Know Your New GBC President - Elise Hogan

 Elise Hogan ('19), Booth's new GBC President

Elise Hogan ('19), Booth's new GBC President

Author: Nikhita Giridhar ('19)

Nikhita Giridhar [NG]: Leadership obviously comes naturally to you – what’s your earliest memory of taking a stand?

Elise Hogan (EH): I switched elementary schools between 2nd and 3rd grades and to ease the transition, my parents put me in a summer program at my new school. Part of the program was a musical production and I was very dismayed to learn that there was only one solo vocal part and that it was for a male character. I made my case for being allowed to audition for the male part and a video of the final performance may or may not be on YouTube. I made a great Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.

NG: Who influenced you the most to get to where you are today?

EH: I have almost never not taken my father’s advice. My dad is my adoptive father – he opted in to being a parent to me when he met my mother, who was raising me on her own, and I think I would have been lost at points in my life without his love and support. I know that people say that you “don’t choose your family,” but I disagree – we do get to choose, every day, through our actions and commitment to the wellbeing of others. I was never shown the way or told what to do with my career… I mean, I got to college and didn’t understand why anyone who didn’t live in New York City would care to read The New York Times. That’s a silly example, but I think a good one. I’ve been shooting from the hip this whole time and struggling with imposter syndrome, but when I check in with my dad all of the noise quiets down and I know that I can keep pushing forward. Sometimes we are both out of our depth, but he believes in me and it is amazing how just one person believing in you can change your life.

NG:   Is there anything no one (not everyone) at Booth knows about you?

EH: I started studying classical singing and musical theatre at the age of 8. That turn as Jack must have really lit a fire. In high school I performed in 9 musicals both at school and at the community theatre and competed in state-wide vocal competitions, one of which gave me the opportunity to perform with the Naples (Florida, don’t get too excited) Philharmonic. In college, I was the musical director of an a cappella group called the Dartmouth Dodecaphonics and continued to perform with the Glee Club, Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra, and local opera/theatre companies. Hit me up, AudioBooth!

NG: When did you know you wanted to represent your peers as GBC President?

EH: During the first few weeks of school, I attended a lunch with Dean Kole during which I voiced some of my frustrations and fears. When I got to Booth and I wasn’t immediately happy, I was looking for someone or something to blame; I missed my friends, I felt alone, I felt out of my league professionally, and I was afraid that I had made a huge mistake. In that conversation with Dean Kole she encouraged me to run for GBC if I had ideas for how to better the Booth student experience. The longer I was on GBC and at Booth, the more opportunities for coalition forming I saw and I thought that I could assemble a team of genuinely kind, approachable people, who could be your friend and who could make you feel less lonely and who could really hear what people wanted and make those things manifest. Another Dartmouth alum, Mindy Kaling, wrote a book called “Why Not Me?” and in moments of self-doubt I ground myself with that same question. Those of you who know me know that I can roll with the punches, am very open to feedback, and have an annoyingly loud laugh. Those of you that don’t, just follow the annoying laugh and tell me anything you’d like to see improved upon at Booth. I’m here and I’m willing to put in the work to make a better Booth.

NG: If there’s one thing you want your GBC slate to be remembered for – what will it be?

EH: I know that each member of our slate is talented, kind, and genuine and wants our GBC legacy to be one of servant leadership – we are committed to the growth of this community through empathetic and open-minded engagement with all of Booth’s varied stakeholders. We want to be remembered for taking action together as a slate, the student body, the alumni community, and the administration. If you leave Booth feeling like we really heard you, we will have done our jobs.

Boothie Profiles: Rockin’ the Stage

This past Friday, AudioBooth hosted an LPF at Reggie’s Rock Club in South Loop showcasing some of Booth’s finest musical sounds.  Talented Boothies took the stage and serenaded us with their DJ spinning, acoustic and a cappella melodies, and guitar jamming skills.  ChiBus spoke with a few of the artists to learn a little about them.

 Renuka Agarwal ('18) and Corey Ritter ('18)

Renuka Agarwal ('18) and Corey Ritter ('18)

Kyle Veatch (KV): How are you involved in the music scene at Booth?

Renuka Agarwal (RA): I'm a co-chair of Economies of Scale and AudioBooth, and sing in the Booth band Maroon 7.

KV: Share with us a bit about your music background.

RA: Growing up in an Indian household, I was immersed in song and dance. When I had to pick a musical class in middle school, choir happened to be the easiest and cheapest option!  Since middle school, I've sang mainly in choirs, jazz ensembles and a cappella groups. While at Booth, I joined my first band and have absolutely loved it! I love the rush of performing on stage - it's unlike anything else, and Booth audiences are always supportive!

KV: What has been your favorite music moment at Booth so far?

RA: Definitely performing at Battle of the Bands last year. The Vic is an unreal venue, and I felt very professional on that stage.

KV: Anything you are looking forward to in the Booth music scene before graduation?

RA: I've always wanted to crowd surf - maybe my fellow Boothies can help me with that?... I am really looking forward to continuing to jam with my band (some of the most talented and humble people I know), singing fun arrangements with Economies of Scale, and finally winning against Kellogg at Battle of the Bands!

KV: Plans to continue singing after Booth?

RA: Singing is definitely a tough talent to keep up while working, but I would love to find some peers at work in SF or friends in the area to jam with for fun. There's also always karaoke! I would love to learn to play guitar, and maybe even expand to writing my own music.

 DJ KMAC ('18)

DJ KMAC ('18)

KV: Tell me a bit about your music background.

Kevin McCarthy (KM): I’ve been into music my entire life, starting with very uninspired piano lessons as a child. However, I got an electric guitar for Christmas in 8th grade and the rest is history. Throughout high school I was a huge metalhead with long hair and a general appearance that most people at Booth couldn’t imagine. I also picked up the drums in high school. Most of my time not in school/sports was spent jamming and playing music. I sadly got away from playing music when I went to college but I gained something else - a deep love for music festivals and electronic music.

KV: How did you find yourself DJ’ing on stage at the Reggie’s Rock Club?

KM: My sole inspiration for playing was a chance morning Uber ride with Renuka Agarwal because it took nine minutes to get to the ground floor of MPP and I missed the train. The MPP elevators are the worst - but in this case the best.  

KV: How did you feel about your first DJ performance?

KM: To say I had a blast would be the understatement of the century. I was on cloud nine. I practiced and rehearsed my set a ton, although there were a couple of unanticipated hiccups during the set. For example: when mixing in ATLiens from Unforgivable I was flabbergasted at barely being able to hear the incoming track, ATLiens, in my headphones. I thought I looked at every knob but it turns out that I had the high pass filter on from that deck’s previous transition-out. Oops. All you can really do in that situation is keep moving forward.

