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April 7, 2008

In other news, tonight I visited the Architecture Salon, which the SOM Arts & Culture club organizes in conjunction with the Yale art schools (there have also been an Art Salon, a Music Salon, and a Drama Salon). The goal is to exhibit students' artwork and have students from different schools talk with each other. Did I mention that there is beer and a cheese plate? Anyway. Tonight at the Salon there was a contest. To build a house on Mars.

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April 7, 2008

First of all, the first years totally won the Garstka Cup on March 27. What is the Garstka Cup? When first year students play second years on the ice, and nobody has played ice hockey before (or, at least, it looks that way). It is a good time with a real band and lots of beer, and I distinctly remember a second year telling me at the pre-game happy hour that the second years always win. Well, looky at this one.

 

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April 2, 2008

Its the first week of April and for international students hoping to work in the US, it marks the beginning of a process I like to call "Visa Roulette". Starting yesterday (April 1st), employers began filing H1-B petitions to sponsor foreign non-US citizens like myself for long-term work authorization.

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March 25, 2008

Oh hello again. School is back in session and there are only 6 weeks of class left, but before we get back into it I thought I'd share some thoughts on spring break, one of the great luxuries of being in an MBA program.

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March 24, 2008

No, it is not New Haven. :) I spent my spring break in Chicago and only now that I am back to New Haven I have the time to think about it. Beautiful weather - freezing temperatures, windy all the time and a snow storm to send me on my way last Saturday! So far so good - I remembered my college days, when after class I would wait for the Brown Line at the Jackson and Wabash station and the wind would go right through me in my windproof jacket.

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By: Paul Ip
March 13, 2008

Hello there. Like many of the second years, I am enjoying my last spring break. I would have posted earlier, but I just figured how to post using my iPhone. For us second years, most of us had either papers, projects, or full semester classes, leaving us a full two weeks for travel. Consequently, as Lydia and Georgi were going through exams, Patrick and I were probably already in Egypt. It's hard to believe that after the end of this break we'll only have six weeks left together.

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March 8, 2008

Having a class during your entire spring break sucks. Or maybe not. As I got into the 2nd year of my MBA, I discovered that it wasn’t just the core curriculum that had changed. There were many new electives, some of them innovatively structured. Understanding global financial centers is a great example of the new innovative elective curriculum. So, if you’d want to study how London or New York became global financial centers, or what does Singapore, Dubai or Mumbai need to do to become the next financial hub, how would you do it?

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March 7, 2008

Many of my classmates are jetting off to warmer climes as I type this: Miami, Puerto Vallarta, Antigua, Colombia and Venezuela (where tensions seem to be easing, luckily). Me, I'm off in a few days to not-quite-tropical Washington, DC before coming back to spend the final week of spring break in good ol' New Haven. But I did so much flying before, during, and after the international experience that I can't imagine a better plan for the next two weeks. I'm also dying to try Caseus, the new bistro/cheese shop that moved in just down the street. But I'm not on spring break quite yet.

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March 5, 2008

It is the week of finals and it is the week after which 3/4 of my first year will have passed. Time goes by pretty quickly here. February was the International Month at Yale SOM. I had the opportunity to present my country's history and typical food to the SOM community. Monday through Wednesday the International Club organised country presentations in the evening, where people like me talked about where we come from and answered questions from the audience.

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March 5, 2008

Its study day: that short break between the end of classes and a round of finals. Thankfully, this quarter 1/2 of the finals are take home -- even if that means doing some work into the beginning of our two week spring break. Today's unseasonably warm Connecticut weather is not helping with my motivation to tackle Competitive Strategy cases and Operations practice problems. Last night the Internship Fund Pledge Drive came to a photo finish - with one of our male classmates from the winning cohort dressing in drag at happy hour!

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