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November 14, 2012, Year 3, Issue 24

CEU Weekly’s Party Diary: Snowattack Warm Up Party This week we checked out Snowattack Warm Up Party to provide you with an intellectual, critical, and constructive account on...how awesome this drum’n’bass party was! Snowattack? Warm Up? Party? A line-up of DUB FX himself, Chase and Status, and our own Hungarian DJ, Andro quickly turned the Studio club into a synchronized jumping mass of happy people. PAGE 3

Hungarian filmmakers go to abroad

CEU Community

The Weekly Crossword Puzzle

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Hidden jewels of Budapest: Massolit books and café

Weekly Cartoon By ERIKSON

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CEU Choir: Sing for Joy If you secretly enjoy singing in the bathroom, or if your neighbors got tired knocking at your door trying to make you stop pretending you are Mick Jagger or, God forbid, Britney, may be it is time to think about joining CEU Choir? In order to know more how, where and when all of us can open and develop the vocal talent, we have talked to the leader of the CEU Choir, Viktor Halasz. An Interview by Marina Svetsova - PAGE 7

Photo: Zsófia Cservölgyi

HUNGARY NEWS

The 2012 CEU Halloween Party Photo Report

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UPCOMING EVENTS & CONCERTS Page 8 Student Tip # 68 67: Use your Student hand book or an other diary, if you have not yet, because in the last quarter of the semester it is getting harder to remember events, duties, and deadlines!

Hungarian Expression of the week Phrase: Sörre bor, mindenkor! Borra sör, meggyötör!

Pronunciation: Shoerre bor, mindenkor! Borra shoer,

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megdjoetoer! Translation: You can always drink wine after beer, but beer after wine makes you suffer!


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November 14, 2012, Year 3, Issue 24

Halloween at CEU a.k.a. Get Your Freak on, it’s Official If someone had randomly entered the CEU dorm on a Wednesday evening, October 31, it would be worth to film that person’s reaction. What’s that? Just some witches, scientists, vampires, and emperors hanging out. You know, a regular night in the dorm. Yet absolutely irregularly fun! Check out our brief photo-coverage of one of the wildest events of the semester! What the party showed was how Halloween-appropriate the U.S. Presidential Election was, that a leprechaun can indeed drink more than the devil, that alcohol can do miracles for our understand of the temperature outside, and that, finally, a good Halloween night out requires neither an expensive costume nor actually going out of the dorm! Thanks to the organizers and to everyone who came and created such a lovely (yeah, not that scary…) atmosphere!

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CEU Weekly’s Party Diary: Snowattack Warm Up Party There are those strange days in a week named Friday and Saturday: the magic Weekend Fairy gives procrastination a guilt-free pass and so we can put our “Look at me, going out!” hats on. Close the .pdfs, stop pretending you’re not facebooking, go! But where to? This information is what our new events section of The CEU Weekly will try to cover, and in our Party Diary series we will tell you where we went. This week we checked out Snowattack Warm Up Party to provide you with an intellectual, critical, and constructive account on...how awesome this drum’n’bass party was! Snowattack?

about the van he lives in, about his performances, and so here are a couple of questions from our chat.

