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How to start a club

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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.

2016 Presidential Candidates “Cheat Sheet”

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

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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

Issues*: 

  • 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.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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

Issues*:

  • 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.

 


REPUBLICAN PARTY

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

Issues*:

  • 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.

 

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Ben Carson

Experience: Former Neurosurgeon

Home Residence: Baltimore, Maryland

Total Money Raised: $10,702,881

Net Worth: $10,000,000

Issues*:

  • 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

Issues*:

  • 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.

 

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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

Issues*:

  • 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.

Why Babson Students Are So Not Dateable

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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.

Mighty Well, A Year Later

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Just last week Babson College announced its 2017 Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (B.E.T.A) Challenge finalists, which included from the undergraduate school: Womentum (Prabha Dublish ‘18 and Derek Tu ‘18), Vinci (Eagle Wu ‘19) and DetraPel (David Zamarin ‘20, Jacob Heller ‘20, Ali Eldessouky and  Larry Ng ’20). With the recent success of these entrepreneurial finalists, we take a look back at where last year’s BETA finalists currently are, particularly “Mighty Well,” founded by Emily Levy ‘16.

Mighty Well is a growing line of medical accessories that put strength, confidence, and mobility back into the toolkit for those coping with an illness or health setback. These accessories range in products, but what the company excels most in is the PICCPerfect Line Protector, a sleek and fashionable sleeve-like cover to protect insertion sites on the arm from contaminants, and to normalize these insertion sites into everyday settings.

The story behind the founding of Mighty Well traces back to Levy’s sophomore year at Babson College when she was diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease, a disease in which symptoms of lyme disease continue to occur despite use of antibiotics. These symptoms include fatigue, joint/muscle aches, and cognitive dysfunction which requires a PICC line, a long and thin tube inserted into the vein to pump in antibiotics or other medications.

Wildlife on Campus

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The fact that wild animals live in and around the Babson College campus may come as a surprise to many urban-dwellers or international students who aren’t used to four seasons, trees, or forested areas. The Babson College campus is a great edge habitat for raccoons, squirrels, or other snack-hungry wild animals because it is the boundary of two different habitats: the wooded forest of Wellesley and the human development that makes up our school.

According to “Wildlife in the Suburbs” on the Wellesley government website, wild animals are coming “too close to people and begging for food”.  When people feed wild animals, the creatures lose their fear of human interaction and soon expect handouts from everyone they meet. While playing with these adorable animals, people need to be more careful with it in case they cause legal problems unintentionally. In fact, the town of Wellesley imposes a fine of up to $200 for feeding any wildlife.  

In the past, the town of Wellesley has had problems with encounters between household pets and wild animals.  Animals coming from their forested habitat into the edge habitat of suburbia take advantage of food, trash, or small household pets (yikes!) that have been left outside by accident.  Members of the Woodland dorm community, like myself, agree that there is no shortage of skunks and raccoons playing around near the dumpsters by the Woodland parking lot.  When walking past dumpsters (where they like to hang out), they generally run away when approached.

Here are some suggestions to avoid attracting a raccoon into your dorm at night: Secure trash in raccoon-proof containers, which are easily found around campus.  For the most part, the dumpsters have heavy lids that raccoons cannot open.  Given this, don’t leave the lid open.  Near the Woodland dorms of Babson College, behind Trim, and in many more locations, it could be helpful to put ammonia, bleach, or red pepper on the trash bag in the evening to deter animals at night.  Don’t leave snacks or leftovers on the picnic tables or on the barbecue grill.

Overall, this is a great campus filled with wildlife, but it can quickly become overrun by hungry critters if we’re not careful.  We’re lucky to share such a great space with our abundance of wildlife, but we need to be more careful in the way we are treating them.

Millenial voting: Stats, trends, and how to vote

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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.

TOWN CLERK
525 WASHINGTON ST
WELLESLEY, MA 02482

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.

On social media, Babson alumna becomes “mshappydiet”

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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.

Talking Babson over Turkey

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A course-by-course guide to explaining Babson at Thanksgiving dinner

Being the smart and astute people that all Babsonians are, we all know that preparation for Thanksgiving is a must. However, while Thanksgiving preparation for typical college students starts and ends with making sure that you come hungry to the big feast, Babson students face an additional task: being prepared to talk about Babson (especially if you’re not from the state of Massachusetts).

Although we all know how awesome and amazing Babson is, not all of our relatives do. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the scenario:

It’s Thanksgiving Dinner time and you’re ready to dig into all the delicious food on the table… but your journey to this year’s annual food coma is interrupted by your forgetful grandmother/distanced cousin/annoying uncle: “What’s Babson!?”

Just as with any good Thanksgiving meal, you want to make sure you start off your deluge of Babson facts lightly (the basics), then lead into the juicy (and more interesting) details, and end the presentation with a soothing touch.

Here’s a great way to appease your relatives’ hunger for Babson that won’t interfere with your relatives’ (and your) quest for the after-meal glow.

