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2013: Events that shocked the world

Garden at Cellar

PwC Challenge

Frozen Fenway

Unique Harvard Square restaurant makes for a one-of-akind dining experience.

Bentley team competing to be named a finalist for PwC’s Challenge.

Bentley to host Holy Cross at Fenway Park on December 28.




THE vanguard

december 5, 2013

THE VANGUARD 50th EDITORIAL BOARD Bentley University, Waltham, MA 02452

Editor-In-Chief Managing Editor General Manager

Jeff Breault ‘14 Lindsay Beauregard ‘14 Brian Fuerst ‘14

Copy Editor

Nathan Marchand ‘14

News Editor

Lacey Nemergut ‘14

Campus Life Editor

zack O’malley ‘14

Features Editor

jesse darrow ‘17

Sports Editor Business Editor Photography Editor

Matt gustus ‘14 jasper huang ‘15 melisa kocarslan ‘16

Director of Production and Layout

meagan kalpokis ‘15

Director of Advertising

kevin laryea ‘15

Director of Online Services advisor Journalism Advisor

vicky lin ‘15 Nicole Chabot-Wieferich Director, Student Activities George Donnelly Executive Editor, Boston business journal


Three events you don’t want to miss

1 2 3 Ugly Sweater Pub Night

Study Abroad General Info Session

Breakfast by Moonlight

Join members of the Class of 2014 at the last pub night of the semester! Wear your ugliest sweater for the chance to win big!

This session features information for non-traditional locations. Come learn about the many study abroad programs in unique cities!

Tater tots, pancakes, eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, fruit salad and more served to you by your faculty and staff! $1 if dressed with the theme. $2 regular admission.

Day: Thursday Time: 9:00 p.m. Location: The Pub Host: Senior Class Cabinet

Day: Monday Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: AAC 143 Host: Office of International Education

Day: Monday Time: 11:00 p.m. Location: Seasons Host: RHA and Bentley Ski and Snowboard Club

Editor’s pick Rhythmic Graffiti Day: Friday, December 6 Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. LocAtion: Koumantzelis Host: CRAZE

Staff Writers Alex Delong ‘15, Emily Ellis ’15, Billy Fitzhenry ’15, Brendan Gerety ‘17, Ian Giancursio ‘15, Sean Harrington ‘14, Sai He ‘16, Jess Hughes ‘14, Jessica Jacovino ‘14, Meghan Ryan ‘14, Stephanie Seputra ‘17, Brian Shea ‘14, Michaela Stephenson ‘15, Nick Toselli ‘17 Columnists Julie Delongchamp ‘15, Angela Hart ‘14, Moussa Hassoun ‘14, Kevin Laryea ‘15, Jon Miksis ‘16, Usama Salim ‘17, Al-Mahdi Ebsim ‘17 Production AssistantS Sarah Egner ‘17, Brendan Gerety ‘17, Julie Keedy ‘16, Usama Salim ’17, Stephanie Seputra ‘17 Photographers Virginia Duffy ‘17, Brendan Gerety ‘17, Hongyi Jin ‘17, Garrett Meccariello ‘17, Angela Su ‘17, Mark Tsyporkin ‘17, Alex Yuan ‘17

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CRAZE presents the 7th annual Rhythmic Graffiti dance showcase! The showcase features teams from all over the Boston area including surprise performances by crews featured on America’s Best Dance Crew! Free with Bentley ID. $5 Regular Admission.

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The Vanguard is the official student newspaper of Bentley University. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the University administration; Bentley University is not responsible for statements herein. 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 the University. Comments regarding the columns may be directed to the author and/or The Vanguard. The Vanguard is published every Thursday of the academic year, excluding examination periods and holiday breaks. It is distributed free to all students, faculty and staff of Bentley University. Circulation is 3,000 copies. Funding for The Vanguard is provided in part by the Student Activity Fee, but relies on advertising revenue to cover the majority of its costs. Advertising rates are available upon request by contacting (781) 8913497. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement; only publication of an advertisement constitutes final acceptance of the offer to advertise. The Vanguard welcomes reader feedback, letters to the editor and online comments. We reserve the right to edit all copy for grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, libel and length.


A transformative year for The Vanguard As the semester comes to an end, we would like to take the time to reflect on the past year of The Vanguard and thank everyone who makes this newspaper a success. This semester we transformed the layout of The Vanguard and received great feedback from members of the community. We appreciate all of your support and comments about the layout and we hope that you will continue to enjoy it well into the future. We are always seeking ways to improve the paper to make it more enjoyable for our readers, so please don’t hesitate to reach out! We must also thank the staff members that contribute to the newspaper each week. While the Editorial Board may seem to be the face of

this organization, we would be nothing without all of your hard work! Every writer, photographer, columnist and production assistant contributes greatly to the success of The Vanguard and we appreciate your commitment to the publication. We hope that you will continue to contribute to The Vanguard throughout your time at Bentley and will become more involved with this amazing organization! We hope that more students will become involved with The Vanguard by writing, editing, designing layouts or taking photos. We rely on a dedicated staff and are always looking for new staff members who have a passion for journalism and design. Professors, please urge students with

quality writing skills to seek out opportunities with The Vanguard! We wish the members of the next Editorial Board much success as you transition into your new roles! The next year may seem daunting as you think about it now but we know that you will have all the resources you need to find success. Throughout this issue of The Vanguard you will find messages from members of the Class of 2014 who are bidding farewell to The Vanguard. We encourage you to take a moment to read these messages and recognize the passion and dedication that so many have for this newspaper. Thank you for a great year! Happy holidays and best wishes in 2014!



MaJOR: Management LSM: Global Perspectives HOME TOWN: Dominican Republic

What are you looking forward to this year? I want to make the most out of my time left at Bentley. I am really looking forward to spending quality time with my friends

What is your favorite event on campus? Festival of Colors is by far my favorite event on campus. I love being able to share my culture and appreciate everyone else’s in such a fun, entertaining way. What are your goals for this year? My goal for this year is one that I never thought that I would have at this point. It is simply being present and giving my best, one day at a time. I think that, as a senior, it is very easy to get caught up in making plans and stressing about the future. Since we all already do enough of that, I decided to set

How are you feeling about graduation? So many mixed feelings! There’s a lot of excitement, nostalgia, and – I won’t lie – a little bit of fear, but most of all I am really looking forward to such a significant day and everything that life may bring afterwards. Advice to seniors/ words of wisdom: I know that it is a time of great uncertainty, so my biggest advice would be: do not let people’s perspectives and opinions limit you. Close your eyes, listen to your heart, and whatever it is telling you…go for it! You are the only one who will have to live with the decisions you make, so you might as well make them yourself. What can Bentley do to help you with this year? I cannot think of anything that Bentley does not do to help us have a great experience. Just keep encouraging and believing in each one of us; knowing that there is always someone on this campus that believes in me is what keeps me going.

STUDENT CONDUCT SUMMARY November 19 - December 4 40 Total Number of Cases 52 Total Number of Individuals Involved 0 Individuals Dismissed from Responsibility 47 Individuals Admitting Responsibility 5 Number of individuals found responsible by Conduct Board 24 Number of educational sanctions given 0 Number of Work Sanctions 6 Number of Parental Notifications $855 Cash total of fines given 25 Number of students given a Verbal Warning 23 Number of students put on Written Warning 4 Number of individuals put on Probation 0 Number of individuals put on Disciplinary Probation 1 Number of individuals who lost 15 housing credits 0 Number of individuals who lost 30 housing credits 0 Number of individuals put on Suspension (Housing) 0 Number of individuals put on Suspension (University) 0 Number of individuals expelled Provided by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

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What are you involved in at Bentley? This is my 3rd year as an RA in Trees. I am in the International Students Advisory Council and the CWB Student Leadership Advisory Board. Along with some friends and the support of the CISS, I co-founded a discussion group for global, relevant topics. I represented Bentley students in the panel of the event “What Women Want.” I have also been involved in the organization of events such as Consent Day and The Diversity Student Summit.

What are your plans for the future? After graduation, I plan on going into the Human Resources field. I am also going to continue working on a non-profit that I have already started in my home country. Besides advancing my professional career, I want to continue to travel to new places, which is one of my biggest passions!

a goal that would balance everything out.

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and keep making an impact on the Bentley community from all my areas of involvement on campus.

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Howl at the Moon This past Tuesday evening at approximately 6:03 p.m., a University Police officer was notified of an unwanted guest on the soccer field. The guest was panting heavily, had abnormally large ears and had gray hair coming out of every orifice of its body. Upon hearing this description, it was clear to the officer what had happened: one of the economics professors escaped Adamian and had wandered down to lower campus. The officer grabbed the nearest Paul Krugman article as well as a promiscuous photo of Milton Friedman and headed down to coax the lost soul back to safety. However, upon his arrival to the field, he discovered that the unwanted guest was not an economist at all… but rather a coyote. Classic mix-up.

Well… this Blows Usually, when the police receive a report of a suspicious order, it ends up being some chick named Mary Jane. However, last Thursday, they got a call reporting that something was suspiciously stinky in Smith. It wasn’t marijuana. It wasn’t tobacco. It wasn’t flatulence, bad cooking, or oddly misplaced dog poop. Nope, it was a leaf blower. The gassy smell emanating from the oh-so-powerful leaf blower was apparently so much of a disturbance that the police NEEDED to be called. Really? Really, people? If you don’t like the gassy smell, pick up a rake. Until then, complain about your meal plan, your email load, or something else that your weird sense of entitlement mandates that you abhor.

Shower Power One morning last week, an RA called to report a clogged shower in a boys’ bathroom in Maple Hall. Also, nude photos of Miley Cyrus surfaced this week. You do the math.

Drill it into Your Head On September 30, a Fire Safety Officer performed a fire drill at Falcone West. So what, have the previous 8 fire alarms just been practice? Do fires not happen in September, when some people get their first kitchens and don’t know how to cook? We’re not trying to put too much heat on the safety officers, we’re just asking some burning questions.

