Introducing Kappa Alpha Theta and Beta Theta Pi

By Victoria Mescall

Co-News Editor

As Sacred Heart University continues to grow and expand, so do the extracurricular opportunities for undergraduate students.

This Fall 2017 semester, the SHU Panhellenic community and the SHU Interfraternity Council will each be adding another organization. Sacred Heart University welcomes Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity and Beta Theta Pi fraternity to our Greek community.

“Expansion is the process of adding a new sorority onto campus,” said Panhellenic Expansion Delegate Hannah Leeping. “Each sorority chapter currently on campus had a vote to expand last year.”

For those interested in joining, Kappa Alpha Theta we will be at a table by 63’s Dining Hall  as well as Seton Hall and Merton Hall throughout October as they begin their PR Campaign. They will also be hosting information sessions during these three weeks, on October 2, 11, 17, and 19.

These information sessions will allow interested women to learn more about Theta and ask questions about their recruitment process.

They will also be hosting a series of interest events on campus, on Oct. 3, 4, and 16. These interest events are an opportunity to ask one-on-one questions regarding Kappa Alpha Theta and involve yoga, s’mores and hot chocolate, and service for our national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

On Oct. 20, Theta will host a recruitment kick-off event. All women interested in membership in Theta are encouraged to attend this event, as it will be an opportunity to meet Theta alumnae and members of the Eta Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Quinnipiac University, who will be visiting Sacred Heart.

On the following day, Oct. 21, anyone interested in joining Kappa Alpha Theta may participate in a 15-minute individual meeting with Theta representatives. Women interested in signing up for 15-minute individual meetings can begin to do so on Oct. 2. Finally, membership invitations will be distributed on the morning of Oct. 22, and a Bid Day celebration will follow for the charter class.

“One of the most unique aspects of being a Charter Class member for Kappa Alpha Theta is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for women to establish traditions, create a unique sisterhood, sign the charter, and write your own chapter legacy. Each woman has the opportunity to contribute to developing the sisterhood and serve as a leader,” said Kappa Alpha Theta Educational Leadership Consultants Abbie Stasior and Cambria Lagana.

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity is also recruiting for it’s charter class this fall. Beta has 140 chapters nationally and is home to over 10,000 collegiate members. The values of a Beta member include trust, intellectual growth, responsible conduct, and integrity. Their mission is to develop men of principle for a principled life.

According to their national website, “Beta Theta Pi is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, including recognition as the ‘Pioneering Fraternity’.” Beta now joins a campus full of Pioneers.

“With the five fraternities on campus growing more rapidly than ever before we felt it was fitting to bring a new one in for the 2017 and 2018 school year. And proudly we announced last April that Beta Theta Pi would be joining SHU IFC in Fall of 2017,” said Michael Fritz, senior and Interfraternity Council President.

“Recruitment is going well so far but if there are any questions about how to rush and be a founding father of Beta, contact me at fritzm@mail.sacredheart.edu for further questions. There is no better time than right now to make your college experience great.”

Additonally, if you are interested in joining, Beta Theta Pi is hosting a cornhole event for potential members on the 63’s Patio on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 12 pm.

Tell Us Your Story: Jordan Velez

By Christina DiMauro

Features Editor

Senior Jordan Velez had the opportunity to work with the New England Patriots’ athletic training staff this past August.

The internship did not come easy for Velez. He began his journey last September when he applied to work for every single National Football League team.

“I looked up every team’s address and learned a little more about them,” said Velez.

After familiarizing himself more with the teams he sent out his resume and cover letter by mail to each organization.

In November of last year, Velez received an email from the Patriots’ athletic training staff stating their interest in a phone interview.

Velez set up a time to use assistant professor Julie Nolan’s office for the interview.

It wasn’t until January when Velez was on his way to the airport for his Birthright trip to Israel that he heard back from the Patriots’ staff.

“I replied that we weren’t going to be in contact for ten days,” said Velez.“They got right back in contact with me and as I waited in line at the airport I received a phone call from the Patriots.”

Velez was asked why he wanted to join the Patriots organization as an intern and he was soon offered the position.

During the month of August, Velez interned and worked daily with the athletic trainers for the Patriots.

“It was hard, long, and very tiring, but at the same time I learned so much,” said Velez.

While working with the athletic trainers, Velez had the opportunity to help with rehabilitation protocols and workouts. He also assisted in the development of treatment plans.

Velez also had the chance to fly with the team to an away game versus Detroit.

