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Special K Revue again proves that Kellogg students can carry a tune as easily as they can calculate a derivative

By Kari Richardson

5/1/2003 -

Setting aside spreadsheets, mathematical models and case studies in favor of live music, dance moves and the spotlight, Kellogg School students took to the stage May 1 through May 3 for the annual performance of Special K, a musical revue spoofing life at the school.

Special K club members performed the variety show “First in Class” to an enthusiastic audience of alumni, faculty, staff, friends, family and community members over Reunion Weekend, including two sold-out shows Friday. From the Kellogg dating scene to corporate recruiting to annoying email messages, no topic or person associated with business-school life was safe during the two-hour show.

In one memorable number, “Bidding,” sung to the tune of the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be … (500 miles),” performers poked fun at the school’s point-based class bidding system, singing, “And I will bid 900 points/And I will bid 1,000 more/Just to be the one who walks triumphant through Professor Rogers’ door.”

In another skit, titled “KIS,” singers replaced the words to Prince’s “Kiss” with an ode to workers in Kellogg’s information technology department, Kellogg Information Systems.

Tindley Whipple Gilbert ’03, one of the student organizers of the show, said Special K epitomizes some of the most basic Kellogg values.

“Special K gives students the chance to work with peers toward a fantastic goal — one that seems impossible to reach,” said Gilbert. “The performance highlights everything that is so special about the Kellogg School, including creativity, teamwork, diversity, loyalty, perseverance, drive to perfection and fortitude to overcome a challenge.”

A full-scale production with a live band, specialized lighting, costumes and choreography, the annual production proves students at the top-rated business school can act, sing and dance, in addition to their many other talents.