41 Slightly Original Thoughts We’ve Had This Week

Written by rackcity on October 1st, 2015

It’s October 1st.

We couldn’t make it to fifty.

  1. Hockey house?
  2. How? Why?
  3. Oh, there’s Paul Simon’s daughter.
  4. I should try my left hand.
  5. I don’t think my Blundstone’s are quite worn in enough.
  6. If I see one more flower dress..
  7. Should I be sharing that Facebook privacy notice?
  8. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who thinks and feels this way.
  9. Why won’t my Mom call me back?
  10. Marlboro Lights or Camel Lights?
  11. What the actual fuck was Abude Alasaad talking about?
  12. Is Stables still a thing?
  13. How many missed classes is too many?
  14. Is this what high feels like?
  15. How should I phrase this email to my professor asking for an extension?
  16. One bottle of wine never killed anyone.
  17. He has a nice Forester.
  18. Prozac or American Spirits?
  19. I am alive.
  20. Do people still play quidditch?
  21. Should I be on antidepressents?
  22. Why does Glotzbach always look like a Schnauzer that’s just been groomed?
  23. Have you noticed Seasonal Affect Disorder is SAD?
  24. Am I still on the waitlist at Wesleyan?
  25. Which one of these cab drivers are on the sex offender registry?
  26. I still don’t get the horse thing.
  27. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  28. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) is actually a good song.
  29. I’m tolerant of everyone except Jason Chaffetz.
  30. I have a hymen.
  31. I recognize no one on this campus.
  32. Did it become uncool to use hashtags?
  33. They’re hooking up?
  34. I wonder what Hannibal Buress looks like naked.
  35. Im not on fire but I’m burning.
  36. I neeeeeed to get my cartilage pierced.
  37. #bringbackourgirls
  38. Am I supposed to call it Dhall?
  39. Is it me or the Supermoon?
  40. Are you wearing those glasses to look smart or do you actually need glasses?
  41. What kind of vest is Gregory Spinner wearing this week?

This conversation originally took place on an iPhone 5.


Professor Sheldon Solomon and Abude Alasaad in Conversation TONIGHT

Written by rackcity on September 28th, 2015

Do you even know the location of your asshole?

Everyone’s favorite cool dad/Jeff Spicoli/resident genius, Professor Sheldon Solomon will be speaking tonight, September 28 with everyone’s favorite better-than-you junior, Abude Alasaad on why people are such assholes.

Rumor has it the first ten attendees will receive a free tie-dye lesson from Solomon himself.

7:00 PM in Filene


Outing Club Big Meeting TONIGHT

Written by rackcity on September 24th, 2015
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Have you ever wanted to make your own granola? Wear hiking boots without irony? Scale a mountain? Eat a fucking tree berry? What is a fucking tree berry?

Outing Club is having their first meeting of the year TONIGHT and both seasoned club-goers and newbies are encouraged to attend. They also have a super duper new website so check that out too (just login with your Skidmore info to register).

Go nature!

7:00 PM in Ladd 307


Salmagundi Magazine 50th Anniversary Conference This Weekend

Written by rackcity on September 24th, 2015

Executive Editor Peg Boyers and Founder/Editor-In-Chief Robert Boyers. Remember the late 70s/early 80s? I don’t.

Salmagundi Magazine is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. As such, Skidmore, along with the editors of Salmagundi, are hosting a conference this weekend titled, “Belief and Unbelief” featuring twenty-four notable writers and thinkers.

Formally, Salmagundi is a quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences that has published Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Award fellows, Nobel laureates, and National Book Award winners and finalists. Informally, Salmagundi is a quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences that publishes work by writers you’ll never be as talented as, nor will you want to work hard enough to do so. This conference is a big deal. It’s also a great opportunity to Instagram a picture of James Wood eating a cube of cheese.

You’ll find the schedule and the list of speakers below. Author bios can be found on Salmagundi’s Tumblr.

Friday, September 25th

7 PM: “What Is Belief & What is the Fearful Unbelief?” (opening remarks by Marilynne Robinson followed by general discussion)

Saturday, September 26th

10.15 AM: “Prejudice, Fidelity & ‘Fidelities’” (opening remarks by Anthony Appiah followed by general discussion)

11.45 AM: “The Meaning of ‘Belief’ & ‘Sincerity’ in Literature”(opening remarks by James Wood followed by general discussion)

2.45 PM: “Bien-Pensant Liberalism, Relativism & Truth-Telling” (opening remarks by Jim Miller followed by general discussion)

4.45 PM: “Ideology As Belief: Dangers & Distortions” (opening remarks by Orlando Patterson followed by general discussion)

Sunday, September 27th

10.15 AM: “Realism, The Virtues & Belief in Public Life” (opening remarks by Seyla Benhabib followed by general discussion & audience questions for the entire panel)

Marilynne Robinson / Anthony Appiah / Mary Gordon / Orlando Patterson James Carroll / Seyla Benhabib / Akeel Bilgrami / James Wood /  Phillip Lopate / Jim Sleeper / Jim Miller / Rochelle Gurstein / David Steiner/ Honor Moore/ Jackson Lears/ Charles Molesworth / Terence Diggory/ Regina Janes / Barry Goldensohn / Lorrie Goldensohn / Peg Boyers/ Robert Boyers/ Tom Lewis/ Phillip Glotzbach

Big names, kiddos. Big names.


