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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? …

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…

2022 New York City Marathon Recap: Kelly Rupinski

The New York City Marathon took place on November 6th. It is a massive event that was established in 1970 and is always held on the first Sunday of November. It has only been canceled twice – in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, when many runners traveled to Staten Island and Brooklyn to support recovery efforts, and in 2020 due to COVID. In 2021, the pandemic precautions limited the number of competitors to 33,000, but this year 50,000 racers were expected. The marathon grew from 100 spectators watching 127 competitors in 1970 to the largest marathon in the world, with around 2 million spectators lining the course and millions watching it over ESPN broadcasting and online streaming as well.…

An Oppy Guide to a Scrumptious Thanksgiving

The holidays are officially upon us! It is my favorite time of year, when the weather is changing, the temperature drops and everyone wants to get together. It is also the magical time when Mariah Carey is defrosted and we give our best shot at explaining our jobs to random relatives.

Thanksgiving is the second favorite holiday in the U.S. and it is estimated that 250 million pounds of potatoes are consumed during Thanksgiving week! I really enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, which is really an intense sport. In fact, that is one of the most popular days for a run – there are over 1,500 races in America every year (“Turkey Trots”).…

Oppy Recs: Spooky Szn Activities

There’s no time quite like fall in New York City, and with that comes the variety of activities one can partake in to enjoy the crisp weather, the pumpkins, and overall fall ~vibes~. Read below for some fun things to do to celebrate the spooky season! 

Eats/Drinks

Pumpkin Keg Season @ Loreley – pumpkins, beer, need we say more? 

Flying Fox Tavern – spooky vibes, haunted bar.

Coctelería de los Muertos – The Garret Coctelería is known for its pop-ups, and of course it has a Halloween one.

The Cauldron NYC

Smoky Apple Cider Margarita Recipe – tried and tested by yours truly. …

David LaChapelle’s Fotografiska Exhibit

“I believe that artwork is only finished once it is met by the viewer.”- David LaChapelle

Last week, in the middle of a torrential downpour, the Stern Arts, Culture and Cuisine Club sojourned to Fotografiska New York, located in the heart of one of New York’s most quaint and idyllic neighbourhoods, Gramercy Park. A branch of Sweden’s famed centre for contemporary photography, Fotografiska is a haven for culture and creativity, with thought provoking exhibits that inspire one to break out the mould, bare their soul and pour it on paper. Walking into the foyer, one is whisked away to a world of glamour and high culture.…

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.…

The Beginning of the End of the Golden Era of Tennis

It is January 2017. Roger Federer and Serena Williams have won the Australian Open. Little did we know, this was their last dance together.

2017 was the year of the throwback. It wasn’t long after Roger, Rafa, Serena and Venus had all been declared “done,” “over,” or “washed” (depending on what part of the world you were from). Roger and Rafa went on to split all four Grand Slams that year. Serena beat Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final while she was two months pregnant. As someone who grew up in the era of the “Big 3” and as an unapologetic Rafa Nadal fan, the Australian Open in 2017 was the most fun I have had watching a Grand Slam, despite the result (Federer beat Nadal in the fifth set after beating a breakdown).…

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