Columbia Daily SpectatorFebruary 15, 2001
To the Editor:
By Thomas Berman, CC '04
David Jeffrey Soules, CC '03
The authors are the Poet Laureate and Quartermaster, respectively, of the
Columbia University Marching Band.
Reports of Orgo Night's demise are greatly exaggerated. In an undergraduate community constantly decried for its lack of a collegiate atmosphere, Orgo Night stands alone as an important student tradition. It began at about the time of George Rupp's first eating club kegger at Princeton. The Band marched through the library corridor playing fight songs to rouse the students from their collective book-addled stupor. In the early '80s, when Cyndi Lauper was walking the earth and singing songs about masturbation, a script was added to the event. It consisted of a few hastily conceived jokes scribbled on a box of Entenmanns's cookies. In the spring of 2000, Orgo Night reached its peak as a student mega-event, with over 1,000 undergrads cramming Butler Library following a ridiculously effective advertising campaign. Between 1980 and 2000, Orgo Night went off successfully 40 times. One would be hard pressed to find another campus event with such a consistent track record, and a single hiccup in this record does not mean that the tradition will end. Indeed, the pulled fire alarm should assuage the library's doubts concerning safety--the student evacuation of the library went smoothly and safely. We will continue to fight vigorously to keep this tradition alive. If this means the tradition must evolve, so be it. Orgo Night was born without a crowd and can be reborn without a crowd. But the Administration can stop it no more than they can synthesize community spirit or retain English professors. As the CUMB, we have survived years of meddling, embattlement, and active threats to our existence. Through it all, our traditions continue. Orgo Night will end not when the Administration says it does, nor when the Spectator says it does. It will end when we say it does. Long live Orgo Night.
Another Article Responding to Staff editorial
Consistent and Spectacular Orgo Night is Worth Fighting For To the Editor: So Orgo Night is dead? Unbelievable. Utterly ludicrous. And we certainly will be ''sad to see the passing of Orgo Night as a late-night library tradition.'' But right now I'm far more annoyed by the apparent demise of any spirit or backbone on this campus. Come on, Spectator! What the hell?! Since when did this become the campus that just rolls over whenever the Administration screws up royally? When did the Spec just start nodding complacently at the abuses of the powers that be? When did we stop fighting? If we had this kind of Spec and this kind of student apathy, Gym Crow would have been built because no one would have bothered to stand up and say it was wrong. Well guess what everyone, Spec included, the bloody Administration is wrong again. And all we do is simply stand by and watch the band's--the University's--traditions become castrated by an incompetent and ignorant administration that wouldn't know what students wanted if we took to spray-painting our demands on their precious Volvos daily. No, this is not the time to look wistfully back and remember Orgo Night. This is the time to actually come together as some vaguely human campus and actually demand that we be treated better. This is the time to flood Rupp's and other officials' mail boxes with angry letters, this is the time for the student body to actually stop whining about what's wrong with Columbia and to actually come together and support the band in order to make this a better place. It's a sad day when we just start letting the Administration slowly steal whatever traditions and spirit we have, it's even sadder when the only people around willing to fight for anything are the ISO. Robert Fett, SEAS '02