APO Theater Society Presents: Enron the Musical

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By Kelsey Miller

Every semester, APO, Bentley’s theater fraternity puts on a musical for the university community. The past years have seen all sorts of plays, but this year’s should be particularly good.

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, APO will be performing Enron the Musical. Doors open at 7, and the show is free for all students. Everyone else will need to pay $5 for entry.

Come out to Koum if you’re interested in seeing the evolution of Enron from average company to the giant, fraudulent one that eventually brought down Arthur Anderson and many other companies with it.

We’ve all taken GB 112, so there’s no excuse not to come see the play!

APO was kind enough to give us a blurb about the event:

“An exciting new look at the Enron scandal that all of Bentley is so familiar with. See the stories of Ken Lay, Andy Fastow, and Jeffrey Skilling like you’ve never seen them before. Intriguing storylines, an up-close and personal look at what was going on inside the company. We want to show Bentley our presence on campus and produce a great show for everyone to enjoy! With emotional performances, entertaining storylines, and 90’s music! From action sequences in the trading room, inter-office romances, a song-and dance about Enron’s success, and finally Jeff Skilling’s pleas of innocence, this show covers the whole scandal, and a little bit more! The cast and crew have worked incredibly hard at this production and are really looking forward to everyone seeing the finished product!”

If you’re not yet entirely convinced that Koumantzelis is where you should be this weekend, check out the official promotion material from APO: “Follow Jeff Skilling as he climbs the corporate ladder, with ambitious ideas that are sure to impact the future of Enron. Watch Skilling, Fastow, and Lay as they turn Enron into a giant company of questionable actions and greedy motives. How did Enron manage to fool the world? How much did executives Ken Lay and Andy Fastow participate in the deceit? And what’s the deal with those raptors? Get a front row seat to see Enron like you’ve never seen it before!”

Enron the Musical should be a great play, put on by a group of hardworking and talented individuals who are super excited to perform for our community. Do them a solid and consider checking out one of their performances this weekend.

Students enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Seasons

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By Kelsey Miller & Catie Bello

There’s no better indication that Thanksgiving is here than the Wednesday before break, when Seasons holds its Thanksgiving dinner. It’s probably the only time you’ll see upperclassmen in the room, apart from Breakfast by Moonlight and Spring Day.

If you’ve had the misfortune to being unaware of the genius that is Thanksgiving at Seasons, allow me to clue you in: it’s amazing. I’m a senior now (that’s another story), but there’s nothing like Thanksgiving at Seasons that brings back memories of freshman year.

Just picture it: you stroll over to the student center and smell the mouthwatering scents wafting from Seasons. Yes, to those who only know Seasons through yik yak that may seem impossible, but trust me it’s true.

You’re swiped in by the lovely as always Camille (who of course has reminded you that Thanksgiving was coming for the past week now) and are greeted by not just the usual display of dinning food. A long buffet table filled with the works and more.

The traditional Thanksgiving favorites are all present and accounted for, but Seasons does not stop there. Your choice of meat is multiplied with not just turkey, but also a full roasted ham continually carved by Sodexo employees in their finest garb, complete with chef hat. And in addition to all of your favorite sides, there is, wait for it, tortellini. Oh yes, the most anticipated pasta station option, is available for your delightful consumption on Thanksgiving.

Of course you fill your plate with entirely too much food, and attempt to find a seat for you and your friends. When you do find a table, you’ll be there a while, eating as much of this unusually delicious Seasons meal for as long as you can. Of course, it’s two and a half plates before you remember, THERE’S DESSERT.

What Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without pie? That’s right, Seasons goes full on Thanksgiving with multiple kinds of pie. Pumpkin, chocolate, apple, or blueberry, who could possibly choose just one? So you say to yourself, I have earned multiple pieces of pie; I walked up the Smith stairs today. And after eating two, you take another, claiming you’re bringing it back for your roommate.

You walk out of Seasons both full and satisfied, with the knowledge that it will all happen again next year. Well, that is unless you’re a senior, in which case you’ll look back on these past four years of Thanksgiving dinner with fond memories of good food, great company, and fun times.

