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Oppy Recommends

Welcome to the Oppy’s newest column! Every month, Oppy Recommends will bring you media recommendations across different spheres – music, books, films, TV shows and more. Watch this space to find your next obsession, endorsed by the cultural savants on our lovely board.

TV Show: Crash Landing on You 

Where to watch it: Netflix

Why we love it: This show is a Korean drama that will change you. I am obsessed with it. The story keeps you engaged and is fast moving. One of the best shows I have watched recently. It is a combination of romance, action, and thriller.…

SternWorks: Helping students take a different path

By Henry Mumford

Stern’s values website proudly leads with the statement “Excellence, unbound by tradition. People choose us because we are bold, nimble, fearless, hip, edgy, and innovative – a school rooted in rigor, yet on the cutting edge.” Despite this proclamation, the employment data looks decidedly old school. Year after year, the names and industries at the top of the employment list remain stable. To be clear, this is a huge win for Stern – sending more of its graduates to top employers every year is what has driven its rise in the rankings over the past decade and is increasing the value of the degree we’ve all decided to invest in.…

The more things change…

Just before kickoff Sunday night, I tweeted an extremely clever and definitely-not-too-subtle-by-half joke about Tom Brady’s “dubious” claim to the title of GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). A while later, I did it again. I will be the first to admit that sometimes my sense of humor is a bit too dry, but more than one friend asked me what I was talking about, so after watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV in what could charitably be called a dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs, I’d like to clear some things up.

Grindr: Making Long Term Relationships Possible for Gays

A genesis of my own personal and gay journey

By: Sam Shaugnessy

1 In the beginning, man created dating sites. And man saw the dating sites and he said they were good. (1994), (1995) JDate (1997), eHarmony (2000), Christian Mingle (2001), Ashley Madison (2002), Plenty of Fish (2004), OK Cupid (2004), SeekingArrangements (2006), and to infinity and beyond. There is a dating site for every type of relationship, every interest, every fetish: threesomes, mullet obsessed, single parents, farmers and ranchers, diaper lovers, the exclusive elite, clowns, etc. Dating sites made virtual dating a probable possibility, offered a larger-more-exciting pool of potential lovers, and introduced the fear of catfishing.…

Introducing Novo Press & OppyArts Spotlight

This is an interesting year to be a grad student. We’re reworking how we study, network, and collaborate. A sense of purpose is hard to come by- many feel they’re just going through the motions until they either get their degree, or this nonsense finally ends. Personally, I refuse to let my MBA experience be anything less than a biopic-worthy epic, which is why I was so excited to speak with Suhayb Zarroug about Novo Press and to introduce the Oppy’s new series aimed to connect Sternies with writers and artists to help create art and explore meaning and purpose. …

Coronavirus and the Market Part III

Note: Considering the potential market fluctuations throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, it should be noted this article was originally written on 3 June 2020

A few weeks ago in May, the US treasury announced a record high $96 billion quarterly refunding driven by the Covid-19 emergency stimulus. This compares to $84B from last quarter, an amount which held for the previous 5 quarters. So how does a former Goldman Sachs Banker, who is one of the longest-tenured cabinet members in Trump’s administration, decide to structure such debt in such crazy times? In other words, how does Mnuchin, the U.S. treasury secretary, think?…

Taiwan 2020 Election: Tsai Wins Re-Election in Resounding Fashion

On January 11, 2020, incumbent President Tsai Ing-Wen was reelected as president of Taiwan. In a landslide victory, Tsai secured over 57% of the ballot with 8.2 million votes, the largest vote total for a candidate since the island held its first direct presidential election in 1996. Tsai’s party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), also won a majority of seats (61) in the Legislative Yuan.

Few would have expected these results less than a year ago. In November 2018, Tsai and the DPP suffered massive defeats in the midterm elections as domestic issues like necessary, but ill-received pension reforms and wage stagnation led to a decline in her popularity.…

The Purpose Bowl

The Purpose Bowl

How Political Activism and Marketing Became (Unintentionally) Entwined

JJ Emru, MBA Class of 2018

Let’s get this out of the way. As a lifelong Jets fan, I found much of what happened between the lines during Super Bowl 51 downright nauseating. I’ve been told that others found it very entertaining.

But if you were one of the more than 100 million viewers who tuned in to the big game this year, it was what happened during those infamous commercial breaks that may have truly inspired you. Or perhaps made your blood boil.

From couch surfing to big lumber, automotive titans to beloved household brands, #SB17 will be remembered in the marketing world for the role social causes played in brand advertising.…

Elegy for a Season

Elegy for a Season: What the Falcons Taught Me

Dan O’Brien, Features Editor

I didn’t actually watch the end of the game. I saw maybe one snap of overtime. By then, I already knew how it was going to end. I had to get out of the house.

To be honest, even at halftime, when my birds were up by 18… I already sort of knew. A week before the Super Bowl, a friend asked for my prediction. I texted back, “We’re up 20 at the half and blow it in the 4th quarter.” So, I was a couple points off.…

Starbucks Reserve

So How Are Those $10 Cups of Coffee Doing?

Starbucks Reserves its Voice to Emphasize Social Strategy, Not Business Initiatives

Leanna Bornkamp, Vice President

In the past couple of months, Starbucks has been making a concerted effort to introduce new, upscale coffee shops in urban areas. No surprise there, of course—the company has pursued an aggressive growth strategy for years. What was surprising, though, was Howard Schultz announcing that he would be stepping down as Starbucks CEO to take the reins on the Starbucks Reserve initiative. So why, after all of the initial buzz, haven’t we heard much more about this seismic shift in the company’s strategy?…

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