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Posts published in “Issue 2: March 2020”

The Future of the U.S. Healthcare System

With the upcoming elections, U.S. healthcare and necessary reforms to the system remain a hot topic. The debate of whether healthcare should remain in the private sector or be made entirely public continues to stoke passionate opinions. As a clinician, I strongly believe that healthcare, and its access for all, is a human right, but the MBA student in me realizes medical treatment is a limited and expensive resource. At the end of the day, someone has to pay for it.

Healthcare in the United States is currently divided between the public and private sectors. Health insurance is offered privately, either through personal plans or group health insurance through employers.…

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.…

From the Editor: March 2020

It has been an eventful month between the presidential primary elections taking place; COVID-19 becoming a “very high” global risk, as per the World Health Organization; and the consequential impact on the stock market. In addition to that, there was the day-to-day stress of surviving our first month of the 2020 academic year back at Stern and wondering if there actually is going to be any snow this winter. We are persevering, however, and there is now only a week between us and the very much needed Spring Break. While DBis and some treks may have been cancelled, due to CDC recommendations that educational institutes cancel study abroad programs, the school break, whether spent in NYC or away, is very much needed for most of us. …

Stern Singles Presents: Connie Meltzer.

Welcome back to another addition of Stern Singles, for the month of
March we are so happy to share with you all our lovely new bachelorette, Connie Meltzer.

Sternie Testimonials:

“She never takes herself too seriously, and will certainly
keep you laughing. Her smile is downright contagious and her dimples are to die

“Dimples to die for” is my
new 2020 energy.

“Connie used to be a lifeguard, so dating her is basically
dating a real life mermaid. Connie is the perfect combination of gentle and
fearless, and life is never boring or lonely with her. “

Seriously, why don’t my friends talk about me like this?…

Turbulence Amid Changing NYC Rent Laws

By Gianna D’Alessio

New York renters temporarily rejoiced on February 4, when the Department of State clarified language from 2019 housing laws, effectively banning broker’s fees in New York City. Broker’s fees, which are sums of money prospective tenants are asked to pay towards a broker’s commission, are a large expense to new renters and could cost as much as 12 to 15 percent of one year’s rent. This decision was long-anticipated, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Statewide Housing Security & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 on June 14, 2019.…

Dear Oppy: March Edition

We are proud to introduce our inaugural agony advice column, Dear Oppy: B-School Advice for the Everyday Sternie.

Oppy can be quite Stern at times but is here to answer the queries and qualms of all MBA students so send them his/her way at [email protected].

Dear Oppy,

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, keeps using the term “pivot.” Half the time they use the term incorrectly and I just want them to slap them until they pivot into some sense. Please help so I don’t actually slap anyone…


Kvetching in Kimmel

Dear Kvetching,
While it can be frustrating to hear your classmates misuse or overuse a term, you must remember that “pivot” won MBA Word of the Year in 2019 and 2018…and it’s looking like a forerunner in 2020 too.…

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.…

Kobe Bryant Memorial: Recap of an Emotional Night at Staples Center

By Sanjna Shukla

On February 24, 2020, over 20,000 people at the Staples Center and several more around the world honored the life of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.  The date was a special tribute to the No.2 of Gianna’s basketball jersey and to the No.24 that Kobe Bryant made an icon in not only Staples Center, but the entire basketball community.   

The memorial included tributes from several artists, basketball players, and public figures. Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera performed heartfelt numbers, while Bryant’s good friend Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event. 

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bryant was at the top of the list of candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.…

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.…

NYU Transportation Services

To begin, I’d like to thank LSG President Sandy Moheban for advocating for NYU Public Transportation and inspiring this article. NYU offers a number of transportation services that go underutilized by the graduate school community. These services include bus routes and late night safe ride services. I tried each of these services to check out the scene, see how convenient they actually were, and try to figure out why so few of my classmates use them. 

Bus Services

NYU offers 7 different bus routes connecting the Washington Square campus with Brooklyn campus, NYU medical, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Buses run from 7 am to midnight, 7 days a week.…

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