The University of Chicago has long been known as an academically grinding place for true bookworms and serious thinkers–so much so that over the years the more sardonic students have rolled out a series of T-shirts with slogans to reinforce the stereotype.
You’ve heard some of them: “The place where fun comes to die.” “The level of hell Dante forgot.” “The University of Chicago: if it was easy it would be…your mom.” And a more recent, if slightly off-color, catchphrase, “The University of Chicago: where the only thing that goes down on you is your GPA.”
Well, the MBA students at Chicago’s Booth School of Business apparently want to counter the notion of their school as merely an academic bootcamp. At the school’s recent follies show, students romped around campus lip-synching and flash dancing to “The Best Days of Our Lives,” proving that fun can actually come to live at the Charles H. Harper Center. And then there is a lively hip hop dance interpretation of a job interview set to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Page.”
Of course, even in this lighter portrayal of the Booth culture, you’ll find plenty of ultra-serious students in classrooms and study rooms–and even worse, professors teaching. One skit, built around the ubiquitous song from the movie Frozen, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” humorously rephrases the question asking “Do You Want To Build A Model?”
It is, after all, the University of Chicago.