TCW: Your lyrics as a whole seem to be about raising the consciousness in the world, which, I would guess, takes some travelling or living abroad to even start thinking about. Was this your case? DUB FX: That’s very true what you’re saying. Basically, the more experiences you have, the more questions you have. If you’re living in small place, it seems that the universe just ends there but when you travel you expand your universe. I was very lucky: when I was nine years old I went to live in Italy, from Australia – is the Warm Up? Party? other end of the world – different language, different continent, Before I jump into details of this festivity, I feel the need to ex- different everything. plain the title of the party itself. You see, Snowattack is a winter TCW: OK, the nicest audiences you’ve had. DUB FX: I’m not saying it for the camski and snowboarding festival that era, but this (i.e. Budapest) is one of takes place in Puy Saint Vincent, them, and even the last time I was in France, that basically mixes these winHungary in that festival (i.e.Volt Festiter sports with winter-cool music. Next val), they were amazing! Also, GerSnowattack will take place at the many this year was really really good, end of January of 2013 so you can Canada was great, and Georgia – check it out, make up your mind, and Tbilisi – was really nice. go partying for a week. It’s a pretty nice idea: you don’t need to wait for TCW: Have you ever thought of just the summer to go to a festival. We’re saying… how to put it… “screw this, I saved! want a fancier life”? DUB FX: What do you mean “fancier But so the organizers of Snowattack, life”? No, I’m not that rich, really. You a group of music and party enthusiasts know, we’re making enough money to called MEEX, are based in Hungary do what we like, like travelling, makand threw this party as one of the ing music, we don’t need to work in a many events they have in Hungary. shop. We (DUB FX and Flower Fairy, Feel free to use some Google magic his girlfriend) just bought a house, so to see what else they are getting we’re working on that now, we just ready for us. TCW Reporter Justina Poskeviciute & DUB FX spent all our money on it. (TCW: And what country is the house in?) Australia. “There Ain’t No Party Like a Drum’n’Bass Party” I have family there, and Flower Fairy really likes the weather. We thanked Ben (yes, he has a real name) here, said it was a pity Albeit not entirely original, this line of CAge, a performer accom- Flower Fairy couldn’t come, wished him safe travels and, well, we panying DUB FX, was very much true. A line-up of DUB FX himself, do hope to see him again somewhere. Maybe the MEEX people Chase and Status, and our own Hungarian DJ, Andro (finally, we will bring him back to us some time in the future. overcame our ignorance and now know a Hungarian artist!) quickly turned the Studio club into a synchronized jumping mass of happy people. There was nothing else left for us to do: we simply Post-Interview Joys After our interview, some intense dancing continued. Chase and had to join in. Status with their mix of drum’n’bass and dub step and then Andro with his dance-punk/hardcore electro beats: no matter how tired “What were you doing last night? Nothing much, just in- you were, you were moving! And no matter how physically tired terviewing DUB FX…” you might feel the next day, parties like that with their radiating energy is a brilliant way to mentally recharge after a week of What was perhaps even cooler than the music itself was the fact studying. Come on, CEU students, we deserve it! that we managed to get an interview with DUB FX himself! For the ones confused now, DUB FX is a street performer from Australia We talked with one of the organizers of the Snowattack Warm who uses live looping, beatboxing and other techniques to make Up party before the event. “Basically, it will be biggest house drum’n’bass, reggae, and hip hop pieces. Recording his music live, party in Budapest!” he said. Well, what we can say after having lots of improvising, lots of energy – just check the guy out. To sum talked to some party-goers in Studio club, is that it definitely felt up, the CEU Weekly interviewing a celebrity: we’ve been given like one. some serious credit. Justina Poskeviciute What did we talk about during those minutes we had? A little bit Photo: Zsófia Cservölgyi Page 3


HUNGARIAN CULTURE

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Hungarian filmmakers go to abroad The film “Für Elise” won the award for the best film and that for the best screenwriter in the film festival of Ludwigshafen. The screenwriter, Erzsébet Rácz, is Hungarian. She was supposed to be the director as well and the work should have been a HungarianGerman co-production. However, the same happened as to many other Hungarian film projects, namely that one could not find enough material support in Hungary. Luckily, the project has been realized in Germany. Wolfgang Dinslage became its director, due to the sponsors’ wish. A young Hungarian director, Sára Cserhalmi won, award in the Warsaw Film Festival for directors of their first films with her film “Dear Betrayed Friends”. Péter Bergendy’s “The Exam” achieved success in the international film festival of Chicago, its protagonists won the award for the best actress and that of the best actor respectively. Hungarian films has been traditionally successful in the international film festivals, our camera-men are especially famous and successful. A country with a language spoken by really few non-native-speakers logically can attract more attention with its visual arts than with its literature. So the success of Hungarian films is connected to the branding of the country, therefore films are usually supported with a significant involvement of state budget. Of course the majority of those who work in the film industry do not earn their living from only Hungarian production. A much larger circle of people got employed in this industry since American productions have begun to be shot in Budapest. For instance Schindler’s List. Huge studio systems has been erected also to satisfy the demands of foreigner productions. The situation of film production in Hungary recently declined. One might argue that in years of recession it only luxury expenditure. In my opinion, however, film industry should be perceived as a proper industry that employs masses of people, potential unemployed masses if structure of support changes. Then you could also argue, that in many countries of the world film industry (and many other industries as well) has nothing to do with state budget, so filmmakers in Hungary should also seek for private sponsors now, that the government practically stopped to spend any money on film production. The problem is, that the most well-known directors, camera-men and screenwriters can go to abroad and many of them finds possibilities to work on films. And it is feared, that if native films were not be produced in the studios, than the whole system will not attract as many foreigner productions and investors, so the masses of unknown workers of the declining film-industry – such as sound-engineers, send-ins, and the like – will lose their job. So the shortterm governmental sparing might result much greater losses in the long-term. Agnes Kelemen Page 4

