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New initiative to unite Bentley in change overseas

Service-Learning launches BUIILD; ‘adopts’ village in Ecuador News editor

You might not typically expect students at a business school to be concerned with changing the world, but that’s exactly what a group of students from the Bentley Service-Learning Center are determined to do. These students have developed a twoweek long initiative to unite the Bentley community to build a school in Ecuador, beginning Monday, March 30 and running through Friday, April 10. The goal of the initiative is in its name: “Bentley Unites to Improve International Livelihood & Development (BUIILD).” Those who are more familiar with the Service-Learning Center, however, may not be surprised that students at a business school have such lofty goals to better the world. Over 1,000 students participate in service-learning each year, either as a 4th-credit student or in

an embedded Service-Learning class. And many are compelled to take on a larger role, with over 100 students leading programs as Project Managers and 33 students working as Committee members to further grow the Center’s mission. Service-learning participants work

in the local community every day to create social change at schools, low-income community centers, retirement homes, YMCAs, local nonprofits and more, and then bring their experiences back into the classroom. Now, four students, part of the Center’s Civic Initiatives

Committee, have created BUIILD to help spark long-term, sustainable international social change. These students are Joseph Chiarelli (Class of 2018), Jillian Eglitis (Class of 2016), Jake Mekin (Class of 2017) and Sameer Melwani (Class of 2015).

Courtesy of Jennifer Wright

BY jennifer wright

The BUIILD campaign will run from March 30th til April 10th. Look out for this image on campus soon!

Their inspiration comes from a tradition found in the very place where they are now hoping to build a school: a minga. A minga is a tradition in Ecuador in which members of an entire community work together on a project for the benefit of all. When a minga is called, each household in the village is responsible for sending a representative to help complete the task at hand. They come together happily, willing to put aside their personal lives for a day to help others in their community. Just as local Ecuadorian chiefs unite their villages to complete a common goal by calling a minga, so now are these four students looking to unite the Bentley community to build a school in Ecuador. BUIILD is working with the international nonprofit and educational partner Free the Children, which has built over 650 SEE BUIILD, PAGE 4

BY jennifer wright News editor

It’s 3am on March 8, the first Sunday of Spring Break. Most Bentley students are fast asleep and enjoying the beginning of a week off from school and work. But back on campus, 20 students are doing one final check of their suitcases to make sure they packed enough sunblock and t-shirts for a week in West Palm Beach, Florida. These students aren’t planning on spending their week on the beach, though: they’re headed to Florida as part of Bentley’s Alternative Spring Break program to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Bentley’s Alternative Spring Break Program, run by the Bentley Service-Learning Center, has been part of the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge for the past 13 years. As part of this challenge, university students from around the country volunteer their spring break to build homes. According to their website, these homes are built using donations of land, material and labor. Home-own-

ers are selected on “need, willingness to become partners, and ability to pay the loan,” and receive a zero-interest mortgage. They typically earn 3050% of the local area’s median income and contribute 300-500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes, both their own and others. These Habitat for Humanity homes are beneficial to both the home owners and the community, having been “proven to increase property values in their neighborhoods.” Bentley volunteers spent their Spring Break literally putting a roof over a family’s head alongside these home owners. They contributed to all parts of the construction of the house: they put up insulation, framed doorways and did other small jobs necessary to finish putting this house together. Students rotated projects each day so they would have the chance to experience every aspect of the build, from cutting wood with a saw, hammering, using the nail gun, even going up on the roof. Mornings started early and the student volunteers were kept

busy all day long. Both prior participants themselves, Jillian Eglitis (Class of 2016) and Giana Manganaro (Class of 2015) returned to Alternative Spring Break this year as student leaders. This role consisted of hours of preparation to organize the trip and ensure it ran smoothly once in Florida. These two leaders had a particular focus on fundraising to help reduce the cost for all participants. As always, they held the annual Pasta Dinner on campus, where trip participants volunteered their time. The entire meal, from the pasta to the utensils to the raffle prizes, was donated, and they raised $2,500 thanks to the support of the Bentley community. Eglitis and Manganaro also initiated some new fundraising efforts. First was securing a grant from Liberty Mutual for $2,000. The Alternative Spring Break Program had attempted to apply for this grant before, but this was their first successful year. Second, they created a GoFundMe page for the group to send out to friends and families to solicit donations, which

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Students spend Spring Break building homes in Florida

Team leaders Giana Manganaro and Jillian Eglitis pose for a photo.

raised $2,275. All of these fundraisers were applied to the overall cost of the trip for the participants, so that anyone who wanted to volunteer their Spring Break to build homes had the chance. Participants could also fundraise individually with their yearly chocolate bar sales around campus. While in Florida, Eglitis and Manganaro were entirely responsible for creating team building activities and nightly reflections. According to Manganaro, “Nightly reflections are the most important thing we

do on the trip next to the actual building. It’s our job to make sure the group understands why Habitat is an organization and why we are volunteering our time to help build homes in West Palm Beach.” She and Eglitis did research on the area to best present this information to the group. They also worked to create a comfortable environment in which 20 students, some of them strangers before the trip, felt comfortable coming together to talk about serious SEE HABITAT, PAGE 4

The Hidden Gem


Lacrosse Recaps

Sathya Peri talks about the wonder that is Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Life as a Third Culture Kid series by EIC Usama Salim continues.

What has been happening with lacrosse in the past 2 weeks? Check it out!




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

Editor-In-Chief Managing Editor General Manager

Usama Salim ‘17 Karan manwani ‘16 VACANT

Copy Editor

evan mcardle ‘17

News Editor

jennifer wright ‘16

Campus Life Editor Features Editor Sports Editor

VACANT megan lieu ‘17 Ian Giancursio ‘16

Business Editor

Danica chugani ‘17

Photography Editor

kristin salazar ‘18

Directors of Production and Layout Director of Advertising Director of Online Services advisor


Three events you don’t want to miss

1 2 3 Rajive Keshup


Day: Friday Time: 12:00 Location: BackBay A Host: BCG

Join speakers from across industry as well as one of your peers as they give their insights on their top topics!

Day: Saturday Time: 8:00 Host: TEDxBentleyU

Join speakers from across industry as well as one of your peers as they give their insights on their top topics!

angela ly ‘17, nghiem phuong hong ngoc ‘17

corey werner ‘17 michelle chiu ‘17 Nicole Chabot-Wieferich Director, Student Activities

Festival of Colors Day: Saturday Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Koum Host: International Students Association

Festival of Color returns this year with a brand new show and a Disney theme. Regarded one of the traditions at Bentley, it’s definitely a must-see!

Editor’s pick Party in the Pub! Day: Friday Time: 7:00 p.m. LocAtion: Back Bay Host: Campus Activities Board

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Staff Writers Emily ellis ‘15, jd towers ‘17, ethan hall ‘17, nick toselli ‘17, stephanie seputra ‘17 ,cam estelle ‘17 Columnists KAREN WANG ‘16, KEVIN LARYEA ‘15, USAMA SALIM ‘17 Production AssistantS MiCHELLE CHIU ’17, USAMA SALIM ’17 Photographers Alex yuan ‘17, Shiyu Xu ‘17, Mark Tsyporkin ‘17, Hongyi Jin ‘17, Garrett meccariello ‘17, angela su’17, amanda rose ‘17, michelle ghozali ‘17 Final Editors ADRIA CLANTON-THUoN ‘17, Matt DWYER ‘17

BentleyVanguard.com email GA_Vanguard@bentley.edu

Join CAB and TNT in the Pub this Friday night to celebrate another Bentley tradition as well as one of the most awaited and gossiped reveals of the year: Bentley’s 2015 Spring Day artists and the theme. Get excited!

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

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

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Dana Center: Due for an upgrade?

