ATG Quirkies: How dare students try to laugh before final exams

by | Feb 6, 2019 | 0 comments

Posted in the New York Times, the article And the Band Played Until Someone Complained describes what some are calling Columbia University’s “war on fun.”

The university administration recently halted a ritual “steeped in longstanding customs.” Twice a year, just prior to finals, intrepid members of the Columbia’s marching band “would arrive in Room 209 of Butler Library to play loudly and perform a short comedy routine, much of which was aimed at satirizing inane campus policies and ineffective administrators.”


However, the administration has told the band that it can no longer perform in the library. Of course, that’s not the end of the story.  Some members of the band refused to be cowed. But to learn the rest, you’ll need to click here, or on the link above.


Oh! The administrative onslaught was led by the head librarian!


(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies) 


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