Tee Time University Police were summoned to Lower Campus at 3:24 a.m. Sunday for a report of some undergrads playing a round. When officers arrived, they discovered a group of gentlemen with their clubs out, swinging them around and grunting occasionally. These boys may have been severely handicapped, but that would not stop them from shooting for a hole-in-one. Normally they were trying to keep it straight, but once or twice in the rough never hurt anyone (permanently). We know what you’re thinking: throw in a black light, one female and some terrible electro music, and it sounds like your typical Sat-

Call Me Later, Maybe? The mother of a Fenway resident was freaking out while on the phone with University Police last week. She told officers that she had not heard from her daughter and that all of her phone calls were going straight to voicemail. As it turns out, their daughter had a double block and a paranoid parent. BY sEAN hARRINGTON & bRIAN sHEA the vanguard stAFF



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December 5, 2013

Courtesy of Nate Marchand


copy editor

My time with The Vanguard has come to an abrupt ending and in just one short semester my time as an undergrad at Bentley will be over too. Talk about depressing; I didn’t think it could get any worse

than post-study abroad (right, Egeria, Stavan, Yasheel and Alex?) While the thought of postgraduation may invoke a fusion of excitement and nervousness, I can leave Bentley proud of what I have accomplished in my time here, none of which would


Writing for a newspaper at a business school has proved a frustrating yet rewarding experience. On the one hand, finding eager students who want to pursue journalism is challenging, on the other, there are some amazing people on this campus who I’ve had the privilege to meet. Each week, I am absolutely amazed and inspired by the commitment of the eboard and the remarkable ability to turn individual articles of varying topics into a concise, attractively compiled newspaper. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to work with the past three E-boards. Special thanks: To Sindhu, thank you for your leadership and guidance; Your laid back personality and resourcefulness helped me become better acquainted with the position. To Alyson, thanks for making vanguard get-togethers more spirited. To Nate, thank you for your patience with all of my grammar and spelling errors…it could not have been easy! To Brian, to this day, a meeting doesn’t feel complete to me without a question of the day. To Jeff, thank you for constantly responding to my emails, asking for the GA account and article ideas. I appreciate all of your patience! To Lindsay, thank you for spicing up the notes. It made the minutes much more enjoyable. To Vicky, our conversations and your comments are always

resource and legal counsel when we chose to push the controversial boundary and for that, I thank you. Shout out to Lacey for being my longest running section editor and for being consistently dependable and entertaining. To Jesse and future copy editors, I do hereby bequeath my AP Stylebook to you. You have an Oxford comma-free legacy to live up to, and the responsibility of ensuring a newspaper free of misspelligns. To current and past editorial boards, thank you for the opportunity to work with such a fun and dedicated group of individuals. My time with The Vanguard has taught me invaluable life lessons and made whole my Bentley experience. It is difficult to know how I would view my time here without The Vanguard, but I know that is something I’m happy to say I didn’t have to experience. To underclassmen, continue to make the most of your time here at Bentley. To my fellow seniors, let’s finish the year strong and good luck in your future endeavors, wherever life takes you. As Bentley’s first Spanish studies major, just remember, nothing is impossible. Viva La Vanguardia!


somewhat brief yet somehow so memorable. To Michaela, best of luck next semester! It’s been a pleasure working with you as a writer, and I can’t wait to see what you bring to the section!

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BY Lacey nemergut

I think it would be taken out of context. Alyson, I have genuinely missed spending my Wednesdays with you from family dinners to Dunkins runs and teaching you how to cut a mango. I guess you were pretty helpful with teaching me the ins and outs of copy editing too… thanks. I’ll call you when I need a lawyer. Sindhu, mi piña especial, where do I begin? Kat, qat, khat… I still can’t believe how much you matured as a leader last year and how much we accomplished from the first GBSNC where we forgot our newspapers to our office Rembrandt. I don’t know how we both made it through with only one minor mishap involving Words with Friends (OK, we had more incidents than that,) but considering at the beginning of last year we barely knew each other, I’m proud to say I have become great friends with such an honest and motivated young woman who shares a passion for gourmet Chinese dumplings, mangosteens and Seasons’ macaroons. You have helped me in more ways than you know. “Moo, mooooo… I don’t know.” Judy and George, you have pushed me to become a better journalist when I wrote on occasion and were a vital

BY BRIAN FUERST General manager

Read this to find out that one secret trick the FBI doesn’t want you to know about. I’m in the running for holding the record of least number of articles written while still holding an E-board position. Including this one, 5 articles over 6 semesters. Whereas most contributors surpass my lofty record every couple of weeks, I’ve had the unique pleasure of learning every aspect of the how the paper operates from the business side. While, The Vanguard hasn’t honed my writing skills as much as my english teachers would have hoped, the experiences I have learned in other facets have proven to be very useful. Over the past three years, I’ve held the positions of the Director of Online Services, Director of Advertising and lastly, the position of General Manager. While, I could go into the responsibilities of each position (which I’ve memorized and are included on my resume), I’ll spare you the details. In short these positions have helped me prepare for life after college while allowing me to be included in a very unique organization. I’ve enjoyed my time in newspaper club, and best of all, I’m fairly certain my reign over the business side hasn’t ruined the paper. Continuing,

I’ve made some really good friends through The Vanguard and have secretly grown to love going to E-board meetings. To sum things up, I’m going to miss it. Fortunately, The business side is being left in great hands with under new captain Vicky, who will bring some fresh ideas and conceivably, a more methodical approach, and the new Director of Advertising, Usama, who appears to have a solid understanding of the positions duties*. I wish both of you the best of luck in your positions and as mentioned

before, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. My time is up with The Vanguard, and it has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. Looking forward to seeing what future E-boards have in store for the paper as they continue to grow it in every conceivable way. Have I hit my word count? No? Oh umm ok, umm, let me think, ugh, got it, steel beams can only melt at … * - Director of Online Services E-board position is still available – Apply!

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BY Nate marchand

have been possible without my many advisers to whom I am forever indebted (Jane, Maritza, Lauren, Henrietta, Kathy and Davi, thank you for all you have done – gracias por todo lo que hicieron.) Throughout my four years with the greatest newspaper to ever grace our nimble campus, I have had the privilege of developing lifelong friendships with editors, staff and advisers alike. I never imagined how profound the impact of my involvement with The Vanguard would have been, but I realize now just how lucky I am to have had such a unique opportunity. The Vanguard has allowed me to become more involved and connected with other campus organizations, professors, faculty and students. The Vanguard has helped me make the most of my Bentley experience and connected me with people whom I would never have met otherwise. Leslie, thank you for putting up with my routine Wednesday nonsense. You made Vanguarding fun and your guidance helped me in deciding to continue my Vanguard career. Tomer, my old neighbor and first editor, thank you for all you did to help me with all things Vanguard. I’d reiterate our old mantra, but somehow


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December 5, 2013


To the Bentley community, About a year ago I was sitting in my homestay in Brussels, Belgium contemplating my decision of whether or not to run for Editor In Chief of The Vanguard. I was nearing the end of my semester abroad and wondered if I was ready to take on the challenge of managing a university newspaper. I Skyped with then Editor In Chief Sindhu Palaniappan to discuss the position and responsibilities— by the end of the discussion I knew I was ready. I joined The Vanguard the first semester of my freshman year. Having edited yearbooks in high school, I was looking for a way to contribute to a publication on campus. My First Year Seminar facilitator, Maria DiLorenzo, encouraged me to check out The Vanguard. I had no experience with newspapers but decided to follow through. I met the staff of The Vanguard at the Activities Fair that fall and soon after started as a production assistant. I served as Director of Production and Layout in 2011, a position that allowed me to learn more about the paper and help propel the layout toward a cleaner, more modern look than it had. The position allowed me to continue a passion for layout and design that I was afraid that I would lose once I came to Bentley. I became closer to the staff and found great friendships at The Vanguard. I then took a year off from the editorial board so that I could study abroad. Never did I once think that I would return to The Vanguard as Editor In Chief. Being abroad made me realize how much I missed The Vanguard and how much I missed my passion for design. I must recognize, however, that it was the people within the organization that made me really want to tackle the role. Everyone who is a part of The Vanguard has a sincere appreciation for the publication and is dedicated to what they do. At a business university it is not always easy to find people who are appreciative of the arts and journalism. I knew that I needed to keep these people as a part of my Bentley experience. I must first thank the two Editors In Chief before me—Leslie Dias and Sindhu Palaniappan—for providing a great foundation and example for my time as Editor In Chief. I was lucky enough to spend many Wednesdays with each of you in production and learn from each of you. Leslie, you are one of the most compassionate, hardworking and honest people I know. Sindhu, I have you to thank for convincing me to take this position and I am proud to call you my mentor, brother and most of all my friend.

