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According to an email to the CU Marching Band Alumni Association from association director Sam Rowan, members of the Band leadership met yesterday with Chief Librarian and Vice Provost Ann Thornton. Thornton informed them that the Band would not be allowed to hold Orgo Night in Butler 209.  Orgo Night, the Band’s traditional end-of-semester event critiquing events at Columbia during the past semester and bringing the community together, has been held in this room in Butler on the last night of Reading Week for decades. This semester’s Orgo Night is happening this Thursday, at 11:59pm.

As for reasons behind this change, Thornton said that she was concerned about the disruption Orgo Night causes to students right before final exams. She suggested that the Band move their event to Roone Arledge Auditorium, in Lerner.

We have reached out to the Band, and were told that they will be releasing a statement with more details on the situation soon. We will update this post once we receive that statement.

UPDATE as of 7:19 pm, 12/13/16: Liz Pudel, BC ‘18 and Head Manager of the Band, has sent us an official statement on behalf of the Band’s Board that provides more details on their meetings with Vice Provost Ann Thornton, as well as their response to the prohibition.

The statement explains that members of the Board have met with Vice Provost Thornton and Provost John Coatsworth twice in the past week. During their first meeting last Wednesday, they were told that Orgo Night could no longer take place in Butler because of its disruptive nature; they argued with the decision, and this meeting ended with an agreement to take the weekend to consider possible compromises and meet again on Monday. Then, during yesterday’s meeting, the Band offered several concessions, but Coatsworth and Thornton were unwilling to consider them, and did not offer concessions of their own. The Band leaders were “shocked and blindsided by their unwillingness to compromise as per [both parties’] agreement in the previous meeting,” and “disturbed and disappointed with the blatant lack of respect for what has become a widely-beloved campus tradition.”

The Board then went on to state that “the administration’s reluctance to even consider [the Band’s] proposals combined with the lack of prudence on their part in informing [the Band] in a timely and appropriate fashion has put incredible strain on [them] in finding alternative arrangements.” They also cited Orgo Night’s long history; this event dates back to 1975 in its Butler 209 location. The Band chose Butler, this statement says, because “Butler Library is an iconic location on campus, and in choosing to enter Butler, the Band disrupts not just a library but also this campus’s pervasive stress culture.” The Band members wrote that Orgo Night’s “benefits as a destressing mechanism and a community-building event far outweigh the cost of disrupting one reading room in one of the many study spaces on campus for less than an hour.”

The statement concludes by calling out Provost and Vice Provost on their disrespect towards their students and misplaced priorities. “Not only are they undermining decades worth of tradition,” the Board wrote, “but they are also making it clear to Columbia at large that fostering a community is not their priority.” Finally, the Band vowed to “keep fighting the good fight against the War on Fun.”

UPDATE as of 8:31 pm, 12/13/16: The Band has released their second round of posters, several of which are in response to their prohibition from Butler. These posters have been added below the jump.

Read the full statement (and see new posters!) after the jump

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Bwog wishes you a merry XMAS

Bwog wishes you a merry XMAS!

XMAS!11: North Pole State of Mind is a student-written, holiday-themed, non-denominational musical. Last night, Staff Writer Lexie Lehmann went to the show (instead of studying for her finals), and was pleasantly amused by the show’s witty humor and clever storyline.

XMAS! is a popular Columbia tradition that serves to provide a cathartic, entertaining outlet for students during the stressful finals season. In doing so, the XMAS! cast aims to “take grand risks, be absurd without hesitation, and satirize the holiday season”. XMAS!’s recognizable motto is, “XMAS! Is for everyone!”, referencing the secular nature of the show – it can be received and appreciated by any Columbia student.

In XMAS!11: North Pole State of Mind, the cast takes a popular holiday character and “exposes his scandal-ridden past”. This year, that character is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – now, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Addict. After having a little too much “snow”, Rudolph crashed Santa’s sleigh into an orphanage, leaving no survivors. Now, unemployed and soul-searching, Rudolph goes to New York City to start a fresh new life.

In New York, Rudolph meets Noelle, a Columbia student, and Camille, an NYU-student, in Washington Square Park. An old friend of his, Blitzen the reindeer, also shows up. Camille invites everyone to a holiday party for students who don’t have Christmas plans. In the next scene, Noelle and Rudolph start to get to know each other, and Rudolph finds out that Noelle is an outcast, too. As a child, she had been the face of Fischer Yo-Yo’s, before the Yo-Yos were recalled for cutting off children’s fingers. The two hit it off immediately.