“The guys are not how I imagined. They were all extremely nice and respectful and they were actually interested in my life a little bit,” said Velez. “They asked me where I went to school and what I do. I thought it would only be business and 100% football, but they were actually very kind and very open.”

While working, Velez learned more of the lifestyle and environment of athletic training.

“If I had questions for the athletes or my superiors, everyone would give me an answer and they were always super respectful about it,” said Velez.

Velez believes his opportunity to work alongside the Patriots’ athletic trainers during preseason made the experience worth it.

“I met some amazing people. Not only the athletes, but the people I worked with were some of the smartest athletic trainers I’ve ever met,” said Velez.

As for his future and working with the NFL, Velez is still uncertain.

“I have no idea, but football is definitely an option I want to keep open,” said Velez. “I would like to work at the Olympic level, but right now I’m just trying to focus on getting through the next semester”

Although Velez may not be sure about what his future holds, he was grateful for his month-long experience with the Patriots.

“I put my best foot forward and I was lucky and blessed enough to get that opportunity,” said Velez.

Bonne Vie Apparel Company

By Dante Cabral

Asst. Features Editor

Bonne Vie is a new apparel company that was started by a group of Sacred Heart students. CEO Alex Guerrero is a junior at Sacred Heart with a Marketing and Management double major and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Advertising.

Guerrero, who is from Long Hill, New Jersey, started the company to help bring awareness to causes that aren’t given the recognition he thinks they deserve.

“Our goal is to raise awareness for causes that don’t really have it,” said Guerrero

Bonne Vie means “the good life” in French and is the motto that the company is trying to live by.

“That’s really  what we are trying to promote, whether  it be an end to breast cancer or helping people through their anxiety or depression,” said Guerrero.

Guerrero and his team started working on Bonne Vie in March of this year, but didn’t release actual products until a series of hats in July.

Bonne Vie hats each display one word that highlights a specific cause the company is trying to shed light on. The three released so far are Vitae, Erro, and Amare.

The Vitae line is dedicated to spreading awareness for breast cancer, while Erro focuses on depression, and Amare on domestic abuse.

“I bought the hat that donates to the breast cancer foundation because it really hits home for me. I have someone very close to me who is fighting cancer right now, so knowing I could help donate to help find a cure meant a lot to me,” said junior Aarika Mallory.

Each of the three words has a meaning that the Bonne Vie team thinks symbolizes each issue accordingly.

Vitae translates to life, something that those affected with breast cancer fight for every day. Erro means wanderer and the company feels that people suffering from depression tend to wander alone through life. Amare represents love and fights against domestic abuse.

Guerrero has a dedicated team that helps him make Bonne Vie as strong as it is today. One member is CFO Billy Gounaris, a junior at Sacred Heart.

“One of the main reasons I joined Bonne Vie was because I felt it was a great opportunity to help others and help spread as much awareness as I could for those in need,” said Gounaris.

Bonne Vie has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Thirty percent of the company’s profits benefit  these organizations.

“We plan to make our donations even higher once we can sustain ourselves,” said Guerrero.

The Bonne Vie team specifically makes hats because they believe they are more unique than the standard t-shirt.

“You can only make a shirt so different,” said Guerrero. “But if you see someone walking around with a pink strap on their hat, you know that’s us. That unique quality helps the people wearing our stuff  be unique, and it helps  our brand be unique.”

In  addition to working on a new line that may release in spring of next year, Bonne Vie is also creating new designs that will highlight disorders such as autism and heart disease.

Bonne Vie is working closely with Sacred Heart on a university-edition hat that will potentially launch in the spring. The hat would be available at SHU events and fundraisers on campus throughout the year.

For more information, visit @bvapparelco on Instagram or the company website, https://www.bvapparelco.com/.

“Many of us are fortunate enough to go through our lives and be free of issues like cancer, depression, or domestic violence and I felt this was a way for me to give back to my community, and others as well,” said Gounaris.

Tell Us Your Story: Kevin Carman

Junior Kevin Carman owns his own hat company called Locals Only LI. Photo by Tessa Kielbasa/Spectrum.

By Dante Cabral

Staff Reporter

Junior Kevin Carman is a business major at Sacred Heart University, who recently started a hat company called Locals Only LI.

Carman was inspired to start the company when he bought a trucker hat in Montana with the outline of the state on it with locals only printed on the back.

“I said to myself, why don’t I take this concept and bring it to life in Long Island. And that’s where we are now,” said Carman, who is from Malverne, NY.

