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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 14:32
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Actually, I beg to differ. The I-House at UofC was spartan and a dorm room, but for $70/night, it worked out quite alright. The place was pretty nice for the price and right next to the GSB. I highly recommend the I-House if you want to save money and don't mind a very simple and spartan room with a communal bathroom. :) I even travelled up to Kellogg from UoC to save money... of course, that took 2.5 hours, so it's not recommended unless you have a lot of time.


I completely forgot you visited GSB. And to think I pictured you as a high roller Kry and you were staying in a slumhouse haha.


Actually Kry is the Tapioca Kind f guys :wink: :lol:

You could always try the Hotwire go lucky, I stayed at the Palme House for 80 bucks at the admit weekend. I think dabots payed the same. Within the loop, around 15 minutes walking to the Metra, but as I mentioned I was lucky.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 15:11
The receptionist at the i-House said don't go out after 9pm? That's just ridiculous.

As someone with a very close association with the UoC I-House, even I recommend trying to get a hotel downtown through priceline or hotwire for around $85. I've stayed at the Hilton Towers and the "Gold Coast" Omni, even the Wyndham, for around that much money per night multiple times. This makes $70 a night for the i-House extremely poor value for money.

And by all means, when picking hotels downtown avoid "3-star" places like the Congress Plaza and the Essex Inn! I think it was bsd who got suckered into staying at one of these places when he visited.

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One problem I had with it is that it made going out downtown a little more difficult for a Chicago novice. I guess I also have a bad taste in my mouth because I arrived around 9 pm, and the receptionist recommended I not go walk to get food due to safety concerns. For me personally, I will stay somewhere downtown next time, but it all depends on what you are looking for.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 02:21
solaris, for some reason, when I went to visit last November, I found NOTHING under $100, including Hotwire and Priceline. If it weren't for someone on this board recommending the I-House, I would have paid more than $100 to stay at a place worse than the I-House.

The I-House has one key advantage over downtown hotels, that is the ease of visiting the GSB. It was also only a 30 minute express bus ride to the loop, so it's not as far as one thinks. After 9pm? I was outside walking around midnight with no problems. I heard it was the south side of Hyde Park that was sketchy, and I-House is on the North.

So yeah, if you can find something for under $100 that's 3-stars or better, go for it. If you can't, I stand firmly by my recommendation of using the I-House to save money and time if you're going to visit GSB.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 04:03
Guys I've been looking into the GSB lately and I've become really interested in applying in R1.

How is the campus?

Is the school "commuter" (whatever your definition of the word) or do people hang out on campus?

Do bschoolers mingle with the other schools?

Where do the students mostly live and mingle?
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 05:17
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Guys I've been looking into the GSB lately and I've become really interested in applying in R1.

How is the campus?

Is the school "commuter" (whatever your definition of the word) or do people hang out on campus?

Do bschoolers mingle with the other schools?

Where do the students mostly live and mingle?


Campus (or rather the Harper center) is a top-notch modern facility, second to none. Well, maybe Ross will have something of a kind, once it's finished.

Yes, it is a commuter school, whatever it means :-D People live all over the city (of course there are more densely GSB populated areas - South Loop, Hyde Park) but they tend to hang out in Harper Center the whole day. So, probably there is more socializing in this "commuter" school than in many "campus" schools.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 09:45
So I wanted to get an opinion on my thoughts for the 2a essay:

2a) Have you ever made a decision that caused you to go against popular opinion? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. b) Did you feel at any point that people misperceived your motives? Explain? c) In retrospect, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB would have affected your decision?

I'm thinking about using a recent acquisition that I was against from the first time we began to look at it (I'm in Corp Dev/Strategic Planning). It made no sense to buy the company and still doesn't as far as I'm concerned, but there are several senior people for the acq. What I'm not sure of is how to answer the motives part of the question? Not sure how people could misperceive my motives, it's not like I have an agenda or something. How do you think this sounds as the basis for my answer?
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 11:32
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So I wanted to get an opinion on my thoughts for the 2a essay:

2a) Have you ever made a decision that caused you to go against popular opinion? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. b) Did you feel at any point that people misperceived your motives? Explain? c) In retrospect, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB would have affected your decision?

I'm thinking about using a recent acquisition that I was against from the first time we began to look at it (I'm in Corp Dev/Strategic Planning). It made no sense to buy the company and still doesn't as far as I'm concerned, but there are several senior people for the acq. What I'm not sure of is how to answer the motives part of the question? Not sure how people could misperceive my motives, it's not like I have an agenda or something. How do you think this sounds as the basis for my answer?


