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Adam Payne


Professor Adam Payne is one of the most admired faculty members here at Bentley University. Not only is he a well respected GB 215 Professor, he also runs the Arts & Lectures Program which puts on various events all semester long and has recently taken initiative to start the Certified Bentley Leadership (CBL) Program. Apart from his responsibilities at the University, Professor Payne spends his free time working on his music and has even preformed in Harry’s Pub! Her Campus Bentley got a chance to interview Adam Payne about his thoughts on the past year.

HCB: How has the 2011-2012 school year compared to your past years at Bentley?

Adam Payne:  I have been at Bentley since Fall 2004, and I can say that the 2011-2012 academic year has been rich with student interest in new campus initiatives, as well as students bringing their ideas to campus.  This academic year has also flown by, which speaks to just how much there is to do here!

HC: What was your most memorable moment of these past two semesters? 

AP: I think that seeing the 1st Annual Winter Leadership Conference come into fruition was a very memorable moment.  To see students leading workshops aimed at helping other students run their organizations more effectively was incredible, and something that has been missing from the work that we do.  Also, it was great to be able to see all the Certified Bentley Leader Program hopefuls all in one room, and have the opportunity to speak about the Program in detail.

HC: What advice would you give students in order for them to make the most out of their time at Bentley?

Studying Abroad? Start Preparing this Summer!


Like many other rising juniors at Bentley, I will be traveling abroad this upcoming Fall semester. Before I jet set off to Barcelona for 4 whole months, I have a lot of prepping to do to ensure that I am fully prepared for everything going abroad has to offer. Here are a few tips on how to spend your summer getting ready to go abroad!

1. Research places you want to visit.
Going abroad is a once in a lifetime experience and it is also a great opportunity to travel to places you have never been before. It is much cheaper and easier to travel around Europe, especially because all the major cities are relatively close by and are simple to get to by train or flight. Before getting to your destination, make a list of your top 3 must travel to locations and another 3 of places to go if you have time and resources. This way you will be much more prepared and organized when planning your travels!

2. Get a Summer Job
Going abroad can be quite pricy especially since you want to experience new foods, explore your city, venture to various places and of course go shopping. To fund all these things, you will need to get a summer job. There are so many different places that you can apply for the summer so start now before all the positions get filled!

Things Every Incoming Freshman Should Know About Orientation


Before incoming college freshman leave their homes and begin their college journey, Bentley University has a three-day summer orientation program to prepare newcomers for their time at Bentley. During orientation, students are able to explore campus, meet their fellow classmates, attend important information sessions, pick their schedule for the upcoming semester, and spend two nights sleeping in the freshmen dorm rooms. Orientation is a great way to start your Bentley experience off on the right foot.

Here are a few tips about how to make the most out of your Freshman Orientation:

1. Keep an open mind

During orientation, your orientation leaders will encourage their groups to play different ice-breaker games that force the new students to come out of their shell. Although some of these games may seem cheesy, it is important that you keep an open mind and go along with all the activities. Students are encouraged to take their “cool hats off”, and embrace the cheese that comes along with the ice-breaker games. No one knows each other and these games help remove the tension, allow your group to laugh together, and help you get to know one another.


2. Be Involved

Rikki Lee Larson '11


Past President of Panhellenic Council and recent Bentley graduate, Rikki Lee Larson, gives us her insight on joining Greek Life and how it has impacted her life. 

Name: Rikki Lee Larson
Major and Graduation Year: Marketing Major with an LSM in Global Sustainability, graduated December 2011
Hometown: Naples, Florida

HC: How was your experience with Greek Life at Bentley?

RLL: Joining Greek Life was the best decision I made throughout my time at Bentley. Not only did I become close friends with 50 amazing girls, but also got to live with them, go abroad with them, take Spring Break trips with them, and work with them. Being a part of Alpha Phi impacted all of the facets of college for me in a really positive way. It is weird to think how much I would have missed out on without having joined.

HC: How has your experience with Greek Life influenced what you are doing now?

RLL: I'm currently interning full-time at The Boston Consulting Group. One of my sisters who graduated last May also works there and I now get to work with her every day! When I saw the posting for the position on BentleyLink last semester, her positive experience there was one of the reasons I applied.

HC : What was your favorite part about being President of Panhellenic Council?

Boston Christmas Tree Lighting


It’s the most wonderful time of the year ? the HOLIDAY SEASON!

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit more then watching the annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree is Nova Scotia’s annual gift to Boston as a “thank you” for help after a tragic accident took the lives of more than 1,000 people when a French cargo ship loaded with explosives collided with a Norwegian ship in the Halifax Harbor in 1917.  

