The Sonneteers Reunion Jam (1/30)

Written by Major Qwik on January 30th, 2015

The Sonneteers, circa 1953, performing their rendition of Lorde’s smash hit “Royals.”

If you’re a student enrolled at Skidmore College, you’ve likely heard or seen the Sonneteers say something about being the oldest club on campus, and the time has come for them to make good on that claim!

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm, the Sonneteers will be holding a reunion jam in Zankel. That’s right! After filled yourself to the brim with warm chowder from Chowderfest (and had a sufficiently irresponsible number of $1 sake shots from Izumi), hightail it back to campus and catch the most euphonious reunion in the tri-state area. I’d imagine the odds of members from the club’s 1947 inception being there are pretty slim, since they’re unlikely to be in any state to travel or sing. Or be alive, for that matter. But still.

Just picture it: people who have never met each other will be making music with their voices, all under the unifying force that is membership in this singing group! Skidmore clubs really do bring people together and create bonds that transcend space and time, people. That shit’s so beautiful and cross-generational I just want to cry–and I’m pretty sure I gave up my ability to feel things the second I agreed to write for this website!

Besides, some of these ladies will be traveling from great distances (great distances being NYC, I’m assuming), so be sure and stop by and give them a warm reception back to their alma mater!

Also, the jam will run from 2:00 to 3:00, so if “Experience an a capella show sober” is on your bucket list, now’s your chance to scratch it off and reassess your life goals while you’re at it. But who says you have to experience it sober? Drink on a Saturday afternoon! I’m not your mother! I’ll buy alcohol for you if you’re a minor! Fuck, I’ll pre-game this with you! Please! Tweet at  me! I’m a lonely and jaded piece of shit! I need this!


The 17th Annual Saratoga Chowderfest

Written by Charmander on January 29th, 2015
Look how happy they all are!

Look how happy they all are!

My iPhone says that this Saturday is going to be a low of 0 degrees Fahrenheit, so we all know what that means: Time to chowder.

For those who have never been or are way too cool to go, pretty much every single restaurant in town makes their own chowder and serves it to those poor peasant souls waiting in the cold. Each chowder is $1 a cup (3oz, according to Discover Saratoga), and from my past experience, every place serves a really delicious chowder. There are all types for all people: seafood, vegetarian, gluten-free, dessert chowder, chowder-free, and even chowder for dogs! (Yes, this does mean there are so many dogs downtown that day. If you won’t go for the chowder, go for the pups.)

This is one of Saratoga Spring’s biggest events of the year. It’s a part of the annual Saratoga Winterfest, which “brings the spirit of winter to the Spa City with a week full of live music, special events, great entertainment” (according to What even is the spirit of winter, anyway?) A lot of people from out of town come to eat chowder, because what else are we supposed to do on a Saturday? Stay inside by the fire and talk to Pg? Psht.

This event is even interactive! You–yes, you!–get to vote on what you think are the best chowders in town. Because your voice counts, you precious Skidmore student you. Each participating restaurant has a ballot you can pick up, and you get to pick the best chowder Top Chef style. Finally, watching all of those cooking shows on Food Network in the gym will finally pay off. There are lots of options to vote on, including “Best Newcomer” and “Dog Chow Down” because we care about the important things in Chowderfest. A list of past winners can be found here if you’re so intrigued.

But really, this is a great event. A lot of restaurants donate their proceeds to charities and local organizations, so you can feel like you’re helping the community by eating delicious chowder. Don’t do what I did and not go because it’s cold. You already used that excuse in the midterm elections. You’ll love it, I promise (unless you don’t like having fun, then you shouldn’t go). Besides, Izumi is doing $1 sake shots and you really can’t say no to that.

Chowderfest takes place this Saturday, January 31st from 11am-4pm. A full list of participating restaurants (including what some restaurants are serving) can be found here.


Skidmore Student Accused on Charges of Burglary and Vandalism

Written by Executive Editor on January 28th, 2015

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On January 18th, the day returning students arrived on campus to begin the new semester, the Skidmore community received a safety alert from Lori Parks announcing that Campus Safety and the Saratoga Springs Police Department were investigating two Skidmore-related break-ins and burglaries in SkidShop and Sasselin Art Building.  Click to continue »


Casting Call for Student-Made Feature Film (1/29)

Written by Major Qwik on January 28th, 2015

Close enough.

Listen up, all you narcissistic and talented fucks. Nick Shafir is a senior at who just got back from film school with a hot screenplay that he’s looking to shoot right here on the sunny, sunny Skidmore College campus. Yeah a fucking screenplay. Fuck.

