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Posts published in “Issue 6: March 2022”

Stern Singles Presents: Deirdre Keane

Deirdre! The Oppy’s illustrious Editor-in-Chief, marathon superhero, nurse practitioner…what can’t she do? Besides being a Langone student at Stern, she works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Pediatric ICU, where she takes care of children who are critically ill from cancer. Despite the magnitude of her job and insane work hours, she is always upbeat and finds time to run The Oppy. We get emails from her at all times of the day and night. “Time stamped at 4:13am…is Deirdre working overnight or getting up to start her day?” We never know. But somehow Deirdre still finds time to have fun, whether it’s going out or traveling.

Information and Cyber Warfare in Ukraine

The Ukraine-Russia war will be marked in history as one of the first wars where cyber-attacks and modern information warfare came to the forefront of combat techniques along with traditional warfare. These warfare tactics are not just being employed by nation-states, but also by countless private organizations.


A quick huddle on what cyber and information warfare means: Cyber warfare aims to neutralize an enemy’s critical systems supported through computers and computer networks. Targets can include banking institutions, electricity grids, power generators, water plants, nuclear plants, transportation systems, etc. An information warfare is the battle of truths, ideas, perceptions, and propaganda for manipulating morale, loyalty, influence, trust, and clarity of thought.…

Emoting in a Man’s World

By Sara Huncke

It’s no coincidence that Hulu decided to release The Dropout at the very top of Women’s History Month. For those that live under a rock, The Dropout is a limited series reenacting the events that occurred around the founding and demise of a company called Theranos that falsely promised people the opportunity to take blood tests with just one drop of blood. The company was founded by a woman, Elizabeth Holmes, who is an awkward yet feminine megalomaniac that started her mission during her undergrad at Stanford. Holmes, played by Amanda Seyfried, meets with different esteemed professors on campus to get their opinion on the validity of her invention.…

Spotify and the Fight Against Vaccine Misinformation (A.K.A. The Joe Rogan Problem)

In May 2020, Spotify signed an exclusive podcast deal with Joe Rogan that is now rumored to be valued at $200 million, according to the New York Times. In the week following this announcement, Spotify’s stock went up 17%. The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) is Spotify’s most popular podcast in 93 markets and lays Spotify’s advertising growth in recent years at the foot of podcasts and Joe Rogan’s show in particular.

Concerns have been swirling around Mr. Rogan’s podcast since the beginning. In September 2020, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed employees’ concerns around transphobic content on the podcast. “Others have concerns specifically over a recent episode,” Ek said at that time, according to Vice.…

Dear Oppy: March 2022

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 [email protected] or fill this out, anonymously.

Dear Oppy,

Covid is gone forever and as school opens up I’m ready to roll. With Spring Fling right around the corner, how do I find my Sternie love and ask them to the big dance?


Spring Thing

Dear Thing,

First of all, you may be getting ahead of yourself.…

The Unthinkable New War

By Nicolaus Schmandt

 In the days leading up to the Russian attack on Ukraine, it seemed that the United States had gone crazy. They kept insisting that Russia was going to mount an attack on neighboring Ukraine, when nearly everyone knowledgeable about the geopolitics of the area dismissed this as a very unlikely outcome. Russia had built up troops of a similar size in the area every year for a long time now. It just didn’t make any sense given that the two nations were very close to each other in many ways, it would be intensely unpopular, and difficult to pull off.…

Tips to Prepare for Tax Season 2022

Believe it or not, tax season is officially here. While it is completely understandable to avoid thinking about taxes until you absolutely have to, taking a few preemptive steps can keep you organized and help reduce stress. Whether you file your taxes using tax software yourself or work with a tax professional, check out the tips below to confidently tackle your taxes this year. 

Step #1: Gather all of your forms & documents 

Prevent last-minute scrambling by organizing all your tax documents. Here’s a summary of the tax documents and the information you’ll need:

  • W-2s (from your workplace)
  • SSA-1099 (summary of Social Security benefits)
  • 1099s  (if you have additional income, interest, gains/ losses) 
  • 1099-Rs (if you receive income from pensions, annuities, and retirement accounts) 
  • 1095-A (if you have government marketplace health coverage) 
  • 1098s (students receive a summary that reports interest and tuition payments) 
  • W-2Gs ( if you have gambling winnings, yes, you also need to report this) 
  • Schedule K-1s ( used for partnership income, trust income, and company ownership) 
  • Letter 6419 – ( if you have children, this reports Advance Child Tax Credit Payments) 
  • Letter 6475 – (if you received any federal stimulus payments, this reports the Economic Impact (stimulus) Payment) 

Step #2:  Schedule out a date to file 

Remember the deadline to submit your taxes is April 18, 2022.

A Chat with Aliza Knox

This year, Stern Women in Business (SWIB) kicked off Women’s Month by hosting a fireside chat with Aliza Knox, former Google and Twitter executive and current BCG advisor and board member to several technology companies. Knox was born in Iowa, grew up in California and attended college at Brown University. After undergrad, she moved to New York where she ended up attending Stern through valuable foresight and, according to her, a touch of serendipity.

In 1981 Knox was working at Bankers Trust and living in the West Village when she decided she wanted to swim as part of her exercise routine.…

Stern Somebody: Christian Blanchet

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

Christian Blanchet is a second-year EMBA student at Stern. He has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of South Alabama, where he graduated as an NCAA Academic All-American in men’s golf. Over the past year, Christian launched a men’s swim and resort wear brand called Marèa Maréa. He found a partner his first year and leveraged the NYU network to help build it. I got the chance to sit down with Christian to discuss his exciting venture!

Stern Singles Presents: Jeetendra Khilnani

Spring is almost here, and we have another edition of Stern Singles for you. If you would like to nominate a classmate (or yourself) for future features of the Stern Spotlight, please email the Oppy staff at [email protected] or fill out this form.

Meet Jeetendra, MBA1, originally from Mumbai, India, who came to Stern to pursue a career in investment banking or consulting. When he is not recruiting for every industry, you can find him relaxing at the nearest AMC. He describes himself as “a film critic gone wrong.” More on that to come…

Jeetendra! What a pleasure. What brought you to Stern?

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