MaryLeigh Roohan on South Park Green TONIGHT (9/1)

Written by Executive Editor on September 1st, 2014

Skidmore alum MaryLeigh Roohan ’13 will be playing a show tonight at 7:00 on South Park Green as part of first-year orientation. Described by David Malachowski of the Times Union as “A strong, smart songwriter with a lovely voice”  in his review of her 2013 album Skin & Bone, MaryLeigh might be one of the more talented singer-songwriters to come out of the Skidmore music scene in recent years.

Marry me.

Featuring an infectious brand of indie-folk/alternative-country, a memorable and powerful voice, and heartbreaking lyricism, MaryLeigh is sure to put on a fantastic show to help kick-off the fall semester in the best way possible, so stop by South Park Green and support an incredibly talented member of the Skidmore community. (In the case of rain, the show will be held at Falstaffs.)

 

 

Chance The Rapper to Headline Big Show The Concert

Written by Charmander on August 28th, 2014

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Today it was officially announced via Verge Campus that Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper will embark on a college tour this upcoming fall–and Skidmore College is one of the stops on the tour! Pop/R&B act Sweater Beats and music/art project Young & Sick are also on this tour, but let’s be real, having Chance perform is what we really care about. Last year we had the privilege of seeing Danny Brown and Action Bronson, SEC’s largest selling Big Show to date, so it’s no surprise why they opted for a kindred up-and-coming wordsmith. Chance is known to be high-energy, running across stages, bouncing to his soulful, vibe-heavy production and quick-witted word play.

Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, has really exploded in the music scene since his latest, Acid Rap, was released last July. He dropped it as a free download (available here), and it garnered high acclaim and established Chance as a major name in the music industry. The album was nominated for Best Mixtape of 2013 at the BET Hip Hop Awards, so you know it’s the real deal. It even got on major “best album” lists from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, and PitchforkPitchfork! That’s how you really know that Skidmore hit the big time with this guy. He’s certainly a budding talent in the hip-hop world with a proper debut full-length on the horizon.

The concert will be at the Williamson Sports Center on October 11th. We will update when tickets become available.

If you’re unfamiliar with this name, (which is impossible if you have internet), I hope you’ll at least vaguely recognize this particular song from that one time your friend played this for you and you were like, “Shit, is that actually Twista?”

Oh, and did we mention he has a cover of the Arthur theme song? Put that in your nostalgic ’90s pipe and smoke it.

Oh, and did we mention that Malia Obama is a fan?

 

President Glotzbach Releases Official Statement on Campus Safety Officer’s Arrest & New Sexual Misconduct Prevention Initiatives

Written by Executive Editor on August 22nd, 2014

Following the arrest of campus safety officer Robert Gardner on charges of sexual misconduct back in late June, President Phillip Glotzbach has sent out a series of emails regarding the incident. What with this being a concern for many alumni, parents, and others not presently on the student email list, the official statement on Gardner’s arrest can be read below.

To Members of the Skidmore Community:

Earlier today, I announced a number of new steps we are taking to expand our response to the issue of gender-based and sexual misconduct. This issue afflicts not only higher education but also the larger communities in which we live, and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure the safety of every member of our community.

Given the heightened sense of concern regarding this issue, I believe it important to update you on an incident that occurred earlier this summer. We were dismayed to learn that a member of our Campus Safety staff was arrested for an alleged sexual abuse. He was off-duty at the time, the events in question occurred off campus, and the other person was unrelated to the College. The employee was immediately suspended, banned from campus, and no longer works at the College.

It is our usual practice not to comment on individual personnel matters; however, these allegations are a matter of public record. As we begin the new academic year, I want to assure you that the College responded immediately and appropriately as soon as we were notified of the incident.

As always, we have been cooperating with local authorities and appreciate their continued efforts in helping to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Pg

Philip A. Glotzbach
President

Shortly before–as mentioned in the statement–President Glotzbach sent out an email to the student body outlining steps that the administration has taken to address the growing issue of sexual and gender-based misconduct on college campuses and “foster a campus climate of respect, care, and safety.”

These steps include the creation of a new comprehensive website on sexual and gender-based misconduct; three public forums to be held over the course of this upcoming semester; and an addition unto the New-Student Orientation of a new program entitled “The First 6 Weeks” that will “address a wide range of issues during this important transitional moment for students.”

I strongly encourage you to read through the email and peruse the new website, as it contains very thorough information on sexual misconduct, how to respond to any such misconduct, and what we as a community can do to address this important issue.

 

Dean Calhoun Addresses Robert Gardner’s Arrest

Written by Executive Editor on August 18th, 2014

After we emailed her yesterday asking for a comment on the recent arrest (and alleged firing) of Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Dean of Students Rochelle Calhoun has responded and indicated that we will be hearing from President Glotzbach at some point this week. You can find her full response below. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to get in contact with Dean Calhoun or any other college official on the whole affair.

Dear Skidmore Unofficial,

Thank you for your e-mail and the opportunity to address your concerns.

