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Campus Chronicles

Clear Admit’s weekly perusal of business school events as chronicled by MBA student newspapers.


Campus Chronicles: The ChiBus

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles! This week Clear Admit provides a peek into the pages of The ChiBus, University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ student newspaper, as part of our ongoing project to keep you apprised of the news at top business programs.

On January 9, first-year students in the Business Solutions Group presented the results of their projects. The students worked on teams of 5 for 14 weeks to develop solutions with clients on real life consulting projects.  The winners of this year’s competition worked with Papa John’s to create a marketing strategy and investigate a potential new market expansion.  In second place was a team working with Teach for America to increase alumni engagement with a new social media strategy.  The competition was judged by consultants from the sponsor firms, who reported that this year’s groups were particularly impressive.

Second-year students recently gave advice to MBA candidates on how to succeed in recruiting.  From pre-interview rituals to secret weapons, some of Booth’s most successful recruits have filled us in on details of their process.  The general advice is that passion and authenticity wins the day, with preparation and keeping one’s nerves in check being important supplements.  There were some awkward moments too: one candidate reports an interview where the interviewer told her she was wrong to have left the healthcare industry and had made a bad decision. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The Bottom Line

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s peek into student news at top business programs. Today we’re looking at the digital pages of The Bottom Line, Columbia Business School’s weekly publication.

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CBS Entrepreneurs finally have a place to call their own. After forming the Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab (CEL) last summer, a group of students have been looking for a dedicated space for their club.  After scouting local venues for nearly a year, they settled on Harlem Garage–a new venue for small business and startups in upper Manhattan. Like other creative work-spaces popping up around the nation, the “garage” is meant to be more than a physical space, but a place for entrepreneurs to network and collaborate in a shared setting.

Meanwhile, Columbia MBA students recently gathered for the annual Cluster Cup Trivia Night, where CBS clusters meet to face off on trivia ranging from history, sports, and movies to music.  This year’s competition was tight, but Cluster B ultimately came out on top–thanks in part to its 30 members in attendance, nearly tripling the other teams.

The Bottom Line recently examined the origins of one of CBS’s newest and most popular forums CBS Matters, where students and faculty gather to share presentations about their personal lives.  The idea was pitched by Andres Small in 2013, intended to help build bonds between classmates by sharing what really matters to them.  The presentations caught on and have already begun evolving in Columbia’s unique Cluster system, with some clusters featuring more serious talks, others more light-hearted and humorous.

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Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, our weekly perusal of the news pages at top business school student newspapers. This week we explore what’s happening at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business by scanning their student-produced paper, The Wharton Journal.

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Wharton’s Business Economics and Public Policy Initiative has recently awarded its Henry & Marcelle Morgenthau Fellowship to 7 MBA students.  Awarded to students with a drive to “be a force for social good,” the fellowship is given every year to students who have made substantial contributions to public policy and social causes and are looking to make more.   This year’s winners include Julia Kurnik (’14) for her work to bring sustainable healthy food to Philadelphia, Tiago Correia (’14) for his ambitions in public policy related to real estate development in urban environments, and Vidya Venkataraman (’14) who is looking to improve cooperation between the private sector and governments after graduating from Wharton and completing a dual law degree at Yale.
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Campus Chronicles: The Harbus

Hello and welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s survey of the business news from top MBA programs. This week we’re checking in at Harvard Business School, where The HarBus has been serving up student news since 1937.

HBS student Elsa Sze was selected as the SAMBA Award recipient for November 2013. She created a blog called the SA Presidential Elections Virtual Forum, which allows HBS students to learn about and meet the candidates for Student Association (SA) elections. Sze also built and launched the Facebook page Msg4Boston to provide an outlet for members of the Boston and HBS communities to express their feelings in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings. She traveled around Boston with a white board and a camera inviting people to compose a message, and then posted her photographs to the page. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The ChiBus

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles! This week Clear Admit provides a peek into the pages of The ChiBus, University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ student newspaper, as part of our ongoing project to keep you apprised of the news at top business programs.

SeedCon, The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (EVC) Club’s annual conference took place November 22 at the Gleacher Center. This year’s theme was “Disruption,” focusing on exploring “new ways to think about ideation, creation and entrepreneurship in general,” said EVC Co-Chair and event organizer Tricia Felice (’14). Neil Stevenson, Managing Director at IDEO, was the first keynote speaker. He contrasted historical thinkers, concluding that in modern times, the best thinkers are adaptable and able to sample from both wildly exploratory and more mechanical no-nonsense approaches.

The Food, Environment, Agribusiness & Development (FEAD) Group hosted its annual FEAD Fall Forum at the Gleacher Center on November 18. Attracting more than 80 Booth students, the evening’s theme was “Innovation: From Farm to Fork,” and featured four panelists who spoke about the exciting new ways their companies are working to bring innovative food to America’s tables. One of the speakers, Ryan Engle of Cargill Inc., spoke about how the food scientists at Cargill helped Taco Bell develop the Doritos Locos Tacos. Taco Bell sold 100 million of the tacos in just ten weeks, making the project the biggest fast food launch ever, according to Business Insider. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The Bottom Line

Hello and welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s perusal of the student news at top business programs. Today we take a look into the digital pages of The Bottom Line, Columbia Business School’s weekly publication.

