Prefrosh Preview: A guide to the McDonough School of Business

This week, Vox wanted to give the Class of 2014 a sneak peek into each of Georgetown University’s four schools. Today, we take a look at the McDonough School of Business.

Business students get special treatment

While your non-MSB friends will have to put up with the utterly ineffective UIS (at least for a little longer), business school students get access to technological resources that actually belong in the 21st century. Chief among them is the MSB Tech Center, a competent, accessible alternative to UIS. Located on the first floor of the Hariri Building, the Tech Center is staffed with trained students who can help you troubleshoot most computer issues during walk-in hours.

In addition to tech support, the Tech Center also facilitates all the other technological services that MSB students get access to, which includes the MSB’s printing services. Despite what students from other schools might think, not actually free (check your bill for a $75 “MSB Lab Fee”), but the 1000 pages business students are given to print each semester are still a better deal than paying at Lau. They’re a lot more convenient too: using the iPrint software, students can print to nearly every printer in Hariri and pick up their paper on the way to class.

Even the MSB’s one previous technological weak spot, e-mail, has been turned into an advantage starting this semester with the transition from the cumbersome Groupwise system to Google Mail. And unlike the other schools’ UIS-provided Google Mail, the MSB’s offers a wide array of other services, including Google Docs, Calendar, and Talk (a.k.a. GChat).

Learn how to pronounce “Hariri”

The MSB’s Rafik B. Hariri Building opened to much fanfare last fall, but the shine’s still fresh on the University’s new crown jewel. It’s not a stretch to call Hariri the nicest building on campus, and it’s certainly the most modern, with all the amenities you need to get you through your four years in the b-school. The building is home to nearly all MSB classes, as well as professors’ and administrators’ offices.

However, classrooms and offices only take up a small portion of Hariri. A large part of the building’s interior consists of the Simone McDonough space, four open floors filled with plenty of seating that make great places to study. If you’d prefer to be a little less out in the open, there’s also the undergraduate commons located on the first floor and a number of breakout rooms that can be reserved for groups. There’s not an overwhelming amount of room, but it’s more than enough to attract the jealousy of the masses cooped up in Lau.

The Hariri Building is drawing the attention of those outside Georgetown too. The MSB has been eager to show off its new home, and has attracted numerous luminaries to speak in Lohrfink Auditorium. In the past semester the building has played host to such business leaders as Richard Branson, Ted Leonsis, and Bill Marriott. Of course, Georgetown doesn’t just let the MSB hog its new prime real estate, bringing in speakers with more broad appeal, like Karl Rove and the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.

The curve: Your newest enemy

The MSB is known for its strong focus on group projects, but when you’re not working with your classmates, you’ll technically be competing against them. Last fall the MSB implemented a mandatory grading policy for all undergraduate core classes, forcing professors to curve grades to an average GPA of no greater than 3.33 and give no more than 35% of a class A-range grades.

Don’t worry—things still aren’t too cut-throat. The curve shouldn’t have you sizing up your competition on the first day of class, but it’s good to keep in mind a few months earlier when you’re setting your schedule. Before you spend your time mining RateMyProfessor for the easiest classes you can find, remember that any puffed-up grades will be eventually be pulled back down.

7 Comments on “Prefrosh Preview: A guide to the McDonough School of Business

  1. The breakout rooms are amaaaazing, especially since you’ll be using them on a weekly basis. They all have these gigantic monitors you can link to your laptops, and white boards to play on. There are also several Bloomberg terminals roaming around, though I’ve yet to find an undergrad who knows how to use them. Also, go capitalism.

  2. “Last fall the MSB implemented a mandatory grading policy for all undergraduate core classes, forcing professors to curve grades to an average GPA of no greater than 3.33 and give no more than 35% of a class A-range grades.”

    They would probably be better served if they mandated that more than 35% of MSB students actually had to show up for class.

  3. lol@jacob Since Jacob always repeats the same snide comments every time MSB is mentioned maybe he should be tested for OCD

  4. First off, there are plenty of people in the business school who can use bloomberg terminals. We are never taught in any class how to use them and people spend hours of their own time teaching themselves. The learning curve for a terminal is extremely steep (try using one….it brings back memories of MS DOS) and it is awesome that our school now provides us the resources to take the time and learn if we want.

    Also, it is my understanding that anyone can use the MSB tech center’s resources if they are willing to pay the additional fee that is imposed on business students. When friends from other colleges complain about “free” prints and I mention this to them, they are never seem in a hurry to pay this fee. This leads me to believe that people hate on the business school for often unfounded reasons, the most prevalent of which may by jealousy. Maybe it makes sense that our school spends more money on the majors that make the most money and thus are more likely to give back to the school in the future. After all, we are a private institution that relies on money (which I am sure those out of the bschool know nothing about)

  5. “I don’t have an opinion about this. I’m in the business school.” -Actual quote from a discussion section.

    I’ll stop doing this when business school kids start acting like considerate, intelligent people.

    Don’t be jackasses prefrosh.

  6. 75/1000 = 0.075. You’re paying 2.5 cents less per print than the rest of the university. My understanding is also that you can add more prints for .05 cents /page (can’t cite this and could be wrong).

    Sure it’s only 2.5 cents, but it adds up to $25 bucks if I print 1000 pages. Think of how much cheap beer that is.

  7. Some clarification.

    MSB Tech Center services are available to only those students taking classes at MSB or who are MSB student employees. The Technology Fee is mandatory for business majors but the service and the fee are optional for those taking classes and who wish to use MSBTC services.

    The print fee is actually counted as per piece of paper, so it is technically possible to get 2000 pages of print, B&W or color, each semester. Historically, adequate (even just barely adequate) justification will get additional prints at no cost.

    Bloomberg instruction is offered on a scheduled basis and by appointment. The Lauinger Library Business School Librarian, Jennifer Boettcher, has regular office hours in the IT Breakout Room on the first floor. If you are a MSB student watch for an e-mail with her hours for the upcoming semester. She will also schedule ad-hoc instruction, especially for small groups.

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