KV: What’s next?

KM: I would absolutely love to DJ going forward and am available to any and all Boothies that want to hire me. I come at a pretty good price (free ninety-nine). I had so much fun. The best part of it all was seeing people moving and dancing from what I was playing on stage. I consider myself an extrovert who gains energy and happiness from the vibe of others around me. D’Jing is the perfect match. Sorry Goldman, KMAC is here.


New Year, New Me

Author: Kyle Veatch (‘18)

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Aman Parikh ('19)

Hometown: Chantilly, VA

I'll be honest, I usually forget about my New Year's resolutions by mid-January. But not this year - New Year, New Aman!  I'm going to start eating healthier (i.e. stop getting donuts after every TNDC), become a morning person, exercise more often, and learn how to cook more kinds of food.  I'm also making an effort to get out of the Loop and explore more of the city, so let me know if you have any recommendations when you see me around the Winter Garden!


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Rebecca Beagan ('19)

Hometown: Belleville, MI

Since starting the sedentary lifestyle and long hours of management consulting in 2013, my resolutions were always "eat better, exercise more," but 2017 was different. I actually did it - after the weekly travel stopped, I started cooking for myself, jogging every other day (usually...), and lost some pounds to boot. My 2018 goals (not into New Year resolutions anymore) are focused on the simpler things: flossing and using mouthwash more consistently (because TNDC close quarters is real...), learning how to use my Instant Pot with a fellow Boothie, who also recently acquired an Instant Pot (please join us for some cooking), joining/attending events for wine and epicurean clubs to make even more Booth friends, and getting back into Latin/ballroom dancing! Hope to see/meet you in 2018!

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Matt Freund (‘18)

Hometown: East Lansing, MI

 When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I’ve historically lived by the words of Canadian Poet Laureate, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, that “you got the resolutions, we just got reservations.” This year, however, I’ve changed course and I’m taking a momentary respite from frosty b’s (colloquially known as “Dry-uary”). This has opened up a strange new world to me: plans made at TNDC that actually come to fruition, turning directly to the “mocktails” page of drink menus, and a (very slight) decrease in “insufficient funds” notifications per week. Like old me, new me still “got reservations,” they’re just for a spot in 6am Yoga Sculpt.  

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Emma Boston (‘18)

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

You may not know that I spent the first formative years of my life in Baton Rouge, the heart of cajun swampland, hundo p True Detective first season type of stuff. I was raised in the art of voodoo ways, but have lost touch over the decades. The new me plans to re-master the use of good voodoo energy to ward off evil spirits from Booth students -- to prevent things like winding up on crutches multiple times and having dead people's body parts put inside you, or getting sent to Aspen jail on ski trip, or being made fun of at Tuck Winter Carnival for our consumption skills. Laissez les bon temps rouler...and be careful not to cross me.



Before Booth: From the Navy

Author: Nikhita Giridhar (‘19)

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Robert Wynne MBA Class of 2019, U.S. Navy Lieutenant

Nikhita Giridhar (NG) : Do you come from a family of veterans?

Robert Wynne (RW) : My grandfather attended the Naval Academy in the 50’s, but he only served a few years before separating.  Other than him, only my brother and I decided to serve in my extended family.

NG: When did you decide to join the Navy?

RW: Fall of junior year of high school I visited Annapolis, Maryland to tour the campus and shadow some Midshipmen.  I was totally blown away by how well-rounded, confident, and larger-than-life they all seemed.  I decided then that I wanted to attend the Naval Academy, but was unsure if I wanted to join the Navy or Marine Corps.

NG: Memorable moment from the Navy?

RW: I had the opportunity to serve in three very unique jobs, so I’ll take the liberty of listing two of my favorite events.  Aboard USS BLUE RIDGE, I had the opportunity to navigate the ship into the port of Sydney in 2013, which if you have ever been is nestled in a harbour flanked by beautiful white cliffs and has a very unique urban topography you can survey from the ship’s bridge.  It was incredible! Second one’s from my most recent command - I had the privilege to lead the Navy platoon in the Presidential Escort during the 2017 Inauguration.  We practiced twenty seconds worth of marching probably a hundred times, and fortunately when the moment counted we looked great!

NG: Was it challenging to settle back into civilian life?

RW: Random Walk made the transition surprisingly easy.  I love all my Prague/Berlin folks and they have been anchors (pun intended) throughout this emotional journey through Booth.  The Armed Forces Group and Rugby Team have been fantastic and supportive.  But really, my wonderful pupper Edmond Honda has been what keeps me most sane through the frenetic pace of recruiting, classes, and extra-curriculars.

NG: What’s the one thing that changed about you because of your time in the Navy?

RW: One of the unique things about the U.S. Navy, even relative to the other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, is how constantly engaged you are around the world in foreign cultures and climes.  The Naval Academy allowed me to study in Beijing for a semester and I spent the majority of my time from graduation to starting at Booth either living in or deploying to foreign countries.  I look at Booth as a continuation of a lifelong exposure to a variety of cultures.

NG: How did your Naval experience prepare you for Booth?

RW: During the many times of uncertainty I face through the journey at Booth, I think back on the things my Sailors, friends, and I accomplished in the Navy and it gives me the confidence to press on.  Also, the knowledge that there are Sailors across the globe standing the watch humbles me when I get too complain-y.

NG: Is there something that no one at Booth knows about you?

RW: I have an insatiable appetite for spicy foods and contend that I have the most tolerance for spice of anyone at Booth (challengers welcome).

Before Booth: The Ace Advantage

Author: Nikhita Girdhar (2019)

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Christina Ngo, MBA Class of 2019, WTA Singles Rank Holder

Nikhita Giridhar (NG): How did your tennis journey begin?

Christina Ngo (CN): When I was 2, my parents moved from Vietnam to Russia. I used to be a sickly child with a constant cough and cold and my mother decided to enroll me in sport so I could develop better immunity. By 9, I was much better in health and also in tennis and started training under Preobrazenskaya’s former student (who also trained Anna Kournikova). I won several junior tournaments in Russia and finally moved to Barcelona so I could train at the Top Team Academy run by former French Open Champion Bruguera. I guess that was the start of the journey.

NG: What are some of your best memories from your time as a tennis athlete?

CN: In Barcelona, I trained with Johanna Konta who became No. 4 in the world. My peers also included Joao Sousa and Garbine Muguruza, who are doing remarkably well today. It was great to see Garbine go on to win Wimbledon this year. I also got to travel - I’ve played in Egypt, all over Europe, India and the rest of Asia. I’ve been to over 15 countries and 60 cities while playing tennis.

