Club Trillion

Last Thursday I was a TA for a public speaking course at Ohio State and was responsible for grading student oral presentations.  Overall I was very impressed with the talent of the class, even if topics included “Why Jim Varney is the best actor ever” and “Everyone should buy a Hangover Helmet.”  Despite a clear disinterest in the class, most students were way more comfortable at speaking in front of a classroom than I was seven years ago… (Yes, I realize that my public speaking skills in 2003 should not be a benchmark to grade a class – but I used it anyways).

Although most speeches were interesting, one topic really stuck out from the rest.  This student decided to talk for seven minutes as to why Mark Titus (OSU Men’s Basketball Player) has the best blog in the country.  As you can expect, I was skeptical at first.  Who is this Mark Titus and what does he have on Joe Fahrendorf’s Fisher Grad Life Blog?  After all, the Google analytics are reporting that my blog actually receives a few unique hits per month (although this is steadily fading – c’mon Mom & Dad, start reading my blog again).  Well, as it turned out, this guy was right.  Mark Titus’ blog “Club Trillion” is one of the best blogs in the country.

Mark “The Shark” Titus (#34)… aka Mr. Rainmaker is a staple of The Ohio State Men’s Basketball bench.  Mark’s blog provides a perspective on college basketball that is impossible to gain from ESPN or other news sources.  The name Club Trillion was developed from the stat line Mark usually earns: 1 minute played and nothing else.  When this happens, the scorecard reads 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – hence 1 Trillion.  Although Mark is a highly talented basketball player (or so he claims), he is unable to be an everyday player on a program that is consistently ranked in the top 10.

Club Trillion has received nearly 2.5 million hits, slightly higher than my blog attendance.  The blog has become such a hit that the website even sells Club Tril t-shirts, which have become very popular on The Ohio State campus.  All the proceeds from the shirts go to support the charitable group A Kid Again.

As you can tell, I highly recommend you check out Club Trillion – in addition to the other authors on My Fisher Grad Life Blog.  However, I will give you this warning: if you are like me and have no time for the next couple weeks, postpone exploring his blog until you have time to spare.  I could not have been introduced to this website at a worse time.  Next week I have a large marketing paper due and a negotiations exam.  The following week I have 4 finals (so this will probably be the last post you see from me for two weeks… sorry).

-Joe

The Fisher 5K

My activity with the Fisher 5K Association has really increased the past two weeks.  The Fisher 5K Association is a student organization that is responsible for organizing the annual Fisher 5K charity race.   The Fisher 5K is an annual Run/Walk (5 kilometers or 3.1 miles) which began in 2004 and is held on The Ohio State University campus.  It is the largest service event hosted by the Fisher graduate programs.  All the proceeds of the race go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.  In 2009, we had 608 race registrants and raised $21,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.  We are already close to 300 registrations and are looking to get another 500 more.

This year the race will be held on April 25, 2010. The official start time for the Fisher 5K is 9:00 AM.  If you haven’t signed up, I encourage you to do so.  If you have signed up, convince friends and family to sign-up and run/walk with you.

To register: https://www.premierraces.com/smartReg/newRegister.asp?ID=328

Social Chair Interviews

Tonight the Fisher Graduate Student Association interviewed candidates for the prestigious social chair position.  The response to the position was overwhelming and we are going to have a difficult time making cuts.  Not only is every candidate qualified, but everyone would make a unique addition to the committee… which makes the selection process seem incredibly arbitrary.  We’ll hopefully have our final decision by the end of the week and we will introduce the new social chairs at our Town Hall meeting on February 18th.    Thanks again to everyone who interviewed.

-Joe

1st Year Case Competition

Last Friday was the Internal Case Competition for the 2011 MBA class.  Since I am trying to broaden my MBA experience and hone my public speaking skills, I decided to take part in the competition.  My team was comprised of three other first year students: Emily Bae, Joseph Lopez, and Chris Kessler.  The case was on Microsoft (circa November 2008.)  At the time their search engine, msn.com, was a distant third to Yahoo! and the behemoth Google.  We were asked to conduct analysis on Microsoft’s current search engine and to produce recommendations accordingly.  After extensive research on both the market composition and the existing client experience, our recommendation was for Microsoft to pioneer a brand new experience called, Microsoft MiLife (patent pending).

MiLife is an all-inclusive system where a user sets up a personal profile and comprehensive data is collected and maintained for each person.  This would be a person’s Internet identity and a portal to everything they need online.  For example, MiLife would be an amazon.com for the entire Internet, not just for things placed on Amazon.  Our goal was to avoid regurgitating bing.com, but to make bing.com better.

