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 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 CBS Follies titled “Bitch in Business”—a parody of the hit song “All About That Bass” celebrating the phenomenon of powerful women in the workplace—made quite an impression and had been viewed on YouTube more than 3.1 million times as of this post. Each version of the CBS Follies centers on a theme. In the fall of 2015, the theme was “Fast Times at Follies High,” and the spring 2016 event was themed “Uris by Uriswest”—a play on the South by Southwest festival and the school’s own Uris Hall.

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