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Viewpoints: Shades of Gray

I had a strange dream last week. I was sitting in a dingy room at a long table with four of my section-mates. We were trying to solve a murder, and we were getting nowhere. I was convinced someone had the answer, and that everyone was trying to hide something. In fact, I knew a…

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Shades of Gray

“Your Foundations grade will be available online on Wed., 10/2 at 1:30pm.” I feigned disinterest when I read this announcement. Foundations was designed to be passed. But ingrained habits swam to the surface. First, I worried. Did they fail me for accidentally triggering the Econ exam and exiting in a panic the first time through?…

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The HBS Credibility Gap

I hit a good riff last article, so I’m sticking with it. One of the reasons I selected Harvard Business School was my respect for our collective mission of “contribut[ing] to the well-being of society.” I continue to experience frustration, however, at what I view as a serious misalignment between our stated goals and our…

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Hogs and Sharks

While I agree with Nick Will’s premise in “The All Too Visible Hand” that Washington’s $15 billion bailout of the airline industry was largely unnecessary, I feel the need to at least partially defend my former employer, Continental Airlines. First, Will points out that Continental reported third quarter earnings last year with the help of…

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Zibby Crushes Cold Call

Silly me. When I sauntered into Aldrich Tuesday morning after a fun, relaxing Labor Day weekend, I actually felt like I was getting the hang of this whole section thing. Even after just one week, I knew to expect the pleasant salutations among new friends, the stress of trying to make at least one somewhat…

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Abolish S&E, and the Mission Statement While You're At It

I laughed as I read the final essay assignment last week: “What were your major overall conclusions from the Society and Enterprise module?” For the January cohort that has yet to experience it, “S&E” is HBS’s two-and-a-half day ‘immersion’ program that purports to varnish us with an understanding of how business interacts with government and…

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