Metro News & Notes: Paris Agreement, Harvard Memes And More
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Here are a few stories you may have missed from the week that was …
Will Business Fill The Paris Void? | Harvard Gazette
The United States may be leaving the Paris Agreement, many individual states and academic institutions are straying from the government’s overall ambitions. Harvard is one of several elite U.S. universities to cooperate in a joint effort, which said in a statement: “As institutions of higher education, we remain committed to a broad-based global agreement on climate change and will do our part to ensure the United States can meet its contribution.”
Speaking with George Serafeim, a Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Harvard Gazette staff writer Al Powell went further into the reasons why the objections are becoming so frequent, as well as the argument behind why the U.S. would leave in the first place. One of the principle reasons, Serafeim states, is that many spearheading the exit believe the Paris Agreement is bad for the economy. He disagrees, however, stating, “If you actually look at the data, many economies have reduced their carbon emissions at the same time they have grown their economy, so I think that argument is just false.”
5 Things To Do Before Business School | U.S. News
1. Choose an academic focus: Lilian Ngobi, an MBA student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, says the vast array of courses and extracurricular activities at MBA programs can be overwhelming at first. She says it is important for MBA applicants to set priorities about what they’re most interested in learning, so they can make an informed choice about where to apply.
Mays MBA Student Wins Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship
2018 Texas A&M Mays Business School MBA candidate Willie Dennis was formally announced as one of the winners of the 2017 Texas Business Hall of Fame. Amber Acosta, the Associate Director of the Mays full-time program, commended Dennis’ work after the announcement, saying, “His valuable insight in the classroom is matched only by his commitment to getting a well-rounded education. Everything Willie does, he strives to do his absolute best. I have no doubt that Willie will be in the Texas Business Hall of Fame someday. We are so proud of him for receiving this prestigious scholarship.”
Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes | Harvard Crimson
In the “you done goofed” news of the week, 10 students that were set to join the incoming Harvard University class of 2021 have seen their acceptances revoked. The reason: memes, of course.
According to the Harvard Crimson, “the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat.” This included jokes about the Holocaust, sexual assault and more.
An email copy from the Harvard admissions office retained by the Harvard Crimson found read; “The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics.” It continued, “As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee.”
Katie Holmes Enrolls In Harvard Business School | Page Six
Katie Holmes, star of the upcoming Stephen Soderbergh dark comedy Logan Lucky and next year’s re-installment of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise (Ocean’s Eight), will be the one of the more well-known attendees of Harvard Business School’s Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program. The news was formally dropped by Holmes via her Instagram. She will be attending the school under her own company’s name, Noelle Productions Inc.