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CBS WIRE turns 3: Read, watch and listen to 30 great personal stories

Meet Yuan Fang, an MBA student from China who revives old traditions through her traditional clothing. (Photo: Anna Holte)

CBS WIRE turns three on May 16, and to celebrate, the editorial team has browsed through its treasure trove of stories and cherry-picked 30 articles, films and podcasts that reflect the wide range of funny, clever, cool, innovative, caring, skilled, curious and peculiar people interviewed by CBS WIRE over the past three years. ENJOY!

News |   15. May 2020

Anne M. Lykkegaard

Journalist

CBS WIRE’s birthday celebration usually involves handing out 1,000 scoops of ice cream to CBS students and staff. But this year, the way things are, you’ll have to imagine eating a delicious ice cream in the sun on CBS’ premises with your colleagues and fellow students.

But don’t worry, CBS WIRE’s third birthday will not go unnoticed. CBS WIRE’s editorial team has picked 30 great stories that you just have to read, watch or listen to – each one carefully selected to reflect the diversity of people connected to CBS in one way or another.

You can watch Seher Cam, a master’s student, shave off her 40-centimeter-long hair for charity. Listen to CBS alumnus Jessie Schwarz play everything from Stairway to Heaven to the score from Pirates of the Caribbean on the piano in SP01. Understand how CBS Professor Dana Minbaeva was able to finance her MBA by speculating in whiskey and currencies. Spend a day at work with CBS’ House Inspector Niels Laursen, who tells funny jokes and acts as a stand-in dad for the many exchange students. Or read about CBS students and alumni’s innovative and surprising start-ups, ranging from an app for fishermen to a cool cap that symbolizes mental health.

Here we go!

Ain’t no Sunshine when he’s gone

1.5 years ago, CBS said goodbye to Somchai Bronlow – or Sunshine, as he was nicknamed. After 10 years of service at CBS, he wanted to start up a sustainable fish farm in Thailand.

Seher shaves her head for charity

“My head feels so cold. Can I rock this look?” Seher Cam asks while she gently touches her prickly head. Three of her friends smile and reassure her that she can pull off the bald look.

In this story, you follow Seher Cam as she shaves her head. Right now, the video made for the article has about 74,876 views on YouTube.

PhD fellow: Punk is a mess, and I think academia can learn from that!

Meet the hardcore punk rocker and PhD fellow at CBS, Thomas Burø. Lead singer in the punk band TVIVLER and author of an article in which he analyses how his messy counterculture background influences his academic achievements.

Due to COVID-19, Thomas Burø and his band mates from TVIVLER will have to put on hold all their live gigs. They were booked to play at Roskilde Festival, which has been cancelled. (Photo: Mads Ogstrup Nielsen)

Four Years After CBS: A plastic adventure through blood, sweat and Google searches

This is the first article in a series about the life of alumni four years after graduating from CBS. In the article, you meet Katrine Lee Larsen, who became a swimwear designer after a dip in a sea of plastic in Bali.

Katrine Lee from Copenhagen Cartel. (Photo: Copenhagen Cartel)

Constance quit cars and planes and biked to Denmark from France

Danes are known to bike a lot. But what about a trip from France to Denmark by bike? Follow CBS student Constance Regnier’s journey to a life with the smallest carbon footprint possible – including not driving cars or taking planes as some of the least radical choices.

Stone expert: Look down. The floor talks!

Have you ever taken a close look at the stone floor at Solbjerg Plads? If you do, you’ll see fossils and mesmerizing patterns. Come along with stone expert Kelvin Bjerre on a tour of the cool spots on the floor and hear about how shiny the floor is at the Royal Danish Opera.

I wear my culture

CBS is international. Students from all over the world come here to study, including Yuan Fang, an MBA student from China. She caught the attention of our photographer, Anna Holte, while gracefully walking down the main hall of Solbjerg Plads in her traditional Chinese clothes.

Learn more about why it is important for her to revive the old Chinese traditions and how she sees Danish and Chinese culture. And enjoy the beautiful pictures of Yuan Fang.

Meet Yuan Fang, an MBA student from China who revives old traditions through her traditional clothing. (Photo: Anna Holte)

Nima Sophia Tisdall started her first business venture in high school – now she runs a seafood company praised by Barack Obama

Not many people can brag about having a business that has been singled out by Barack Obama as an inspirational innovator. But Nima Sophia Tisdall, who is now a CBS graduate, can.

CBS celebrity: He is rocking the financial world

Strangers want to take selfies with CBS Professor Lasse Heje Pedersen when he shows up at conferences, numerous awards for his research on liquidity are hanging on the wall in his office at CBS, and now, he just appeared on a list of the 3,000 most influential researchers in the world – for the second time. CBS WIRE met with the popular professor.

Hellbound

Each year more than 20,000 – mostly black-clad – metalheads take over Refshaleøen for the COPENHELL metal festival. CBS WIRE met with three headbangers from CBS to talk about their passion for the kind of music that most people would describe as ‘ear pollution’.   

Leon tied his shoes and left the humdrum life of pension schemes and a good canteen behind him – now he has just won the European Championships twice

Not sure whether to follow your passion or pick the safe career path? It took CBS alumnus and teacher Leon Kofoed a couple of years to make that decision. But when he did, he was in no doubt that it was the right choice, though it involved changing his profession from ‘Junior Analyst’ to ‘Athlete’ on LinkedIn.

She speculated in whiskey and currencies to afford her MBA

What do you do when the degree you have just obtained is useless? You figure out a way to finance an MBA. CBS Professor Dana Minbaeva from Kazakhstan faced that situation. Read her incredible story of how she learned English in six months, speculated in whiskey and currencies to afford an MBA, and ended up at CBS.

