller and chefs for the night Daniels and Wilkerson are natives of Dallas, texas. “Watching Mama in the kitchen definitely paid off, we enjoy cooking it’s in our blood” the duo stated. the bacon baked beans was a hot commodity at dinner. Daniels said her recipe for baked beans is about two teaspoons of mustard, two teaspoons of barbeque sauce, black pepper and a can of Bush’s Baked Beans

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Au Bon Pain 1100 Massachusetts Ave., #15, Cambridge (617) 354-4144 One of the best things about au Bon Pain is that it is opened until 2 aM every night. thus, it is completely possible to hop on the shuttle at night and head over for a midnight snack of bagels, desserts and coffee. the food and drinks offered at au Bon Pain are in general, very good and well-made. However, they lack a certain quality about them that makes them unique and screams aBP. the bagels are good because they are slightly sweet and keep you full, and it is not dry or too heavy. the outside seating is wonderful with granite tables and nice setting. One complaint i have of this particular chain of aBP is that the place smells like cheese, which is not exactly the most pleasant scent for a café.

Rating: 3.5/5

Finale 30 Dunster St Cambridge (617) 441-9797 While the desserts offered at finale and slightly overpriced and expensive with an uncreative menu at first sight, the richness and creaminess of the confectionaries make up for all other faults at the restaurant. the chocolate molten cake is one of the best ones offered at any desert or bakery place. the gelato, especially chocolate and vanilla, was also rich and delicious. the desserts are presented in a beautiful manner by the waiters and waitresses at the restaurant. While is décor is dark, there are a lot of windows throughout the restaurant to complement the black and burgundy leather interior. the sandwiches are also delicious and offered a lot of choices for vegetarians. Do be careful when you go to finale, for it is definitely not light on the wallet.

Rating: 4.5/5

Original. fellow texan, Stephanie Mitchell said the southern fried cat fish is what brought her out,“it makes me miss my Papa, but the southern environment brings back good memories. Listening to uncle ruckus telling us stories we don’t

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care about. i’m very excited to be here tonight”. ra Carroll believes that Soul food will become a traditional event. the end of the evening consisted of tasting the “better than sex” cake and a screening of the film Soul food.

By: Bonnie Li

BakeriesofBoston i personally love going into bakeries and dessert locations after getting a good meal. Here is a sampling of the bakeries and “patisseries” that i have been to in this general area.

Fried catfish was featured at “Food for the Soul.”

good bread, pastries, soup and salads. this location at fenway is spacious and nice with free wifi, which are definite pluses for a place for lunch. the cinnamon crunch bagel is simply divine and one of the best types of bagels offered, ever, but, as with all bagels and breads offered at Panera, they are made of the best quality. However, the wait for the food is extremely long and tedious; with an almost thirty minute wait during lunch/busy hours –between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the pastries are always great. the price is decent for the amount served; it is enough for one meal, and if you are not a heavy eater, there will be leftovers. the corn chowder is great and much better than the clam chowder offered. in addition, if you are not sure which bread or bagel you would like, you can ask for a small sample bite before you decide to buy a loaf.

met cupcake. While the designs are certainly cute and adorable, the quality of the frosting and cake itself is definitely not worth the three dollars that i paid for it. the cupcakes are bland, sugary and dry without much taste. in addition, the cakes are not moist, but rather quite dense and hard. However, the décor at the restaurant definitely deserves a big plus, since it is welcoming and beautiful in a prime location at Harvard Square. Of all the cupcakes offered, the only ones that are good are the

“Karat” and Pina Colada flavors. the shop also closes quite early –usually around 9 p.m., which is when Harvard Square begins bustling with people on the weekends. all in all, i do love how it is decorated, but the quality of the “gourmet cupcakes” is not exactly the best.

Rating: 3/5

Next time when you’re out for lunch and dinner, why not stop at a bakery for some delicious pastries after your meal?

Rating: 4/5

Panera Bread 401 Park Drive (at Medfield St) ,Boston (617) 247-0174

Sweet 10 Brattle St Harvard Square Cambridge (617) 547-2253

Panera Bread has generally produced consistently

the cupcakes are overpriced at $3.25 for one gour-

Finale has n assortment of delicious desserts.

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What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? evelyn SidiropouloS Class of 2012 idCC “getting to see my family.”

Gran Torino is finally out on DVD.

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Gran Torino Review Biz Kratzert Class of 2011 MarkEting “stuffing and butternut squash.”

ava Byer Class of 2010 C orPoratE f inanCE & aCCounting “it’s officially the holiday season and you can put up decorations and start listening to Christmas songs.”

Collin Brewer Class of 2011 aCCounting “the cranberry sauce!”