NG: When did you decide to move to the United States?

CN: At the SEA Games in Thailand in 2007, I met the former Clemson men’s head coach Chuck Kriese. He advised me to go to Georgia Tech. Back then I did not think it was a good idea because I wanted to go pro. However, in early 2008, while in Egypt and Mexico I played practice matches against two Georgia Tech alums and I was absolutely amazed by their performance. They thrashed me! I contacted Georgia Tech and the assistant coach flew to Barcelona to watch me play. She told me I could go if I cleared the SATs.  I took the last available test that year on standby. I remember I was playing somewhere in Spain and I ran into the player’s lounge, sweating after a game and looking for a computer to check my SAT results (we didn’t have phones with internet!). My scores were in, I had made it and a month later I was at Georgia Tech.

NG: How did the move to the U.S. help your tennis and your career?

CN: My coach at Georgia Tech was one of the best I’ve had. He really walked the talk. He set the highest standard for us on and off the court and encouraged us to pursue our strengths. Towards my senior year, I realized that I wanted to explore the world outside of sport. I decided to join IBM and eventually moved on to consulting. Tennis is such a mind-game. There is so much physics, probability and strategy that I felt I could apply all of it to the business world. As an athlete, you have to force yourself to go the extra mile and you have to learn how to deal with failure. In that sense, tennis made me who I am today.

NG: Why Booth?

CN: Georgia Tech was all about tennis. I was with my tennis team from 6am to 11pm, every day. I wanted to dig deeper into school and academics and get to know my classmates. So now, I’m at Booth to get the whole experience. I do play tennis at Booth, but without all the pressure – it’s a great social game, a great way to make new connections and stay mentally and physically fit.

First Years' First Impressions

Author: Jordan Cleare (2018)

  Kristin Nordeen    Hometown:  Plymouth, MN

Kristin Nordeen

Hometown:  Plymouth, MN

JC:  What has been the hardest part of transitioning back to school?

KN:  The hardest part of transitioning back to school is getting used to learning and absorbing a lot of new information instead of teaching and sharing knowledge.  It is a bit different than what I am used to - standing in front of students leading a classroom or in front of teachers leading a professional development session.  Also, I am used to having more hours filled with discussion amongst peers about curriculum development, policy, and ways to move the needle forward for students.  I am now transitioning to days filled with classes, studying, and recruiting events that require my active listening skills.  This transition has been challenging at times, but I am getting the hang of it! 

JC:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

KN:  First, the level of talent combined with the humbleness of my peers at Booth has surprised me.  I am constantly impressed by the diversity, intelligence, and kindness of the students at Booth.  From one-off conversations to class discussions to friendships, the demonstrable skills, level of professional achievement, and support that I have felt from the Booth community has reinforced my first impressions of Booth.

Secondly, the fit that I personally feel at Booth has surprised me.  I am also constantly amazed by being surrounded by highly effective and nerdy people.  I love that I can geek-out about education policy, scientific developments, or my color-coded notebooks and find a Boothie who is ready to learn more about the topic, contribute to the discussion, or completely share an understanding of why such level of organization is necessary.  I have clearly found my people at Booth.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

KN: My #WhyBooth moment is, firstly, a collection of the small moments outlined above.  But, there have also been a few key moments that stand out to me as representative of why I am at Booth.  The first that comes to mind is when David MacLennan, CEO of Cargill, Inc., spoke during the Distinguished Speaker series.  I really appreciated his insights on leadership, on work-life balance, and on ways that businesses can have a positive impact on society.  The latter underscores why I came to Booth and why I am a career switcher.  Mr. MacLennan’s reflections connected in many ways with my personal values and reinforced why I am here.

  Bo Shi    Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Bo Shi

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

JC:  As a Double Maroon, what’s it like being back on campus?

BS:  It’s comforting and strange at the same time. While on the surface everything looks familiar, everyday something new catches my eye where I think, “that didn’t used to be there before”. Overall, I love being back “home”.

JC:  What has been the most challenging part of transitioning back to student life?

BS: At work, even if I had multiple workstreams or projects, the ultimate goal was still the same. Because of this, my frame of mind was essentially the same no matter what I was working on. School is like juggling 3 totally different jobs, and oh by the way one of the jobs is your personal life. Finding that balance has been a struggle.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

BS: As an undergrad, I took a course called UChicago Campus, which was essentially an art history lesson on the architecture at UChicago. Every couple weeks, we’d tour buildings on and around campus, with the Harper Center being one of the last tours. I ended up writing my final paper on how the Harper Center is a perfect architectural reflection of traditional UChicago values and forward-looking innovation. I think I convinced myself through writing that paper that Booth was where I wanted to be.

First Years’ First Impressions

Author: Jordan Cleare (Class of 2019)

   Sally Watson (Class of 2019)    Hometown: St. Andrews, Scotland

Sally Watson (Class of 2019)Hometown: St. Andrews, Scotland

JC:  How was transitioning from professional golf to Booth?

SW:  In some sense, the transition has been tough because I applied in the third round and everything happened really quickly.  I got my acceptance call on May 17th, and from that point had three months to get everything ready to move to Chicago.  So, it was definitely a busy few months preparing for Booth and preparing for my last few events on tour.  However, I couldn’t have asked for a better send off to my professional golf career - playing in the Women’s British Open in St. Andrews about 20 minutes from where I learned to play.  All my friends and family were there to enjoy that last week.  It was a nice ending to my four years on tour.

JC:  What are the parallels between being a professional athlete and a business school student?

SW:  I think time management is key.  With both lifestyles, there are lots of responsibilities and people pulling you in different directions.  In the tour, you are trying to prepare for each event, but you also have sponsor commitments and different roles within the Ladies European Tour.  In business school, time management is key because there are so many opportunities.  FOMO is definitely a real thing.  In your head, you are constantly thinking, “that will be the one thing everyone’s talking about,” and before you know it, you are booked from 8am to 8pm every day.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

SW:  I wanted to come here because of the people - my classmates are truly incredible people, and so supportive and friendly.  Coming from my background, I’m utilizing my classmates as much as possible and everyone has been so helpful and they make me feel like no question is a silly question.  My notebook of business terminology is filling up quickly... So, my #WhyBooth moments occur on a daily basis when people around me do something to help me that they don’t have to do.  It is a reminder of the reason why I came here - the people!  

   Charles Cole (Class of 2019)    Hometown:  Gary, Indiana

Charles Cole (Class of 2019)Hometown:  Gary, Indiana

JC:  How is living in Hyde Park?

