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Why is Microsoft’s New Machine Reading Comprehension Dataset a Big Deal?
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Why is Microsoft’s New Machine Reading Comprehension Dataset a Big Deal?

On March 1, 2018, Microsoft released the latest large-scale dataset for machine reading comprehension and question answering. You can access the public dataset, named MS MARCO, at //www.msmarco.org/. As human beings, we are so habituated to the daily routines of reading, writing, and conversing that we may deem it intuitive to transfer our language understanding…

Spotlight on the life at “Jarbard”: The LatAm Club
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Spotlight on the life at “Jarbard”: The LatAm Club

The HBS LatAm Club seeks to provide a strong and engaging community for people who share a passion for Latin America and identify with the region’s core values. The club aims to represent the Latin American region on campus, promote its business and culture, and identify career opportunities for MBA students as it develops a…

Perspectives, Part One: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”
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Perspectives, Part One: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”

Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America If our political system were an industry – the Political Industrial Complex – it would be valued at more than $16 billon. Furthermore, if you include the $3.6 trillion budget allocated by this apparatus at the federal and state level, it’s the biggest industry out there….

Perspectives, Part Two: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”
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Perspectives, Part Two: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”

Strategic thinking has been long been part of political analysis. From Thucydides to contemporary military and social science, people have deployed frameworks to understand and build models of prediction since time immemorial. Take the following: “If the dawn of democracy in a given country finds the decision makers divided into two parties, they may wish…

Restaurant Review: Les Sablons
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Restaurant Review: Les Sablons

With each fall comes a new class of RC’s, and with them comes the time for the EC’s to feel a little…well, old. But even as I’ve been waxing nostalgic for the days of Benihana and Snapple, maybe some things are better left to other generations—Shad Challenge, anyone? Les Sablons is Harvard Square’s latest addition…

DACA And The Economics Of Immigration
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DACA And The Economics Of Immigration

President Trump defended his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as an effort to promote “safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.” In his statement, the President painted his stance as simultaneously shrewd and compassionate. He pointed a finger at roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought…

Manning Didn’t Deserve Rescinded Harvard Visiting Fellowship
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Manning Didn’t Deserve Rescinded Harvard Visiting Fellowship

Manning Invite Widened the Civilian-Military Divide at Harvard In honoring former US Army Specialist Chelsea Manning by naming her a Visiting Fellow, the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School opened wide a wound that leaders at Harvard have diligently worked to close in recent years: the civilian-military divide. There are few Rorschach Tests more…

Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs
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Dear Harby: The Advice Column for MBAs

Dear Harby, It’s May and I still don’t have an internship for the summer. I’m getting kinda desperate. What should I do? – Procrastinator in Peabody Dear Procrastinator, That whole “get a job” thing really snuck up on you didn’t it? I mean if only HBS had a department — a “center,” perhaps — for…

The Great Indian Start-Up Dream!
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The Great Indian Start-Up Dream!

What do you get when you have 500 million new internet users, a young and productive, burgeoning middle class and a workforce which defines global standards in technology? A vibrant and dynamic startup ecosystem i.e. India! Over the past 3 years, > $3 Billion was invested in startups in India. Leading venture investors like Sequoia,…

Guy Fieri to Open Restaurant in Spangler
April 1st, News, The Harbush

Guy Fieri to Open Restaurant in Spangler

On Friday, HBS announced that it had concluded its yearlong search for a celebrity chef to partner with on a new on-campus dining establishment specifically geared towards the needs of business school students. Beating out other finalists such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Wolfgang Puck was the star of the Food Network television…

The MBA Tax Deduction
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The MBA Tax Deduction

One of the gray areas that the LCA curriculum does not cover is deducting the cost of MBA tuition for tax purposes. Every year in the United States, a select portion of MBA students deduct educational expenses including tuition and fees, books, equipment, software and miscellaneous school supplies on their tax returns. The result is…

International Immigration Advice for MBAs in the Trump Era
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International Immigration Advice for MBAs in the Trump Era

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step of issuing an executive order suspending the admission into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries—Libya, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—for ninety days.  Refugees were banned for 120 days, while Syrian refugees were banned indefinitely.  As the ban was implemented,…

Lessons on Empowerment
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Lessons on Empowerment

WSA CONFERENCE & THE 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL RACE SERIES: INTERVIEW WITH HEIDI CRUZ Editor-in-Chief Pippa Lamb caught up with the closing keynote speaker of this year’s WSA conference, Heidi Cruz (HBS ’00) to discuss her views on empowerment, a career on Wall Street, working for President George W. Bush, and her time on the 2016…

A Conversation with Professor Jan Rivkin
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A Conversation with Professor Jan Rivkin

