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Orgo Night ’06 (II!)

Ah, Orgo Night, that which pisses off many a disgruntled grad student and brings a little cheer to many a CC or LitHum studier. This year, an avidly procrastinating Bwog strives to chronicle the fun as it happens. Bear with us as we try to get (most-likely superfluous) pictures and funny overheards up as soon as possible for you people who missed out. Photos courtesy of correspondent Maryam Parhizkar

11:44 –
Security are stationed around the Butler entrance, and one of the wrought iron gates is closed. Overheard: “Hah, maybe FoxNews will do a story on this to show how much Columbia kids don’t study.”

11:59 – CUMB has arrived! Calling themselves the “Columbia pussies.” Bwog can’t help but notice- there’s a violinist?

12:02 – Minutemen bit! “CTV threw a raging kegger with the royalties they received from their video clip… and at least one student got a kick out of the event.”

12:06 – A little awkward dancing here and there.

12:07 – Zvi Galil bit! Nominate him for president of Iraq. “He would remedy the Shiite hegemony by offering a drawing for three iPods.” Somehow segues into Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.” Saxophonist pulls it out for that Eastern flair.

– Vladimir Putin bit? Revelers are puzzled. And Putin bit turns into… E.Coli bit! And… “Fly Like an Eagle”! We’re still puzzled.

12:14 – Gay Jews bit! “I knew my boy was a fagela since he was the best-dressed boy at his bar mitzvah.” Mary Cheney, John Kerry, Mark Foley, and Karl Rove get implicated. “Sweet Child O’Mine” in honor of Cheney’s “immaculate lesbian conception.”

12:20 – Crazy sex at Columbia bit! “Surfaces and Knots teaches us about rope bondage… Organic Chemistry is a masochistic class.” Anal sex on CTV! Miriam D. bit! “[Anal] Way You Want It.”

– Core bit! The other schools are pissed at the College’s elitism, so Quigley answers, “You don’t have to read Solon to understand we have a categorical imperative… [insert other CC references].” Barnard/HomeEc joke. Somehow… “Shaft.”

12:28 – The Grand Litany of Orgo Sex Jokes.

12:29 – And they’re off to cavort around the grounds.

Overheard: “Eh, some stuff was funny.”

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  • yo! says:

    @yo! it’s 12:03. why isn’t this shiznit starting?

  • missing it, but.... says:

    @missing it, but.... how is shosh doing?

    1. shosh says:

      @shosh the word was “fagelah,” not “fag.” Sorry if it got lost!!

      Also, who’s asking?

  • hmm says:

    @hmm given there was an orgo night in may, this can’t be orgo night ’06, technically

  • flutist says:

    @flutist They sound pretty bad. Where the hell are the woodwinds?

    1. mlt says:

      @mlt This was probably the best orgo night I’ve seen- the band sounded great, some tempo issues aside, and the two readers thing worked really well- a lot like Weekend Update (the good ones, that it).

      Also, the unintentionally funniest part of the night was watching Travis turn beet red during the “porn on sexiled” bit…

  • flutist 2 says:

    @flutist 2 Ha they sounded amazing, compared to previous performances, I think. Maybe it’s because a marching band is about brass and percussion… not woodwinds.

  • cumb fagela says:

    @cumb fagela That’d be a “fagela” – sounds like my mom =)

  • penis says:

    @penis penis

  • !!! says:

    @!!! Putting an exclamation mark after every sentence does not constitute clever satire!

    1. agreed says:

      @agreed step up the sardonic snark!

  • DHI says:

    @DHI Whether or not it ever was it’s original purpose, I think orgo night has strayed from its stated purpose by being an event confined to one room that people come and watch. It would be a lot more fun if they really did march through all the rooms of Butler doing their thing.

    1. fyi says:

      @fyi since the first orgo night in december 1984, the band traditionally performs only in the reading room of the library. afterwards we take the show on the road to hartley, wien, bollinger’s house and the barnard quad.

      plus marching through the tiny rooms of butler would be sheer anarchy.