Walt kowalski (Clint Eastwood) has just lost his wife, and it quickly becomes clear that she was one of the few things he actually liked in the world. a korean War veteran and retired auto worker, Walt is jaded, angry, and pessimistic. he lives in a rough detroit suburb populated by low-income families and gang violence. Walt is a bitter racist, and is particularly annoyed by his hmong neighbors. this is not to say anyone else is much better in his eyes: his relationship with his two sons is practically non-existent, and he is equally unpleasant to the priest (Christopher Carley), whom his wife asked to keep an eye on Walt. Even his barber, the closest thing Walt has to a friend (or even a social acquaintance), is subject to a barrage of slurs and insults. things don’t get any better as the local asian gang attempts to recruit Walt’s quiet young neighbor thao (Bee Vang), and send him to steal Walt’s 1972 ford gran torino. after the failed theft of his car, and the increasing gang harassment of his neighbors, Walt begrudgingly begins to

interact with thao and his friendly sister, sue (ahney her), setting the stage for the rest of the film. the most standout aspect of this movie is the acting. Vang and hur were cast in Gran Torino without any previous film acting experience, and you certainly could not tell this based on the movie. Equally stunning is that Vang was only 17 when the movie was released, hur only 16. Both play their roles with a level of maturity and believability that far exceeds both their age and their experience. despite these excellent newcomers, Eastwood is still the star of the show here. While i don’t think there are many people out there who doubt his ability to direct, it is a pleasant surprise to see how forceful an actor he can still be, even at 78 (!) years old. Eastwood has stated that this is his last acting role, but based on this performance he appears as though he could have several more roles left in the tank, if he were so inclined.

By: Matt weisse

What makes Eastwood’s acting and direction so impressive in Gran Torino is what he does with Walt’s character. it’s not easy to transform a racist old man who hates the world into a sympathetic protagonist, but somehow he pulls it off. as far as the story goes, Gran Torino is compelling enough, although some viewers might be put-off upon learning that this film is more drama than action and asskicking (viewers like my roommate – hi harris). Eastwood is a storyteller, and focuses more on the conflicts associated with relationships rather than those associated with violence – and for the most part this is effective since the pacing is appropriate. the only real complaint i have is that this movie does have a certain predictability factor towards the end, but this still doesn’t detract from what is largely a satisfying conclusion. overall, Gran Torino is a very good, if not great, movie. admittedly this movie isn’t for everyone (in particular, those sensitive to or uninterested in hearing racial slurs launched liberally for 2 hours) but there is a heart at the center of this film. the story and content here are fairly unique compared to most blockbuster films, and when combined with the excellent acting, Gran Torino becomes one of the better movies from 2008, and one that is definitely worth checking out.

rating: 4/5 Falcons

lilly tillapaugh Class of 2012 MarkEting “My favorite part of thanksgiving is the Macy’s thanksgiving Parade!”

Bree Johnson PhotograPhy Editor

Clint Eastwood plays a bitter racist towards his Asian neighbors.

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Arts & EntErtAinmEnt Kellan Lutz of Twilight discusses New Moon alysha Frank staff WritEr

Charismatic, witty, and down-to-earth wouldn’t be the first three words that come to mind when describing most young actors today, but kellan lutz, who plays the role of Emmett Cullen in the Twilight franchise, proved to be all three. the 24 year old actor who got his start as an abercrombie & fitch model made his big break last year as a member of the famous Cullen clan in Twilight. With New Moon, the next installment of the series, making its big screen debut on november 20, i was lucky enough to be able to take part in a roundtable discussion with lutz that was every bit as exciting as the movies themselves. aF: as an insider, how do you explain the Twilight phenomenon? kl: i wish i could. really i don’t see it for what it really is, for what an outsider would see it, i wish i could step away from it, but now we’re in this twilight zone which has been a huge part of our lives and will be for the next couple years until we’re done with all the movies. hopefully, we’ll be doing Breaking Dawn, although it’s up to the fans obviously if they support New Moon and Eclipse. But i think 5 years from now or 10 when it’s all said and done, we’ll look back on all the fanmail and scrapbooks and interviews and watch the movies as movies. i’m gonna sit there in awe of this phenomenon that is twilight. i understand it because it hits on so many great topics. i see firsthand with my sister and mom how they connect; it’s just a really good lesson and it brings so many groups together, and i see why the demographics are from 8-80. it’s bringing out everyone to the movies. More men are being hooked on it because New Moon’s an action movie. a lot of guys are going to see it. i loved it. Twilight, for me, i probably wouldn’t have seen it if i wasn’t in it or i didn’t have a sister who needed me to drive her to the movies. But filming Eclipse, doing all the fight training we did…it is a kick ass action movie and guys are going to sit there like “yeah! Vampires, werewolves and crazy vampires, come here, girlfriend.” and all the antiTwilight girls are going to be like “fine.”

If you were Bill Belichick, what would you have gone for it on 4th and 2? Joe MCKenna New Moon is in theaters on Friday.

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find myself shooting 6 day weeks and only having sunday off. i’ll book a ticket for that morning, fly home for 12 hours, and book a ticket that night to get back to set for Monday morning just to see my dog.

besides be a presence and i actually have great scenes with kristen [stewart, who plays Bella swan]. it’s fun making her laugh because that’s what my character does, make her laugh when she’s not supposed to so we have to reshoot the scene. kristen’s awesome, just so much fun to work with and so easy to scare. i try to scare all the girls on set. i’m like a big presence on the set, i’m tall and big and wider. it’s fun to…or even something i can just hide around a corner and they’ll forget i was even there and they’ll come around, kristen especially, i’ll jump out and she’ll spill her coffee. it’s great. Eclipse is such an action movie. all the stunts and preparation that we all put forth in making that movie, i can’t wait to see the trailer. i’m really excited for that movie. i did a lot of stuff in it, so i’m happy.

