The Reporter Goes Virtual

After a year-and-a-half hiatus, The Reporter has once again opened its cyberdoors for business. We encourage you to step right in and have a seat – we would like to welcome you to The Virtual Reporter. Our address is

Ever since its founding in 1967, The Reporter has offered its pages to the GSB community. To some, it is a scrapbook, a diary, a record of the school’s history. To others, it is a forum for discussion and debate. But most of all, it has sought to open up lines of communication within the GSB community. Over the past few months, the staff at The Reporter has been working hard to expand upon this point, encouraging conversation between students, faculty, and the administration. Today we step up our efforts with the introduction of our online forum, The Virtual Reporter.

As you peruse this site, you will no doubt find that many of the listed stories and articles come directly from the print edition. At first, the majority of our content will be shared between the two media, but over the next few months we will continue to grow the capabilities of the site to truly take advantage of the interactive nature of the web.

You will notice on your left a link called “Letter to the Editor.” We encourage you to respond to the articles and commentaries in both our printed and virtual pages. Send your criticism, send your praise, get involved in the debate, whatever it might be. While we cannot promise to print everything we will receive, we can assure you that everything will be considered.

As the year progresses, look for an even more interactive Virtual Reporter. User polls and message boards will be integrated directly with our most provocative feature articles. We will try to use the site to reach out to all members of the GSB community, including Sloans and alumni, to provide information on upcoming GSB and local events, and to give all newcomers to the GSB and the Bay Area some insight as to exactly what goes on in this crazy place.

So with that introduction, we at The Virtual Reporter would like to welcome you to surf our site, get involved, and take part in the GSB community.

And as you do, please join us in thanking the folks who – in one way or another – are responsible for making all of this possible. They are Brian Gladstein, MBA2, Tayo Akins, MBA2, Jerry Huang, MBA2, Lorinda Niemeyer, MBA2, Jake Moskowitz, MBA2, Shawn Carolan, MBA2, and Juan Posada, MBA2.


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To the class of 2009, and all faculty and staff, welcome back. To the class of 2010, welcome to our community; we look forward to meeting you all. Many of us already know that this is the start of yet another phenomenal experience. In our Palo Alto microclimate, days are longer and fuller (and not just because we sleep less!).

After a year-and-a-half hiatus, The Reporter has once again opened its cyberdoors for business. We encourage you to step right in and have a seat – we would like to welcome you to The Virtual Reporter. Our address is

To the Class of 2010:

We wanted to extend to you a heart-felt welcome to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. You are among an extraordinary group of people who have achieved incredible feats in their professional and personal lives. You have demonstrated that you could balance assertiveness with compassion and that you would not allow professional ambition to overshadow social responsiveness. Check also Help for students tuition fee and Building Career.

Ten years ago, Peter Dumanian, MBA ’92, and a few of his GSB classmates envisioned the East Palo Alto Chapter of the “I Have a Dream” (IHAD) program, modeled after a famous program founded a decade earlier in East Harlem. Within a year and a half, a core group of 20 GSB students raised $450,000 from classmates, alumni, and corporate donors, and adopted a class of 58 3rd and 4th grade “Dreamers” from Flood elementary school. The program was a phenomenal success, as class after class of GSB students tutored and mentored the Dreamers through high school.

OK. For those of you who decided to leave the Bay Area for your lofty summer jobs in New York and abroad, you have truly missed a fun time. That’s right. We have taken Summer FOAM to a whole new level. Alternating every other week between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we have covered major ground and discovered some of the city’s best-kept secrets. Let me give you a taste of our travels.

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Jen: The email arrived on a Saturday in early August. It contained the syllabus and reading list for my pre-term seminar with Dean Joss, “Issues on Leadership.” Summer wasn’t even over yet... a reading list?! What did I get myself into?

Fortunately, the books weren’t too academic. In fact, they were almost enjoyable. Shackleton’s Way taught leadership lessons as shown by an Antarctic explorer who was stranded on an iceberg in 1912 and kept his 28 men alive for 2 years. Leadership Pipeline examined different styles of leadership and the skills and values needed for each.

When 120 GSB students departed from Schwab to participate in their Outdoor Adventure Whitewater Rafting trip, many of them envisioned scenes from the movie The River Wild. However, due to a variety of circumstances, the search for whitewater rapids in Northern California was much more like Mission Impossible.

As the first-year students pile onto campus full of verve and optimism, trying to find their ways between S182 and S171, courageously ordering complex sandwiches and burritos in Arbuckle, the second-years ooze back to the GSB like an unsuccessfully eradicated slime mold, grimly noting the enthusiasm with which their junior colleagues snap up copies of Teamwork: A Guide for Suckers.

On September 10th, tomorrow seemed like just another day in the life of a first year GSB student. My biggest concerns about that Tuesday were standard orientation fare: Will I have a good hair day for that dreaded facebook picture? Who's going to help me configure my computer to the Schwab network? How on earth am I going to wake up for the way-too-early Excel review without an alarm clock?

My research suggests that when a system is threatened, proponents of that system tend to respond defensively, almost instinctively, to bolster support for the central tenets of the system. In part, this is what has happened in the case of last week’s terrorist attacks: some Islamic fundamentalists are fighting a holy war against the U.S. allegedly to defend the existence and purity of their system against what they perceive to be our military, economic, and cultural imperialism. Of course, this does not justify the attacks (nothing could), though it may help to explain it.

Tata Consultancy Services – eat your heart out. We’re on a GMIX at BaliCamp! While this is plenty of information to set the stage for second years, the first years will undoubtedly benefit from some additional background. GMIX, which stands for Global Management Immersion eXperience, is a four-week internship that SBS students can elect to take during the summer between their first and second years (see for more information). For additional info on Tata, you’ll have to wait and see…