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Posts published in “Issue 6: March 2021”

The Covid relief bill: Better than a spontaneous getaway to Mexico

Yeah, Ted. I know. Mexico is fun as long as you don’t get called home within 24 hours. Granted, I’ve never been to any of those resorts in Cabo or wherever – my spring breaks in undergrad were far more muted – but I’ve been to Mexico City and I’d go back for the tacos alone. Even so, if you told me I could choose between a weekend jaunt to Tulum or the federal government passing a massive relief bill that will change the fabric of this country for the better, I’m going for the latter.

Some of you are definitely thinking I only feel that way because I’m a wonky political nerd who can’t just kick it and have a good time at Senor Frogs.…

Coronavirus and the Market Part IV: Jerome Powell -The Hero We Needed

In the last article from this series in June 2020, I spoke about the impending doom of rising interest rates. I mentioned how this would be precipitated by additional federal government stimulus legislation and the need for the U.S. Treasury to issue more debt to fund so much new federal spending. For once I was right. The yield curve did steepen back in June. Specifically, most of the steepening occurred primarily on the 20-year point due to the new treasury issuance with that same maturity, the rest of the curve was relatively unchanged from the 0-10-year points. As a quick refresher, since the yield curve represents expected future interest rates, it also indicates growth expectations for the general economy. …

A “Zoomside” Chat with Lorenzo Fertitta

Lorenzo Fertitta has done and seen it all. And yet, despite his extraordinary accomplishments, he has remained modest and kind. Not one typically for interviews or being in the spotlight, Mr. Fertitta was willing to be interviewed by The Oppy because of his love and nostalgia for Stern. In fact, he and his brother, Frank, created and funded the Fertitta Veterans Program in 2016 at Stern with a gift of $15 million. It is not often that an MBA student gets to interview a living legend – or a billionaire. While I admit I was nervous at first to interview the Lorenzo Fertitta, he immediately put me at ease.…

SternSounds – Monthly Oppy Playlist

Introducing SternSounds | March 21 

A monthly playlist curated by the Stern student body, gathered and groove approved by the Stern Oppy. 

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March ‘21 Playlist

Happy almost Spring, Sternies. Going on one whole year since coronavirus knocked the earth off its rocker, I thought about turning to one of my simplest and happiest pastimes: discovering new music. I figured that if there’s one thing many people have in common, it’s enjoying listening to music of some sort, whether it’s the backdrop to working out, cooking dinner, dancing, or to fill the endless void that was 2020.…

NYU 2031 – Rethinking the University’s expansion post-Corona

Have you ever been walking around the city and thought “Huh, NYU has a building here?”

It can be tough to miss the 5+ million square feet (roughly six Amazon fulfillment centers) of space that the University occupies in New York. From Brooklyn to 1st Avenue to Abu Dhabi, NYU does not have a single home. For all its sprawl, however, the University unquestionably has its roots in Greenwich Village. Both campus and college-town, the Village is the heart of student activity.

Even as NYU touts a growing global presence, the Washington Square campus remains the University’s top priority for capital improvement.…

Reflecting on this past year and the latest on the “Fauci Ouchie”

This week marks the one-year anniversary of March 11, 2020, when Covid-19 was officially upgraded from an epidemic to a pandemic by the World Health Organization. At that time, there were less than a 1000 known cases in the U.S. and infectious disease experts were still hopeful we could get the virus spread under control. It was the first time in a century a communicable disease was categorized a pandemic of this severity (and hopefully, the last for at least another century). I don’t need to go into all the minute details, because we have all lived through it, but it is important to remember that in a year we have lost over 500,000 Americans to Covid. …

Stern Singles Presents: Katie Starsia

What’s that? The politics and sports guy is writing Stern Singles? Yeah, it’s weird, and if you all think romance isn’t my strong suit, my wife would probably agree. But some people are such obvious catches that they make this job easy, and Katie Starsia fits that bill.

Katie is smart, funny, as literate in politics as she is in reality TV, and an all-around sports industry badass whose TikTok culture savvy doesn’t prevent her from geeking out with the comic book nerds. Did I mention she was a Division-I athlete in undergrad and she does custom baking as a side hustle?…

Stern Singles Presents: Steve Reuther

Hello Sternies, welcome back to another edition of Stern Singles. This pot of gold is March’s most eligible bachelor, Steven Reuther 

Sternie Testimonials:

I have no other way to say this.. but Steven just gives off protagonist vibes. He always feels like the main character of whatever is going on.

This may be my favorite testimonial we’ve received. 

He is the most consistent friend I have. If he commits to something (travel, Zoom hangout, etc.) or says he will call at a certain time, he does. 

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like Boyfriend material to the Oppy Staff.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Kevin Coppola

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

Half watching the umpteenth snowstorm of this winter unfold, mostly paying attention to my strategy intensive on Zoom, I heard the words “national figure skating coach” and thought, that’s not your everyday person getting an MBA. 

Encountering Kevin Coppola in breakout rooms during some long Sunday sessions (Langone life), I wondered if he similarly felt like a fish out of water coming into business school from an entirely different industry.…

Stern Faculty Spotlight: Alison Taylor

“I have got a very long way […]  by pivoting careers and fields frequently. I think that there is a lot to be gained by seeing connections between things rather than staying in one area and just doing the same thing over and over again. Going to business school is an amazing moment to completely change your career, so I would advise people to take that possibility seriously because you don’t have endless chances to do that. Think creatively, because a sideways move might be very good for you in the long term.” – Alison Taylor 

This month’s Stern Faculty Spotlight features Alison Taylor, the Executive Director of Ethical Systems and Adjunct Professor at Stern.…

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