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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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November 16, 2010

It's been quite the week and I've learned an awful lot. Although plenty of learning happens in the classroom, it seems almost as much happens when speakers come to campus and share their thoughts for an hour. This past week has been a true indicator of that.

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November 14, 2010

Just down the street from SOM there is a long blue tarp obscuring scores of construction workers "playing" in the dirt. Yellow Tonka trucks from childhood have been replaced by substantially larger Caterpillar trucks and cranes. Together, workers and architects strive to ensure a firm foundation for the new SOM campus. Earlier that afternoon, I had the joy of touring the construction site with someone equally important to the foundation of SOM, Bill Beinecke (YC'36), a longtime and loyal supporter of Yale -- and especially the School of Management.

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November 8, 2010

Now that roughly a month has passed since our first application deadline, I thought it would be a good time to give a quick update on where we stand in the process. We're still very much in the midst of reviewing applications and sending out interview invitations. At this point, we've extended roughly two-thirds of the invitations that we will ultimately send out for the round. Although this means that the majority of invitations have already gone out, it also means that we still have many more left to extend.

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November 4, 2010

Wilbur L. Ross YC ‘59, the CEO and chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, has pledged $10 million to support the construction of the new Yale SOM campus. Ross’s gift, among the largest by an individual backing the new campus, is directed toward the library in the new building, which will be a state-of-the-art facility supporting teaching and research.

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October 27, 2010

So, I’m a second year now. I hate to use a cliché but, well, time flies. It has not only flown but its wings are now frantically flapping faster than ever before. I’m already into the second quarter of my second and final year and it’s time to give back a little. I’m originally from Europe where (for reasons I do not fully understand) students simply do not seem to develop the same die-hard loyalty to their alma mater as do American students.

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October 25, 2010

Don’t worry; I’m not having an identity crisis. But that doesn’t mean I’m not constantly learning new things about myself. The MBA experience has proven to be like a big mirror, with team projects and deep conversations with newfound friends offering plenty of opportunities for a deep look within. One unforeseen opportunity has been to peer into the experiences and insights of my classmates in order to better understand roles I might like to play within an organization after school.

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October 18, 2010

Before I began researching MBA programs last year, Yale SOM was not the first business school that came to my mind in conversations around innovation and entrepreneurship. But it turns out that Yale is a pretty good place for aspiring entrepreneurs. (Lots more info after the jump).

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