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Students Put Management Skills to Work As Campus Activities Board Welcomes Third Eye Blind

March 4, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - Multi-platinum selling rock band Third Eye Blind stops at Bentley College on Sunday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the Dana Athletic Center due to efforts made by business students on the Concert Committee. The show is expected to be the largest in school history.

The student-run Bentley College Concert Committee organizes, promotes, and produces every aspect of large-scale concerts held at Bentley. Using marketing, accounting, and operational strategies learned in the classroom, the students draw on their real world business foundation to produce highly successful concerts. Over the last several years, the Bentley Concert Committee has gained a more respected presence both on campus and within the New England college concert scene by continually holding successful concerts. Committee Chair Craig Benoit attributes the success to "the dedication of the committee members, the proper application of business skills learned, and the resources made available."

The responsibilities of the committee include booking the band, setting ticket prices, advertising, and running all day-of-show operations, etc. Past performers include Adam Sandler, Bob Dylan, Dispatch, Guster, and Wyclef Jean. The committee has received praise from all performers over the professionalism of the show, its operations, and its student staff members.

Third Eye Blind is scheduled to release its highly anticipated third album, "Out of the Vein," on April 29. With the first single set to hit the radio in early March, the band is will preview much of its new material at Bentley. To date, the band is scheduled to play only two shows in the country; the first at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and the following night at Bentley. After several delays on the release of the album and a lack of recent public appearances, the contemporary rock band promises an impressive performance.

The San Francisco-based band is fronted by singer and guitarist Stephen Jenkins with Arion Salazar on bass, Brad Hargreaves on drums, and Tony Fredianelli on guitar. The band was propelled into stardom after the release of its self-titled debut album in 1997. The album, which sold over four million copies, included the hits, "Jumper" and "Semi-Charmed Life." It was followed up in 1999 with the album, "Blue," and Third Eye Blind secured the title of alternative rock powerhouse in the music industry. The band last toured in summer 2002 with the Goo Goo Dolls and Vanessa Carlton.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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