      1. Alum says:

        @Alum I don’t know what makes you think the first Orgo Night was in December 1984. Maybe that’s as far back as your archive of scripts goes, but that only means your archive is incomplete.

        I was a sophomore band member in December ’84, and I assure you we had an orgo night the previous spring and another in December ’83. It wasn’t a new innovation even then; my understanding is that the tradition was already decades old.

        1. I wonder says:

          @I wonder how many alums, exactly, read this thing

          1. OMFG says:

            @OMFG IT’S ALUMNI



          2. umm says:

            @umm “alums” is shorthand for “alumni”…the worse offense is confusing “alumni” with “alumnus”, or “alumni” with “alumnae”

          3. Alum says:

            @Alum Amazing. Someone who calls him/herself “OMFG” attacks me for using shorthand. WTF?


        2. hmm says:

          @hmm maybe it was a typo and he meant 1894? was butler built then? 1948?

        3. A Historian says:

          @A Historian #19, if you’re still around, the band would love to hear more from you about orgo nights prior to ’84. You can find our email addresses on

          1. Alum says:

            @Alum If I’m still around? As if I’m so old I might have died since my earlier post went up? Why would you think someone my age could even find your email address?

            Sorry. Just practicing for when I really am that old.

            The fact that I remember prior Orgo Nights doesn’t mean I remember any specifics about them, but I’ll contact you anyway and fill you in as best I can.

          2. re: alum says:

            @re: alum I think when he said “still around” he meant “still around, reading this web page” or “still around the city and available to meet up.”

            Not “still around, because at the age 42 (41?), you’re clearly about to kick the bucket”

          3. Alum says:

            @Alum Please (re-?)read the second paragraph of my post. Then ask yourself whether I was being serious.

          4. hehheh says:

            @hehheh Alum cracks me up. I

  • rp says:

    @rp does bollinger come out with cookies or something? is he at all upset by the commotion? does he sleep at a hotel this night every semester? inquiring minds need to know!

    1. yep says:

      @yep he goes to all kinds of trouble to avoid noise outside his window, because he never hears anything rancorous, living in new york and all

      1. yeah says:

        @yeah cause there’s always a brass band outside my window…

        actually there kind of is and it’s usually either the columbia bus or the food delivery truck at lerner. one of these things is pretty dispensible/doesn’t deliver oreo brownies…

  • stupid says:

    @stupid The orgo exam is on Monday

    1. shh says:

      @shh pretend

  • Why says:

    @Why The marching band scripts aren’t really that funny.

    1. but says:

      @but ….everyone was laughing….

  • Recent Alum says:

    @Recent Alum I think plenty of young alumni read this blog because they feel connected with campus. Also, there’s a great listing of events, and tons of young alumni still live in NYC and can come back to campus for a concert or a play and stuff like that. Very handy, Bwog.

  • grrrr says:

    @grrrr “Bwog can’t help but notice- there’s a violinist?”

    How hard is it to put a dash instead of a hyphen? =(

  • butler says:

    @butler it was built in the mid-30s I think

  • former CUMBer says:

    @former CUMBer There is a SHOCKING lack of journalism here. Bwog needs to talk to some folks from CUMB to get the full story on Orgo Night. Way too much cluelessness going around.

  • CUMB-ie says:

    @CUMB-ie er…..what exactly do you want to know?

  • Sprinkles says:

    @Sprinkles The security guards were lame. Dozens of people left room 209 at the beginning, yet they wouldn’t let anybody go in. Laaaaaame.

  • Security Guards says:

    @Security Guards We are so NOT lame.

  • The Marching Band says:

    @The Marching Band Blows a significant amount of hole. And by hole, I mean cornhole.

    Yeah, the butthole. You know what I’m talking about.

    1. your says:

      @your heteronormative rhetoric is highly offensive, good sir.

      1. Actually says:

        @Actually That comment doesn’t really have anything to do with heteronormativity.

        1. Clearly says:

          @Clearly it does.

  • Security Guards?? says:

    @Security Guards?? Next thing you know, Bollinger will post… if he has not already…

  • Bollinger says:

    @Bollinger Next year I will have cookies and hot cocoa for the band to celebrate their freedom of speech.


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