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COVID-19 Becomes Our Real-Time Case Study
Campus News

COVID-19 Becomes Our Real-Time Case Study

Tanishq Bhalla (MBA ’21) applies classroom lessons to reflect on the effects COVID-19 has had thus far on HBS and the global economy.   What started as a mild inconvenience to a select group of RC students bound for FGI in China escalated within three weeks to a campus-wide shutdown and global pandemic. COVID-19 has shaken…

Spangler Night Live Presents…a New Campus Experience
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Spangler Night Live Presents…a New Campus Experience

The Student Association is focused on increasing campus activation through new events and programming. SA Chief Events Officer, Rachel Brown (MBA ’20), gives insight into the makings of ‘SNL’. The night before students returned to class for Spring 2020, multiple calendar requests hit their inbox with the titles “SNL presents…”. Flash forward one week and…

Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asian Student Communities at HBS
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Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asian Student Communities at HBS

Singapore, by Deborah Tan (MBA ’21) I miss Singapore most during Lunar New Year (LNY). Old Chinese songs warble from loudspeakers in wet markets, homes are alive with people visiting kin, and the color is red everywhere—fresh outfits, red packets, calligraphy signs adorning doorways. It feels like Thanksgiving and Christmas combined but better, because you…

From the Editor’s Desk
Campus News, Editor's Note

From the Editor’s Desk

To the Women Who Aim for Progress Rather Than Perfection As we celebrate International Women’s Day this month, I’m once again struck by how lucky we are to be surrounded by such a high density of remarkable women around us—women who inspire us to push through and be better versions of ourselves. I’ve been lucky…

The Harbus Culture Flash
Campus News, News

The Harbus Culture Flash

A pocket-sized run-down of some of the best in Arts and Culture happening at HBS, at Harvard, and around town this month. 1)      From the Student Association (SA): The SA teamed up with ArtRoom to host the Sheila Del Bosque Trio on March 2 for a night of jazz, refreshments, and conversation in…

250 RCs Sign an Open Letter to the Dean Search Committee
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250 RCs Sign an Open Letter to the Dean Search Committee

Over 250 students insist that the incoming Dean of HBS commits to examining capitalism’s blindspots: climate change, inequality and the erosion of democratic institutions.  There are many factors that should go into the appointment of a new Dean. Chief among them are virtues such as honesty, empathy, a respect for diversity, and an ability to…

From the Editor’s Desk
Campus News, From the Editor’s Desk

From the Editor’s Desk

Starting the New Decade, with Hopes and Reflections As we stepped into the new decade, I couldn’t help but think of last fall’s welcome address to RCs from HBS faculty. We were reminded that our time at HBS was not just an opportunity to gain the insights and skills to lead in the year of…

ECs Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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ECs Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

119 EC students traveled to the Middle East this winter break to learn about the changing economy of Saudi Arabia. The date was January 4, 2020 and the air outside King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was dry and crisp. In just a few minutes, the first of 119 EC students from Harvard…

HBS Analyzes Data from Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings
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HBS Analyzes Data from Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings

Findings show how prospective students utilize rankings publications. As reported in the October edition of the Harbus, HBS Marketing and Communications, along with Admissions, surveyed all current MBA students to gauge the role of various independent MBA rankings in their application decision-making process. The survey focused on the most highly visible rankings, asking respondents which…

Harvard-Yale Recap
Campus News

Harvard-Yale Recap

To many, it was a game to remember for years to come. John Geagea (MBA ’21) reports. While the 136th edition of The Game did not bring the outcome we were hoping for, it did bring excitement and drama that will be the talk of years to come. The second-oldest rivalry in college football had…

Boston Brawl Match Report: Harvard Women’s Touch Rugby Champions
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Boston Brawl Match Report: Harvard Women’s Touch Rugby Champions

Rachel Drapper (MBA ’21) reports on HBS Ladies’ first touch rugby tournament victory on November 3. The HBS Women’s team awoke on Saturday to perfect rugby weather, sunny skies, crisp leaves underfoot, and barely a breeze to be found. Despite discovering there had been some pilfering of the team’s packed lunches, spirits remained high and…

RC Students Launch “Start HBS,” a Podcast to Learn from Entrepreneurial Journeys
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RC Students Launch “Start HBS,” a Podcast to Learn from Entrepreneurial Journeys

RC Students start a podcast to have conversations with folks who have been on audacious journeys starting meaningful ventures, to get the “Story Behind the Story.” They’ve interviewed entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 CEOs and built a “Pod Family” along the way. Alex Spencer and Bryce DeFigueiredo, both RCs, have earned a new nickname amongst folks…

Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture
Campus News, News

Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture

RC students embark on an excursion to New England’s 101-year-old furniture company. Jiyoon Han (MBA ’21) reports. Professor Michael Toffel and 20 Required Curriculum (RC) students embarked on a Technology and Operations Management (TOM) field trip to Jordan’s Furniture in Reading on October 3, 2019. Jordan’s Furniture is a furniture retailer founded 101 years ago…

When Country Roads Become the Classroom
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When Country Roads Become the Classroom

