Rochelle Calhoun to Become Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University

Written by Executive Editor on July 14th, 2015
Rochelle Calhoun

You stay classy, Rochelle.

On June 14th, President Glotzbach announced via email to the Skidmore community that Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, has been named Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University, effective September 1, 2015.

At Princeton, Calhoun will collaborate with the Dean of the College and the Dean of the Graduate School while leading six units, including athletics, career services, religious life, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and university health services. She will head up a staff of more than 300 and responsibility for a budget of nearly $49 million to advocate for student needs while strengthening community and culture at Princeton. Click to continue »

 

Skidmore Music Scene: Don’t Call It a Comeback (Or Call It a Comeback)

Written by Executive Editor on May 9th, 2015
They're back, and their banner is still better than yours.

They’re back, and their banner is still better than yours.

Some of you might remember the Skidmore Music Scene blog, a self-described “buffet of media devoted to Skidmore College student bands and what not.” The website debuted in the spring of 2012, filling a glaring void in the Skidmore community. When it started, the blog consisted of posts about the (at the time) big wigs of the music scene here at Skidmore, such as The Artifiacts (RIP), Punch Drunk Monkeys (RIP), The Downlow (major fucking RIP). And (obviously) Los Elk, which at the time was just a gaggle of wide-eyed bushy-tailed freshmen who covered The Killers and Foster the People. And let’s not forget Yo Soy Milk.

Never forget Yo Soy Milk.

Naturally, shit got busy with the site’s creators, and things started to peter out as they got preoccupied with real world shit and their own musical projects and just things that don’t involve starring at a computer screen (seriously, you should just close your browser right now and go outside, because it’s fucking beautiful out lately).

Anyway, moral of the story is that things have been pretty quiet on the blog for the past year,which has been a total bummer for those of who looking for updates on the latest music happenings on campus. However, the site’s been passed on, and it’s looking like the folks who are running it now are just as committed to providing a space for a sadly underrepresented aspect of campus culture. In a recent email exchange we had, the current head of the SMS blog said, “I’m hoping to make it a more active page that has reviews of new student music, discusses the state of the scene and what people want to see change in it, as well as just talk bands that people think should come through.”

Sounds great to me. Check out the blog and catch up on what’s been going on with old and new faces in the scene. You can also find an ever-expanding list of current and old Skidmore bands/artist here. And be sure to keep posted on the site and their Facebook page for updates on the latest and greatest in the Skidmore music scene–and if you have something you’d like to submit and get on the site, do so here.

 

17th Annual Academic Festival (4/29)

Written by Executive Editor on April 28th, 2015
This could be you!

This could be you!

Tomorrow, April 28 from 9:00-4:20, the college will hold its 17th annual Academic Festival, an all-day event showcasing student achievement from nearly every department on campus.

I know you probably hear this shit and think “yo that sounds boring as fuck and classes are over,” but if you check out the schedule of events (you should), you’ll see that there’s actually a lot of cool projects going on. I won’t be featured, because I suck. But odds are some of your pals/classmates will be presenting some of the work they’ve been doing for the past semester/year.

Here’s a small sampling of some projects you can check out tomorrow:

  • “Stubborn Grapes: The Globalization of the French Wine Industry”
  • “Repurposing America’s Pastime: A Study of the Off Track Thoroughbred Programs in Saratoga Springs”
  • “The Modern Presidency and the Dynamics of American Political Regimes”
  • “A Sisterhood of Song: A Celebration of Literary Women in Music”
  • “Harry Potter and the Economics of Wage Discrimination”
  • “‘No Country But My Body:’ Dressing and Addressing the Female”
  • “Gender at Play: The Relationship between Social Integration and Self-Image Among Division III College Athletes”

Fuck. And I could go on. Every once in a while you get some proof that people do more at this school than complain about the smoking policy (still bullshit, even though it doesn’t do jack-shit) and Yik Yak about Stables never happening anymore, so swing by Academic Festival tomorrow.

The festivities begin at 9:00am (earlier than I’ve woken up all semester) and will run until 4:20. What perfect timing!

Get it? Weed.

 

The Bootleggers present WILD TIMES 20/80!!! (stop it you lazy prohibition sluts) to Run April 28-30

Written by Executive Editor on April 27th, 2015
I truly don't know what to expect.

I truly don’t know what to expect.