Shafir has provided the following description of the film: “R.I.P. OFF is a dark comedy that on its surface tells the story of two friends down on their luck who have found themselves trying to re-sell a haunted house. However, the subtext reveals a story about relationships under stress. It’s a film that’s aware of its silly concept, but makes up for it with clever humor and heartfelt character dynamics.”

Interested? I sure as hell am. Sounds like some spooky hijinks to me. Auditions will be held tomorrow (Thursday) night in Zankel 214 from 7pm to 10pm, and upon your arrival you’ll be given sides to read for the character for whom you’re choosing to audition. Check out character descriptions and other info here on the Facebook event page. Character names include “Rolly” and “Tasty James.” Ah. One of those films.


Jesse Hardman Drops New Album

Written by Executive Editor on January 26th, 2015

As always: fuck yeah.

He’s been teasing it for a while now, but Jesse Hardman‘s third full-length release, Sojourn, has finally hit the viral shelves.

You may have witnessed Hardman’s many performances at Lively Lucy’s open mic nights—of which he might officially be the viceroy by this point–as well as his Beatlemore performance’s of the past two years. He’s made a great name for himself both as a singer-songwriter and a musician, sporting killer vibrato and a smart blend of blues, indie, and folk.

Sojourn combines the lyrical storytelling of Hardman’s previous efforts with a new full band sound and complex production values. It features nine new tracks (which features a fucking beautiful song written entirely in German), as well as a full-band version of his “Misery” cover from last year’s Beatlemore. And it’s all arranged and performed by the man in leather himself. (No, not that one.)

Give the album a listen on Hardman’s Bandcamp. It’s been a long time in the making, and the payoff is very much worth it. And stay posted on further developments from Hardman and his many projects.


Anne T. Palamountain, Former Skidmore First Lady, Passes Away at 91

Written by Executive Editor on January 26th, 2015

Anne Palamountain, former first lady of Skidmore.

The Skidmore community received the following email from President Glotzbach earlier Saturday evening, 1/24.

I write with the sad news that Anne Tonnesen Palamountain, a legendary figure in the history of Skidmore College and a personal friend of many of us on campus, died today, January 24, in Saratoga Hospital of complications from pneumonia. She was 91 years old.

Active in Skidmore affairs for 50 years, right through this winter, Anne was the “First Lady” of the College for 22 years, during a period of dynamic change at Skidmore and in higher education nationally.

Anne came to the College in 1965, accompanying her husband, Joseph C. Palamountain Jr., who previously served as provost at Wesleyan University, when he became the fourth President of Skidmore. Whether at the side of her husband, or through her own initiatives as a fundraiser and liaison to the community, she played a pivotal role in the life of the College and in the city of Saratoga Springs. 

During the Palamountain presidency, 1965–87, Skidmore built an entirely new campus and moved there in stages from its eclectic mix of older downtown buildings, ushered in coeducation, and weathered student unrest in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The era was made all the more challenging by the College’s then-small endowment and severe financial strains. With Joe Palamountain at the helm, Skidmore’s student body doubled; the endowment grew, bringing a stronger financial footing; Skidmore chartered a chapter of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa; and the College launched the pioneering University Without Walls program. President Palamountain died in 1987, following his retirement.

Anne’s involvement in the life of Skidmore is a story in its own right.  Her greatest passion was building endowment for financial aid, which she saw as the most effective way to make a college education accessible to all students. In 1979 she spearheaded the launch of one of the College’s major fundraising events, the annual Palamountain Scholarship Benefit. She presided over the event for 35 years, helping the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund reach a total of $5.8 million.

An avid traveler, Anne over the years attended Skidmore events across the country.  She was named an honorary alumna of the Class of 1973 and received an honorary doctorate from the College in 1997. In 1986 she received an alumni award for outstanding service to Skidmore and in 1987 received the College’s Denis B. Kemball-Cook Award from the board of trustees. She was a member of the advisory committee for the development of the Tang Teaching Museum, and the museum’s Palamountain Gallery was named in her honor. In 2004, she was awarded Skidmore’s Lucy Scribner Medal, given for selfless service to others and a commitment to the community.

Within the greater Saratoga Springs community, Anne was a visible and active leader whose work was recognized by a wide range of organizations. In 1994 she received the President’s Award of the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities, and in 1999 she was presented with the Woman of the Year Award from Soroptimists International of Saratoga County. In 2001 she received the Kathryn Starbuck Award for community service and in 2003 was honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation for her commitment to education and the community.

