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CWEL addresses equal pay equity

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CWEL’s first Disruption Dinner, sponsored by the Center for Women & Wealth at Brown Brothers Harriman, attempts to talk about gender pay equity by sharing six influential women’s career story and advice to 200 plus attendees.

Meg DeMarco, Director of Programs at CWEL, calls the room to attention and introduces Jane Edmonds, VP for Programming and Community Outreach at Babson, who has an impressive background in politics and entrepreneurship. Edmonds delivers an eloquent speech about the other guests and glides over the Equal Pay topic. Edmonds gives a promising anecdote about Kerry Healey’s impressive work ethic and passion for helping the underserved citizens of Massachusetts, especially women fighting for equal pay.

The moderator is Candy O’Terry, Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year, President & Co-Founder of Boston Women in the Media and Entertainment, 25-year veteran of Magic 106.7, and a member of brand consulting company, Brunner Communications. She starts by beautifully singing Amazing Grace, which is most definitely one of the evening’s highlights. O’Terry manages the panel remarkably like a radio talk show host. She skillfully flows from question to question effortlessly while adding her own experience and answers.

The Panelists’ are Jackie Glenn, Global Chief Diversity Officer at Dell EMC; Nancy Joyce, Founder and CEO of Joyce Advisors; and Evelyn Murphy, Founder and President of The Wage Project. Each of these women reveal extraordinary career paths and valuable life lessons.

Each of these women reveal extraordinary career paths and valuable life lessons.

1. O’Terry (career in Media and Entertainment)

●Success is a conscious decision

●Don’t just show up, stand out

●Wisdom is recognizing a mistake before you make it again

2. Jackie Glenn (career in Health Care and Technology Recruiting)

●Own your difference

●Go above and beyond – sometimes doing so doesn’t pay off, but most of the time it will,and when it does, it will open doors

●Do not be afraid to travel for an opportunity

●Do not be afraid to ask for help

●Think outside the box, go above, below, sideways, and around to solve problems

●Do not give up because mindset is important; if you put down your foot to solve a problem, you will be able to succeed

3. Nancy Joyce (career in Brand Consulting and Entrepreneurship)

●Fostering and building relationships when you don’t need them is just as important as
when you need them

●When someone asks, “how are you,” don’t just say, “I am good.” Share something about
yourself, share a recent accomplishment because that will help you build a relationship
with them

●Learn to advocate for yourself in the workplace because no matter how diligent your supervisor is, he or she will be busy and will not be able to keep track of your accomplishments as well as you can for yourself

●Ask for what you want

●Don’t take everything personally, it’s business

●Research people in your desired career path

●Tips for negotiations: be comfortable with silence, ask for 25% of medium

4. Evelyn Murphy (career in Politics and Non-profits)

●Do not blink at opportunities, take them because they might be game changing

●If women act, then employers will react [in reference to the equal pay gap]

●”We [women] are just as educated and work just as hard [as men]”

●Sometimes, other people see things in you that you cannot see in yourself so use your mentors and people to help you

●The best way to protect yourself and obtain fair compensation is to understand laws and policies about Equal Pay; educate yourself on the topic for your specific company and position

●Attend free salary negotiation workshops

●Pursue your dreams, do something that matters to you

●Know how to translate skills that you learn outside of work into skills that you can use in
the workplace, example is team sports

An important resource for individuals interested in learning more about the Equal Pay Equity is Murphy’s non-profit organization:The Wage Project.

Students support Mizzou protesters

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Photo courtesy of Shatiek Gatlin

Students, faculty, and members of administration gathered in Reynolds Campus Center on Thursday, November 12 in a show of support to student protesters at Yale University and the University of Missouri, also known as “Mizzou.” Led by the Black Student Union, the meeting echoed a national conversation about campus racism, student safety, and free speech.

Over the past weeks, students at Yale and Mizzou have demonstrated against racial discrimination on their campuses. At Yale, protests were triggered after Associate Master Erika Christakis sent an email pushing back against Halloween costume guidelines. These guidelines, distributed by a branch of Yale’s administration, outlined what kinds of costumes may be perceived as offensive.

At Mizzou, protesters forced their president to resign after accusations that he had failed to address marginalized students. Students at the university have been subject to threats on social media and over the phone, as well as physical displays of racism on campus.