CC:  Living in Hyde Park has been great for a few reasons.  It’s a beautiful neighborhood to live in and walk around and, especially since it’s been warm this fall, I’ve really enjoyed all of the green space.  Additionally, it’s great being so close to the school and being able to roll out of bed and still make it to class on time.  I’ve also enjoyed meeting my classmates who live in Hyde Park.  A lot of the first years who live in Hyde Park are interested in giving back to the Chicago community and we’ve found a lot of common interests.  Its nice to part of a little community within the larger Booth community.

JC:  How has it been transitioning to business school while preparing to be a new father?

CC:   My wife is due to have our first child next month.  So, in many ways this is the calm before the storm.  It’s certainly a unique way to start off business school and I am spending a lot of time putting together baby furniture and buying baby clothes after class.  Experiencing this life changing event in business school has and will be great.  I have also enjoyed talking to other Boothie parents - they have been really supportive.

JC:  What has been your #WhyBooth moment?

CC:  I really enjoyed the high ropes course at LOR.  The activity “High Commitment,” where two people stand together on opposite tight ropes and try to shimmy from one tree to another, was something I was absolutely terrified to do.  But, having another person willing to do it with me helped me get out of my comfort zone and give it a shot.  We didn’t make it very far.... While we didn’t successfully cross from one tree to the other, I did successfully face one of my fears with a fellow Boothie.  I’m hoping to have more experiences where I get out of my comfort zone and go for things even if I’m unsure of the outcome.



Insight into the Exchange Student Experience at Booth

 Matt von Brockdorff                       IESE Business School                     Hometown:  Valetta, Malta

Matt von Brockdorff                       IESE Business School                     Hometown:  Valetta, Malta

KV:  Why did you want to study abroad at Booth?

MV:  I have never lived in the U.S. and wanted to try something new.  Booth being a top-ranked university with a large focus on finance (my past) and consulting (my future) and boasting an extensive list of Nobel laureates was extremely attractive.  I applied, was lucky enough to have the grades required, and quickly accepted.

KV: First impressions of Chicago? Of Booth?

MV:  The city is beautiful - way nicer than I expected.  The rumors of Chicago being a cold, gritty place could not be further from the truth.  The architecture is beautiful, there is a great live music and stand up scene, and there are loads of great restaurants and bars.  In general, the city has a very easy going feel.  As for Booth, the campus is great - from the iconic towers to the grass fields and top-notch lecture halls.  My favorite thing about Booth so far has been the sports - coming from a smaller business school, we don't have the numbers or the facilities to really get into more niche sports such as rugby.  Here, the greater university has top notch facilities and joining the Booth Rugby team has been a great way to integrate as an exchange student.

KV: How is Booth similar to IESE?  How is it different?

MV:  The caliber of teaching is very similar.  In my head, I have already compared professors and found similar characters, styles, and abilities.  The main difference is that IESE is a 100% case-based MBA, so every class is full of discussion.

KV: Anything on your bucket list while studying abroad?

MV:  Attend Booth Ski Trip in Aspen, visit Yosemite national park, rent a Harley and drive from California to Las Vegas, and visit the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.  Additionally, I want to find a good stand up comedy club and a gritty old school blues bar to frequent in Chicago.

 Julia Boltz                                       London School of Economics and Political Science                             Hometown: Frankfurt, Malta

Julia Boltz                                       London School of Economics and Political Science                             Hometown: Frankfurt, Malta

KV:  Why did you want to study abroad?

JB:  I spent my junior year in high school at a boarding school in Massachusetts and fell in love with the U.S. and its people.  During that time, I made a lot of great friends and we have kept in touch since. After that experience, I always wanted to come back.  In my opinion, the U.S. is a fascinating country with many contradictions, especially in today’s time, which makes the current exchange even more exciting.

KV: What have been your favorite aspects of Booth so far?

JB:  My favorite aspect so far has been the people I’ve meet and the interesting conversations I’ve had.  I believe that living abroad and getting to know a foreign culture and its people (no matter how similar or different they might be from yours) is the best way to overcome resentments and prejudices.  Hearing other students’ perspectives on particular issues and learning from their experiences has been very inspiring.

KV: In what ways is your Booth similar to LSE? In what ways is Booth different?

JB:  LSE teaches management from a social science perspective and its teaching is, in my opinion, much more theoretical than the teaching at Booth.  Furthermore, students at Booth are much older than they are in my cohort at LSE, which makes class discussion more interesting.  Both schools are very similar in regards to student diversity, something I highly value.


From Soldier to Civilian: Insight into Booth 2Y Vets’ Summer Internship Experiences

Author: Kyle Veatch (Class of 2018)

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Ben Wackerlin (‘18)

Former U.S. Army Infantry Officer

Summer Internship: Strategy & Operations (Boat Division), The Brunswick Corporation

Hometown:  Sandwich, IL

KV:  How did your prior military experience prepare you for your summer internship?

BW:  A big part of my role in the military was dealing with and leading my teams through ambiguous situations.  I believe a common misconception about the military experience is that it is all about receiving and regurgitating clear, direct orders.  This, of course, is not the case.  At Brunswick this past summer, my assigned projects were ambiguous in scope and depth – I had to process the information I received, decide which direction to go, and seek buy-in from stakeholders.  I believe my time in the military, dealing with ambiguity, really prepared me for that role.  Another important parallel between the military and civilian experience is taking on a role as a leader.  A newly-minted officer in the Army is like a newly-minted MBA - you probably have little actual experience, but are given leadership over many older, more tenured people.  Of course, this is a delicate situation and while your reports may be obligated to do what you say, they will ultimately determine if you succeed.  Being humble, building rapport, and recognizing the knowledge base of those working for you is as important in the Army as it is in the civilian world.

KV: What was a challenging aspect of your first civilian role?

BW: In the military, it is inappropriate to go to someone above you in the chain of command that is not your direct commander with questions, feedback, or even casual conversation unless prompted.  This summer at Brunswick I often held back on questions or comments, largely from habit.  After a few weeks, I received feedback and was encouraged to feel comfortable to approach anyone at the firm, regardless if he or she was my direct boss.  The less rigid nature of Brunswick took some time to get used to, but the feedback was invaluable and ultimately allowed me to have a more successful summer.

KV: Any recruiting advice for the 1Y Vets?

BW: Play to your strengths and don’t assume that your strengths are known.  My strengths are dealing with ambiguity and leading small teams through trust and rapport, yet many interviewers will not assume a military background brings that skillset.  I made sure to communicate this during my interviews.

