MBA students dirty from honest toil for the last time in their lives


Seventy first-year graduate students in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University got as dirty as coal miners yesterday gutting four, century-old houses. Another 170 got rained on hauling pallets, pushing wheelbarrows, lugging mulch and collecting litter.

As dirty as coal miners? Really? I am sure that actual coal miners are impressed.

Swetha Bharadvaj lit up at the idea. “This will be great,” she said. “It’s a great project for us. We were talking earlier about ethics and the importance of acting with a broader perspective” beyond business.

“This sounded fun to me,” said Sereana Seim. “They told us we’d get filthy. I said, ‘Sign me up.'”

At five o’clock each student was issued a gray pin-striped suit and assured he would never have to worry about dirt again, barring the occasional mud spatter on his jodhpurs from polo pony hooves.

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