Tomorrow night, April 28th, marks the debut of The Bootleggers present WILD TIMES 20/80!!! (stop it you lazy prohibition sluts): an audience-immersive performance-party by the Battery Candle Theatre Collective, which will run until Thursday night.

The site-specific show is created, directed, and co-choreographed by Kev Berry, and will take place at Saratoga Music Hall at 6:45 April 28-30. I’d try to succinctly summarize the show, but I think the best I can do is just provide the description from the show’s Facebook event.

The Bootleggers present WILD TIMES 20/80!!! (stop it you lazy prohibition sluts) is a two-hour promenade performance. This means that guests will be asked and encouraged to explore the space freely for the duration of the party. The experience is a personal journey and you may find yourself separated from your group. This also means that there is no seating. If you feel that to enjoy a theatrical event, you would require a seat, we are sorry, but this may not be the show for you. No concessions will be made on this matter.

 

Tickets are free, and guests will be required to wear provided white Venetian ball masks for the duration of the performance and are strongly encouraged to adhere to a decadent dress code in shades of white, grey, black, and gold, with comfortable footwear and contact lenses instead of spectacles, if possible.

WILD TIMES 20/80!!! also features an ensemble of performers from the Theater and Dance departments, as well as co-choreography by Jacqueline Courchene and installation design by Mercury Hogan.

In other words, there are a whole lot of people involved with this interesting piece of work–and the piece is totally student-produced by Berry with the help of grants–so high-tail it over to Saratoga Music Hall for what is sure to be an exciting and different performance experience.

 

Want to Write for Skidmore Unofficial?

Written by Executive Editor on April 26th, 2015
Write for this site, and you'll look like this too!

Write for this site, and you’ll look like this too!

I can’t think of anytime better than the day after Fun Day than to announce that we are currently in the market for a new batch of writers to take over this esteemed site for next year.

Actually, a better time probably would have been like two months ago. But I’ve been far too preoccupied with like a million other things (including but not limited to working two jobs, running two different clubs, finishing my senior thesis, and securing a motherfucking full-time job for next year) to dedicate as much time as necessary into running this website effectively. Moral of the story: I probably do more things on this campus than you do, and I’m busy as fuck. If busy-ness were a dick, mine would be huge.

Consider the above paragraph my apology for letting things slip with this website. Consider it a small hint as to who I am. But more the first one.

Anyway, if you want to be considered for a writing “position” on this website, email me at editor@skidmoreunofficial.com. I mean, what could be better than to write for a site that has its own domain name?

I’m not willing to let this thing go to just anyone, though. This shit’s not for the vanilla, so send me something that proves that you’re willing to do this job better than I have. Send me something you’d publish on this website. It could be a guide to [insert some aspect of campus culture here] or a write-up of an event coming up this week.

Not sure what’s happening this week? Do your research, asshole. That’s how you do this job.

Oh, and only get in touch if you actually want to write for the site. Will you write 3-4 posts a week? Will you write about boring shit like comedy shows and lectures if it needs to be done? If not, don’t fucking bother. But if you want to write for a site that has a much larger readership than your Facebook statuses and actually have a chance to publish shit that people will read–and be able to do it all in your uber lovable/hateable voice without any professionalist bullshit–then this is the gig for you. Who knows, you could maybe do something positive for this website and cause some decent change on campus? Who knows. I sure as fuck don’t anymore.

In other words: flaky fucks need not apply.

And don’t talk to me in person if you know who I am. I am a coward who lives his (her? fuck, I said I had a dick) life behind a computer screen, and I don’t want to see your sniveling mug. It makes me uncomfortable.

Anyway, get in touch with me. Then maybe we’ll talk more.

 

Some (Maybe?) Helpful Hints for Fun Day 2015

Written by Executive Editor on April 24th, 2015
Lest we forgot what the sky looked like on Fun Day last year.

Lest we forgot what the sky looked like on Fun Day last year.

Fun Day is tomorrow.

That’s really all there is to it, but while we have you here, let’s talk about it a little bit. Maybe you’re a seasoned pro by now. Maybe you’ve never experienced this sextravaganza (not a typo). Either way, it’s never too late/early to get some tips on how to get the most (or least) out of the coldest funnest day of the year. Because here at SkidUnofficial, we make mistakes so YOU don’t have to!

