On-Campus Interview Series: IT Special

This week we introduce a new innovation to the Harbus: the Interview Series ‘special.’ Some of you might mistakenly think that it is exactly like the normal Interview Series articles we write. But you’d be wrong. This has some critical differences – it’s special and longer…

The unsung heroes in MBA IT support are featured this week. Not only do they have a wealth of sporting experiences, they also have some amusing IT anecdotes to share with us. It’s fair to say that these folks are true professionals. Despite our badgering them for juicy stories about faculty members’ secret 5000 Terabyte porn hard drives or for access to the recruitment algorithms, they are true examples of discretion.


Robert Drabiuk
Height: 6ft 2
Weight: 187 pounds
Eyes: Green
Hair: Dirty blonde
Marital Status: Single
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Drink: Chateauneuf de pape
Favorite Film: The Godfather
Favorite Band: Bob Dylan

David Helen
Height: 5ft 10
Weight: 167 pounds
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Marital Status: Single
Favorite Food: Indian- Chicken Tikka Masala
Favorite Drink: Guinness
Favorite Film: The Princess Bride
Favorite Band: The Clash

Taalib ‘Doc’ Al-Salaam
Height: 6 ft 0
Weight: 197 pounds
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Black
Marital Status: Married, two children – David (12) and Nicole (8)
Favorite Food: Shrimp Scampi
Favorite Drink: Rum and Coke
Favorite Film: Robocop
Favorite Band: A Tribe Called Quest

Jiang (John) Xin
Height: 5 ft 5
Weight: 164 pounds
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Marital Status: Single and looking
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Drink: Colt 45
Favorite Film: Tie between Glen Garry, Glen Ross, Any Given Sunday, and The Godfather
Favorite Band: DMX

Lewis Kelley
Height: 5 ft 10
Weight: 220 pounds
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black
Marital Status: Single and looking
Favorite Food: I just love food
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Film: The Godfather
Favorite Band: Rush
Harbus: What sport do you play?

Robert Drabiuk: Ice Hockey
David Helen: Ice Hockey
Taalib Al-Salaam: Basketball
Jiang Xin: Weightlifting
Lewis Kelley: Soccer
Harbus: Do you have any good sports stories to share with us?

David Helen: Just recently I was playing and got hit by a high velocity puck on my index finger. My finger was shattered (I had a pin put in later) but I still kept playing. My advice to all you ice hockey players out there is to buy good, well padded gloves. Trust me, you don’t want to learn this the hard way.

Taalib Al-Salaam: I have played at the Malcolm X Park in Boston and there are a few legends in the neighborhood who used to give me a hard time because I had glasses and had no left. One day I was playing 3 on 3 and I felt like Michael Jordan – I made every shot. People were astonished, and the same guy who’d yelled at me before was now congratulating me in front of everyone.

Jiang Xin: I used to be a serious weightlifter, but three times I’ve broken my lower back and not been able to walk for a week a time. That’s what happens when you try to squat 320 pounds.

Lewis Kelley: I once found out how tough a game soccer can be. I had to take a friend to hospital. He got a concussion when he went to head a ball, hit another player, fell down, and then hit his head again on the ground.

Harbus: How about any good (and clean) IT anecdotes:

Robert Drabuik: I’ve got a great ‘admissions’ story. Two months ago an old, unkempt guy (in his mid 80s) walked into MBA support and walked back out again. After many raised eyebrows he came back and laid a crumpled piece of paper on my desk…he unrolled it and claimed it was his resume and that he was ready to enroll on the MBA program with immediate effect. After thinking long and hard about what to do, I sent him off to MBA admissions in Dillon House – I gave him directions and he went on his way. Instead of taking the right out of IT support (as given to him in my directions 5 seconds beforehand) he took a left and that was the last we saw of him…

Jiang Xin: Once I stayed a little later to help a student, and they brought me a plate of fruit. I thought that was a really thoughtful gesture.
Harbus: Do you have any sporting or IT advice for the readers:

All: BACKUP YOUR COMPUTER. Do it every two weeks or sooner (depends on how much you are willing to lose.) If you have an IBM here’s how to do it:

o Open IBM record now (wizard will direct you)

o Archive i) Outlook.pst (select hidden files to find it), ii) My docs, iii) Desktop, iv) Favorites

If you’re stuck or have a different computer and don’t know what to do, give us a call (617-495-6070).