Although the company began in January, Carman had the intention of starting the company for a while.

“I just woke up over winter break and was like, yeah it’s time. I need something new and I need to do something exciting that I would want to do and here we are,” said Carman.

He doesn’t just run the company on his own.

Junior Ben Field is the operations manager who has helped him in many ways such as coming up with designs for the hats.

The large Long Island student population at Sacred Heart has helped his company take off.

“If it wasn’t for this school, I would not be where I am today,” said Carman.

The demand for the hats has been increasing. He is in the process of ordering more hats for his new 631 collection which does not have a release date yet.

Even though Carman is selling hats, he has no plans to stretch into the field of clothing.

“I want to sell lifestyles. I want the photographs and the fashion that goes with it,” said Carman.

Carman also didn’t start his business for the money, he started it purely for the aspect of art.

“We want it to be more than just a hat,” said Carman. “It’s not just a hat, it’s more than a hat. It’s connecting people together which is what I really want.”

One of his main goals for his company is to keep the hats at an affordable price.

“The goals of the company are to provide a product that is the best to my standards, but one that is affordable. We want to deliver something that is the best quality as possible and you’re like, wow that did not break the bank,” said Carman

The hats are currently selling at $18 to $20. He also tries to price his hats with his customers in his mind.

“I want them to wear it,” said Carman. “I want them to buy it. I want them to buy not just one, I want them to buy five because I want all their family to have one.”

Carman also plans to try and give back to the community through his hats.

“We have plans for the camo hat. Hopefully down the line we can be able to give back to the troops of Long Island. I have an idea for a breast cancer hat. We have a bunch of ideas for ways we can give back,” said Carman. “The only reason why we have made it this far is because everyone else has been so gracious in supporting our business. So why can’t we give back to them,” said Carman.

He also thought it would be an interesting idea to implement a pre-order button on his website so people can get their hands on the latest design before it even comes out.

One of the main reasons he thinks his hats are selling so rapidly is because he is going out and making a one on one presence with his customers.

Carman also tries to have a big presence on social media. Even though his company has Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, he feels that Instagram is the best way for his company to grow.

“I love Instagram, I have a good following on it, Ben has a good following on it. We both like to take photographs. If you want to tell a story, you tell it in pictures,” said Carman.

The Locals Only LI Instagram page has only existed since April 3 and already has 408 followers.

Carman also has plans to start doing giveaways on Instagram as well.

For more information, you can go to @localsonlyli on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. They also have a website called https://www.localsonlyli.com/.

“It’s going to be a long journey ahead of us and we know that. I’m ready for the ride, I’m ready to lock it down. There is no stopping Locals Only LI,” said Carman.

Co-Copy Editor and Features Editor Gabriella Nutile contributed to this article.

Sacred Heart Hosts Its 28th Annual Discovery Gala

Sacred Heart University honored benefactors Frank and Marisa Martire at the 28th annual Discovery Gala April 21, 2017. The event, which raises funds for student scholarship programs, took place at SHU’s new West Campus, the former General Electric corporate headquarters, and included a special performance by baseball-great-turned-musician Bernie Williams. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek.

By Fallon Bevino

Staff Reporter

On Friday, April 21 Sacred Heart University held its 28th Annual Discovery Gala.

This year’s event was held at Sacred Heart’s new West Campus in the General Electric Guest House.

All of the proceeds and funds raised at the gala support the university-based academic scholarship programs. In its 28 years, the Discovery Gala has raised millions of dollars to help students obtain their degree in higher education.

“In my opinion, the best part about the gala is the fact that it supports university scholarship funds so that our passionate, dedicated students are able to achieve their dreams and beyond,” said Kylie Martin, staff member of the Advancement Department and Pioneer Club coordinator.

In honor of their generosity, involvement and dedication to Sacred Heart, the honorees of this year’s gala were Frank and Marisa Martire. The Martire’s have previously been honored by the Board of Trustee’s when they chose to name the new Business Building after the couple.

Frank Martire graduated from Sacred Heart with a degree in Economics in 1969. The couple has had a financial impact to the university with their time and effort.

The Martire’s are among the school’s biggest donors and supporters, and beyond that, Frank is a member of the Board of Trustee’s who actively works on the betterment and improvement of the university.

“Tonight was a great night for multiple reasons. It was a great celebration of the Martire’s and all they have done for this institution, while also introducing all of our guests to our brand new West Campus and its beautiful Guest House,” said Dr. Petillo.

