By Aakash Degwekar '16
He roams proudly through the ether, donning the Greek cross of his nation. He is called upon to answer the most vexing concerns, from taxes and banking, to gym memberships and chocolate. He is definitively the most cited, tagged and referenced man in the Booth Facebook-sphere. We speak, of course, of Andreas Kaltseis, who is from Switzerland.
For those not in the know, Andreas Kaltseis has an uncanny way of being tagged in Facebook posts on every conceivable subject. Lesser authorities on the subject are typically allowed a short window to opine, before Andreas Kaltseis (who is from Switzerland) is called upon to settle the debate. The origins of the discovery of his genius are lost in the mists of time, but it is believed that Pablo Suarez ‘16 and Tunde Bamigboye ‘16 may have been responsible for the original expedition. ChiBus caught up with Pablo, and the legend himself, Andreas Kaltseis, in order to pacify the clamoring hordes of readers that want to uncover the mystique.
[Chicago Business]: How did you discover the genius that is Andreas Kaltseis (who is from Switzerland)?
[Pablo Suarez]: We claim no credit for that. The mountain came to us in this instance. Once, a Facebook post asked for opinions on chocolate. Andreas Kaltseis declared himself to be an authority given that he is from Switzerland. Tunde and I knew that we were in the presence of something special. A few days later, someone asked about taxes, and naturally, we tagged Andreas Kaltseis to seek his wisdom. Then it all snowballed, and several other individuals including, but not limited to, Hamid Dalglijli ‘16, Jay Raghavan ‘16, Melissa Liu ‘16, and of course, Madam President, KR Ling ‘16, all came to see what we had seen from Day 1.
[CB]: Do you face criticism from folks that have not yet come to recognize the genius?
[PS]: We get three reactions. People love it, don’t get it, or hate it. To the last, we say it is only a matter of time before you come over to the dark side. Also, we try to be judicious about what posts we tag Andreas Kaltseis in. One, even he can’t be everywhere, and two, we try to restrict it to post by friends or where we know the topic is light hearted.
[CB]: How have first-years reacted to this phenomenon?
[PB]: We’ve heard that Random Walk leaders got questions from first-years to understand who Andreas Kaltseis was, and how he could possibly know so much about so much. We are glad that Booth lets in people that can recognize genius. Tunde and I had a teleconference over the summer about how to handle this situation in this new academic year. For obvious reasons, much like the Secret Service, we can’t comment on our plans.
[CB]: Andreas Kaltseis - I’m given to understand that you are from Switzerland. How has your life changed since the discovery of your genius?
[AK]: As much as I enjoy helping my fellow Boothies, I have to admit that I wake up dreading looking at my phone. I can never quite tell when my phone will explode with tags from lesser mortals.On the positive side, I get lots of friend requests, from 1Ys and 2Ys. It’s all about Switzerland, at the end of that day, and I like promoting that Swiss feeling at Booth, because, as you know, I am from Switzerland.
Aakash is the Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Business and is dedicated to bringing you hard-hitting, high quality journalism. He is not from Switzerland, unlike Andreas Kaltseis.