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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Is it possible to eradicate extreme poverty? In late September, President Barack Obama will be traveling to United Nations Headquarters in New York to address two high-level events: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit and the annual General Debate, the ministerial meeting of the General Assembly which consists of 192 Member States. During this year’s…

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Yummy Yum from Around the World

Be it a quick sandwich, a yummy soup, a vegetarian lunch or an artfully prepared elaborate King’s meal, Ha’s home cuisine seems to have it all. From rice and noodles to stir fry and sandwich, this cuisine would undoubtedly be one of the lightest, tastiest and, of course, healthiest cuisines in the world. Welcome to…

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Sustainability in the Recession

The Green Living Reps & the Harvard Office of Sustainability have been discussing some of the impacts of the recession on the sustainability movement. While there are challenges in an economic downturn, there are also amazing opportunities. The recession. While it has only been “official” since the NBER announcement a couple months ago, we’ve all…

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Experiences at the Obamba’s Inauguration

It has been over a week since Tuesday, January 20, 2009. I am sure you have read the articles and looked at the pictures and listened to the recaps. Most of you were probably watching live when Almost-President Obama became President Obama in front of two million spectators on the National Mall and many millions…

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Immersion Experience – Mexico: En memoria de mi primo

The hills beckoned on the last morning of the Mexico IXP. Our Crowne Plaza hotel overlooked the city’s central river, beyond which low hills rose to the Sierra Madre. We had been in Monterrey three days but I had not had time to jog through the city (a habit of mine when traveling). Just across…

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Is HBS Really That Diverse?

On the face of it, HBS appears extremely diverse. But how truly diverse is HBS, anyhow? During my first week at HBS, I was amazed at how many people I had met from all around the world. Prior classmates cautioned that I would enter the “most diverse place I would ever encounter,” and my initial…

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2008 – Retrospective – Breaking Down Barriers

To celebrate the New Year in Italy, it is tradition to throw old things out of one’s window. This is practiced perhaps more literally than foreigners might suspect – it behooves passersby to heed falling objects. We in the United States could do worse than to adopt this strategy, at least in the figurative sense….

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One Step Forward, One Step Back

“Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness.” (Benjamin Franklin) On the same day Americans elected their first black President, Californians approved Proposition 8. The measure amended the State’s constitution with a simple statement: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or…

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Reader Questions Harbus’ Presidential Poll

To Editor in Chief: I am from Lebanon visiting Mass for treatment. By chance I read The Harbus Monday 27 Oct 2008. I was very surprised that HBS is backing Obama. In Lebanon the palestinains Sunni Chiate also Hezballah Hamas Falah they all want Obama to win. Reason they Obama share that Arab and Muslim…

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Letting the American Reality Sink In

Whenever something big happens, people always say “remember where you were on that day,” as if you will forget. On November 4th 2008, something big happened – Barack Obama, was elected the 44th President of the United States. Remember where you were that day, and where you were when it finally sunk in that our…

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HBS Volleyball Starts Season on the Attack

“What do you mean we have to write the numbers in big on the front?” If there is one thing worse than waking up at 8am for a volleyball tournament on Sunday, it’s playing at the picturesque dungeon known as the MIT gym. Needless to say, the HBS Ballers — captained by Eric “Downtown” Brown…

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While I Run

I see the world when I run. The Marine Corps Marathon was held on Sunday October 26th. I registered to participate in April. At that time, I had just left active duty military service and was living abroad in Oman; I wanted to run this marathon to pay tribute to all the servicemen and women…

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Bill Gates: The Power of Creative Capitalism & Innovation

Bill Gates, as Emeritus Professor James Cash pointed out in his opening, is well known enough that he no longer needs an introduction. And so Cash brought up on the large overhead a photo Gates rarely seen – his mug shot. A poignant reminder that the richest man in the world is human after all….

