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November 18, 2011

Last night was the International Food Festival at Donaldson Commons, which was the closing event for International Month. There was food from 18 countries which Yale SOM students and faculty got the opportunity to sample. Everyone did a tremendous job and I personally had a blast going around trying Spanish tortillas, German beer, Singaporean pulut hitam (gotta admit, devoured a lot of food from my own booth), English scones, Japanese mochi, ... Going to end off with a few photos which I feel perfectly capture the fun and festive atmosphere. Photo credits to Eddie Thai '12.

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November 17, 2011

It's just about that time of the semester where our focus in many classes shifts to our term projects. For Mathletics, we get to pick our own topics and my group has chosen to evaluate the playoff systems of the 3 major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL) to see which one most effectively selects the best team. My hypothesis is that the NBA does due to its long series and widespread playoff participation, though I will report back our results after we've conducted the research. In our last post, Koopman prize winning professor Ed Kaplan provided us with up-to-the minute football rankings.

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November 16, 2011

When you put enough of these together (i.e., 4), you get TEAM NIGHT MONGOOSE STRIKE FORCE TEAM (double team for emphasis). You might ask, what is Team Night Mongoose Strike Force Team, other than awesome? Answer: a group of hand-picked Yale MBA students (someone sent out an email) rigorously trained to deliver precise solutions to case competition problems.

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November 13, 2011

Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.

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November 13, 2011

Fall 2 is fully underway and one of the electives that I am taking is called Mathletics. Over the next month, I will be working with Professor Ed Kaplan to provide some insight into this unique class. Here we go: Probability modeling and statistics are fundamental tools of management science. Building upon earlier core coursework in probability, statistics, and spreadsheets, Mathletics is designed to provide additional experience using these modeling tools via applications to entertaining problems in sports.

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November 12, 2011

Hi Everybody, I wanted to share my experiences of the past week so that prospective students will know what to expect. In the past week I was at school from about 8:30 am to 9-10 pm every day, and then spent the rest of my awake time at home doing homework until I went to sleep. I am writing this post while reflecting on this week's amazing variety of experiences and replenishing my energy for next week. We are currently in the middle of the fall2 semester, studying with the integrated curriculum.

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November 4, 2011

I (the cheesy boy) had just arrived at Boston’s South Station and decided to look for a quick bite. Lo and behold, I saw Cheeseboy, the country’s first quick-service grilled cheese restaurant chain founded by Yale SOM’s Mike Inwald (’10). I thought I'd try it out. When I walked over to place my order, the guy who had been immediately in front of the register stepped away, and the cashier asked me what I wanted. I pointed to the guy. “Is he done?” “Oh, don’t worry about him. He’s the owner.” I turned and asked him.

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November 2, 2011

It is International Month at Yale SOM! Little disclaimer, I am part of the organizing committee for International Month, so pardon me if I sound overly enthusiastic.

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October 31, 2011

I was skeptical about whether the Yale MBA integrated curriculum was really all that different at the start of Fall 1. We have just started Fall 2 and the organizational perspectives courses so I'll withhold overall judgment on the curriculum for a later post.

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By: Jim Kok
October 30, 2011

Friends in the tropics, if you ever wonder how a Christmasy Halloween experience looks like, then you've come to the right blogpost! Yesterday morning came our first snow of the year. It was only October - no wonder the squirrels around campus had been extremely busy preparing for Winter last week. SOMers, on the other hand, were caught off-guard by the snow storm because we were having our long anticipated Halloween party last night! Our student government had it well said: We won’t let 6 inches of snow stop the party!

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