The College did address the incident involving a former employee immediately.  What we did not do was to immediately inform the Skidmore community that we had addressed the incident as it related to our campus.  What I want you to know is that the College takes issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct very seriously.  It is the seriousness with which we view this issue that has shaped our planned response.  We have been working on a comprehensive response to the community.  Our response to this important issue includes:

  • a clear message from the President about our institutional values and expectations
  • a new website that brings together information about our  revised policies and resources (both on-and off-campus)
  • an announcement of a series of open forums where we can come together as a community to discuss issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct and our shared community values
  • an update to the community about the incident this summer

You can anticipate receiving a letter from President Phil Glotzbach this week. We have been working diligently for some weeks now to be ready to get a message out to our community before the beginning of the new academic year.  Once you receive the letter, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any suggestions or concerns.

I appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.  I hope that we will continue to be engaged together in this important dialogue.

All the best,

W. Rochelle Calhoun
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Op-Ed: Why It Matters That We’ve Still Heard Nothing About the Arrest of Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner

Written by Major Qwik on August 13th, 2014

Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner was arrested for sexual assault in June, and the college still hasn’t released an official statement, or anything even closely resembling one. (If this is the first you’re hearing about all this, well, Happy Wednesday, I guess.) Though there’s no official information about the arrest/conviction, (though I’ve heard from reliable Skidmore students that Gardner has been fired) I felt something of an obligation to share some thoughts that I know are shared by many Skidmore students.

Now, this didn’t happen at Skidmore. This happened off-campus, and the alleged victim is not a Skidmore student. But it’s a college issue nonetheless. Think about if a professor had his or her name attached to a sex scandal to any degree. Of course it should (and hopefully would) be addressed, because it has to do with the college and those are affiliated with it to any degree. The same applies here.

I also understand how complex, difficult, and delicate a matter it must be for the powers-that-be to address such an issue. There’s a lot at stake, especially with the academic year beginning and new students arriving, so having this in the spotlight can’t be something that the college is dying to have on their hands. I’d also imagine that the fact that this happened in the greater Saratoga area (and is presumably being handled by the Saratoga Police Department) must also complicate the relation of information for the college.

Also, I’m not trying to imply that Gardner should never have been hired in the first place (or even that he shouldn’t have remained employed by the college for 35 years), because I know nothing about him and his record as an employee. In general, I try to assume the best in people, and I really don’t have the background information to point fingers about things I know so little about. (Though, if it turns out that this isn’t the first time his name has been brought up in something like this, then I would definitely have a different opinion.)

Lastly, I do believe that me being a Skidmore student does not guarantee me the right to know everything about all things related to this campus. I saw many people get very indignant about not hearing anything about Gardner’s arrest just the day after it happened, but I was a little more hesitant to get upset. I wanted to give the administration the benefit of the doubt that they’d say something soon.

But they didn’t. And they haven’t.

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PSYMON SPINE @ Cameo Gallery (8/18)

Written by Major Qwik on August 12th, 2014
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“Special Guests” would be a bomb band name.

PSYMON SPINE, Skidmore’s darlings on all things electronic and whimsical, are playing a show at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg next Monday, August 18. Joining them will be Graham (of Crystal Fighters), Photojay, and (exitpost).

There are still tickets left, but apparently they’re going quickly, so purchase them while you can at $12-a-pop here. Show is 18+, so be sure to leave your annoying underage friends behind.

 

Reminder: We Offer Guidance

Written by Executive Editor on August 11th, 2014

There’s no time like the month preceding the start of fall semester to remind you all of the best part of this website’s lifespan: the guides. Because what is the Internet if not just a bunch of recycled content, anyway? If you’re an incoming freshman first-year, consider this your introduction of Skidmore Unofficial and what we’re all about. And if you’re a prospective student/applicant, this is most likely the website you’re looking for, so you’d best get off this one while the going’s good.

The comments on this page are fucking golden.

The comments on this page are fucking golden.

Also, we felt a little queezy about having the latest post be about the rape-y campo officer, so we thought it might be time for a new post. (We also feel a little queezy about the lack of information on this college-related issue, but that’s a post for another day.) Anyway, we saved you the trouble of having to drag your pointer to the top-right corner of the page and have just compiled all the links here. Enjoy!

Guide to Freshman Orientation: If freshman orientation is an ocean of debilitating social displacement, painfully forced conversation, and overwhelming sexual attraction to someone that statistics suggest will be in a relationship from high school that won’t last into Thanksgiving break (hint: it’s all of these things), then consider this your compass.

Guide to Saratoga Springs: Anything and everything you need to know while voyaging the streets of Broadway with your hordes of new friends and trying to figure out the most polite way to tell that one kid to shut the fuck up about all the partying he did in high school.

Guide to Binge Drinking: Anything and everything you need to know about getting drunk enough to conjure the courage to tell that one kid to shut the fuck up about all the partying he did in high school. In hindsight, I really wish I had this information a while ago, because then maybe I could have actually had something to contribute at parties instead of having the most forgettable presence at every Bloomfield rager. (Just kidding. Who the fuck goes to Bloomfield these days? That shit is narsty.)

