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WesTrek 2001

During the first week of January, over 300 HBS students descended on Silicon Valley to hear speeches by tech industry executives, visit over 200 leading technology companies, listen to industry panel discussions and do significant damage to their livers. All of this was done as part of WesTrek 2001, HBS’ largest and oldest high-tech trek….

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WesTrek evolving

Starting my journey of fifteen hours from Brussels to San Francisco on this cold morning of January 1st, tiredness and a slight drunkenness made me wonder if the trip was worth it. Trading a week of enjoyable vacation at home for six thousand miles of travel and twelve company visits suddenly sounded at best very…

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Star Trek: HBS visits Hollywood

January 7,Sunday (First Contact)Hollywood Trek started off Sunday morning with Pho Brunch, a high-tech mixer with some of L.A.’s media elite. Intrepid Trekkers Matthias Mahr ’02 and Jeff Chochinov ’02 hobnobbed with the media moguls of tomorrow while slurping on some delicious lemon-grass soup. Later that afternoon, the bulk of the Trekkers began to arrive…

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Hitting the road at WesTrek, literally

They said, “Go West!” And a large contingency of HBS students made the Trek. On Wednesday, January 3rd, Siebel rented out Fanny and Alexander’s for the entire group of budding entrepreneurs. As the night progressed, the attention of diehard football fans turned to the national championship game being played between Oklahoma and Florida State. As…

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The new age of D

Relaxed, worn out, or just incredibly tanned from our experiences over Winter Break, the House of D has returned to find the changes for the New Year are not reserved for the White House alone. This House has some significant changes of its own! First of all, several D’s have returned with new looks for…

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Section love NG

Just as the skies opened last Friday and many of you headed back to your rooms for a pre-TGIF snooze, a devoted G posse boarded a yellow school bus and headed outside the Cambridge/Allston limits for a trip to the Boston Beer Company in Jamaica Plain. With trip organizers Jen Vogt and Brian Minnehan leading…

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The scoop from Aldrich 107

OUR LEAD ITEM: Sometimes I say to myself “Self, why don’t they warn you that after a winter vacation of sun and sloth, Section A returns to face unheard- of challenges: seat changes, new courses, subscriber-model valuations, Spangler TOM issues, negotiating with Section B, and the simple prospect of finding gainful summer employ.” But is…

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Searching the world over for my angel in black

Spending Christmas vacation skiing with my sister’s new in-laws in Switzerland sounded like a great idea, as I hadn’t skied in 12 years. And these were no ordinary in-laws; these were the extreme sportsman/lets-go-climb-some-ridge-that-has-never-been-skied-before types. I figured this activity would be the perfect mental and physical exercise for the upcoming EuroTrek. So I donned my…

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Welcome back, OH!

There have been a lot of life events to report since last semester. Andi Weil had her baby Sophia on December 25th. Andi has been sighted on campus with the new babe. You are incredible Andi! By the by, Kirsten St. Croix accurately predicted the delivery date at Andi’s baby shower-good job Kirsten! Lisa Spangenberg…

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WSA Conference

The Dynamic Women in Business Conference organized by the WSA (Women’s Student Association) was even more dynamic than anticipated! Completely sold out for the first time in history, the conference had over 900 people flooding the halls of Spangler on January 20th, 2001, with 300 more hopefuls on the waiting list! Students, faculty, Cambridge residents…

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Salomon CEO pulls a crowd

The resurgence in investment banking as a career path from HBS was evident as over a hundred students packed into Aldrich 209, where a standing room only crowd listened to Mr. Michael Carpenter, Chairman and CEO of Salomon Smith Barney and the Head of Citibank’s Global Relationship Bank. Mr. Carpenter, a 1973 graduate of HBS…

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Spangler Center dedicated

Under the glare of spotlights in the packed Main Lounge last Monday, HBS’s spanking new student center was dedicated to C.D. (“Dick”) Spangler, Jr. (MBA ’56) and his wife, Meredith Spangler. In a warm, efficient ceremony that was mostly solemn, but sometimes comical, the heads of the faculty and student body were joined by a…

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Calling on the warrior mentality

Debby Hopkins, EVP and CFO, of Lucent Technologies, was the first keynote speaker at the Women’s Student Association Conference on January 20, 2001. Debby Hopkins is known in the business world as “one of America’s top ten CFO’s.” She has risen to No. 2 on FORTUNE’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business…

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Building a brand

Can a building represent a brand?Such was the question that launched renowned New York architect Robert A.M. Stern into a lively dissertation on the relationship between buildings and brands. As part of the Spangler Center’s dedication ceremony last Monday afternoon, Stern addressed a capacity crowd with a message as insightful as it was spirited. In…

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Dynamic Women in Business International Posts Panel

