What Stinks at Columbia Business School?

Pac Man Keychains
Source: e-potpourri
Pac Man Keychains

Columbia Business School wants students to clean up their acts.


They smell.

Perhaps it's the result of social networking—talking to people virtually rather than in person. If you don't actually interact with people, do you need to stay fresh?

CNBC has confirmed the email's veracity, and Gothamist posted some of it.

"It has come to our attention (through complaints from IBC board representing firms they are going to full time) that some of you may not have followed personal hygiene basics during recruiting events," the email to first year students reads. "We understand that it is an incredibly intense recruiting period, and is very hard to find time for yourself, but this is a friendly reminder on some dress code and personal hygiene basics."

Victoria's Secret leopard boot
Source: Victoria's Secret
Victoria's Secret leopard boot

Those "basics" include some things your mother taught you a long time ago:

  • Brush your teeth regularly, or have a mint/mouth refreshers before going to recruiting events (avoid chewing gums)
  • Carry anti-perspirant with you if you are worried about sweating. Don't wear too much cologne/perfume
  • Carry a sewing mini-toolkit, in case your suit hems need an emergency sewing
  • Professional haircuts
  • No backpacks with you
  • Men - no tacky cufflinks or watches (with no crazy patterns, silver is preferable to gold)
  • Women - wear (preferably skin colored) hosiery and always carry an extra pair in your bag
  • Women - if it rains, do not show up in rain boots, no matter how cute you think they are

Tacky cufflinks? Cute rain boots? Not sure what they're talking about? I found a couple of examples.

UPDATE - CLARIFICATION: Columbia Business School contacted CNBC to clarify that the email was sent by the school's Investment Banking Club to its members. It was not sent by the school's administrators.

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