Hidden jewels of Budapest: Massolit books and café

Looking for a place where to get lost in between a mountain in books? Where to shelter from the overwhelming quantity of work CEU kindly provides us with? Maybe you are just looking for a place where to hide form your beloved classmates, who you see every single day despite of all your efforts. Or somewhere to keep on procrastinating. Or a different place to study in. Or, what the heck, just a place to read and have a nice coffee. In any of those cases, you should definitely visit Massolit. This little and almost undetectable café is one of those many wonderful secrets of the VII district. Placed close to Klauzalter and WesselenyStreet,it is a little haven of peace and literature in the heart of Buda. Inside you will find a little bar completely surrounded by self’s filled to the top with books both in English and Hungarian. The café extends to the other side of the building, where it opens to a wide and charming gardened yard, with some chairs that, unfortunately, won’t find many users until the weather improves in spring. On the literary side, the book specialises in topics related with World War II, the holocaust, the soviet occupation of Hungary… in the gastronomical arena, the offer is limited: mainly coffee and tea. But they prepare remarkably good brownies! Definitely, a tasty little coin of piece in our busy lives! From the CEU weekly, we recommend you this café for the next afternoon you do not know what to do (we hope this means soon). Address: Massolit Books and Café 1072 Budapest, Nagy Diófautca 30-32 Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sergio Rejado


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THE WEEKLY SPECIAL

November 14, 2012, Year 3, Issue 24

Two or more things about French champagne By writing this article, I had no other intensions than to invite you to have an exciting journey in the world of champagne, enlarge your scope of knowledge or to raise self-appraisal of those who know everything about champagne. If it were up to me I would discuss all the issues concerning champagne starting from the chemical aspects of fermentation moving through the financial conditions of champagne market and finishing with the social aspects of champagne consumption let’s say in Taiwan. But to cover all these topics the whole book won’t be enough, so, I will provide you, of course, not in a precise way Google or Wikipedia can, with some interesting insights and observations predominantly from cultural area. Champagne, as it is clear from its name, is produced in Champagne region in the Northeastern part of France. I’m prompting to inform you that not any type of sparkling wine even from the heart of Champagne can be called champagne. There is have specific Champagne wine region (not to be confused with an administrative entity, wine region is much smaller) between the cities of Reims and Epernay. The region was famous for its high quality white wine, albeit not sparkling yet, from the Middle Ages. I can assume that such popularity is due to the history of Reims, where traditionally French Kings were crowned. Modern champagne producers such as Moet & Chandon or Bollinger should be thankful to Clovis, legendary King, who baptized French people in Reims. That is about Champagne wine, now let me bring your attention to Champagne bubbles that go Dom Pérignon, a Bene- slightly separately alongside the history dictine monk, whom we of Champagne as a whole. French know as one of the in- Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon ventors of modern (one of the most famous champagne champagne. brand today has his name, by the way), is considered to be the founder of the sparkling champagne wine. Factually, he wasn’t, moreover, by his grape investigations he tried to do nothing but to get rid of bubbles, as they were thought to be characteristic of low quality wine. Bubbles were rescued by the British, who developed the taste for that strange sparkling wine. Starting from that point, champagne and bubbles never went apart. Champagne has become a prominent part of the contemporary culture; just remember champagne baths or Formula 1 celebrations with racers spraying precious drink over each other and over the audience. Look at the smiling Michael Schumacher’s face on the photo. What such a wasting of quite expensive drink (more than 50 Euro for bottle) could be if not the symbol of the universal luxury performance, if I may say so. Champagne and luxury have become interchangeable terms indeedwhen you mention one, you certainly think about the other. However, let me bring your attention from “luxury” as I don’t intend to speculate on this dubious category to another interesting yet not commonly known aspect of champagne world. As you might know, the standard champagne bottle is 0,75l. But