Cases conversations and lectures can only take us so far: we need to go out into the world and see it for ourselves. Over Veterans’ Day Weekend, a group of 20 HBS and HKS students did just that on a trip to West Virginia. Picture this: a first-year public policy student raises his hand, inquiring…

From the Editor’s Desk
Campus News

From the Editor’s Desk

Learning and Responsibility Spoiler alert for our RC readers: EC year feels very different from RC year. Okay, that’s perhaps not much of a spoiler; you have probably heard it by now. But I would like to share a bit about how it feels different. I am conscious of the difference because, like many ECs,…

The Power of Business in the Energy Transition
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The Power of Business in the Energy Transition

Over 350 students and professionals attended the 16th Annual Energy Symposium to discuss the role of businesses in transitioning to a lower-carbon future. How do countries and companies work to achieve their carbon reduction goals? Is a Green New Deal necessary to transform the United States economy? These were just a few of the questions…

Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference
Campus News

Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference

Harsha Mulchandani (MBA ’21) reports on the project looking at alumni contributions with a broader lens. A clip of Gordon Gekko proudly announcing, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works,” in a recent FIN class got me thinking. It’s not uncommon to use greed as a synonym for…

A Brave New World: Tech Ethics Course Encourages Students to Mull the Implications of New Technologies
Campus News, Interview

A Brave New World: Tech Ethics Course Encourages Students to Mull the Implications of New Technologies

Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) speaks with Professor Michael Sandel. Bracing for a Brave New World Scenes of genetic selection in Gattaca (1997), the telescreen surveillance state depicted in Orwell’s 1984 (1948), and the apprehension of criminals before they commit a crime as depicted in Minority Report (2002) may seem like distant dystopian science fiction. Until…

The Case for Optimism
Campus News, Kevin Sharer

The Case for Optimism

This may seem a strange time to make a case for optimism. There are so many serious issues in the United States and the wider world. It is hard to know where to start. Here is a partial list of the challenges: endless wars in the Middle East; an increasingly totalitarian China; climate change; racism;…

HBS ECs Explore Pittsburgh
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HBS ECs Explore Pittsburgh

Students converge on Pittsburgh and realize there’s much more to see than coal, steel, and bridges. Brian Linville (MBA ’20), Frankie Costa (MBA ’20), and Eric Levine (MBA ’20) report. Harvard Business School has a long tradition of “Treks,” structured trips organized by students who come from the destinations, and alumni often count them among…

RC TOM Field Trip: Witnessing the Amazon Magic!
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RC TOM Field Trip: Witnessing the Amazon Magic!

Harsha Mulchandani (MBA ’21) reports on a fulfilling visit to the Amazon Fulfillment Center. On Friday, October 4, a group of RCs visited an Amazon Fulfillment Center (FC) to witness how Amazon makes magic happen. While it had been a long week for the RCs with the TOM Quiz (yes, the first midterm exam!) and…

HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings
Campus News, Featured, Features

HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings

Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) talks to the marketing and admissions teams at HBS to understand their perspective on business-school rankings. MBA rankings have become increasingly important to business-school applicants over the last few years, as they help them compare different MBA programs. Finishing on top of these rankings sends a strong signal to the applicant…

A Guide to Boston for New RCs
Advice, Campus News

A Guide to Boston for New RCs

Emily Batt (MBA ’20) gives us a primer for exploring the city. According to an old adage, Mark Twain once remarked, In New York they ask, “How much is he worth?” In Philadelphia, “Who were his parents?” And in Boston they ask, “How much does he know?” Whether apocryphal or not, Boston’s emphasis on learning…

RCs Learn to Give and Take
Campus News, Featured, Features

RCs Learn to Give and Take

This year’s START featured a new addition: Reciprocity Rings. Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ’20) reports. On the second day of their MBA journey, the Class of 2021 learned a lesson that should serve them well throughout their two years at HBS and beyond: request and offer help often. They tried their hands at doing just that…

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses
Campus News, On Campus, Opinion

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses

HBS Executive Education’s Nathaniel Koven reviews No Clue. The 46th HBS Show, No Clue: The Case You Can’t Prepare For, was always going to go down in HBS history as the first theatrical production in the recently-completed Klarman Hall, but what a smashing first it was. This production, which ran April 8–10, was an unalloyed…

From the Bronx to Boston: A Virtuous Cycle
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From the Bronx to Boston: A Virtuous Cycle

Brandon Lovell (MBA ’20) brings 20 high school students from his hometown to HBS. Akash Gupta (MBA ’20) reports. WINGS on Campus Early March was a busy time for Brandon Lovell. In addition to the usual mix of cases, recruiting, and travel, he had been working closely with faculty and staff to plan the perfect…

From the Boardroom to the Stage
Campus News, Club Corner, Featured, Features, Humor

From the Boardroom to the Stage

HBS Show’s Executive Producer Brooke Biederman (MBA ’19) talks with Executive Director Savannah Greene (MBA ’19) about her directing style, insider details from the rehearsal rooms, and the storied show’s first performance in the new Klarman Hall. “HBS Show is one of our most important traditions. It gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves,…

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