Beat *ichigan Week!

One of the best times of the year to be an Ohio State student is during Beat *ichigan Week, it is a time when all the students rally to beat TTUN (that team up north)! One of the biggest events before the game is to jump in Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is normally a peaceful place to walk around on campus right by the South Oval, but on the Tuesday night before everyone goes home for Thanksgiving Break it transforms into pandemonium. Students are everywhere partaking in the event and jumping into the freezing cold lake! This year was my fourth year jumping and it was a lot of fun to go with some of the other MAcc students because they had never jumped before. Needless to say, we were frozen running back to North campus from the South Oval but it was definitely worth it! Below are some pictures from that night.

Jumping in!
Jumping in!
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O-H-I-O after we jumped!

While mirror lake is an exciting aspect of Beat *ichigan Week, the best part of the week is the actual football game! Normally this game is one of the toughest of our season but Michigan football has fallen on some hard times. I went to the game with my sister who also attended Ohio State for undergraduate and graduate school so we were pretty invested in the outcome. My first game as a student was with my sister and now I have officially gone to my last home game as a student with her, bittersweet! We stayed through Carmen and rushed the field after the game, overall a great experience!

On the field!
On the field!

This weekend I will be traveling to Indianapolis to watch the Buckeyes take on the Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, hopefully we come out victorious! Go Bucks!

Nuts for Sports!!

So as shocking as it may seem, I have never been to a men’s basketball game. I know that seems blasphemous to some but no worries, that was remedied Friday night. I had the pleasure of attending the first basketball of the season against UMass Lowell. Now I know UMass Lowell doesn’t seem like a super intriguing matchup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Students are able to sit super close to the action and members of Block O make sure to keep the energy up in the Schott. OSU ended up winning 92-55. Don’t feel too bad for Lowell though, they are the “Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution” which is a title Columbus is unable to claim.

The weekend of sports continued to Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Gophers. This was a more important game than everyone had anticipated with Minnesota eking out a top 25 ranking. The MAcc class watched at Hounddog’s Pizza, the best pizza place in Columbus (well at least I think it is the best pizza place in Columbus…)

My table at Hounddogs!
My table at Hounddog’s!

We all had a great time eating pizza, hanging out, and cheering on the Buckeyes to a 31-24 win. Hopefully we can win this weekend against Indiana before taking on Michigan. The Michigan game is a horse of a different color, can’t wait to attend over Thanksgiving and fill everyone in on the adventure!

The whole group!
The whole group!

The Fisher Flag Football Championship

While the softball game we played versus the second years was mainly for networking and getting to know our fellow MBAs, the Fisher 1st Year Flag Football Championship was all about pride.

Scarlet vs. Gray (Except the Gray Team is in Red and vice versa)
Scarlet vs. Gray (Except the Gray Team is in red and vice versa)

After playing soccer intramurals with two different teams due to roster size limitations, we again had to split the Fisher first years who wanted to play intramural flag football into two teams, the Fisher Scarlet and Fisher Gray teams. I captained one team and another first year who organized most of this captained the other. We drafted all the students who wanted to play onto one of our two teams in snake-draft fashion (we missed out on having an NFL Draft-style stage to do this in the lounge).

My team went for speed (and missed taking the fastest player) and the other went for size and players who looked like they could play actual tackle football.

There was a three game season and after rain outs and rescheduling, our two teams were scheduled to meet in an epic clash across from Fisher Commons, at Fred Beekman Park, in the 2nd of the three games. You just needed to win one of the three games to make the playoffs.

The Scarlet team was absolutely jobbed out of a win in their first week after the refs completely mishandled the most basic rules of the league. The Gray team got absolutely pounded by law students, one of whom was a former BYU quarterback (yeah well I passed the NY State bar so I’m better than those law students anyway. Jerks). So a playoff spot was on the line in the Fisher v. Fisher game.

I can’t speak for the Scarlet team, but our Gray team had an hour and half long practice before the game at the ARC at OSU and got all of our formations and routes down. We figured out who was going to play what position and how to best exploit the rules for the game. We figured out which one receiver to focus our defense on. Real business school thinkin’ right here.

