Stewart D Friedman, a Wharton management professor, recently wrote a new (slightly creepy) book titled Baby Bust. According to a recent Forbes article, the book’s focus is how in the past 20 years, the percentage of undergrads who planned to have children has declined by half.
observing stalking Wharton undergrads since 1992, Friedman was able to find that 78% of them expressed interest in having children. Following up with them in 2012, only 42% of them did.
Friedman highlights in his book that this trend is due to many “Millennials” now wanting to focus on their career goals and planning their lives without children in the picture. Looks like Friedman read a bit of this article before publishing his book. No ring, no baby, no problem.
Wharton needs a dean, fast. How fortuitous–you’re looking for a job! So while career services is still buying up iPads, we thought we’d let you in on this job posting on The Economist website. Polish your resumé, iron your OCR blazer, and click here for the full listing. While the unspecified salary is a bummer, we somehow think they’ll take good care of you!
There must be some Voodoo-type ‘ish going on at Wharton, because their luck has gone from bad to worse.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Ohio Valley University, a Christian liberal arts college in West Virginia (duh), recently changed the name of its business school to the Gene and Joyce Wharton School of Business and Information Technology. The decision was made to honor Gene Wharton, one of Ohio Valley’s trustees and owner of 24 Burger Kings. Winning.
No word yet if Wharton will take action against Ohio Valley, but last time someone tried to go all Chinatown on Wharton’s brand, Penn got on their lawsuit jawn and things weren’t pretty.
In the meantime, we at UTB are screenprinting “Not the Gene and Joyce Wharton School of Business and Information Technology” t-shirts and selling them on Locust next week. (Side note: those shirts suck)
UTB has the scoop from SPEC*, and our Sprall Fling performer is going to be… Wharton professors Americus Reed, David Bell, Robert Meyer and Keith Niedermeier! These studs are gaining exposure with their band, “Brand Inequity,” and we couldn’t be more in love with it if we tried. Seriously, a band of Wharton professors named after a marketing term who sing Blink-182 throwbacks? This is mythic stuff.
The six-year-old band has rocked arenas from MBA pub night to the Wharton Marketing Department’s Christmas party, so Franklin Field will be nothing they can’t handle. We’re ready to rock out with our stocks out, are you?
It started with a WSJ article, and then their director of MBA admissions said “see yah never.” We can all admit that Wharton has had a tough week. And sadly, it isn’t stopping there. The Onion recently posted this article poking more fun at our dear old Wharton–or, more specifically, that one fictional guy.
So instead of pointing and laughing, which we admit we did quite a lot of earlier this week, it’s time to take a stand. Enough is enough. We lylas Wharton, and if you’re in need of a shoulder to cry on, or just a friend to drink some overpriced scotch with, we’re here.
Let’s face it: there’s a hierarchy at Penn, and Wharton is at the top. Accordingly, their recently launched peer advising fellowship program allows undergrads to seek academic, extracurricular, and career advice from seniors.
That said, not just any Wharton senior can be a peer advisor. In order to be granted such an honor, you have to go through a “competitive application process” during–you guessed it–the spring semester, just in case OCR won’t quite do it for ya.
Graciously enough, this initiative isn’t meant to encroach on “the professional advisors or any other resources at Penn.” Instead, it’ll give Wharton kids access to yet another resource. Ah, the plight of the College student. Who’s looking out for us?
Sorry to ruin your weekend, Whartonites, but it looks like you’re slipping down the business school food chain. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, applications to Wharton’s prestigious M.B.A. program have dropped 12% in the last four years. Applicants are apparently ditching the free printing and looking to schools like Stanford and Harvard.
Why the shift? Possible explanations lie with Wharton’s reputation as a ”finance school” in a climate where students are now focusing on technology and entrepreneurship. But we can do technology! Unfair much?
Hopefully we return to our rightful spot at the top soon. We would hate to see all those neat “I Met My Spouse at Penn” buttons go to waste.
That’s right, introducing a brand new power couple: SiriusXM Radio and Wharton. They’re working together to launch Business Radio, the first full-time business management radio channel, letting you listen to Whartonites talk about themselves not only 24/7, but also 24/7.
Live, call-in format makes expert alumni entrepreneurial advice accessible to the average Joe Businessdude (not to be confused with the average Sarah Businessnude). But don’t turn your dials to SiriusXM Channel 111 just yet, because they’re expected to launch in early 2014.
Flooded with emails? Here’s one you probably deleted.
Wharton just emailed its listserv asking for your input in selecting a new Dean! No, this isn’t just a “super quick survey for my marketing class” that will “literally take two-and-a-half seconds to fill out.” Wharton wants your help to appoint the next man or woman in charge of convincing its constituents to concentrate in something other than finance.
So go for it! Nominate Barack Obama or Bon Iver, Beyonce or ‘Becca Stein. But remember: your submission goes on your permanent record.
Looks like Penn is still on the mind of one Bethenny Frankel, who visited campus last year. (And brought now ex-hubby Jason Hoppy.) The Real Housewife/talk show host tweeted her morning Starbucks run getup to her 1.25 million followers, asking Nick Cannon if wife Mariah Carey would wear such a casual outfit – but homegirl was not-so-casually rocking a Penn hoodie!
She did crack a joke that daughter Bryn would be applying to Wharton, so it’s probably all just a strategy to get the attention of admissions, right? Regardless, the slightly altered (cut that neckline open!) Quaker apparel made a nice look for the Skinnygirl entrepreneur‘s Starbs trip. (Nonfat soy, no foam, no froth, no whip.)