2324823553_39f2a86eafSometimes rankings can get us down, and we are reminded of their flaws. But when they make us look good, we can’t help but celebrate. The Economist recently came out with their new rankings of full-time business schools throughout the world. Do you even need to ask if Haas is on the list? Number six, baby. Just below Harvard. And TWO  spots above that other school.

The majority of the schools in the top 10 are from the U.S. (seven), but the list includes universities all over the world. The Economist asked read more »

DSC00229Yes, this is a campus building crawl. Why would we do a building crawl, you ask? Because you, like us, are hopeless when it comes to following through on the promise you made to yourself at the beginning of the semester: finally exploring the campus and seeing all of the interesting goodies it has to offer … including its buildings.

Sure you’ve hung out with dinosaurs in the Valley Life Sciences Building or stood atop Wheeler Hall with some friends until dusk, but have you ever smoked a cigarette witnessed a heart-stopping sunset from one of the balconies in Eshleman Hall or had a nervous breakdown because you couldn’t find your way out of Dwinelle? Well, after reading this, read more »

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The alternate title to this post was “Prepare to Be Inspired, or to Have Your Mind Blown, or to Be Left Speechless, etc.” It was just a touch too unwieldy, though, for the story of Adam Lock, recent graduate of Haas School of Business’s MBA program.

At the ripe old age of 24, Lock’s vision began to deteriorate due to Macular Degeneration. He could no longer fly for the Royal Navy, but the end of his military career was the beginning of an unbelievable life.

Lock rowed across the Atlantic, raising money for charity, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Blanc and Everest and ran 10 marathons, all while read more »

DSCN5462The overcast and rainy weather didn’t do much to dampen spirits at yesterday’s “>play Conference.” That’s probably because the event was held indoors at Haas School of Business. Or it could be because a majority of the conference attendees are the type who rarely see sunlight anyway, given the amount of time spent in a cubicle. Whatever the case, there was excitement in the air (and doubtlessly lots of wireless signals) at UC Berkeley’s annual >play Digital Media Conference, which featured presentations and panels on all manner of trending topics in the digital world. Facebook, Microsoft, Pixar, Wired and Twitter were there. And, being the cutting edge trend-setters that we are, so was the Clog. read more »

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This combines Facebook, your willingness to support causes and lighthearted competition. Nevertheless, it strikes us as a pretty tolerable–solid, even–endeavor. Haas School of Business students Aaron Schwartz and Nicole Ballin have created an app through which UC Berkeley students track their water bottle conservation habits, pitting their stats against one another in a competitive setting. We’d hate to see the mini-suite where this competition gets out of hand … read more »

464951494_40b4b7e1e1OK, so admittedly, that was a kind of terrible pun. And considering we don’t know Alex Velez and Nikhil Arora personally, we can’t vouch for their fun-ness with a real degree of certainty.

However, we can tell you about BTTR Ventures—pronounced “better” and standing for Back To The Roots—which is the brainchild of the two Haas School of Business seniors. Under their leadership, BTTR Ventures has developed a fertilizer composed of cafes’ used coffee grounds and, in turn, employed that fertilizer in growing delicious-nutritious mushrooms. The production costs are low, the mushrooms themselves relatively cheap, and local jobs are already opening up as a result.

Moreover, by making use of those grounds, Velez and Arora have found an application for what is apparently “one of the most abundant waste streams in America.” Meaning that if BTTR Ventures evolves into the national network that the pair envisions, we caffeine fiends could continue to frequent our favorite cafes, feed our relentless addictions, and save the planet in the process.

If that’s not the true definition of “fun,” then we don’t know what is.

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Haas Entrepreneurs Start A Locally Grown Business [Daily Cal

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As the new President-elect meditatively contemplates a buckling economy, gears in the political machine are a-turnin’, and the new administration’s eyeing fresh meat for key appointments in high positions. Who out of the Berkeley academic crypt could possibly be so well-regarded as to deserve such a lofty designation? read more »

While Jason Mraz captivated fangirls with his sensual cooing at the Greek Theater, across the street at the Haas School of Business was Wonderfest, a.k.a. The San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science. The festival was a hot spot for lovers of the touchy-feely side of science with art displays and crafts, lectures on extraterrestrials and dreams and scienctific stand-up comedy.

We were only able to attend one lecture entitled “Are Dreams Psychologically Significant?” only to find an overall answer along the lines of “We don’t know. Uh, maybe?” Our favorite part was the story-telling of a man’s recurring nightmare of his penis being bitten off by a bear. The following are stolen moments from the lecture. read more »

Our lives wouldn’t be complete without a yearly dose of rankings fever. The Economist released their (completely irrelevant, unnecessarily reductionist, totally and without a doubt worthless) rankings of the best full-time MBA programs in the world early this week. Naturally, Haas made the list. The surprise is that someone beat the bigwigs to the punch: Schools in both Switzerland and Spain ranked higher than the usual US titans. Crazy business people! Well, Swiss craziness, which is considerably less crazy than actual craziness.

List of the programs after the jump. read more »

Looks like the UC Board of Regents spotted the financial potential in Haas’ recent climb to the No. 2 spot on the Wall Street Journal’s Survey of Business School Programs. Paying big money to be a slave to the Man just got a tad bit more expensive.

Not even a week after the survey was released, the mysterious Regents who get our tuition checks every month announced their decision to increase UC professional school fees by about $15,000 over the next three years (Clarification: The total fees will increase by $15,000.)

Their main reason? “(T)he fee increases were necessary to maintain quality programs and to stay competitive with other high-ranking institutions,” according to the Daily Cal.

Translation: The University of California would like to attain its rightful place on silly media surveys, which are about as revealing as psychics on the Montel Williams show. Aside from the Wall Street Journal’s Survey, there’s also the controversially simplistic rankings of U.S. News. (These rankings are usually deemed insubstantial; that is, unless one attends the No. 1 Public University in the country.)

Well, the regents may have broken the big-time professional dreams of countless prospective Boalt and Haas students’ moms and dads, but look on the bright side, all you disgruntled wannabe Cochrans and Trumps: You are now free to pick your own wardrobe, speak your mind and stick it to the Man. Maybe you can even go to art school, like you’ve always wanted!

UC OKs Fee Hike for Professional Schools [Daily Cal]
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