Three years ago, CBS was heavily being covered by the media, as students reported humiliating and sexist activities such as licking whipped cream off bananas during the intro week. Before the semester start in 2016, new rules were introduced, and they seem to be paying off. But still, CBS is not ready to ban alcohol during the intro week.
After last year’s success, CBS is turning up the volume a notch for this year’s Copenhagen Pride Parade. A bigger truck, the DJ That Fucking Sara, and more t-shirts have been ordered. Both the Dean of Education and a co-organizer of CBS’ participation underline the importance of CBS’ presence at the Pride.
At the metal festival, Copenhell, more than 23,000 people joined to enjoy a type of music which has other people wrinkling their noses, covering their ears, and asking whether you worship Satan. CBS WIRE met with three people from CBS to ask why they went to ‘hell’.
Folkemødet is a bit like Roskilde Festival. More than 100,000 people – including students and staff from CBS - visit the festival on Bornholm to engage in debates, events, and celebrate democracy. Watch the films and hear what the President of CBS, students, researchers, and staff from CBS got out of Folkemødet.
All new students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration and Psychology will not be given any grades during the first year of their bachelor’s degree. They will be given a lot more feedback instead. The three-year project is an attempt to limit the pressure and stress that students experience from having to perform well.
CBS students, Lena Tünkers and Niklas Sihan, have developed a circular deposit system that introduces reusable plastic nets made out of beached fishing nets to supermarket chains. They want to confront the perception of plastic being a bad material, as they think it is a valuable resource.
If CBS students are to become the ‘leaders of tomorrow’, they need to understand the potential of creating social and sustainable companies, argues Marine von Renteln, first year-student at CBS. Together with the social enterprise YES CPH and the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, she is hosting a seminar about this topic on May 3 at Porcelænshaven.
A semester at Harvard, as well as classes at the prominent MIT institution, are valuable components to have on your résumé. However, CBS alumn Sophus Svarre Rosendahl agrees that he picked the most rewarding benefits from his stay at the prestigious university outside campus. Now he is a board member of the DSA (Danish Students Abroad) organization.
The possible lockout has generated a lot of questions in regards to the students at CBS. Now, a Q&A has been made answering questions such as: Can I take my exam? Can I hand in assignments, projects, and theses? And will CBS' buildings be open throughout the lockout period?
Closed buildings, canceled exams and lectures? The consequences of a lockout for the students are yet to be made clear. Jeppe Ask Tofteskov, President of CBS Students, says that canceled exams are among the biggest of concerns. Senior management is about to get an overview.
Danish universities have recently been incisively criticized by students for not taking inquiries about sexual harassment seriously. The latest incident was an open letter written by 48 students, some of whom are from CBS. The President of CBS Students is certain that the issue is much bigger than first estimated. CBS has appointed three employees to help students who have experienced harassment and made it clear that CBS has zero tolerance towards the issue.
For an exam project during her bachelor, Matilde Røndbjerg invented a model showing some new results, which describes the connection between hours spent glaring at the TV and the type of weather. Her model later became a research paper, which she recently has presented at Oxford University and at the University of Copenhagen. CBS Professor, Ravi Vatrapu, says that student-made research is a win-win situation.
At first, Merveille Musungay kept her blog anonymous, but given that she wanted to encourage and motivate others, she had to put herself out there. Merveille Musungay is CBS WIRE’s new blogger, and she will blog about failure, how to battle stress, and her everyday life as a CBS student.
CBS got off cheap after a new national funding system affecting all higher education institutions has been announced. The new system will not cause a deficit in CBS’ budget, but it will not solve some of the financial challenges that CBS is facing. The University Director and the President of CBS Students describe the new system as “opaque” and “complex”.
It is a bad sign that international graduates tend to leave Denmark, and Wilbert van der Meer, the Director of the Dean’s Office, describes the tendency as ”unfortunate” and ”worrying”. Because of this, CBS is about to launch different initiatives which include a Job Search Academy and a review of all the programs to ensure that the chances of getting a job and retaining the students becomes higher.
Students need to be better prepared for changes in order to cope with the fast development of society. For this to be so, Søren Pind, the Minister of Higher Education and Science, during his visit to CBS on the 30th of November, argued that students should take a course that embraces subjects such as philosophy, ethics, tech, and culture. Students are hesitant about the idea.
Running a start-up while studying and working on the side can be a tough game to play. There is no way to make the day longer, but there is a way to get more time to work on your start-up. Marc Pascal Landgreen and Marie-Louise Reade Lomholt, both CBS students, are currently doing an internship in their own business. And apart from moving their business forward, they also get 15 ECTS for doing the internship.
Did you know that Sct. Thomas Church at Frederiksberg is a church for students? Maybe you are thinking, what do I need a church for? According to Søren Kjær Bruun, one of the two university pastors at CBS, the church can suffice as a place where students no matter their religion can “get a break” and “where no one expects anything of you."
Imagine a point system in which you could earn points each time you did a sustainable deed; such as, biking to CBS. This sums up an idea conceived three students from CBS and the University of Copenhagen at last weekend’s Sustainable Campus Hackathon. The idea was brilliant enough to earn the group a trip to PRME’s office in New York in order to present it next year. Furthermore, a task force is working on getting the idea implemented at CBS.