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One Veteran’s Perspective

Lindsey Melki, MBA/MPA Class of 2015

I grew up in New Jersey, but never heard of West Point until my junior year of high school.  I was shopping around for colleges when I met a West Point cadet.  Sure, the physical, mental, and emotional challenge, the idea of being part of something bigger than myself, were all reasons why I was drawn to West Point.  But coming from a middle class family, the whole truth is that a free, world-class education coupled with a guaranteed job after graduation sounded terrific.  Plus, in 2000, the year I began my journey at West Point, the world was as close to peace as we may ever see in our lifetimes. …

Mistaking Value for the Price

Shani Spivak, MBA Class of 2014

Paul Simon said it best (the song is “So Beautiful or So What”), probably because he made it rhyme with something.  If you want to find the true value of anything, look away from the price tag. Social enterprises have always clung to the hope that consumers understand this and will be willing to pay more for social value. Net Impact is an organization trying to tackle the work of engaging students and professionals in social impact so that this value becomes more evident. Every year they bring together social enterprises, nonprofits, students and corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals for a Net Impact Conference.…

Personalitini: What is the Deal with Deal Breakers?

Liz Batsche, MBA Class of 2014

Picking the right mix of traits in a potential partner is challenging. It is *almost* as difficult as picking an exciting course load at Stern without several night classes. Interestingly enough, both of these scenarios include compromise. The SGov survey explored many of these dilemmas but not with sexy alternatives. It seems often in these scenarios that there are extremes. Would you prefer a 9am class or a 6pm class? What happened to the middle of the day? My experience in online dating has largely encompassed these extremes. A date is either incredible or awful.…

CMJ Music Marathon 2013

Dan Gidycz, MBA Class of 2014

As I mentioned elsewhere, I spent the bulk of October 15-19 ignoring all obligations personal and academic to attend the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which claims to be “NYC’s largest music event”, with 1,400 live performances spanning 80ish nightclubs and theaters, not to mention a pretty significant series of panel discussions and conference events. They’re mostly on the music industry and its ongoing changes, as well as info for managing and breaking unsigned bands into the industry.  It’s a buffet and crash course in all the things a young band needs to know to get sucked into the swirling blades of the Cuisinart that is the music business and spit out as a smooth, marketable pop-rock paste.…

A Very Oppy Thanksgiving

Chelsea Colby, MBA Class of 2015

Well, it’s already November again, and your cooking skills have somehow neglected to miraculously improve themselves in time to impress your new friends/romantic companions/family members/that one weird family friend who is always invited to Thanksgiving dinner even though he never shuts up about his pet parrot’s stress-induced Rosacea.

But fear not!  I’m better at explaining cooking tips than I am at avoiding run-on sentences, and I’m here to help.  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite holiday dishes, each appropriate for one of life’s many weird Thanksgiving scenarios.  If you’re serving more than 5-6 people, you’ll probably want to double these recipes.…

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