I think that sounds like a good topic for your response. As for misperceived motives, you could discuss the potential for more senior people at the firm seeing your opposition to the acquisition as a way to potentially make a name for yourself/earn your stripes over a more senior person. Seems like an angle you could run with. Of course, I am not sure if there was any indication of misperceived motives in your situation.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2008, 21:02
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I don't think Indian Citizens are place in the same pool as Indian Americans. though I have heard that a few schools (forgot which ones) count non-caucasian Americans as "international" for their international student percentage... Yeah, sketchy... :shock:

wow that is sketchy! I'm an Indian citizen but US permanent resident - wonder which bucket that puts me in? :roll:
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2008, 21:11
For those looking for a swanky-er place to stay this weekend, Marriott has a deal at one of their renovated facilities on the Magnif Mile in July/Aug - it's something like $180/night instead of the usual $300 or so.

I on the other hand am crashing on a friend's air mattress - and all it's costing me is a bottle of Jager 8-) woo!
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2008, 18:21
Hi Folks,
Thanks for helping us out! I am applying to GSB for 09. I am vissiting chicago over the labor day weekend. I was wondering if one of the current students could spare some time to meet me?
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 21:59
is it time to rename this thread to Chicago Booth? :lol:

On a serious note, how do current students feel about how this donation is going to improve the school? It already was reputed to have the best facilities...
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 16:33
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is it time to rename this thread to Chicago Booth? :lol:

On a serious note, how do current students feel about how this donation is going to improve the school? It already was reputed to have the best facilities...


If you read how the gift is set up they arent going to cash it in. A lot of schools keep their endowments growing and only use the interest, so thats probably what this will do. It brings them up to the level of Kellogg and Wharton in terms of their b-school endowment now so personally I dont think its going to make a huge impact immediately...its more of a long term thing. However, you need to realize their competition is definitely going to use this to help them raise money.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 21:49
wow, only Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia left...
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2008, 07:17
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wow, only Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia left...


and Yale. (I had forgotten that one too, but saw it in a Businessweek article)
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2008, 10:29
Any Chicago Booth ambassadors available to meet Friday morning? rhyme, kwam, irish?
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2008, 19:57
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wow, only Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia left...


Actually is only Yale, Columbia and Stanford. Harvard is actually the George F. Baker Foundation (I know different story but still). And at Stanford no school is allowed to have a name - you should know that you went there :-D .

Soni I will be at school from 10 am if I can finish a case I have till tomorrow night. I sent you a PVT.

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Quite frankly sentiment is still mixed. I preferred the GSB, but I fell that Booth sounds ok - even though it reminds me some other stuff - and in my home country everybody says that I'm at The University of Chicago, that were the brand equity comes from actually.

The deans are talking to students, telling the strategy: brand, faculty, building - I bet that in a couple of year we will have a campus for Exec MBA somewhere else, and I believe it's going to be at the UEA - etc. The Money may give space to school make what Kellogg already does: Direct Student Loans.

Chicago was behind its peers in endowments, and was considered even a stretchy school, and a good thing is that it is $150M already ahead of others, as it has already the building for the FT MBA.

The point is that Mr. Booth, is really attached to the school and the university, and his gift already made some other Alumni to participate in the $100M matching program, this will allow the school to compete in a better position, for sure. Also his story is very interesting, and even though some people don't like Efficient Markets Theory, truth be told is that DFA made lots of Money using the semi-strong form of it and some anomalies that the Fama-French 3 factor model showed.

I read the HBS case about Dimensional last week, really intriguing.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2008, 22:41
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wow, only Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia left...


Actually is only Yale, Columbia and Stanford. Harvard is actually the George F. Baker Foundation (I know different story but still). And at Stanford no school is allowed to have a name - you should know that you went there :-D .


Interesting, I did not know that no schools at Stanford is allowed to have a name. I went to engineering school there, remember? None of the engineering schools have a name. This whole "naming of school" thing is stuff of the Professional schools. :P
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2008, 11:12
I had no idea Stanford wasn't allowed to name its schools. You learn something new every day! The naming trend is starting to slowly spread to med schools (Geffen/UCLA, Feinberg/Northwestern, Keck/USC) as well. I have no idea what impact that'll have.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2008, 18:37
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This whole "naming of school" thing is stuff of the Professional schools. :P


I don't think that's the case Kryzak. The engineering school I went to was named after a donor/professor: Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom. He donated 10 million to get those naming rights. He also donated the same amount to another state school to get their engineering school named after him as well. Of course, given his legal troubles, there is talk of removing his name/reselling the naming rights.
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Re: Chicago GSB [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2008, 09:03
Oh I forgot to mention one thing about the "name changing" here. I like my avatar, I REALLY do, and I want something at the same level before I change it. :shock: :o :lol:
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