Cheers & Jeers

The editors have decided to start a new column on the Viewpoint page. Right here we plan to point out a few noteworthy issues from life at HBS, both good and bad. We’ll start off this week, and hope you’ll chime in with some issues of you own for future issues. Please send them to

Cheer: The transition from the old cohort pages to the my.hbs pages have gone incredibly smoothly, and the newly designed HBS portal is easy to understand and use. When you think high tech, think HBS! Thanks to MBA IT Support Services.

Cheer: The Registrar’s office and Course Services have been wonderful in helping the ECs figure out the Add/Drop process. They have tirelessly answered questions, and the availability of information online has been tremendous.

Jeer: At the EC Welcome Back last Tuesday Dean Clark gave another light-hearted pep talk about our transformational experience, and MBA Program Chair Carl Kester again described the perils of violating the Community Standards, warning us about plagiarism and self-plagiarism.
Why then does Dean Clark recycle the same speech he made the year before? And why does he use the same joke about aging at Admit Day, the RC Welcome, and now the EC Welcome? It was funny the first time we heard it, but that was from the twenty-something character in “Dazed and Confused” who hung out way too much with high school kids, played by a not-yet-famous Matthew McConaughey:

“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older; they stay the same age. Heh, heh, heh. Yes, they do.”