Thrilling high octane offense
Thrilling high octane offense

There wasn’t much action in the first half aside from turnovers and me getting decked by a girl (this happens a lot when I play sports. Usually by the same girl). A couple of interceptions almost got returned for scores, but nobody was able to get through there and the defenses consistently stopped the offenses after the turnovers. Things finally heated up, however, on the last play of the first half when the opposing QB dropped back to pass and threw an incompletion. But of course ya boy committed roughing the passer and they got another play.

Halftime Huddles
Halftime Huddles

What happened then was bogus to say the least. The other team’s best receiver CLEARLY stepped out of bounds multiple times but the refs missed every one and they scored on the last play of the first half on a play that started with zero seconds on the clock. They missed the conversion but went up 6-0 at the half.

The Gray team scored on a QB scramble to tie the game and would score another touchdown to go up 13-6. The Scarlet team got a few chances but couldn’t even it up. They ended up with one more drive to attempt to tie the game.

Us on defense
Us on defense

On the last play, with only a few seconds left, their quarterback threw a desperation heave to the flag and somehow completed it and made the score 13-12 with no time on the clock. They had to complete the one point conversion to be able to get the game to be a tie and likely send both teams to the playoffs pending final standings.

But the Scarlet team got too cute. On an end around to the Copedaddy, Ben Prater, fellow author on this blog, dove and took off the Copedaddy’s flag and ended the game 13-12. The bench exploded onto the field and nearly tackled Mr. Prater.

We got a bunch of MBAs to come out and watch and played a hell of a close game. Everyone who played had fun and everyone on the sidelines was getting into it. Even the class Grandpa (<3 you B-Rad).

My Gray team made the playoffs and the Scarlet team missed by a point and a referee mess up. And it turns out, we may be playing the second year Fisher team if we can win our first playoff game. My god.

(All photos copyright Teryn Wessel Photography, 2014)

Bulls vs The Return of the King

Being in Columbus, one would assume that all sports-related events revolve around Ohio State. Although that is true for the majority of the year, Columbus is also home to the NHL Blue Jackets. And the Cleveland Cavaliers usually play one exhibition game right before the start of the regular NBA season in Columbus at the Schottenstein Arena.

Bulls vs The Return of the King: Or shall I say, the D Rose dominating the court. October 20th, the Schottenstein Arena hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. Even though this was a preseason game, the Arena was packed in hopes of seeing LeBron, K Love, and Kyrie taken the floor and play D Rose and the Bulls. A group of us from the SMF program had very good seats and took advantage of the festivities by showing up about 3-4 hours early. There was tents for free Cavs t-shirts and places to play basketball and eat. Quite a few people were down on the court meeting LeBron, D Rose, and K Love.

Warming up D Rose LeBron

While the scene was not near as exciting as it was in LeBron’s return home for his first regular season game as a Cavs, again, it was definitely buzzing with excitement.

Walk outs

 

The game itself was exciting until the Cavs pulled away in the 3rd and 4th quarter, but Derrick Rose kept it interesting for as long as possible. Derrick Rose ended the night with 30, as the Bulls fell short by 9. The surprise of the night was Anderson Vaerjao who put up 22 points and 8 rebounds. Kyrie had 28 points while LeBron only had 18. The most interesting part of the night was in the 4th quarter during LeBron’s curtain call. The place erupted as he came off the court.

With events like seeing LeBron play without even having to drive to Cleveland, who wouldn’t want to come to Columbus?!?!

The First Year vs. Second Year Softball Game

There’s naturally going to be a rivalry between MBA classes. Second years will think they have the best class ever and the first years will naturally think they have the coolest, most awesome and interesting class ever (I only say that because it’s true in this case). And, as far as I know, there’s only one way to settle which team is cooler: pickup softball games in the rain.

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I’m the cool guy manager in the middle

Just as a preface to what I’m about to write, the first years are still way cooler and more handsome/beautiful and way more interesting. Just so you know.