aF: what do you like to do for fun? kl: i find fun in anything, like i even had jury duty. i was playing football…i saw this old grandpa dude, totally awesome, he was such a stickler, sitting there all pissed off and i folded up a piece of paper and said “hey, let’s see who can flick this further” and he was having so much fun and we started hitting other people annoying them. [laughs] i mean i have fun doing anything. a lot of times i’m by myself and i’ll make up random games or draw. i love painting and drawing and being active outside. i have roommates who are great and usually play whatever i ask them to play. all i need them to do it sit around a table like this and roll the dice. Monopoly i’ll move all the pieces or, risk, i’ll move them around and be like “where do you wanna go?” they’ll call me from the bathroom “ah, just take over afghanistan.” i just love doing anything, everything, being outdoors is the best with my dog, swimming… aF: what can we expect from Eclipse, from your character specifically? kl: a lot more of my character, thank god. Because i haven’t done anything in these movies

Class of 2010 EConoMiCs & finanCE “i run a double reverse, flea-flicker pass, and hit randy Moss streaking down the side.”

Maryanne aCKaway Class of 2013 undECidEd “i would have punted the living daylights out of it.”

John Brandt Class of 2010 ManagEMEnt

aF: what’s the most outrageous thing a fan’s done to get your attention? kl: i guess, thrown stuff at me. [laughs] it’s funny when girls flash us but usually it’s never been…actually, there was one time when i was running with my dog down my street and i hear this car go past me and i hear [makes the sound of screeching brakes] turns around, parks her car. “EMMEtt!” i turn around and i’m like…then you hear these flip flips. then two seconds later this water bottle streaming right past me. i was like “did you just throw that at me?” “i wanted you to stop, say hi.” i was like “okayyyyy…great, thanks for not hitting me.”

“i would have punted, but i respect Belichick’s decision.”

Kelly MarKella Class of 2012 undECidEd “Even though i don’t know much about football, it was obvious to go for it.”

JoSh BiCKFord Class of 2011 MarkEting “Punted the ball, you should have faith in your defense.”

aF: are there any drawbacks [to being a part of this franchise]? kl: i don’t get to spend time with my loved ones…my dog and my family and friends. i mean thank god they’ve only taken 3 months to shoot and we shoot them on the west coast. i

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dan ryaboy & dan Merica Kellan Lutz plays Emmett Cullen in Twilight.

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Alyson Bisceglia VAnguArD STAFF

Aries (March 21 - April 19): This month, you will have to make an important decision. remember to be true to yourself when you choose a course of action. Taurus (April 20 - May 20): You’ve been putting so much energy into school and your extracurriculars. Take time for yourself and do something fun or relaxing! Gemini (May 21 - June 21): You are used to multitasking, but this month don’t let your schedule get too crazy. You could miss something important, so stay organized and focus! Cancer (June 22 - July 22): Don’t hold back when something is bothering you this month. All of that negative energy could explode and have negative consequences, so make sure to sort out your problems in a mature and calm way. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22): Although you crave attention, spend time this month to help out your friends and family. It may surprise you just how much stronger your relationships with people will become. Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22): Open up to different experiences and ways of releasing your energy. Try yoga or meditation; you may find a new favorite hobby. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): This month it’s time to stand up for those beliefs you’ve been keeping inside. Forget what others will think of you and make your inner ideals clear to yourself and others. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): This month is a good time to accept a challenge that comes your way. It will be a great way to break out of your shell and make yourself known to your colleagues. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): As your birthday approaches, maintain an open and generous attitude and good things will come your way. relax but stay focused. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): You have been working hard and saving your money, and you may be looking for a place to spend it. Save your earnings for something important down the road instead. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): You’ve had a great idea for a long time now, and it is time to begin working toward accomplishing this goal. Don’t be afraid to involve others in your endeavors. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20): Take advantage of your overpowering energy this month. You’ve been meaning to make a change and now is the time to do it, although you need to be respectful of others’ feelings at the same time.

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.

Columns April’s Advice

Thanksgiving Woes Question: While I am excited about Thanksgiving, I’m also dreading it. I always leave dinner feeling really full and like I’ve eaten enough food to last me three days. All my relatives come over and bring something different and I don’t want to insult anyone by not trying the food they brought. Is it possible to leave Thanksgiving dinner without feeling so full, but also not insulting my relatives? Ok, so this may not help you feel any better but…the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. You can either choose wisely and take control, or fail to keep the diet you promise yourself every year when the ball drops in Times Square. If you choose to take control, I have some tips that should keep your calorie intake from exceeding over two days worth of food during Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Don’t go to Thanksgiving dinner hungry: When you are hungry, you tend to eat more and faster. Make sure you eat breakfast and lunch before going to dinner. Keep in mind that foods that are high in fiber make you feel full very quickly. 2. Fill your plate once: Take what you want to eat at the beginning of the meal and do

not put anything else on your plate. This will prevent you from taking just a little more of this and a little more of that, and then before you know it you’ve taken another plate full of food. 3. Choose the light meat: When it comes to the turkey, choose the light pieces over the dark and avoid eating the skin. Dark meat has about 75 percent more fat and 30 percent more calories than the light meat. Also, forget the gravy. 4. Drink water: Drinking plenty of water will help fill you up and will keep your body hydrated, unlike alcohol and coffee which can dehydrate your body. Also, alcohol slows the breakdown of fat. Your body will break down alcohol first instead of fat. 5. Chew your food slowly: It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. So if you are eating quickly, it will be too late before you realize that you are full. Thanksgiving dinner is a time to enjoy the company of your family and friends. Focus your attention on the conversation and not just the food on your plate. If you eat slowly you will know sooner when you are full and not later on when you start to feel a little sick and your buttons begin

