When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
For some, life in the Northeast would not be complete without ice hockey. The hockey club at the Yale School of Management (SOM) is reportedly very active, attracting student players of all abilities. Approximately 50 players scrimmage weekly throughout the fall and into the early spring. Said a second-year student we interviewed, “Playing hockey or attending as a spectator is a blast, especially since we use Ingalls Rink, an amazing facility where the currently #1 ranked Yale hockey team plays its matches.” Referring to the Stanley Gartska Cup, he added, “The season culminates with a first year versus second year game in April, named after our deputy dean, whose first name is Stanley (get it?).” One first-year student said of the event in a February 2013 video on the SOM community blog, “It’s just a great way to relax, unwind, but have some good, clean, competitive fun,” adding that a “requisite amount of trash talking on the ice” goes on between the first and second years.
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