Michael Schumacher is spraying champagne over the heads of his peers

look at the Schumacher’s photo once again. He is holding 1,5l bottle and that is not by chance. Formula 1 racers use only 1,5l bottles for their rituals. Frankly, 0,75l is good for drinking, but for spraying, with all its symbolism, only 1,5l bottles can make sense. These bottles are called Magnum that means “Great” in Latin. Moving further, champagne producers use the names of Biblical kings and heroes for various bottle sizes above 1,5l. So, among champagne professionals, Jeroboam is a name for 3l bottle, Methuselah is for 6l and Melchizedek is for gigantic 30l bottle. Thereby, if you are to become a real connoisseur, you should exclude any mention of litters from your lexicon and address champagne bottles by their difficult but still fascinating names. Actually, there is a long list of ladies and gentlemen who contributed to the popularity of champagne Marie-Antoinette and Napoleon to Michael Schumacher and Marilyn Monroe. I would like to bring your attention to a fictional British agent better known under his code name - I’m speaking about James Bond, thanks to whom champagne became an attribute of tough guy alongside with stunning girlfriend, expensive car and special agent’s gadgets. Speaking about brands, the Gun, bow tie and chamofficial champagne of James pagne- the essential set for Bond is Bollinger, but in several every secret agent. series brave special agent was seen while drinking Dom Perignon, the product of rival company. These two brands together with several others, such as Moёt & Chandon, Mumm, Laurent Perrier and Louis Roederer are usually referred as Grandes Marques and cover more than 90% of the whole champagne market. Alex Minbaev

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CEU COMMUNITY

November 14, 2012, Year 3, Issue 24

The Weekly Crossword Puzzle Across: 1. the country of dragons 2. a Freemasonry member 3. the scientist often associated with an apple 4. the last main division of a speech, lecture, essay, etc. 5. location of a person or thing 6. a secret word of phrase 7. the city opposite to Buda 8. the northernmost U.S. state apart from Alaska 9. a leader of an organization, company, university or country 10. a singular form of “mice” 11. any machine designed to convert energy 12. white or brown substancewhich makes everything sweet Down: 1. contains a huge collection of books 2. another way to say “I’m OK” - I’m safe and …” 3. one of the departments at CEU 4. a room for people to hang their coats 5. competition 6. a piece of furniture on which to sleep 7. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act 8. poetry, novels, essays 9. is used for protection against rain or snow. By Olha Pushchak

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Dialogue between two raindrops by ERIKSON