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By: April Gammal popping off your pants. 6. Put your fork down every time you take a bite: Finish what is in your mouth before you put anything else in it and enjoy what you are eating. 7. Choose your dessert wisely: There always seems to be so many good items on the table during dessert. If there is any dessert with fruit, then go for it. It will most likely have fewer calories. While a slice of apple pie contains about 300 calories, a slice of pecan pie has over 500 calories. Many people think, hey it is only one day so it should be ok. If you make exceptions for every holiday, celebration, or special occasion that pops up you will be making excuses way too often. I hope these tips will help you make good choices this Thanksgiving while still keeping your relatives happy. Happy Thanksgiving! The purpose of this column is to give advice on issues relevant to Bentley students. So, if you have any questions, concerns, or would like advice on any issue that can be addressed in a public forum please send it to April at gammal_apri@bentley.edu and you may see it in a future issue. Keep in mind that your question will remain anonymous.


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Arts & EntErtAinmEnt The Vampire Archives provides stories for blood-sucking enthusiasts Kat Webber Staff Writer

everyone, it seems, is getting into the vampire craze. What Bram Stokerstarted hundreds of years ago with his timeless story Dracula, the world is still enjoying today. there seems to be no end to this amazing genreof books, movies, series, and even action figures. So, with all the hype in the world about vampires, it makes sense for a work of facts and stories to be published about the greatest and most interesting bloodsuckers. While edward Cullen and angel didn’t quite make the cut, The Vampire Archives edited by Otto Penzler, is a collection about past and present bloodsuckers. Legendary authors such as edgar allen Poe, Stephen King, and anne rice, along with other earlier and contemporary writers, share their tales about the frightening and fascinating world of vampires. Because the book is such an enormous complication, it’s hard to determine which stories are the best and brightest, which ones should be read and which ones can be passed over. Different aspects of this volume will appeal to every person that has even a slight interest in the

The must-own for vampire fanatics.

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world of vampires and maybe even intrigue a few people who find the whole vampire fad to be annoying and passé. Because it is a collection instead of just one story, it is quite a thick book, almost a thousand pages long, and with

no pictures. each story has something unique to offer in perspective, theory, or situation. for instance, Bram Stoker is included in this massive set with a work entitled “Dracula’s Guest.” it was originally intended to be a chapter in the book, but was cut

and later published after the death of Stoker. “Dracula’s Guest” tells the story of Van Helsing and his misadventure to a cursed village in Germany. Van Helsing wants to explore a part of the country which his driver tells him is cursed; he proceeds to do so anyways amidst a snow storm and becomes lost. He is then overtaken by a large creature which no one knows what to think of, and becomes indebted to the one person he is hunting most ardently. While not the most important story, it does offer some insight into the mind and world of Van Helsing and Dracula and should be read in order to be fully appreciated. a surprising addition to this collection is a story by ray Bradbury entitled “the Man Upstairs.” it is a tale about a young boy who, intrigued by one of the borders at his grandparents’ house, begins to investigate the on-goings of the man life. He begins to pester everyone with questions and ideas and gains a new perspective while peering out a stained glass window.

What the boy finds is slightly disturbing, much like in Bradbury’s other works, and he deals with it in his own fashion. While the story does not fit the usual mold of a vampire legend, it is a nice insert to get readers thinking about yet another facet of the vampiric lifestyle. The Vampire Archives is not a book to be read straight through from cover to cover, but should instead be searched through in order to find something which is the most interesting to a particular reader. Do not expect to be entertained by all stories contained within the binding, but some, besides the classics, that should not be missed include: “a Mystery of the Campagna” by anne Crawford, “Bite-Me-Not or, fleur de fur” by tanith Lee, and “Princess of Darkness” by frederick Cowles. With elements of romance, fate, and mystery, The Vampire Archives is sure to give anyone a good chill or thrill, or at least keep them occupied enough to wait for the opening of New Moon.

Rating: 4 out 5 Falcons


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(Continued from Page 1) the most expensive plan per meal. Graduate student Owen Bacewicz noticed continuing changes to the meal plan in his five years at Bentley and decided to take a closer look at the real costs of a meal at Seasons. Bacewicz took the annual cost of each meal plan, subtracted the varying discretionary money and then divided that dollar amount by the number of meals per semester. “I don’t think students really understand what their meal plans are paying for…" said Bacewicz, “Being a student here for five years, living in Forest hall as an RA, the meal plan is a big chunk of students price tag, and I just wanted to learn a little about where the money is spent.” "With mandating that students without kitchens have to have a meal plan,” said Bacewicz, “students lose any bargaining power on that side.” According the breakdown of numbers from the Sodexo website, the cost per meal of the Value 5, Value 10, Value 15 and Value 17 is $6.87, $11.83, $8.36 and $7.78 respectively. Ranging between $1,780 and $4730 annually, with meal plans come a number of swipes at Seasons, the campus dining hall, as well as a specific amount of discretionary dollars that can be used at the five retail options on campus. The breakdown of the numbers exposed a large disparity between costs per meal of each plan. Speaking about the $4.95 jump between Value 5 and Value 10, Bacewicz stated, "The jump up is at the minimum requirement for suites and the law Bentley abides by… I see a possible issue but I recognize the disparity between the two. I think there is reason behind it that no one really understands." Doreen Floyd, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs explained the large jump by

