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Global Warming: Causes and Effects

Global warming, agree Professor James J. McCarthy, Dr. Paul Epstein, and journalist Ross Gelbspan, is an undeniable reality with acute consequences for environment, health, and economy.Three distinguished panelists presented evidence for causes and effects of global warming at the AMP 167 seminar “Climate Change and Global Energy Futures” on Wednesday, October 14 at McCollum 101….

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'Buycott': 85 Broads and WSA Celebrate Women's Buying Power

How would the world be if women stopped shopping for a day? While the scenario sounds incredibly remote, on October 19th 85 Broads is putting this idea into action. On Tuesday, October 19th, thousands of women across the United States will participate in a ‘buycott’ initiated by 85 Broads, an independent women’s network of 4,500…

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Open for Business Supports National Coming Out Day

Monday morning break. You’re telling your classmates about the hot date you had last weekend, and you catch yourself. Hang on. Mustn’t say too much. How would they react if I told them? Am I ready? … Harvard University is celebrating National Coming Out Day on Friday, October 8, 2004. So, this Friday morning you…

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"Your Government Failed You"

“Your government failed you…and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn’t matter because we failed.” These were the words spoken by Richard Clarke, the deposed White House terrorism “czar,” appearing before the 9/11 commission to investigate the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Taken at face value, Clarke’s admission appears…

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Stanley Gold on Issues of Corporate Governance

On February 17th, Stanley P. Gold addressed the HBS students in the Spangler auditorium. In a continuation of the Leadership and Values Initiative’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Gold remarked on the topic of corporate governance, followed by a spirited Q&A session. Gold currently serves as the President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, a private equity firm…

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Changing the World:

On February 11th, Tom Ridge, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, addressed the HBS student body and other members of the Harvard community as part of the Leadership and Values Initiative’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Facing a packed Burden auditorium, Ridge spoke on the subject of leadership and on the challenges he has faced as the first…

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Sankofa: A Celebration of What Was and What Will Be

“Returning to your roots, recapturing what you lost and moving forward,” is a phrase that has great significance for African-Americans. For us, it is very important to have an intimacy with our heritage. For years, we have continued to seek this intimacy, and one such example was witnessed here at HBS with Sankofa. Sankofa is…

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The Elegant Sport of Disc Golf

There are probably quite a few people at HBS that play golf, but only a handful that know about the exciting sport of disc golf (also known as frisbee golf). The sport was invented in the mid 1970’s in Pasadena, California where the first courses originated. With all the sprout eaters in California the sport…

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Who are the Mormons?

“Who are the Mormons?” you might ask. Many people first think of the Mormon faith as a sheltered religion tucked away in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. Actually, there are more than 12 million members worldwide and more than 50% live outside the United States. You have probably met some of the Mormon HBS students…

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End of Ramadan Celebrated by 1.5 Billion People Worldwide;

“Ramawhat?” exclaims America.(Harvard Business School) The end last week of the most holy month in Islam, a religion that is followed by one in four of the world’s people, came and passed completely unnoticed by the United States. Though Ramadan, a time of fasting and community, is the only Islamic holiday that English speakers can…

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HBS Marines Celebrate 228 Years

Last Tuesday, HBS’s former members of the Marine Corps and other Armed Services hosted a celebration in honor of the 228th birthday of the U.S. Marines. Fellow HBS students, family, and friends joined with former service members to experience the tradition, pomp, and circumstance of this time-honored military ceremony. The annual birthday celebration is a…

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Under the Banner of Heaven

Mormonism is the fastest growing religion in the United States with 11 million Mormons throughout the world today. This is an astounding number when you think about the fact that the religion is only 170 years old and has more members than Judaism. Mormonism has been dubbed “The American Religion” and the Church of Jesus…

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Weill's Waltz Down Wall Street

Sandy Weill, CEO of Citigroup, is revered and feared, but few would argue that long ago he secured the title of “Wall Street’s Dealmaker”. His tenure at Citigroup has not only incorporated a long history of large and successful mergers and acquisitions, but has also resulted in tremendous profits for Citigroup shareholders. In the last…