In honoring the Martire’s and all they have done, the organizers of this gala hoped to show other guests how important and impactful donations and assistance can be and inspire them to follow in the footsteps of the Martire’s.

“This year’s Discovery Gala really brought new life to the West Campus and gave guests a true-feeling of Sacred Heart,” said Petillo.

The 28th Discovery Gala was Speakeasy-themed. Speakeasy clubs were made famous in the 1920’s during the prohibition era, where it was illegal to sell and consume alcohol. What classified these bars as speakeasy was their hidden entrances and discrete locations, which allowed these places to remain a secret and stay open.

The five-floor Guest House is located in the very back of the West Campus and was built into a hill. The only visible aspect of the house is the lobby which has four elevators and took guests down to the very bottom floor where the ballroom was located. The speakeasy theme was chosen to show off Sacred Heart’s new hidden gem.

The night would be comprised of various food options throughout all three-courses, flapper-waitresses, and a club-like ambiance, including lights and booth-style seating. The event would conclude with a music performance.

The Gala began at 6 p.m. and the music performance went on at 8 p.m. This year’s performer was former professional athlete-turned-musician, Bernie Williams. Williams was a professional baseball player for the New York Yankee’s from 1991-2006 until retirement, when he then indulged in his other passion, music.

“We honored two truly philanthropic champions in Frank and Marisa Martire, most importantly to raise scholarship funds to help our students obtain a Sacred Heart degree,” said Anne Whitman, Special Events Coordinator in the department of University
Advancement.

Whitman said that with each coming year they exceed their rising fundraising goal.

“We surpassed our fundraising goal for a second year in a row, raising just under $900,000, all because of the generosity of so many university and community friends, corporate sponsors, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff,” said Whitman.

To learn more about the Discovery Gala, the impact it makes yearly, and honoring the Martire’s, visit: http://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/universityadvancement/discoverygala/.

Student Creates His Own App: Bar-Eeze

Junior Peter Siegel created an app called Bar-Eeze to help college students plan their night out. Photo by Joseph Durante/Spectrum.

By Anna Finn

Staff Reporter

Junior marketing major Peter Siegel’s idea to create an application all started after he took an introduction to business class his freshman year.

Siegel’s first idea was to make an app that would show how busy different locations on campus were to the students, such as if there were any seats open in the library or treadmills available in the gym.

“My friends and I were tired of paying for Uber’s to bars and realizing they were empty or too crowded,” said Siegel. “I remember thinking to myself, I wish I had a crystal ball to see how these places were before we left the house.”

He took his original idea and decided he wanted to apply it to bars and began to make his app Bar-Eeze.

“The app Waze inspired me since it is an app where the users helped one another to avoid traffic on the roads. This concept is similar to mine but with bars,” said Siegel.

To create Bar-Eeze, his first step was getting the money to develop it.

“I spoke to investors who loved the idea and wanted to help me make it happen,” said Siegel. “I didn’t have any coding experience so I knew I would have to hire a developer to do it for me.”

Siegel interviewed numerous different developers, determined to find who was the best fit for him.

“I was confident with a developer called BlueLabel Labs and contracts were signed and we started the design stage,” said Siegel.

He was responsible for the whole design of the app. He created wireframes, which are images that exhibit the functional elements of the app, to give the developer an idea of what he wanted.

“After the design came development and different builds of the app. We had 23 builds before we launched on the app Store,” said Siegel.

It took Siegel about two years to create the app, due to pausing the project for a few months to get more investors on board.

The now launched app Bar-Eeze is a social networking platform that helps its users view the current status of any bar.

It introduces Vibe Badges, which is a quick way to view or select the bar’s current atmosphere, such as the gender ratio, the line outside, wait time for a drink, and more.

“I advertise the app on social media mostly. But there is a lot more to come,” said Siegel.

With this app, you can invite your friends out and then they can instantly receive your message asking them to join you at your current check-in location, as long as they become a Bar-Eeze user.

In the live chat section, you can connect with other users at the same venue or see what others are saying at the bar they’re at by adding pictures to the chat or comments.

“So far I haven’t really marketed it fully yet. We have a huge update coming this summer that is going to make the app much more desirable,” said Siegel. “Once this update comes out I’m going to market the app like crazy.”

Siegel’s short-term goal for Bar-Eeze is to get college students all over America using his app to plan their nights out.

“My long term goal would be to be noticed by Google and possibly get an offer to buy my company,” said Siegel.

