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Introducing GEMS: Stern’s New Gaming and Esports Management Society

“Starting a club from the ground up is definitely no small feat, but luckily we have folks who are very passionate”, says Sharon Wei, president of the Gaming and Esports Management Society (GEMS).

Truer words have never been spoken. In a conversation that could have easily gone on for hours, I spoke with Sharon Wei and Aras Scimemi, two of the founding members of GEMS, along with Ismet Jooma, about the new club’s inception, vision, the industry as a whole, and why you should join. I know, I know–you think you’re dead set on consulting or banking. But keep an open mind!…

The 2022 Cannes Film Festival Experience with Stern

In May of this year, 25 Stern MBA students, including myself, attended the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival as part of the “Craft and Commerce of Cinema” course in the stunning French Riviera. Professor Al Lieberman led the group along with Professor Paul Hardart, giving us a tour of the famous “Palais” and the festival grounds just moments after landing (what is jetlag?). 

Many people think the festival is just for movie premieres, but it is actually a major hub for those in the film industry. The “Marché du Film” attracts buyers, financiers, producers, distributors, and creative talent from all over the world. …

Historical Photography Preservation with NFTs: The Art Form of the Future? Ft. ArtHaus NFT 

On a crisp Friday afternoon in late October, as the leaves were on the cusp of exploding into orange flames, I walked into Madman Espresso to meet Hank O’Neal. 

I had first heard of Hank O’Neal a few months ago when I met Suhayb Zarroug, Randy Friedberg, and Franco Valentino to feature their NFT photography venture on The Oppy. Little did I know that Hank has been a prolific character in New York’s photography and jazz music scene for the past few decades, after he spent a number of years working for the Central Intelligence Agency. So what does an ex-CIA agent, renowned photographer, and record label owner have to do with NFTs? …

NASA’s DART Mission Success (Hopefully) Means We Won’t Be Wiped Out Like the Dinosaurs…

… just by war or climate change.

According to NASA, “DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating one method of asteroid deflection by changing an asteroid’s motion in space through kinetic impact”. This means NASA has DART collide with an asteroid deliberately to change its speed and path i.e., the orbit.

Launched last year, DART targeted the asteroid system “Didymos” which comprises the asteroid Didymos and another asteroid that orbits it called “Dimorphos”. Neither of these objects posed (or poses) any threat to Earth. DART collided with “Dimorphos” and successfully altered its orbit. Initially, NASA had expected to alter Dimorphos’ orbit by around 10 minutes but ended up shortening the orbit by 32 minutes!…

Interview with Erica Ramos: Cofounder, and Co-CEO of Trousso

Hello Erica! How are you doing today? Can you tell us a little about yourself and your company, Trousso? 

I’m doing great this fall morning! Thank you for asking. 

I’m currently wrapping up my Stern MBA program which I expect to finish this coming May. 

My company, Trousso is a resale platform for upscale bridal fashion. Our goal is to help the next generation of brides dress up for their wedding celebrations in a way that’s financially accessible and environmentally sustainable. 

Wow! That’s cool.  Tell us a little bit about your life before Stern, and your career journey so far. 

I started my career as a management consultant at Deloitte, where I spent five years working in several different roles.…

DBi Germany Spring 2022: Racing into Our Hearts

As with all DBis, aspiring MBAs register for a course under the guise of learning about some niche topic specific to the country they will study in but, in reality, they are just looking for an excuse to travel and check out a spot they think will be fun… the Berlin DBi was no different. I’m pretty sure NYU didn’t even post the course curriculum before registration opened (don’t fact check me on this), so we all blindly selected the Berlin DBi with no idea what we were getting ourselves into aside from trying to have a fun time in Germany.…

McDonald’s May be Your Best Investment

We’ve all been to McDonald’s (some of us more than others). There’s something nostalgic about taking a bite of a Big Mac or a chicken nugget or the French fries. We all love it and some of us regret eating it the next morning (again, some of us more than others). But have you ever thought about what a great investment McDonald’s might be?

And I’m not talking about the stock. While yes, McDonald’s stock has been slightly up during the past half year in a down market, it is not the only thing that is proving to be a valuable asset to someone’s portfolio. In…

Our Time Is Now: International Day of the Girl

On International Day of the Girl (IDG) and Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), I’d love to quickly share the story of a woman who broke cliches around women in STEM before the word STEM even came about.

Before we go there, are you curious about how this day came to be? On October 11, 2022, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG). It all started at the World Conference on Women in Beijing, where countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action–an action advancing the rights of not just women, but girls. In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare the International Day of the Girl Child.…

Why we need cruciferous veggies in our fridges right now

What is it?

Derived from Cruciferae (Neo Latin) which literally means cross-bearing, this veggie family is named as such for the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross. 

Cruciferous vegetables belong to Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae), which includes the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, comprises approximately 375 genera, and over 3,000 species.

These bundles of wholesomeness are also famous as cole crops in North America, brassicas in Europe & Australia, also referred to as mustards or the cabbage family. 

Family Tree

These plants are selectively bred using Triangle of U for highly desired traits leading to many edible species gifted to us by previous generations.…

‘Guts’ for Health!

We all have that one friend who’s friends with the entire school and beyond or who is the star of the happy hour even before anyone is drinking up or downing shots. Interestingly, Dr. Johnson of Oxford University has found that people who are extremely social have a more diverse gut microbiome! 

When you are feeding yourself, or your cravings, you’ve got to remember you are not just feeding yourself, but also the trillions of gut bacteria you’ve cultivated inside you. Since the food you put in your gut acts ultimately as an important part of the culture medium for these bacteria, it decides what kind of bacteria die off and which ones survive and thrive.…

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