saying, “When you look at the cost of each plan, you can’t just look at the cost of Seasons, you have to look at the cost of the overall plan.” The lowest meal plan offered and one that is not available to students who fall into the mandated area, the Value 5 Plan, according to General Manager of Sodexo James Cornacchia, is a “giveaway plan.” “Sodexo makes no money off that plan and neither does Bentley,” said Cornacchia. Bacewicz said the meal plan set-up made him wonder, “Where is the money going?” Cornacchia said, “The answer is, I don’t have an answer because I do not set the prices.” He went on to say, “When the prices get set by Bentley, just the way the math works out, that is the way that prices work out.” Prices for everything from tuition to room and board go through a long process of evaluation before students are notified of the change. Once a group of Bentley administrators, including Vice President for Business and Finance Paul Clemente, student affairs, Sodexo and a number of student committees decide on the meal plan prices, the board of trustees is asked to vote on the changes and then the students are notified. “We try to improve the plan every year and I believe we have met that every year,” says Clemente. Sodexo, a multi-national company that serves universities all over the world, works with Bentley to give input on the cost of meal plans. According to Cornacchia, “I get a daily rate for each meal plan from Bentley, so say there are 1000 people on this meal plan, times a daily rate so I give that daily rate to Bentley and they come up with the annual semester charge.” Sodexo, working as a forprofit company, does not receive all meal plan charges, though with some of the meal

plan charge going back to the university. “I need to make a profit, it’s my labor, it’s my food,” said Cornacchia, “Bentley is just lending me the space… I can tell you right now, I do not get all of that. I do not get all $4,320 or whatever a meal plan costs.” Bentley on the other hand, a non-for-profit university, uses the money in the upkeep of the facility, which costs around $8.00 per square foot, according to Clemente. “Anything that doesn't go directly to support the food you are receiving goes to support student activities,” said Clemente, stating that money raised from the meal plan goes to things like revamping the Student Center and keeping up facilities like the library and the Dana Center. “In addition, what goes into the prices is more than just the cost of food and what Sodexo charges,” said Clemente, “We have heat, light, debt service on the building and custodians.” Since 2000, the average annual Bentley meal plan has gone up a total of $500, from $4,050 to $4,550. Colleges in the area, as well, have experienced the slight increases; however, with the rise in cost, Bentley still stays near the median of their competition. According to an investment report supplied by Clemente, meal plans at Boston University cost $4,000, at Boston College $4450, at Bryant $4,700 and at Brandeis $4,900. “We are simply trying to maintain competiveness…” said Clemente, “our goal here is to maintain the greatest possible services among a broad spectrum of students.” In order to serve more students, Bentley and Sodexo have incorporated a number of retail options into food services at Bentley. One of the pitfalls of giving students a number of options, in terms of both hours and establishments, is some of these retail options, like A&W, do not

break even. In light of the numbers discovered, Bacewicz contemplated the idea that by charging a higher premium at Season’s, Bentley and Sodexo could possibly be propping up what would be failing establishments without Bentley’s help. “We learn in the classroom that unless you run your operations efficiently, you can’t make in the market then you fall out and someone else comes in…” said Bacewicz, “We pay for a meal plan and what does that mean? And if they are supporting the failing establishments on campus, what does that say on the teachings in the classroom?” In response to those claims, Cornacchia did admit that A&W was not a profitable establishment, however, “if you are saying Bentley is putting in money to keep A&W profitable, that is not the way it works.” Cornacchia explained to The Vanguard that when a

space becomes available at Bentley, Sodexo calls in a representative to take a look at the space and tell Cornacchia and Bentley representatives what is able to fit in the parameters supplied. Sodexo then buys the franchise cost and establishes the option at Bentley, charging Bentley for running and supplying the establishments. While neither Floyd not Clemente nor Cornacchia would confirm that Bentley will be removing A&W, all addressed the fact Bentley and Sodexo are looking at options to what could go into that space. All administrators pointed out the meal plan is more than just Seasons and the retail options, it is a part of Bentley culture. Bacewicz believes he is speak for students, however, when he states “If you are going to call it a meal plan, that’s great, but then tell us what you mean by that, where is that money going to go?"


