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Posts published in “Issue 7: April 2021”

Covid Journal: Traveling during Covid (yes, you can)

By Nicolaus Schmandt

COVID has decimated the travel industry unlike any other event in memory. While tragic, it can also be a huge opportunity for those who are still willing to travel, as destinations that are open are offering once-in-a-lifetime deals to lure people out of the lockdowns and get revenue coming in again. The many people in the travel industry would love for you to take advantage of them, too. And though nothing is stopping you from traveling, you do have to pay close attention to any special rules and testing requirements, and not everywhere is open.

The rules and restrictions you face will depend on where you are going (and of course, don’t forget to check for any rules and requirements to get back home).…

Solidarity Week: Asian Business Society held community conversation

As part of Stern’s Solidarity Week, The Oppy has partnered with the Asian Business Society (ABS) for a community conversation focused on the Asian and AAPI experience. Having covered many stories on AAPI issues as a journalist, I got to moderate the conversation with 5 student speakers, Jeremy Russell, Vivian Chen, Gordon Fan, Dat Hoang, and Laura Ding, who are all members of Stern’s AAPI community.

As more attacks on Asians have come to light, leaders at ABS felt it was paramount for this event to feel like an open discussion rather than a listening experience.

Stephanie Li, the incoming co-president of ABS, said she specifically wanted a panel of student speakers instead of an expert or celebrity.…

NYU Stern Solidarity Week Event – What is Environmental Racism?

By William O’Leary

Cancer Alley, Louisiana. The Flint water crisis. The Exide Technologies plant in Los Angeles. Chevron’s destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon and subsequent exploitation of the global economic and legal system to avoid justice. These are just a few of the notable examples of environmental racism inflicted on low-income Black, brown, and indigenous communities by businesses and governments. On Tuesday, April 6th, NYU Stern’s Social Impact and Sustainability Association (SISA) and the Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students (AHBBS) co-hosted an event titled, “What is Environmental Racism?”, where NYU Liberal Studies professor Leo Douglas noted that we will have achieved environmental justice only when “everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”…

SHA Solidarity Week: The Impact of COVID-19 on Marginalized Communities

On April 8, the Stern Healthcare Association had the good fortune of hosting Dr. Joseph Ravenell, the Associate Dean of Diversity Affairs and Inclusion at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Ravenell led a discussion on how this pandemic has hit lower socioeconomic neighborhoods with a higher disease burden and mortality rate than more privileged neighborhoods.

Racism has been with us for centuries, and long-standing social disparities go back throughout the history of the U.S. Any group seen as different from the dominant group in this country has often been seen as a threat and discriminated against. This was made more evident during the pandemic, which can be seen both from health outcomes and the social unrest arising from blatant systemic racism. …

Stern Somebody Presents: Robert Bole

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

It is my honor to present Robert Bole as this month’s “Stern Somebody.” Rob was one of the re-founding members of The Oppy in January 2020 and I do not know what we would have done without him. Managing balance sheets and budgets is not my forte, but luckily for us, it is Rob’s. As the VP of Finance, he has successfully navigated the newspaper through the pandemic without putting our budget into a deficit.…

The Next Step: Ashley Crone & Propel

The Oppy is introducing ‘The Next Step,’ a new monthly series that will feature recent graduates who’ve made exciting moves after Stern. We hope that their stories will inspire you and excite you about what’s next.  

Our inaugural article features Ashely Crone (‘20), Director of Business Development at Propel, Inc., a fast-growing startup that builds software for low-income Americans who are often overlooked by traditional tech innovation. I sat down with Ashley (virtually, of course) on a sunny Friday afternoon to talk about her career, passion for social impact, and advice for soon-to-be graduating MBAs.  

Why did you choose to attend Stern and what were you looking to get out of it?

Stern Singles Presents: Ryan Bedell

The first thing I learned about Ryan Bedell is that, as an employee of NYU he is getting his Stern education for free, which means he has made at least one more solid business decision than I have. There may be several others. Jury’s still out.

Since then, our classmates and I have learned that Ryan is one awesome, chill dude, bro. Funny, laid back, and the guy can put together a smorgasbord like none other. In fact, he literally smokes and sells his own bacon. But then again, you should know that already. If you don’t, just see what his classmates have to say about Ryan, both the man and the budding bacon entrepreneur that he is.…

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