The project took us the entire day to complete and we presented to four judges (one of which was Dean Wruck) the next morning.   Although we were uncertain that the judges would like our idea, we pitched our idea with as much passion and energy as possible.  Later in the day we learned that we had won the case competition for our room and we received Barnes & Noble gift cards.  This also means that my team is eligible to represent Ohio State in the Big Ten case competition.

Overall, the case competition was worthwhile.  Although it took up a lot of time (all day Friday and half a day on Saturday), the pros certainly outweigh the cons.

-Joe

MiLife - Emily Bae, Joe Fahrendorf, Joseph Lopez, Chris Kessler
MiLife - Emily Bae, Joe Fahrendorf, Joseph Lopez, Chris Kessler

New: Fisher Racquet Sports

One group that has received the majority of my spare time is the Fisher Graduate Student Association (FGSA).  This group is the de facto student council and is responsible for implementing change based on student feedback and suggestions.  In order to do this, we have the responsibility to delegate funds to different student groups so they are able to make the largest contributions to the Fisher community.  Therefore, we are also responsible for approving new student organizations that seek funds.

This quarter we received a request from a group of students seeking to start a Fisher Racquet Sports group.  After listening to the group’s formal proposal, we determined that it would be in the best interest of Fisher College to approve this organization.  Some of the sports that will be included in the racquet sports group include ping pong, badminton, cricket, tennis, squash, racquetball, and several others.  Congrats to all the individuals who worked so hard to get the group approved.

On a side note, FGSA is still seeking individuals for the next group of social chairs.  If you have an interest in actively planning next year’s social events, please email me.

– Joe

Hilarious professor email

Long weekends are great.  I was able to practice Finance and catch up on some of the reading I was unable to do last weekend because I was in Cincinnati for the Bengals game.  Well as it turns out, long weekends are also helpful when you are trying to nurse a black eye.  Although my eye is looking better, it is not going to be normal looking for at least another five days.  As a result, I decided to email my professors to tell them that I have a black eye and that I hope it won’t be a distraction in class.  What resulted is one of the funniest emails I have ever received from a professor…

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Dear Professor,

I just wanted to let you know that I have a pretty nasty black eye that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.  I was accidentally elbowed while playing basketball in the gym on Friday afternoon with several classmates.  I don’t want this to be a distraction in class tomorrow, so here is a heads up.

Best regards,

Joe Fahrendorf

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2 minutes later…

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Joe,

Yikes.  If you wanted to cover this up, you could always pull off the eye patch.  If you go down this route, I’d recommend a turtleneck and a blazer to compliment the look.   That said, looking like a villain from a James Bond movie may be more distracting than just having a black eye.

See you tomorrow.

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This was not the response I expected.  I would actually try the “villain from a James Bond movie” look, but I think the black eye alone will be funny enough for my classmates.

Winter break = freedom

Classes are over, finals are finished, papers are complete… and I’m finally on winter break!  For the next three and a half weeks I am off.  This will give me plenty of time to reflect on the Q1 and make the necessary adjustments to be more successful in Q2.

Favorite class: Managerial Economics with Professor Campbell.

Least favorite class: Data Analysis.

Overall, this quarter was amazing.  I met a lot of great individuals and I really stretched myself by taking subjects in which I had no prior knowledge.   Accounting was tough, but I survived.  I hear Cost Accounting next quarter is even harder, so that should be fun.  My professional speaking class really improved my public speaking skills and I feel much more comfortable speaking in front of large audiences.

I’ll reflect more on Q1 a little later.  Now it is time to relax.  I should also have plenty of time to blog over the next three weeks… although I won’t have anything to blog about.  Stay tuned, I’m sure something will come to mind.

-Joe

Projects and Finals

Once again everyone is busy at Fisher College of Business.  This is the last week of class so everything is wrapping up.  As a result, I had to give a presentation on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Monday – (Enhancing Professional Interchange) I gave a speech with three other individuals about the Thanksgiving holiday.  We were supposed to talk for 16 minutes and we hit 15:59.3 without any help from the professor.   Hopefully we get a few extra points for nailing the time exactly.

Tuesday – (Economics) My team gave a presentation on the compensation difference between the CEO of Aetna and the CEO of UnitedHealth.  We discussed CEO pay packages and their financial incentives.

Wednesday – (Organizational Behavior) My team gave a presentation on a leadership model that we developed based on OSU President Gordon Gee.  (I might have worn a bow tie for this presentation.)

As you can imagine, I’m definitely glad to have these projects behind me.  Now I can start studying for finals.  It all begins next Monday with Managerial Econ.  Tuesday is the Data Analysis final and Wednesday is the Accounting final.  It should be a fun three days.

I can’t wait until Wednesday afternoon…