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April 23, 2010

I was thrilled to see that Professor Schott won the core curriculum teaching award. This was the first year that the Global Macroeconomy was offered, so I'm one of the twenty or so brave second years that opted to re-enter the world of the Core with the Class of 2011 to learn the art of IS-LM curves. So consider that

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April 23, 2010

I didn’t even know what corporate finance was when I started at SOM last fall. I certainly did not think I would take any course with “finance” in its title, much less actually enjoy it. So I was surprised to be cheering aloud when my Corporate Finance professor, Heather Tookes, won this year's Alumni Elective Teaching Award. Yes…this fall, I actually did learn how to calculate WACC, what a beta is—and the difference between an asset and equity beta—and the difference between NPV and APV.

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April 20, 2010

The Internship Fund had its most successful auction in recent memory. It began Monday with the opening of the silent auction, which was conducted entirely online this year. Students and Faculty were glued to the Live Auction Results on the Hall of Mirror screens all week (see below).

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April 20, 2010

We are so excited to meet the Class of 2012 who will surely carry the SOM torch brightly. Thought I would check out the weather.....and Sunny days predicted! See you all on campus.

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April 19, 2010

Derivatives in corn fields are nothing new. Futures contracts in agricultural commodities helped farmers protect themselves from variations in market prices. In March 2010, I visited Iowa State University to speak at the 25th Anniversary celebration of its management school. A faculty friend at the university told me this story. She was a shareholder of a biodiesel firm. It had reported a one million dollar loss on its derivative positions. She was unhappy and attended the shareholders’ meeting to ask how the firm incurred the loss.

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April 5, 2010

My rewarding first year at SOM owes no small debt to our Internship Fund. Managed by first-years, the Internship Fund has always generated the enthusiastic support of the entire SOM community to raise money for students who seek funding for non-profit, public or social enterprise sector internships. It is one of SOM’s proudest traditions, displaying in full force our values of societal service, leadership and, quite simply, looking out for each other. Our Fund team started the year with trepidation.

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March 26, 2010

"It’s a huge, huge deal”. This was the response from the Director of Current Programming at ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles – a Yale SOM alum – in response to a question regarding the weight of the Yale brand and how it has helped him achieve the level of success that he has attained. The truth of this is something that I’m realising more and more the longer I’m here. My first Spring Break in the US was a great one. Beginning with a trip to LA organised by the Media & Entertainment Club, a group of us traded in the snow of New England for the Californian sunshine.

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March 22, 2010

I had the good fortune to get to tag along for a 2nd International Experience trip, as a teaching assistant this time. It’s hard to put my finger on the best parts: clearly meeting with Malaysian Members of Parliament and the founder of BRAC, a major Bangladeshi micro-finance and poverty alleviation program, were highlights. Seeing classmates cut down palm fruits at the palm oil plantation and touring a garment factory were insights into important industries in Malaysia and Bangladesh, respectively.

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March 8, 2010

I attended a Yale School of Management research workshop by a visiting professor this week. Through a carefully designed experiment, the authors of the paper had found that people make systematic errors in deciding which products they want, depending on how the information is presented to them. Such errors can be exploited by companies who can design their advertisements and other messages using the knowledge of the pattern of errors.

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February 28, 2010

I should probably be packing, seeing as I leave for Japan in about 12 hours. But packing procrastination is kind of my thing. So instead I’d much rather be reflecting on another whirlwind just-finished half-quarter, and the International Experience we are all about to embark on. The recently departed Spring-1 was when, for me at least, SOM took on a decidedly international attitude and vibe. February was actually deemed “International Month” and classmates from outside the U.S.

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