CBS students trapped in Hong Kong “war zone”: “They produced Molotov cocktails in our lobby”

Five CBS students eyewitnessed the violent demonstrations in Hong Kong when their university, UCHK, came under siege and was turned into a battlefield.

Namaste: Thursday means Yoga Time

Thursdays at the Department of Digitalization means time for yoga. Join a yoga class with Niels Buus Lassen, who got the idea from a research stay in Oxford.

 

“I quit my job in Copenhagen and left my boss a letter saying: Goodbye, I’m going to save Italy”

Did you know that a former CBS student is now a member of the Italian government? Michele Sodano from Sicily is full-time politician for the Five Star Movement, but before that, he had a nice easy life in Copenhagen. Right until he realized that he had to do something about Italy. About the corruption, the mafia, Berlusconi’s media, and about the future of young Italians. Get his story right here.

The Queen of the blue MBA

Persian-born, Swedish-based and working in Copenhagen, Irene Rosberg is the epitome of a cosmopolitan. Just like the shipping industry where she works.

Meet the program director of the award-winning Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics, also known as the Blue MBA at CBS.

Cool summer art: Spit, cola and sex

Have you wondered where the painting of the ship transporting containers in CBS WIRE’s office comes from? Well, it was painted by the artist Frederik Næblerød at CBS’ summer party back in 2017. Watch the process of the painting taking shape right here:

When 12 isn’t enough: Meet the new International Business students

It happens every year. International Business at CBS draws headlines with its entry requirements busting the 7-point grading scale. A grade point average of 12.2 was needed for admission in 2018, and for the majority of Danish high school students, this average is beyond unachievable. But not for the new IB students. You can meet two of them and one of their lecturers in our very first podcast where we try to answer the question: Who are the new IB students? Press play and enjoy.

The sound of witches

Witch-hunting is part of Denmark’s dark heritage, and this story is about the silencing of a group of people. Two Associate Professors from CBS, Ana Maria Munar and Mads Bødker, want to give voices to the witches and tell their stories through sound bites for the coming witch museum in Ribe.

Will Denmark kick out Gerardo again?

Gerardo José Lopez Rodriguez must be Danish society’s dream international student. Hard working, fluent in speaking Danish and paying for his whole education at CBS himself. Nonetheless, he was kicked out of Denmark in the fall of 2016 due to working 63.5 hours too much over the course of four months. Read the insane story of how Gerardo has fought his way back and tackled one obstacle after another. Maybe he’ll get to stay for good this time?

Has the Huey, Dewey and Louie effect taken over CBS? Three female professors think so

At CBS, about 20 percent of the professors are female. No wonder, argue three female professors who think the Huey, Dewey and Loui effect has taken over CBS. Read their different experiences of being women in a male-dominated field.

Meet Jesse Schwartz the piano jukebox

When Jesse Schwartz did his exchange at CBS back in 2008, he would come to CBS before classes and practice on the piano in SP01. In 2017, he visited CBS again and gave a small concert.

Victoria Grønsedt was born in Hong Kong, and now, aged 21, she runs her own home improvement store in Kalundborg

She has lived in East Asia for most of her life and speaks three languages fluently. But back when her international friends were talking about attending Oxford or the London School of Economics, Victoria Grønsedt chose CBS. Soon after, the opportunity to start a business came along, and she seized it.

“Sometimes, it feels like I have 80 kids”

Niels Laursen is a witty guy. On the fifth floor at Porcelænshaven 26, he has written a loony poem on a blackboard – “just for the fun of it”. Each semester, he prepares all the dorm rooms for new students, and to him, it sometimes feels like being in charge of a kindergarten when they move in.

This CBS rock star masters both business and the bass

Together with bandmates Selina Gin and Maria Juntunen, Signe Tobiassen has created one of Denmark’s biggest musical successes – the band Nelson Can. Not only because of their wide repertoire of popular songs but also their great flair for the business side of the music scene. Unlike many musicians, Signe Tobiassen has no problem calling herself a businesswoman, which is not only supported by Nelson Can’s success, but also by all the bands Signe has helped as a manager.

Now this bass-swinging businesswoman is studying Management of Creative Business Processes at CBS, so CBS WIRE caught up with her for an interview about her experiences in the music business.

A startup story about life, death and hugs for the head

WIRTH Hats took its very first steps in the corridors at CBS. It all started with a simple idea and a great passion for hats. But it turned into something completely different. Something bigger and much more than hats.

Get the story of how two CBS graduates’ tragic suicides inspired fellow students to make a hat company for mental health awareness.

What does it take to make a loaf of bread from scratch? Lena is finding out

CBS graduate Lena Tünkers knows how to make the most of her time. In this piece, she talks about her project from Farm to Feast where she tries to make a loaf of bread from scratch. Really, from scratch. From picking up grain, finding a miller and building an oven out of clay.

Hidden refugees and one forbidden book

Rumor has it that the second director of the library at CBS once hid away refugees there during World War II. During the past 95 years, the library has expanded rapidly, making room for everyone – except Karl Marx.

Are you happily perfect?

Do you pretend to be happy, even though you are not? This is a trend that CBS student Lina Csillag has been observing both in herself and amongst friends. Now, she has decided to make a short movie about the issue.

Benjamin and Nikolaj question the grade race and investigate what makes CBS students strive for top marks 

They had both felt the pressure and stress from having to perform and get good grades while studying at CBS. So when it was time to write their master’s thesis, Benjamin Anker and Nikolaj Koors Hoff decided to explore why students get caught up in the grade race. Now, their results are to be published as a scientific article.

Last yeat, Benjamin Anker and Nikolaj Koors Hoff handed in their master thesis, which investigates CBS students' strive for top grades. (Photo: Private)

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