Faculty profile: Patricia Bossi

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Babson College recently welcomed returning family member Patricia Bossi, who completed her MBA at Babson’s Olin Graduate School of Business and is now returning as a QTM professor.

Free Press: Where are you from?

Patricia Bossi: Well, I’ve lived here my whole life. I was born in Boston, and as a small child moved up to Chelmsford, Mass. I moved to Bedford, Mass nine years ago, which is about 20 minutes away from Babson without traffic.

FP: What brought you to Babson?

PB: Well, I got my MBA here and have been very involved ever since that point of time. Also my prior boss is here, so that kind of influenced me quite a bit. When he came over here, it was only a matter of time before I came over to teach a course or two with him. I adore him, so I couldn’t wait to come over.

FP: What’s the transition like from teaching at Bentley to Babson, considering that the two schools are known to be rivals?

PB: I don’t really consider them as rivals. I think Bentley is more of an accounting school and it’s much more focused on being a fear for the accounting world. I think Babson is more of an entrepreneurship school, so I don’t really see them as rivals. I think Babson is much more focused on a global education, entrepreneurship, educating all around, so it’s not so much of an accounting structure. I see much more of a rounded student coming out of Babson. I see the school as a lot more competitive with, I think, the Ivy League schools, personally. The Harvard’s and the Stanford’s and the Kellogg’s quality of their students are similar to those at Babson.

FP: What would you say are the focal differences between the two schools?

PB: Students here are much more rounded, they are go-getters, willing to take that extra step, ask questions, and are not shy. In my classroom experience at Bentley, students wouldn’t talk, they wouldn’t raise their hands. They would just sit there, take notes, and leave. It was not very interactive. At UMass Lowell, I was teaching a different type of student. I was teaching engineering students, and engineers are known to be more introverted, so I expected that over there. As far as business students go, it’s very refreshing to see outgoing, assertive and confident students in their skill base, and a lot of students here have started businesses and have done entrepreneurial things before and during their attendance. That is not something you see at other business schools in the area.

FP: Could you tell us a little bit about your work experience before coming to Babson?

PB: I started out in pure engineering, and then after getting my MBA I got much more into the business end of things. Of course, all the business was still in technical-based companies, so having both skills, a business background and a technical background, made it a very strong combination in the business world. I could understand the technology, so nobody could pull any blinders over me, and I understood the business side to things, so nobody could fudge the books on me. And I could help with the business planning and the startup process. It was great to have both; you need to have both.

FP: When you made the decision to pursue an MBA, was that because you recognized that you needed this business side?

PB: Absolutely. I would sit in meeting after meeting, and I understood math very well, but I did not necessarily understand what all the accountant and finance people were talking about when they discussed pro formas, year-to-years, and all these financial statements. I would wonder, “Am I missing something, are these real, is there a little bit of smoke being blown at me?” I knew I needed more understanding, and that’s when I went back and got my MBA.

FP: As an alumni, you know Babson’s focus on entrepreneurship. So how do you bring this focus into your own classroom?

PB: I try to get people to think on their own, to solve their own problems. I think a lot of the time by pushing back and giving in-class activities, and having people work together, you get a feel for what really happens in the business world. Not every one situation in life is someone going to be handing you a problem and solution. So you have to be able to think and solve problems on your own by doing some of the work. My students learn the skills and then they try it, solve it. I give them questions like, “What do you think about this?”—more open-ended questions versus a yes or no. I really try to get the thinking going.

FP: What is something that you’d like students to know about you or your class that they might not know about as of now? 

PB: Well, about me, I certainly never thought I was going to get into teaching based on my career, and it was one of those things that people say “when the teaching bug hits you, it hits you,” and it hit me hard. I am here because I love what I do, and I do want to give back some, hopefully all, of the knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the years. I always want students, and everyone, to know that I am approachable, I am here for them, and that there is never a dumb question. I don’t care what the question is, it will never be dumb, and it will always be answered with respect and treated with respect. I am here to help, I am never here to insult you or treat you poorly because you need or want help.