To all the incoming first-years doing a pre-orientation program: have fun, be bold, and keep in mind that your pre-or leaders will all seem a whole lot less cool and attractive come midterms. To all the incoming first-years not doing a pre-orientation: don’t worry about your 150 classmates who did pre-or and seem to be about five paces ahead of you socially. Most of those friends circles will probably have dissolved within a couple weeks. And to everyone: everything will be fine, and you won’t fuck up any worse than the rest of us.

 

Skidmore Campus Safety Officer Faces Sex Abuse Charges

Written by Major Qwik on June 21st, 2014

Robert Gardner, a 35 year campus safety officer, has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and unlawful surveillance of a 28-year-old woman and Saratoga resident. Sources report (and some in slightly graphic detail, so a trigger warning might be in order) that the incident happened Wednesday afternoon at the victim’s residence on Lincoln Ave after Gardner, 62, drove her back home Saratoga Lake, where “Gardner and [she] had been drinking most of the day” (WYNT.com). Gardner, 62, was released on his own recognizance by City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait, and has been suspended by the College without pay. Sources report he is facing up to 7 years in prison.

Campu Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Charged With Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Surveillance

Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Charged With Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Surveillance

Naturally, one is left to wonder why students have had yet to be notified, and perhaps the optimistic answer to this question is that the college will (and had planned to) do so in the very, very near future. Still, time will tell.

Of course, the question then becomes What will the college do next? Even though this terrible violation didn’t take place on the Skidmore campus or involve a Skidmore student, this is definitely a Skidmore issue. It reflects poorly on Campus Safety to students, parents, and potential applicants. And, since the perpetrator is a representative of the Skidmore community–and, perhaps worse, someone who is supposed to serve as a symbol of safety and protection from such crimes–it reflects poorly on Skidmore in general.

Though some action has been taken in Gardner’s suspension without pay, how the college chooses to address this situation–one that is, sadly, merely one in a long line of events concerning safety and sexual assault on college campuses–will no doubt be key in determining how people perceive Skidmore and its stance on such matters. Here’s hoping they make the right decision. And here’s hoping they’ll be kept accountable for it.

 

Senior Art Show At The Tang

Written by Executive Editor on May 9th, 2014
Get classed up and come drink wine and eat hors' d'oeuvres with artsy people.

Get classed up and come drink wine and eat hors’ d’oeuvres with artsy people.

Are you friends with any art majors? Have they been stressed-the-fuck-out in the past couple weeks? A short-fuse to anybody around? Logging ridiculous hours in the dark, dank depths of Skidmore’s art studio?

Well, breath easy, because tonight marks the final art show of these seniors’ undergraduate career. It’s at the Tang Museum and it starts at 6pm. The coveted museum is packed, walls covered with paintings, photos, collages, sculptures, and prints done by the graduating art majors–64 of them. The show is up all senior week long, so don’t fret to hard if you can’t make it tonight.

This is one of the most extensive exhibitions of Skidmore talent to happen all year. A wide array of mediums and techniques make this the most impressive display of Skidmore-made artwork as well. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres for all y’all high class art snobs to get well lit on.

Also, this is a classy event, not publicly black tie but think of it as such. Wear your suit with the highest thread count, I’m talking like over 200 thread count shit. These art majors have been wearing Goodwill-recycled, paint-stained jeans for weeks, probably haven’t showered, and have certainly inhaled enough carcinogens to build a nice, cushiony lawsuit against the college. This is their time to celebrate, to shower, and to prove to you that they do own fancy shirts!

Get gussied up, raise your chin, and lets look at some art.

Tonight, 6PM, The Tang

 

Free Cake for Every Creature Streams New Song on Stereogum

Written by Major Qwik on May 7th, 2014

It’s always cool when Skidmore-related bands get exposure on other sites. Wait, now that I think about it, does that ever happen? Well, now it has, so listen up. Free Cake for Every Creature has a new song entitled “Don’t Go Away” streaming on Stereogum as of today. For those of you who don’t know them, Free Cake for Every Creature is the bedroom pop/twee pop project of Katie Bennett ’13, who writes songs “full of awkward pauses and unassuming romanticism,” according to Stereogum writer James Rettig. She’s recruited some of her pals (Colin Manjoney ’13, Francis Lyons ’14, and Brandon Dyer ’15) for a full-band sound, and their releasing a tape (yeah, like a legit cassette) through Double Double Whammy records on June 10th.

If you've never talked to any of these guys before, it's probably because you're not cool enough.

If you’ve never talked to any of these people before, it’s probably because you’re nowhere near cool enough.

I’m pretty sure it’s still cool to go on Stereogum, and it’s always cool to support the work of your fellow Skidkids Skiddies people affiliated with this academic institution, so check out the song. And be sure to (a) mention to all your non-Skidmore friends that you knew about Free Cake for Every Creature way before they were on Stereogum and (b) mention to all your Skidmore friends that you went on Stereogum way before Free Cake for Every Creature was on it. Pretty Good comes out June 10th. Preorder it here if you feel like dishing out only $5 for some awesome mellow tunes pressed on some dead technology.