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Sarah Owen

Former Signals Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Marine Corps

Summer Internship: Investment Banking Summer Associate, William Blair

Hometown:  Waco, Texas

KV: How did your prior military experience help you/prepare you for your summer internship?

SO: I think the two most helpful tools the military gave me are 1) the ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and 2) perspective on what is important vs. not important. I took comfort in knowing that no matter what, no one was dying if my financial model didn’t tie out perfectly.

KV: What was the most challenging aspect of the transition into your first civilian role?

SO: In the military, there is a clear designation of who is in charge at all times via rank on the collar. This makes it so you can walk into any room or attend any meeting, and you immediately know the seniority of the person you’re interacting with and their place in the management hierarchy. In the civilian world, this is simply not the case and it was challenging to navigate a new company without the luxury of being able to look at a person’s collar to understand their position within the company and their level of influence over decision making.  

KV: Any recruiting advice for the 1Y Vets?

SO: People will love that you’re a vet and they will fixate on your deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. It will be important to not get stuck telling “war stories” – touch on one briefly, but then bring the person back to the topic of the industry that they represent. This will be harder than you think.  Also, at the end of the day, the most important thing to remember for your recruiting process (and beyond) is for you to be authentic and true to your core values.


First Years’ First Impressions

Author: Jordan Cleare (Class of 2019)

 Jun Liang (Class of 2019)

Jun Liang (Class of 2019)

JC:  How have you enjoyed returning to Chicago?

JL:  Moving back to Chicago has been an awesome experience - I missed the Midwest a lot. I am originally from the Midwest and I worked in Chicago right after undergrad, but I spent the last few years in Boston. I really love the architecture of Chicago – it never ceases to amaze me. Every time I walk outside, especially after TNDC, the architecture looks even better than before. So far Chicago has been a great blast from the past, and I look forward to sharing my love of Chicago with my new classmates.

JC:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

JL:  The people are not as nerdy as I expected. I mean…have you been to TNDC? Or any other social gathering? Students love to let loose and have fun.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

JL: I know everyone who went on a Random Walk had a great time. I had a blast on my Random Walk. The Italy group is a great group of people who I will be friends with at Booth and beyond. From the lost luggage in Florence to staying in the servants’ quarters in Tuscany at the villa - I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you [RW Italy] for making my first Booth Moment a fantastic one!

 Jess Lai (Class of 2019)

Jess Lai (Class of 2019)

JC:  What has been the hardest part of transitioning back to school?

JL: Re-learning how to organize my time. I used to work in finance and my days were organized into specific fragments of time that were centered around the financial markets. At school my days are more fluid, so learning how to schedule and prioritize new things has been a little difficult.

JC:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

JL:   I knew about the "flexible curriculum" and how we can "make our own path" here at Booth, but I didn't realize how that would really translate into having the autonomy to decide what's important to me. There is so much programming going on all the time, but I have the power to decide what I attend and how I make the most of my time here. Everyone is doing something unique, and I think that's great.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

JL: Throughout LOR and LEAD I've been able to build on my relationships with my squadmates and through every exercise we've become closer. So by the time we sat down together after only knowing each other for a week to reflect on our first impressions, it felt like we had known each other for forever! Sharing our thoughts about our first impressions of one another showed how far we had come in such little time. We trusted one another to be honest and were also willing to be vulnerable to feedback. It just solidified the idea that while we're here to further our careers, we're also here to find a supportive network, and I know I've found one that I can count on.


Goodbye, For Now - A First Year Reflection

 Chas Woodward (Class of 2018)

Chas Woodward (Class of 2018)

I'm in kind of a sad state right now. Missing my friends, packing my belongings, being slapped in the face with the reality of my futility. Uprooting myself from my beloved MPP, to try to strike out on my own in New York. Still unclear with exactly how long a New York minute is, or whether or not the city actually sleeps. I wrote a haiku to encapsulate what I'm feeling, hopefully some of you out there have similar feelings. Despair. Reluctance.

A year in review,
Dust blankets my apartment,
Sublease dilemma:

Excess groceries,
To eat or to leave for 'Sam,'
F&%k him, they can rot.

Coffee on the 3rd Floor: Professor Ayelet Fishbach

When Professor Ayelet Fishbach moved to the U.S. in 2000 to complete her postdoc, she only intended to stay for a few years. Little did she know that 17 years later she would be the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at Chicago Booth and being interviewed by yours truly. She likens this outcome to the butterfly effect. “We often don’t realize how the small decisions we make end up shaping and changing our lives in the long run. These decisions are far more significant than we give them credit for at the time.”

Professor Fishbach didn’t always plan to study psychology. She initially tried sociology and political sciences before switching. “Intro to Psychology is a very popular course in undergrad institutions. Most students take the course and then move on with their lives. I just never did.”

Although teaching was never a part of her long-term plan, she found herself in the profession and enjoyed the research atmosphere. Chicago Booth was the only business school she considered because it was renowned for its psychology department and its research. Chicago, she said, is the one school that really focuses on research - very few of the faculty members leave for this reason.

While she clearly enjoys her role at Booth, when quizzed on the downsides, she quipped that unlike research where one has control over their own time, teaching is often an early morning to late night job! “While the academic lifestyle should give you more time, when you’re at a place like Chicago with a lot of research support and energetic PhD students, that’s not often the case, and you want to be at a place like that.” She sees a parallel between MBA students who flock towards jobs that will take over their lives rather than more relaxed options.

Outside of her job she considers herself a “boring academic” who likes to read books and hike occasionally. She likes to travel, but more often than not she only travels for work. “It’s a funny situation where I talk about work life balance in my class, but my life and work overlap to a great extent. Perhaps, I will develop more hobbies in my next life!”

Having been teaching for 15 years, she has had her fair share of interesting classroom incidents and I pushed her to quote one. “During one negotiations course, there was negotiation over $20 where the student involved took out a $20 bill from his pocket and proceeded to rip it up in front of the class to illustrate his point that it wasn’t about the money, but rather the principle involved. He clearly seemed to have understood what I was saying about committing to your position!”

Booth Rugby Reclaims the Cup from Rival Kellogg

 Booth Rugby celebrates after victory against Kellogg in Evanston.

Booth Rugby celebrates after victory against Kellogg in Evanston.

This past Saturday in sunny Evanston, Booth Rugby outmatched rival Kellogg in grit, fan spirit, and, most importantly, points on their way to a 29-24 victory and reclamation of the Cup. The win marked the end of a year’s worth of training, tournaments, blood, and sweat, and was the exclamation point for the Class of 2017’s rugby careers.