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Known as a modern and technologically-focused campus, Bentley’s gym may not be up to par. Despite a recent renovation in 2006, there are certain areas that the Dana center could use improvement. In short Bentley should consider another minor renovation. Capacity, the most common issue with the fitness center, is the most important. Any student can recount the frustration of walking into the gym only to find the weight and/or cardio rooms resembling rush hour at Grand Central. Despite the 5,658 students enrolled at Bentley, the gym provides enough space and equipment for roughly a quarter of the regulars that go there; there can be times where a student is waiting for a machine, squat rack, bench or pair of dumbbells. Additionally, anyone looking to do any variety of stretching or ab exercises will find a mere 20 square foot black mat dropped in the middle of room filled with others trying to do the same. With a larger gym area, Bentley can ensure that students

can efficiently and effectively maintain their healthy lifestyles and achieve their fitness goals. The lack of capacity only exacerbates another important issue that needs to be addressed: security. The reason almost every gym in the country offers a locker room is to allow convenient safe storage of belongings, so why doesn’t the Dana Center gym offer the same? Dana’s current locker room is rarely ever used because of its distance from the gym area, making it inconvenient for students. Because of this, students are more likely to throw their belongings on a disorganized wire rack, praying that it’s still there after their workout. Anyone wanting a free Patagonia and/or Canada Goose jacket has access to one of the largest collections in the world at the Dana gym. Bentley should consider adding in a locker system where the current wire racks are used, this way student have a convenient place to keep their belongings safe.

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Post-workout meals are also a point of concern for students. With a majority of gym-goers maintaining a healthy life-style, why isn’t there a food vendor close by to satisfy their needs? Right now the only options for a post-workout meal are a nice caloric burrito or an incredibly cheesy sandwich. Currito’s only offers a small variety of healthy options such as smoothies and salads, a good portion of which exceed over 500 calories. The addition of a health-centric food vendor with more than two healthy options would be a blessing for Bentley students after their workouts. Healthy students are known to do better in school and live happier lives. This is why Bentley should make sure these students have the resources to successfully continue their healthy living habits. A new Dana Center gym renovation, although not to the same scale as in 2006, should be in the rear view mirrors of the Administration to increase the well-being of the Bentley student population.


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Courtesy of Arjun Agarwala

Molly pickard

MaJOR: Accounting LSM: Earth, Environment, and global sustainability HOME TOWN: HAMPTON, NH

What are you involved in at Bentley? I work with the study abroad office as a study abroad peer advisor, service-learning, and work with the sustainability office.

plans for the future? I’m going to be nterning at McGladrey this summer and then coming back to Bentley University for fulltime graduate school. Afterwards, hopefully start my career as a CPA.

What is your favorWhat are you looking forward to this ite event on campus? Groove Boston year? I can’t wait for the Homecoming!! rest of the senior events and to celebrate an amazWhat are your ing 4 years with all the other seniors. Espe- goals for this year? To finish the rest cially the Bahamas!!!!! of the semester on a What are your strong note, stay in-

volved on campus, and become prepared for my summer internship. How are you feeling about graduation? SO EXCITED! The past four years of my life have been awesome but its time. Advice to seniors/ words of wisdom: Always give back to the community you live in! What can Bentley do to help you with this year? I love that Bentley has being hosting a lot of senior events and using the pub so much! It’s great that the pub was finished in time for the spring semester, and I think the more events hosted there…the better! What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Bentley? Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and continue to make new friends every year while at Bentley.

STUDENT CONDUCT SUMMARY March 4 - March 24 13 Total Number of Cases 27 Total Number of Individuals Involved 4 Individuals Dismissed from Responsibility 12 Individuals Admitting Responsibility 0 Number of individuals found responsible by Conduct Board 1 Number of educational sanctions given 0 Number of Work Sanctions 1 Number of Parental Notifications $175 Cash total of fines given 0 Number of students given a Verbal Warning 6 Number of students put on Written Warning 1 Number of individuals put on Probation 2 Number of individuals put on Disciplinary Probation 0 Number of individuals who lost 15 housing credits 0 Number of individuals who lost 30 housing credits 0 Number of individuals put on Suspension (Housing) 0 Number of individuals put on Suspension (University) 0 Number of individuals expelled

You were looking for the Police Logs weren’t you? Well, this week we’ve decided to take a different approach. As much as we love to poke fun at the Bentley P.D., they keep us safe and ensure that we can continue to recieve one of the best educations offered across the globe. We wanted to use this platform not only to give them a shoutout for doing such an amazing job, but also for being really good sports with our Police Log jokes! (we admit to going over in a couple. BRB-time for a cost benefit anlysis). Also, thank you for allowing us access to your resources so that we can continue making the campus laugh with our Police Logs. The Vanguard staff salutes you for committment and hard work to keep our campus a danger free zone. Y’all do you and keep our home away from home safe!

Provided by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: More than half of Bentley students have 4 or fewer drinks when they party, and 20 percent of Falcons don’t drink at all. If you choose to drink, stay safer by sticking to one drink per hour, eating before and during drinking, avoiding drinking games, and choosing OneLess.

Cause who doesn’t love dogs?

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schools continues to educate over 55,000 students around the world since it was founded in 1995. According to its website, Free the Children aims to “Free the children from poverty. Free the children from exploitation. Free the children from the notion that they are powerless to effect change.” Co-founder Craig Kielburger, an internationally renowned peace hero, is the perfect example of a young person causing change. When he was only 12 years old he had the vision that every child in the world should have the opportunity to receive an education. This vision came to him after a stark realization that not every child in the world had the same opportunities he had in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. While looking through his local paper, he noticed a story about a boy his age named Iqbal Masih. This boy was “born in South Asia and sold into slavery at the age of four. In his short life, he had spent six years chained to a carpet-weaving loom. Iqbal captured the world’s attention by speaking out for children’s rights.” Tragically, Iqbal died at 12 years old, murdered for speaking out against child labor, but his story inspired a worldwide movement. After hearing his story, Craig was inspired to re-

search all he could about child labor, and at 12 years old travelled to South Asia for seven weeks with a guide to record a documentary about child laborers. Returning home, armed with video footage and the determination to do something for the children he had met, he gathered 11 students his age to form Free the Children. Today, Free the Children has over 2.3 million youth involved in its programs. The Service-Learning Center, through the BUIILD initiative, will be working with Free the Children’s “Adopt a Village” program, which aims to “eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education and break the cycle of poverty.” Adopt a Village works together with the local community to create self-sustainable programs designed to be owned and maintained by the community through five pillars of education, health, agriculture and food security, clean water and sanitation, and alternative income. Free the Children supports these villages in Haiti, Kenya, rural China, Ecuador, India, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nicaragua. During the week of April 6, the students who created the BUIILD initiative will be challenging the Bentley community to raise $10,000 to build an elementary school in Ecuador. “We are all inspired every day by the Service-Learning

NEWS Center’s student leaders,” says Dr. Jonathan White, Director of the Service-Learning Center. “They embody the university’s mission to educate the world’s next generation of socially responsible business leaders, attuned to creating a more socially just world. As they raise awareness about global poverty and raise money to build a school in a poor, rural village of Ecuador, they also are raising the bar for all of us on campus to continue seeking new paths toward effective global citizenship.” The Bentley students behind BUIILD were compelled to build a school in Ecuador not only because of the minga tradition, but also because there are over 300,000 children working as child laborers in Ecuador and 28.6% of Ecuadorians live below the poverty line. Not everyone would expect a school of business majors to learn about these problems and take action to change them, but Bentley has built a culture that focuses on the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. Bentley students have a chance to make a real, sustainable difference in Ecuador, by answering BUIILD’s call for a minga, beginning March 30. If you would like to contribute or to learn more about the initiative, please contact Bria Wilbur, the Center’s Assistant Director of Programs and Initiatives, bwilbur@bentley.edu.