Lindsay, my Managing Editor, thank you for agreeing to embark on this journey alongside me (although we never did get an office unicorn.) You are one of my greatest friends at Bentley, and regardless of what the last year has brought I know this will always be true. Thank you for being my confidant and dealing with everything I threw your way. Brian, you single handedly manage all of the business and finances of this organization and not once was I ever concerned about you. Thank you for being so reliable and making sure I never had to worry about the bills. Most of all, thank you for being…well… Brian. I always look forward to your greeting, “What’s up Vanguard” and your infamous question of the week. Nate, thank you for returning to The Vanguard as Copy Editor this semester after your semester in Spain! If it were up to you, I am sure that The Vanguard would be printed in Spanish and would only have news about Spain. Luckily for us, you do an awesome job editing English as well. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the semester and dealing with missed deadlines. Thank you for making the AP Stylebook your bible and making The Vanguard AP approved (even if I don’t like the dashes in my title…) My section editors—Lacey, Matt, Zack, Kelsey, Jasper, Jesse—thank you for your hard work and commitment to this organization. You are the primary people responsible for collecting content for the paper each week and I appreciate all that you have done in the past year. I know that it is not always easy to find committed writers and the stress of meeting deadlines can be tough, however, you always manage to deliver and we are successful each week because of you. To my fellow seniors, Lacey and Matt, I am glad to have shared the past years with you and wish you the best after graduation! There is no one who can manage our website quite as well as you can, Vicky. You have helped to upkeep the website and start our channel on Bostinno. I admire your quick response to technical problems and your wiliness to spend every Wednesday night uploading content to the sites. While you may be quiet at times I always love your witty remarks and jokes. I am excited for you to become General Manager and have all confidence in you in your new role! Kevin, you have been a great contribution to this publication. You have been reliable and consistent in managing all of our advertising and working alongside Brian. I have also enjoyed your contribution

through your column, The International Report. I wish you the best of luck abroad! Meagan—without you there would be no Vanguard each week. I am lucky to have you as Director of Production and Layout. You have proven yourself over and over in the position and have been so supportive over the past year. I am amazed by how composed and patient you have been in the role—regardless if you had a test, an application or an assignment—you were always 100 percent present and responsible at production each week. It was awesome to have you alongside me to redesign the paper this semester. You brought great ideas to the initial design brainstorm and you were supportive through the transition. I know you don’t like to take credit for the redesign but I am making it known that you, too, were vital in making The Vanguard what it has become. Most of all, I am glad to call you my friend. There is no one else I would rather spend 12+ hours with every Wednesday putting together a newspaper. I knew I could always vent to you and blare music and sing aloud with no cares. You are an extremely humble and selfless person that I am glad to have worked alongside. Have fun and be safe in Dublin—this is your chance to see the world! Melisa, I am excited to see you make the transition from Photography Editor to Editor In Chief. You will bring to this publication a keen eye for photography and will help to enhance its overall image. I am confident that you will learn everything you need to know to manage the paper—I know that you have the determination and motivation to succeed in this position. Most of all, I hope that one year from now you will reflect on your time as Editor In Chief and have the same feelings of accomplishment, pride and gratification that I feel today. I am happy to call you my friend and my brother and now Editor In Chief. Together, as one Editorial Board, we have laughed at meetings and sat forever trying to think of a topic for the editorial. I thank you all for being a fun group of people to be around! Nicole Chabot-Wieferich, our student life advisor, I am forever grateful for you! I am happy that I have gotten the chance to work with you during the past year and have your support throughout the duration of my term. You are a sincere, honest and open person that I knew I could always turn to with problems or concerns. You have seen me at my best and my worst and have helped me get through stressful times. I am happy that you are also my Class Cab advisor—we don’t have to end our weekly meetings quite yet! I appreciate all you have done

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for The Vanguard and wish you all the best in the new year! To all the other offices and services that contribute to the success of The Vanguard— Campus Police, Student Affairs, Student Activities, the Center for Health and Wellness, Marketing and Communications, the Bentley Library—thank you. Without your contributions and cooperation much of The Vanguard would not be possible. I cannot forget to thank my family, friends, advisors and professors for their support over the past year. You all helped me remember why I took on this role and reminded me that hard work pays off. You are the most supportive family and friends that I could ask for. You understood that “Vanguarding” took a majority of my time and knew that Wednesdays were “Vanguard Day”. I appreciate your patience and support of me and the organization more than you know. Most of all, thank you to all the readers of The Vanguard (especially if you have read to this point!) You are truly the reason why we do what we do. We work hard to publish a quality student newspaper each week and contribute to the Bentley community. I hope that you enjoy reading and that you continue to read in the future. It seems impossible that I am writing my farewell to an

organization that has given me so much. The Vanguard has become a part of my Bentley experience that I will never forget. While I never predicted that I would be Editor In Chief, I am glad that the forces led me to this position. It has allowed me to learn about myself as a person and also my university. As Editor In Chief, I never knew what to expect each week. This position has prepared me to expect the unexpected, to deal with situations as they arise and most of all to make the most of every situation. I have learned to think quickly, make decisions and remain versatile. The skills I have learned behind my editor’s desk are some of the most important skills I will have learned when I graduate in May. I wish future members of The Vanguard much success and I hope that the organization will continue to grow on the foundation that has been set this year. This is the first farewell that I have to give—making it more clear that I have just five months left at the university that I have come to know and love. Make sure to follow your passions and do what makes you happy, regardless of what others think. It is the only real way to be truly happy. Sincerely, Jeff “J Bro” Breault Editor In Chief The Vanguard


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The winning gingerbread house. BY zack o’malley campus life editor

We all know that studying for finals can be intense and stressful and that dreaded period is fast approaching for those of us who haven’t yet started to cram. Though we are all guilty of it from time to time, scientific findings have proven that breaking up the studying is more effective than attempting an all-nighter cram session. The

best thing is to keep a positive mood during those study breaks and what better way to do it than embracing the holiday spirit with some holiday music and gingerbread houses. On December 3, the Bentley Leadership Society held their Holiday Leadership Social in the Back Bay as a much needed study break for students stressing about their final exams. The Bentley Leadership Society is fo-

cused on providing various events at which students can partake in a number of activities designed to strengthen and expand existing leadership and networking skillsets. In the spirit of the impending holidays, BLS provided the necessary materials for students at the event to make their own gingerbread houses. The exact origin of this holiday tradition is still relatively unclear; however, it can be loosely traced back to the old German tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel. Published in 1812, the story has remained a children’s classic to this day, where we continue to construct, paint and decorate these houses in the spirit of the holidays. Now of course, being a BLS event, there had to be some kind of educational, leadership training twist, right? Well after the students formed groups, BLS e-board members joined them as their leaders. Each leader was assigned a leadership style or personality and students were asked what they thought of their leadership after completing the gingerbread houses. The group discussed why each leader-

ship style was effective and or ineffective, really using the event as a fun learning experience, on top of being a respite from finals stress. “I would definitely say that the gingerbread house event was a hit for BLS this year,” said BLS president sophomore Chelsey Carroll. “We saw some new faces and had the highest turnout out of all our events this semester.”

So enjoy the holiday spirit and try not to worry so much about finals. And on this, the last day of Hanukkah and just twenty days until Christmas Day, we would all well to sit back, relax and gain some perspective on what’s truly important. Because although Thanksgiving has come and gone, we can still continue to give thanks for family, friends and our great university.

Courtesy of Chelsey Carroll

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BLS builds gingerbread houses, provides stress-relief

A team of students taking a break from contracting for a picture.


Yo. We’re the Police Log writers. We’ve been writing for The Vanguard since our freshman year, starting with our biweekly political column “Elephant in the Room” and moving on to the infamous Police Logs. People don’t like witty humor about abortion. Who knew? At first, we thought a “farewell” article would be pretty vain and stupid…but then we realized that we could use this portion of the paper as a vehicle to thank all of the laudable folk who have helped our sorry asses (and put up with our incredibly wordy sentences) during our three-year journey through journalism and four-year journey through roommating. Since we write the part of The Vanguard that you actually read every week, please take a second or two to read this. First, we would like to thank Jesus. That seems to be what everyone else does, and we’re down with G-O-D. (Plus, the whole “omnipotence” thing makes him a shoe-in for the #1 spot.) Thank you to freshmen for puking. Thank you to our editors Tomer, Alyson and Lindsay for giving us deadlines that we never followed, editing out all our funny jokes and taking

out all our Oxford commas (which, by the way, are legit). Thank you to our future employers for not Googling our names and seeing our journalistic portfolio. Thank you to intramural sports for being the cause for more abuse than a Chris Brown – Rihanna limo ride. Thank you to the lower green space, public bathrooms, dorm stairwells and the Smith stairs for dealing with all of our shit (sometimes literally). Thank you to freshman boys for discovering freshman girls and to freshman girls for discovering alcohol. Thank you to our brilliant professors who teach us about price theory but can’t figure out how to unlock a classroom. Thank you to exterior lights for being on. Thank you to the terrible drivers from the following states: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Canada and The People’s Republic of Cambridge. Thank you to Sodexo. Keep making a mockery of the Student Activity Fee by charging ridiculous prices for subpar food. Thank you to Mother Nature for being a bitch. Thank you to all the people who have ever complained to The Vanguard about the Police Logs being sexist, racist, or any sort of –ist. We never

actually see those – any anthrax you send goes directly to the E-Board. Thank you to parents for being anal and clingy. Thank you to Babson and Bryant for being really easy targets to shit on for the past three years (and presumably into the future). Thank you to RAs for getting people in trouble and giving us more to write about. Thank you to NewtonWellesley Hospital. God bless you people. (God, we thanked you first, so do us a solid here…) Thank you to Gloria Larson for seemingly always leaving the President’s House locked for when someone needs to use it. Thank you to Forest and Fenway. You’re generally shitshows. Thank you to yellow crosswalks and random patches of black ice for ruining nights, one heel at a time. Thank you to the mail room for, for some reason, having a chainsaw. (Yes, that was a real Police Log.) In all seriousness, we would like to wish a sincere thank you to all members of the Bentley Police Department, especially Lieutenant Flint and all the dispatch officers. Without you all, the Police Logs wouldn’t be possible (and evildoers would get away with their tomfoolery). Thank you to Rita Strout,

our #1 fan in the Office of Academic Services. You rock, Rita! Lastly, thank you to our loyal readers. Whenever we hear you say “hey, did you see the Police Logs this week?” and we engage you in inquisitive conversation, you never fail to disappoint us with your appreciation and/or mock-

ery. The opportunity to make people laugh is something we hold close to our hearts, kind of like “O Holy Night” covers and chicken parm. It’s been a pleasure to write for The Vanguard for the past three years. Thanks for letting us into your lives every Thursday, and to cite Genesis 44:17 word 38, “peace.”

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Bentley beginnings

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There are so many reasons to celebrate Bentley this year. The Class of 2017 marks a milestone as Bentley’s centennial class. The Vanguard continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary as the official student newspaper on the Bentley campus. This semester we will be sharing noteworthy stories about Bentley’s past from the archives of The Vanguard.

