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Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, our weekly perusal of the news pages at top business school student newspapers. This week we explore what’s happening at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business by scanning their student-produced paper, The Wharton Journal.


Wharton’s Business Economics and Public Policy Initiative has recently awarded its Henry & Marcelle Morgenthau Fellowship to 7 MBA students.  Awarded to students with a drive to “be a force for social good,” the fellowship is given every year to students who have made substantial contributions to public policy and social causes and are looking to make more.   This year’s winners include Julia Kurnik (’14) for her work to bring sustainable healthy food to Philadelphia, Tiago Correia (’14) for his ambitions in public policy related to real estate development in urban environments, and Vidya Venkataraman (’14) who is looking to improve cooperation between the private sector and governments after graduating from Wharton and completing a dual law degree at Yale.

Popular author Maclolm Gladwell recently visited Wharton to discuss his new book David and Goliath, where he delivered his message about underdogs to a packed Wharton audience as a part of the Authors @ Wharton Speaker Series.  Started in 2012 Authors@Wharton is a new series of lectures and events meant to encourage dialogue between students, faculty, and alumni, while bringing in prominent public intellectuals.  In the book, Gladwell argues that what we popularly regard as disadvantages are often advantageous.

Founder’s Club Co-Founder Zach Simkin (’14) is hard at work on a new startup in 3D printing.  After founding his own company and working for 3 years at a manufacturing start-up, Zach made waves at Wharton by starting the Founder’s Club last year, now a popular forum for Wharton’s entrepreneurs to gather and share ideas.  After an “Innovations” course last year, he founded a start-up with a fellow student that is now looking to use 3D printing to create a leaner, more flexible supply chain, able to keep up with rapidly changing market demands.