At Babson, students wore all black and posed in a photo to lend solidarity. “I think that it’s important when you’re in a place of privilege to just try to be an ally in whatever way possible, and I think that being here is a hugely miniscule thing I can do to be an ally,” Kai Haskins (’18) said.

The gathering was a major part of Babson’s reaction to the incidents, which also included a prayer service in Glavin Chapel a widespread response on social media. An email from the Student Government Association urged students “to discuss the events transpiring at these two universities and to consider the role students play.”

Such a showing is rare for Babson, a school typically resistant to social movements. “This is the first time since coming to Babson that I’ve seen a physical display of solidarity in a public place about something that’s happening not on our campus,” Brenna Leary (’18) said.

Yet participants in the gathering stressed that, although they are occurring elsewhere, the protests are relevant locally.

“These issues are very alive and real in our community as well. It hasn’t had the same bubbling-up effect as what’s happened at Missou and Yale, but this is very much a reality for a lot of students of color,” Victoria Bills (’16) said.

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.

Faculty Senate Recommends Against Proposed Institute, Citing Concerns with Koch Foundation Support

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The Faculty Senate of Babson College, constituted in 2008 to represent faculty in communication with college administration, recently recommended against establishing an “Institute of Prosperity Studies,” rejecting up to $10 million in proposed funding. The Faculty Senate was especially concerned with the initial donation to the school, which came from Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a strong financial supporter of the Republican Party.  The Senate cited ethical concerns with accepting money from the Koch Foundation and were concerned with Babson’s name being associated with the Koch Foundation.

The Senate’s recommendation against the Institute of Prosperity Studies was approved as a response to a request by Provost Michael Johnson for input on the issue. The response reaffirmed “the academic freedom of professors to engage in whatever research projects they wish, and to pursue individual funding to support that research,” but in the end, recommended “that the college not move forward with the proposed Institute of Prosperity Studies.” The Senate was deeply concerned about establishing an “explicit institutional association” with the Charles Koch Foundation, which they implied was “linked to specific political and/or ideological causes.”

Babson Global faces renaming, restructuring

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Additional reporting and authorship by Morgan Roth.


 

Change is likely in Babson Global’s future. Two task forces, the College Integration Working Group and the Legal Financial Working Group, worked over the summer to provide restructuring recommendations. These include changing the initiative’s name, “limiting [Babson Global’s] mission to the fulfillment of two existing contracts,” “[Closing] down the E-Cities business line with [the] option to recoup Babson Global investment at a later date,” shifting the Global Consortium, E-Learning, and Goldman Sachs initiatives into the College, and “[putting] in place a new, formal vetting system within the College comprised of Academic and Administrative leaders to evaluate global opportunities going forward,” according to a September Faculty Senate Meeting minutes sheet.

Babson Global, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that was started under previous president Leonard Schlesinger and has been active throughout President Healey’s term. Since 2013, Babson Global has taken on a diverse range of projects, including the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, E-Learning, Enterprise Cities, and the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Educators (GCEE).

Some projects, like the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, were already established before Babson Global was created. This project, launched by Goldman Sachs in 2009, has helped many people start businesses, and there are talks of bringing it back to Babson College in order to get students involved in the project.

Others, such as the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project, also known as the E-Cities Project or CECP, have been met with some controversy. The project’s website states that it exists to “analyze the constraints to economic growth in a particular country, and develop a comprehensive set of solutions to those constraints across the dimensions of property rights protection, open trade, and domestic competition.” In some countries, this includes building Babson-endorsed centers in countries like Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. For instance, King Abdullah Economic City, a sprawling Saudi Arabian development, will be home to the Babson Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Center.

Two task forces, the College Integration Working Group and the Legal Financial Working Group, worked over the summer to provide restructuring recommendations.

Similarly, the Global Consortium met pushback from faculty, especially regarding intellectual property rights. This project enables international schools to purchase access to Babson resources. Some faculty were concerned about whether Babson was licensing their intellectual property, such as curricula, without their permission or compensation.

Others, like the E-Learning project, have had trouble getting off the ground. As of October 2015, there are no current E-Learning projects. The most recent initiative posted on the Babson Global website is a 2013 licensing deal with online course platform NovoEd.

Babson welcomes new assistant class dean

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Babson students and staff welcome Assistant Dean Heather Miller as the newest addition to the staff at Academic Services. Dean Miller takes responsibility for students with last names A through B, who had been served on an interim basis by Dean Rob Major.