It was indeed an impressive panel of dynamic women who participated in “The Risk and Reward of an International Post” panel at the 10th Annual WSA conference held on Saturday, January 20, 2001. The four top executives from institutions as diverse as Taco Bell International and Ford Motor Company entertained and educated conference panelists with…

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Ellen Hancock shares career lessons from the top

As she briskly walked to the podium to address the 900 attendees of the HBS Women’s Conference last Saturday, Ellen Hancock appeared confident and tough. Yet one could tell from her first quote that this woman, now the Chairman and CEO of Exodus Communications, has had her share of challenges and earned her strips in…

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Recruiter Newsflash

Manufacturers Mitsubishi Motors Corp. shareholders Friday approved the appointment of a DaimlerChrysler AG executive to its No. 2 post and to a seat on its board. The appointment marks the latest step to rebuild consumer confidence shaken by an auto defects coverup at the Japanese auto maker.”We know we can manage this turnaround,” Rolf Eckrodt,…

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WSA media & entertainment panel a success

Once again this year, the Media and Entertainment Panel at the WSA Conference was a smashing success! The Aldrich room was packed to the hilt with people lining up in the back of the room and down the aisles to hear the panelists. Christina Mohr, Managing Director of the Media Group at Salomon Smith Barney…

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Baker Library launches Women in Business website

Baker Library has just completed the first year of a project to identify the holdings on women’s history in its manuscript collections. According to Laura Linard, Director of Historical Collections at Baker Library, the project’s Web site, Unheard Voices: American Women in the Emerging Industrial and Business Age, www.library.hbs.edu/hc/unheard_voices, went online last week. Women’s history…

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Mind your own business

Hey – you’re the career rep – stop reading this and help me find me a summer job. All right, as I feverishly work to field an intramural basketball team from my section, I have found that most people I ask would rather get another flu shot than join the team. I suspect one of…

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Runners' Calendar

February 1, 2001Logan Post 5.1KWest Somerville, MA USA 7:00PM Logan Post, 1194 Broadway 508-775-0143 [email protected]’s 4.13MEast Somerville, MA USA 7:15PM Khoury’s State Spa, 118 Broadway 617-598-1028 [email protected] February 3, 2001Fresh Pond 5M/2.5MCambridge, MA USA 10:00AM Fresh Pond, Route 2 , 617-494-1633 [email protected] 52-Week 5K Series #5Worcester, MA USA 9:00AM Worcester State College, Chandler Street [email protected]

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Break-Through Rapid Reading

If you’re like most people, you probably read at a rate of about 285 words per minute (WPM). But what if you could read at 500, 1000, or even 2000 WPM? Imagine being able to read your cases in half the time. It was exactly this possibility that led me to pick up Peter Kump’s…

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The Vault

Perhaps even more so than tough finance questions, brainteasers can unnerve the most icy-veined, well-prepared finance candidate. Even if you know the relationships between inflation, bond prices and interest rates like the back of a dollar bill, all your studying may not help you when your interviewer asks you how many ping pong balls fit…

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The January Cohort

A very special group of students joined us this winter, as the January cohort of the class of 2002 started registering for classes on January 2, 2001. As the first class to christen Spangler Hall, they were also the last group that will be known as a “January” cohort. And if that wasn’t enough, they…

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Trading Places

One of the many features of HBS is your Section and Seat assignment. Fresh from Foundations, first-years flick, fingers fluttering, through reams of smiling facsimile faces of the cohort, looking for the Section and the Seat with which they will forever be associated. Heaving with relief from not being put in the same section as…

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Section Q

I have been seriously discussing with myself, a very tough interlocutor, for about three hours what could be the best way of welcoming and saluting the last glorious January Cohort in HBS history: the one of Class 2002. After having written two versions of this article I decided I had better reviewing what I wrote…

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George W. Bush Timeline

1946 George W. Bush born July 6 in New Haven, Conn.1948 Bush family moves from Connecticut to Texas.1950 Sister Robin born.1953 Brother Jeb born. Robin dies of leukemia.1955 Brother Neil born.1956 Brother Marvin born.1959 Sister Dorothy born.1961 Enrolls at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.1964 Graduates from Andover and enrolls at Yale University. His father loses…

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Section P

The Partners’ Club hosted a wonderful January Cohort Partners’ Orientation Lunch on Sunday, January 7th. The event was sponsored by the HBS Student Association. New partners were given the opportunity to meet one another before the rest of the students and partners returned from Winter Break. If you are a partner and missed this event,…

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Section TBD

After starting classes, the January cohort prepared themselves for a busy weekend. There were, of course, some people who decided to take advantage of the long weekend and travel. The ones who stayed, however, were ready to party all over the place, and with a vengeance! We started warming up on Thursday, when 40+ people…

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