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!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.