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Monte Carlo V2.0 – The Updated and Extended Version

February 20th, 2012 by under Everything!, Smith Lettin' Loose. No Comments.

A year ago, I shared with you some of my most fond memories, amongst them being an incredible evening last February at the Omni Shoreham called Monte Carlo night. If

Professor Faulkender and 2nd Years Galore at Monte Carlo Night 2012!

you look back on my blog, you will see a fun post about how Smith showed off their sexy as the glitz and glamour evening with a live DJ, open bar and gambling tables was an admittable great time. Yet, it was just a “great time.” Not epic, insane or earth shattering… just a “great time.” In comparison, I have a great time doing a lot of things, including showering for longer than eight minutes, eating brunch, and playing Ipad Monopoly. Great times sometimes just won’t cut it.

In came Danny Christian, a Maryland boy with High Life roots and a vision to change the way Smithers everywhere percieved “fun.” With nothing but an average budget and his animal insticts, Mr. Christian designed a Steve Jobs type masterpiece never to be outdone – think the Ipad without the existence of an Ipad 2…bad example…um…better yet, the original toaster. Yeah, Monte Carlo V2.0 was the toaster of inventions, never to be outdone by these average fly by night bread toasting wannabees we’ve seen over the years.

The scene was set at the Mandarin Oriental, the canvas in which Mr. Christian painted with his booze brush eight elegant bars serving all you can drink high-end (mostly delicious Diageo brands such as Captain Morgans, Johnny Walker and Tanqueray…mmmm…makes you want to go buy some right now!) liquors starting at 8:00pm and stopping only when the fat lady sang…and Mr. Christian made sure that that could not happen by booking a band, not only sans a fat lady but also sans a horrific lead singer who thinks they can be as cool as the Fresh Prince and as vocally inclined as Celine Dion. You heard it right, no cool joe who thinks you should belt out

Danny, Taylor and I enjoying all 8 Open Bars!

“My Heart Should Go On,” with the same voice he rocks Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Yes, it’s no myth, Mr. Christian booked a band with a DJ that covered the vocals, pure Christian (Danny- not Jesus…even though some have confused the two around here recently) genius.

Table games flooded the rooms as did passed hors-d’ourves, food stations, and Smith Alumni. Gambling furiously were our broke co-hort, only to be distracted by a packed dance floor and Dr. K’s “Oh” face. The grandeur was in the air, and for one epic night, exams, jobs, internships, group projects, final papers, interview preps, weddings, moving arrangements, student loans and whatever other stresses in the life of an MBA were pushed to the side, and in its place was awesomness. Pure, unadulterated awesomness.




For this we say, thank you Danny Christian, you are the man.


The man, the myth, the legend, Danny Christian.

P.S. I will never say this again, and I will also constitute this niceness as your birthday gift- so soak it up!

P.S.S. Special thanks to Hanna for taking such awesome photos, most of which are too amazing to put on my blog 🙂

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Consumer Behavior: Receiving Top Marks

February 10th, 2012 by under Education. No Comments.

We are now halfway through Term C (which is the first part of our second semester), it is a great time to reflect on our courses. I’d like to first dissect and give credit to my most interactive and mentally engaging course of my entire second year as a business school student here at Smith, Consumer Behavior.  The course is taught by Professor

Our Professor: Dr. Rebecca Ratner

Dr. Rebecca Ratner, whose extensive background in psychological research and addictive energy carries this course. Her interactive studies during class include but are not limited to; a live market simulation with students actually exchanging their own money for dried plums (aka prunes), mind framing exercises, Pringle “feel” analysis, and the ever so popular Coke taste test! Theses in-class simulations are supported by extremely intriguing cases as well, that are both timely and impactful, including the amazing revelation of how sexy toilet paper can be and how framing to any number, including your own social security number, can alter spending habits. The cherry on top of the classroom sundae is the literature selection. While there are a plethora of consumer behavior textbooks and psychologically based research, Professor Ratner instead relies on the entertaining and educational delivery of contemporary authors Robert Cialdini (“Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”) and Dan Ariely (“Predictably Irrational” – a personal favorite of mine and a recommended read for anyone!)

Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational," a must read for everyone!

Developing an engaging learning environment and excitement around obtaining knowledge is how to successfully have a long-term imprint on a student base, and Professor Ratner has found the perfect combination of hard cases, interactive teachings and relevant readings to have that success. It’s a Moniello Must-Take Course! (Working my way up to Oprah’s Book Club…) This, of course, comes as no slight to Business Ethics and Leadership with Professor Lele or Networks and Influences taught by Professor Dr. Kathyrn Bartol, both of whom have put together incredible courses, to be highlighted in future posts.



PepsiCo Interview Prep – Revenge of the Terps

February 3rd, 2012 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

If you have followed my blog, you would know that I spent last summer interning with PepsiCo. You would also know I struggled mightily with deciding where to work full-time between PepsiCo and Diageo. So, when this year’s new class of internship candidates from Smith to Maryland, it was time to get our squad ready for what was to come.

With nine Smith students interviewing for a potential internship we worked together, not in competition with each other, going over the basics of the company, how the company runs, the culture, and the mission. We went over case and behavioral interviews as well as dissected everyone’s resume to make sure our Smith family had a leg up on their Harvard, Wharton, NYU and Georgetown competition.

So now we wait! Root for our Terps in hopes we send a few more to PepsiCo this summer!