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Posts published in “Volume 56”

From the Editor: February 2020

It is with great pride that I take on the role of editor-in-chief of our favorite (and, for that matter, only) school newspaper. The Oppy took a little hiatus, but with a new decade comes new staff hoping to give you the same great paper. The Oppy has been the voice of the Stern MBA community for 55 volumes and that is going to continue with No. 56. This paper has seen many an MBA class come and go, and witnessed some of Stern’s most notable alumni. Whether you are just getting settled in for the start of your MBA journey or starting the final countdown to your last step out KMC’s revolving door, I hope you find The Oppy a valuable part of your time here.…

Operations and Entertainment in Las Vegas: All That Glitters

From January 13 to 18, Stern students gathered in Las Vegas for the 12th edition of Professor Harry Chernoff’s Operations and Entertainment: Las Vegas course. Through more than a dozen site visits and guest lectures, the course delivered a peek behind the curtain at key Vegas industries.

The entertainment visits were, arguably, the headliners of the week. The group took a behind-the-scenes tour of Cirque du Soleil’s water-themed show O, and the complex mechanics behind the 1.2 million gallon pool at its center, before attending an evening performance. 

Ultimate Fighting Championship COO, Lawrence Epstein delivered an in-depth look at the growth, evolution, and international success of the company.…

How to Hack your 2020 Oscar Pool – Leading Actors Edition

By Maxine Rusbasan

Best Actor in a Leading Role


Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix is predictably the frontrunner in this race.  With two prior nominations for lead actor in The Master (2012) and Walk the Line (2005) and for best supporting actor in Gladiator (2000), Phoenix’s fourth nomination and likely win would be a long time coming.  Phoenix’s boundary-pushing performance as Arthur Fleck’s evolution into the Joker is the highlight of the film other than the beautifully haunting score from Hildur Guonadottir that has already earned her a Golden Globe. …

DBi Hong Kong 2020: Eating & Learning in High Density

By Anna Ward

Every city is known for something – New York is known for convenience, where you can access anything you want at any hour of the day. San Francisco and Los Angeles are known for their proximity to nature and incredible outdoor activities. Chicago is known for its architecture and waterfront. Hong Kong is usually known for its density. But with that density comes incredible proximity to nature, amazing convenience, world class offerings, and a breathtaking skyline surrounded by mountains and waterfront on all sides.

During the January DBi to Hong Kong, 26 students and I had the opportunity to take advantage of all that Hong Kong had to offer.…

Stern Somebody: A Musician in Our Midst

The Oppy staff is starting a new feature for the paper called “Stern Somebody” to tell the stories of remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

It is with great pleasure that we present Todd Lewis Kramer as our inaugural Stern Somebody.” Todd is a songwriter and singer from a sleepy suburb of New Haven, CT, and has been playing and singing his songs around New York ever since he moved to the city in 2009. He started singing in high school, but once he realized he wanted to write his own songs, Todd taught himself a few chords and started seriously writing toward the end of college.…

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