10 Comments That Made Us LOL In 2015

“The ‘unpretentious Stanford douche’ is a thing”

Stanford University Graduate School of Business - Ethan Baron photo

Stanford University Graduate School of Business – Ethan Baron photo

Well, we would’ve liked to see a picture. In an article about Stanford Graduate School of Business beating Harvard Business School on dual-admits, reader “GBSwhat?” (who may be dyslexic), took issue with another commenter’s fairly benign but nonetheless hackneyed reference to “egos” at HBS. GBSwhat? pointed out the stereotype, then launched one of his/her own, which if we’re to believe him/her, represents a brand new concept, one apparently birthed at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “I lived on the West Coast,” the person writes, “and frankly, the ‘unpretentious Stanford douche’ is a thing.” Here at Poets&Quants, we’re not sure how welcome we are over at the GSB, but if and when we visit next, we’ll keep an eye out.

“Do your gay friends a favor… Share this with them and save them from you.”

Harvard Business School - Ethan Baron photo

Harvard Business School – Ethan Baron photo

Out of the blue it comes, a missive of profound bigotry, bound to draw fire from other readers. Wading in second in the comments section following a “You Won’t Believe Who Harvard Business School Just Rejected” story, “Nufsaid” knocks discussion sideways into homophobia. “Is it me or 99% of gay applicants choose to ‘tell a heartbreaking story of coming out of the closet,'” Nufsaid queries, with reference to nothing in the article. As might be expected, Nufsaid has “gay friends.” The commenter goes on to condemn gay pride, and suggests those possessing it should donate their organs “to people who have a better chance.” Reader “Rose” has this to say: “Humm. Do your gay friends a favor… Share this with them and save them from you.”

Party on, Garth.”

Stanford GSB Dean Garth Saloner announced he is stepping down at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year

Stanford GSB Dean Garth Saloner announced he is stepping down at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year

A story so boundlessly lurid as that of the Stanford Graduate School of Business sex scandal was fated to generate some colorful comments. But one reader sums up Dean Garth Saloner’s affair-with-a-GSB-professor-married-to-another-GSB-professor using three words from the eternal Wayne’s World: “Party on, Garth,” writes “Wayne.” We would be remiss if we didn’t include further GSB sex scandal commentary that caused Poets&Quants staff to LOL – even if the laughing was at the expense of one of us. “Jtaza” calls the story, written by the Poets&Quants managing editor, “Extremely amateur writing. Reads like a hit piece. Stop letting interns write your articles.” Ha, ha, ha! Wait, that’s me… And the attack continues, a veritable piling-on, with “Veritas” giving Jtaza the straight goods: “Mr. Baron, the article’s author, was a Cal graduate (both undergrad and masters in “Journalism”),” Veritas reveals. “Would you expect him to write anything balanced? He not only jumped at the opportunity to use his privileged position to write an extensive, uniformly scathing, lopsided article, but he also chose not to disclose his bias, to at least show he has a sense of humor about his lack of professional ethics.” We are grateful to reader “CamNewton” (though we remain a little appalled by his grammar) for asking the key question – “So you think he wrote this just because he went to schools who are sports rivals with Stanford…?” Fortunately, reader “Jon Castor” interjected some analysis and got the discussion back on track: “It will be about money: whether the University has to pay any . . . if the University has to pay, that may highlight the need for additional changes beyond a new Dean.”

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