By Ufon Umanah
Orgo Night: One could call it CUMB-troversial. (Okay, that was bad. Let's move on.) And yet, for 40 years, the Columbia University Marching Band has insisted on marching into Butler 209 and roasting everything and everyone in Columbia to the very vocal chagrin of many. It has been denounced in name by the Disorientation Guide, in which the activist groups on campus introduce interested first-years to various issues. Many students feel it was implicitly called out in a handout provided during Under1Roof, a mandatory NSOP program designed by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which described a similar hypothetical event as "a semester comedy routine and campus 'tradition' [during which] a student organization consistently mocks issues surrounding race, gender, queerness, and other identities." It has been mocked online so many times that one could design a short promo around those insults, as the marching band did....
By Ufon Umanah
Tuesday evening, four political factions on campus came together for a debate to convince Columbia students to support their respective chosen candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Republicans awkwardly commented on police brutality, Democrats called for more coalitions in Syria, Libertarians resisted a planned green economy, and Socialists railed against the corporate machine. It was an all-encompassing debate touching on Palestine, North Dakota, and Iran, and yet, despite being held in the most-filmed lecture hall in the country, Columbia wasn't even mentioned....