Spangler Night Live Presents…a New Campus Experience
Campus News

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…

The View from the Peacock Throne
Entertainment, Media

The View from the Peacock Throne

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Jeff Shell (MBA ’91) about his next chapter at NBCUniversal. For the past three years, HBS has managed to get a sizable portion of the RC and EC cohorts to sacrifice four days from their much-needed winter breaks to take the optional Short Intensive Programs (SIPs)—for no credit. “The…

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

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…

One Disruptive Life: Professor Clayton Christensen’s Impact at HBS and around the World
Featured, Features

One Disruptive Life: Professor Clayton Christensen’s Impact at HBS and around the World

Members of the HBS’ Latter-day Saint Student Association share how the beloved HBS professor inspired them and others to build more principled, integrated, and outwardly focused lives. Note: After careful consideration and in accordance with the new Harvard University guidelines for events and meetings on campus due to COVID-19, the memorial service for Professor Clayton Christensen…

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
Campus News

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…

Asia in Action: Key themes from the Asia Business Conference
Club Corner

Asia in Action: Key themes from the Asia Business Conference

Students engage with business leaders from Asia at the Annual Asia Business Conference. As the sun rose in Boston on March 1, the annual Asia Business Conference kicked off at Klarman Hall. A collaboration among Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the conference brings speakers and…

Startup Corner: Creating A Better Alternative to Student Loans
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Creating A Better Alternative to Student Loans

This month, Tess Michaels (MBA ’20) introduces us to Stride Funding, a mission-oriented business that offers income-share agreement as a more flexible, affordable option to private student loans. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  I’ve always thrived at learning by doing. I pursued my first venture during…

Bootstraps to Unicorns
Humor

Bootstraps to Unicorns

Co-founders recall painful early days when only income was $300K from their parents. “It was a really humbling experience.”  We are sitting in their office in downtown Brooklyn in a WeWork, which, somehow, still exists. John Silva, CEO of LoveJuice, nods gravely as co-founder Alex Roberts continues. “I checked the bank account and the balance…

From Their Travel Diaries: HBS Confessions
Humor

From Their Travel Diaries: HBS Confessions

A look into how students really felt over winter break.  Continuing a yearslong tradition at HBS, RCs and ECs handed in their travel diaries upon re-entering Spangler for the first time in seven weeks (only five short weeks for RCs). Disoriented, many thought the SAS team members collecting journals were simply there to take their…

Accu-Reggie’s Weather Forecast for February: Snowmaggedon?
Humor

Accu-Reggie’s Weather Forecast for February: Snowmaggedon?

Reggie Smith (MBA ’20) tells us what to expect this month. February is my favorite month. It’s the most blizzardly month of the year! Roughly half of the most historic blizzards in Boston have occured in February. I expect weekly threats of snow to be the norm this month and, yes, I am predicting at…

Retail Apocalypse: Is This It?
Industry Insights, Start Ups

Retail Apocalypse: Is This It?

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) talks with co-founder of London-based startup Trouva that is using online to spread the beauty of offline and not steal it. Undoubtedly, technology advancements—not only in the e-commerce space but also across the whole ecosystem—including mobile penetration, payment systems, and logistics are increasingly attracting customers towards digital stores. The rhetoric on…

Towards a More Representative Media Landscape
Media, News

Towards a More Representative Media Landscape

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Brickson Diamond and Sarah Harden (MBAs ’99) about their efforts to advance the diversity and inclusion agenda in the U.S. media industry. For many RCs, one of the most remarkable experiences on campus last semester was listening first-hand to civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the newly created ISDL…

Walking along the Belt and Road: New Immersive Field Course Examines China’s Latest Strategic Initiative across Asia
Featured, Features, News

Walking along the Belt and Road: New Immersive Field Course Examines China’s Latest Strategic Initiative across Asia

In January, 44 ECs led by Professor Willy Shih (TOM) and Professor Meg Rithmire (BGIE) traveled across Asia to study globalization and international relations on the ground. Gabriel Ellsworth and Ryo Takahashi (MBAs 2020) report. On January 5, 2020, an arduous undertaking was under way as 44 ECs, two professors, two program managers, and staff…

Startup Corner: Empowering Refugees with Personalized Healthcare
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Empowering Refugees with Personalized Healthcare

This month, Jordan Lebovic (MD/MBA ’20) introduces us to Hikma Health, a nonprofit organization that is creating customized data systems for refugee populations. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to work on entrepreneurial endeavors improving healthcare access. While in college at Columbia, I organized global health missions. On a mission 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…

WesTrek 2020
Club Corner

WesTrek 2020

HBS Tech Club reports on the takeaways from the largest professional trek at HBS. After “winding down” for the holidays between Christmas and New Year, HBS students got back from across the world and embarked on the annual pilgrimage of WesTrek to San Francisco. This year, 130 HBS students participated in the WesTrek organized by…

ECs Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Campus News

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
Campus News

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…

Club Soccer Team Repeats as League Champions
Sports

Club Soccer Team Repeats as League Champions

HBS tops HLS en route to its second consecutive Boston Graduate School League title. Under the lights of Jordan Field, as the snow fell from the sky, the tension in the air was palpable. Months of hard work culminated in one last game, the final 90 minutes of the season. Both teams warmed up, pacing…

Have Mercy on the Babies
Commentary

Have Mercy on the Babies

As you think about your next new year’s resolution, consider this small change, yet big statement, that can drive an incredible effect on our planet. “Did you ever stop to notice All the blood we’ve shed before Did you ever stop to notice This crying Earth, these weeping shores” — Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”  …

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
Campus News

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
Campus News

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…

Wild Card Takes On Boston Marathon
Volunteerism

Wild Card Takes On Boston Marathon

Staten Island Native Anthony Simonetti (MBA ’21) is running the 2020 Boston Marathon as a St. Jude Hero with a goal of raising $20,000. When he’s not escaping IIT Bombay as an alleged international terrorist, living with 15 random strangers in a foreign country, or teaching Fluid Mechanics to the students at CUNY, Anthony Simonetti…

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…

The Harbus Culture Flash
Student Association

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 is teaming up with the Arts Society to bring HBS to the Boston Ballet on December 4 for its performance of The Nutcracker….

Dear Harby
Humor

Dear Harby

Dear Harby, My discussion group mate and I are having an intense disagreement, and I think your FIN1 and BGIE expertise could help us a lot here. He doesn’t think becoming a billionaire is worth it, because “you can’t buy anything with a billion dollars.” I said he could buy a small country with a…

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