Miller previously served as Director of New Student Programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology. At Wentworth, Miller worked to develop their First Year Seminar, Academic Advising, Early Alert Programming, and New Student Orientation programs, according to an email announcing her hiring.

Miller graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Masters in Public Administration and received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Georgia.

She says she is excited about her new role at Babson, and hopes to have the opportunity to work individually with students.

“I came to Babson for many reasons, but primarily for the opportunity to work one-on-one with students. In my previous position, that was only a small part of my job, yet it was what I enjoyed the most. I love getting to know students and helping them create goals and a plan to be successful in their time as a student,” Miller said in an email.

Babson’s first food entrepreneurship class

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A seafood empire owner,restaurant investor, major food distributorand bicycle-fueled food delivery enthusiast sit together on the third floor of Tomasso building. No,this is not the start of a bad joke.This is Friday afternoon at Babson.

One of the eventful Fridays in which Rachel Greenberger, Director of Food Sol–a food industry action tank part of The Lewis Institute–teaches her class on Food Entrepreneurship; the very first class of this subject within Babson’s undergraduate and graduate academic history.

The class took place over three days, September 8th, 9th and 16th, of which certain hours of the class were open to auditors and undergraduate students.

The graduate students were also broken up into similar groups, divvied up among the classroom into sections pertaining to their interest. This proved helpful in creating a representation of the New England food industry itself, of many tight-knit small communities that are separate yet constantly intersecting with one another to share perspective, and of course, the love of food.

And Babson sure loves food. It seemed only fitting that the last day of the Food Entrepreneurship class coincided with the kickoff of Babson’s Alumni Weekend, with a few alumni themselves featuring on the panels, including:
●Ian So (B‘08) Co-Owner & Co-Founder of Chicken & Rice Guys, a food truck, catering and restaurant business that also focuses on giving back to the community.
●Nadia Liu Spellman (B‘04) Owner of Dumpling Daughter, a fast-casual restaurant serving both traditional and trendy Asian dishes in Weston, MA.
●Rob Dalton (M‘14) Co-Founder of 88 Acres, a line of healthy, non-GMO, gluten free, nut free, snacks and granola bars.
●Dana Masterpolo (M’01) Co-Founder & Head Storyteller of Bantam Cider, a modern craft cider made right in Somerville from freshpressed apples.

Shea Anthony (B‘18) attended one of the panel sessions that focused on retailers within the food industry. She said, “I am constantly, and pleasantly, surprised by the amount of resources Babson College offers, and the many career fields and industries it is connected
to. I think people often forget that Babson is not just for the startup, finance, and accounting people but also the fashion, technology, design,
media–and as we can see today–food people as well.”

For those who consider themselves to be possible “food people” or are still perhaps figuring it out, Greenberger encourages them to access those untapped Babson resources and attend Food Sol’s Community Table every Tuesday from 1 – 2 pm in the Blank Center. Food entrepreneurs are invited to speak and discuss what’s going on in today’s food industry with other graduate and undergraduate students, and more often than not, one leaves with not only new pieces of knowledge, but also a solid Boston restaurant recommendation.

As Babson considers tightening credit policy, SGA censures “early graduation” press release

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On Wednesday, the Student Government Association passed a resolution criticizing a Babson press release that highlights options for graduating early. The resolution expresses the SGA’s opinion that the press release misleadingly portrays early graduation as a new program, even as Babson considers tightening advanced credit requirements, making it more difficult for some to graduate early.

The press release, entitled “Babson College Offers Accelerated Path To An Undergraduate Degree In As Little As Three Years,” describes ways in which students can graduate early by taking additional classes or transferring advanced high school credits. It also identifies the advantages of graduating in three or three-and-a-half years, including earlier workforce participation, entrepreneurship opportunities, and “[increased] return on investment for students.” In it, both President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts Richard Doherty and Babson College Board Chair Joseph L. Winn are quoted describing these steps as a “new degree option,” and business school news website Poets & Quants released an article covering the press release entitled “Babson Launches Three-Year Degree Option.”

The SGA’s response, called “Statement on Early Graduation PR Piece,” claims that Babson’s press release falsely “[indicates] a change from the status quo” and that “the release of this information as an external PR piece rather than an internal announcement indicates lack of prioritization of current Babson students.” In response, it urges the school to “remove the piece” and “seek and consult student feedback on advanced credit and early graduation.” The SGA Constitution states that such resolutions represent “the official position of the Government.”