The second years here are multiple time OSU intramural softball champions. They all have coordinating shirts and their own equipment and play baseball together pretty much every week.

The first years have never played softball together. We had no idea who was good, who wasn’t or if anyone would even care enough to show up.

The second years have at least one former professional baseball player on their team.

The first years unanimously decided to play intramural soccer rather than baseball.

What I’m saying is that this was a mismatch.

The first years valiantly hung with the second years for a few innings, but unearned runs and errors were our undoing. Despite a valiant and inspiring speech before the last inning and solo cups in center field, we just couldn’t overcome their actual talent and caring.

But, it was much closer than it had any right to be and if anything, brought our class together just a little more. We showed that we could be better if we worked at it like they had and had more people show up from our class than theirs, including our own cheering section.

The fact that we were even close was surprising and the fact that we easily could have won with a little work in the field showed us that we were the true champions.

After a night of networking that I was forced to leave early, we knew the second years were pretty good at baseball, but the first years were the most awesome and smart and just flat out inspiring.

Both classes are united in their own ways and every class after ours will be, even if I’ll prefer ours. Small class sizes let you meet every person in your class and know them fairly well. When there are only 120 students in a grade, you really get to know everyone intimately in a fashion you just can’t at a bigger school, and it allows for opportunities like this where everyone interested can get involved.

And the class of 2016 is pretty cool, all in all.

Observations from Ohio State Football Games

Having done my undergrad at North Carolina State I was anxious to come to Ohio State and see the differences in the atmosphere and environment surrounding the football games.  Here are some of my observations from the first couple games of the season.

  • Tickets:  The ticket process was very different than at NC State.  If you want to buy tickets for Ohio State games you have to be on the lookout for an email in the middle of the summer with instructions on how to do so.  There are only two options for packages, either the full season home games or just Big Ten home games, no single game tickets.
    This was very different from NC State where the week before the game I would just have to go online and request a ticket for the upcoming game, for free! This whole process shows that the demand for students tickets is way higher than the supply.  I would definitely recommend at least trying to attend one game, if not buying tickets for all of the home games.
  • Tailgating:  The big thing about Ohio State tailgating is that it isn’t confined to just parking lots, the entire city is a tailgate.  From the bars on High Street, to the houses surrounding campus, to the parking lots around the stadium, everyone is out for the game having a good time.  Whether you attend Skull Session (still on my OSU bucket list), or are just throwing the pigskin with some friends before the game the atmosphere is second to none.  Pedestrian traffic is insane making driving on gamedays nearly impossible.  Even for the 8pm game people were out before noon making the game a whole day event.
  • Traditions: Even people that know nothing about Ohio State football are aware of some of the traditions.  Ohio State has more traditions than I can even list.  It’s almost impossible to be walking around on a gameday without hearing “O-H!” “I-O!” every five minutes.  The traditions that occur inside the stadium are absolutely amazing to be a part of.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the words to “Carmen Ohio” yet, you will learn them quick as it is sung at the beginning and end of every game.  The stadium O-H-I-O chant is also a very cool tradition, as the entire stadium shows their Buckeye pride.  And obviously I can’t talk about Ohio State traditions without mentioning The Best Damn Band In The Land.  Everyone is on their feet as the band performs Script Ohio and dots the I.   The band also performed a ten minute long amazing halftime show dedicated to famous and popular TV shows.  I highly would recommend everyone check it out if you haven’t seen it yet (here’s a link)!Script Ohio
  • Attire: I guess it’s just my North Carolina roots, but it came to a surprise to me that what people wear to games is definitely different than what I am used to.  It was almost expected that girls would wear sundresses and cowboy boots to NC State football games, while guys would dress up a little nicer with a tucked in polo or button down shirt.  The majority of people wear their OSU jerseys or shirts, and shorts or jeans.  I guess this just means I’m not in the South anymore.