I want people to know that there was a day when I sat in that same chair as a student, and I don’t forget those days. And I have kids, and I’ve had times when they come home and tell me bad experiences with teachers and it breaks my heart that teachers can be short or mean to students. I want everyone to know that my door is always open and I’m always here. If I can find a way to help, I will.

How to start a club


Academics are the main focus of any college, but with a strong co-curricular environment, Babson stands firm with 137 organizations, according to the Life@Babson online hub. Year after year, students leave their mark by finding new clubs. Here is the process one must go through to start a club:

Come up with an idea for an organization that would benefit the Babson community.

Find at least five people that share the same interest and will make a commitment to help start the club.

Go to life.babson.edu  > Campus Links > Create a New Undergraduate Organization

a. Fill out a form for a general idea of what your club is about.

b. Find a faculty advisor.

c. Select a President and VP of Finance (or Treasurer).

Wait for an email that says when you will give a presentation to the SGA E-board.

a. This meeting is casual, and generally takes place on Monday at 8:00 pm in the SGA office in Reynolds.

b. Pitch your idea to the E-Board as a presentation.

c. Field questions in the follow-up Q&A.

Wait for their approval.

Exploring Boston’s hidden gems: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Photo courtesy of Irene de la Torre

If you have ever been to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, you can think of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as being its lesser known, yet equally captivating, slightly older cousin.The outside of the museum boasts a modern and sleek facade that hides the hidden wonders just beyond the entrance. Once the visitor ventures through a glass-enclosed path to the original foundation of the museum, they encounter Isabella’s initial vision for the space, a Venetian inspired, pale pink and stucco building enclosing a tranquil courtyard. Ferns, exotic plants, and white stone fountains sprout from the ground, filling the sunlit space. Visitors of the museum can be seen in a daze, sprawled out on the outskirts of the garden, most likely imagining themselves transported to one of Isabella’s favorite places in the world: Venice.

Wandering into the building itself, visitors venture through a personal collection of Isabella’s, one which she curated during her extensive travels across the globe. The museum houses incredible works from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Botticelli, and Rembrandt, all integrated into a collection of oddities such as ostrich eggs, a silk Napoleonic flag, and leather wall tiles. Undoubtedly, walking through the museum can feel random, especially because none of the art pieces have blurbs explaining their context or artist. As I ventured through the decorated rooms, I often struggled to make some of the connections Isabella was trying to make among the various works. However, there is an aspect of roaming around the museum that is freeing, seeing that each visitor can have a different encounter with the collection.

Yet, every visitor comes away with feeling as though they are experiencing Isabella herself, making her acquaintance through the walls of her gallery and former residence, where almost nothing has been altered since her death. I say “almost” because one thing has been changed: the picture frames that once held paintings, such as Rembrandt’s only known seascape The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and The Concert by Vermeer, hang empty on the walls. These frames serve as symbols of the museum’s loss from the infamous art heist that took place on March 18, 1990, by two thieves disguised as police officers who stole thirteen works of art worth 500 million dollars—the greatest single property theft in world history. There is still an ongoing investigation that will grant you five million dollars for any information relating to the incident, double the reward being offered until December 31, 2017.

I invite you to experience the curiosities of the museum for yourself and to keep your eyes peeled for any clues relating to the theft, as we hope the museum will be restored to Isabella’s complete vision once again.

Why Babson Students Are So Not Dateable


About two years ago, Time Magazine came out with an article stating a belief that we probably all secretly knew, but didn’t want to admit. Babson College students are the #1 most un-dateable.

Paid matchmaking service “The Dating Ring” had conducted the poll by taking 7,500 post-date feedback reports from 1,600 people located in the New York City and San Francisco area. The data collection process spanned over an 18 month period to see which college alumni “served as the most enjoyable dates.”

For a little background information on the dating platform that doomed us all in our future romantic rendezvous (“Oh Babson? Wait isn’t that the school with that Trump incident, AND the most un-dateable alumni?”) The Dating Ring describes their process as “We search through our database of successful professionals to find you the best matches.”

Of course we win the most un-dateable award from a dating service for “professionals.”

