Friday, August 19, 2005


Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
"Twelfth Night"

And some photocopy for ten weeks.

The summer has come to an end as students return to Ithaca for the next phase of school, getting a job. There are classes to be taken and possibly learning to be done, but getting hired is the purpose of the 2nd year of a MBA program.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

End of the 2nd semester

School ended for 95% of the 1st years on Saturday. In the morning, Brand and MFI students took Cost Accounting; in the afternoon, IBI and RST students took Intermediate Accounting. Some of the finance students had a get together at the IBI professor's home and it seemed like most 1st years ended up at the Chapter House that evening for goodbye drinks.

Most people have been packing up today and plan to leave by Monday afternoon. I know a few left town Saturday afternoon, trying to get some vacation time in before their internship begins.

It has been a while since I posted online. Looks like I wrote 6 posts that have been sitting in my draft folder since then, just did not feel like publishing them:

  • "I got fucked by the CMC and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" (February 11, 2005)
  • "Interviews are a waste of time" (February 24, 2005)
  • "Second year students and their very few nuggets of wisdom" (March 7, 2005)
  • "Off campus recruiting and the independent job search" (March 12, 2005)
  • "MLO sucks" (April 7, 2005)
  • "Follies: 3 hours of time, 30 minutes of comedy" (May 7, 2005)

  • Monday, February 21, 2005

    Student Association (of Idiocy)

    Question: Why is the Student Association having a mid-week, mid-afternoon, Happy Hour 30 minutes before the Accounting midterm?

    Answer: Throughout the entire fall semester, 1st years have been bitching about the lack of social events provided by the school. It seemed that every major MBA program had a weekly, sponsored Happy Hour except for the Johnson School. It took 7 months of planning, but the Student Association has delivered on its goal to have a Happy Hour, unfortunately the timing makes the SA look like a bunch of idiots.

    The Student Association has decided to team (aka: get someone else to pick up part of the tab) with the Consulting Club to have the 1st Johnson Happy Hour this Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The absolutely stupidity with this scheduling is that roughly 30% of the school have an Intermediate Accounting midterm from 7:00pm to 9:30pm on Wednesday. Originally, the Student Association asked the Old Ezra Finance Club to sponsor the event, but Old Ezra explained that many dues paying members would be unable to attend due to the Accounting exam. Instead of changing the time and date of the Happy Hour such that everybody can attend, the Student Association went to the Consulting Club and asked them for money, correctly assuming that consultants don't know accounting and incorrectly assuming that finance students wouldn't mind if their Student Association dues were used to buy drinks for Brand and SiM students.

    Usually when there is a test to be taken in the evening, the Atrium becomes a study hall where students share notes and ideas about the coming exam. I can imagine a scenario where 50 students are studying in the Atrium at 4:00pm and are asked to move so that the bar for Happy Hour can be set up, leading to Accounting students approaching the Dean at Hour Happy and voicing their anger. The school could have had the event last Friday at 6:00pm, a more typical date and time for a Happy Hour, but then 1st years in Brand would have missed it due to their field trip. I guess 50 students in Brand have more power than 150 students in Intermediate Accounting.

    Thursday, February 17, 2005

    The Johnson Graduate School of Marketing

    It has become quite apparent that the school has tried to brand itself as a general management school while becoming much more marketing focused, to the detriment of finance. The most prominent accounting/finance professor at the school left last summer to take a job at BGI. While at the Johnson School, he ran the Parker Center and the Cayuga Fund. His replacement at the Parker Center, the top remaining finance professor, has decided to leave this summer.

    Sunday, February 13, 2005

    The cost of textbooks

    Just some stats to post after paying my most recent AmEx bill:

    The cost of my required textbooks and course packets:

    • Fall 2004 semester: $520.81
    • Spring 2005 semester: $633.33**

    ** I still have 2 more classes in the Spring semester to purchase textbooks and/or course packets for.

    I believe the only usage I got out of my Stats textbook in the Fall semester was the z-table on the front cover and the t-table on the back cover. The book was purchased for approx. $100 and sold back to the campus book store at the end of the semester for approx. $65. That's a loss of over 10% a month for the 4 month holding period.

    It's good to know that the university is a non-profit entity.

    Friday, February 11, 2005

    Attention must finally be paid

    Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am!

    "Death of a Salesman" Arthur Miller

    I wish the above was true and all it took was to know who I am to escape from office life. I do not want to go back to the land of ever shrinking cubicles where Dilbert is not a comic but a documentary.

    There's more truth found in Miller's play than all MBA classes combined.

    Thursday, February 03, 2005

    Access Denied

    Here's ado to lock up honesty
    And honor from th' access of gentle visitors.
    -"The Winter's Tale"

    I offer a sincere thank you to Oldman2011. His view was candid and because of that he was maligned.

    Seeing what happened to him after he stated facts reconfirmed my belief that certain people rather have the blinders on and not see reality because it may damage their fragile little minds.

    I have written many pieces since school began that have stayed in the draft folder and have not been published. Certain things I wanted to say cannot be said in this forum because the repercussions would drown out the benefits of this blog-wrought therapy. In the end I hide behind an electronic veil and give a view of school. (although the veil ain't exactly opaque).

    Let's see what the future holds.