After Kellogg put the first ten points on the board with a try and penalty kick, Booth dug in and took over the match. Booth grabbed its first try when Brian O’Callaghan (2017) caught a dribbling kick-pass and tiptoed up the sideline for a score. The next try came from Brock Corbett (2018) who hammered it up the middle taking several defenders with him over the try line. The final score of the half came from Atsushi “The General” Saito (2017) who snuck into the try zone after shaking a few purple jerseys on a tap-and-go. Mark Nemec (Dean of the Graham School) converted the kick on the Saito try and Booth went into halftime with a 17-10 advantage.

The Booth ruggers were the first to draw blood in the second half with another punch-in try by Corbett and kick conversion by Nemec to take the lead 24-10. While Kellogg battled back to a tie before Matt Sidley (2017) scored the winning try on a sprint up the sideline to make it 29-24, Booth asserted its dominance until the final second ticked off. The Booth forwards were superhuman as they overpowered and outlasted their Kellogg counterparts on every contested scrum and took tremendous territory on mauls. The Booth wings showed off their skill and quickness as they created space with their passes and took advantage of any open field given to them. It was an exciting match and a well-deserved win and the boys are happy to return the Cup to its rightful home in Hyde Park.

Final Quarter Reflections

Chase Gosselin

KV: Fondest Booth memory?

CG: Spending a month traveling with Booth friends after summer internships. I started in Australia to see wildlife, continued through Asia to experience new cultures, and ended in the UK to attend a Manchester United match (one big check mark on my bucket list).

KV: Most surprising to you about your time at Booth?

CG: That Booth offers any sort of programming on Fridays. Surely by now the school knows about TNDC…

KV: Anything you are doing now that you would not have predicted two years ago?

CG: Sleeping in past 10:00am six days a week. The life of a second-year business school student in spring quarter is going to make the real world that much more painful of a reality check.

KV: Advice for current first years or incoming students?

CG: Develop a list of goals that you want to achieve while you are in school and dedicate yourself to them. Put people first, prioritize experiences such as travel, and seek to become a better person outside of school. Business school is full of distractions, so be selective with your time – going to a friend’s birthday party instead of studying the night before a midterm is always the right call.

KV: Anything you wish you would have done differently?

CG: I did a good job of getting to know most of my class, but I regrettably never really prioritized getting to know enough people a year above and below me. In hindsight, I would have enjoyed meeting a lot of those people.

KV: What will you miss most about your time at Booth?  What will you not miss?

CG: I will miss the five day weekends with friends where social events actually count as being productive. I won’t miss the Chicago winters that somehow seem to linger until April.

KV: Anything on your bucket list for the last few weeks of school?

CG: Developing relationships has been the most important aspect of business school. Really, it’s making time for friends before we scatter into the real world.


Priyanka Prakash

KV: Fondest Booth memory?

PP: Being a Career Advisor. Being able to influence career decisions and seeing people get their dream offers is extremely gratifying and incredibly motivating.

KV: Most surprising to you about your time at Booth?

PP: How holistic the experience is. It's been a transformational experience from a professional, academic, social and lifestyle perspective.

KV: Anything you are doing now that you would not have predicted two years ago?

PP: Several things! For starters, baking and spin! I recently had the opportunity to speak at the TEDx UChicago conference - that was a huge surprise, totally didn't anticipate it when I started! From a skills standpoint, I'm thinking more cross-functionally now, particularly on economics and marketing versus thinking financially - classes and conversations with classmates has been instrumental in making that happen.

KV: Advice for current first years or incoming students?

PP: Make mistakes. Be unafraid to make them. Your community always, always has your back.

KV: Anything on your bucket list for the last few weeks of school?

PP: Since I'm moving out of Chicago, going to all my favorite West Loop restaurants is on my bucket list!!


Anna Chaldysheva

KV: Fondest Booth memory?

AC: I enjoyed both of my spring break trips very much, but who doesn’t like a vacation!

KV: Most surprising to you about your time at Booth?

AC: I was surprised at how much I would be learning every single day for two  years. I was also surprised at how giving and supportive my classmates, as well as professors and staff members, have been with their time.

KV: Anything you are doing now that you would not have predicted two years ago?

AC: I did not realize how transformative the MBA experience would be. Today, not only I know a lot more, I also gained a lot more confidence in my business judgement.

KV: Any advice for first years or incoming students?

AC: Soak it all in for two years: go to a random talk, take a class outside your comfort zone. But make sure to leave a bit of room in your schedule to relax and be spontaneous. When it comes to career and recruiting goals, go after your dream. Don’t doubt yourself. You can do it! The amazing Booth community will provide plenty of support – just ask. On the other hand, if you are unsure of which path to pursue, don’t stress over the choices. Just pick a path. It will be a great learning experience.   

KV: Any regrets?

AC: I wish I took at least one more marketing or soft-skills class, rather than focusing on finance.

Also, I regret getting injured while skiing over the spring break. But if I could go back to spring break, I would go ski anyway!

KV: What will you miss most about your time at Booth?  

AC: I have tremendously enjoyed learning something new every day, but now I feel it is time for me to get out there and do! I will miss the spontaneity of student life, and the awesome people that became my friends.

KV: Anything on your bucket list for the last few weeks of school?

AC: A few friends and I are planning to take half a day and explore the beautiful UChicago campus and take lots of pictures. And then there are Booth things I really want to do once more before the school year ends: one more random talk, one more drink at Ida Noyes, one more Battle of the Bands, and one more TNDC.

Booth ETA Hopefuls Pitch at the Third Annual Search Fund Summit

 Michael Tadros ('17) of Trailview Partners fields questions from potential investors.

Michael Tadros ('17) of Trailview Partners fields questions from potential investors.

“This is why I believe I will be a good CEO and partner, and why I think you should invest in my fund.”  You don’t often hear phrases like this coming from current and recently graduated MBAs, but at the Chicago Booth Search Fund Investor Summit that’s exactly what you can expect.  On Wednesday, April 19th in the Gleacher Center, investors from across the country gathered at the Gleacher Center to listen to the principals of four Booth search funds deliver their pitch to raise capital and begin their “search.”

Dating back to 1984, the search fund model was pioneered by graduates of the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a new path to Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA).  A subset of private equity, a search fund is committed, private capital that funds an entrepreneur’s search for an attractive existing business with the intention of acquiring and running the company.  Searches typically last anywhere between 6 and 24 months and target companies with between between $5-$50M in revenue.  Over the last few years, searches have increased in popularity as a viable career path for MBAs.