When asked their thoughts on the Time article’s outcome, most members of the Babson community were not surprised. Our campus’ hook-up culture, obsession with networking, fixed determination on meeting career goals, and even our “entrepreneurial mindset” surfaced as reasons of blame.

On social media, Babson alumna becomes “mshappydiet”


Whether you are afraid of the notorious “Freshman Fifteen,” or are simply looking for ways to lead a healthier life, you have come to the right place. There has been a wild buzz around the concept of “healthy living” for quite some time. But yet most people are still in the dark about what it means and how they can practice it.

May Savita, a Babson alumna, has the answer to our questions with her brand “mshappydiet.” Starting off as just a desire to share her daily life experiences, Ms. Savita’s mshappydiet social media accounts have since educated and inspired thousands, with more than 19,000 followers on Facebook and more than 45,000 on Instagram. Now a certified health coach, a successful TV show host, and an owner of her own healthy-snack product, Ms. Savita has successfully proven that you can indeed do what you love.

So what exactly is healthy living? And how did Ms. Savita come to learn of it? There are many components of healthy living—exercise, meditation and clean food, just to name a few. The definition of healthy living varies between individuals, depending on their circumstances and their goals. Ms. Savita has put great emphasis not only on eating well and exercising, but also on positive thoughts and inspiration. She is a strong believer in the saying that a positive mind leads to a positive body. However, like many others, Ms. Savita initially perceived healthy living as something that is unnecessary for a young and healthy individual. What sparked her interest and research in this field was the desire to shed a few pounds after her years at Babson. After many failed fad diet attempts and many nights of starvation, Ms. Savita has decided to look into the concept of clean eating. Today, her daily diet consists of 85-90% whole foods and plant-based foods, leaving wiggle room of 10-15% for desserts.

Once Ms. Savita has started her research on eating clean, she found many others on social media who have gone down the same path of healthy living and have achieved great results. In creating her own social media site, mshappydiet, Ms. Savita hopes to share her own experiences as well as create a community for people to share their experiences and inspirations. She encourages her social media followers to challenge themselves with programs such as “Oh! No Sugar Challenge,” where she cuts all forms of sugar from her diet for two weeks. Now with her own television show, she will be able to share her inspirations, experiences, recipes, and tips to a national audience.

How can you incorporate some of the healthy living principles to your life? Ms. Savita has taken many small steps to achieve what she perceives as a healthy lifestyle. From a person who knows nothing about cooking, she has become a person who enjoys walking through the supermarket and making her own meals at home. Ms. Savita’s advice on making changes to your lifestyle is to do one thing at a time—do not overwhelm yourself with many changes at once. Start by making small tweaks to how you enjoy your time. For example, are you a person who likes music and usually indulges in that by going to a concert? Why not try joining a spin class such as soul cycle once a week instead of a concert? You might surprise yourself by how much you enjoy it.

Interested in making some positive changes to your life? Check out @mshappydiet on Instagram or Facebook for fun challenges that will inspire you to take care of your physical and mental health.

Students brace for Babson winter


“I am scared.”

“I am just not ready for this, really.”

“I just want to be warm.”

With so many people at Babson from tropical areas, the sole idea of a harsh, rigorous and pretty much real winter can be frightening—and some students have absolutely no idea how to cope with it. Ask around: winter drama is definitely a thing, and hope for warmth and comfort is increasingly fading as winter is coming.

Earlier this week, some upper-class students from Brazil were going over just how traumatic their first winter at Babson was. “I wasn’t thrilled about the winter since the beginning, and when it started snowing it got each time worse. We had nine snow days and we would barely leave the room,” senior Cassiano dos Santos said. That was one of the coldest winters that Boston has ever had—and apparently this one may be even worse. The Farmer’s Almanac, a reference book that has a long-range weather forecast, bets on an especially cold weather for this apparently wicked winter to come. And we are as scared as it gets.

