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Posts published in “Issue 1: February 2020”

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.…

SGOV: Three presidential tickets propose sensible plans for improving student life

By Jeremy Russell

This week, the student body will have the opportunity to elect the co-presidents for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is an important annual expression of democracy at a micro scale that allows members of the Stern community to highlight their primary concerns to both student leadership and the NYU administration. The outcome of this week’s vote will of course affect current students, but also set the tone for the incoming class of 2022. While this may not be the most important election of 2020 (perhaps a close second), this contest could impact your life in more concrete ways, including increased SGOV responsiveness and transparency, fewer recruiting events during midterms, and free coffee.…

Tear this up when you’re done reading it

Just kidding. You can’t go all Nancy Pelosi on this article without damaging your computer, and you probably don’t want to do that. Computers are expensive. Seriously, though. Do you need a drink?

You probably need a drink.

Anything to take the edge off is helpful after the week we’ve had. From democracy-spiking apps to geographically-curious tweets, the past seven days have been so full of gaffes that the joke in this article’s headline will probably be two news cycles old before you read it. There were about 90 minutes on Tuesday night when it would have been great, though.

If you somehow managed to maintain your sanity, it probably won’t do you any good to recount what happened, but we’re going to do it anyway. …

New year, New Coronavirus?

The findings of a new strain of an already well-known “common-cold” virus have the world up in arms. This is what you need to know regarding 2019-nCoV, aka 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses are already a well-known family of viruses common in many species of animals, including humans. They cause the common cold and symptoms are usually mild. They can also cause pneumonia and bronchitis in some circumstances, but these cases are typically seen in the elderly or immunocompromised populations. Immunocompromised includes anyone without a fully functioning immune system, sometimes related to a genetic predisposition or cancer. 

So, if forms of coronavirus already exist, why are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies (including the NYU Student Health Center) so concerned about 2019-nCoV?…

The greatest tragedy of impeachment: By the time it ended, none of us seemed to care

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate held just the third ever vote on whether to convict and remove a sitting president on articles of impeachment. Such a moment should carry with it a type of palpable gravitas. After all, in the wide scope of human history, the ability to select one’s leaders is a relatively new idea. The ability, one might even argue the responsibility, to remove one’s leaders through nonviolent procedure if they are injurious to the office is an even more novel concept.

And yet, on Wednesday afternoon, as the Senate twice went through its roll call to acquit Donald John Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors, I sat in the lobby of the Kaufman Management Center watching a potential inflection point in the American experiment on my iPad, and felt nothing.…

Stern Singles Presents: Raechel Shaw

The Oppy staff wants to start up a new feature for the paper called “Stern Single” showcasing members of the student body and what makes them the incredible individuals they are. 

For our inaugural subjects of Stern Single, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, and my love for Pilot Pete, we are proud to present NYU Stern’s Most Eligible Bachelorette, Raechel Shaw

Sternie Testimonials:

“I never thought anyone could make me feel the way Super Bowl Halftime Show made me feel.. until I met Raechel” 

High Praise.

I wish I had her arms” 

Me too man.. Me too. …

Kickoff of the Democratic Primary Season

February 3rd, 2020, the kickoff of the Democratic Primary season at the Iowa Caucuses, will go down as a dark day in American politics. 

After months of anticipation, the first event at which delegates would be awarded for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President, technical glitches and poor planning left candidates, caucus-goers, and voters across the country confused about who actually won, with results trickling in over days rather than hours. The mishandling of such a pivotal moment must not be played down. As soon as reports were delayed, the integrity of the caucuses was compromised. Outbursts from the left and right side of the aisle, and all over twitter, speculated on hacks, corruption, or foreign intervention.…

Stern Singles Presents: Sam Shaughnessy

The Oppy staff wants to start up a new feature for the paper called “Stern Singles” showcasing members of the student body and what makes them the incredible individuals they are. 

For our inaugural subjects of Stern Singles, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, and my love for Pilot Pete, we are proud to present NYU Stern’s Most Eligible Bachelor, Sam Shaughnessy.

Sam is a southern gentleman in every sense of the word. Born and raised in Tennessee, he was voted “Best to take Home to Mom and Dad” in high school. Well Sam, you’ve crossed a new horizon.…

Fashion Week 2020

Full disclosure: I’m writing this article wearing a hard hat in a damp construction shanty in the Meatpacking District. I am not the target market of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), but one thing is for sure: I absolutely love it. For two weeks, NYC is flooded with even more materialism and pretty people than it usually has, and the excuse to party on Tuesday nights (all in the name of networking of course) is never more palpable.

Sure, there are downsides to Fashion Week. Longer lines at restaurants, overcrowded bars and clubs, sleep deprivation. But if those are really dealbreakers, why did you move to New York in the first place?…

Progressive Legislation & Urban Development

New York City recently passed new ordinances and progressive legislation to improve the safety and carbon footprint of more than 1 million buildings in the five boroughs. I have 1200 words. Let’s make them useful.


Unfortunately, building safety legislation in New York is reactive. New York City’s Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) began in 1980 following the death of Grace Gold, a Barnard College student, when a piece of masonry spalled and struck her. Since then, any building over 6 stories requires routine façade (exterior wall) inspections. Updates in 1998 required hands-on inspections, mandated repairs, and staggered filing deadlines.…

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