Activist Investors and the Health of Companies

By Seongeun Tammy Lee Lee’s essay on the role of activist investors in the Dow-Dupont merger and their overall effect on the long-term health of a company was written for BUS4444H, Honors case studies in Business. Traditionally, shareholders of a company are invested in maintaining long-term relationships with that company rather than focusing on their short-term interests, such as earning
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Worlds We Create: Art and Memory in Proust’s Swann’s Way

By Miranda Revilla Revilla’s essay was nominated for publication by Professor Albert Fayngold. If the past is a foreign country, how do we get there? Both conventional wisdom and Proust’s epic work point to memory as the sole vehicle for taking us to the past, but is it really enough? It would seem so, yet, for a careful reader of
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Owners and Inferiors: Influence of nationalism on the lives of ethnic minorities in the post-Soviet Uzbekistan

By Alexandra Ten Ten’s essay was nominated for publication by Emily Long Olsen, a Writing Consultant at the Baruch College Writing Center. This essay is the analysis portion of her Oral History Project for Professor Martina Nguyen’s HIS 1003 course; it is based in part on an interview with Olga Ten. To read the complete interview, please click here.  
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Economic Development in New York City: A Look at the Priorities, Policies, and Problems at the Local Level

By Konstantin Zborovskiy Nominated by Professor John Liu, Zborovskiy’s essay was the required final research paper in PAF 9144, Budgeting and Financial Analysis II, Spring 2015. Professor Liu writes: The paper demonstrated the student’s mastery of a major topic of the course and was graded on research content and analytical argument.  Specifically, the paper earned high marks in the following
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Excellent Fopperies: Soliloquies in King Lear and Measure for Measure

By Matthew Jones A literary analysis essay written under the direction of Prof. Paula Berggren, this essay was awarded the first annual Berlfein Prize for Best Undergraduate Nonfiction Writing in Spring 2010. The paradox of Shakespearean theater lies in its ability to communicate plausible emotion and generate compassion while using artificial language and adhering to theatrical conventions: the use of
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Mission-Related Investing: Leveraging Capital Markets to Enhance Social Value

By Ashok Kamal A researched paper written by an Honors MBA student. This paper won a 2009 Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics, an award intended to stimulate scholarship in the field of ethics, with an emphasis on ethics in professional life.   Introduction: The Role of Philanthropic Foundations in Society The philanthropic community in the United States is haunted
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My Epiphany

A Brian Lung A memoir written for ENG 2100. Nominated by Professor Sarah Moon “Brian’s personal memoir on visiting his cousins in rural China is an excellent example of using a specific, personal experience to illustrate a common, human issue and its resolution. His memoir shows us how life experiences of effective cooperation and self-sufficiency help dispel the self-pity we
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Sharks, Jets, and Juliet

by Yurika Takahashi A compare and contrast essay written for MSC 3019. Nominated by Professor Elizabeth Wollman “Yurika wrote this paper for my course on the American Musical Theater (MSC 3019). Yurika wrote what I believe is a model example of a classic structure: the compare-and-contrast paper. It’s well-organized, carefully written, and flows nicely. It also exhibits a careful balance
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Playing Well With Others: The Modern Effects, and Future Implications, of Economic Governance With Regards to Collective Ownership

By Patrick Pompili This essay was awarded second prize in the 2009 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge.  This competition asked CUNY undergraduate students to write “an essay of 1000-1500 words explaining the science behind the 2009 Nobel prizes – to describe how these concepts are influencing our world today, and to predict the future significance of this research to humanity.”  Patrick
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WANTED: Objects of Desire. Black Girls Need Not Apply

By Sherley Jean-Pierre A researched essay written for BLS 3011. Nominated by Professor Arthur Lewin: “It is an old truism, and, like all such ‘wisdom,’ it’s just not true: It’s widely believed that scholarly, well researched articles are boring, while timely pieces arousing intense interest are, invariably, poorly documented opinion pieces. As Ms. Sherley Jean-Pierre brilliantly shows, the question of
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