My room is probably one of the most diverse dorms on the whole campus. One of my roommates is African and Muslim, the other is Asian and Christian, and I am a Jewish white Latina. The three of us come from completely different cultures and backgrounds, but the one definite bonding factor is our complete sensitivity to cold weather, whatever that means. In fact, we are already suffering. Precisely today, I woke up by my roommate frightening stating that “Today will be cold as f***.” You might be wondering, “How cold?” Today, October 16, the temperature went as low as 35 degrees. You can pretty much notice that every morning is a whole new adventure in our room, where one of us will eventually be assigned to check the weather forecast. In that Massachusetts weird climate, every day is a new drama.

One of my dormmates is Korean but was raised in Texas. That may explain why, since day one on campus, she has had a full stock of food—just in case snow eventually prevents us from leaving the building. We, children of the summer, suffer from a mini breakdown every time that temperature is cold enough for us to have to wear a real jacket, and it is already part of our routine to hold our cries every time that someone mentions that we have only one more month of bearable temperatures.

Some may say that cold weather is just an invention of the bourgeois to sell warm clothing to the proletarian, but I can assure you, dear reader, that some of us got a little bit too excited when it comes to warm clothing. “Extreme cold jackets” have already been ordered by overconcerned “Bahama mammas.” The jackets are actually meant for North Canada and Alaska winter, but we may just as well disregard it for the sake of acknowledging our mother’s excessive worries. Some of our moms went as far as creating a “winter kit” (can anyone from Babson actually make a business out of this?). It should pretty much feature Kleenex, NyQuil, Afrin, Strepsils and all those utensils we will not have enough energy to get while winter slowly kills us. What can we say about our mothers? It really is their love that makes us warm.

So, if you are a lovely summer child, know that you are not alone, and don’t forget your vitamins! Fall has officially started, and winter is coming.

Comment below if you have any tips for winter preparations!

2016 Presidential Candidates “Cheat Sheet”


*Issue rankings are based on the OnTheIssues.org rating system; -10 is most liberal, 10 is most conservative.


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Hillary Clinton

Experience: Former Secretary of State (President Barack Obama)

Home Residence: Chappaqua, New York

Total Money Raised: $67,820,095

Net Worth: $21,500,000


  • Individual Rights: -9
  • Domestic Issues: -8
  • Economic Issues: -8
  • Defense and International Issues: 0

Fast Facts:

  • Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969.
  • Clinton would become the first female president if elected.

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Bernie Sanders

Experience: U.S. Senator (Vermont)

Home Residence: Burlington, Vermont

Total Money Raised: $15,263,601

Net Worth: $330,507


  • Individual Rights: -10
  • Domestic Issues: -8
  • Economic Issues: -8
  • Defense and International Issues: -8

Fast Facts:

  • Among all of the major presidential candidates, Sanders has the lowest net worth.
  • Sanders was the third Socialist ever elected to Congress.



Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump

Experience: President, Trump Organization

Home Residence: Manhattan, New York

Total Money Raised: $1,902,410

Net Worth: $4,000,000,000


  • Individual Rights: 6
  • Domestic Issues: 6
  • Economic Issues: 4
  • Defense and International Issues: 2

Fun Facts:

  • Trump rose to social prominence as host of NBC reality show The Apprentice.
  • Trump is a real estate mogul, with investments in casinos, residential towers, hotels, golf courses, and more.


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Ben Carson

Experience: Former Neurosurgeon

Home Residence: Baltimore, Maryland

Total Money Raised: $10,702,881

Net Worth: $10,000,000


  • Individual Rights: 4
  • Domestic Issues: 2
  • Economic Issues: 6
  • Defense and International Issues: 0

Fast Facts:

  • Carson became the youngest to head a major division at Johns Hopkins Hospital when he became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at age 33.
  • Carson was the first person to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head.


Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Carly Fiorina

Experience: Former CEO of Hewlett Packard

Home Residence: Los Altos Hills, California

Total Money Raised: $5,163,373

Net Worth: $59,000,000


  • Individual Rights: 0
  • Domestic Issues: 6
  • Economic Issues: 6
  • Defense and International Issues: 2

Fast Facts:

  • Fiorina has degrees in Medieval History and Philosophy.
  • Fiorina was the first woman to head a Fortune 50 company.


