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 R. Glenn Hubbard’s position as runner-up to Ben Bernanke to become chairman of the Federal Reserve. More recently, a video from the fall 2014 Follies titled “Bitch in Business”—a parody of the hit song “All About That Bass” that celebrated the phenomenon of powerful women in the workplace—made quite an impression and had been viewed on YouTube more than 2.8 million times as of this post. Each edition of the Follies centers on a theme. In fall 2014, the theme was “Phantom of the Follies,” and the spring 2014 event was themed “Saved by the Follies”—a play on Saved by the Bell.
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