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Posts published in “Issue 2: October 2020”

Stern Somebody Presents: Jeanna Smialek

Running between the Classroom and the Newsroom

Jeanna Smialek is a part-time Stern student and a full-time Federal Reserve and Economics Reporter for the New York Times. In between balancing school, articles and her upcoming book, she made time to sit down with The Oppy for an interview. 

After going to UNC for undergrad, how did you decide to pursue economics journalism?

I had a fairly haphazard path into economics journalism. I grew up wanting to be a newspaper foreign correspondent, but then I interned at Bloomberg News the summer before my senior year of college and loved the company.…

Trump’s diagnosis is a tragedy. And it’s a reminder of our choice at the polls.

Well, here we are.

As the 2020 U.S. General Election finally arrives, it has been clear for months that Donald Trump’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic would be the central issue. But with a wild campaign drawing to a close, Trump’s positive test result, along with those of dozens of Oval Office insiders and White House staffers, is the type of deus ex machina that would seem comically forced in an Aaron Sorkin script.

However, there is no outlandish plot device that cannot be outdone by the reality of our modern political circus. With Nov. 3 around the corner, Trump’s Covid infection, and the confused timeline surrounding it, have seemingly nosed out all other issues – and there are many – that would play a pivotal role in the end of this race.…

The Election & The Market

This year has been peculiar to say the least. A pandemic that started more or less in January killed more than a million people and is now on the cusp of a second wave across the globe. In late spring, we experienced nationwide protests against police brutality and racism that ultimately spread around the globe. Then riots captured our attention. Now we come to fall where we have, as you may have heard, likely the most important American election in the past 50 years. It may decide who the next Supreme Court Justice is. It obviously can flip the executive branch, but even more importantly,it may also flip the senate, resulting in the “blue wave” many political strategists have predicted (more on this later).…

Dear Oppy: October 2020

We are proud to continue our agony advice column, Dear Oppy: B-School Advice for the Everyday Sternie.

Oppy can be quite Stern at times but is here to answer the queries and qualms of all MBA students so send them his/her way at oppy@stern.nyu.edu.

Dear Oppy,

I’ve recently started my MBA.. Do you have any advice for my next two years?

Best,

MBA1

Dear MBA1,

Take advantage of being back in school! Attend every class and speaker event in person. Sure, it can be uncomfortable to pile into a packed auditorium to hear a famous speaker or cram into a crowded bar for a social event – but events like these are where the memories are truly made.…

A Virtual Chat with CEO and EiC of Poets & Quants, John Byrne

By Sanjna Shukla and Deirdre Keane

John Byrne is the former executive editor of Businessweek and founder and CEO of C-Change Media, the parent company of the wildly popular Poets&Quants.com. He has also served as the editor-in-chief for both Businessweek.com and Fast Company. A lifelong journalist, Byrne has written over 50 cover stories for publications such as Businessweek, Fortune, and Forbes. During his time at Businessweek, he became the first person to publish rankings for business schools and has since published several MBA and graduate school-oriented books. He has a BA in English and Political Science from William Patterson of New Jersey and an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.…

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