Professor Jan Rivkin, the Senior Associate Dean for Research and a Professor in the Strategy Unite, chats to Beth Peters about his views on automation, globalization, and why MBAs must play a role in creating shared prosperity for all. Recent political events like the US election and Brexit have made it clear that, while MBA…

New Student Association Presidents Elected 2017-2018
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New Student Association Presidents Elected 2017-2018

Kevin Ferguson (MBA ’18) and Angelica Castellanos (MBA ’18) have been elected as the Harvard Business School Student Association Co-Presidents for 2017-2018. The co-presidency, elected by the RC year, begins after spring break. Kevin and Angelica began their campaign by distributing Dum Dums lollipops across all ten RC classrooms, along with a small card containing…

Class of 2018’s Most Eligible Bachelors
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Class of 2018’s Most Eligible Bachelors

Harvard Business School’s Most Eligible Bachelors 2017-2018 Matt Stansky, Section H What do you think is the most romantic spot on campus? Weeks footbridge at sunset, a quiet table for two in Baker, or the Shad basketball courts, it’s not where, but with whom, so wherever you are is where I want to be. What…

Personal Finances: What’s the right cell phone for MBAs?
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Personal Finances: What’s the right cell phone for MBAs?

Why a Mobile Virtual Network Operator could save you several hundred dollars a year Are you overpaying for your cell-phone plan due to inertia to switch providers? A recent consumer reports survey by ConsumerReports.org found that customers had been with their existing provider for an average of eight years, and more than half of consumers…

What Are the Elites To Do
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What Are the Elites To Do

You may wonder why this subject has anything to do with you as you work hard at school, try to find a job, and balance a hopefully fulfilling and busy personal life with everything else that is going on. For most of you, let’s not even talk about your current balance sheet and cash flows….

From Downing Street to Harvard Business School: Former British Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell DBE, reflects on her experiences at HBS
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From Downing Street to Harvard Business School: Former British Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell DBE, reflects on her experiences at HBS

  At the end of President Donald Trump’s first week in the White House, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief Pippa Lamb caught up with British politician the Baroness Tessa Jowell of Brixton DBE, former British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister for the London 2012 Olympics, and cabinet minister under both the Blair and Brown governments…

HBS to DBS: Larry Culp’s General Management Journey
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HBS to DBS: Larry Culp’s General Management Journey

“If you were the CEO of an airline, could you be as engaging with the baggage handlers as you are in the boardroom?” – Larry Culp The case method, which is used across all HBS classes, places students in the tough position of the decision maker. Often operating from the perspective of the CEO, students challenge…

Student Loan Refinancing
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Student Loan Refinancing

From The Harvard University Employees Credit Union What Is Student Loan Refinancing? 6 Fundamentals Everyone Should Know If student loans are making you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. An estimated 44 million graduates across America owe a combined $1.3 trillion in student loans, and the average 2016 graduate will leave school with $37,172 in debt….

The Politics of Free Speech
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The Politics of Free Speech

A group of friends sits safely in an apartment overlooking The Charles river. It’s a week until one of the most divisive elections in US history. The HBS MBA students are from all over the world, different ethnicities, different nationalities and backgrounds. The discussion that follows is illuminating. The candidates and their statements are hotly…

What Might Have Been: First 100 days of Hillary
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What Might Have Been: First 100 days of Hillary

After the election results are finalized and the Champagne bottles are recycled, the Clinton campaign’s transition team will accelerate immediately. Every donor, public official, political thinker, and surrogate will be jockeying for senior positions, and favors will start being called in. But awaiting our next president is a divided American electorate whose collective trust in…

The Trump Card
Controversy, News, On Campus, Politics

The Trump Card

HBS Students React to Shock Election Result As the world reels from the shocking result of the US 2016 Presidential Election, HBS students have written to The Harbus with their reflections. The mood on campus this morning is somber and perplexed, no one expected this. Sitting in class on Monday morning only three people raised…

A Teachable Moment
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A Teachable Moment

Every once in a while something happens in the business world that compels us to stop, take notice, reflect, and learn. Enron’s collapse, the financial crisis, the VW diesel emission scandal, and BP’s Macondo oil well explosion come to mind. The Wells Fargo reputation implosion unfolding now is another example, and it is full of…

How to Rule Like a Woman
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How to Rule Like a Woman

If there is one rule to rule like a woman, it is that there is none. Stateswomen around the world have shattered the glass ceiling in more ways, where both an Iron hand and a nurturing approach have been effective. The term “stateswoman” entered popular press lexicon in 1960 when Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the Prime…

Missed Connections Near 02163
Bloggers, Humor, News, On Campus, Print Edition

Missed Connections Near 02163

I saw you in an Aldrich alcove (south side, bottom floor) drinking Peet’s Coffee at 5:30AM last Monday morning. Not many people are up that early. You must’ve been saving the spot for your discussion group. I knew you were a thoughtful soul. I popped by and asked if I could sit down. You said…

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