Big Show is coming! Big Show is coming!

Written by rackcity on September 22nd, 2015
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I got Photoshop

Big Show tickets go on sale tomorrow, September 23. Tickets will be on sale from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at the SGA Case desk through Friday, October 2. Both Skidmore ID and cash will be accepted.

Students/Faculty (w/ ID): $5

Public (and any students buying for outside guests): $20

If you’re nicer than I am and were planning on buying a ticket for a friend, sorry, SEC is only allowing one ticket per student this year. 


Artist Spotlight: Lucius Comes to the Tang

Written by VirgoClown on September 21st, 2015

The Perfect Fit :`)

Ah, yes. Lucius brought artsy indie pop to an artsy indie Skidmore. What a fit!

Lucius’ Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe took the stage outside the Tang Art Museum on Friday night to much fanfare. The crowd was large and diverse, ranging from first-year students looking for a party to the senior SEC members running the event (who were also, admittedly, likely looking for a party). Students were, as is often the case early in the semester, still straddling the happy divide between summer and fall, where academics have yet to fully hit their stride.

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Dr. Nagaraja Harshadeep to Present Environmental Studies Lecture

Written by rackcity on September 21st, 2015

This is from his LinkedIn Page and it’s fucking blurry

Dr. Nagaraja Harshadeep will present his lecture, “Modernizing Approaches to Address Environmental Challenges in the Developing World” this evening on behalf of Skidmore’s Environmental Studies Department.

A Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Food Bank, Harshadeep focuses on climate change and water resource management.

6:30-7:30 in Gannett


Weekend Distractions CXXXVIIII

Written by rackcity on September 18th, 2015


3:30-5:00 PM – BBQueer @ South Park/Library Green

4:00-5:15 PM – Student-led Mindfulness Yoga @ Wilson Chapel

6:30 PM – Women’s Tennis vs. RPI @ Tennis Courts

8:00 PM – SEC Presents: LUCIUS + PAVO PAVO @ The Tang


1:00-3:30 PM – Seeing Beyond Speech Workshop @ The Tang

3:30-4:30 PM – Reading Affinity Atlas with Krystal Krunch @ The Tang


3:00-5:00 PM – Skidmore Community Garden Herb Planting @ Community Garden

7:00 PM – WSPN Big Meeting @ Gannett

Missing something? Let us know in the comments below. 


What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You

Written by rackcity on September 16th, 2015
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This could be you


Skidmore Unofficial Presents: What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You (A Go-To Guide for Skidmore Girls)

Four score and seven years ago your Mom and Dad (Mom and Mom, Dad and Dad, etc.) dropped you off, kissed you on the forehead, and drove away six speeds to the wind back to New Jersey (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, they’re having an amazing time without you). (There’s also a seventy-eight percent chance they’re having sex on your childhood bed right now).

Meanwhile, you are either the coolest person on campus or you’re sitting on a rock outside of Kimball crying on the phone to your BFF Jill from UMass Amherst. You may even be thinking of throwing yourself off Jonsson/Johnson Tower (I’ve been there) (don’t do it).

Whether you’re disenchanted, riddled with insecurity, or experiencing complete euphoria, below is some advice/wisdom/stupidity. Take it or don’t, it’s not like I talk to people born after 1995 anyway.

Roommates (ugh)

If you like your roommates, congratulations. I’d rather live in a fucking Halfway House than share a 10′-7″ x 19′-10″ room with two eighteen-year-old women. My friend from Bard’s roommate took a shit on her bed freshman year and she’s never been the same.


I can promise you it’s super lame if you’re still hanging with your high school friends Hudson and Jemma from Packer Collegiate Institute or whatever two point five years into being here.

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Psychology Professor Tim Kasser to Present Dowd Lecture Tomorrow

Written by rackcity on September 15th, 2015

Yep, looks like a professor

On Wednesday, September 16 (i.e. tomorrow), psychology Professor Tim Kasser will present the Charles Dowd Lecture discussing “Capitalism, Values, and Quality of Life: An Empirical, Psychological Approach.”

A professor at Knox College, Kasser mainly focuses on studying “materialistic values,” and how those values pertain to well-being.

Click here for the lengthy rundown. 

5:30 to 6:30 PM in Gannett