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Posts published in “Issue 4: December 2020”

Give me all the Kornacki my TV can handle

If you’ve been following my columns this year, (which I’m sure most of you haven’t, but hi, mom!) you’ve probably noticed I’m “the politics guy.” That is to say, I’m the Oppy staffer who got stuck with putting political opinions in a public space where they can do me only personal and professional harm. But did you know I’m into sports, too?

It’s true!

I’ve written about it for The Oppy once or twice, and would you believe I wrote about it professionally once upon a time? If you need any indication for how respected my critical eye was in the world of sports journalism, well, I’m in business school now.…

OppySpotlight: Jamie Bruno & Urban Agriculture Cooperative

The Oppy’s Spotlight Series exposes Sternies to writers, artists, and causes outside of our typical professional networks. This month’s article highlights Jamie Bruno, co-founder and Program Director of the Urban Agriculture Cooperative (UAC) based in Newark, NJ.

Jamie has worked in urban agriculture in Newark for the last eight years with various nonprofits. Outside of the UAC, Jamie is an Artist and Data Analyst. She served the Greater Newark Conservancy as their first Foodcorps Service Member between 2014-2015. In 2017, Jamie helped to develop creative messaging for green infrastructure and environmental education projects as a Resident Artist with Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ under a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.…

The Graduate: Vanessa O’Brien

There cannot be failure unless one gives up – I know that for certain.Vanessa O’Brien 

This month’s edition of “The Graduate” features Vanessa O’Brien (‘97), a British-American mountaineer, explorer, author and (of course) notable Stern grad! Among Vanessa’s many achievements, she set a Guinness World Record by becoming the first woman to reach the Earth’s highest (Mt. Everest 8,848m) and lowest (Challenger Deep 10,925m) points. Vanessa is the first American or British woman to successfully summit K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain, has summited the highest peaks on every continent (the Seven Summits) in a 295 day span, and has skied the last degree to the north and south poles in 11 months (Explorers Grand Slam). Her…

Dear Oppy: December 2020

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,

There is this guy in my 6:30pm branding class and I can’t even figure out what block he’s in. He’s super weird; always in a suit or biz casual, and I’m pretty sure recruiting is done. He’s impossible to schedule group meetings with, refuses to meet during the day, and barely even contributes to the GroupMe banter.

Quarantined Down Under

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, as of December 10, Australia had just 15 daily cases of COVID. 15. In the whole country. The country currently has a strict policy of no visitors, and Australian citizens must complete their 14-day quarantine in a hotel upon entry. I have seen a number of articles and videos online about people’s quarantine experiences and subsequent return to normal life after the 14 days. Because of the low number of cases in Australia, normal is not the “new normal” we’ve gotten used to in the city, but actually the old normal that seems to be in the very distant past.…

Letter from the Editor: December 2020

The Oppy Editorial Board is proud to introduce its newly-formatted newsletter with this issue (Thanks to Phuong Tran, our AVP of Technology!). Less text-heavy emails and more pictures makes the email easier to skim before deleting. 🙂 

We are only days away from finals being over and, therefore, the end of the semester. Why not enjoy these articles during study breaks? 

SGov tells us about the socially-distanced events they hosted this semester. Ben Sellitto, a Langone student, shares a pretty impressive model he created to help in course selection. Owen Lee, our B-School beekeeper, shares how he got into his unusual hobby.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Alana Levy

The Oppy staff is proud to continue its feature, “Stern Somebody”, where we have the opportunity to tell the stories of our remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

In this issue, it is our pleasure to present Alana Levy. Alana is a Langone student who started at Stern in 2019. She has eight years of experience building and scaling technology organizations in numerous capacities – from product development to program management to software sales. Currently at Flatiron Health, she partners with cross-functional teams to bring new products to market, translating product strategy into action. Alana received a BA from Cornell, a Post-Bacc from Columbia, and an MPH from the University of Edinburgh.…

Stern Singles Presents: Chris Surot

Happy Holidays Sternies, welcome back to another edition of Stern Singles, and WOW do I have a stocking stuffer for you. It is my pleasure to present you with Stern’s most eligible bachelor, Chris Surot.

Sternie Testimonials:

“My guy Chris is a studly and vivacious ball of positive energy; it’s hard not to have a great time when he’s around. Always up to do something fun and knows how to chill with the best of them. Last tidbit, while he’s a man of many talents, his dancing prowess reigns supreme.”

That’s a tasty tidbit guy. I wish my friends called me vivacious.…

Stern Singles Presents: Hayley Wilcox

Welcome back to another addition of Stern Singles. We are excited to introduce you all to another Stern eligible bachelorette, Hayley Wilcox!

Sternie testimonials: 

H – ot

A – uthentic

Y – es girl

L – oving 

E – xtremely fun

Y – ou should date her

Enough said, don’t you think? 

I was introduced to Hayley through a mutual friend from college, which goes to show, the world really is that small. In a nutshell, Hayley Wilcox is a fun-loving ~cool girl~ hailing from California making major moves (both NYU undergrad and Stern!) in the world of media, tech, and corporate development.…

Stern Hobbies: Hive Talkin’

As part of our new “Stern Hobbies” series, The Oppy is taking a look at off-the-beaten-path interests among some of our classmates at Stern. If you have a hobby you would like to write or be interviewed about, please e-mail the Oppy at Today’s feature is a Q&A with Langone student Owen Lee.

Owen Lee, in the most “B-School” way possible, is quick to note he’s a hands-off beekeeper.

“For millions of years bees have managed themselves pretty well,” Lee says. “I’m not adding a lot of value.”

But when you hear him espouse his laissez-faire philosophy, you can’t help but wonder if, perhaps, he’s buried the lede.…

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