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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Marco Rubio

Experience: U.S. Senator (Florida)

Home Residence: West Miami, Florida

Total Money Raised: $42,910,595

Net Worth: $443,508


  • Individual Rights: 6
  • Domestic Issues: 8
  • Economic Issues: 5
  • Defense and International Issues: 8

Fast Facts:

  • Rubio attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship.
  • Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010, after serving as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

Millenial voting: Stats, trends, and how to vote

Graphic by Lydia Stetson

In less than a year, the United States will be electing its 45th president. However, will the elections be truly representative of the population? The statistics say no.

Those between 18 to 24 years of age have a significantly lower voter turnout, meaning they are being greatly underrepresented. This has been the case for decades, and it begs the question: why aren’t young people voting?

One of the biggest problems seems to be that the young feel that they don’t know enough to get involved in the political world. After all, a lot of what is discussed and debated does not have any direct effect on them. Issues like Social Security and foreign policy may not be very high on their list of concerns when they are in the midst of a grueling battle against college debt and struggling to find a job.

Another contributor to the poor voter turnout may be the fact that young adults tend to move around more frequently. As a result, they feel less attached to their community and less motivated to try and make an impact. Voting is also much harder for college students; in order to vote away from home, registering to vote is a chore. In fact, many do not even know how to register if they are attending a college away from their home state. In an attempt to eradicate this problem, here’s a quick tutorial on how to register to vote:

NOTE: Because students can choose to register to vote in either their home state or their college’s state, Massachusetts will be used in the following example.

1. Voting in Massachusetts 

First, register to vote. If your signature is on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you qualify to use the online application to register, update your address, and change your party.

Otherwise, you will need to fill out the voter registration form and deliver it to your local election official, whose address is listed below.


2. Voting in your home state

If you are unable to make it home to vote, you will need to request an absentee ballot. Because voting is different in every state, you will have to contact your local government and see what their process is to obtaining an absentee ballot. One you have received it, you can simply fill it out and mail it back to your local election officials.

Faculty profile: Craig Ehrlich

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Professor Craig Ehrlich is an Associate Professor of Law, teaching business law to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to this, he was a practicing lawyer in Chicago and Seoul for fifteen years.

Free Press: How did you come to be a professor?

Craig Ehrlich: I read wanted ads in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was practicing law at the time. I was overseas and I really wanted to come back to America. I got really tired of being a foreigner and I got really tired of living in the third world too, to be honest. So I wanted to come home—had to do that. And at the same time, I needed a new job. I thought of making a career change because I had been, at that time, a lawyer for fifteen years, and it pretty much sucks. So I subscribed and answered wanted ads and got called in for an interview. That’s how I came here.

FP: Do you like it here?

CE: Most of the time, yes. I would say it’s a lot less stressful. For sure I’m not going to court here and I don’t have to chase clients to get paid the way practicing lawyers or anyone in business does. In that sense, it’s a lot easier and simpler, and therefore less stressful. On the other hand, it’s a lot less adventure because dramatic things hardly ever happen here.

FP: How long have you been teaching?

CE: At the end of this calendar year I’ll have completed 20 full years of teaching.

FP: Would you go back to practicing law?

CE: One—I don’t know it anymore. I know a lot more law than I did when I was practicing. But what you know to practice is different from what you know to teach. One is theory and the other is practice and I don’t know the practical side anymore.

Two—the world still has more lawyers than it needs.

Three—I’m disillusioned with law generally. I have no respect for the institution anymore because we’re so over-lawyered and so over-lawed. There’s regulations and fine print everywhere. Even on the syllabus here at Babson there’s supposed to be fine print now about the rights of the students. I just consider that to be over-regulation. So I don’t want that increase in the amount of law that already exists.

FP: Why did you want to come back?

CE: I wanted to come back from the moment I got there, to be honest. I spent nine years in Seoul and it sucked from day one. It’s a developing country, it’s not American, it’s not happy and friendly, but the work was fascinating. I got onto the world stage through the backdoor. Here’s some little guy who graduated in the middle of his class from a mediocre grad school and suddenly I’m working on cases with the most famous lawyers in the United States. I learned how to be a good lawyer because I had really good colleagues to copy.