social issues. Student leaders emerged on site as well. Each year the team names one student volunteer the Most Valuable Builder (MVB). This honor goes to an individual who not only was helpful in the physical construction of the house, but was a team player, a leader, and made the site a fun and happy place to be. This year it was awarded to Matt Cutler (Class of 2017). This year, the volunteers were: Jason Benedict, Joe Chiarelli, Matthew Cutler, Felicia Dodge, Jillian Eglitis, Abigail Eisner, Julianna Fonseca, Evie Hachey, Justice Harrison, Claudia Holub, Kaitlyn Lijoi, Estefani Oreliana, Mackenzie Parker, Sindhu Pothineni, David Segill, Dawn St. Angelo, Hannah Sudano, Allison Tichy and Kelsey Valente. It was a younger group than in prior years, but they were all extremely passionate about volunteering their Spring Break and grew close during the trip. In addition to Eglitis and Manganaro, who served as student leaders, Lynne Johanson, Gary Kelly and Gerry Stenerson attended as staff leaders. Lynne Johanson, Administrative Assistant for the Bentley Service-Learning Center and staff leader for the Alternative Spring Break for 16 years now, says that Alternative Spring Break is one of those trips that

everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime. She notes that, although students typically sign-up for the program to help others, they end up receiving much more than they can give. “You come back with a deeper knowledge of who you are as a person and how much giving back feels better to you than anyone else,” she says. “There is no class hierarchy: everyone is the same, freshman or senior or faculty/staff, you are all here to achieve the same goals. You have the time to reflect on not only the population that you are assisting but also on yourself. You go out of your comfort zone to achieve something you never knew you could do.” The program has a lasting impact on participants: for the 10-year anniversary of working with Habitat for Humanity three years ago, Bentley’s Alternative Spring Break held an alumni trip with 26 participants! For Manganaro, about to graduate, this was her third and final Spring Break. She initially got involved as a sophomore and then served as a student leader the last two years. When reflecting on her time with Alternative Spring Break, she says, “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend my last spring break with. It’s truly a bonding experience: people come on the trip as strangers and come home with lifelong friends. It sounds corny, but it’s true!”

Argo Tea opens in student center Everyone Matters Day BY ADAM HAIDERMOTA Staff writer

On Friday, March 20 at 10am, the Bentley community welcomed the latest and highly anticipated dining option: Argo Tea. Snuggled onto the third floor of the new and revamped Student Center, there is finally a place that offers something exciting to all the tea lovers on campus. Argo Tea is a chain that first started up in Chicago in 2003 by a group of entrepreneurs who realized a hidden demand for tea amongst the numerous coffee chains. Since their first café in downtown Chicago, Argo Tea now has dozens of locations across the United States and even in Middle Eastern cities such as Dubai and Beirut. Before showing up at Bentley, Argo Tea has been in other Boston locations such as Natick Mall and Northeastern University. Argo Tea made their first appearance on Bentley University’s campus in February when they had a tea tasting that Bentley’s Dining Services described as a huge success. Since then, the campus has been in anticipation of what is to come. Argo offers a wide variety of unique choices that are a change to the usual lattes and macchiatos that we’re used to seeing at Dunkin Donuts and Einstein’s. As well as the expected classics and herbals that include Black, Earl Grey

and Red teas, they have an assortment of unique teas. Their Cold Signature teas include Hibiscus Tea Sangria, Bubble Tea, Chocolate Mint and Teapuccino. Their Hot Signatures include Green Tea Ginger Twist, Red Velvet and Carolina Honey. In addition to these, they have a few coffees in order to satisfy their entire audience. The mission statement on their website is titled: “Our Passion.” It describes their passion towards their business of bringing diverse teas to their customers and their commitment to being a socially responsible company. In this regard, they have six main pillars: CommuniTea, DiversiTea, ChariTea, QualiTea, SustainabiliTea and CreativiTea. CommuniTea is their commitment to supporting and partnering with organizations involved with supporting women, wellness, the environment and arts both locally and globally. DiversiTea is described as one of their fundamental values and they embrace all cultures, ideas and beliefs. In order to promote this diversity, they encourage customer feedback to better themselves. ChariTea is a program in which they donate 10% of net proceeds from their seasonal drinks to a nonprofit partner that they select each year. QualiTea is their commitment to produce high quality products consistently and to provide what they call

the Argo experience to all customers. Their SustainabiliTea is a commitment towards using as many fair trade and organic products as possible and to conscientiously source all else. Their last pillar, CreativiTea, is their promise to support their team along with other local artists and help them reach out to new audiences. Recently, Argo Tea has launched a special app in order to speed up the experience for their loyal customers. Now, customers can pre- order their drinks online from their phone so that when they come to the store, they can easily skip the line. This app also offers a loyalty system as opposed to their traditional plastic card. So far, this service is not available for Bentley University’s Argo Tea location but it might be something to look out for in the future. If made available, it would be extremely convenient for students rushing between their usual jumble of classes, extracurricular activities and group meetings. Argo Tea is a strong new addition to Bentley’s array of great dining options and coupled with its convenient location in the Student Center and its unique options, it could prove to be a popular destination for students across campus. Argo Tea takes discretionary funds and will be open 5pm-10pm on Sundays, 10am-10pm Mondays through Thursdays, and 10am-5pm on Fridays.

BY Usama Salim Editor in Chief

Everyone Matters Day is a national campaign that encourages the acceptance of others and ourselves, all the while celebrating everyone’s individuality and uniqueness. The event has gained nation-wide attention, including celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, Betty White, Christina Aguilera, Daniel Craig and Ellen DeGeneres. Hugh Jackman and Paul Paul McCartney are the global leaders for the Everyone Matters Day campaign. April 2nd will mark Bentley’s unique EMD event. Starting at 10AM, booths will be located across campus including locations such as next to the Argo tea café and the Smith building. Students will have the opportunity to write something that makes them different/unique/individualized on one of dozens of handshape cut-outs. This can include something they are proud of or something that no one knows about them. They will be encouraged to put whatever they want on these hands without feeling ridicule or judgment. The “hands” will then be pasted on a cardboard cut-out of a tree. The goal that the EMD team hopes to achieve by 3PM is to have a tree filled with different “hands” at each of their stations that incorporates hundreds of different stories by students.

On a campus that is very focused on business and very little diversity, EMD will be part of a much needed slew of diversity efforts that have been happening on campus. Speaking on the topic, Cathy Carlson, Bentley’s Associate Dean of Academic Services and the EMD Committee Chair states, “In a time of great strife across the United States and across the world, we want to celebrate diversity and not ignore or degrade individual differences. We believe everyone matters at Bentley; whether you are a student, a professor, or staff member. ” The EMD team is very excited to bring this event to the Bentley campus this year and would like to raise awareness to all of our differences as people. This day is meant to remind everyone of the importance of self-acceptance and the acceptance of others. The event is meant to highlight these differences in a physical manner that can be documented and presented as the event progresses year on year; something that cannot be achieved easily in other event types. To encourage students to visit their table and enquire about what Everyone Matters is, the EMD team will be giving away sunglasses and drawstring bags. This will also help facilitate in putting students at ease as they express themselves.


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Chattanooga, Tennessee: The Hidden Gem BY Sathya peri vC & PE Principal

A wild spring break. Think about plunging into a cold body of water. You start swimming, taking a breath after each stroke, trying to get acclimated with the water. Once you get in a rhythm, you start to speed up, and take more strokes per breath. After the swim, you feel exhausted, so exhausted that you collapse on your bed when you get home. The next morning you jump out of bed ready to start the day faster than the day before. That’s exactly how my spring break felt. It all started when my friend David France came back from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He couldn’t stop talking about his experiences with an event called the Waypaver Delegation. I impulsively tuned David France out when he talked about Chattanooga because I had never heard of it. In mid-November, a TechCrunch article about a company called Bellhops came out. The company raised $6 million to employ college students to become movers, disrupting the moving industry. Curiosity lead me to check their Crunchbase profile, as I found out that they were located in Chattanooga and Lamp Post Group (LPG) was one of their first investors. That article definitely heightened my respect for the small city. I started to open my ears to what David France had to say. He talked about how united and collaborative the city was. In a few conversations, he suggested the idea of me spending a week in Chattanooga. It was March 3rd, and I had not planned to do very much for the spring break, which was around the corner. I emailed David to see if there was a possibility of interning in Chattanooga. The next morning he emailed me saying that people at LPG in Chattanooga would entertain the idea of offering me a week-