The 70th annual tree lighting will be taking place on Thursday December 1, 2011 starting at 6:00 p.m with live entertainment until 8:00 p.m. This year the entertainment lineup features New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre, American Idol finalist Siobhan Magnus, the famous Radio City Rockettes, Rockapella, the Boston Ballet, the Boston Children’s Choir, and MAGIC 106.7’s Nancy Quill and Mike Addams, as well as saxophonist Grace Kelly.  The ceremony ends with the 50 foot tree all lit up with thousands of lights and a small fireworks show to emphasize the occasion.

It is best to get there early to get a spot up front by the stage so you won’t miss any of the action.

It’s also super easy to get there from Bentley University even if you don’t have a car! The Bentley Shuttle takes you right into Harvard Square where you can take the red-line straight to Boston Common (you can get off at Park Street).

Thanksgiving Recipes


Thanksgiving is a special holiday that I enjoy for a variety of reasons. I love getting the (almost) week long break from classes right before finals to de-stress and go home to have some fun with the family. I getting to catch up with my younger brother and snuggling with my puppy. I love getting to see my friends and swap stories about our time at college. I love going shopping on Black Friday. Most of all, I LOVE the food.

We all have our Thanksgiving food favorites. Personally - I am a huge fan of turkey. I can almost taste my father’s mashed potatoes and my grandmas slow roasted turkey as I sit here to write this article. Although I can’t share my family recipe secrets, here are a few other recipes that you should definitely try this Thanksgiving holiday. 

If you look forward to Thanksgiving as much as I do, then you are definitely looking to indulge in as much delicious food as possible. Here is a sample four course meal that would make up my ideal Thanksgiving table.

Appetizer: Artichoke Stuffed Baked Potato Bites
Makes about 16 appetizers

16 small potatoes (1-1/2 to 2 inch diameter) 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped ½ cup light sour cream ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel 2 cloves garlic, minced Dash crushed red pepper flakes ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


Fall Foods and Recipes


Like every other collegiette™, I am in love with Stumbleupon. One of the best decisions I ever made was adding food as one my interests on the site.
Now almost every time I click the precious stumble button, a delicious recipe pops up that I am dying to try.  Out of my 73 saved favorites, at least 60 (yes 60!) are food.
Here are some of my favorite fall time recipes with a little Halloween flare to put us in holiday spirit. Happy eating!  
Surprise your trick-or-treaters with this delicious treat from Hershey’s that takes only minutes to make:
Kisses Candy Twists

1 bag small pretzels (twisted) HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates Decorative garnishes such as: REESE'S MINI PIECES Candies, REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips, HERSHEY'S Triple Chocolate Sprinkles, REESE'S Peanut Butter Sprinkles, small holiday themed candies, nut pieces, miniture marshmallows, candied cherry pieces


Fall TV Preview: What We're Watching!


Although the weather might be deceiving, fall is in full swing. What is the best thing about fall? The fall premiere of your favorite TV shows, of course!

This year’s line-up has shined at its finest with so many great new shows and the returns of my old favorites. I only wish there was enough time in the week to catch them all.

Here is my fall television preview:

1.    Revenge
Wednesdays at 10pm, ABC

Love this show! Only three episodes in and I am already hooked.

The setting is a glamorous beach town on the Hamptons. One girl is on the prowl to get revenge on all of the rich people that ruined her dad’s life and falsely accused him of a major crime he didn’t commit. There is romance, drama, glamorous parties and violence. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets the OC.
2.     Pan Am
Sundays at 10pm, ABC

I am a big fan of “Catch Me If You Can" and was extremely excited when I first saw a commercial for this show.

Courtney Smigiel '12


Name: Courtney Smigiel
Hometown: Lisbon, Connecticut
Graduation Year: 2012
Major: Marketing
Minors: English & IDCC
Campus Involvements: President of the Bentley Women’s Center, Vice President of Marketing for Alpha Phi, Service Learning Project Manager for America Reads, Mentor for the Bentley Women’s Leadership Floor, Panelist for the Women’s Leadership Institute, Member of the  Student Diversity Council, Alumni Relations office assistant
Inside Details

Describe yourself in 3 words: creative, optimistic, active
Any secret talents?: On a good day I can curl my tongue!
What would be your dream job? I definitely want to do something that helps people. I am looking to work for a nonprofit and would really want to teach for a couple of years. That would be fun, and then I would move on to other things.