51 Years ago this week Originally published December 1962

College buys 100 acre campus Bentley College of Accounting and Finance of Boston, located for 45 years in the Back Bay area, has purchased the 100-acre Lyman Estate in the Cedar Hill section of Waltham, as the first step in a multimillion dollar campus development program. This was the formal announcement by President Thomas L. Morison, at the TV-Press Conference at The Algonquin Club on December 6. “A major building program will be undertaken to supplement present Back Bay facilities which serve a student body of nearly 4000,” President Morison said. During the past 45 years, Bentley College has graduated nearly 18,000 men and women and has provided professional education for thousands of special student from all parts of the United States and many foreign countries. The college will continue indefinitely to maintain its three six-story classroom and office buildings on Boylston Street, Back Bay, opposite of the new Prudential Center, and

its Residence for Men at 373 Commonwealth Avenue. The second campus will be developed to include classroom and administration buildings, libraries, dormitories, an auditorium and gymnasium, a chapel, athletic fields; and other facilities, according to the official announcement. The new college property at 500 Beaver Street, Waltham, will be known as the Lyman Memorial Campus in honor of the late Ronald T. Lyman, Sr., prominent New England textile manufacturer, who died during the past summer. Ronald T. Lyman, Jr. and John L. Lyman represented their family in the sale of the estate. The property is quite accessible from the greater Boston area and is only about two minutes from Route 128. Describing the Waltham property, President Morison said there are approximately 30 acres on the south side of Beaver Street, where a 22room brick mansion and other buildings are located. We will seek to adapt this mansion for

College use, possibly a faculty building. Nearly 70 acres on the opposite side of Beaver Street consist of undeveloped land (formerly the Lyman pastures)

which affords commanding views of the surrounding countryside and which will provide a setting of great natural beauty for the new campus. This large section is bounded

on the west by Forest Street, on the north by Pigeon Lane, and on the east by the Cedar Hill Camp of the Massachusetts Girl Scouts. […]

This photo shows the original long range vision of the Waltham campus in 1963.

50 Years ago

50 Years ago this week

December 1963

Originally published December 1963

Bentley Accepts Gift; Restores F a l c o n adopted Campus Mansion A major gift which will make possible the complete restoration of the 22-room, red brick mansion on the College’s 100acre campus site in Waltham was received recently by the

College. The home of the late Ronald T. Lyman, Sr., at 500 Beaver Street, Waltham, will be converted for college purposes through the generosity of Helen Lewis Gilpat-

The Lyman mansion (Lewis Hall) as purchased in 1962.

ric, wife of Dr. Paul A. Gilpatric of Winchester, and Thomas M. Lewis II, of Westwood. Their gift was made in memory of their father, Harold M. Lewis of West Medford. The late

Mr. Lewis, a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, and Yale University, was well known in business circles for many years. He was associated with H.P. Hood & Sons for 38 years as a financial officer, serving as one of the original members on the executive board, and as Chairman of the Finance Committee until his retirement in 1952. He was also a member of the Hood board of directors from 1936-1952. President Morison announced that the Bentley Trustees have voted to name the renovated mansion “Lewis Hall” to honor the memory of Harold M. Lewis. When work is completed next Spring, the building will house the Bentley Admissions, Development, Alumni Relations, Public Relations and Placement offices. […]

The falcon has officially been chosen as the Bentley College mascot, and all athletic teams will hereafter bear that name. The choice was the result of polls taken last spring, when several students suggested that the College teams be known as the Falcons. The falcon is a bird of prey which is generally considered to be the most perfectly developed of all birds. It is very strong and is equipped with powerful wings which allow it to hurtle through the air with great speed. Falcons are also known for their wonderfully keen eyes. The College may eventually adopt a live falcon to represent it at athletic events after facilities are transferred to the new Waltham campus.

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Garden at the Cellar impresses

Falcons share their thoughts.

If you could have any prop from a TV show or movie, what would you want? Ricardo minguez ‘14 MaJOR: finance

The ring from Lord of the Rings because it is quite valuable.

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eric donovan ‘17 MaJOR: undecided

The space trooper suit from Star Wars because I would have an awesome thing to wear to parties all year.

moussa hassoun ‘14 MaJOR: management MINOR: gender studies and law

I would want to have Ron Burgundy’s mustache because it’s badass.

shiza ahmed ‘15 MaJOR: economicsfinance LSM: quantitative perspectives

I would want to have Thor’s hammer because I want something to be magnetically attracted to me.

Garden at the Cellar, like many a restaurant in Cambridge, is tucked away behind a veil of redbrick, nestled between Harvard and Central Squares. A so-called “gastropub,” G at the C was the 2013 Boston A-List Award winner in the category of Best Bar Bites. With an increasingly dynamic seasonal menu, this quintessential hole-in-the-wall is sure to have what any discerning palate lives for and then some. If you’re a newcomer to the Boston/Cambridge area, and have yet to experience many of the gems that the region has to offer, Garden at the Cellar is a great first stop. Upon first finding the restaurant (or more accurately stumbling across it,) you’ll notice that there is a clear distinction between the upper level (contemporary dining) and the lower level (mostly bar area with a few tables.) However, if seating is an issue, do not be afraid to venture below. Because of its small size, during peak hours the restaurant area will fill up quickly, with waiting times commonly extending beyond the hour mark. During my visit, this is sadly what occurred, and instead of leaving, my group and I descending down into “The Cellar.” As the name suggests, “The Cellar” is quite simply put – a cellar. Limited light-

ing, coupled with the bustle of a busy bar, is the first thing you might notice once you step inside. The colors of the room are dark and were it not for some string lights hanging on the walls, one would have difficulty making it to his or her table. Speaking of the table, the back wall has builtin bench style seating (similar to a breakfast nook,) with upwards of five small coffee tables. Additionally, there are a few high-tops available, but they could not really seat more than three or four people. What really confirmed my resolve to try this restaurant was a quick look at its menu online. So, after reaching my seat, it was an extreme relief to find that both levels of the restaurant serve the same dishes (excluding dessert). This is where Garden at the Cellar truly shines. The menu, an eclectic mix of small plates (tapas), seasonal options and “substantial” entrées, all made with locally harvested ingredients, is exactly what it needs to be. People go to a bar for a certain type of atmosphere and part of that experience is in the type of food. So, as with most bars/pubs, you can expect to find fries and burgers; however at this bar that burger will come with aged Vermont cheddar and a mustard aioli and those fries with shaved truffles on top. To start off, I ordered a butter-poached lobster, topped

with fresh burgundy truffles and a duck egg. Bear in mind this is a “small plate,” so the lobster was no more than a 3-4 ounce tail. Nonetheless, it was prepared to perfection and the combination of lobster, butter, lemon and egg yolk was something that no person would soon forget. My friends, choosing a different route, started off with a miniburger and a mushroom crostini, with the other two saving themselves for the main course; which, in retrospect, was probably the right move. Surprisingly enough, (bearing in mind that this is a bar) I ordered a rabbit pot pie as my entrée. Off of their seasonal menu, the rabbit pot pie was interestingly prepared, with a modest, yet delicious, sage biscuit on top of the dish, as opposed to the common puffpastry shell. The rabbit was as tender as could be, and not over-cooked as is commonly the case. The locally harvested vegetables that were used were refreshing and retained their entire flavor, which paired beautifully with the biscuit. In all likelihood, you will be quite content after your entrée, and so you will probably not be too upset that dessert isn’t an option down in “The Cellar.” However, like me, you can always settle for simply finishing off your friend’s truffle fries that come so generously with his or her Reuben sandwich. With regard to the service, the basement-level of the restaurant is a non-waited area, so the customer is responsible for approaching the bartender to place his or her order and to pick up any drinks. This can be a blessing or a curse. In my case, grabbing the bartender’s attention sometimes took several minutes, which some might find quite frustrating. However, if the bar is not too busy, you can expect to receive a timely response. All in all, if you are looking for a place to not only have a superb meal, but also a oneof-a-kind experience (no more than a mile from the Harvard Square shuttle stop) then The Garden is the place for you.

johanne de silva ‘14 MaJOR: marketing

I would want Katniss Everdeen’s wedding dress because it’s pretty.

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Garden at the Cellar offers great food and a one-of-a-kind dining experience.


How the mighty have fallen

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BY sai he

Vanguard Staff Writer

Falcons share their thoughts.

What has been the highlight of your semester?

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Even the most successful musical acts begin to lose popularity over time. Riding off into the sunset is an expected rite of passage, a metaphorical “passing of the torch” from old stalwarts to the new vanguard of pop music. For most musicians, the knee-jerk reaction is to try and rekindle any semblance of their former flame by putting together a greatest hits album. The most recent victim of this truism? Nickelback. Last week, the Vancouver-based grunge/alt/rock outfit released a 19-track greatest hits compilation, The Best of Nickelback Volume 1. Please spare us the horror of additional anthologies. In the meantime, let’s frequent memory lane and revisit our parentchaperoned middle school dances where Nickelback and the Plain White T’s (remember them?) were on heavy rotation. Eight years ago, Nickelback were top-rung occupants of the pop music ladder. Thenreleased album All the Right Reasons was spawning hit crossover singles left and right, including three Top 10s and two additional Top 20s on Billboard’s Hot 100. All the Right Reasons went 8x platinum in the States and has sold to date over 11 million copies worldwide. Dark Horse, its 2008 successor, was a commercial success in its own right, but shipped only 3 million units domestically. Nickelback’s most recent studio effort, 2011’s Here and Now, could only muster up a Gold certification (500,000 units sold) Stateside. Ultimately, it has been Nickelback’s steadfast stubbornness that has placed them back at the starting line. The band’s strict adherence to formula has resulted in little variation in

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brady gildea ‘15 MaJOR: marketing LSM: global perspectives

The highlight of my semester has been getting closer to finishing GB 320.

