FASHION. FASHION. FASHION.
“Amidst all the banking EISs and PE conferences we know what you’re thinking: I wish Wharton had its own fashion blog! That’s all that is missing.” Exactly. Between OCR interviews, six hour group meetings, and naps in the Forum Charger Orb, you’re probably left with one thought: “But what about the FASHION???” Your calls have finally been answered.
Some Wharton MBAs and the Wharton Graduate Retail Club introduce The Whartorialist, a blog designed “to promote self-expression and creativity through fashion.” Let’s be real: highlighting fashion and style among perhaps the most uniformly dressed group of people at Penn besides sorority sisters during winter doesn’t seem all that interesting, but it’s actually kind of cool. It gives tips and trends and news in addition to pics and bios of the flyest-dressed MBAs. If nothing else, you can gauge which future business leader’s style might complement yours best in a picture for the New York Times wedding announcements.
Now someone just dedicate a fashion blog to the engineers and we’ll really get excited.
How many advanced degrees does it take to start a food cart? For Penn’s newest truck, Chez Yasmine, it evidently took three, but you and your buddies might need a couple Ph.D’s and an MBA between you if you’re looking to develop a menu as complex as this.
Influenced by their childhoods in the US, Tunisia, France, Sweden, Spain, and Venezuela, as well as by international street foods, the owners of Philly’s “first gourmet sandwich, soup, and salad truck” aim to harken back to the “summer days when your grandma called you in from the outdoors to serve you your favorite lunch” — presumably with a bit more sophistication than a pack of Lunchables. With everything from PB&J to Bahn Mi and Salmon Smörgås (say that ten times fåst), it looks like Chez Yasmine will give its neighbors a run for their money when it lands at 37th and Spruce on its planned October 1 opening.
What do dog show entrants and Wharton MBA applicants have in common? Pedigree is crucial for success, at least according to a recent article from Poets & Quants, a social network dedicated to graduate business school education.
In the article Getting Into Wharton: Does College and Work Pedigree Trump Merit?, author John Byrne asserts that admission to Wharton’s MBA program is largely a name game in which attending an elite undergraduate institution and working at a big-name financial or consulting firm earns big points, while coming from a less prestigious school or less renowned firm often earns a ticket to rejection.
By analyzing the Facebook profiles of more than 600 of the incoming 845-member Wharton MBA Class of 2013, P&Q showed that a third of students earned their bachelors at Ivy League schools and nearly a third come from a pool of 12 “feeder” firms (where all your friends worked this summer), while public school grads with experience at “no-name” firms are hardly represented. But how much value do these numbers contain, and how much is the author attempting to paint an elitist picture of the admissions committee?
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Is finding new and unusual ways to spar the latest trend on campus? In today’s DP, we came across both Krav Maga lessons (a.k.a. Israeli hand-to-hand combat) at Hillel and MBA boxing matches. (See the Krav Maga photo by our very own Alex Remnick at top right and on page 5 of the printed paper. A boxing pic from the DP is below it–we cropped out the loser, LOL. Tickets to the MBA gun show much?)
You may have missed the boat on the first two, but three makes a trend. And the third Penn-approved eccentric way to confront your enemies is… kyudo, the archery technique practiced by Samurai warriors. In celebration of Japanese culture and the arrival of the cherry blossoms, there will be a kyudo demonstration at Penn’s Morris Arboretum this weekend (see bottom picture).
And there you have it: three offbeat ways to defy your Pennemies. Hey Amy Gutmann, are you trying to prepare Penn students for global warfare? As a political scientist, do you know something we don’t?
Our campus media critic is back! We’re waiting with bated breath to get our hands on a copy of The Soapbox or The Punchbowl, but in the meantime, we’ve managed to procure the new issue of The Wharton Journal. Won’t you join us for a spirited critique?
Let us preface this critique by saying that we’re not entirely sure we have a complete version of the current Journal. We found a haphazardly folded copy in one of the Huntsman study rooms, so for all we know a rogue School of Social Work grad student could have snuck in to plant a bunch of tampered-with copies. But, moving along…we freaking love this paper!
Their “news” articles are typical fluff, but if you flip to the back of the issues, it’s like this weird little yearbook that the MBA’s put out, and there’s nothing we love more than yearbooks. Our favorite feature comes on page 11, where the editors rip off New York Magazine‘s approval matrix to produce their own [brilliant] “Second Year Approval Matrix.” With items like “In: Cohort L singles, Out: Serious relationships” and “Ken and Mike giving Hunter a run for his money for WG09 hookup king” calling to mind the late, great Street Sweeper, this is just the kind of trash we live for. Check it out (click on it for a full-size scan):
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