Beyond the MBA Classroom: Celebrate the End of the Semester with CBS Follies

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

The end of each semester at Columbia Business School (CBS) is marked with CBS Follies—a completely student-run comedy and entertainment show that is performed for the school’s student body, which, we were informed, has been known to get rather rowdy during the presentation. CBS Follies made a particularly strong impact back in 2006 with the YouTube hit “Every Breath Bernanke Takes,” which lampooned Dean Glenn Hubbard’s position as runner-up to Ben Bernanke to become chairman of the Federal Reserve.

In spring 2014, the Follies were themed “Saved by the Follies”—a play on Saved by the Bell—and included such performances as the 300: Rise of an Empire film parody “200: Rise of the J-Term,” a stop-motion video made with Lego bricks entitled “CBS: At the Very Center of Brickness” and the song “Because I’m Hubby,” which focused on Dean Hubbard and played to the tune of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.”

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at CBS and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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