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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. …

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.…

Behind the Scenes: Passport Day 2022

The Stern International Committee’s premier event – Passport Day was held on April 14, 2022, after a pandemic-induced break of three years. The Passport Day is a celebration of the cultural diversity in our class with students and this year was no different! Featuring biryani and samosas from India and Pakistan, empanadas from Colombia, crêpes from France among many, MANY other delicacies from more than 25 countries, fabulous dance, song and comedic performances and attended by over 450 people, it was one of the biggest Stern events of the semester.

This year, the event was organized by the International Committee comprised of Jeetendra Khilnani, Anurup Gaurab, Joline Huntemann, Mike Wang, Nihar Patel, Leon Kee Pay and Jonas Putsch.…

Stern Descends on Breckenridge for an Epic Ski Trip

By Guillaume Bouyoux and Anna Garrison

In the final days of winter break, over 180 Sternies took over Breckenridge, Colorado in honor of snow sports and mountain festivities. Friends reconnected, bankers and consultants re-emerged from interviews (or wrapped up final interviews in the early morning hours of Mountain Standard Time), hot tubs overflowed, skiers and snowboarders carved up Peaks 6-10,  and the TBar will never be the same. The week started with excellent groomed conditions, but things really picked up with Tuesday’s fresh powder dump which started around midnight and continued all day. Sternies flexed their unique interpretations of ski attire on the trip’s Costume Day (shoutout to the zebra, piñata, fairies, and the all-neon getups).…

Sternies Abroad: Thanksgiving Mexico Edition

“Ocean fire,” as described by my partner (pictured)

Every year around October I can expect a massive group text from my family inviting me to the annual thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Amany’s house. Though my generation is the first born in America, our Thanksgiving is mostly similar to a conventional one – lots of family, lots of food, football on TV, kids on their cellphones and mother-in-laws critiquing their son’s wives, discussing how the season feels uncharacteristically warm again (trend anyone?).

This year, my partner and I decided to do something different – go to Mexico and avoid the whole thing.…

Trapped in Morocco

I would like to preface this article by saying that my friend and I now realize how risky it was to travel during Spring Break, and we probably should have heeded the University’s advice to stay home. Nonetheless, we thankfully did eventually make it back safe and now have a great story in the arsenal for future cocktails parties, when social distancing is a mere memory.

My classmate, Teresa and I were supposed to go on DBi Morocco a few weeks ago. Teresa is in my block and always sat in the front with me in our foundation classes. To her dismay, I call those days the “acquaintance days.”…

Carnival – the History and Experience Behind the Party

The traditions behind Carnival are thought to have started during BC times as a celebration of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. This festival was then adopted by the Romans for their equivalent wine god, Bacchus. As Catholicism started to spread throughout Europe in the second century, many Pagan traditions were adopted by the Church to encourage conversion. This included the foundation of what is today known as Mardi Gras or Carnival, depending on where in the world it is celebrated. The festival is held a few days prior to Lent and ends with “Shrove Tuesday,” or “Fat Tuesday.”  While originally established by the Catholic Church, the festival soon transitioned into a more secular celebration, eventually facilitating its transformation into a cultural phenomenon.…

LSG Winter Getaway

Wow friends. That was quite the trip. For those of you that stayed home this past weekend, your fellow Sternies made their way up to Stratton Vermont for the LSG Winter Getaway. This was my first ski trip at Stern, and while the bar was set pretty high from the stories my classmates had told me, damn did this trip deliver. 

The trip began with a casual 5 hour bus ride out of Greenwich Village up to the Green Mountain Forest of Southern Vermont. As soon as the bus cleared the city limits of New York and we made it to the highway, my fellow riders quickly found their sea legs and began to walk around and socialize.…

Back to Escuela

I flashed my ID and walked quietly along a pathway across a deep green lawn accented with purple and pink flowers. Drooping willows and tall cypress cast shadows across the sunlit path and a bubbling fountain as I approached glass doors and entered a building. As I walked across the marble lobby, lined with chestnut brown paneling and bright red sofas, it struck me how quiet the building was even for a Friday. In front of a grand spiral staircase, I summoned the stylish glass cylinder that served as an elevator and subsequently watched as the sofas and flat screens shrank in the atrium below me.…

DBi New Zealand January 2020: From the Classroom to the Vineyard

By Nicholas Martinez

Kia ora koutou katoa – Greetings and hello to you all! From January 5th through the 16th, 31 Stern students gathered in Auckland, New Zealand for the first ever DBi New Zealand. Through multiple site visits and guest lectures, the course provided an insightful view into the industries that represent the commanding heights of the country’s economy. 

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We first received a warm and welcoming greeting from the University of Otago’s Associate Dean, Dr. Lincoln Wood. After his introduction we began our class which explored the history of New Zealand and the emphasis placed on recognizing the Māoris, the country’s indigenous population.…

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