Speech and Debate Society hosts Adjunct Panel

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By Paola Sierra

On November 12, 2014, The Bentley speech and debate team hosted the Adjunct Professor Panel in La Cava. After my professor, Jack Dempsey, reminded our class of the event, a few classmates and I decided to attend and witness the concerns professors at Bentley had. Walking into what seemed like a duel with chairs in a circle and others behind them, my classmates and I exchanged intense, yet puzzled expressions when we spotted one of the University Policemen standing by a podium. We left his intimidating presence to our imagination and quietly sat in front of him. The Bentley Speech and Debate representatives introduced themselves and noted that although this was an Adjunct Professor Union panel; this was not a pro union event. It was then explained that Bentley has increased their number of Adjunct Professors and in turn, received much feedback of their disapproval from students and professors. I was shocked to recognize that not one Bentley Administrator was present.

Each professor was given two minutes to speak and was that respected? Well, there was a fine line between words of wisdom and keeping within the time limit. “What role do adjuncts play in the university? “ Psychology department professor, Barbara Nash underscored time commitment that is put to be an adjunct professor. “We do recommendations, office hours, committee work and just teaching…we are here to teach because we like to teach. Not to get rich.” With this, an opposing professor noted that the point of being an Adjunct professor is to apply for other jobs. Although a good point, maybe what Nash was trying to convey was that although the pay is awful, it’s fulfilling work.

Time was of the essence and the following question, “how many hours do you believe you put into your week each week?” To this, Professor Nash blatantly states, “30 hours a week for $20,000 a year” Professor John Hayward blurts, “four courses a semester for $30,000-$40,000.” The first thing I thought was, this doesn’t even cover a year of grad school- what’s the return on their investment? Surprisingly, the moderator turned the panel over to the students. “Have you noticed a difference of adjunct professors and nonadjunct professors?” Radika Bansil, a senior student this year, responded, “Two of my favorite professors were Adjunct professors and both left because they had a bad experience so, in turn, this was not favorable for me because I was looking forward to taking more classes with them.” Alex Aserraf, a sophomore this year, added, “Of my favorite two professors, one is a part time professor and the other is a full time- I have a good relationship with them and what concerns me is that I don’t know if I will have them next year…it’s a big issue that needs to be solved.” I found it interesting to observe how passionate these students were about keeping their professors.

Moving on, when on the topic of professors having enough time for students, Professor Kaplan noted, “I would be appalled to pay $55,000-$60,000 to not have full access to the professors.” There are definitely many things that are yet to be addressed and accessibility is one of them. Professor Atlas then brought to light the worth of a professor in the first place. Bentley values their professors at $5,000 per course and “5k is just not what the work is worth.” Sophomore, Alex Aserraf, then called out the dedication from many of our Adjunct professors. “I currently have four full time professors with four hours of office hours per week and one Adjunct professor who is available two days in the morning until 3 p.m. and he even gave me his phone number and said ‘call whenever you want’ I called to meet with him to prepare for an interview and he said ‘you could always me before the interview just before if you’re nervous’.” I am confident this comment was about our Professor, Jack Dempsey.

Moving away from the gratitude students have for Adjunct Professors, the problems of forming unions on campus were addressed. 1. Expensive dues 2. Things would be rigid and inflexible 3. Unions will raise tensions in the workplace or community. But is that the case? Should professors really be afraid of voicing their opinions and rights in the workforce? Isn’t ethical behavior in a business something Bentley preaches? I believe actions speak louder than words. Traditional practices are long gone-p professors should feel comfortable enough in the workforce to feel their opinion will be listened to instead of dismissed.

A union representative who spoke on behalf of Tufts’ success in adjunct union exceeded his time limit- but for a good reasons! He reported the pros of having a union on campus. In fact, he noted, Tufts University has had great triumph in the implementation of an adjunct union. Many of the adjunct professors there will receive a 22% raise and be eligible for many benefits like health, tuition pay, retirement, etc. without tuition increases for students. They will also receive appointments that may last up to three years and on top of that, be paid at least $7,300 per course (numbers can go up to $14,000 per course depending on the department). Clearly, there’s hope for those who wish to unionize adjunct professors.