For some, the brunt of the issue lay in Babson’s concurrent efforts to change its advanced credit policy. “This announcement is meant to be perceived as, but does not represent, a change from current policy, nor does it constitute ‘news,’ especially so close to the incoming student deposit deadline,” former SGA Vice President of Communications Daniel Foltz said in a Facebook message. “Babson is currently considering restricting AP/IB credit acceptance, making it more difficult to graduate early.”

Currently, Babson allows students to apply advanced credits from most Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, among other sources. A policy passed by the Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee would establish a 16-credit cap on advanced credits, a cap of eight intermediate liberal arts credits, and prohibit advanced credits from applying to free electives.

To move forward, the policy must pass the Faculty Senate. If approved, the policy will come into effect for the Class of 2022. According to Dean of the Undergraduate School Ian Lapp, it would affect a “minimal number of students.”

Although it was formally adopted on Wednesday, the SGA resolution’s path to the public eye was rocky. Its passage and release tested new SGA leadership, which assumed power mere minutes before the vote. And, in some ways, it highlighted the kinks still being worked out in the resolution process itself, which, before this academic year, had not been used in at least two years.

After the initial vote, senators were split on the manner of release, with a plurality agreeing to post the resolution on social media and others expressing concern that this would harm relations with administration. In the end, according to meeting minutes, a second vote established that “the resolution would be emailed [to administration] and then posted the following day.”

However, SGA President Jae Shin vetoed the official social media post on Thursday, in a move that came as a surprise to some senators. The veto came after a morning meeting with President Kerry Healey, Dean Lapp, and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff Kelly Lynch, who, representing administration, pledged stronger relations with the SGA. In an email, Dean Lapp called the meeting “thoughtful, informative, and productive,” saying, “we all left the meeting better educated about the issues and committed to even stronger collaborations.”

Although it was not immediately released by SGA, the resolution became public on Wednesday afternoon when, after seeking confirmation from SGA leadership, Senator Michael Gorman posted it on Facebook with his personal account.

In Facebook messages, Gorman acknowledged the diversity of opinions within SGA and Babson’s own motivations. “We were not trying to attack Babson by calling them hypocrites,” Gorman said. “I am sure they have their reasons. But we as students felt it was wrong to advertise Babson in this way.”

The press release is still present on Babson’s website in its original form. A Faculty Senate vote on the changes to credit policy is scheduled for next Friday.

Administration Response to Increased Student Body

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One effect of welcoming the biggest class size in Babson’s history is stretched resources, and administration is working with the community to help alleviate the congestion.

45 minutes of last week’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting was dedicated to identifying impacts of increasing student population. Dean Ward asked for feedback from the senators and students:

  1. What observations do students have related to more students being on campus?
  2. What impact (positive, negative, or otherwise) do larger numbers of students at Babson have on the student experience?
  3. What areas have been impacted the most? Academic? Dining, Housing, Etc?
  4. What changes, recommendations, or guidance do students have for me as Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA)/Dean Of Students (DOS)?

Common concerns are: the lack of study spaces and housing, long queues at meal times, classes and registration availability, and decrease parking spaces.

In response to lack of study spaces, Dean Lapp sent out an email with additional reserved study spaces in Gerber and Reynolds earlier this week. A suggestion to decrease Reynolds and Trim congestion is to offer optional meal plans to students living with kitchens in their dorm rooms (such as suites and doubles in Putney and Bryant). Dean Ward is working on updating the Registration system and identifying more solutions.

In addition, many students also expressed positive impacts of an increasing student body; more First Year students are using campus resources like the Writing Center, Center for Career Development, and other administrative offices.

While more students may mean more financial resources, these financial resources need to be effectively allocated; and sometimes, more money does not equal to more space. We all need to work together as a community to find solutions to this positive change at Babson.

If you have any ideas or feedback about this issue or any other issue, please voice your thoughts through your class senator or come to a SGA meeting on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Trim 201/202; everyone is welcomed!

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Tips to finding your own study space on campus:

  • Spend an hour to walk around every building on campus; explore every nook to find a comfortable space that works for you because everyone has different requirements. Even in the library, I have specific spots that make me more productive than others.
  • Don’t forget classroom buildings like Olin Hall, Luksic, Tomasso, etc.
  • Ask upperclassmen for their favorite study spaces
  • Use Babson’s EMS System to book rooms ahead of time. You can book classrooms and conference rooms too!

