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Posts published in “Issue 8: May 2021”

The Graduate: Mayoral candidate and Stern alum Art Chang takes on City Hall

The Oppy is reconnecting with some prominent NYU Stern alumni with our ‘Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alumni that have made an impact on their community and industry. 

It’s generally considered poor form for a journalist to eat lunch during an interview. I’m not proud of violating that principle, but fortunately for me, the subject of this sitdown was 2021 New York Mayoral candidate Art Chang.

“Oh, you can go ahead and take ten minutes to eat if you want,” he said before noting that he, too, had his lunch waiting on the side.

For a man with years of experience in city development, tech startups, and New York’s municipal government, Chang (Stern MBA, 1998) is almost disarmingly lax in conversation.…

The EV revolution: can Biden take us the last mile?

By Nicolaus Schmandt

113 years after Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Michigan, combustion engines remain the dominant means of moving a vehicle. For technology to last more than a century is an impressive run. Compared to phones, computers, and personal electronics, multiple iterations of which are unrecognizable and unusably primitive today, cars have remained surprisingly consistent. 

But, finally, the end seems to be coming with Ford planning to put its last gasoline engine in a car in 2034, after which all vehicles produced by Ford will be electric. That’s around the time several governments, including California and most of Europe, are saying they will ban the sale of gas vehicles.…

Getting our vax on

These past few months, we have seen the U.S. do a “boot and rally” on Covid. After doing a terrible job of early testing and surveillance, vaccine rollout has gone remarkably well. In the past three months, an average of two million vaccines have been administered a day. Our population is currently 35% fully vaccinated and 46% partially vaccinated as of May 12. However, we are now getting to the point where the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine supply is starting to surpass demand, thanks to the “vaccine hesitancy” phenomenon. 

Hesitancy is firmest in Republican white communities in rural areas and is often clouded in misinformation.…

The Ballad of Liz Cheney

Let it never be said that a Republican Party led by Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell, operating under a decade-long strategy of opposing literally anything a Democratic President proposes, cannot achieve something remarkable.

They’ve gotten me to defend Liz Cheney.

To be clear, while The Oppy is not meant to be a guide for your personal beliefs nor do my columns represent the opinions of anyone else who has written for it, I disagree with virtually everything Liz Cheney supports that doesn’t revolve around naming a post office. Well, except for that post office.

You know the one I’m talking about.…

Get to know the face behind SternMBAMemes: Morgan Salvan

Tell us about yourself and what brought you to Stern?

I am a second year student in the full-time MBA program specializing in Strategy, Tech Management + Operations, and Leadership & Change Management. Prior to Stern, I worked in the communications industry for about 7 years, where I devised creative solutions for the marketing and branding needs of clients like Canon, Jameson, HBO, The Super Bowl, and The NY Yankees. I came to Stern with the goals of hitting the reset button on my career (I’ll be going into consulting after graduation), broadening my horizons, learning new skills, and meeting people from diverse backgrounds.  …

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