This marked the third year that Chicago Booth has hosted a search fund investor summit and it is still the only business school in the nation to put on such an event.  In 2016, four Chicago Booth teams received an aggregate of $1.5M+ in search capital funding, secured from over 30 investors. This year, four teams presented to and fielded questions from a panel of more than 25 individual and institutional investors as they sought to raise between $350,000 to $750,000 for their funds.  The teams were Sri Bodapati (‘17) with Silver Chariot Capital, Rob Joyce (‘16) with Arbor Hill Capital, Michael Tadros (‘17) with Trailview Partners, and Dave Bochetto (‘17) and Josh Weiss (‘17) with NEX Management.  The searchers provided details on their background and career experiences, explained what drew them to the search fund model, why they thought they would be good CEOs, and even highlighted some initial industries they found as potential target areas for their search.  After the summit, the teams were able to engage with the investors more directly during a private networking reception.

The summit is also a fitting culmination of sorts - the final big event sponsored by Chicago Booth and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation after a full year’s programming of conferences, lunch and learns, newsletters, and podcasts.  The Booth-Kellogg ETA Conference last November drew a crowd of 400 investors, students, and searchers eager to learn and connect with others in the ETA community.  Another contributor to the further development of the ETA ecosystem at Booth is the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition course taught by adjunct professors Brian O’Connor (‘08) and Mark Agnew (‘06).  In fact, most of the investor summit participants this year and in the previous two years committed themselves to pursuing the ETA path after taking O’Connor’s and Agnew’s highly popular course.

If you’re interested in learning more about search funds and other ETA models, feel free to reach out to the Co-Chairs of the Search Fund group: Tim Mendoza, (, Sebastian Perez-Restrepo (, and Yang Zheng (

 Authored by Tim Mendoza ('18)

Authored by Tim Mendoza ('18)

Booth Soccer Takes Down Rival Kellogg in Spring Match

“What a fantastic Saturday – eating delicious BBQ with my friends while watching my team take down Kellogg.”  Of all the celebratory notes going around following the afternoon soccer matches between Booth and Kellogg, none summed up the experience better than First Year Alvaro Alesso’s quote.

The Booth-Kellogg Spring Soccer Match on April 22nd was the first event organized by the new 2017-2018 Soccer Club co-Chairs, following weeks of preparation and coordination between the two schools.  Over 150 fans and friends from both sides of the divide were in attendance at the Saturday afternoon matches, enjoying the warm weather, mingling with each other, and savoring the food.

Though the least important aspect of the friendly event, what were the final scores?  Game 1: Kellogg 1 – 0 Booth.  Game 2: Booth 5 – 4 Kellogg.  BBQ:  150 satisfied MBA students.

The main event, Game 2 between Kellogg’s and Booth’s ‘A’ teams, gave the fans all the drama and excitement they could ask for. Following several chances at victory in the final minutes for both teams, regulation and extra time concluded after 75 minutes in a 0-0 tie. After a few dramatic penalty kicks and saves, the shootout ended when Booth goalkeeper and co-MVP Rodrigo Mansur saved the 6th kick by Kellogg, handing Booth a 5-4 win on made kicks by Michael Jacobs (‘17), Tristan Taru (‘17), Kyle Bonney (‘18), Manuel Sanchez (‘18), and Yaniv Guelman (‘17).

So, who was the other co-MVP? If you were there, you would know that this award clearly went to the provider of the person quoted at the top of the page - the grill-master Alvaro Alesso who was responsible for turning a couple of friendly amateur matches into a must-attend event.

 Authored by Yaniv Guelman ('18)

Authored by Yaniv Guelman ('18)

Coffee on the 3rd Floor with Professor George Wu

Decision making and negotiation play an important role in nearly all professional fields —politics, law, medicine, and more. However, it has always had special importance at  business schools. In the case of Booth, it brought us the Center for Decision Research in 1977, opportunities to stab our classmates in the back in negotiation class, and most importantly, George Wu, the John P and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science. Among other things, Wu is best known for his Advanced Negotiations and Managerial Decision Making Class as well as his participation in the three-year, $3.6 million, “New Paths to Purpose” project.

How did an Applied Math major develop a passion for negotiations? “What I like about negotiations is that it involves both psychology and analytics. The challenge isn’t about psychology or analytics—it’s about marrying the two together. What makes negotiation hard is that there isn’t a clean recipe on how to balance and combine psychology and analytics.” While a lot of what we may see in the Negotiations or Advanced Negotiations courses is around how people and businesses make decisions, much of Wu’s world is around exploring how managers, policy, makers, firms, and governments can impact how customers, citizens, and other individuals make decisions.

How has studying decision making shaped how you make decisions? “I recognize that even with all the things that I’ve studied, decision making is still hard. I know that I’m not immune to making bad decisions or falling victim of the biases I teach about in class.” Claiming that he is not more risk tolerant than average, he adds, “The reality is that even though I know that it’s not the way I should think, small losses are still painful. You can try and reengineer the way you think, but a lot of times, they’re still painful.” While this may suggest that we battle the strong force of human nature that is at odds with sound decision making, Wu gives us a work around: “I think it’s much easier in many ways to see the errors in other people. For example, if you and I are in an organization, we can work with other people to make better decisions, because I can see your errors much more clearly than I can see my own.”

In this age of increasing information, how can we continue to make good decisions? “There are lots of situations these days where the amount and specificity of information gives us a very clear direction. On the other hand, there is a lot of information and much of that information is, by necessity, going to conflict with other information. A generation ago, we would just make a decision. Now, there is this kind of ‘analysis paralysis’ that ends up afflicting a lot of people. MBAs like to look at a lot of data. They feel like they haven’t done the work if they haven’t looked at all of the data. And maybe that’s not the right way of looking at things. The goal isn’t to turn over every rock, but to turn over enough rocks that you feel confident in the decision that you’re making.” Wu notes that this is becoming increasingly important as the velocity of technological change is such that having all of the relevant data from one instance in time may never be enough to shed light on the ultimate concern, which is what the future will look like.

Wu’s parting advice to graduating students is short and sweet: “Reproduce the spirit of Booth in your life. What we’ve done here is set up this idealized environment to learn, but I think that you can pick up a lot of those pieces in the spirit of what we’ve done in the classroom and extend it into your lives, long after you have left Hyde Park.”

Final Quarter Bucket List

The final quarter is underway for the Class of 2017. For many it feels like just yesterday that they walked into the Winter Garden for the first time. Of course, it is hard sometimes not to think about missed opportunities and the “woulda coulda shoulda”. I talked with a few second years who are planning to minimize those thoughts and cross off some items on their “Final Quarter Bucket List”.