Nickelback’s songs have a similar, distinctive style. content from album to album; similar-sounding releases have irked even the most die-hard followers. The problem stemming from a lack of growth with regard to musicianship is further compounded by the tried-andtrue Nickelback album formula: one-half Adult Contemporary feel good pop-rock, one-half rambunctious post-grunge driven by drop-tuned guitars. Put another way, a Nickelback album is equal parts inspiration for flowery, lyricadorned Tumblr photo couture and soundtrack for a Hell’s Angels congregation roaring down Route 66. “If Everyone Cared,” a piano-driven generic AC anthem preaching the importance of human compassion and environmental sustainability, appears on the same album as “Animals,” a 154 BPM ode to car sex that contains the lyric “You’re beside me on the seat / Got your hand between my knees / And you control how fast we go by just how fast you wanna squeeze.” Subtleness is not the band’s strongest trait. Every single Nickelback song falls into one of the two mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive (#GB213) catego-

ries above. On Dark Horse, the power ballad “Never Gonna Be Alone,” an uplifting song about companionship, is immediately followed by “Shakin’ Hands,” a hardcore, three-guitar driven track espousing the virtue of sugar daddies. Next up is the aptly-titled “S.E.X.” Closing out Dark Horse are “If Today Was Your Last Day,” a song that a child would use to explain to his or her parents the meaning of yolo, and “This Afternoon,” a sunshine-y ditty about hanging out with good friends. Although the split of Nickelback songs has traditionally been 50-50, their greatest hits album is disproportionately pop-heavy, with 12 of the 19 falling under the first umbrella. This is no surprise, as Nickelback, in a desperate attempt to restore status, is appealing to the demographic with the greatest purchasing power: pop-obsessed teenagers and nostalgic college students (#tbt) without spendthrift inhibitions. But as Nickelback falls further and further into obscurity, by the time a (heaven forbid) Volume Two comes out, it will have no resuscitative qualities for the band.

dalton frawley ‘16 MaJOR: Economicsfinance MINOR: cis and accounting

The highlight of my semester has been winning the KPMG case competition.

deeksha ial ‘16 MaJOR: marketing MINOR: public relations

The highlight of my semester has been my Thanksgiving break because I got to go out to California.

kelly ferris ‘16 MaJOR: undecided

The highlight of my semester has been being on the Bentley softball team because I love my teammates.

Tiffany mcclelland ‘16 MaJOR: public policy MINOR: business

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The highlight of my semester has been participating in moot court team.

Vancouver-based Nickelback recently released a greatest hits album.

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BY lacey nemergut news editor

Following the election that opposed the formation of an official faculty adjunct union on October 22, 2013, adjuncts in favor of the union had filed an official appeal, stating that they felt as though the government shutdown had altered the results of the election and thus the adjunct faculty would potentially be eligible for an additional election. However, before the National Labor Regulations Board responded to the appeal, the adjunct faculty chose to withdraw their appeal, believing this course to be in the best interest of Bentley adjuncts. “One of the key reasons that we decided not to proceed with the appeal was in the interest of moving forward with the adjuncts’ efforts to bring about

improvement in our working conditions,” said adjunct professor Joan Atlas. “In other words, instead of delaying our efforts to make things better for adjuncts by engaging in a protracted appeal, we decided to keep our focus on the main goal. We will also be able to have another election in a year, if we choose to do so, but that will certainly depend on whether we are able to work on and make progress regarding the issues with the administration without formally joining a union.” At this point, the adjuncts are moving forward, open to communication administration and are involving those who voted against the union. Currently, the Faculty Senate has a single representative for adjuncts. “The administration took the position during the campaign that no union was needed because

there is adjunct faculty representation on the Senate, which is the method for shared governance of the university,” said Atlas. Moving forward, the major issues include the $5,000 dollar compensation per class in addition to potential health benefits. In addition to compensation, adjuncts are seeking some sort of remuneration for last-minute course cancelations. At times, adjuncts are told their class is canceled last minute and receive no compensation despite significant preparation for course work. Furthermore, adjuncts lack job security and often are not guaranteed rehire, regardless of performance. In 2010, the adjuncts recommended that those who have been teaching at Bentley for at least 5 years be eligible for a 40 percent subsidy in health care

At this point, the adjuncts are moving forward. costs. This would amount to approximately half of what a full time faculty member receives. “As for how the administration will react, I am always optimistic that they will see the fairness of making efforts to treat the adjunct faculty more equitably, but

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I have the sense that they would much rather not bother making any changes,” said Professor Atlas. At this time, the administration has not yet responded to the official letter sent by the adjunct committee to the faculty senate.

Bentley aims for a spot at the PwC Challenge nationals BY lacey nemergut Bentley University is proud to have amongst its students a team of 5 impressive sophomores who have competed and won against 9 other Bentley teams in a PwC sponsored xTAX competition on campus and are now working for a spot at nationals in Washington D.C. to compete against the University of Delaware, the University of Florida, the University of Southern California, and the University of Virginia. The victorious Bentley team, with members including Adam Chen, Sal Visali, Tom Jantz, Brendan Clifford, and Greg O’Brien, are currently competing against the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri. “It is important to note that the case competition on campus was intense, as nine teams of five students competed for the on-campus title and the right to represent Bentley in the national competition,” said Professor Jay

The five Bentley sophomores taking part in the competition. Thibodeau, faculty coach for the winning team. “There was no correct answer to the case question. Rather, each team had to decide what they thought was best and then had to prepare a presentation to convince a panel of three experts from the Boston office of PwC that their solution was the best one.” This initial competition was videotaped and entered into a compe-


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tition against 46 other schools. Of the competing institutions, Bentley finished in the top 7 in the country. “The competition itself involved solving a practical, real-world tax problem burdening a fictitious state known as “Westmead.” Westmead’s environmentally conscious population was causing a severe decrease in gas tax revenue due to its choice to pur-

chase fuel efficient vehicles,” said Salvatore. “It was our job to take into account the economic and social qualities provided to us about the state and engineered a creative solution. A coherent presentation that outlined our plan was also a key component, and was vital to winning the campus.” In order to move onto the finals, the team sent in a brief oneminute video that describes how the challenge taught them teamwork, communication and leadership skills. In a humorous clip, the team featured footage of themselves pulling an all-nighter, assisting each other in overcoming the emotional breakdowns associated with stressful tests and papers, and a powerful statement about the relative size of Bentley in comparison to competitors. “We were always confident that by mobilizing the Bentley community we could garner support that could stand up to the larger schools,” said Salvatore. “To this point in the competition

we’ve more than held our own. We had actually been leading in the polls for the majority of the days and have only recently taken a back seat to Mizzou. We still remain faithful in our networking system here at Bentley and will continue to push until December 8th when polls close. So I guess this was a round a bout way of saying we think Bentley is up to the task of competing with these SEC giants. Faculty members throughout the university have been sending around emails, asking students to show their support for the Bentley team by offering one vote a day. Students interested in assisting Bentley against large University with more names on their email correspondence list should visit: and share the link on social media platforms. “We think our support system at Bentley is second to none, and definitely superior to that of Georgia or Missouri,” said Salvatore.


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BY usama salim

Vanguard Staff Writer

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And they are at it again! Apple in the left corner, Samsung in the right, punches are being thrown and Samsung is barely holding on. The bell rings and the jury roars Apple! Apple has won again! No one doubted it, but the verdicts finally out! It’s been a while since we heard anything about the Apple and Samsung patent war. The last time something even closely related came up in the news was when a jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion to Apple in copyright infringements last year. Apple argued that Samsung had stolen some of its technology, such as us-

ing fingers to pinch and zoom as well as its flat, black screen glass among others. A battle ensued and Apple emerged victorious. Samsung appealed the judgment and in March 2013 Californian District Judge Lucy Koh upheld $600 million of the total $1.05 billion, stating that the rest was miscalculated and sent it back to trial. Apple still managed to bag $290 million of the total $400 million sent back. Samsung on the other hand, was hoping to only pay $57 million of the total $400 million. So what does this mean? Is Samsung going to go bankrupt? Will Apple’s net worth triple? Sadly, none of these are true. Apple has $147 billion in

Apple remains the more popular of the two choices. Iphone 5S

cash and made $170.9 billion in revenue last year, whereas Samsung made $247.5 billion in revenue and holds $47 billion in cash. Both the sides stated that it wasn’t the money that was the problem, but that there was an ‘integrity’ of patents that needed to be respected. There is no doubt that patents need to be respected and Apple took the correct steps to show the world that yes, patent laws are no joke and need to be followed. It seems like a very noble cause and its most probably what Apple set out to do. It made Apple seem like a paternal figure acting on behalf of all American companies; just because you’re big and you can doesn’t mean you should trample on others. Now though, it seems more like “teacher, teacher, look, he took my place” kind of thing. It’s not just with Samsung, but Apple has been at war for ages with other companies ever since the technology giant started making money. Over the past 4 years, Apple has been in court with Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola, Barnes and Nobles among many others. It wouldn’t surprise anyone that Apple is not just fighting cases in the United States. China, Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan have also been the setting of these patent wars. True that Apple worked really hard to release their prod-

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Samsung continues to defend their designs as original. Galaxy s4 ucts, but is a $400+ billion company fighting over a few million? Samsung on the other hand, isn’t acting any better. Instead of paying the fine, time and time again they choose to appeal the decisions issued by the court. A typical patent lawsuit costs companies around $1015 million dollars, yet Samsung still continues to elongate the process. While this occurs, of course, the legal fees increase. So Samsung, instead of paying what it owes Apple and resolving the issue, thought it would be an amazing idea to keep arguing and cost itself the full $400 million that Judge Koh voided in damages and legal fees.

