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December 4, 2009

To understand the educational experience at the London School of Economics one need only consider the school’s motto: to know the causes of things. Not surprisingly, knowing the causes of things predicates an understanding of theory – often in too short supply these days. Far from simply justifying events from the past, the true value in theory lies in its ability to predict and understand future events.

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November 10, 2009

After nearly 3 full semesters with my classmates, I continue to be amazed with the stories and experiences they bring to Yale. Today we heard from five fellow SOMers, each of whom served in the armed forces. A member of an elite special forces unit, a Ranger school graduate and platoon leader, a research scientist, an intelligence specialist, and a logistics specialist each shared their perspectives on life in the service as well as lessons they learned while enlisted.

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October 26, 2009

The admissions office ran a very successful open house today for a large number of prospective students who attended classes, joined us for a tour of SOM, lunch, and an evening cocktail. At lunch, one of the prospective students asked me what most surprised me about coming to SOM. For me, it is New Haven.

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October 25, 2009

Last fall I had the opportunity to participate on the student/faculty team responding to the The Aspen Institute's biennial survey "Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship." This report measures the degree to which business school curriculums incorporate environmental and social issues that impact business performance. It was our charge to respond to the questionnaire auditing the entire SOM curriculum.

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October 21, 2009

In one of my favorite episodes of 30 Rock, Jack Donaghy drags Liz Lemon along to a corporate retreat. There, among fellow managers and industry gurus (Jack is the CEO of General Electric), he participates in team building exercises designed to hone soft leadership skills. As Jack reconnects with his fellow business bigwigs (each of whom "embodies a pillar of the Six Sigma Business Philosophy: teamwork, insight, brutality, male enhancement, handshakefulness and play hard"), Liz is left alone first to observe and eventually participate in the strange docket of workshops.

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October 20, 2009

Things have been a bit quiet here at SOM recently. Last week was exam period, so students were hunkered down in exam mode, and this week the second years are on break before the begin of Fall 2 on Monday. The first years are currently on campus for their Managing Groups & Teams class, though, which means there's some activity right now -- just not as much as normal. Things will be back in full swing come Monday. That's not to say there hasn't been activity here at SOM. The Admissions Office has been full steam ahead since our first round deadline on October 8.

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October 7, 2009

It’s interesting timing that this Thursday, October 8, is both the Round 1 deadline for Yale SOM Class of 2012 applications and the last day of “Fall 1” courses for the Class of 2011. What a difference a year makes! Around this time last fall many of us were anxiously putting the finishing touches on our application essays; prodding our recommenders to hit “submit” already; and settling in for a long, arduous, wintery wait.

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October 5, 2009

As we start to get more at home with the idea of being students again, its time for some club hopping. SOM has a large variety of clubs for us to get involved with and a completely unscientific survey says that we've joined on average 4.2 clubs. You could broadly categorize the clubs into two groups. The first set are the professional clubs - these are the clubs that work very closely with the CDO and students on professional endeavors.

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October 4, 2009

Mary Oliver's poem "Summer Day" begins and ends with a series of open-ended questions. As the chill in the air and the falling leaves remind us that summer is decidedly past, I can't help but return to the last of these questions, which resonates particularly with me. "Tell me," Oliver says in the closing lines of her poem.

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September 27, 2009

I came to business school with a very specific end goal in mind, namely a return to the media & entertainment sector. Throughout the application process I was told by various people that, if I was serious about this, I needed to go to school in either New York or LA. These cities are the main hives of sector activity and proximity to them could certainly be an asset. However, after sounding out more or less anyone who would give me the time of day throughout the post-application phase, I decided against both.

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