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Posts published in “Issue 4: May 2020”

Zoom Drinking Game

This semester has been…something. Going remote in the middle of the semester has been quite the experience and we’ve all had to come up with innovative ways to stay entertained. One of the many ways people have managed to make the best of online classes is by setting up drinking games. Hopefully, we will not be virtual next semester and none of these will have to be used again, but below are some of the rules Sternies have come up with. Enjoy!

Take 1 Sip:

  1. Anytime someone mentions coronavirus
  2. Every time someone says, “Sorry, I was on mute.”
  3. Every time two people talk at the same time, then stop at the same time, and then start speaking at the same time again

Take 2 Sips:

  1. Every time the professor comments on a student’s Zoom background
  2. Every time you join a breakout room

Chug your drink:

  1. If someone starts yelling to their mom/significant other/roommate without realizing they’re not on mute
  2. When someone accidentally messages something on the Zoom chat to the entire class instead of replying privately
  3. If you catch someone else drinking!

The Many Faces of Zoom Backgrounds

What better way to add some excitement to class AND cover up your messy room than a Zoom background?! As we’ve become accustomed to virtual classes, we’ve gotten creative with backgrounds and effects. Here is a taste of some of the backgrounds we’ve seen in classes, complete with the Zoom artists!

A person holding a fish in the water

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Chad Eatinger
A person looking at the camera

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Tim Sterling
A person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

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Shasanka Pradhan

And finally, for when you really can’t be bothered to look like a human, courtesy of my brother:

A picture containing yellow, green, food, water

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We are willing to get our hair mussed

I watched baseball on Monday night. For a few minutes, after a weekend with temperatures in the high 70s and the national pastime on my TV, it finally felt like spring. I wasn’t in the stadium, but it looked like a beautiful day for a game. Then again, I honestly don’t know how warm it is in Busan this time of year.

I also didn’t know I was such an NC Dinos fan, but they’ve won just as many championships as the Mets in the past 30 years, so it feels right.

Seven weeks ago, the United States and South Korea were in a very similar place in terms of COVID-related fatalities, with each country recording around 90 of them.…

Feed Our Hospitals: How a non-profit created in the early days of COVID-19 is impacting our New York City hospital workers and the restaurant industry

By Teresa Bruno

I sat down with Jessica Vernon, Lauren Smith and Kelsey Orem of Feed Our Hospitals to discuss their mission and the impact that they have made so far. 

Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of a physician, a nurse or a respiratory therapist working on the front lines of COVID-19. As you imagine their typical day, you may be surprised at this fact – New York City’s healthcare providers do not have easy access to nutritious food. They cannot simply order a meal for themselves; it’s challenging enough to find a spare moment to eat.…

Networking Was Hard Then. What About Now?

By Rebecca Goldberg

Contrary to popular belief social distancing has its perks when it comes to networking. Follow these 5 tips and tricks to maximize your time while you are at home. 

Networking can be challenging even in the most ideal job market. And today, with the impact of COVID-19, it could be easy to say it’s just that much harder. However, there are ways to navigate this unique and unprecedented moment that might make the next few months more fruitful, productive, and fun than you originally anticipated. 

  1. Virtual Stalking Allowed: Regardless if you are currently employed or not, take this time to sign up for as many webinars, free events, and virtual conferences as possible.

Dear Oppy: May Edition

We are proud to continue our 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

Dear Oppy,

What can I do to help during the crisis?


Friendly Neighbor

Dear Friendly,

There’s a lot you can do during the crisis! Try making sandwiches for all your neighbors! Deliver them door to door with a friendly handshake. Physical contact helps ease the tension. Same goes for family: give them a great big hug!…

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