A lot of people might argue and claim that patent integrity is important and that’s why both sides are fighting. Although the case may seem like it’s been resolved, but Samsung will continue to appeal. And as if that wasn’t proof enough that these tech giants were just glorified kids, both companies are gearing up for another showdown on March 2014 over the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy III. A wise individual once said, “We don’t grow up, we just learn how to act in public.” Apple and Samsung, instead of wasting millions in legal fees, should learn how to act in public; it will do them good in the long term.


BETA GAMMA PLEDGE CLASS The Lambda Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi initiated 16 members of the Beta Gamma pledge class on November 22. Arjun Arora Eliza Brooks Craig Cohen Joe Greeley

Ashleigh Hunt Melisa Kocarslan Jerry Liang Jake Mekin

Emma Morse Michelle Shafferman Emily Niditch Andrew Sheets Casey Noonan Mike Tassinari Atish Patel Marie Tuchy

The fraternity also welcomes its latest faculty initiate, Colleen Murphy, Associate Director of Undergraduate Career Services. Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.


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What Happened in 2013? Many stories captivated us in 2013; news crews from North Korea to Gotham City converged on London to cover the birth of Prince George, third in line to the British throne. Despite, George’s refusal to answer questions from the gathered media, the royal birth temporarily brought some semblance of happiness to many people. Revelations by Edward Snowden about the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) also brought joy to conspiracy theorists and critics of the United States of America. Atheists were particularly dismayed at the proof that there exists an all knowing power that is always watching over us. In Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reign as president ended after he completed his final term in office. Hassan Rouhani, who officially replaced him in August, has already shown he is very different from his controversial predecessor. Ahmadinejad’s leadership saw tensions between Iran and many countries reach worrying levels.

The United States and Israel collaborated to create Stuxnet, a computer virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities whilst WikiLeaks revealed that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly asked America to halt Iran’s nuclear program via an attack. In contrast, Rouhani’s short time in office has seen an interim deal struck between the P5+1 group (Russia, China, France, Germany, the United States and Great Britain) and Iran which will see the country suspend its nuclear program for six months in exchange for partial sanction relief. Rouhani has prioritized greater regional stability which he aims to achieve through improving relations with Gulf countries. During his visits to Kuwait and Oman this week, Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, emphasized that Iran should not be perceived as regional threat. According to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran is still a threat to global peace and the recently signed nuclear deal is “a historic mistake.” That the major theme of Netanyahu’s

leadership has been protecting Israel from Iran means that domestic issues will likely play a greater role in his political position. The economic and social reforms announced by the Chinese Communist Party in November have been widely described as the most significant since Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in the early seventies and early eighties ‘opened up’ the Chinese economy. The sixty point plan released at the end of the Third Plenum includes a relaxation of the infamous one child policy, price liberalization, increasing the role of the private sector, land reform and financial and capital deregulation. President Xi Jinping has given himself and the bodies set up to coordinate these reforms until 2020 to achieve “decisive” results. Reform packages have been announced before but poor execution and policy reversals have meant until effective implementation begins many are describing the reforms as simply ‘a step in the right direction.’ The reform plan notably

did not contain any concrete political reforms leading some of the Chinese government’s sternest critics to claim that the reforms are ‘too little too late’ to prevent the impending implosion of a broken system. The overthrow of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by the military after mass protests and the violent crackdown of Morsi supporters will have repercussions not only for Egyptian society and politics but for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as a whole. Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected civilian president when he won 2012 presidential elections as a candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. Protestors claimed Morsi’s increasingly autocratic leadership style that saw Islamists dominate the political scene and in essence rule the country combined with economic mismanagement meant he to either resign or call for early elections. That the military deposed him infuriated his supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood. August’s bru-

KEVIN D. LARYEA A junior majoring in economics-finance. tal crackdown on pro-Morsi camps in Cairo that left more than 500 dead and thousands injured shocked Egyptians and the world. Islamist parties and groups across the Arab world were particularly affected by the scenes that unfolded in July and August. The fear is that these groups will resort to violence as an empowerment mechanism seeing as the democratic route was unsuccessful for even the most influential and organized Islamic organization in the region. Indeed, democracy has nearly lost its appeal to those in the region who believe that a democratic Islamic government is never fully recognized by Western powers. The coexistence of Islamists and secularists in government will likely be more difficult as a result of events in Egypt despite the valiant efforts in Tunisia to show it is indeed possible.


I started at The Vanguard as a fresh faced freshie looking to unleash my inner Stephen King, Ernest Hemmingway, J.K. Rowling, (insert famous author’s name here) with no intent to make the Vanguard “my thing” here at Bentley. Now here I am a senior, with three and a half years of Vanguard experience under my belt. From my freshman year column The Beat to Features Editor; Notes From Abroad contributor to staff writer; and finally Managing Editor, I can’t believe I am here writing my farewell. I have re-written this piece like a bazillion times now because I am so indecisive of what I want to say (seriously no exaggeration a BAZILLION times). This

is just the first of the “soooo I am graduating soon” things that I have to do before *gulp* May 2014. This is unfamiliar territory and pretty damn scary. So please bear with me while I attempt to eloquently end my time here at The Vanguard. As I look to the future I hope to do something concentrated in writing. I have to thank The Vanguard as a whole for being an outlet for creative writing outside the classroom and for giving me the opportunity to develop my mad editing skillz. Shameless self-promotion: check out my Community post on BuzzFeed: 15 Reasons Why You NEED To Go To Southeast Asia STASAP (Sooner Than As Soon As Possible). I think it’s pretty great and you should too! Now back to my thank yous…

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Thank you to Sindhu Palaniappan (former Editor-inChief) and Alyson Bisceglia (former Managing Editor) for encouraging me and Jeff Breault (JBro) to take on our current positions (even though I never received my unicorn…) JBro, although we’ve had our ups and downs these past two semesters, I can’t think of anybody I would have rather double team the paper with. Thank you for everything you have done with The Vanguard and for shaping it into the beauty that it is today. Thank you to everybody who ever contributed to The Vanguard. Especially a big shout out to all the columnists and Note From Abroad contributors who I have had the pleasure to work with over the past year. You guys rocks and the only thing I love more than reading your opinions each week is deleting all your Oxford commas (*cough* Police Log writers *cough cough*). Thank you Camille for letting me deliver the paper to you every Thursday and for genuinely reading the paper from the very first to very last word. Finally and more generally, thank you to everybody who ever picked up a copy of The Vanguard. Whether you have only ever read one article, or you are a consistent reader, thank you. And to end my time here at The Vanguard; welcome, welcome, welcome to the incoming E-Board members! Congratulations and have a fabulous year here at the paper.

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So Long, Farewell! I’ve written for The Vanguard for about two and a half years under 3 Editor-inChiefs, 3 different Managing Editors and about far too many topics. The purpose of this column was to provide a unique take on political and social issues for Bentley students to read and while I’m unsure if my take is considered unique, I’m glad to have spent the years writing for the paper. My first column in 2011 was about Barack Obama and how I didn’t think he had a backbone. From there I quickly moved to the Arab revolutions, each domestic political showdown after the next, millennial criticism by other generations and even by our own, birth control, religion, Bentley events, Bentley charges, Bentley rebranding of the rebranding, this or that conference or event, gun control and every other topic we all love to hate discussing. These articles have brought about differing reactions by readers. At times I’d

get emails of students disagreeing with me, at others students, staff and faculty have emailed to show their support. The articles have also led to substantive discussions with friends in person. Heck, I even got a letter from President Clinton who read my article in the April 6 edition of the paper! With every new email, letter, or discussion, it was an affirmation that someone was reading and they decided to voice their opinion. When I agreed to start writing for the paper I had just started a blog (which I recently shutdown) and I had a lot of ideas that I wanted to express about issues I cared most about; the Vanguard allowed me to do that. Thank you to my Editor-inChiefs for being patient and working with me when issues needed to be addressed. There was my first Editor-inChief Leslie Dias, the suave of my second Sindhu Palaniappan and the cool capital of my third Jeff Breault. My editors Tomer, Alyson and

Lindsay have also been great at catching my typos, grammatical errors and making sure my articles don’t turn into lengthy rants. To them, I owe my gratitude. The Vanguard has given me a stage to discuss what I care most about and one of those topics has been LGBTQ equality. I have discussed this not just about the institution and legal equality in the U.S. but also in terms of the environment here at Bentley. I focused on this because some time ago I noticed that The Vanguard didn’t have much LGBTQ positive content for readers. Considering the emotionally taxing environment at Bentley for LGBTQ people, I decided that I’d talk more openly about those issues specifically and equality as a larger matter. I wanted to write as much as a could in the hope that at some point or another, someone would read my words and reconsider their conception of sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, or other identity label.

I’m not sure if I accomplished that but if I’m proud of one thing, it’s that there is now more positive LGBTQ content in The Vanguard’s archives than there ever has been. This may seem small and insignificant but recognition and discussion of issues important to a community that may not always feel welcome (and can be invisible) is a big step, especially when the collective action of many members in the Bentley community helps change the lives of those students. There’s often a joke that not many people read The Vanguard, but it’s been my experience that if you put effort and thought into your words, if you share your knowledge with your friends by actively engaging them with the content and remind them of your writing (like a badge of honor), you’ll find yourself in a far more fulfilling role than you might have imagined. But you don’t have to write on serious political and so-

MOUSSA HASSOUN A senior majoring in management. cial issues (though I’d always encourage it). You can write about campus events, or cover sports for the school. You can take pictures, or help run the show behind the press. My experience over the years has been extremely fulfilling and as a senior I feel its right to stop now and clear the way for the next columnist. I encourage you to step up and out and join The Vanguard. As I wrote in my first article of the semester: “…let us seek to create a better environment than the one we first walked into. Let’s make Bentley friendlier, more collaborative, more challenging, more supportive, more fun, and more engaging.” One way you can accomplish that is by speaking out through your keyboard and into the paper. So long and farewell!