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Editorial: A World Gone Mad

The HBS experience has often whimsically been referred to as “life in a bubble,” where we are protected from the outside world for two blissful years of frolic, cross-dressing and networking. An honest view, however, reveals that to be a tragic myth. Soon after we enrolled we were busy practicing the finer points of the…

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Bizarro Hell Week

When I returned to school after Hell Week last year, I was surprised to find out that some of my classmates actually have summer jobs secured. I guess I didn’t expect that. I thought we were all on the same page, you know, just checking things out. After comparing notes, I realized that scouting a…

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Interview with Stephen Schwarzman

Stephen is an alumnus of HBS and is on the School’s visiting committee. He came to visit class last Friday and we managed to catch up with him for a few minutes beforehand to ask him a few questions about the industry, his firm and his personal life. The Harbus: Sir, thank you for sparing…

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The Low Technology Opportunity

Watching the news over the holidays and reading the inevitable “What’s to come in 2003?” articles in newspapers would lead the average person to believe that our planet is a humming technological wonder. A place where every earthling is videoconferencing with relatives over the Internet, taking notes on tablet PCs, double-checking their SUV’s speed and…

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Using the Statistical Abstract Online

The Statistical Abstract of the United States summarizes statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Need data on employment figures, retail sales by industry, or commercial real estate? Those, and many other figures can be found in the SA. Fire up your browser. The Statistical Abstract of the United States…

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Correction

In last week’s edition of the Harbus, I published an article on the failure of the American Government to extend constitutional rights to foreigners detained in Guantanamo Bay. On page 5 of the article I asserted that “even if the military chose to systematically murder all of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, their families would…

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Humor: They Said What?

This week, Professor Richard Tedlow continues to entertain us, and is joined by many first and second year students, who are apparently now comfortable enough in their new classes to make smart ass comments to entertain their peers. Anyone who has something they would like to submit, please email quotes@mba2003.hbs.edu. Assistant Professor Martinez-Jerez (Financial Reporting…

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Redefining American Patriotism

Last week, four men suspected of terrorist activities against the United States were released from the Camp Delta prison on the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. According to officials, these suspects were discharged because they were innocent of terrorist activity. They had no connections with Al Qaeda and could provide the Government with…

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Can Sam Adams go Lightweight Without losing Its Edge?

There are two kinds of beer drinkers in this country. There are those who drink whatever is cheap, chuggable and easily available, and there are those who go thirsty until they can find a quality-brewed beverage. Light beers exist solely for those in the former group. Light beers are nearly flavorless, low in alcohol and…

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Editor's Welcome

Thanks for checking out the latest incarnation of the Arts & Entertainment (A&E) section. Though much of the content builds on the high standards of the previous team, look for an increased emphasis on A&E opportunities in the broader Boston area in coming editions. Basically, while we’d never turn down the warm beer and the…

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Professor Kanter's Dangerous Conclusion

In the final issue of The Harbus 2001 Edition, Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter graciously submitted an article that originally appeared in the December 2001 issue of Business 2.0, entitled, “The End of the End of Big Government.” In her piece, Prof. Kanter argues forcibly that the U.S. terrorism crisis revealed “our erstwhile…

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The Curtain Call

For the Chinese, it was the year of the Golden Snake. For the United States it was the year of the biggest tragedy ever to take place on American soil. For the world it was a year of reassessing what was really important. For all of us at HBS it was a time for introspections,…

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Winning The Hearts and Minds

The success of military strikes against the terrorists in Afghanistan will be essential to prevent future massacres like those in Kenya, Tanzania, and the United States. In the long term, however, terrorism can only be eradicated if the United States and its Western allies are viewed as fair brokers and undeserving of the hatred in…

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Activated Reservist Says Thank You to HBS

On Friday September 14, I received an almost expected phone call from my Army Commander: “Be ready?we are going.” As a reserve counter-terrorism intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army, my activation seemed nearly certain after September 11th. Yet, as all those who have worked for the government know, nothing is certain until it actually happens….

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Gore Returns to Harvard

In his second public address since leaving the Vice Presidency in January, Al Gore received a roaring welcome from the partisan crowd gathered at the Kennedy School, which packed the floor, two balconies and at least one overflow room. After being introduced by Harvard President Larry Summers, who worked with him as U.S. Treasury Secretary…

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