The Appetizers


As with any good round of Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres, you want to make sure that your appetizer of Babson facts are simple but varied. Try these basics:

  • Small private business school located in Wellesley, Mass founded by Roger Babson in 1919
  • Total size of around 2,900 students (2,100 undergrads and 800 grad students)
  • Our mascot is Biz E. Beaver (did you know he’s the grandson of TIM, MIT’s mascot?)
  • Three campus locations: Wellesley, Boston (for MBA students), and San Francisco

The Main Course


We all know that the turkey is the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving meal. Just as the turkey is juicy and hearty, you want to make sure that you recite some facts here that will keep your relatives’ attention. After all, your ability to properly execute this part of the meal will play a huge role in whether or not you get asked the dreadful question again next year.

  • Every Babson student will leave being able to say that they’ve created and operated a business (through our hallmark FME Program)
  • Roger Babson is buried on our campus! Don’t think that’s crazy enough? He’s buried between his first and second wives!
  • ETA means something a little different at Babson. It’s not boring “estimated time of arrival;” it’s “Entrepreneurial Thought and Action.”
  • By the way, we’ve got some famous alumni:
    • Arthur Blank: Co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons
    • Akio Toyoda: President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation
    • Roger Enrico: Former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo and former Chairman of DreamWorks Animation
    • Daniel Gerber: Founder of Gerber Baby Foods
    • Alberto Perlman: Co-founder and CEO of Zumba Fitness
    • Remember the guy that bought Google.com for a bit? Yeah, he’s a Babson grad too. (Sanmay Ved)

The Dessert


Oh dessert, the part of the meal that we all know we shouldn’t have. The part of the meal that we don’t really need… at least, that’s what you say until you see the gorgeous pumpkin pie screaming to let it be the pièce de résistance of the entire (and already superfluous) meal. Just like dessert, you don’t really need our rankings and accolades to describe the greatness of Babson. But, come on, why wouldn’t you want to boast about these?

  • U.S. News & World Report: #1 Entrepreneurship (19 consecutive years)
  • The Princeton Review: #1 Entrepreneurial Program
  • PayScale: #5 overall ROI (#1 among all business schools)
  • The Economist: #2 for Value, 2015
  • Money Magazine: #2 Best College in the U.S., 2015 (#1 in 2014)

 

How to respond to the eternal question: “What’s Babson?”

With all this great information, hopefully you’re well equipped to properly answer the all-annoying question: “What’s Babson?” If you’re not…you are (I mean, we all had to write an essay to get in). But seriously, if you don’t think you’re ready, just speak on the experiences you’ve had as a Babson student. Trust me, any Babson experience is an interesting one.

Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal! As you conclude your meal, you’ll realize how thankful and blessed you are to attend an amazing institution such as Babson.

Sweet Treats Around Babson

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With so little time and such a tight budget, as a college student, it is easy to push aside fun, dining experiences for a routine visit to the cafeteria. However, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Babson’s close proximity to such delicious food choices. Here are some fun and affordable ways to get out and explore the area with treats that you can’t find on campus.

Yogurtology: frozen yogurt ($5-10)

Located right here in Wellesley, Yogurtology boasts some of the best frozen yogurt around, offering more combinations of flavors and toppings than you could imagine. The abundance of seating and the sleek interior makes for an ideal late night hangout with friends, just a quick drive away.

Recommendation: cookie butter frozen yogurt

Tea-Do: bubble tea ($3-5)

Tea-Do is the perfect place to stop by in Boston’s bustling Chinatown for a bubble tea you will not forget. This funky spot has every flavor of bubble tea you can imagine, like taro and green coconut. While you wait for your drink, watch the whole fast-paced process unfold before your eyes as the baristas mix and shake your order.

Recommendation: Thai iced tea with tapioca pearls

Treat Cupcake bar: cupcakes ($4-6)

Hands down the best cupcakes I have ever eaten are from Treat Cupcake Bar, just a five minute car ride from campus in Needham. The bakery is a bright and inviting space, showcasing a large variety of cupcakes, including seasonal favorites, classic combinations, gluten free and nut free options.

Recommendation: red velvet and bugs bunny

Amorino: gelato ($5-10)

Although Amorino’s small storefront is hard to find, you will not want to miss out on the most delicious gelato and macaroons in Boston. The gelateria is on the pricier side, however, it is well worth the small splurge, given that the ingredients are shipped straight from France. Word of advice: snap an instagram worthy shot before this famous flower shaped gelato melts!

Recommendation: hazelnut and tiramisu flavors

Cafe Nero: sandwiches, coffee, and pastries ($5-15)

In the mood for a quick getaway from the frenzy on campus? Look no further than Cafe Nero, a cozy cafe just down the road. Nero is a great place to study or meet up with friends in order to enjoy a coffee and small treat on one of their many, inviting, plush couches.

Recommendation: cappuccino and zucchini bread

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

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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.