Anne was a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award of the Saratoga County Bar Association and was twice honored with resolutions by the New York State Assembly. She has served as board president of the Lake George Opera and as a board member of Yaddo and WMHT public television. Over the years, she was affiliated with Planned Parenthood, the Saratoga Springs League of Women Voters, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Action Council, and the National Museum of Racing. She regularly attended events supporting charities and nonprofit organizations in the Saratoga Springs region. 

Fond of international travel, Anne served as U.S. delegate to the Pan-Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association, attending meetings and conferences in various countries of South East Asia.

Anne is survived by two sons, Bruce K. Palamountain and Bromley C. Palamountain.

Anne will be greatly missed by the Skidmore Community. In her memory we will carry on the important work of the Palamountain Scholarship Fund and its goal of access to higher education.

A memorial service is scheduled on Wednesday, May 13, at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Details will be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the Palamountain Scholarship Fund, Office of Advancement, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

Our deepest condolences to Palamountain’s family, and our sincere appreciation to everything she has done for the entire Skidmore community for so many years.


First Lively Lucy’s Open Mic Night TONIGHT @ 7:00

Written by Executive Editor on January 22nd, 2015

Fuck yeah.

It’s time. The first Lively Lucy’s open mic night of the semester is always a hit, so if you want to get noticed by your peers and inject some sense of purpose (albeit a fleeting sense) into your life, show up tonight (1/22) at Falstaff’s and take a risk! Sign-ups are at 6:00 (you should get there right at 6:00 or have a buddy sign you up), and the show starts at 7:00. Bring a song, bring a poem, bring a story about why you are the way you are. But whatever you do, just bring one of them. Don’t be that fucking guy. Even if you’re talented, we’ll hate you.


Los Elk Release “Habits” Cover

Written by Executive Editor on January 22nd, 2015

New year, new picture. Thank the good lord.

Your favorite Skidmore band Los Elk have recorded an acoustic cover of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High),” which can be viewed below. It’s a pretty tight arrangement, as it features guitarist Noah Ross playing a ukulele in a way that doesn’t make you want to eschew YouTube for the remainder of your earthly existence. And that, my friends, is a major feat. Click to continue »


A Capella Auditions Are Wednesday

Written by Major Qwik on January 20th, 2015

This poster wins.

If you’re auditioning for a capella groups, odds are you’re totally in on the 411 for all that and none of this matters. If not, no worries! Throw together a couple bars of that one Adele or Billy Joel song and vocally strut your stuff. You might recall the ever-so-controversial post last semester in which we gave a run-down of the a capella groups, so check that out if you’re curious about the different groups and what they stand for.

The Accents are having their auditions at 7:30 in Zankel (follow the signs). They ask that you bring a verse and chorus from two of your favorite songs. And it better be your favorite, or else they’ll fucking know and won’t take you.

The Dynos are having their auditions in Zankel 214. 8pm. But you only need a verse and chorus from one song for this one. Props if you can successfully pantomime a grind line while auditioning by yourself.

The Banders and Drastics are also having auditions in Wilson and Zankel, respectively. Not sure on the time because there’s no Facebook event, and it’s too cold for me to venture outside to check, but it’s safe to say it’s within the 7-11pm time frame. (Feel free to comment in the replies if you know!) Open your eyes and check out a poster on Case walkway. Be bold. Step out of your comfort zone. New year, new you, new risks.

Update: Drastics auditions are at 9pm in Zankel. Thanks, TokenJew!


Surviving the Skidmore Tundra

Written by Charmander on January 12th, 2015
What a sight for cold eyes

What a sight for cold eyes (thanks @skidmorecollege insta you never let me down)

Hello, friends. The time is almost upon us: the Spring Semester. Where did the winter break go!? I know you’ve all had so much fun soaking up the sun in California, or Florida, or in bed watching Netflix, but we have to brace ourselves, because Winter has Come and we are Unprepared. The last few cold weeks right before the break were a joke. “I didn’t know my hair could freeze!” a poor freshman girl from California wailed in Bolton in November. Oh, sweetie, I am so so sorry for what is to come. It’s going to become freezing. You won’t see the grass for weeks. You’ll forget what your face feels like after having it beat up by the wind. I’m still emotionally scarred from last winter, and one can only fear that the vortex will return. It is a sad, cold, harsh time in the Northeast the tundra that is Saratoga Springs in the winter.

But, good news: YOU CAN SURVIVE! Despite the winter being a cold harsh bitch, there ARE ways to get around the weather. You just have to be prepared. Put on those boxing gloves (or those warm gloves with the touch screen accessibility fingers), because we are gonna beat this winter up together. Click to continue »