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Posts published in “Issue 4: May 2020”

The Phases of Quarantine (for Non-Essential Workers)

Day 1: This lockdown will be my Hot Girl Quarantine – time to get in shape! 

  • Proceeds to InstaCart – only fresh fruit and veggies, keeping snacks at home is too unsafe. Orders Booty Bands and dumbbells through Amazon. When the groceries and packages get delivered, uses pounds of disinfectant on the outsides of all the bags and packaging. Admires the colorful fridge full of fresh food and the colorful living room full of exercise equipment. 
  • Sets up several Zoom and FaceTime happy hours, it’s just like the real thing!
  • “I can finally put a dent in my long list of Netflix and Hulu shows to watch.

Dating in the Time of Corona

Since the lockdown started, my Instagram has become a showcase of couples in confinement. Every time I tap the pink and orange Insta-icon, I am greeted by a flood of couples bonding over baking bread, puzzling through an enormous jigsaw, or even announcing they have tied the knot at the courthouse in the wake of a cancelled wedding. Times may be tough, they say, but together, they will get through this.

Great. But what about the rest of us? Us bold singles who entered into the crisis alone? 

Despite my excellent, alluring profile in last month’s Stern Singles, I myself remain unattached.…

Dear Deirdre – Thank You for Being Awesome

Our Letters to the Editor – By Oppy Staff

During the lockdown, it can be easy to lose touch with the day to day dealings of our friends. Everyone we know is stuck in Zoom classes at their parent’s house, right? Either that or working from home around the country. But this is not entirely true. There are some among us at Stern who are true heroes; not only are they continuing to go to work keeping us healthy and alive, but are taking on extra hours and additional jobs to fight the pandemic.

In fact, the Oppy staff is proud to highlight that our very own Editor-in-Chief, Deirdre Keane, is not just our fearless leader but one of these fearless healthcare workers.…

The Graduate: Joan Bloom

The Oppy is commemorating the last decade of NYU Stern with our new ‘The Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alum from each decade since the 1960s through the 2010s that have made an impact on their community and industry.

The Graduate, 1960s Edition: Joan Bloom

This month’s ‘The Graduate’ interview is with Joan Bloom, former PR director in the lifestyle and travel space. She graduated from the MBA program at NYU’s Graduate School of Business in 1966 (before it was named the Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1988), and answered my questions via email and over the phone. …

Reflecting on the SHA Alumni Career Insights Panel

By Prashant Kota

Last week, the Stern Healthcare Association (SHA) hosted an alumni career insights panel to guide those MBA students interested in careers in the healthcare industry amidst the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to moderate the panel, and we were lucky enough to hear from healthcare industry leaders such as Tim Nolan from EmblemHealth, Pooja Chatterjee from Abbott, and Josh Kurtzig from United Family Healthcare. 

Tim, a health insurance expert with over 30 years of experience in healthcare, leads EmblemHealth’s efforts in revenue growth and clinical and provider network as EmblemHealth’s Executive Vice President.…

From the Editor: May 2020

Has it been a month already? Honestly, I cannot decide if April was the longest or shortest 30 days of my life. I do know time has started to blend together. I only differentiate days of the week by which hospital I’m working in, do I have class or not, and how many days of scrubs do I have left?

Yet, we have all gotten into a routine of sorts – whether it’s working from home, classes from home…nearly everything, from home. We are dispersed all over the city, U.S., and world. These have been some tough times for our Stern family in terms of layoffs, internships and jobs rescinded or delayed, and disruptions in student visa statuses – just to name a few.…

This Starfish

By Rebecca Goldberg

Someone once told me this fable: 

One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked, he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir.” The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you.

Faculty Spotlight – Professor Rich Hendler “The friendlier face of the Law”

By Jessica Wong, Carola Gasser-Trinkl, and Isabell Wenning

Of the ‘must take’ Professors at Stern, Professor Hendler, or as he prefers to be called, Rich, is certainly one of them. Rich is a recipient of several official teaching awards, including the Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award, the Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Honors in both 2001 and 2003, and the Stern Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. Informally, he is a highly recommended Professor and a unique person to get to know as a friend and mentor. If asked to describe himself in one word, Rich would choose the word “Humanity”: He loves people and translates that love to the classroom by creating a  community within a community at Stern.…

Tales from the Frontline

It is hard to explain what I have seen and done these past few weeks, but I am going to try my best to give you insight that comes with working in a hospital in the hardest hit borough of the epicenter of this pandemic. Like the vast majority, I was naive to how intensely COVID-19 was going to hit this city. Looking back, I don’t know how because I can no longer imagine living in a world where COVID is not the center of our lives. 

I was a pediatric intensive care nurse (RN) for five years in a children’s hospital in the Bronx before I became a nurse practitioner (NP) in an oncology hospital in Manhattan.…

Post-COVID Predictions from Professor Scott Galloway

After attending the recent NYU Stern webinar ‘In Conversation with Professor Scott Galloway’ hosted by Dean Raghu Sundaram, I was interested to hear more about Galloway’s predictions for the post-COVID future.

Professor Scott Galloway is a brand strategy and marketing professor, the author of The Algebra of Happiness, co-host of the Pivot podcast with Kara Swisher and host of The Prof G Show podcast. He also has a new show on Vice called No Mercy, No Malice, that airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST.

While it’s currently unclear when (or, if ever) the world will return to “normalcy,” here are his notes on what he expects various facets of the business world to look like post-coronavirus.

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