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CEU Choir: Sing for Joy You still do not participate in any CEU extracurricular activities? We can offer you one that might be interesting for you! If you secretly enjoy singing in the bathroom, or if your neighbors got tired knocking at your door trying to make you stop pretending you are Mick Jagger or, God forbid, Britney, may be it is time to think about joining CEU Choir? In order to know more how, where and when all of us can open and develop the vocal talent, we have talked to the leader of the CEU Choir, Viktor Halasz. Maryna Shevtsova (CEU Weekly): Thank you for finding time for us, Viktor. Please, tell us more about the CEU Choir: when was the first CEU Choir organized and how many students have been its participants since then? Viktor Halasz: First ceu choir was organized by László Nemes around 2002, who was later my professor at Liszt Academy of Music at the choral conducting faculty. Every year, there are 15-25 participants. MS: Since when are you managing the Choir and why do you continue doing that? VH: I started to lead the CEU choir 6 years ago during my studies as a choral conductor (Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), my professor offered me his place, because he was so busy teaching and conducting professional choirs on concerts. I enjoy the multicultural environment and the friendly attitude of CEU students. MS: What are the main requirements to become a part of the CEU Choir? Do people have to possess special talents or may be even musical education? Why, do you think, it may be interesting for CEU students to become a part of it? VH: There are no formal requirements to join, I always try to keep the choir open for every student/worker of CEU. I know it's hard to sing alone, in a choir even a beginner has the chance to become a member of a music-loving community. I always encourage students to practice, and during the recent years many students developed professional singing skills. I'm always happy to work with professional musicians of course, and it is an advantage if someone can read the score, but the challenge is bigger for me with amateurs or semi-professionals. They work hard and reach great results, I respect them very much. What's very important for me is building and maintaining a friendly atmosphere, where nobody feels ashamed because of differencies in musical knowledge. We sing together, and I think music really breaks the barriers between cultures. We form a multicultural music-lover community inside CEU. MS: What are the Choir’s main activities now? Are you planning to take part in CEU’s events? When and where will we be able to listen to the CEU Choir? VH: We sing every year on two CEU events, Christmas Concert /early December/ and Graduation Ceremony /mid June/. MS: Thank you, Viktor and good luck with your work!

By the way, as CEU Weekly has been informed, The CEU Choir is now preparing for the Christmas performance, which is going to take place on December 7th. There will be 5 rehearsals till then, please come to these rehearsals (on Thursdays from 6 p.m. in the usual place: Zrinyi 14, Room 311) in order to have the performance as beautiful as it can get. Maryna Shevtsova

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FROM THE BUSINESS SCHOOL

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Social Business Social business!! Another name of Non Profit Organization......Really!! I Doubt that.... Allow me to talk in normal language, not as an MBA student. What does social means in Social Business - Society. In simple words - solving society issues with some real business sense. It has profit/loss, which need to be used in expanding the business. Why not Non Profit then!! The main reason is Non Profit never works in business way. Except a very few, who are quite big organizations others never think about handling projects like a real business. That's one of the reasons why non profit projects never got sustainable.

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Another reason - we value our money. For example - if you get something free, you may not care for it. But if you have to buy it in an amount of 1$, which is quite less than the actual price, you will care for it as you spent for it. Thats what I call - "Money Matters".

Sofa Surfers (Austria): rock, electronic, trip-hop, jazz November 16, Friday, starts: 9pm AkváriumKlub, Erzsébettér (bellow the pool!) Tickets: 1800-2000 HUF

So what is this social business concept!!! Let me use wiki words - social business is a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective within the highly regulated marketplace of today. It is distinct from a nonprofit because the business should seek to generate a modest profit but this will be used to expand the company’s reach, improve the product or service or in other ways to subsidies the social mission. Thinking about negative sides of it!!! Allow me to help you. Its a profit organization, so obviously you are in grip of corporate tax. Its business, but still trying to help society. So the profit may not cross a certain level, even if there is a chance in market. It has negative, then why its attractive? Think in this way - you can get positive fame and money (though not much) at the same time. You can solve the society issues but also can found your own business. Do you find it interesting!!!! We, at CEU, have a Social Business Club currently only in Business School. If you want to join us - please mail to chakraborty_subhabra@ceubusiness.org

Camo&Krooked (Austria), Logistics (UK), and many more: drum’n’bass, electro, house November 17, Saturday, starts: 10pm Dürlin AjtósiDürersor 19-21 Tickets: 2500-3000 HUF The Inspector Cluzo& the Fb's Horns (France), Wattican Punk Ballet (Armenia): rock, funk, experimental November 17, Saturday, starts: 7:30pm A38 Petőfihíd (bridge), Buda side, Tickets: 1000 HUF Muse(UK): no need to say more! Budapest Arena Stefániaút 2 November 20, Tuesday, starts: 7pm Tickets: 9900-21900 HUF

Subhabra Chakraborty CEU Business School

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