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Logan Airport September 11th Memorial Dedication

For the past seven years, there have already been in place two memorials at Logan Airport, dedicated to the 147 men, women and children who perished the morning of September 11, 2001 on American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175. One stands outside Gate 32 in American Airline’s Terminal B. The other stands…

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Faces of Analytics

August 2008 “You will work hard.” This statement keynoted the welcome address for 220 members of the incoming Class of 2010 reporting early for “Analytics.” Analytics is a two-week program in August that provides students with non-traditional backgrounds familiarity with Accounting, Finance and Quantitative Methods before the school year begins in earnest. Who comes to…

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HBS Democats Club Dinner with Terry McAuliffe

Last Thursday, April 3 the HBS Democrats Club had dinner with former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who now serves as the Chairman of Senator Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) campaign for President. Mr. McAuliffe was in town to participate in a Study Group with Harvard Kennedy School Visiting Fellow David Yepsen, a columnist for the…

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Students gain Unique Exposure to Board Governance

With $26 billion annually donated to charitable organizations and 8.3 percent of wages and salaries paid in the United States coming from the nonprofit sector, there is a significant portion of the US economy and population focused on making a difference. Collectively, we are faced with the task of learning how to use these resources…

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What is "Positive Discrimination" Anyway?

Two weeks ago Neil Mahapatra (NG) and Jonathan Kelly (OD) expressed some strong views on positive discrimination and political correctness. Until I read their articles, I hadn’t heard the term “positive discrimination.” What is it anyway? As a starting point, it seems clear that there are inequalities in the U.S. and around the world that…

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Raising Expectations

This week’s national media news cycle looks to be dominated by discussion of the midterm election cycle here in the United States of America. There will be a lot of talk, some analysis, and few clear answers on what happens next. We know that any given election night holds the possibility of something extraordinary happening…

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HBS Crew Powers on at the Head of the Charles Regatta

For many students, the Head of the Charles annual regatta represents an easy way to participate in a Boston tradition. The 5-kilometer race extends from the boat basin near the MIT Bridge and weaves up river, past Western Avenue and JFK street. It is as if the city brought the world to our doorsteps, complete…

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Khatami Visit Sparks Protests at KSG

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami spoke at the Kennedy School of Government last Sunday at the invitation of KSG’s dean, David Ellwood and the faculty. His speech at the Kennedy School was part of a two-week speaking tour across five American cities, and appeared to be the first time Mr. Khatami has been able to…

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Making a Bid for the Presidency

I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the HBS Democrats event with Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. My lack of pretense led to low expectations about how much insight the other attendees I and might glean from Senator Bayh, especially after a 30-minute wait for him to show up. But now, in the wake…

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HBS Commits to Recycling in 2nd Annual Green Week Celebration

From Monday, April 10 to Wednesday, April 13, HBS will host its second Green Week, a series of activities aimed at raising environmental awareness throughout the HBS community. Sponsored by the Student Association, the event is jointly organized by the Business and Environment Club (BEC), Restaurant Associates and HBS Operations. Green Week events include a…

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HBS Insider

The problem with being an investor is that no matter what you do, you always have investments on your mind. From making analogies between dating and options theory, to viewing HBS as a forward on your classmates’ contacts, the topic never leaves. Hence, it only makes sense to tell you what was on my mind…

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EasyJet Founder: Brand Equity Fuels Company's Success

Stelios is one of Europe’s most famous and successful entrepreneurs. At 28, he created easyJet, Europe’s largest low-cost airline, and has since established more than 16 easy-branded ventures. Other easyGroup companies are as diverse as Internet caf‚s, on-line recruitment, music downloads, mobile telephony, car hire, buses, personal finance, cinema, male toiletries, pizza delivery, hotels, a…

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HBS Insider : Financial Markets and Investments

As hinted in the last column, October turned out to be a tough month across most markets. In the United States, worries about inflation, slower earnings and economic growth dominated sentiment. In addition, an unexpected event shook investors: the meltdown of Refco, one of the largest commodities and futures brokers in the world. Refco went…

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Social Enterprise Perspectives: Restoring My Faith in Public Schools

Organization: Chicago Public SchoolsLocation: Chicago, IL In 1984, my parents left South Korea with only $500 in their pockets. They left everything and everyone they knew to come to the United States because they wanted to provide me with a great education. Their sacrifice has always underscored the value of education for me. It has…

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Public Speaking Competition Finalists Persuade and Entertain

Over 25 people self-selected themselves for the 2005 HBS Public Speaking competition. The contestants were then narrowed down to eight finalists through a demanding impromptu speaking competition in which contestants were randomly assigned a challenging speaking situation with only three minutes to prepare a two- to three-minute speech. The topics in the qualifying round included…

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Michael Porter: Overhauling Health Care

University Professor Michael E. Porter laid out his long-anticipated evaluation of the ailing American health care system to an audience of students, scholars, and health care professionals at the Spangler auditorium on February 17th. Porter, whose new book Redefining Health Care: Creating Positive-Sum Competition to Deliver Value (coauthored by Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg) will be released…

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