Archive | August, 2013
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A Love For The Classics

27 Aug

A Love For The Classics

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Watching Clouds at Summer’s End

27 Aug

Watching Clouds at Summer's End

The Truth About Rejection…Suzzy Roche

27 Aug

Whenever I venture into the endless possibility of a local record store, and attempt to thumb through a few of the overwhelming and seemingly endless rows of bins packed-to-overflowing with CD and vinyl recordings reflective of the artistic and/or commercial efforts of over a hundred years worth of musically-inclined talent, it is always the work of critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, and author Suzzy Roche that stands out to me as a shining gem. From inspired collaborations with her sisters Maggie and Terre (who all-together compose the amazing trio The Roches), to equally brilliant and fresh solo efforts like 1997’s Holy Smokes, Ms. Roche continues to demonstrate a touching spiritual depth complimented with an intricate lyrical cleverness and humor. Any of her recordings that I have been lucky enough to find over the years occupy a special place in my own music library (my prize being a vinyl copy of The Roches’ Nurds), while her stunning harmonies remain an agreeable soundtrack-fixture of pack-the-entire-family-in-the-car-and-drive-the-length-and-bredth-of-New-Jersey outings.

Ms. Roche offers a heartfelt take on rejection which is an honor to share with all of you out there in Internetland.                           

Suzzy Roche:

If someone rejects my work, I assume I’ve been barking up the wrong tree.  I expect and accept rejection, but also believe there’s a place for what I create. 

Though I’m not in charge of what other people think, I am in charge of my work habits.  That’s hard enough.  One of the dangerous things about being rejected is that it rattles my faith.  Without faith, I’m sunk.

If I reject myself –– and I do it all the time –– that’s bad.  So I try to be kind to myself. And I try to be kind to others, because they have feelings too. 

The Need for a Monmouth University Academic Business Journal

25 Aug

I am a graduate of Monmouth University’s Leon Hess Business School, having earned my B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in management in 2010 (graduating with the highest overall GPA in the Leon Hess School), and my MBA in 2011. I am a twice recognized member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and the recipient of the Management Excellence Award (May 2010). I was also a semifinalist in the GMAT MET Fund “Ideas to Innovation Challenge” (2010) for my proposal on improving upon prevailing MBA curriculum.

While I have always had the deepest love for the arts in all of its moving and transformative realizations, and have certainly demonstrated as much during college and beyond through writing, illustration, and performance (you don’t devote twenty years of your life drawing a little fox dressed in a shirt, blue jeans, and a beret if you don’t love what you are doing), a fascination with business academic theory is another passion.    

I am writing out of the pride which I have for Monmouth University as a whole, and the Leon Hess Business School especially. I herein post these thoughts to hopefully encourage other Monmouth University alumni and students to let their alma matter know if they too wish for it the great realization of potential I continue to foresee just on the horizon.   

I feel that a great void which the business school exhibits is the absence of its own academic journal, a publication similar to the Harvard Business Review which would properly reflect the brilliance of the Leon Hess Business School’s faculty, while also creating a potential showcase for works authored by MBA students.

Why should Harvard present the last word on the subject of business scholarship when Monmouth University’s business school is equally accredited by AACSB International. Instead, let the Leon Hess Business School, through its own journal, be the voice of the future.

The tremendous pride which such a publication would bestow upon the university and Leon Hess would be significant. The voice of M.U’s  faculty would assure both the quality and innovation needed to compliment (and compete with) the Harvard Business Review.
       
It would go a long way in generating additional goodwill; would hold the school out to the rest of the business world as a respected source for innovative and sound academic business discourse; and successfully demonstrate publically the talent reflective of AACSB accreditation which students are privately aware. 

I hope that the future of Monmouth University and the Leon Hess Business School will hold such a publication in its infinitely bright tomorrow.

Fingers crossed.

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The Result of Too Much Homework

23 Aug

The Result of Too Much Homework

Here is another one

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Doing Well

23 Aug

Doing Well

While attending M.U. I would sometimes draw up extra cartoons to e-mail to certain classmates and teachers (in the hopes of bringing some joy to the campus in addition to the Outlook material). This effort was most appreciated in the middle of mid-terms and finals. Here is one of them.

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Upon Learning That Ben Affleck Is Batman

23 Aug

Upon Learning That Ben Affleck Is Batman