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Campus Chronicles: The ChiBus

Welcome back to campus chronicles, where we take a peek each week inside the pages of business school student newspapers to get the latest on campus developments. This week we open The ChiBus and read about recent campus events at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Over 800 Booth students recently attended the school’s Winter Formal. This year the black-tie event had a rather unconventional ambiance, as students danced and socialized alongside blue tanks teeming with marine life at Chicago’s Shredd Aquarium. Many students, who were shuttled to the event from the Harper Center, Booth’s campus hub, took advantage of exclusive access to many of the aquarium exhibits, including the Abbot Oceanarium and Sea Otter Cove. Booth’s semi-formal dance, the Spring Fling, will be held in May in a boat that ferries students around Lake Michigan.

Earlier this month, Booth’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Group (MESG) hosted its third annual Sports Symposium. The event, held at Booth’s Gleacher Center, attracted a range of speakers whose work lies at the intersection of athletics and business. These included executives from sports organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, familiar brands like Gatorade, and sports analytics organizations like the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), which have been revolutionizing how sports managers run their teams. The event also featured a discussion on the salient topic of collective bargaining negotiations and player lockouts in sports, moderated by Timothy Epstein, a partner at Chicago law firm SmithAmundsen.

Finally, just last week Booth Dean Sunil Kumar hosted a Fireside Chat with Howard Marks (69’), the co-founder of Oaktree Capital, a leading asset management firm established in 1995. They launched their discussion with an analysis of student job prospects in the financial industry, and Marks presented his blunt assessment: “There are a lot of people in this industry making a lot of money and adding very little value, he said. “Society could probably get by with fewer of them.” Nevertheless, responding to a question about how Booth can prepare students to face a changing financial landscape, he commented that the school does an excellent job instilling students with the contrarian tendencies required of good investors.

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