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SportS / CampuS Life Ice Hockey (Continued from Page 1) determination that led them to their conference championships, as they beat Bentley goalie Joe Calvi for two more goals before the end of regulation to take the game into overtime. Neither team was able to put any goals together in the bonus time and the game ended at a 3-3 tie. The Falcons certainly did well to tie a team of Air Force’s caliber, but the blown lead may have been slightly disheartening and it was Air Force who took all the momentum into Saturday’s game. Sophomore goalie Kyle Rank got the start in the net for the Falcons and played well, making 26 saves, but the Air Force defense was too much and didn’t allow a single goal. Air Force went on to win the game 3-0 off two power play goals and an empty netter at the end, sending the Falcons home on a loss. Overall though, the Falcons came away with some good play against a tough team, and their next game would show that the Falcons really

Culture Fest (Continued from Page 1) proceeds going to the Lewis Foundation for Aids. On that night, Operation Christmas Child began in the Sacred Space of the Student Center. Students decorated shoe boxes that were used for small gifts and toy donations. In order to add aesthetics to the Culture Fest atmosphere, flags from around the world lined the stairway to Seasons Dining Hall. Deemed “The World Fair,” it served as an opportunity to encourage students to travel to other countries. Outside of Sandellas, students were given the chance to make identity squares in order to define themselves within their own cultures. Around this station, the culture photo contest was displayed which featured the unique and culturally fascinating pictures that were taken by students, faculty, and staff while they visited other countries. As a more informative and academic event of Culture Fest, the presentation given by Dr. Robert E. McNulty of the Center for Business Ethics demonstrated his case about Peace in Afghanistan. McNulty, who returned from his trip to Afghanistan

can be a force to be reckoned with. Bentley came back home to take on Sacred Heart in another weekend series last Friday and Saturday. Maybe the Falcons offense was a little upset about getting blanked by Air Force and they took it out on the Pioneers, putting up six goals in a 6-3 victory. Seniors Marc Menzione and Brendan Harrison each put up two goal,s and sophomore Aaron Stonacek and freshman Joe Campanelli each tacked on one of their own. Sophomore Herbie Kent recorded three assists to help pace the offense as well. Stonacek and Harrison led off the scoring in the first period with a goal apiece, but Sacred Heart scored one as well to cut the Falcons lead to 2-1 heading into the second. In the first four minutes of the second, however, Bentley scored two power play goals to get their lead up to 4-1 before Sacred Heart went off again and scored another two in the last 16 minutes of the period. But the Falcons would not allow the Pioneers to complete their comeback as Bentley’s defense held strong and Menzione and Campanelli

this past September, resonated with the audience saying, “Instead of focusing on what the military can do to win the war…ask what ordinary people can do to win peace.” One of the most popular events of Culture Fest was Food Fest. There were approximately five to six hundred students anxiously awaiting and lined up outside to taste food from over 33 cultures. The different food was presented by the various cultural organizations on campus. In addition to the food at

The Falcons have enjoyed success early in the 2009-2010 season.

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scored goals in the last few minutes to finally ice the game. Dan Koudys and Bobby Preece each recorded two assists and Calvi played well in the net, making a career high 44 saves. In the next game against Sacred Heart on Saturday, it was Kyle Rank putting on the goaltending clinic, as he made 32 saves and only allowed one goal. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the offense was only able to muster one goal of their own in 65 minutes of play. Sacred Heart scored the first goal of the game in the

first period and Bentley responded just 34 seconds into the second period. Kent took a shot on the Pioneers net that hit off the post and Campanelli was there to put it away and tie the score up at one. However, that would be it for the scoring, and the Falcons would be left to settle for a win and a tie in the home series against Sacred Heart. This puts the Falcons at 32-2 in conference play and 3-42 overall. Bentley has eight points, leaving them tied with Holy Cross for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey stand-

ings. Rochester Institute of Technology and Air Force are tied atop the standings with 12 points each and Canisius sits in third with nine points. The Falcons will next draw Army, the current cellar dweller in the Atlantic Hockey standings, in another home series next weekend. The Falcons will then get into some non-conference games before getting into the tough part of their schedule where thye play a slew of Atlantic Hockey games. That’s where we’ll find out if this team is really built to make a run at the top spot in the conference.

Food Fest, Red for Africa Tshirts were being sold. All contributions made from the T-Shirts were donated to a village in Africa which is sponsored by Bentley University. Another interesting culture event was the Native American Display in the Student Center. It featured 22 tables of ancient artifacts and inventions by Native Americans. In addition to the display, visitors were treated to a pleasant atmosphere as live bands played a mix of cultur-

al music in the Blue Line. During the final days of Culture Fest, students were given the chance to aid in a community service project. Can’s for a Cause had placed collection cans all around campus asking students to recycle their cans with all proceeds going to the Lewis Foundation for Aids. The festival wrapped up in the GLC, Orchard North, lounge for its closing reception. This gave students who participated in Culture Fest the opportunity to turn in photos they had taken dur-

ing the week (their “passports”) in exchange for raffle tickets. First place in the raffle was awarded a flat screen TV, and the other winners were given other prizes such as a gift certificate to Margaritas. With everything that was presented during this past week, organizers of Culture Fest hope it has brought the campus together as a whole. Blot concluded, “We tend to focus on our differences, when we should focus on our similarities.”