Bullets May Scar the Body, But Words Scar the Soul was no way I could’ve done anything to make her hate me so badly. “I was late one day and I slipped in quietly trying not to disturb anyone, but you decided to call me out on being late.” She said it in such an obnoxious way that I kind of got why she would’ve hated me. I basically sounded like a complete a$$. At the time all I had been aiming for was a little joke

in the midst of trying to understand the theory of light deflection through a mirror. As intended, all my other colleagues took a moment to laugh and then went about their work. But with her, it stuck. To her, it was like I was bullying her and trying to make her feel bad. Now I understand why she kept her distance from me for the first few hours of her first school day and if it weren’t for my

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“You know, I hated you for a whole year,” she said, with a slight laugh. I was enjoying a light hearted conversation with the new transfer student about how we first ‘met’ a year ago. She was the quiet kind, always keeping to herself. We had barely interacted and as far as I remembered, we had never spoken. She used to come in on time to our physics sessions and leave straight away, so there

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best friend, I most probably would’ve never talked her. There are thousands of cases like this where we don’t mean what we say. All we intend is to make a joke, but it hurts someone. You see, small physical wounds heal. You clean the wound, put a band aid on it, and sooner than later, it’ll be gone. The most that they will leave behind is a small scar. Words that are thrown around leave behind an intangible injury. If you can’t find the wound, how are you meant to treat it? And let’s say you do treat the wound somehow, the scar they left behind will always remain. There is no plastic surgery in the world that can put a graft on that kind of scar. There is no dollar figure to remove the scar. You can suppress it, but never remove it. It’s not necessarily just things that we say willy nilly, but also for example names that we call people. The typical scenario goes like this: someone makes up a funny nickname for someone else, they laugh about it as if it were a joke, but deep inside, the person being made fun of is not enjoying it one cent. But who are they to speak up against 50 others who are making fun of him? They accept their fate, but those words, they plant a seed of hatred in their heart. Every

USAMA SALIM A freshman with an undecided major. time someone calls them by that name, the tree gets nourishment and it grows slowly and unless they have the courage to stand up for themselves, it keeps on growing till hatred over takes their feelings. I guess my final thoughts come down to this; think about what you are going to say before you say anything. Think about the other person’s feelings, and how your words will affect them. And if one night you’re really bored and have nothing to do, just evaluate what you’ve said. If you think you’ve said you shouldn’t have, just apologize. It honestly doesn’t hurt to say sorry and you’ll have nothing to lose. For all those on the other end of this, speak up. Chances are, the person making fun of you don’t even know if what they’re saying sits well with you or not. For all they know, you laughing with them or not saying anything means that there’s nothing wrong. Stand up for yourself. There is no one stronger than a person who is unapologetically being themselves, and there is no one I’d have more respect for in this entire world.


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Boerman was not only a leader on the field, but off the field too. BY ian giancursio Vanguard Staff Writer

The Bentley University men’s football program saw the career of one of its most successful leaders come to a close last week, as head coach Thom Boerman announced his decision to retire from the program. Boerman spent 28 years career on the Bentley coaching staff, with the last five as head coach of the entire program. Under Boerman’s tenure the men’s football team enjoyed incredible success, posting a 33-17 record and earning a share

of the NE-10 championship in both 2009 and 2010. His ability to motivate and bring out the best in his players was unparalleled, as he won the NE-10 Coach of the Year award in 2009. However, it was the relationships he created with fellow players and coaches that truly defined his career: “The best part of being a coach here for so long is the relationships I have developed, the young men I had the privilege of coaching, the men I coached with and the faculty and staff at Bentley that helped me make our program one of the best performing teams on

and off the field and in the classroom. You could not find a better place to coach,” said Boerman, according to the Sports Information Department. The coach was not only a leader of men on the field, but off the field as well. During his five years as head coach, Bentley won the NE-10 Team Excellence Award from 20092011, an especially impressive feat given the competition. Although he will surely be missed, Coach Boerman’s legacy will live on throughout the many seasons of Bentley football to come. The 2013 Bentley men’s team has recently been recognized for its incredible talent, with numerous players earning awards as a result of their play. Senior quarterback Danny Guadagnoli was named the Offensive Player of the Week for his astonishing performance against Saint Anselm on November 16, in which he threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns to break the single-game and season records for passing yards and total offense. Junior receiver Jeff Hill was named to the All-NE-10 Conference first team for the second straight year after recording 75 receptions

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Falcons prepare to take ice at Fenway

Bentley will play Holy Cross as part of Frozen Fenway this year. BY Billy Fitzhenry Vanguard Staff Writer

As the season for the Bentley men’s hockey team nears its midpoint, anticipation for its December 28th game at Fenway Park grows greater and greater. Taking a look at the team’s performance thus far, it’s fair to say the Falcons struggled mightily at the beginning of the season but have shown noticeable improvement over the last few weeks. After losing six of their first seven games, the Falcons have turned it around in a big way. With recent victories over Air Force, Holy Cross and the

University of Connecticut, the Falcons are 4-1-1 in their six most recent games. This winning streak has boosted the Falcons into a tie for 3rd place in the Atlantic-10 hockey conference. As the date of the big game draws closer, the players on the Bentley hockey team are understandably excited. According to senior forward Jared Rickord, “Our entire team is excited about the opportunity to play at Fenway Park. To be a part of Frozen Fenway this year will be a once in lifetime opportunity for me. It will be great to play Holy Cross in such a historic ballpark. The game

will be great for the hockey team, athletic program and university as a whole.” Students around Bentley campus have been buzzing about Bentley’s upcoming appearance at Boston’s historical ballpark. “I’ve been counting down the days until the tickets became available,” said junior Vinny Dell’Alquila. “I bought my ticket the second I could.” Bentley hockey fans seem to recognize the importance of this game as the opportunity to play at Fenway Park doesn’t come around very often. “This is unequivocally the biggest hockey game in Bentley’s history. I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” said junior Max Haberman. Before playing at Fenway, the Falcons play two more conference games against Robert Morris and then travel to face Boston University at Agganis Arena on December 14. The Falcons will then have two weeks to prepare for Holy Cross, the opponent they will be facing when they head to Fenway Park. Bentley has already played the Crusaders once this season and defeated them by a score of 3-2. The Falcons will be looking to obtain a similar result when they face off against the Crusaders on December 28.

for 1,225 yards and 12 touchdowns, a ridiculous output for any player. Bentley also saw two selections to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team, as freshmen safety Tyler Ford and punter Sam McDonald earned the honors. Hill’s incredible season was also recognized nationally, as

he was named to the 2013 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team. A prestigious award, Hill truly deserved such placement after recording six 100-yard games and constantly flashing his big-play ability that has made him a nearly uncoverable offensive weapon.


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Head coach Thom Boerman retiring after 28 years at Bentley

BY Matt Gustus Sports editor

Over the last four years, The Vanguard has given me an opportunity to combine two things that I love: writing and sports. In the spring of my freshman year, my friend kept telling me about The Vanguard and how much fun it was. I hadn’t been involved with any clubs at the time, so I decided to check it out. As I explored what options were available, I saw the sports section and figured I would give it a try. I had never written anything more than essays for classes, let alone a formal newspaper article. To learn some of the basics, I started reading as many articles as I could to learn all that I could. One of the most helpful resources I found is the Sports Information Department. As a writer, their stats, recaps, schedules and player profiles have been a major help for inspiration as well as making my articles be the best that they can be. As a fan, I use the website for even more, including keeping up with the teams with live stats and catching the recaps of any games I happen to miss. The Sports Information Department has been extremely important to me. During sophomore and junior year, as I enjoyed covering the various teams at Bentley more and more, the position of Sports Editor opened up. Wanting to take on a bigger role in a wellrun organization, I ran for the position and was lucky enough to get voted in. As I transitioned into Sports Editor, it was an easy move

from writer to editor. Much of that was attributed to Ben Klein, who previously held the position. Klein was a great teacher, as he basically taught me everything I needed to know. Throughout the spring semester, he was able to answer all my questions and was big behind the scenes of the sports section. He’s written numerous articles for the Bleacher Report, a popular sports blog website, and his passion was one that inspired me. The other thing Ben Klein left behind was a great group of writers. Recruiting a full staff of writers is almost unheard of, so when I was told that there would be three other writers who were fully committed to writing I was ecstatic. Having solid writers who contribute week in and week out let kept me energized and never let me get burnt out. Essentially, the sports section was a well-oiled machine that I was lucky enough to inherit. However, there is still a lot to the sports editor position that takes time and energy. Things like being a mentor to my writers, selecting topics for the paper each week and making sure the section turns out as professional as possible. These are the behind the scenes things that make the editor position more involved, but they also make it a great managerial learning experience. While I probably will never write for a newspaper again in my life, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Vanguard and am thankful for all the support from you: the readers.