long internship. After a chain of emails, I got on the phone with Ben Schnell and Lucky Ramsey who handle recruitment for LPG. They were amazed at my social media presence, and I couldn’t believe how quickly they were responding. On such short notice they promised me an internship in tech recruiting, and a place to stay, as long as I paid for my travels. I jumped on the opportunity, and booked a flight to Chattanooga. The weekend before my flight, I did extensive research on LPG’s investments. I tweeted at all their portfolio companies, their CEOs, and other influencers in the city. Surprisingly, many of the people engaged back with my tweet. David also made me a plethora of introductions, and almost everyone responded saying they wanted to meet me. Monday, March 9th, 2015. I arrived in Chattanooga in the afternoon, eager to see the South for the first time. Ben grabbed me from the airport and took me straight to LPG. He gave insight on LPG recruiting processes. He also assigned me a project to create a strategy on how LPG should utilize social media as a recruiting tool. In the evening, I met Michael Greenberg, one of David’s close friends. He took me out to dinner to a place called “The Terminal.” One thing about the South is that the food is amazing. The burger I had at the “The Terminal” was definitely one of the best burgers I have ever had. Later that night we had the talk of a lifetime. He showed me free software that would make my life more efficient. The first service he showed me was MailTrack.io, which tracks when and how many times emails are opened. The next tool was Grammarly, which checks grammar on every email. Before, retiring for the night he told me about Slack and Asana. They are both communication platforms that would simplify email chains. However, he told to play

around with Slack and Asana to fully understand them. After learning all of this new information, I had to force myself to sleep because I was too excited to see all of these tools in action. The next morning, I came into the office with a plan. Since I tweeted at the CEO of Bellhops Cam Coody, and the Director of Communications Tiffanie Robinson, it was easy to schedule a meeting with them in the morning. That’s one of the highlights of my trip is how cooperative the environment is, people want to help each other, and see other start-ups in the space grow. When I met Cam, he gave the nuts and bolts of how Bellhops operated. From starting out with an idea to making money to raising money, he gave me the rundown. Similarly, when I told Tiffanie about my aspirations, she promised to make me introductions to her top tier connections. I was blown, at how helpful people in Chattanooga were. In the afternoon I was able to meet Joda Thongnopnua, who is Director of Communication at LPG. Having scored an awesome job at twenty-three, I was curious as to how he did it. He and a couple friends created the @breakingnews which tweeted hot news faster than the News Channels could broadcast on TV. At one point @breakingnews had over a million followers on Twitter. Wednesday morning I went to check out the tech scene in the city outside of LPG by attending “One Million Cups.” It is an event where an entrepreneur pitches his or her idea, and gets feedback. An older lady pitched her healthcare product, and the audience gave great criticism. Michael then drove me back to LPG, as the day started again. Tiffanie made me three intros to investors. Her subject line was something I will not forget “Sathya < > Sheldon”. That introduction is so simple and clearly states the objective of the email. On Wednesdays, LPG has a

sponsored lunch for people in the co-working space. During lunch I met another young innovator, Taylor Casbon who at 17 was working 30 hours a week at LPG as a junior developer. It was crazy seeing someone younger than me “crushing the game,” as we had a lot to share. After lunch, I met the CMO, Jeremy Boudinet of Ambition, which is a business-to-business start-up that brings the concept of fantasy football to sales organization. By gamifying sales, Ambition brings out the best in sales teams, resulting in an increase in profits. Jeremy quoted the exact tweet, that I tweeted him. He went on to tell me the history of Ambition and how they were named the number 2 company in the winter 2014 Y Combinator batch. The company from Chattanooga had taken over Silicon Valley and beat out other hyped up companies that winter. Later that day I walk into the Bellhops office which is in the same co-working space, and start chatting with the Atlanta City Director of Bellhops, Sam Janjua. We clicked. He told me what about his job at Bellhops and how spends half of his time between Atlanta and Chattanooga. He loved that I was visiting LPG on my break, and offered to show me around the Atlanta tech scene for a week. I was ecstatic. It was like a domino effect; I took the opportunity in Chattanooga, and found someone who offered me the same the treatment in Atlanta. This made me realize that it is only in cities like Chattanooga where there are people will step out of their comfort zone to help someone who is up-and-coming. Thursday was by far the best day. All the emails and requests finally started to come to fruition. I got the chance to meet all of the partners at LPG. It was awesome to see how the partners had started with their first logistics company, then an insurance company, a trucking company,

a finally the LPG fund. Moreover, each partner brought something unique to the table. Barry Large is the finance mind of the team, and helped me understand the intersection between the finance we learn at school and venture capital. Alan Davis is the technology guy of the team, and he told me about they focused on solving a real problem. Miller Wellborn is the visionary. He gave me great advice to continue networking, finding mentors, and even pushed me to intern for one of LPG’s portfolio companies. I ended the day giving my presentation about tech recruiting through social media. The awesome thing about a small community is that everyone’s voice is heard. The whole recruitment came to watch me present. After the presentation, they said would implement some of my ideas. In a bigger city like New York City, or Silicon Valley, people do not really have the time for young people. Moreover, in a city with a bustling tech scene, it is easy to feel like a number. I feel that sometimes when I talk to Venture Capitalists, they are always trying to quantify me. For the past year, I have been trying to understand Twitter. I developed a strategy to help startups find and engage with their target audience. In Boston, it gets frustrating at times because investors do not want to meet students who do not know how to code. Most venture capitalists believe that if a student does not know how to code, he or she has no real value. In Chattanooga, investors and entrepreneurs were more interested in hearing what I had to say. It is the little things that make a difference such as the culture of the office and the cohesiveness of the community, where the city of Chattanooga excels. Both Ambition and Bellhops hinted at offering me an internship. After this wild experience, I definitely am considering going back for the summer!


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The Lost Savior of Rap: Jay Electronica

It took eight years for Jay’s fans to listen to his Act II’s album. BY evan leake

vanguard staff writer

The year was 2007. Rappers Lil’ Wayne, 50 Cent and Jeezy were at the height of their fame and ringtone rap was at its peak. Out of nowhere, a new rapper burst onto the scene with a fifteen-minute mixtape that he released for free on Myspace. The mixtape would quickly turn rap on its head. This rapper was Jay Electronica, a once-homeless man born in the Magnolia Projects in New Orleans. Sampling the score of Michel Gondry’s film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jay’s Act I: The Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) only featured four brief songs with no major hooks and no drums. It immediately became a sensation. The mixtape

showed a glimmer of undeniable excellence and dedication to the art of rap that had been lost by his contemporaries. Jay Electronica’s popularity was due as much to his potential as his first music. He had the presence of an early Rakim, the effortless flow of Nas and the lyrical verbosity and content of rappers like Lupe Fiasco. It seemed that he was posed to become the next major superstar of hip-hop and return the genre to its roots. Just as quickly as he burst into the spotlight of popularity, Jay Electronica faded away. Fans of his genuine style of rap have waited eight years for Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) to fulfill their bated anticipation for a savior in rap music.

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Jay Electronica’s personal life is enigmatic and part of the forming myth of the man. After having been homeless, Jay joined a Black Muslim group called “The Five Percenter Movement.” Jay started a relationship with the famous Five Percenter soul-singer Erykah Badu and the two had their first child. This relationship did not last. Jay returned to a nomadic lifestyle, content to move place-to-place with little reasoning. Eventually, Jay Electronica signed to Roc Nation under Jay-Z, but never spent significant time in the studio. Instead, he moved to London and began an affair with Kate Rothschild, leading to her divorce. This too did not last, and Jay has since avoided the public eye.

Act I is Jay Elcontrica’s only official project, he has remained sporadically active in rap. In 2009, his producer released Exhibit C, a single that received wide radio-play on dedicated hip-hop stations. His effortless skills had been honed. Once again, the song featured no chorus but his skill on the microphone was enough. It was a further expansion on his Five Percenter ideology, yet did not come off as preachy. It was humble, claiming that the movement led to his success. His additional contributions to songs like Control by Big Sean and We Made It Remix with Jay-Z only serve to remind listeners what could be. The most puzzling fact of all is that Act II is allegedly

finished. This was confirmed as early as 2012 , yet it remains unreleased. Some believe that Jay Electronica is simply too much of a perfectionist. Others believe that the The Pledge and The Turn in the two album’s names are the reasoning. In the movie The Prestige, there are three parts of any magic trick: the pledge, the turn and the prestige. The turn is to make something extraordinary, but that the audience will not be satisfied with this alone; they need the conclusion to understand and become excited. If Jay Electronica is following this method, it is possible that Act II will not come out until the listener understands an Act III. If this is true, listeners may be waiting for years before hiphop is saved.