Business School, Or Why I’m Enjoying Not Having a Minute of Free Time

Business school is filled with reading, class, club information sessions, studying and professors with fancy hair (maybe too fancy?). But that probably describes every business school in these United States. Every school has a finance association and every school has textbooks and every school has quiet rooms. But Fisher and The Ohio State University has so much more than that and as I told a second year, “I can’t handle myself right now.”

Your views are not appreciated here, Business Cat
Your views are not appreciated at Fisher, Business Cat

I could describe abstractly my schedule and everything I’ve had to do in the month plus I’ve been at Ohio State coming from New Jersey and another huge state school in Rutgers. I could just say you could get lost in everything here, but I think there’s a better way to do this: I’m going to lay out as much of my schedule on Monday September 16, 2014 as I possibly can. It may seem like a crowded day, but I promise this is pretty much what every Monday is going to be for me for the foreseeable future, so here it is COMIN’ AT YOU HARD.

8-8:30AM: Print out Econ discussion questions for that sweet participation credit.

8:30-10:00AM: Accounting class featuring Jolly Bob’s Jerk Joint and joining intramural flag football leagues. I am a good student I swear.

10:15-11:45AM: Econ class! A blur of supply and demand curves even a day later. Reminiscing about Jolly Bob’s.

12-1PM: 3M Marketing Info Session: Free lunch! It was sammiches. And free pens! Oh and learning about 3M’s marketing internships and full time opportunities.

1-2PM: I exercise/listen to the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack. Barden Bellas 4 lyfe.

2:30-3PM: The two team captains for intramural football draft our players. It can get challenging determining the net present value of Ryan McClellan vs. Adam Tedrick. I should be doing work now butttttttt….no.

3-7PM: Studying for Marketing Math Quiz tomorrow and realizing I don’t have a calculator. I buy a $3.50 one from the bookstore. It does not have exponents. Also studying marketing cases and doing finance homework. I realize (have it reinforced, more likely) that I have no idea what is going on in finance. This is important as the midterm is 3 days away. I need to pack in all this studying for tomorrow because the day’s about to go sideways.

7:30-8:45PM: Intramural Soccer. I’m also one of the captains for one of our two intramural flag football teams. While the football one entails duties like drafting people you know and pretending to be Urban Meyer, the soccer iteration involves bothering people endlessly to get them to officially sign up and telling them where the hidden field at Lincoln Tower Park is. But hey we won 7-6! Woo go Fisher Gray!

9-10PM: Go home and lay facedown drinking Gatorade. But today’s not over because I’m dumb.

10:30-12: Go play intramural Broomball with people I don’t know. I am a crazy person. It’s played with sneakers on a normal ice rink. I fell on my butt about 12 times and sent part of a broom almost into the stands that were filled with kids with nothing better to do than laugh at me fall on my face (no it was funny I don’t blame them). I did not know this sport existed before OSU and now I have a sore butt from it. Oh and we lost.

1AM: Finally eat dinner. Subway was literally the only thing open since McDonalds switched to their breakfast menu at midnight. I do not like eggs so this did not fly.

2AM: Bed.

7AM: Study for marketing math quiz.

SOOOO that was my day and a little added afterward. It may seem like I was annoyed or frustrated with the day, but there are just so many opportunities to take advantage of at Ohio State and Fisher. If I went to a smaller school or one with fewer opportunities, my day could have been over early and I could have been sleeping by 11. But why waste what’s out there? You’re not going to find stuff like this everywhere or maybe anywhere else.

 

Game Days in Buckeye Nation

This weekend I went to the first Ohio State home football game. What a treat! I came from a small liberal arts school in Virginia where football was a thing we did on Saturdays if there was nothing else going on…totally different from how it is here in Columbus, where football is the priority and you pretty much plan every fall Saturday around it.

A view from my seats at the game. Pretty awesome view!
A view from my seats at the game. Pretty awesome view!

This game was especially fun because it was a night game, so I had all day to experience all the different kinds of tailgates and events around campus. I ended up meeting up with a group from my MHRM program and we walked around and explored before heading over to the game. You can really feel the excitement walking up and down High Street through the sea of scarlet and gray. Even if you aren’t able to get a ticket to a game, just head to any of the restaurants or bars and you’ll be able to partake in the game day festivities. It’s an amazing experience. I actually read somewhere that this first home game set a new attendance record at Ohio Stadium. Pretty cool! I am so glad to be a part of buckeye nation! Looking forward to the rest of the season. Go bucks!

