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Posts published in “Issue 2: October 2021”

Full-time MBAs rewind time as Prom Royalty at Fall Ball

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

This past Thursday, full-time MBA students attended the annual Fall Ball at the iconic Bowery Hotel in Manhattan. This year’s theme was “Prom Night,” enabling us to relive some of our favorite high school memories or, more likely, nightmares. The venue was beautifully decorated with balloons, photo booths and old prom pictures from our fellow Sternies displayed in all their glory. Per prom tradition, we also had prom royalty.
I had the privilege of speaking with our student-elected prom royalty: Paul Rothenberger and John Benson, both veterans, both sexy.

Congratulations on being chosen as prom royalty, Paul!

The Admin View: Vice Dean Eggers on Stern’s big fall return

Remembering to fill out the Daily Screener may seem like a pain, but for the average Stern student, the return to in-person instruction has been an invigorating and relatively seamless experience. Just remember to bring your mask to KMC. 

However, planning a safe return to on-campus learning as the Covid-19 Pandemic drags on is no simple task. This month, The Oppy spoke with Vice Dean of MBA and Graduate Programs J.P. Eggers about the complex process of preparing Stern to be fully in-person this fall. It turns out that while you were taking photos of your vaxx card, multiple groups across campus, with a guiding hand from NYU’s Covid Prevention Response Team, were figuring out the logistics for making school feel like school again.…

Close this browser tab and stop reading the news

Just kidding. My thoughts aren’t news and we’re desperate for clicks. Please read all of this — multiple times even! — and then stay tuned for my follow-up columns “Dave got writer’s block, you’ll never believe what happened next!” and “What Janet Yellen’s monetary philosophy means for your portfolio as told by 16 photos of adorable cats in Halloween costumes.”

That second one is going to be a real doozy. You don’t want to miss it.

Look, I don’t know if you’re exhausted by reading political hot takes. Maybe, like a sane person, you don’t consume the same volume of instant-gratification-fueled media that I do.…

Dear Oppy: October 2021

We are proud to continue our agony advice column, Dear Oppy: B-School Advice for the Everyday Sternie – “real questions, terrible advice.”

The 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/their way at or fill this out, anonymously.

Dear Oppy,

I’m writing in response to your Prom question. Burning Heart is a friend of mine, but what she doesn’t realize is that the object of her desires is also mine. I was there when she lit the fire…but the fire in my heart was already burning bright. 

Tricking yourself into liking running

If you told me a decade ago that I was going to turn into a crazy marathoner, I would have laughed at you. I couldn’t even run a mile; there was no way I’d ever run 26 of them. But life has a funny way of working out, and here I am ten years later having run 32 marathons, two virtual ones, and one ultra-marathon. 

I know, that sounds like a massive humblebrag, but my point is nearly anyone can become a runner. In my opinion, running is 40% physical and 60% mental. With marathon season upon us, I wanted to give some tips on how you, too, can trick yourself into loving running. …

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