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Posts published in “Issue 4: December 2020”

Amplifying Voices: A Candid Conversation about Intersectionality

By Laura Gigliotti

On November 30th, the NYU Stern Women in Business (SWIB) Alumnae Group, in partnership with the Black & Latinx and LGBTQ+ Alumni Groups, hosted a virtual panel discussion about intersectionality. The panel was moderated by Tolu Odunsi, assistant dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University at Buffalo School of Law, whose research and areas of interest include critical race theory. Panelists included Sabrina McCoy Griffin (BS 1980), senior consultant, Diversity & Inclusion, Jennifer Brown Consulting, Yesi Morillo Gual (NYU MS 2016) diversity & inclusion strategist, Proud To Be Latina and Yemaya, a recent graduate of Morehouse College and author of the forthcoming book, Resurgens: Becoming the Phoenix.…

Students give thanks to essential Stern staff

As our student body looks back on this year, and the myriad of challenges that the Stern community has overcome in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to acknowledge those who have done so much to keep us safe and healthy in the Stern building itself.  

Without the hard work and commitment of the Public Safety officers and the staff from Facilities & Construction Management and Collins Building Services, who worked tirelessly to adapt to new safety, technology, and cleaning protocols, we would not have been able to have in-person classes this semester. Thanks for checking our Daily Screeners, for keeping our classrooms clean and sanitized, and for ensuring that our in-building experiences were as high-quality as ever, even with the current COVID-19 precautions. You…

A Rapper and a Businessperson Walk Into a Bar: How Warren Buffett and Drake are on the Same Wavelength

Rappers catch a lot of flack. They’re misogynistic, violent, and [insert demeaning adjective masked in racial overtones here] … yeah, I said it!  But what we don’t hear often is how wise some rappers can be. If you take a moment to assess their lyrics, you’ll start to notice the commonalities between the second verse and second chapter of that business “how to” book you’ve been pretending to thoughtfully read on the subway.

Don’t believe me and need a rich white guy to validate my thoughts? It’s cool, so do rappers. That’s my point.

If you’re still reading this, during finals no less, I’ve taken it upon myself to offer you something far greater than the elusive Stern A –– perspective (just breathe and take the guaranteed B).…

Tackling the lottery with numbers on your side

By: Ben Sellitto

Ben Sellitto is a second-year Langone student and employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he has worked since 2016. Ben enjoys brewery hopping, eating anything that is fried, and ballin’ on a budget.

Course selection is always a stressful and daunting task, where Sternies decide how to invest thousands of dollars with a few clicks of a button. As an undergrad, each student at my school was pitted against one another for one random day of the semester, selecting courses at the exact same day and time – causing stress, anxiety, frustration – you name it. I appreciate Stern’s lottery system approach, giving each student ample time to conduct research and select courses without the added pressure of a real-time brawl.…

Give Back

The end of the year is a time of reflection. This year, especially, we have a lot to reflect on. At the risk of stating the obvious, here are some issues which come to mind: the ongoing effects of the pandemic, responding to social justice issues, the election, the health of our family and friends, job security. There’s also been a lot of loss. The loss of loved ones, of jobs, of our daily routine or of “life as we knew it.” I don’t want to be a total debbie downer, because there have been some bright spots such as outdoor restaurants and open streets and those magical couple of months when you could buy take-out cocktails everywhere and walk around with them (especially during the 7pm cheers for healthcare workers).…

I have never heard of Rochelle Walensky

Have you? If you don’t work in the world of infectious disease my guess is, “no,” but you probably hadn’t heard of Anthony Fauci a year ago either. Global Pandemics will make celebrities of the most unexpected faces.

Walensky, who was recently tabbed by President-Elect Joe Biden to lead the CDC under his administration, seems to be quite the source of relief to many epidemiological experts. When announced, her appointment was celebrated by many in the field, whom, I must assume, were disappointed her predecessor provided only the C. Everett Koop beard without the super fun name.

Of course, Walensky has a reasonably normal name and no facial hair.…

Micro-lessons for your family’s not-so-micro holiday aggressions

No number of vaccine tweets can stop the inevitable: we’ll be riding out 2020 in a pandemic. And now, in early December, the cruel and unusual twists of COVID-19 are on a crash course with more routine holiday traditions: cooked birds, kitschy gifts, and squabbling with relatives over politics. Even in the best of times, we all know to expect the occasional screaming match between the navy blue and burgundy red branches of our family tree. The toll of the virus is likely to make the usual suspects even more… spicy? 

Rest assured! Here are a few tips from the Oppy for how to approach those potentially table-clearing debates.…

SGov Social Distanced Fall Events Recap

By Kaori Yamaguchi

Stern Safari (Zoo) : On November 20th and 21st, 36 Stern students went on an adventure to the Bronx Zoo. There were 30 minute private sessions with an animal of their choice: sloth, penguins, giraffes, fennec fox, or 3-4 surprise animals based on zookeeper choices. We were divided into groups of 6 according to our animal choice. We were delighted to pet adorable animals during the sessions. We also fed the animals some food and enjoyed taking a lot of pictures. After the private sessions, we saw more animals in the zoo, which was also a great opportunity to catch up with classmates.…

White Fragility

To continue The Oppy’s active discussion on racism and white privilege, I wanted to focus on the concept of “white fragility” in this issue, from the perspective of a white female, and how it slows meaningful discussions, prevents our understanding of POC’s (people of color) experiences with racism, and is detrimental in social progress towards equality.

White fragility, a term coined by Robin DiAngelo, is a state where even a minimum of  racial stress becomes intolerable for a white person and therefore, triggers defensive reactions ranging from seemingly well-meaning to blatantly vicious behavior. Unfortunately, it is a common theme in our society, and it runs deep.…

The Coming of the DevitoGate

On a hot summer day in June, my partner Tess was on the phone while I was downstairs in the basement (what I call my “command center”), still working as we approached the end of the day. Astoundingly calm, I could hear Tess ask her friend to hold and then proclaimed down the basement stairs: “Dave, there’s a man in the backyard, looks like he’s trying to steal something”.

Naturally, I ran up the stairs, probably in about 4 leaps total, and came upon my living room, which has a transparent sliding glass door. The curtains were already pulled back, and Tess’s account was scarily accurate.…

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