ENTERTAINMENT Universal Studios continues relationship BY usama salim editor in cheif

Given the past successes with its relationship with Bentley, Universal Studios has once again decided to team up with the University to promote its upcoming movies for the third year round. The Hollywood giants owned by Comcast have previously given students the ability to watch movies before their release on the wide screen. Last year, Bentley students were given the opportunity to watch the ever popular Neighbors a few days before its release completely free of charge. Given the success of the campaign, Universal Studios has decided to continue their efforts on Bentley’s campus. In a similar effort, students will have the opportunity to watch the upcoming horror movie Unfriended. Universal Studios has decided to venture into the wellknown phenomenon of cyber bullying and combined it with the concepts of revenge to create a full-fledged horror movie.

As the Universal team puts it, “Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.” The movie features Days of Our Lives star Shelley Hennig, The Secret life of the American Teenager star Renee Olstead, alongside actors Jacob Wysocki, Will Peltz, Courtney Halverson, Moses Jacob Storm and Heather Sossaman. Developed by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and produced with Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Acitivity, The Purge and Insidious Series) the movie is set for an April 17th release across the United States. Under this partnership however, students will get the opportunity to get free access to a private screening exclusively for Bentley Students. Featured at Embassy Cinemas on Moody Street in

Waltham, the tickets will go on “sale” over the span of this week for a 7:30 viewing on April 2nd. Universal has booked an entire screen with a 230 person occupancy for Bentley. Although this deal does not include free transportation, students can make use of the Bentley Shuttle that runs to Waltham central. The shuttle arrives at 7:20, giving students plenty of time to make the 5 minute walk to the theatre. With an hour and a half run time, students can grab dinner before they can make it back on to campus onboard the 9:40 shuttle. The studio also plans on working with campus representative Matthew Buck to start bringing exclusive viewings of show pilots to campus. Under their NBC Universal brand, students will be able to enjoy brand new shows before they air. Who knows, we might be testers to the next big hit show such as The Voice or Law and Order: SVU! So go ahead, check out this new screening, and let’s keep bringing back Universal to campus!

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Falcons share their thoughts.

What event on campus are you excited for? John Fanis ‘16 MaJOR: information Systems Audit and control

I’m excited for Festival of Colors because I want to experience different cultures.

GRACE litam ‘18 MaJOR: management

Festival of Colors because I’m excited to see different kinds of cultural entertainment and food.

The Divergent series returns to theaters to Dauntless, instead of her family’s Abnegation. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Tris actually showed ability for three factions: Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite. Such an occurrence is an abnormality in the society, thus labeling Tris as Divergent, and someone to be eradicated. While she learns to adapt to Dauntless’s harsh life, Tris slowly unravels the mystery of the Divergents and their place in society along with the help of Four, her instructor and the trainer for all new recruits in the Dauntless faction. She soon learns of a plot by Erudite’s leader, Janine, to take over ruling everyone from Abnegation, who currently handles the government. Janine plans to use Dauntless to wrestle control from the rest of the factions, and to hunt down all Divergents in the process. Insurgent begins immediately where Divergent leaves

off—with Tris fighting for her life and dealing with the aftermath of difficult choices she was forced to make at the end of the first installment. She and Four are now on the run and forced to take refuge in another faction, for the time being Amity, which is willing to listen to their story of Janine’s plotting. But Janine has the ability to influence the story, broadcasting to the world that the Divergents are responsible for the death and destruction caused at the end of the first movie, even though she is directly responsible. It’s up to Tris to overthrow the burgeoning dictator. Insurgent had a strong first weekend, grossing around $54 million domestically, falling just short of the amount grossed by the first installment a year before. Fans will have to wait another year for the next installment. The last book in the series, Allegiant, will be split into two movies.

Last March, theatergoers were introduced to Divergent, a theatrical adaptation of the mega-bestselling young adult series of the same name. This year on March 20th (and, it so happens, on my birthday), the second installment of the franchise, Insurgent, has finally been released. If you are unfamiliar with the story, Divergent begins in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. All of humanity has been categorized into different groups based on their personality. These groups, or factions, as they are called, are responsible for the different jobs that make a society work, and a0re composed of Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Candor (the honest). There is also another group of people, the Factionless, who have either been kicked out of their faction or who have chosen not to belong to the faction system. A person belongs to his faction for his entire life, based on a choice he makes when he turns sixteen. Every year, there is a ceremony in which people choose which faction they would like to belong to. This choice comes after a psychological test that determines which faction a person has the greatest aptitude for. However, it is still possible to pick a faction different than the one shown in the test. Divergent’s main character is Tris Prior, who makes waves in the society Insurgent is airs in theaters starting on March 20th. when she chooses to belong

Jose Luzon Sanchez ‘18 MaJOR: Accounting

I can’t wait for the Party in the Pub this Friday because I want to see who’s performing.

Jannath Ahmed ‘15 MaJOR: Marketing

I’m excited for Spring Day because it’s going to be my last.

Peter Papadimitriou ‘16 MaJOR: Finance

Festival of Colors because I’m excited to see my friends perform. Courtesy of news.instyle.com

BY kelsey miller

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Vanguard photographer



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KAREN WANG A junior majoring in Marketing. I’m consumed in a shroud of darkness. Students in pleated skirts, shiny cufflinks, pressed ties and black monogramed binders flutter anxiously to and fro across the campus quad. Like marching bullet ants, I catch glimpses of furrowed brows and muffled conversations concer ning summer inter nships and the like. On days like these I feel trapped in the leather bound coffin I created around myself, listening intently, palms sweaty, as the locks click shut. I’ve been creatively inclined since before I can remember. My aspirations as a child strayed far from academics while gravitating towards anything involving construction paper and colored pens. To my parents’ frustration, every favorite subject line in the About Karen section was always art. As I progressed through the adolescent years, I immersed myself in whatever I thought seemed fit: makeup artistry, fashion design, studio artwork and even moder n dance. While friends, faculty and my greatest supporter, my older sister, reinforced my efforts at school, the looming shadow of disappointment from my parents fell heavy upon my ego. My gears began to grind as I reached the ripe age of 17 and it came time to choose a university for the next chapter of my life. I was catapulted into the realm of college counseling, SAT’s, subject tests, AP’s, campus tours and endless essays describing why I felt worthy of attending X University. The problem was—I didn’t even know what I wanted. East Coast or West Coast? Large campus or small campus? Liberal Arts or a specialized degree? People demanded answers and I was in no position to give them. Conveniently enough, my older sister had been accepted into Bentley University a few years prior and raved about its prime location and small class sizes. While I must admit Rachel and I often act like the poster children for the idiom “two-peasin-a-pod”, we couldn’t be more unalike. I admire her ability to excel in areas I could never enjoy, specifi-

cally accounting, but my vines reach far beyond the boundaries of a textbook. The pungent stench of my overworked motor infiltrated every nook and cranny of my senior year, quickly spreading to my bitter attitude and disdain for my parents. Art school was out of the question and dinner table conversations tur ned sour at the mention of my future. Since I failed to provide a good reason for staying close to home, my parents were set on me heading east. After several months of deadended arguments, my fate was sealed in a padded blue and white envelope labeled “Bentley University.” Suppressed by the horrors of GB’s and directionless Gen-Ed’s, my preliminary years were filled with the relentless banter of my inner conflicts. Peers and mentors always asked me the same probing questions, and each time I gave the same lackluster response. “Yes, I am from Califor nia. No, I don’t know why I chose Bentley. No, I don’t know what I want to study. I’m sorry if you’re disappointed by my answer.” Confused looks from strangers were prompted with the stinging phrase, “Then why are you here?” W ithout the security of a background in accounting or finance, I felt the net unravel from beneath me. I was lost in a world I didn’t recognize. It wasn’t until the beginning of my junior year here at Bentley that I finally found my groove. W ith the opportunities presented by my study abroad experience, my fire for graphic design and writing rekindled, giving me new hope in potential career endeavors. Like misplaced pieces shifting in a jumbled Rubik’s Cube, I can hear the gears begin to readjust. The opportunities were there all along; I just had to work a little harder to uncover them. While I chase longingly at new aspirations, I am comforted in the fact that I’m not completely alone. Though I still fear the day my multicolored hair resorts to its natural hue and the shards of metal are removed from my ears and face, support from loyal friends let me know these acts of individuality have not gone unnoticed. My efforts to stand out in a crowd make me the odd one of the bunch, but if that’s the case then hey, so be it. At least I’m living on my own terms.