Obviously you’re going to make most of your Fun Day plans around your pals and how early they decide to get basic on the fourth floor of JoTo. But it’s worth thinking about the cornerstone of Fun Day…

No, not I’m not talking about pot (haha did you know there’s weed at this school?). I’m talking about the bands! Err…I mean the bands and DJs! Both! Both are equally valued on this site! Really! Honest!

Here’s the running order as of right now.

12:00 – Salmon of Knowledge
12:50 – Queen Ambrosia
1:40 – Trash Johnson
2:30 – Los Elk
3:20 – Karate
4:10 – Dope Mosely

See a band you wanna catch? Then make sure to drag your buds over to the green and soak up the tunes. What’s that? They’re not budging?! Fuck ’em! You can catch them later once they’ve done the dirty work of finding a place to lay the blanket.

But enough from me! Let me hand it over to some of my esteemed colleagues for them to share their endless bounty of wisdom.

Charmander:

It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Don’t be that person who passes out at 3pm only to wake up at 5 with a hangover so terrible it will awaken Lucy Scribner herself. Just let the day happen and the good time will roll along.

Dr. Spaceman:

Be whimsical as fuck, in both looks and spirits: if you ever publicly scorned those sexy pierced hula-hooping girls but secretly wanted to be them, Fun Day is your chance. Break out your lacy bralette and flower crowns or just go naked. Fun Day welcomes you as you are. Honestly, unless you intentionally try really hard to fuck things up, it will inevitably be a fun day for everyone. Go on all the fun bouncy rides–the grace period for it being socially acceptable to act like a kid is running out (unless you’re a freshman, in which case I hate you because I am a bitter washed-up senior), so take advantage while you can. Just enjoy everything around you, don’t fret about whether or not you look weird or if your crush is there or if you think you see your professor (I promise, you don’t [Executive Editor’s note: I saw mine last year]). Seriously, just be happy to be in the moment and check yo worries at the Case door.

Shifting into Mom Mode: If you’re going to be drinking that day, PLEASE take advantage of the food available. I didn’t my freshman year, and let’s just say I left a little gift near the Burgess tables. (Puke. The gift was puke.). Also, seriously, wear some fucking sunscreen. I know not everyone is as pale as me (OMG!!! I just gave my identity away! Hahahah just kidding, everyone at this school is a porcelain-white girl), but when you are drunkenly lying in the sun for like 5 hours, you WILL get burnt. Get turnt, don’t get burnt. No matter what the weather, I guarantee a Fun Day for all or your tuition money back (just kidding, Glotzbach needs the infinite tuition money for lifeblood).

Major Qwik:

There’s no shame in calling time-out and taking a break from the festivities. You might say that you’re going to see every band/DJ’s setlist, but odds are that probably won’t happen. Be realistic. Take care of yourself. If you’re hungry, head to dhall. If you need to load-up on water, head back to your dorm with a pal and have a h2h featuring vulnerability you never knew you had and will likely never see again. Now, of course, by “water” what I really mean is  MALIBU MALIBU ALL DAY WOOOO YOU ARE YOUNG AND IT IS FRESHMAN YEAR AND DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS?

(No, it doesn’t. You’ve peaked.)

Anyway, the point is that the aforementioend whimsical hula-hoopers will still be there when you get back. This shit really does go on for a while. So don’t worry about missing “the best part” while on your break. The whole day is the best part! Unless you don’t get the sunglasses. Then it’s best just to pack up before something really bad happens. Oh, and if you DO get sunglasses, don’t fall asleep with them on.Basic shit, but you’ll think your Uncle Qwik later. The weather app on my iPhone currently has a sun icon for Saturday, so it WILL be out for the majority of the day, presumably (as opposed to the 15 glorious minutes it was out for last year).

And another thing: don’t pull any of that “I’m just going back to my dorm to take a quick name then I’ll wake up RARIN’ TO GO” shit. That’s not going to happen. If you fall asleep on Fun Day, you won’t wake up. No, I don’t mean you’ll die (though for fuck’s sake don’t do that either). I mean you won’t wake up until Fun Day is over. And if that’s the case, well, you might as well have died.

