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February 7, 2011

If you think business school is all business—think again. By day we’re certainly budding economists, strategy superstars and operational engineers. By night, we’re something entirely different. Especially last night. At the annual Internship Fund’s Star Search Talent Show, the classes of 2011 and 2012 sang their hearts out, sometimes-not-so-wise-cracked, shimmied Gaga-style, busted out Backstreet, moonwalked and cross-dressed across the stage. I laughed. I cried (from laughing). I learned some sign language. And I will never see SOM in the same light.

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February 1, 2011

It's hard to top the International Experience that we enjoy during the spring break of our first year at SOM. Yet this year, 11 of my classmates and I were fortunate enough to go with Prof. Jim Levinsohn to South Africa for two weeks over winter break as part of a class we took in the fall semester that we called, simply, The South Africa class. How would I sum up the trip if given only one word? Amazing.

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January 6, 2011

For first-year students, the spring semester is the first opportunity to add elective classes to our schedule. We have six classes left in the core – three (Operations, Employee, Macroeconomics) to be taken in Spring 1 and three (Integrated Leadership Perspective, Innovator, State & Society) to be taken in Spring 2. That means that we can choose up to eight credits of electives this spring. One of the great things about Yale SOM is that, even as a first-year student, there are many options beyond the traditional business school electives (though they are all offered).

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January 2, 2011

There's a lot happening in the opening days of 2011:

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December 20, 2010

Yale University has received a $50 million commitment from a Yale College alumnus to support the construction of a new state-of-the-art campus for its School of Management (SOM), President Richard C. Levin ’74 Ph.D. announced today. Edward P. (Ned) Evans is a member of the Yale College Class of 1964. His gift—the largest in SOM’s history—will be recognized with the naming of the new facility as Edward P. Evans Hall.

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December 11, 2010

As we wrap our penultimate semester at Yale SOM, a lot of my classmates have increasingly started talking about the things we must do before we enter the real world again. Someone mentioned the New Haven Bucket List, inspired by the extremely mediocre Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman flick, and got me thinking about the things I have done/must do before graduation. So, here we go: 1. Go to the Peabody Museum. There's a few more weeks before Yale returns the Inca artifacts to Peru. Its literally half a block from SOM. Fun fact: they have the first discovered T-Rex tooth. 2.

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November 29, 2010

While most SOMers found the opportunity this past week to see family and travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of us spent the time visiting companies, mingling with other MBA students, sightseeing, and otherwise “letting off steam” in the capital of England. I think I have heard from enough of my classmates still lingering back into the country today to say on behalf of us all: it was truly an amazing experience. On the productive front, around twenty of us joined a consortium of other top U.S.

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November 21, 2010

Professor Chen plays Rockband. He also bakes a mean loaf of bread. Professor Long lives in the heart of downtown and has an eye for interior decor. Professor Sudhir has a 9-year old daughter who just introduced her classmates to Diwali. Professor Swersey, well I could go on and on about him.During undergrad, I never got to know my professors. I imagined them after class, not going home to families, but teleporting to far off spaceships, or sleeping in a pod. I would not have been surprised to find they came with batteries or required an outlet to recharge.

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November 19, 2010

May I make a suggestion to all first-years (and even reflective second-years) who are seeking yet another practical application of SOM’s famous first-year curriculum: step back for a moment from the pharma companies, car manufacturers, and social enterprises found in the cases and textbooks. To increase the “return on investment” for your SOM education, be sure to apply the lessons of the curriculum to yourself, to ensure that you can successfully navigate your remaining years (or months) at business school and beyond.

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November 17, 2010

The SOM Black Business Alliance recently organized a day of service projects at organizations in and around New Haven. It was a great chance for SOM students to take a break from schoolwork and help out in the local community. The projects represent one of many opportunities students have to give back. The service projects organized by the BBA were a chance for students to participate for just one Saturday. (Many students are involved in some great ongoing service work).

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