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Time to find my groove Are you paying more for water than gas?

Locations for the automatic water bottle filling stations around the Bentley campus. BY julie delongchamp Vanguard columnist

For many people, convenience is king. But if that convenience comes at a high price to your wallet, health and community, would you think twice? The economic, environmental and social costs of single-use plastic water bottles call this perceived convenience into question. Waltham’s tap water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir and is provided by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. It is some of the cleanest water in the U.S. and won “New England’s Best Tasting Water” in 2013. Tap water in general is safer than bottled water because the EPA’s municipal water testing standards are much more rigorous than the FDA’s bottled water standards. In fact, 70% of bottled water is never tested by the FDA because there is an exemption for goods that do not cross state lines. Bottled water can be especially hazardous to your health when the chemicals that make up its porous plastic, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), leach into your water over time. This is why bottled water has an expiration date even though water never goes bad on its own. In addition to bottled water being unnecessary and potentially unhealthy; bottled water is a waste of money. Bottled water costs about 2,000 times more than tap water. If you think that $4 per gallon of gas is excessive, why are you paying $8 per gallon for bottled water? The average bottled water drinker spends $400 per year for something that should be practically free. Think of the vacation you could take with that money! Bottled water companies have manufactured demand for something that is a public resource. Brands like Aquafina and Dasani, which account for onethird of bottled water sales, are simply bottling local tap water and charging

a premium for it. They’ve sold billions of bottles by lying and misleading the public. Our community is fortunate to have such a pristine drinking supply, but we have been manipulated by the bottled water industry into thinking that all municipal water is dirty or unsafe. For example, misleading messages lead many students to assume that cloudy water means it is unsafe, but it is really just the way that water is aerated when it comes out of the faucet. At the same time, our cities spend millions of dollars to dispose of the plastic bottles that we throw away. All of this money could be put to a much better use, like maintaining public water infrastructure so that water remains cheap and safe for everyone. The production and distribution of plastic water bottles is fundamentally unsustainable. It is easy to forget that plastics are oilbased products. Each year, the production of plastic water bottles consumed in the U.S. alone uses enough oil and energy to fuel one million cars! When bottled water is shipped around the world, it produces additional greenhouse gas emissions. All of these unnecessary emissions go into making a drink that you could obtain for free locally. There are also prominent environmental consequences in the disposal of plastic bottles. Almost 80% of bottles end up on the ground or in the trash, so most end up in landfills or as ocean litter. Ocean litter has aggregated into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is twice the size of the United States. These plastics photo-degrade over time and break down into molecule-sized pieces which animals and birds accidentally ingest. All of these reasons not to purchase disposable bottles led Bentley’s Facilities Management Department and the Office of Sustainability

to install water bottle filling stations in order to make tap water widely available at no additional cost to the user. At least a dozen stations have been installed throughout campus, especially in common areas, and more installations are planned, particularly in residence halls. As of December 2014, these stations have been used the equivalent of 390,000 20-ounce water bottles. That means that on average, every undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty member has filled their bottle 60 times in the past year! Even if only 50% of those bottles would have resulted in a bottled water purchase, the stations have saved community members over $252,000. In addition, these stations have diverted 13,000 gallons of oil in one year from being used in the production of plastic bottles. There was a 60% overall increase in usage during the fall semester, which means that more students are taking advantage of this great resource. How can you take back the tap? The best way is to leverage your purchasing power as a conscious consumer to tell the market that bottled water is out and reusable bottles are in. Buy yourself a metal, glass, or BPA-free plastic reusable bottle that you can use at Bentley’s touchless filling stations. If you plan events for your student organization, skip the bottled water from catering and promote a “BYO reusable bottle” policy at club events instead. When you venture off campus, fill up from a Brita filter in your fridge before you leave, and remember to opt for tap water when you go out to restaurants. As Bentley makes drinking straight from the tap easier than ever, we are challenging the entire community to take advantage of this public resource instead of hurting their wallets, their health and their environment.


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TCK Part II: Life At School go to your school ever knew. I mean who would know what the difference between normal beef stroganoff and Hungarian beef stroganoff is? (A legitimate 9 hour debate between student and a teacher that took place over the span of a year need I add). It also means that now that we’ve all graduated, we have connections internationally. If I ever visited the UK, I would have a place to crash. If I ever visited Australia, I had friends to show me around. If I ever was hungry in Russia and needed a good recommendation, all I needed was to send someone a Facebook message and I would be all set. It also comes

in handy when my friends go to study abroad. In fact, the former photography editor of this very paper was going to study abroad in Hungary. All it took was a Facebook request, and the editor already had a friend in a foreign country that lived 10 minutes away from her. It also taught us how to swear in different languages. That may not be as charming as you think, but it was standard practice to teach your friends how to cuss in your language and for them to repay the favor. It also helped a great deal when it came to cussing someone you deeply hated, but didn’t want to swear at because you’d see them everyday.

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The turnover rate was slightly ridiculous, but not because the school was bad, but people often relocated so it was out with the old and in with the new. It meant you weren’t the only new kid, and if you came mid way through the year, you most probably wouldn’t be for that long. It also made fitting places so much more easier. Other people understood you, so you made friends instantly. It also meant you became very sociable and warm with people flowing in and out of the school. Now for the sad emotional parts. People moved around, so you also had to make new friends every now and then. It was worse when your best

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So the last time I discussed TCKs, I also wanted to incorporate what life meant at an international school. I felt like that piece was focused on the hardships of an identity, but this one has more to do with how being a TCK affects lives, and how the education of a TCK changed our perspectives at a very young age, and brought us up to be adults. Let’s start off with the fun stuff. International schools with TCKs typically meant that whomever went there had powerful people as connections (international schools are typically a lot better than local schools). It wasn’t uncommon that diplomats would pick up their kids from school, or the chief of staff at a forward operating base was roaming around the halls in his uniform during parents meetings. Other fun things included the fact that we got exposed to a billion different cultures. Before traveling practically any nation, you could just ask someone in one of your classes which restaurants were the best to go to in Poland, or France, or the UK or Germany, and they would have a recommendation. It also meant that you were aware of holidays, foods and special events no one else who didn’t

USAMA SALIM A sophomore majoring in EconomicsFinance. friend was an international too. It meant they could relocate at any time, and your friendship with them was a bet. But for as long as that friendship lasted, it was also a family. It also meant we all had some degree of stone cold hearts in us. At some point we had said goodbye to a really dear friend, and you’d know you might never see them ever again. But after the third goodbye, it became routine life. Some were lucky to not make it there, but generally, you did say goodbye at least three people. One happy thing did come out if all of this; we adapted easily to change. It built great leaders out of us, because it meant curve balls were natural and we had just accepted that fact about ourselves. So although being a TCK at an international school had its ups and downs, I don’t think I would be the person I am today, and at the end of the day, I don’t think I’d give it up for a “normal” school life. Being a TCK was awesome, and I would do it all over again.