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SportS High expectations for Lady Falcons in 2010

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Dan Ryaboy MANAGING EDITOR

The Lady Falcon Basketball team is a model of consistency as year in and year out, as the ladies typically find themselves with 20 wins, sitting near the top of the NE-10 standings. This year should be no different as the Falcons enter the 2009-2010 season with skyhigh expectations. The Falcons are predicted to finish second in the very competitive NE-10, only behind perennial powerhouse Stonehill. The Falcons’ season got off to a great start as they took care of nationally ranked Holy Family this past Sunday afternoon. The Tigers came into the game garnering the number 17 national ranking, and they left the Dana Center with a 72-61 season opening loss to the Falcons. The Falcons received a sensational effort from junior forward Elise Caira who finished the game with a game high 21 points and also grabbed an impressive 10 rebounds. Along with Caira, junior point guard Kim Brennan had a very solid game finishing with 17 points. The Falcons looked very impressive in their season opening win. They pushed the tempo all game long, which will be their mode of attack this year, as senior guard Meagan Lambros states, “In the past we’ve been known to play as more of a walk-it-upthe-court team so that we could pound it inside because that’s usually where our strength was. This year our emphasis is on an in-yourface, intense defense and the result of that will be steals and transition baskets.” The Falcons will look to push the tempo all season long, and with the depth that this team has at the guard position, including Kim Brennan, Meghan Thomann, Cara Hart, Megan Lambros, Ashley Saia, Kelsey Roberson, Katherine Goodwin, and Lauren Massie, the Falcons will be able to speed up the tempo all game long. Senior guard and team captain Ashley Saia sees a fast paced game as one of the biggest keys to success for the Falcons as she stated, “One of our biggest challenges this season will be to be able to sustain a fast paced game for 40 minutes night in and night out.” The Falcons expect to be one of the best teams in the NE-10 this year, but by no means are they overlooking the level of competition in the NE-10. “The Northeast-10 is a very difficult league and you

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Women’s Basketball (1-0) Holy Family (11/15)

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have to come ready to perform every single night because teams 1-16 can beat anyone in any given game,” remarked Cara Hart. Hart, along with the rest of the Falcons know that there is no such thing as a guaranteed win in the NE10, regardless of who the opponent is. Of course, despite the fact that every team in the NE-10 is tough, there is no doubt that certain games mean slightly more than others. “We do always look forward to playing our rival school, Stonehill, and the National Runner Up of 2008, Franklin Pierce, however, we do not look past anyone because in this league you would be foolish to,” remarked senior center Dedra Pritchard. Stonehill is the pre-season favorite to win the NE-10 and Franklin Pierce is predicted to finish third, with the Falcons predicted to finish right in the middle of those two talented teams. The Falcons know that the key to success this season is hard work. As Lambros remarks, “We’re not necessarily the most athletic team in the league. We might not have the most talent. So, a key to our success lies in our effort and attitude. Coach [Stevens] is always saying that in order to be a championship team we need to practice like a championship team every single day.” Hart echoes Lambros’ statement, saying, “Most importantly, it is one day at a time, who will fight the hardest in practice and which team is next for us to beat in order to

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prove our dominance this year.” The Falcons are determined to out-work their competition this season as Coach Barbara Stevens has clearly instilled a dedication to hard work and perseverance in this team. The Falcons will look to hang their hat on hard work in p ractice and on tough defense and rebounding game in and game out. Saia states, “Keys to success will be defense and rebounding. We want our defense to be aggressive and a constant in every game, and then the offense will come.” The Falcons were able to execute all of these traits in their season opening win against Holy Family, as their defense led directly to fastbreak baskets which took the pressure off of the Falcon half court offense. With the season opening win against a ranked opponent, the expectations are now even higher than they were in the preseason for the Falcons. As Saia states, “Our expectations are very high. We expect each other to work hard every day in practice to get better and get closer to a championship season. Our goals are to be undefeated at home, win the Northeast 10 regular season and tournament, as well as get to an Elite 8 [game].” Those goals are certainly lofty, but with the depth and skill that this team displayed against Holy Family, and with their belief in each other, there is no reason to think that the Falcons can’t make all of these goals a reality.

Upcoming SchedUle Nov. 20 Hockey vs. Army#

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Nov. 29 Women’s Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire*

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SportS Westrol and the Falcons are poised for excellence again Phillip St. Pierre STAFF WRITeR

Falcon fans are ecstatic as Bentley basketball tips off the start of their season. One of the most renowned and successful teams on campus, look for Bentley to thrive once again and continue their dominance in the Northeast 10. There are many changes on the team from last year, but as long as some players reach their potential the Falcons should have a great chance to finish at the top of the conference. Bentley had an outstanding season last year, owning a record of 24-5, including a 15 game winning streak in the second half of the season. The Falcons ended up losing in the first round of the Northeast 10 Playoffs, but made it all the way to the Regional Championship game before falling to a very strong C.W. Post team. Although the Falcons ended their streak of Northeast 10 and Regional Championships, there cannot be any disappointment in a season where the team only lost five games. Coach Jay Lawson said of last year’s finish, “We have had unique success over the past few years, and although last year we didn’t do well as the prior season, it was still a special season for our team, and I think we should be happy.” When talking with Coach Lawson about the expectations for this year, he explained that the team has no set goals for the year but to just come out and play every game to the best of their ability. He stresses that the Falcons must play aggressively but stay disciplined, and do all the little things that will lead to victory. The reason Bentley has seen so much success is due to the fact that the team always has a core group of players that play hard, smart, and unselfish ball, always putting the team ahead of themselves. The Falcons have three returning starters from last year, Jason Westrol, Mike

