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December 5, 2011

As I went to high school in Singapore and college at NYU, this was my first ever college football game and tailgate. And I admit I was unprepared for the scale of the event; It was huge! There were tens of thousands of people coming in from all over the US. I even met an alumnus who flew in from Texas and graduated over 40 years ago. Pretty amazing to see all the school spirit in action.

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November 20, 2011

Over the past few weeks, I have been able to participate in some wonderful opportunities to ‘give back’ here in New Haven. My Yale SOM classmates, consistently impressing me with their professional accomplishments, are also great leaders—innovators really—in extracurricular and community outreach programs.

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November 18, 2011

Last night was the International Food Festival at Donaldson Commons, which was the closing event for International Month. There was food from 18 countries which Yale SOM students and faculty got the opportunity to sample. Everyone did a tremendous job and I personally had a blast going around trying Spanish tortillas, German beer, Singaporean pulut hitam (gotta admit, devoured a lot of food from my own booth), English scones, Japanese mochi, ... Going to end off with a few photos which I feel perfectly capture the fun and festive atmosphere. Photo credits to Eddie Thai '12.

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November 16, 2011

When you put enough of these together (i.e., 4), you get TEAM NIGHT MONGOOSE STRIKE FORCE TEAM (double team for emphasis). You might ask, what is Team Night Mongoose Strike Force Team, other than awesome? Answer: a group of hand-picked Yale MBA students (someone sent out an email) rigorously trained to deliver precise solutions to case competition problems.

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November 13, 2011

Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.

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November 4, 2011

I (the cheesy boy) had just arrived at Boston’s South Station and decided to look for a quick bite. Lo and behold, I saw Cheeseboy, the country’s first quick-service grilled cheese restaurant chain founded by Yale SOM’s Mike Inwald (’10). I thought I'd try it out. When I walked over to place my order, the guy who had been immediately in front of the register stepped away, and the cashier asked me what I wanted. I pointed to the guy. “Is he done?” “Oh, don’t worry about him. He’s the owner.” I turned and asked him.

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November 2, 2011

It is International Month at Yale SOM! Little disclaimer, I am part of the organizing committee for International Month, so pardon me if I sound overly enthusiastic.

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By: Jim Kok
October 30, 2011

Friends in the tropics, if you ever wonder how a Christmasy Halloween experience looks like, then you've come to the right blogpost! Yesterday morning came our first snow of the year. It was only October - no wonder the squirrels around campus had been extremely busy preparing for Winter last week. SOMers, on the other hand, were caught off-guard by the snow storm because we were having our long anticipated Halloween party last night! Our student government had it well said: We won’t let 6 inches of snow stop the party!

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October 23, 2011

Just wrapped up the first quarter of my second year. And while the chance to return to school to learn about things I’m passionate about is itself a great opportunity, with the core behind me and a huge selection of courses to choose from, this quarter felt particularly indulgent. I was like a kid in a candy store.Of course, in Managing Strategic Networks it turns out, I was more like a fish in a sea. In this class we analyzed both our own networks, the networks of organizations, and ways to leverage consumer networks in marketing strategies.

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October 21, 2011

Hello world! My name is Dwight Tran '13. You can read all about me on my profile - however, my identity can be summed up in three defining categories by my peers: Google (a.k.a. Ex-googler, Xoogler), Polo (the kind with horses), Parrots (not Parents).

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