So does Rudolph ever get over his

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Step aside Canyon Ranch. Butler is joining the spa game.

Step aside Canyon Ranch. Butler is joining the spa game.

Tense? Anxious? Crooked? Long hours in Butler have some side effects and that includes but is not limited to: bad posture, back pain, a cough syrup addiction, and other unfortunate maladies. However, in the darkest hour, Stressbusters is back. Stressbusters – Columbia’s most important student organization, keeping the Columbia student body calm during the hell that is Finals.

Stressbusters is a team of Columbia students who are trained and are licensed massage therapists. They aim to bring happiness and relaxation to campus through neck and back massages. Stressbusters understands that spas are not always accessibly to students due to budget and location concerns; not everyone can hightail it to Blue Mercury or Equinox for a deep tissue.

Columbia students are in luck because TODAY from 6pm to 10pm, Stressbusters will be on site in Butler Library room 203, providing FREE back and neck rubs along with handing out some cool Stressbusters swag. Check it out! Your neck and back will thank you later!

Photo courtesy of Catalina Sea Spa 

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Jolyne Caruso-Fitzgerald hangs out with another president.

Jolyne Caruso-Fitzgerald hangs out with another president.

This week’s SGA meeting welcomed yet another Barnard administrator to remind SGA just how little they know about how colleges get run. Chair of the Board of Trustees Jolyne Caruso-Fitzgerald sat down with Barnard’s Rep Council to discuss President Spar’s interim replacement, as well as how the search committee will go about finding someone permanent.

Caruso-Fitzgerald, who graduated Barnard with the class of ‘81 before finding success on Wall Street and opening her own investment banking firm, emphasized how much she and the rest of the trustees truly love Barnard and hope only for its success. The Board meets for regular sessions four times a year to discuss and vote on how to best govern the college.

The Board of Trustees picked Barnard’s current Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldberg to stand as interim president of the College once DSpar leaves and until a new president is selected and hired. Caruso-Fitzgerald explained that Goldberg was selected after very serious consideration and a determination that he is the best one for the interim position. The Board unanimously voted in support of his appointment, and pledges to work to ensure a seamless transition. While he is serving as president, the staff that currently serves under Goldberg will take on additional responsibilities.When members of the Rep Council presented student concerns that Goldberg is a man, and therefore not a good choice to represent Barnard, Caruso-Fitzgerald responded that the trustees “really tried to go for the best person, regardless of gender, regardless of anything.” This seems to be a good move, considering that Spar is leaving in the midst of several major projects at Barnard, including the new library building and union negotiations. Barnard just need someone to make sure nothing falls apart.

Caruso-Fitzgerald also discussed the goals and makeup of the search committee. The committee members, as detailed in an email sent out earlier this week, have been chosen from all of the relevant constituencies within Barnard: faculty, staff students, and trustees. The committee is dedicated to making sure all viewpoints are taken into account. To this effect, they will host open forums next semester for students to share their hopes and concerns, and have already opened a suggestion page on the Barnard website. “Barnard is unique,” Caruso-Fitzgerald said, reflecting on the difficulties facing the committee. But she’s hopeful that a new president will be instated by this coming semester. “We’re going to get the next president, period.”

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Rolf's German Restaurant is the perfect study excursion. Butler who?

Rolf’s German Restaurant is the perfect study excursion. Butler who?

Bwogline: Golden Globe nominations were announced early Monday morning, with La La Land and Moonlight earning the most. American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Stranger Things were among the big TV nominees. The ceremony, which will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will take place on January 8th. (Hollywood Reporter)

Study Tip: Instead of memorizing the vast array of vocabulary and terminology for your finals at random, attempt to connect the information. Practice the ambulatory method, which dictates that pacing around your dorm and talking through the information will help solidify the material.

Music: De-stress and be transported to a world of funky beats, ethereal harmonies, and sick beats. Childish Gambino’s newest album, “Awaken, My Love!” is the perfect cure for all your finals stress, anxiety, and angst.

Procrastinate: Want a chance to get in the holiday spirit in the most festive city in the world in between study sessions? Look no further than Rolf’s German Restaurant on 22nd and 3rd. This iconic, New York holiday restaurant is quiet the spectacle with its vast array of hanging lights and garlands.

Overheard: “I’m pretty sure postmating Pokeworks to Butler is the best thing since rumors of By Chloe opening near Columbia were a thing”.

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