Siegel’s advice to those who would like to create an app as well is to think out your idea completely. He explains that it is important to play the devils advocate with yourself.

“There are a lot of little things you need to work out before even thinking about development,” said Siegel. “It is a lot of work, but seeing an idea come to life makes it all worth it.”

Men’s Rugby Team Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

By Peter Ciocca

Staff Reporter

The Sacred Heart University men’s rugby team, otherwise known as the X-Men, hosted a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, April 13. The event took place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the University Commons (UC).

The blood drive was open for not only students and faculty, but to the entire Bridgeport community. Locals from around the area showed their support by attending the event and donating blood for a good cause.

“It’s a good way to get people involved with the club and a good way to get people to donate blood, so it’s a win-win situation,” said junior Nicholas D’Angelo.

The men’s rugby Red Cross blood drive is usually held once every semester in the UC.

“Everyone participates and it’s actually good for us as a team because it keeps a mandatory setting on things, as well as builds chemistry within the team. It’s cool to see people come and support not only the blood drive but the team as well,” said freshman Jack Connelly.

The blood drive has been a tradition within the club organization for about 25 years.

“It is important for our team to do something to give back as an organization on campus and every year it stands as an important event that we put a high priority on. It is a high trafficked event due to the large amount of people coming in and out to give blood,” said junior Michael Vozzella.

The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross and is set up to bring the community together for a common goal, which is to donate blood to save lives.

The X-Men take pride in not only hosting and working the event, but also participating in giving blood.

“It’s a good way to help out the school, it shows that we mean more than ourselves in a way. We always try to find different ways to give back,” said sophomore Anthony Sarno. “Although I did not participate in this specific one, I do donate blood for my fire department back home so I have experience with an event like this.”

According to the team, the event was a huge success in the sense that they had a mix of people show up to donate and that it ran smoothly.

“We always have a very good turnout, around 100-150 people per event between students, faculty, and locals. The team itself is there for a couple hours and throughout the day people come in and out to support the event,” said D’Angelo.

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in America needs blood.

“I was nervous at first to give blood due to it being my first time, but the red cross nurses made me comfortable knowing that my actions would help benefit the lives of others,” said sophomore Brad Cingolani.

Tell Us Your Story: Rob Coloney

Rob Coloney loves working with students, whether that be as Director of Career Placement, or as a basketball coach. Photo courtesy of Rob Coloney,

By Tessa Kielbasa

Staff Reporter

Growing up in Scotch Plaines, NJ, Rob Coloney had always loved sports. He would watch games and mute them to talk over the announcers so he could practice.

This passion for sports led to his job as a sports broadcaster for the New York Yankees while pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Communications and Media Studies.

He started his job with the baseball team after his freshman year of college when they hired him as an intern, which eventually led to a full time position.

“It was fun and exciting, but not the fun and exciting thing I was after. I was after making a difference,” said Coloney.

In 2012, Coloney left full time and came back to Sacred Heart to work in financial aid and to get his MBA.

“I left because it was not fulfilling. It was not all about me and it was all about them. I was not doing something on this planet that I could be happy with,” said Coloney.

Currently, Coloney is the Director of Career Placement for the Jack Welch College of Business as well as a professor in the School of Communications and Media Arts.

Coloney helps students with their resumes as well as finding internships and full time jobs.

“An employer will look at a resume for 30 seconds and decide if they want to keep looking at it. So, make sure your dates and everything are consistent,” said Coloney.

As a professor he teaches Intro to Production and Sports Broadcasting.

“I get to work with students everyday whether it is in the office or in the classroom. Sometimes I let the students come and just talk, I feel like a psychiatrist sometimes,” said Coloney.

Although he is no longer with the Yankees, he still continues his passion for sports by working with Sacred Heart Athletic Communications by doing play-by-play and public address announcing.

Coloney is also a Varsity girls’ basketball coach at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn. He started his coaching job there as an assistant coach in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. He has been the head coach for the past two years.

“I coach life and if we learn some basketball, great. Hopefully, we can win a few more games along the way,” said Coloney

He got involved with coaching when he was a senior in high school by coaching his sisters fifth grade team.

During his sophomore year at Sacred Heart he reached out to some local towns and found a youth team that needed help and eventually a high school job opened up.

“On the high school level you get to work with students as they are figuring out where they are going to go. If I can have positive impact on one person in a bunch of different areas of my life then I am doing what I need to do in this world,” said Coloney.