Additional Study Spaces:

  • Olin Hall classrooms and common areas
  • Tomasso third floor exists a nice conference room (if it’s not being used)
  • Luksic hallway that leads into Blank Center
  • Blank Center first floor
  • Babson Hall also has a big, nice conference room that is usually free
  • Hollister lobby area has a great table and study space
  • Reynolds, Horn, Trim (obviously)
  • Your favorite classroom (or any classroom if it’s not being used)
  • Sorenson second floor
  • Glavin Chapel (when it’s not being used)
  • Any residence hall’s common room
  • West Hall’s innovation center, study rooms, and tall tables

Sodexo contract to end this year

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On June 30, the contract between Babson and Sodexo, the College’s food provider, expires. However, this year, for the first time since Sodexo came to campus, Babson has decided not to renew the contract right away. Instead, it has hired an independent consultant to find actual reasons behind students’ dissatisfaction with dining services and begun a bidding process for new catering companies. This news has caused both negative and positive emotions among students, and action from Student Government Association. I decided to research the subject from a third party perspective and share the information I found.

For more than 20 years, Sodexo has catered Babson and Olin College students and provided the majority of food options on our campuses. However, over the past couple of years, Trim Dining Hall at Babson has started to gain a mixed reputation. Asking students their opinion on Trim, the most popular answer I received was “sometimes there is no food.” Think about it.

As Trim is considered to the main dining location on campus, this particular response from the student body should be extremely alarming. Research from college. niche.com contains data on all colleges in the United States, and also includes rating on dining services. Among Boston area colleges and universities, Babson is ranked 28th in food catering, which is a relatively low score for a school with such a big reputation. The three leaders are UMass Amherst with Pioneer Valley catering, Boston University with Aramark, and Tufts with Corporate Chefs, all of which are big schools in big cities. As you see, Sodexo does not cater any of these schools.

Is there a reason why large Massachusetts colleges do not choose Sodexo as their food provider? My on-campus research mainly consisted of talking to people. I learned that SGA is relatively open in discussing the bidding process and also very involved in the final decision process itself. They constructed focus groups of Babson students and invited an independent consultant who very precisely asked each participant’s opinion on dining options. From the group that I was in, the comments were not positive but very reasonable and valid. They did not articulate anything extraordinary for Trim, but instead expressed a need for basic, consistent, and eatable options like good rice and chicken. In addition, many voiced concerns regarding the quality of coffee in both Trim and Olin Graduate School.

On the other hand, students seemed completely satisfied with Reynolds and Olin College food services, both of which are also served by Sodexo. So, should we switch or not?

Let’s look at the outcomes of both of these decisions first.

Positive:

  1. Something new. Babson had Sodexo more than 25 years now, so a new catering company will definitely freshen up our small campus and give students new experiences.
  2. I’m kind of broke. There is a possibility that the costs of the meal plans will go down when the provider comes in, but actually no one knows about that.

Negative:

  1. WasSub? If Sodexo leaves, we all should consider associated changes in a big picture. Of course Trim will change, but Reynolds will change too. According to Sodexo monthly surveys and focus groups constructed by SGA, Babson students are very happy with the food quality in Reynolds. Grill 155 and everyone’s favorite Sub station recently got supported with customizable noodles and healthy salads stations. However, if Sodexo changes, we all most definitely can forget about subs too.
  2. Don’t leave me, Olin. Babson students love Olin dining hall. And, because Olin is also served by Sodexo, we can have some free swipes there. Moreover, as a lot of Olin students take classes at Babson and vice versa, the fact that they we can also eat in each other’s colleges increases convenience and saves time. Therefore, changing Sodexo will lead not only to an inability to exchange meals in Olin, but also to the disruption of communication between us and Olin students.

One can add so many things to these list. But I personally I think that, even if we switch, nothing will change in Trim itself, besides name of company and costs. So, maybe instead of taking a risk for Continued from page one. something new, we all should try to work on improving Sodexo.

Sodexo wants to hear from students and Trim management is willing to follow up on their feedback. For example, did you know that you can fill in a form to arrange a menu for one of the Trim stations for a whole day? Or that you can even meet with one of the chefs to show them the recipe of a dish you would like to be cooked for your special or national holiday? These are just two surprising facts I found out about Trim. They both sound pretty cool for me, because, by the end of the day, I am also a student here, who is also demanding some improvements in Babson dining services