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February 8, 2010

Last week SOM alumni received an email from Dean Oster giving a characteristic kick in the pants. The email basically reminded all of those alums that students are on the job market and that we all have a responsibility to help each other as members of this community, especially in this dreary economic climate.Almost every single one of those alums had Sharon Oster as a professor. They remember lessons about trade and tariffs and marginal utility...and they remember her passion for teaching at SOM.

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February 8, 2010

When we arrived at SOM, we were assigned groups of 4 with whom we would complete many of our core assignments. I think it's telling that we call those groups of 4 "small groups" rather than "study groups," as they do at many other business schools. At SOM, they become much more like family than a reading group. This time last year, I encouraged my small group mate, Joseph, to perform in Star Search, the annual talent show to raise money for the Internship Fund. He'd gotten a ukulele for Christmas, and had just begun to play.

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February 4, 2010

Given the recent change in policy in Washington with the so called “Volcker Rule,” and the renewed attention to the problems caused by financial firms that are “too big to fail,” I thought it might be appropriate to present some of my own suggestions here on the Yale SOM Community Blog. The following essay was originally written in September 2008.

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February 1, 2010

This past weekend, 130 SOM students traveled to Warren, VT to enjoy the beauty and splendor of Sugarbush Resort. Not only did we have two fabulous days of skiing, but had the opportunity to spend an hour speaking with Win Smith, the president and owner of Sugarbush.

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February 1, 2010

I will start this story where it ends rather than begins and let the proverbial cat out of the bag. As my SOM colleagues and I were filing out of the conference room at the venture capital firm General Catalyst last Friday, we bumped into former GM CEO Rick Wagoner. The Managing Director present graciously asked Rick if he’d like to chat with the MBAs from Yale, and to our surprise and delight, we were treated to five minutes with a man who had presided over one of America’s most iconic companies.

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January 28, 2010

So us first years are now more than a quarter of the way through the MBA programme already and the second years have less than a quarter left. It’s no less true for being a cliché – time flies. The first semester was nothing if not a little on the busy side* – a flurry of cases, problem sets and, for many of us, a great deal of new material.

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January 26, 2010

Just shy of two months ago, I sat cross-legged on the floor of A-74 (the largest lecture hall at SOM) and watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time in more than a decade.

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January 11, 2010

Ahh...the New Year--a new beginning positively brimming with promise and possibility. Always a sucker for tradition--but even more so during this season, I've given into the ritual as timeless as the ball-drop or a champagne-soaked rendition of Auld Lang Syne. I've made a few resolutions to keep and track over the next few months: Resolution #1: After a lengthy hiatus when Fall 2 got the better of me, resume a more regular blogging routine (and a more regular diet routine, while I'm at it).

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January 10, 2010

In a recent article, the New York Times expounds on the virtues of a recent trend in business school curricula towards more integrated, critical thinking. Although not specifically about SOM, the article vindicates the vision of our academic leadership - in my opinion one of the most underrated virtues of our program. I was glad to see that Yale got a nod - towards the end, the article quotes Oster and Bracken.

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January 7, 2010

Artfully maneuvering among interviews of banking officials and culprits of credit card debt, The Wizards of Consumer Lending, a PBS documentary, shows some of the most subtle - and not so subtle - tricks that have earned the credit industry billions over the past half-century, at the expense of the consumer. And Shailesh Mehta, former CEO of the ill-reputed Providian, talks about the "credit protection" services Providian offered to compete in the industry.

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