FP: Can you talk about an interesting case?

CE: No. There’s only two cases that have the best stories. The stories are so good that I only tell them now in my criminal law class. If I give them away no one would take my class. Got to take my class to hear the stories.

“You’re going to have to work hard in school and on the job. The only way to you can do that is if you love what you’re doing. Pick a subject that you love, and work really, really hard.”

FP: What part of law did you do?

CE: In Chicago I was a litigator and I was doing corporate and commercial cases. I was in court arguing every day. And when I went to Korea I did international business transactions. Both business law, but one in court and one in the office.

FP: Did you speak Korean?

CE: Yes, very bad Korean.

FP: Which one did you like more?

CE: Well, they were each good in their own way and I learned very different things from both. In Chicago I learned how a big city court system works and I learned about corruption, Chicago style. In Korea I learned how the world, as a whole works. So I like them both equally well.

FP: Have you always lived in the city?

CE: I’m just now starting to make my way out of the metro area. I’m hoping next year to be living up in New Hampshire because that’s really where I want to be. I figured, well, I’m old enough now, I’ve sort of paid my dues in life, maybe I’m entitled to do exactly what I want, which is to live really close to the mountains and the forest. That’s where I feel energized and refreshed and I feel right in the world the way you just can’t feel sitting in traffic.

FP: How about hobbies outside of work?

CE: I’m an incredibly dull and boring person. I used to have a lot of hobbies and at this point they’ve all dwindled and become forest work. I used to pursue other athletic activities. I used to do gymnastics and I used to practice judo as a boy. I used to have a coin collection, which is sort of lame. In terms of what I really enjoy doing at home, I love listening to music and I wish I could play a music or sing. I love that more than anything else.

FP: Advice to people who want to go into law school?

CE: It costs a lot of money to go to law school. If you can get into a good state law school, do that.People generally are not satisfied with law as a profession. If you want to be a lawyer, go be a small town lawyer. Get to know your clients and get to know them for a lifetime. Take care of them like a family doctor might and that could be a satisfying, wonderful career. If you want to be a small cog in a big machine and do paperwork and big deals, you probably going to end up hating it like everyone else and I’d say don’t waste your time going to law school.

FP: Any advice to freshman starting out college?

CE: I think a lot of students think it’s all about making connections and networking. That has some value but the advice I would give is to take the academics and classwork seriously. I see a fairly large percentage of the undergraduate population think that this is a social experience and the way to get ahead in business is by making valuable social contacts. My advice would be number one, that’s bullshit. Number two, this is the place to do hard, hard work. And if you can’t do it, you probably shouldn’t be in business anyways.

Now, I’m going to go further than that. I’ll give you the same advice I gave my daughter. I told her this: the middle class is disappearing and that’s a fact. And the world is going to consist of the well to do and those that are living lives of misery and poverty. And it’s important to me, dear daughter, that you’re in the better group and not the worse off group.

The way to do that is to work really, really hard. You’re going to have to work hard in school and on the job. The only way to you can do that is if you love what you’re doing. Pick a subject that you love, and work really, really hard. That was the mistake I made in college. If I could go back it would be to go back with my head on straight, which it was not when I was eighteen years old. And to work like a demon studying and being the very best student I could be.

That’s my one great big regret in life, it was that I was a screw-up for most of my time in college and law school. So my advice to students is that you have a precious opportunity and someone is paying a hell of a lot of money for you to be here, so don’t waste the opportunity by failing to study.

Greek Life at Babson


For an undergraduate school of just over two thousand, Greek Life has a strong presence at Babson. The school holds roughly a thirty three percent participation rate, which represents not only Greek Life’s strong presence within the community but also a shared desire among the student body to explore and invest themselves in the values of scholarship, leadership, service, respect and unity. The Greek system here has historically done an excellent job of not only maintaining these values, as since the fall of 2009 the All Greek GPA has always been higher than the all Babson GPA. Fraternities and sororities have also done an excellent job of exemplifying the school’s value of integrating students from all backgrounds, philosophies, and socioeconomic statuses.