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BY Kunaal murthy Vanguard Staff Writer

The baseball team traveled to Florida over spring break to square off against St. Thomas Aquinas College and Bridgeport University in a back-to-back 3-game series. Against STAC, Bentley won two out of the three games by scores of 3-2 and 9-5, respectively. The final game in the series was a high-scoring affair as STAC escaped with a victory 10-8. The Falcons were unable to find much success against Bridgeport; they were unable to find much success as they were swept in convincing

fashion. Overall, Bentley went 2-4 during the trip to Florida. In the first game against STAC, the Falcons used a threerun second inning to put the game out of reach. Bentley starting pitcher Connor Root had a terrific outing, only allowing one earned run in 6 and 1/3 innings before being relieved by Evan Walsh. In the second game of the series, Bentley fell behind early 2-0 but was able to recover by scoring a total of eight runs between the 4th and 6th innings. In the 5th inning, Mike Muir hit his first career home run, keeping the momentum on Bentley’s

side for the remainder of the game. Right hander Scott Lueders picked up the win, pitching into the 7th inning and striking out three batters. Bentley’s Tom Nagy launched two home runs in the third game of the series, but the effort was not enough as STAC scored 10 runs to outlast the Falcons. The bullpen struggled from the 5th inning onward, allowing six runs to give up Bentley’s lead. The first game against Bridgeport was a close one until two errors by Bentley in the 9th inning opened the door for the Purple Knights, who were able to score three runs and put the game out of reach. Bentley lost the game 5-2. The second game of the series saw a similar story, as Bentley again surrendered a lead late in the game. The Falcons scored four runs in the 5th inning to take a 4-2 lead, but Bridgeport was able to score a total of five runs in the 7th and 8th innings to take the lead for good, defeating the Falcons 7-4. In the last game of the series, Bentley was outmatched as they were unable to produce any serious offense, only manufacturing one run. The lone run came

in the 1st inning when Muir was able to score off of Nagy’s triple. With plenty of games left, Bentley will look for a

turnaround as conference play begins this week with a home game versus Stonehill followed by a three-game series at Assumption.

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Mike Muir hits his first home run for the season.

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Bentley’s Men Baseball team notches two wins

Tom Nagy hits two home runs in the third game of the series.

BY cameron estelle Vanguard Staff Writer

It was a story of David and Goliath on the weekend of March 13 as Bentley took on Mercyhurst in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals; unfortunately, Bentley played the part of Goliath. In a series where the Falcons controlled most of the play in every game, a pesky and resilient Mercyhurst squad managed to defy the odds and come out on top, bringing a sudden end to the Bentley season. Game One on Friday, March 13 turned out to be

unlucky for the Falcons, who fell 1-0 in overtime by a goal from Mercyhurst defenseman Ryan Misiak. Bentley peppered goalie Brandon Wildung with 40 shots during the game but could not solve him, missing a golden opportunity in overtime only to shoot the puck high. This miss saw possession change hands, and defensemen Tyler Shiplo started the rush that Misiak would quickly finish. Bentley goaltender Jason Argue stopped 27 shots in the loss. Game Two saw vengeance

for the Falcons, as they rode an explosive second period to a 5-3 win. As was the theme of the weekend, Bentley controlled the first period only to find itself down 1-0, going nearly 85 minutes without being able to score on Wildung. But Bentley finally found the net, and from there refused to be denied. Captain Alex Grieve, Max French and freshman Kyle Schmidt scored to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead just 3:57 into the second period. Schmidt added his second of the night at 11:59 of the second period, spelling the end of the night for Wildung, who was the recipient of some beautiful heckling from Bentley fans. Mercyhust pushed back in the third, but Argue stood strong. Schmidt completed his hat trick with an empty netter, and sealed the win for Bentley. In a cruel twist, Game Three spelled the ending to the 2015 season. Despite taking an early 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Matt Blomquist and Andrew Gladiuk, Mercyhurst fought back with 2 goals of their own in a span of just 14 seconds. Right as the game appeared to be going into overtime, Mercyhurst forward Nardo Nagtzaam buried a shot through the back of the net with just 6 seconds left, completing the comeback of

a series in which they had been thoroughly outplayed. The worst possible ending to the season reared its ugly head, and the Falcons had no choice but to surrender defeat. In the midst of such a gruesome ending to 2015, there are still silver linings. For one, among the graduating se-

niors, Steve Weinstein was honored as Atlantic Hockey’s Best Defenseman, the first Falcon to receive such an award. In addition, the Falcons, who finished this season 17-15-5, are fully expected to come back strong next year thanks to a promising and talented core of returning players.

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Captain Alex Grieve scores for the Bentley team.

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Hockey season over after heartbreaking loss

Steve Weinstein is named Atlantic Hockey’s Best Defenseman.


Lacross teams gain momentum BY christopher mella Vanguard Staff Writer

The Men’s and Women’s lacrosse teams are beginning to find their grooves as the 2015 season officially turns full swing. Both teams stand at a current record of 2-2 so far, but impressive play from both sides appears to be promising as the season continues to draw out. The men are coming off of an overtime thriller victory from last Saturday, when they took care of Saint Rose by a score of 8-7. The victory places the men tied for 6th place with rival club Saint Michael’s in the Northeast-10 Conference, and may serve as a major motivator for when the Falcons return to action this Saturday to face off against conference opponent Adelphi. The overtime victory over Saint Rose took place in an afternoon matinee last Saturday on Bentley’s home turf. Senior Matt Dente’s winning shot broke through just 2:38 into the overtime period and sent the Falcons off the field in high spirits. Before necessitating an extra period to determine a winner, regulation play between the two teams was marked by fierce Bentley domination for three quarters, until Saint Rose managed to stage a late fourth quarter comeback and send the contest into OT. Bentley opened up the first quarter strong, wasting no time in knotting up the score after an early Saint Rose goal, when David Phelps ripped a shot behind Saint Rose goalie Nick Longo just 3:25 into the game. Bentley looked to capitalize on the momentum swing, with junior midfielder Mike Astarita making it 2-1 late in the first 15 minutes of play. Bentley absolutely dominated in the second quarter, putting three additional goals past Saint Rose to give the Falcons a commanding 5-1 lead as the Falcons headed to halftime. Two goals were scored by freshman standout Matt Sanford, including one goal while on the man-up, and the other by senior midfielder Mike Giorgetti. The first half of play appeared satisfying to the number of Bentley students who decided to come out and support the team on the decent Saturday afternoon,

where temperatures broke out of the freezing barrier and managed to climb up to a comfortable 40º. For the most part, Bentley showed impressive skills in their ball handling, shot selection, and overall endurance. The Falcons pelted Saint Rose with 28 shots just in the first half, which ultimately totaled 47 at the end of play. Goaltender Daniel Shaughnessy stood strong behind the cage allowing just 7 goals on 19 total shots, which ultimately merited him the win. Returning for a second half of play, Bentley did not take their foot off the gas pedal, as senior Matt Dente netted his first of the contest with just under three minutes played in the third quarter. The shot was Dente’s first of the game, but he was not satisfied, as he would finish with a hat trick to end the day. Bentley’s 6-1 lead almost looked to be the icing on the cake; however, the men severely underestimated the determination of the Golden Lions. Bentley let its fivegoal lead slip from their very fingers as Saint Rose staged an incredible comeback that snatched the lead right from the home team. Three of Saint Rose’s goals came in rapid fire succession, with all them finding the back of the net in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Down by one goal with the clock ticking down, the men knew something needed to be done in order to salvage their impressive first-half performance. Matt Dente took control at this point, when a failed Saint Rose clearing attempt and subsequent turnover led to the sniper being able to get a shot past Longo and even the score at seven apiece. Driving the contest into OT, Bentley took advantage of a perfect opportunity to end the game when Saint Rose’s D-pole Jake Files was sent off the field for a one minute penalty due to an illegal body check. Matt Dente knew what he had to do when he stared down Goalie Nick Longo and whizzed a shot to the back of the net to end the game. The goal was Dente’s third of the afternoon, rewarding him with the hat trick and gamewinner. The victory was an incredibly rewarding experience for the men, who have battled hard throughout every contest and

played to the final minute. The extra effort put in by each and every player led to Bentley securing the win, and they will certainly look forward to taking the field again for their next matchup. The women’s lacrosse team is a similar story when it comes to the progress of their season so far. Resting on a 4-2 record, the ladies stand in sole possession of fourth place in the NE10, and are only looking to improve on what appears to be a promising season. Since the start of the season, the Falcons have secured victories over American International, Dowling, Southern New Hampshire, and Pace, while falling just short in their contests against Stonehill and LIU Post. An impressive statistic that the women currently hold on to is that they remain undefeated in both home and away matchups, with their two losses coming at neutral site game venues. In the women’s most recent matchup, the team traveled south to New York City to take on the Pace University Setters in the bustling borough of Manhattan. The Falcons handed the Setters their second loss of the season by a score of 11-7. The top performers of the game were Hannah Lindgren and Jackie Brown, who each netted four goals apiece in dominating fashion. The other three goals were scored by juniors Kelsey Howard and Meredith Hart, and sophomore Taylor Lunden. Lunden also supplied three of the assists for Jackie Brown’s goals, which solidified to the attending fans the serious emphasis the women have placed on ball movement for their offensive strategy. As senior captain Jess Ferrigno perfectly stated at the beginning of the season: “We have a small cohesive team which has been great because everyone really wants to work hard and see the positive results this spring season!” These words of inspiration are fully absorbed by every woman on the Bentley roster, as has been demonstrated in the performance of the team thus far. Overall, for both the men and women, encouraging beginnings to both teams’ seasons are the recipe for success with the ultimate goal in mind of performing in the postseason.