Quinn, and Tom Dowling, but they lost a very large and talented senior class that had much success. Looking at the incoming freshman class, there is no one who looks to play a lot of minutes this year, but they still contribute to the team and will make a difference in the future. The Falcons are looking strong once again this year and have a group of guards that have won more than anyone in the league. This year’s senior class has a 90-9 record and the juniors boast a record of 60-8, so expect a similar if not better performance from the guards who all have another year under their belt. The guards who will rotate play include seniors Jason Westrol and John Brandt and juniors Mike Quinn and Tom Dowling. The player who stands out the most to lead the team is Jason Westrol. Westrol has had one of greatest careers ever seen at Bentley and last year’s leading scorer looks ready to have an outstanding senior season. Westrol has proved that he can put up numbers to lead the team to victory, but what many people don’t realize is how much production Bentley has received from the supporting cast of guards as well. Coach Lawson said of his guards, “Mike Quinn is one of the smartest players on the team and is a much quieter piece of the puzzle than people have realized, and Dowling is a great returning starter who just needs to improve his consistency.” The departure of Lew Finnegan, one of Bentley’s most prolific players over the past few years, has left the team with a hole to fill, so the Falcons look towards some of their young guns to step up this season in the forward position. This is probably the only area of question in Bentley’s lineup, but as long as the forwards progress into their roles, the Falcons should not have much problem. Junior Brian Tracey is look-

ing poised to have a great year in his first season as a full time starter, while junior Joe Fremeau and sophomore Kevin Kettl will complete Bentley’s three man rotation at the forward position. Tracey came off of the bench last year but still played a large amount of minutes, so expect a lot of production from the junior this year as he started off the season with a bang. In their first regular season game against Post, the Falcons looked to come out firing and start the season strong with a win. They succeeded, handling their opponents in a 76-66 win on Sunday in which Post never had a lead the whole game. Although Bentley did not shoot as well as they would have liked, their dominance in rebounding kept the team ahead. The Falcons were unstoppable on the boards, outrebounding Post 54-36. 18 of the rebounds came from Brian Tracey, who finished with 23 points in an outstanding performance in the season opener. This is a great sign for Bentley as the junior not only showed he can handle a starting role but proved he has the ability to be one of the best in the league at his position. All-American Jason Westrol also contributed with a game high 26 points and climbed up to 17 on Bentley’s all time scoring list. Mike Quinn added 14 points and had some big shots for Bentley late in the game. Joe Fremeau also had a solid game as he and Tracey controlled the boards on both ends of the floor. This was a great all around play for the Falcons as they showcased a lineup that looks to have much success this year. Although the score was somewhat close due to a late rally by Post, the game was controlled by Bentley as they never played from behind, even extending their lead to 18 at one point. Bentley will travel to Merrimack on Wednesday and

Tracey had a sensational season opening game.

look to knock off the one team that was projected ahead of them in the preseason ranks. This was the first time that Bentley was not chosen number one in 5 years, due to the loss of such a strong senior class last year, but if anything this should just motivate the players more to go out and prove they deserve it. Jason Westrol had no problem not being picked number 1, saying, “The fact that we are not picked #1 is a good thing because that just makes us even more hungry to go out there every day and fight to be back on top. The Merrimack game, to fans, is more than just a regular game, but to us, it’s just another game and we must go out there and treat it the same way we do every single game. The Northeast 10 is a very deep and competitive confer-

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ence, but lately Bentley has triumphed going far in the league and playoffs every year. This is due to a very committed group of players who know their roles and perform at a very high level. Said Jason Westrol of Bentley’s repeated success, “We don’t take any team we face lightly; we go out there and treat every team with the same respect because we know if we don’t come ready to play, that this conference is so competitive that any team will be able to beat us.” This mentality is what keeps Bentley ahead of the competition, because the Falcons always play like the next game is their last. As long as a few players develop and take their game to the next level, Falcon fans should be ready for another amazing season as Bentley basketball is looking poised to go far.

Falcon oF the Week Kearney Named Falcon of the Week

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This past Sunday, junior Brian Tracey pulled down a career high 18 rebounds in the Falcons’ 76-66 win against Post University. Did you know the record for most rebounds in a single game at the Dana Center is 19? The record was set by Al Grenfell on January 18, 1975 against the Assumption Greyhounds.

Senior outside hitter Alex Kearney of the Bentley University Volleyball team has been named the Falcon of the Week. Kearney became the program’s all-time leader in kills last Saturday against Adelphi in the Ne-10 Playoffs with 1,434, surpassing Ne-10 Hall of Famer Maria Vicens’s mark of 1,430 which she had held since 1989. That same day, Kearney was named first team All-Ne-10 for the fourth consecutive year. This season, Kearney leads the Falcons in kills (2.60 per set) and points (326), and is second in digs, averaging 2.59, and aces (31). She has helped lead Bentley, who is 17-12 on the year, to its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance as well. As the fifth seed in the east Region, the Falcons will play fourthseeded Adelphi on Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.

The Vanguard - 11/19/2009  
The Vanguard - 11/19/2009  

The Vanguard is Bentley University's student-run newspaper.

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