The third annual Hispanic MBA Summit was held at the Columbia University Italian Academy, bringing together 125 attendees from 12 different schools. Designed to provide access to diversity recruiters from top firms, the 2013 conference sought to develop a network of Hispanic MBAs from top business programs. This year’s theme was “Juntos Adelante,” which means “Moving Forward Together,” and had support from 11 corporate sponsors, including JP Morgan, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Bain, McKinsey, and American Express. Panels covered topics such as “Ascending the Corporate Ladder” and discussions of personal professional success with former Hispanic student leaders from CBS. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s weekly survey of the student news at some of the nation’s top business programs. This week we return to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and crack the pages of the Wharton Journal.

Wharton’s annual Grade Non-Disclosure (GND) vote opened November 18, allowing students the chance to once again enact the social contract by which they commit to an “honor code” agreement not to share grades with recruiters while they remain enrolled at Wharton. Last year, the GND proposal passed with 96% of the vote and an 87% turnout. The policy, which is also used at Chicago Booth, Columbia GSB, Haas Berkeley, INSEAD, London Business School, and Stanford GSB has been continually adopted by the Wharton student body since 1994. GND does not apply once you have received a full-time job offer, once you leave Wharton, and for anything non recruiting related like study abroad programs or PhD academic applications. Voting closes Thursday, November 21. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The Harbus

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s weekly summary of the news at some of the nation’s top business programs. This week we return to the northeast and take a look into The HarBus, Harvard Business School’s student newspaper.

HarBus blogger and HBS second-year MBA student Pratik Agarwal offered up three tips to gain entry to Silicon Valley’s hottest startups based on his own search and experience working with the mobile growth team at Airbnb and various other ventures. First, “start working for them before you get the job” to immediately demonstrate your value and a commitment to value creation. Second, “become a power user of the product” to gain an understanding of the user’s mindset and future product development possibilities. Finally, “don’t limit yourself to ‘jobs’ page listings/Career Hub” since the most desirable jobs are filled by referrals rather than postings, which at high growth startups are often out of date. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The ChiBus

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s survey of the news from the nation’s top business programs. This week we take a look at the ChiBus, written by students at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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More than 100 Booth students attended the Net Impact Conference on October 11. They learned about impact investing, big data, environment and sustainability, healthcare, arts and culture, education and corporate social responsibility from an impressive array of panelists including the Education and Development Lead at Whole Foods Market, the Manager of Environmental Affairs for Hyatt and the Director of Sustainable Supply Chain for McDonald’s. Conference co-chairs, Laura Burgo (’14) and Angela Samper (’14) noted a particular interest in the impact investment segment, “it’s a burgeoning topic here at Booth,” Burgos said. They were also struck by the wide array of functions in which social impact can be involved; attendees came away with a better understanding of how positive impact is compatible with a variety of traditional functional roles.  Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The Bottom Line

Hello and welcome back to Campus Chronicles! This week Clear Admit provides a peek into the pages of The Bottom Line, Columbia Business School’s student newspaper, as part of our ongoing effort to keep you apprised of the news at top business programs.

A profile of CBS’s ultra competitive investing program shed light on the hallmark program’s admission process and structure. Multiple student testimonials spoke to the time and research intensive valuation exercises required of students who are accepted to the specialization, “it’s neither easy to get into nor easy to do well in,” Mike Chang (CBS ’13) said. The program, which accepts about 40 of more than 100 first-year applicants each spring, is overseen by Louisa Serene Schneider, senior administrative director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing, and run by professors Bruce Greenwald and Tano Santos who focus on fundamental analysis based on David Dodd and Benjamin Graham’s methodology for identifying undervalued securities. Overall, despite the program’s hefty workload and demanding hours – many courses require upwards of 20 hours of out of class research each week – students continue to flock to the specialization in the hopes of securing lucrative buy-side jobs after graduating. Continue reading…

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Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s weekly perusal of the news at the nation’s top business programs. This week we check in on the students of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business via their student newspaper, The Wharton Journal.

Wharton’s LGBT ally club, Out4Biz, has launched a new Ally Program, which will allocate one ally representative to each first-year cohort of students. These allies will act as a resource for their peers and endeavor to create a safe and comfortable environment to discuss and learn about the LGBT community. Out4Biz is already quite involved with the Wharton admissions process, striving to make LGBT candidates feel welcome. The Ally Program, according to Out4Biz presidents Cambell Marshall (WG’14) and James Gott (WG’14), is part of a broader effort to develop the culture of openness at Wharton and leverage the school’s brand into widespread engagement in politics, current events, the Philadelphia community and beyond.  Continue reading…

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