Kasey Stonehill

My number one bucket list item for this last quarter at Booth is to attend one of Prendergast’s famous art tours at the Harper Center. The little discoveries walking around campus are amazing – like the new installation in the empty stairwell by C02 (of all places) that I swore was a janitor or professor hiding to listen to their favorite baseball game. It would be a shame to miss out on learning about one of Chicago’s best and biggest art collections!

Daniel Ochoterena

I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my bucket list.  Here it goes:

  1. Shine my dress shoes to a perfect mirror finish while sipping on Scotch

  2. Explore the campus and take photos on a day when everything does not look dead

  3. Finish re-reading three fiction books about a morally-ambiguous London banker that have been sitting on my desk for months

  4. Go to Lincoln Park Zoo and play hide-and-seek with a polar bear

  5. Have the courage to ask Sue the T-Rex out on a steak date at Morton’s The Steakhouse with Brian Gracia playing the piano in the background

  6. Tackle a 250lbs Kellogg rugger at the upcoming Booth-Kellogg rugby match

  7. Remember the faces of more than ten consultants and seven professors #prosopagnosia #whosbooth

  8. Not needing stitches after any of the remaining TNDCs or socials

  9. Host an epic Risk: Game of Thrones Edition night that destroys three friendships or less

  10. High five the Invisible Hand at Saieh Hall

Steph Mount

To-do lists are near and dear to my heart, so it became time to get action-oriented and cross items off of my extensive bucket list as spring quarter approached. The key to slimming down the list: accountability (i.e., calendar invites). First up was Milwaukee. Friends and I visited the city in March and successfully explored local culture (read: meat, cheese, beverages; largest bloody marys in WI pictured). Other bucket list items include: Russia (completed over spring break!), Harper art tour, attending IOP events/lecture series, Hyde Park brunch, White Sox game, and various neighborhoods and coffee shops throughout the city.

Valentina Fernandez Rodriguez Egaña

Hola! In my last quarter before I get deported, I auditioned to be part of Follies. I got my start dancing to reggaeton in last year’s show with Booth Dance Club, but now I want to be an ESTRELLA! I was super impressed by how talented, funny, and open-minded my classmates were. Follies is a once in a lifetime chance to be anyone you want to be on the big stage at Mandell Hall. The Follies team immediately recognized my talent and cast me as a typical Latina. It’ll be tough, but I’m committed. Method acting is best, so I quickly bought a ticket to the LATAM girls Vegas trip. I feel like I have spent my whole life preparing for this role!

Booth Rugby Competes on the World Stage in Las Vegas

In early March, six of Booth Rugby’s finest flew to Las Vegas to play in one of the largest rugby tournaments in the world, USA Sevens Rugby.  The international rugby tournament is the premier tournament in North America and men’s and women’s teams from 16 countries compete in 80 matches on the way to crowning a World Champion.  Concurrently with this world stage of rugby, the tournament hosts an amateur competition comprised of MBA, social, and semi-pro teams.  Sevens rugby is different than standard rugby in two ways:  1) teams are comprised of seven individuals instead of the normal fifteen, and 2) total play time consists of two seven-minute halves as opposed to the typical eighty-minute game.  Sevens rugby favors the agile, quick, and conditioned, and is the format played at the Olympic level given it is fast-paced, intense, and easy to follow.

The Booth representatives comprised of second year Andrew Ward, first years Alonso Smith, Scott Rupnow, Rob Weir, and Brock Corbett, and undergraduate David Liu.  Given Booth was a man short of seven, the team joined forces with Yale to form two teams for the competition.  

On the first day of competition, Rob Weir scored a hat trick in the first match against Stanford, leading a comeback that overcame a 19-0 deficit.  In the second match, Booth fell short losing 28-14 to the very tough UCLA alumni team, but were led by impressive tries from Brock Corbett and Alonso Smith.   

On the second day of competition, Booth took out the All-Army team with a score of 35-7 with tries from Scott Rupnow, Andrew Ward, David Liu, and Rob Weir.  Unfortunately, Booth was then knocked out of the tournament in the semi-finals of its bracket by the Irish University Business School.  Even as one of the youngest MBA rugby teams in Las Vegas, Booth walked away with a couple victories and and a solid placing.  The team plans to continue to develop and train hard for the upcoming MBA World Cup at Duke in April.  In addition to the MBA World Cup, Booth will compete in several spring matches and, of course, in the bi-annual grudge match against that purple team up north.

 Rob Weir (Class of 2018)

Rob Weir (Class of 2018)

In Legendary Showing, 100 Boothies Conquer Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

 Jackson Lesser (Class of 2017)

Jackson Lesser (Class of 2017)

Over the final weekend of February, over one hundred Boothies descended upon Whistler Blackcomb Resort in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for 96 straight hours of shredding and celebrating our glorious ability to take an international ski vacation in the middle of winter quarter.  Appearances were made by skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.  Beginners turned into intermediates.  Intermediates turned into experts.  Experts turned into professionals.  And everyone turned into heroes.

The gnar-shredding was epic, the poutine consumption was excessive, and the dancing was sensual.  As the largest ski resort in North America with 8,171 acres, Whistler Blackcomb offered Boothies an immense amount and variety of terrain to conquer.  "No gnar was left un-shredded," commented second year and active BSSC member Tim Bechtold.

 Winners of the Whistler "Fab Five" costume contest

Winners of the Whistler "Fab Five" costume contest

Bonds unlike any others made at Booth were formed on the dance floors over the course of four wonderful nights.  "I've never witnessed Boothies move with such passion and grace on the dance floor,” co-chair Adi Slifer reported overhearing in the gondola lift line on Sunday morning.  The first of two themed parties, "Jock Jams," paid tribute to the sports anthems of the ‘80s and ‘90s and provoked a significant amount of athleticism from the Boothies.  The second, "Fab Five," put the teamwork of each condo to the test, prompting each to dress up in coordination with a theme of their choosing.  Best Dressed Condo was awarded to Trump and his Mexican Wall, with honorable mention to the Corn Stalks.

Boothies were determined to explore both Whistler and Blackcomb Villages and covered substantial ground over the course of the weekend.  In just four days, the Booth group held ten social events at eight unique event venues, each of which was well attended.  One highlight was the radical performance from the legendary Hairfarmers, a local Whistler band, at Friday’s après-ski event.

Special shout-outs go to: Cristin Garry and squad for driving from Vancouver in an over-sized commercial vehicle, Brian Roscitt for assuming the indispensable role of sleeve monster, James Wallace for the most creative dance maneuver of the weekend, and Brian Keenan for an epic midnight voyage to Seattle airport.

Although hangovers and immediate onset nostalgia were severe, thankfully the trip concluded in good spirits, with zero injuries and 100% of Boothies re-admitted into the USA.