At the first home football game against Virginia Tech
At the first home football game against Virginia Tech with two other MHRM first years.
Me with Brutus in the Ohio Union
Me with Brutus (our mascot) in the Ohio Union.

Fun at the Fisher Scramble

One of the greatest games ever invented is golf. There are a building2number of cheesy quotes from either Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, or Happy Gilmore once said in reference to the game. Any way you look at it, golf is the best frustrating game out there. Many of us experienced this last week at the 2014 Fisher Golf Scramble at the Golf Club of Dublin.

I love playing golf and have enjoyed the game for most of my life. For this reason, I was excited to hear that there would be a fun event for students to get together and hit some balls around the course. For me, this would be my third time playing golf since the beginning of business school (I know, where are my priorities?).

One of the best parts of the day was that the weather cooperated for the first time this year. The course was in great shape and the sun was shining. Perfect conditions for golf!

My team started off pretty well going birdie birdie on the first two holes. That’s when things changed, sort of. We double bogeyed the next hole, which was a par 3. I guess I could finish this post there because that’s about the time when you want to walk off the course in a scramble. Anyway, we kept playing and had a great time. Some how, even with a double bogey and a bogey, we came in at four under par.

One of the most memorable moments of the day was when two MBA students (who shall remain nameless) “accidentally” parked their golf cart on the green while they were putting. Needless to say, the marshal wasn’t too happy when he gave them a stern warning.

After the round everyone gathered together for awards and a nice meal. It was fun to relax and enjoy golf with friends and classmates as we wind down our time here at Fisher.

We Came, We Saw, We Conquered…


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To say the past month has been a whirlwind would be a huge understatement. Everyone in Gerlach Hall has been incredibly busy with classes ending, exams approaching, interview prepping and of course all of the fun extracurricular activities that happen at Fisher this time of the year. The most famous of these events is the Fisher Auction.

For those of you who have not experienced the Fisher Auction, it is a night where all of the current students and alumni dress up and head over to the Blackwell Ballroom to partake in both a silent and live auction. Some of the popular items to bid on are things like a dream ride in one of Professor Rucci’s classic cars, the chance to have Dean Wruck come into your class and sing happy birthday to you, and attending a Clipper’s game with Professors Hill and Gray. There are of course some unpopular items as well, like, for example, a date with a current classmate… which did not go for as high of a price as originally hoped (sorry Andy, but I’m sure you and Joey will have a great time).

I feel like I walked away with the best prize of the night, which was a ticket on the 50-yard line to the OSU vs. Michigan game along with a fully catered (and stocked) tailgate beforehand accompanied by Professor Mitchell, our first-year core marketing professor.

The trip was downright awesome. JP Prescott, my fellow auction winner and friend, and I headed to Ann Arbor at 5am and met up with Professor Mitchell and her friend Chuck. Chuck is a big Michigan fan, but we were able to easily overlook this due to the fact he hooked us up with the tickets and a spot right next to the stadium to tailgate at. He also took the liberty of getting some of the best food I’ve ever had at a tailgate…major shout out to Professor Mitchell on getting him to agree to donate all of this to a couple of Ohio State fanatics on his own turf.

john2Also, due to the great location of our tailgate, there were plenty of opportunities to get pictures of both teams, both bands and both cheerleading squads entering the building.

Obviously this great time was capped off by the incredible win the Buckeyes had over the Wolverines…which was an awesome thing to witness in the heart of the Big House. The coolest part, however, was getting the opportunity to have this experience with both a fellow classmate and my professor. This is something that really doesn’t happen at other B-schools schools, but at Fisher it is encouraged. I am looking forward to Follies next year, and continuing to be involved at Fisher. Fisher Follies, along with AMP and Innovation Fisher, are all clubs that have caught my interest!