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Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s weekly peek at the news at top business programs. This week we take a look at the Wharton Journal, covering campus news at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Wharton first-year students in the Class of 2014 are confronting an academic challenge that didn’t impact their older peers: mandatory attendance requirements. Responding to alumni who said they hadn’t been pushed to make the most out of their Wharton academic experience, Dean Howie Kaufold has implemented the new requirement by having TAs or designated classroom monitors take attendance for all fixed-core courses. While professors retain discretion over the consequences of unexcused absences, the student response to the policy is mixed, with some students lauding the resulting quality of classes and others arguing that the move is condescending. Regardless, Dean Kaufold says that the change was necessary to reinforce the quality of the Wharton brand.

Wharton students met with their clusters two weeks ago to discuss their personal values as part of the Wharton Values Initiative. A student-led program run by the Deans Graduate Student Advisory Committee (DGSAC), the Values Initiative encourages students to discuss personal values and the impact these have had in shaping their responses to ethical decisions they have faced in their personal and professional lives. Additionally, over 1,000 students brainstormed a list of Wharton community values, including “leadership,” “integrity,” and “humility,” which they feel define the ethos of the school. Leaders of the Values Initiative challenged students at the event to write to the DGSAC when they see a Wharton student exemplifying one of these community values.

Finally, Wharton student Azita Habibi discussed her ready-to-serve cocktail business 49eastseventh. Partnering with her older sister and a close friend, both Wharton graduates, Habibi began transforming her love of the art of “mixology” into a hard business proposition in 2011, inspired by brands like Skinny Girl Magarita. Habibi describes the contrast of test-tasting cocktail variations one day and learning the details of bottling, distributing and selling alcoholic beverages while meeting rigorous legal standards the next. While 49eastseventh has been shelved for her time at Wharton, Habibi advises her peers to show up to Cocktail Club events and to explore the numerous cocktail bars in Philadelphia.

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