LaundryView is Now at Sacred Heart

By Fallon Bevino

Staff Reporter

Is laundry room hold-up one of your biggest frustrations as an on-campus resident? Well if so, have no fear because LaundryView is now at Sacred Heart.

LaundryView is a website that allows students to check the occupancy of washers and dryers before making the long haul down to the laundry room.

“LaundryView was developed in response to requests for greater control over laundry activities. Since many people tend to do their laundry during similar time periods, it results in busy laundry rooms,” states the LaundryView website.

Many students believe that laundry as a college student isn’t an easy task.

“It got to the point where I had to set aside a few hours just for laundry because I knew, from experience, that it would take that long just find an open washing machine,” said freshman Jennie Boisvert. “Between school and being an athlete, I’m busy as it is, so having to worry about laundry is the worst.”

The addition of LaundryView to the dorms is a convenience added to everyday life for some students who require laundry services on campus.

“I’m so excited about using LaundryView, it’s such a cool feature that will save many students, so much time and effort,” said Christian. “Not many would think that laundry is such a hassle, but when I find myself spending more time worrying about when I’ll be able to do the next load of laundry, than I do worrying about my homework, that’s a problem.”

On the site, there is a list of the residential halls and under each one there is every laundry room located in that building.

Next to each laundry room location, the availability is listed as (#W/#D). So, if you check the site and see that your laundry room has (2W/2D), you’re in the clear because two washers and two dryers are available.

Christian Witness, Jorge Bergoglio, Merton Hall, Seton Hall, Park Ridge, Roncalli Hall and Scholars Commons are the seven dorms listed on the site. Residents living in these dorms are able to use the site to monitor the status of washers and dryers at this time.

Pioneer Gardens and Oakwood are not currently listed on the site.

“Last year, as I was complaining about doing laundry and the trouble it caused me, my friend asked me if I used LaundryView. Obviously, I said no, so he explained it to me and I instantly wished it would come to Sacred Heart,” said sophomore Liv Wunder.

After giving the site a shot, Wunder was hooked.

“All I had to do was look on the website, check if a washer was open, and since it was, I went down and did my laundry. It turned, what was a three-hour ordeal, into only one hour,” said Wunder.

LaundryView is currently available for student-use.

To use the site from your cellphone visit m.laundryview.com/sacredheartuniversity, and to visit the website on a computer go to www.laundryview.com/sacredheartuniversity.

Club Spotlight: Business Administration Club

The Business Administration club encourages all business majors to join as it takes into consideration every aspect of business. Photo courtesy of Business Administration club.

By Peter Ciocca

Staff Reporter

The Business Administration Club at Sacred Heart tries to create and provide an academic and social environment for students interested in business.

The club allows for their members to explore career opportunities in the corporate world, increase their knowledge of current business events and discuss relevant business student issues.

They benefit their members by allowing them to choose designs and pricing for their apparel orders, while also educating them on professional skills that are used in the business industry. For example, they incorporate alumni who work on Wall Street to provide their members with advice and content that will help them with their respective career paths.

“In addition, we provide opportunities to volunteer with Junior Achievement, a local nonprofit, where students teach elementary children business and entrepreneurial concepts,” said junior James Chiavaro, president of the club.

The club strives on accepting all business majors, taking into consideration every aspect of business. It incorporates marketing, finance and other areas showing how each play a role in the management decision.

The club tries to meet twice a month, which is every other week due to each student’s schedules. At the meetings, they discuss current events or how to pursue internships.

As well as discuss ways to raise money, such as selling merchandise to make money for their club.

They use the money to fundraise trips for the club and plan other fundraising events that are run through the Jack  Welch College of Business.

“We are trying to organize a dodge ball tournament in April. We also have a Jack Welch College of Business jacket order running right now,” said Chiavaro.

The Business Administration Club encourages people to join if they have any interest in business at all. Their club overlaps many disciplines and can be applicable to any career choice.

“People should join the club because it has a lot to offer, but we definitely need some more members. The more people that we have, the better fundraising we can do, as well as promote ourselves around campus,” said junior Tori Oates.

The meetings are held in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center. It is student-run by their advisor Professor Tuvana Rua. Rua is the assistant professor in the management department.

“My experience being in the business club has been a great time,” said senior David Dechent-Robertin, vice president of the club. “I realized my passion for teaching business topics, which is something I would never have done if it weren’t for this club. It also helped me realize my passion for business and management, to help figure out what I want to do after I graduate.”

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