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Posts published in “Volume 58”

MBA Life Hacks

If there is anything MBA students are good at (besides networking), it’s system optimization.If there is a more efficient way to do something, we will find it. The Oppy asked you to share some of these shortcuts or alternative methods, and you delivered.

During your time at Stern, have you discovered a few tricks you would like to share to help newer MBA students?

“You can see what classes you got into before it’s officially announced if you look at your required textbooks on NYU bookstore Brightspace.”

The only reason to visit the NYU bookstore, we hear.

“When you select classes, say if your preferred class has multiple sections.…

Roe v. Wade: Then, Now, & Forever 

Last week, a majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court was leaked, stating that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. The historic 1973 ruling has protected awoman’s right to an  abortion without government restriction for nearly 50 years. The ruling has fueled debates between “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” often rooted in the argument of whether abortion is suggestive of “killing” a living being, and therefore  murder or if abortion is ultimately a right to bodily autonomy. It has been scrutinized from the purview of political, evangelical, and scientific communities, with the overlap and distinction of one or more often informing an individual’s opinion on the matter.…

Goodbye from the Graduating Oppy Board Members

With graduation next week, we can’t help but be a bit nostalgic about our time at Stern and The Oppy. Half of us were the re-founding members of The Stern Opportunity in early 2020, a whole month before the start of the pandemic. Since then, we have grown the newspaper to what it is today. Stern boasts the second oldest MBA newspaper in the United States, just behind HBS, and it was a pleasure being part of that legacy. In a final goodbye, we share a little bit of our experience. 

Editor-in-Chief: Deirdre Keane

I look back at these two years as EiC and regret nothing.…

Happy Mother’s & Father’s Day: MBAs X Parenthood

“Being a parent of a newborn while working and doing an MBA is a lot of work. It means long days and sleepless nights. Everyone in the Langone program must make tradeoffs, but for parents, it’s especially complex. How do I work, keep my grades up, build friendships, maintain relationships, and take care of a tiny newborn? Can I be part of the social scene and be there for my baby when she wakes up multiple times during the night? At one point, I was ready to give it up because the mom guilt is all consuming, if not for my partner.

Spring Fling: Masquerade

“We switched our facemasks for glamor masks.” This was the motto on Saturday as SGOV hosted “Spring Fling: Masquerade” at the Capitale on Bowery.

I woke up Saturday morning and panic raced through my mind as I saw the unrelenting rain storm. There were still a thousand other tasks I had to complete before the event, and the weather just did not want to cooperate with us, rain pouring all morning. There were doubts and questions constantly popping up in my mind. How do we get nearly 500 pounds of Mondelez candy out of my apartment in Stuytown and to the venue?…

Can’t Rain on our Yacht Night

Saturday was the LSG hosted “Yacht Night” on the Cornucopia Majesty Charter Yacht. The event was ironically called “Sail into Summer” on a freezing, miserably wet day. I also had the good fortune of working on Saturday. As I ran out of the hospital to grab a cup of coffee earlier that day, and was nearly simultaneously blown away and drowned by the weather, I wondered how this cruise would go. I sent a lot of Perfect Storm gifs to my Langone buddies to mentally prepare for the night.

Fortunately for all of us, the weather had vastly improved by that evening.…

Stern’s Favorite Band, Per My Last Email, Rocks Again in Sold Out Farewell Show

Per My Last Email concert at Drom, April 22nd, 2022. From left to right: Hondo Katz (guitar), Brendan Grambow (guitar/vocals), Andy Yang (lead vocals), Daniel Paul (keyboard), Drew Schmitz (drums), Fernando Schiantarelli (drums), Max Colbert (guitar), Sebastian Beltrame (bass)

For many of us, a rock band, especially one that favors tunes from Lizzo, Fountains of Wayne and Harry Styles alike, was one of the most unexpected things to have come out of the MBA program. What first seemed like an odd, amusing hobby became a favorite Stern ensemble that ended their official run with two sold out shows. Not only was their music the foundation of their unlikely friendships, but it also brought us together as a community, where we made some of our best memories at Stern, and for that, we are grateful.…

Stern Follies: A Backstage View

By Penny Burgess

At 7:20pm on Friday, May 6th, I was standing backstage right (when you’re facing the stage, that’s the front left corner, for all you non-theater kids!) at the Skirball Theater. Stern Superlatives were running on the screen on loop, awarding Sternies with titles like “Most Likely to Have a 20 Year Plan” and “Most Likely to Buy Shots for Everyone After the Show.” I was standing right on the edge of backstage, so I couldn’t see the audience, but I could hear the laughs and cheers as the seats filled.

At one point, Alexa Mauro, co-President of Stern Follies, came to join me, and I mentioned how excited I was to hear laughs for something that I had created.…


Dear Sternies,

First, we want to acknowledge the incredible run our current editor-in-chief, Deirdre Keane, has had heading the resurrection and successful resurgence of The Oppy over the last two years. We don’t know many people who can save lives at their day job, attend night classes, run a bunch of marathons, and restart a newspaper from scratch all at the same time, especially during a pandemic. Do you? Thanks Deirdre for all you’ve done for The Oppy. We didn’t quite know how to continue without you, so we realized we needed two editors-in-chief to run this thing after you’re gone.…

MBA Advice from a Langone Student

After spending a whopping four whole years as a Langone student – from pre-pandemic, to the peak of Covid, to this new world we live in – I feel I’ve learned a lot in how to optimize the MBA experience as a part-time student. From making friends, to selecting classes, joining clubs, networking, and having fun, it is A LOT with a full-time job. However, you did not come to Stern so you could attend two evening classes a week for a few years and take nothing more from the experience. It’s also the people you’ll meet and the experience you get outside of the classroom that will leave you satisfied with your time here.…

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