Oh, and if you find yourself thinking “Well golly, this girl/guy sure is cute, let’s lickity-split and go to my SUPER SECRET SEMI-PUBLIC SEX SPOT” at any point past 2:00, don’t bother. It’s more than likely that your super secret semi-public sex spot isn’t all that super secret, and at least two other couples (or triads? Fun Day, remember?) will already be bumpin’ uglies. So unless you feel like negotiating the space (sharing is caring, after all), I suggest you get more creative or just have sex in a dorm like the good Christian boy/girl you know yourself to be.

Hannibal Burgess:

“Fun Day is the only day where if you don’t look like an idiot, you look like an idiot.”
–Ghandi

And if you haven’t found that interesting enough, here’s 14 fun facts about Robin Adams! The more you know. (Edit: The link is down. But here’s his website in case you still need to fill your RA quota for the week!)

 

SkidEats & Film Appreciation Troupe Present: ‘Chef’ Screening Outside the Tang

Written by Executive Editor on April 20th, 2015
86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Good enough for me.

86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Good enough for me.

Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm outside the Tang, SkidEats and Film Appreciation Troupe will present a free screening of Chef–written and directed by Jon Favreau and featuring Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey Jr..

Here’s a synopsis of the film, which you can watch a trailer for below:

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen–and zest for life and love.

It pretty much sounds like a live action Ratatouille featuring the guy who played Sid the Sloth. I’d fuck with that. The screening will also feature free food from 9 Miles East and Battenkill Ice Cream. If you’re not keeping tally, that’s a free movie, free pizza, and free ice cream. So unless you’re a vegan who hates the medium of film, there’s totally something for you here!

In the event of inclement weather or the rapture, the event will be moved to Friday, April 24 at 6:30pm in Gannett.

 

Weekend Distractions CXXXVIII

Written by Executive Editor on April 17th, 2015

FRIDAY:
7:00pm – Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
9:40pm – Friday Night Stand-Up @ SPA
10:00pm – Pulse Pep Rally 2015 @ Davis
10:45pm – The Sketchies Present: “What Party?” @ Gannett

SATURDAY:
12:00pm – Earth Day Music Festival @ South Green
1:00pm – Senior Recital: Emily Przysinda @ Zankel
2:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
4:00pm – Jenny Kim Piano Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Voyages: A Senior Trombone Recital by Sam Kastner @ Zankel
8:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
8:30pm – Skidprov Presents: Animal House @ Filene
9:00pm – Accents Reunion Jam @ Wilson
9:30pm – ACA Presents: Poetry & Comedy @ SPA
9:30pm – Skidmore Theater Friends Reception & After Party @ JKB
10:00pm – Treblemakers Present: Space Jam ft. NYU Vocaholics @ Filene

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Community Garden Work Party @ Community Garden
7:00pm – Senior Recital: Hannah Lipton @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

 

2015 Earth Day Music Festival (4/18)

Written by Major Qwik on April 17th, 2015
Fuck yeah, Earth!

Fuck yeah, Earth!

This year’s annual Earth Day Music Festival, sponsored by EAC, WSPN, SEC, and Lively Lucy’s, is this Saturday, April 18th, out on South Green. There will be food, including Chipotle (!!) and–most importantly–a killer lineup of bands. Here’s a quick breakdown:

12:00pm – Rim Joe and the Boys (Battle of the Bands winner!)
12:45pm – Modern Vices
1:45pm – Free Cake for Every Creature
2:15pm – Evolfo Doofeht
3:30pm – Quarterbacks
4:20pm – Future of What
5:15pm – TOPS
6:00pm – YACHT

Read on for band descriptions and videos! Click to continue »

 

Skidmore Theater Department Presents: Friends Reception & After Party

Written by Executive Editor on April 15th, 2015
Anyone remember Panic! at the Disco's second album? This poster reminds me of that.

Anyone remember Panic at the Disco’s second album?

This Saturday, April 18th at 9:30pm in the JKB Theater, Skidmore College Theater will host its annual friends reception and after party to celebrate their donors and patrons, as well as their past season and the work they’ve been doing in the JKB.

Following the 8pm performance of Blood Wedding, there will be a circus-themed reception/party in the JKB lobby–featuring a photo booth, free food/drinks catered by Putnam Market, and exhibitions of “students’ hidden talents and rare oddities on spectacular display.” Party admission is free, but if you present your ticket for the 8pm Blood Wedding performance, you get a free raffle ticket. Wow!

In addition, there will also be performances in the black box by Hardy? (formerly known as The Hardy Boys) and The Salmon of Knowledge.