Following this, the question of the disadvantages and advantages of being an adjunct was asked. Professors of all departments had all kinds of opinions. “ As an adjunct, you’re not supposed to be advising, doing independent work, attending committee meetings, etc… in the point of view of the students, they’re missing out… while full time professors aren’t going to be doing these (extra efforts) things anymore that they used to be willing to do- it’s only to the disadvantage for the students.” While others like Clarissa Sawyer from the Psychology Department said, “ Bentley’s work environment for Adjuncts have a good feel about it… it’s welcoming, you have office space, and my administrators are great so, I want to commend Bentley for that.” Dempsey on the other hand, voiced one great concern: “We are last priority at this school. 14 years at this school and I have zero leverage.” That’s dedication.

The most important question was raised, “what potential difference could a union make at Bentley?” To this, a professor wisely and objectively stated, “Unions are a norm in businesses, corporations, universities etc. There’s nothing to be scared about. We are not just asking for things to be given to us- we can offer services, too.” I find this an incredibly valid point. Adjunct professors are educational providers who should be valued like any other Bentley employee. I couldn’t agree more with the freshman who declared, “Adjuncts can’t do this alone. We need students involved.” Bringing this issue to the attention of the student body is one of the most effective ways to carry out a message and implement it.

The best and worst places to live on campus

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By Megan Lieu

For most Bentley students, we live in on-campus housing. Some are luckier than others, but a lot of the time it is dependent on school credits, so great! Here is a list to determine where you should live next, or not, it is all personal preference anyway.

1. The Falcones

These are beautiful. Not only are they spacious, have a kitchen and are in good condition, the proximity to class is phenomenal. Who wouldn’t want to wake up 10 minutes before class and still get there on time? For all those sleepy heads on campus, Falcone is perfect. In addition, depending on which side you are, you could great a really nice view of the green space. Be warned, though, it is a little difficult to get into since they such a hot pick.

2. The Boylstons

Once again, I chose an apartment, because let’s be real, no one wants to only be able to eat Seasons. That point aside, the Boylstons’ locations are great because they are really close to class. They are also quite spacious.

3. Rhodes

Rhodes is smaller than Boylston, but is still really nice. I don’t know if it was just the moments I was in there, but it also has a smell.

4. Collins

Oh Collins…It would be higher is it weren’t for those darn fire alarms. Collins is directly in the middle of campus so it is perfect to go anywhere. It is well kept, too. Collins has the mailstop, bookstore, falcon mart, mailboxes, Lazybones and Dunkin’ Donuts so those are all pluses. A bad part is that it gets loud on the weekends, so if that isn’t for you, maybe it isn’t the best place to live.

5. The Orchards

The Orchards are beautiful! The bad part? They are far from classes. North is slightly better than South for me simply because it is that much closer to class.

6. Forest and Kresge

For me, these two go hand in hand. They are similar to me in their location and the way the buildings look and feel. They are definitely spacious, but they are dark since the common rooms don’t have windows. I live in lower and sure, it is great, but the walk to class can be a killer sometimes so the location of Kresge and Forest are definitely enviable.

7. Fenway

Fenway has its Skybox and its lobby that are really pretty and new. They rooms are also really nice. All the dorms on lower have a window in the common room which is great. The quality of Fenway is slightly superior to the other suites on lower campus.

8. Copley North

Copley North only beats Copley South by a little because of its ground floor. They have a great common area and kitchen. There used to be a bee problem there, but that was resolved.

9. Copley South

Since I live in COSO, I have a bias that it is great. Still, the quality isn’t as great as Fenway or CONO, but the rooms are still in great condition and having your own bathroom is awesome.

10. North Campus

Finally, North Campus is the ultimate loser in this competition. The necessity to either depend on the loop or a car can be a hassle. It is simply too far from campus to be compared to the other dorms. The dorm itself, though, is top-notch. The kitchen, rooms and bathrooms are beautiful. The quality of the rooms is awesome.

As for the freshman dorms, that is purely based on preference. Everyone likes different things. But for me it goes Slade, Trees and then Miller. Living anywhere has its pros and cons so if you end up somewhere you weren’t planning on living, don’t sweat it! You will probably be happy eventually.