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

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

BASEBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Saint Anselm 0 0 0 4 10 0 Franklin Pierce 0 0 0 19 1 0 St. Michael’s 0 0 0 4 7 0 Southern N.H. 0 0 0 12 5 0 Bentley 0 0 0 2 10 0 Merrimack 0 0 0 8 5 0 Stonehill 0 0 0 12 4 1 Assumption 0 0 0 3 13 0

NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Southern Conn. 0 0 0 8 8 0 New Haven 0 0 0 2 6 0 Le Moyne 0 0 0 6 9 0 St. Rose 0 0 0 3 8 0 American Int’l 0 0 0 3 7 0 Pace 0 0 0 5 9 0 Adelphi 0 0 0 4 6 0

SOFTBALL NE-10 STANDINGS - NORTHEAST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Bentley 0 0 0 3 6 0 Stonehill 0 0 0 6 6 0 Assumption 0 0 0 8 4 0 Franklin Pierce 0 0 0 0 0 0 Saint Anselm 0 0 0 8 2 0 Merrimack 0 0 0 6 9 0 Southern N.H. 0 0 0 11 3 0 St. Michael’s 0 0 0 0 10 0

NE-10 STANDINGS - SOUTHWEST DIVISION School NE-10 Overall Adelphi 0 0 0 3 11 0 New Haven 0 0 0 3 6 1 American Int’l 0 0 0 1 9 0 Le Moyne 0 0 0 6 2 0 Southern Conn. 0 1 0 4 8 0 St. Rose 0 0 0 5 6 0 Pace 1 0 0 9 2 0 Mass. - Lowell 0 0 0 1 1 0

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

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

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Women’s Softball looks to transform BY Austin Miller

Vanguard Staff Writer

The Bentley women’s softball team is off to a rough start in the 2015 season as they attempt to transform a young roster into playoff contenders. The team currently sits three games below .500 but is maintaining a positive outlook on the season as there is still a lot of softball left to play. Building on past success while managing to facilitate an influx of youth into the lineup seems to be a recipe for both present and future success. Coach DeGregorio is in her 10th season as the Falcon’s head coach, and is passionately looking to continue her success at Bentley. Through the first nine games of the 2015 season the softball team has managed to go 3-6 with a losing streak of five games coming in the early parts of March. These games came at the hands of some tough competition down in Florida; however, the Falcons still managed to keep the majority of the games both close and low scoring. The first win of the season came against Millersville, a hard-fought game in which the team managed to climb back for the victory in 10 innings. The win came after Millersville scored in the top of the 10th inning, with Bentley responding quickly with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, walking off victoriously.

The grueling losing stretch of 5 games followed this gutsy win, as the Falcons dropped games to the likes of Concordia-St. Paul, Southwest Minnesota State, Northern State, Ferris State and Bridgeport. In spite of their struggles, there was good news for the team at this point of the year: they had yet to play any league games and were just beginning to get their feet under them during the spring break stretch of games. The squad did manage to finish off the road trip with two wins, both by a score of 6-5. Freshman Catie Noons went 2-3 with three RBI’s in the first game against Bridgeport, leading the team to a victory with the help of Shannon Connor, who went 2-2 and batted in 2 runs of her own. Kelsey Smith got the win in this matchup, pitching 6.2 innings and giving up five runs on 7 hits. The last game of the trip came against Mercy. Freshman Noons had another big game, going 1-3 with an RBI. Shannon Connor and Alex Borelli added RBI’s of their own to lead the team to back-toback wins to finish up the road trip. Michelle DeVito had a good day pitching as well, giving up just 3 runs through 5 innings of work and earning the win. Catie Noons’ big weekend earned her the Northeast-10 Softball Rookie of the Week honor as she had nine hits in 19 at bats, including an

impressive 3 RBI’s in the final two games of the season. Noons even managed to tie a school record with three doubles in one game in the win against Bridgeport. The freshman also was flawless in the field, not committing a single error in 12 chances. Noons now sits at eighth in the NE-10 with a slugging percentage of .655. This is a big honor for Noons and is definitely a sign of good things to come for her, both personally and for the Falcons’ future. There have been several local games postponed due to weather, but the team will still try to carry its many favorable habits from their 2 game win streak into conference play. With the beginning of the season being largely made up of non-conference games, the rest of the season is one consisting of meaningful and impactful games for the softball team. It will be important that they are able to rebound from the slow start and keep a consistent level of powerful play throughout the rest of the regular season and, hopefully, into the playoffs. Several outstanding pitching performances as well as averaging just fewer than five runs per game is definitely a promising sign of great things to come for this young team. Next on the schedule is an away game at Assumption followed up by a threegame homestand against Saint Anselm.




During spring break, Bentley took first place in the St. James Plantation Collegiate Invitational. Bentley has been either fist or second in six of eight tournaments so far. Sept. 15, Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational: 1st of 9 Sept. 27-28, NE-10 Championships: 1st of 10 Oct. 26-27, New Englands (Division II): 1st of 8 Mar. 13-14, St. James Plantation Invitational: 1st of 13

m. dente YeAR 2015 HOMETOWN reading, ma POSITION attacker

Matt Dente ( R e a d i n g / Reading HS), a senior attacker on the Bentley men’s lacrosse team, has been named the Falcon of the Week after figuring in five goals, including the game-winner, in the team’s 8-7 overtime win over The College of Saint Rose Saturday afternoon in the home opener. Dente, the team’s secondleading scorer, had three goals and two assists against the Golden Knights. His second, with 7:33 left in the fourth, evened the game at seven after Bentley saw a 6-2 lead evaporate, and his third, in a man-up situation, gave the Falcons a walk-off victory 2:38 into the first extra session. Dente, a member of the Academic All-Northeast-10 team last year, is already closing in on his career-best of 11 points, set in 2013 as a sophomore.


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game and it was nice to win a conference game.


Sport: Men’s Lacrosse

Describe what was going through your mind at the end of Saturday’s overtime win against Saint Rose before your incredible tying and game-winning goals? Our focus was to gain possession and take back momentum in the game. We were confident as an offense that we would score if we had the ball and the defense did their part to stop Saint Rose at the end of the game. How did it feel to score the game-winning goal with so much pressure? It felt great to score that one and win the game. We put in a lot of time this week to improve upon the last

What do you think are the lacrosse team’s greatest areas of strengths this season compared to past years? The coaches and players have dedicated more time into practices and off the field training. We have put in the extra effort to improve our skills individually and as a team on the field. As a senior, explain your mindset heading into this season and what you expect for the team this year and in the years to come? We are looking to build on last year’s success and continue to compete for a conference championship. As a senior, I want to enjoy the season and have fun playing every day.


Women’s Lacrosse-10 pts vs. Le Moyne 12:00 PM


Men’s Lacrosse-10 pts vs. Adelphi 4:00 PM


Women’s Lacrosse-10 pts vs. Assumption 3:30 PM


Men’s Lacrosse-10 pts vs. American International 3:30 PM

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