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The team remains undefeated with a 7-0 overall record


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sports editor

School NE-10 Overall American Int’l 8 1 0 9 3 0 Stonehill 8 1 0 8 3 0 New Haven 7 2 0 8 3 0 Assumption 6 3 0 6 5 0 Merrimack 5 4 0 7 4 0 Bentley 4 5 0 6 5 0 LIU Post 3 6 0 5 6 0 Southern Conn. 3 6 0 3 8 0 Saint Anselm 1 8 0 1 10 0 Pace 0 9 0 0 11 0


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Even with the program’s proven track record, not many people saw this fast of a start coming for the men’s basketball team. The team, which found themselves outside of the Northeast-10 playoff picture last season with a record of 11-15 (913 NE-10), seems to have been overlooked by most, as they were selected to finish fourth in their division in the Northeast-10 Coaches’ Poll. So far, they have gotten off to a remarkable start by winning their first seven games. To help dissect how the team has gotten where it is today, The Vanguard took an in depth look at the early season stats from this year’s team (stats are current as of 12/2/13): 20.9 – Sophomore forward Tyler McFarland has scored 20.9 points per game so far this season. He is only one of four Northeast-10 players to score over 20. 17.0 – Senior guard Jasper Grassa is also in the top 12 for scoring the conference, as his 17.0 points per game have been huge for the Falcons this season. 92.6 – While Grassa is a fan favorite for his high percentage from three pointer land, his excellence in shooting is further driven home by his 92.6 percent percentage from the line. He has only missed two free throws this season for a total of 25 for 27. In the November 13 game against St. Anselm, Grassa was a perfect nine for nine from the line to help him reach a career-high in points

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Tyler McFarland records 20.9 points per game so far this season. of 35. 1,000 – Grassa became the most recent member of Bentley’s 1,000-point club in November, joining with 48 Falcons from the past. Currently, he has 1,070 points. 5.0 – Sophomore guard Alex Furness has proven to be a successful point guard, as he is in the top five in the NE-10 with 5.0 assists per game. 90.0 – Traditionally, Falcon teams pride themselves on playing tough defense and wearing other team’s down. This year has been a little different. The team has scored 90.0 points per game this season, which is second most in the NE-10. St. Anselm leads that category with 93.3. 55.0 – The main reason for the high volume of scoring can be attributed

School NE-10 Overall LIU Post 10 0 0 21 1 0 Merrimack 9 1 0 14 6 0 Stonehill 8 2 0 18 4 0 Bentley 5 5 0 11 8 0 Adelphi 5 5 0 11 9 0 Saint Anselm 4 6 0 6 11 0 Southern Conn. 4 6 0 5 14 0 American Int’l 3 7 0 8 10 0 Assumption 3 7 0 7 11 0 St. Michael’s 3 7 0 6 12 0 Franklin Pierce 1 9 0 3 15 0


to the team’s high field goal percentage of 55 percent. If you look at the box score, you will see that the Falcon roster is full of offensively talented players who can all score the ball when needed. Therefore, with a little bit of patience the Falcons can get a high quality look. They have been doing this so far and it has paid off tremendously. 44.3 – Their three-point accuracy has also been outstanding, as they have shot 44.3 percent from behind the arc. Both their field goal percentage and three-point percentage are tops in the NE-10. As the season wears on, it is to be expected that the team’s defense will get even stronger. If they can keep shooting at their current pace, the team should be in for a fun year.

School NE-10 Overall Bentley 4 0 0 7 0 0 Franklin Pierce 3 1 0 8 1 0 Saint Anselm 3 1 0 4 2 0 St. Michael’s 2 1 0 6 1 0 Merrimack 2 2 0 4 2 0 Southern N.H. 1 3 0 3 3 0 Stonehill 0 3 0 2 4 0 Assumption 0 4 0 1 7 0

NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall St. Rose 3 0 0 5 2 0 New Haven 2 1 0 4 2 0 Southern Conn. 1 1 0 4 1 0 American Int’l 1 1 0 3 2 0 Le Moyne 1 1 0 3 3 0 Pace 1 2 0 2 4 0 Adelphi 0 3 0 0 4 0

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Bentley 4 0 0 7 0 0 Franklin Pierce 2 2 0 3 4 0 Stonehill 2 1 0 5 2 0 Southern N.H. 2 1 0 4 2 0 Merrimack 1 2 0 3 3 0 St. Michael’s 1 2 0 2 4 0 Saint Anselm 1 3 0 5 4 0 Assumption 1 3 0 4 3 0

NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall New Haven 3 1 0 5 2 0 Adelphi 3 0 0 6 0 0 Le Moyne 1 1 0 5 1 0 Southern Conn. 1 1 0 4 2 0 St. Rose 1 3 0 4 4 0 American Int’l 1 3 0 4 1 0 Pace 0 3 0 0 7 0


School NE-10 Overall New Haven 14 0 0 26 4 0 St. Rose 11 3 0 19 5 0 Bentley 11 3 0 17 10 0 Adelphi 10 4 0 19 12 0 Franklin Pierce 9 5 0 14 8 0 Stonehill 9 5 0 18 14 0 Merrimack 9 5 0 17 15 0 American Int’l 8 6 0 14 16 0 Southern N.H. 7 7 0 12 12 0 Southern Conn. 5 9 0 17 13 0 St. Michael’s 4 10 0 12 12 0 Le Moyne 3 11 0 9 17 0 Assumption 3 11 0 6 17 0 Saint Anselm 2 12 0 7 20 0 Pace 0 14 0 4 26 0


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Jasper Grassa has only missed two free throws this season for a total of 25 for 27.

School NE-10 Overall Mercyhurst 5 1 0 7 7 1 Air Force 4 2 1 7 5 2 Bentley 4 2 1 5 7 1 Connecticut 3 2 1 4 5 2 Niagara 3 2 1 3 9 1 Canisius 3 3 1 4 7 1 Rochester Inst. 3 3 0 4 7 2 Holy Cross 3 4 0 4 9 0 American Int’l 3 4 0 3 8 0 Sacred Heart 3 5 0 4 10 0 Robert Morris 2 3 1 2 8 1 Army 2 7 0 2 10 0



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Nichols (left) and Higgins (right) are cross country team captains. BY emily ellis

Vanguard Staff Writer

The indoor track team has been training hard for their upcoming season. The runners who just came out of the cross country season have the expectations to make a fluid transition over to track and put some good work in over break to be a competitive team this winter and spring. One of the runners who just had an amazing cross country season, the senior captain of the team, Ashley Nichols, explained, “cross country provides a lot of strength for track and the goal is that the training for cross country will allow us to continue to run fast until May. This is why all of the distance runners who run track run cross country, unless they are injured or new.” Nichols proved in the fall that she will come into the track season healthy, strong and fast. She has continued to learn a lot over the past years and, now that she is going to run for her final season, it all comes down to this; she’s

ready to prove herself once more on the track. On the men’s side, senior Conor Higgins also has high expectations for the upcoming season. “Track is a unique sport because there is an inherent individual aspect to it,” said Higgins. “Looking at team scoring is always important and we look to place in the top five at Conference every year. However, the quantity of high performances from multiple athletes is the end goal. Ideally we want as many athletes as possible to qualify for the New England championship and possibly the NCAA championship.” Higgins also said, he believes, “there is a strong possibility that the indoor track team could send a 4x400 & Distance Medley Relay to NCAAs in March.” While the transition from one season to the next might seem simple, there are different aspects for each runner. The transition varies from runner to runner, because each runner needs to focus on either middle distance (800 or 1 mile)



Out of 31 possible first-place votes in this week’s national coahes’ poll, the women’s basketball team received 29 of them as they remained ranked #1 in the country. This is the third week in a row that the team has the top ranking and is also the seventh week in program history. In total, the Falcons received 769 points in the poll, which gives them a 28-point cushion over the second place team Gannon University. Rounding out the top five are Emporia State (715), Nova Southeastern (685) and Colorado Mesa (596).

or long distance events (3000, or 5000) and their weekly workout will reflect this. Higgins continued to explain, “Your weekly mileage should not change too much and you do not change your weekly workouts too much either. As a middle distance runner you need to steadily increase your speed by focusing on shorter and faster intervals.” One significant way that cross country varies from track is that cross country courses change all the time, while the track is constant. Nichols says that the track is much easier to compare times. For this, she is really excited to run personal bests. Because of the timing of the season, it’s really important that runners stay motivated throughout the winter break. Nichols knows from experience that team chemistry helps to keep everyone’s spirits high throughout the cold weather and holidays. Also, since running on this team is year round, team chemistry helps to keep everyone excited about the team and the sport, without getting burnt out. As Nichols explained what the daily routine of a track runner can look like, it was clear how important team chemistry and motivation is. According to Nichols, there are days that look like this: “class, track practice, another class, a second run, weight/ core workout, homework, sleep and repeat.” For weeks on end, it’s easy to see how exhausting track season is, especially with the weather. Because of this, team chemistry in track might just be more important than in any other sport. However, Higgins noted that “finding the balance between athletics and

academics has never been a huge issue for guys on the team because they tend to be extremely intelligent and motivated; year in year out we finish in the upper echelon of GPA rankings for Division II.” The team is on track (no pun intended) to kick some butt this year. As Nichols said, “this year all the girls really put in a lot of effort and training, so it will be exciting to see the improvement! Not all the girls are able to compete at Nationals, but in track, there are so many different events that more people are able to get their time to shine.” Similarly, Higgins said that he’s “excited to see some stellar performances out of some of our athletes. Sophomore Edy-Elliot Uthman-Olukokun had an amazing freshman year and has the potential to go down as one of Bentley’s greatest athletes assuming he continues to improve. He, along with Sophomore Sean Nee and Junior Steve Maffolini should look to make big jumps in their times.” Higgins also echoed

Nichols when it comes to the importance of team chemistry and motivation. “The motivation to send relays to the NCAA championship should always be in the back of the mind of our athletes and should help carry us through the season. Performing at our best for conferences and New England’s also serves as easy motivation.” Both the men and women have put in some serious work already and plan to continue their hard work as the season continues. They have high expectations and very realistic goals. For the seniors on this team, this will be the last time competing at the collegiate level. Their motivation is clear, they want to finish strong. And with a team this close, the motivation of the newer runners is also clear; they want to run for the seniors. For they know sooner than they think it will be their last meet too. The team will first take the track December 7 and hope to start the season strong as they continue to prove themselves throughout the season.

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Higgins and Nichols explain transition from cross country to track

Higgins thinks the track team could make it to the NCAAs.


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Junior Tara Dooley (Lee/Lee HS) has been named the Falcon of the Week at Bentley University following her outstanding effort in the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Championships in Spokane, Wash. on Nov. 23. Dooley finished fourth overall, the best finish by an East Region runner in seven years, by covering the 6,000-meter Plante Ferry Sports Complex in 21:07.0, finishing about 16 seconds off the winning pace. The USTFCCCA Division II East Region Runner of the Year had the meet’s fastest time over the final 3,000 meters, closing in 10:25.1. Dooley and teammate Amy Varsell (Burlington, Conn./ Lewis S. Mills HS) became Bentley’s first two Division II AllAmericas in women’s cross country.


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