Yesterday evening, students came together to discuss, collectively, the racial injustice and discrimination on Skidmore’s campus and created a list of demands for the administration. This morning, the POCU staged a sit-in in front of Palamountain/Bolton and presented these demands.
This evening, the POCU will be creating a list of demands and suggestions for Skidmore’s administration. The union has also organized events through Saturday, which you can find above.
You can also add your voice via a Google Doc here.
If you are cognizant of the racism and discrimination that people of color face at colleges and universities and/or would like to make Skidmore a safer place for students of color, please do consider attending.
7:00 PM in Emerson
Yesterday night, three Skidmore students were struck by a drunk driver on Clinton Street. Michael Hedges, a first-year student, has passed away while two other students, Toby Freeman and Oban Galbraith, remain in intensive care. President Glotzbach’s remarks can be found here. There will be a campus gathering at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening.
We extend our thoughts to the students and families involved, as well as to the entire Skidmore community.
Speakers Bureau will host their fall keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Farmer on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in Zankel. A prominent physician and anthropologist, Farmer is the founder of Partners in Health, a global health organization, and serves as Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has also done extensive work in Haiti, i.e., he is better than Dr. Oz.
Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff and are available for FREE at the Zankel box office or the Case Desk.
“I knew of San Fermin before they came to Skidmore.” Yesterday in class, this scary thought entered my head. I don’t like when my hipster (asshole) shows.
The New Yorker has noted the band’s “epic and emotion-laden rock… glorious and operatic vocals, electronic break beats, horns, strings, and other flourishes.” For those of us who have no musical sensibility, take these two lines from the song “Sonsick:”
Now I know it’s just another fuck, ’cause I’m old enough
Sell lies like they’re only drugs, here to pick me up
If the above doesn’t sum up my time here as a jaded, moderately attractive young woman at a leafy (dark) liberal arts college, I don’t know what does.
It’s guys too talented for their own good. It’s girls that take acapella too seriously. It’s San Fermin. And it’s tomorrow night at Zankel.
For the Facebook event, click here.
Saturday, October 24th at 7 PM
Tonight through October 28th, you have the chance to see Our Town in the JKB’s Black Box theater. Now, you might be thinking to yourself one of two things:
1) “OH OUR TOWN, SO GLAD TO SEE THE THEATER DEPARTMENT JOINING LITERALLY EVERY OTHER THEATER EVER/MY HIGH SCHOOL IN PUTTING ON A SHOW THAT EVERYBODY WHO HAS BEEN TO SEE A PLAY BEFORE HAS ALREADY SEEN.”
2) “Bro, what the FUCK is Our Town?”
Regardless of where you are on this spectrum, check it out because it means a lot to a lot of people and it’s being directed by a straight-up MADMAN (avant-guarde director Phil Soltanoff) who the last time he was at Skidmore made a group of puppets actors mime the whole Death of a Salesman movie (you know, that one you probably watched in high school) on stage for two hours with the movie playing in the background. And if that’s not theater, I don’t know what i–wait, is that theater? Fuck it, the show is two hours and there’s still time to go out drinking after.
“Our Town” runs from October 22nd through October 28th. Performances are at 8pm except the Sunday matinee (2pm). To reserve seats, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439, email email@example.com, or go to their Facebook page.
Artist and poet Joshua Beckman has been at the Tang this week leading “site-specific explorations in poetry and performance responding to the landscape, architecture, history, and creatures of Saratoga Springs. Lunchtime poetry readings/performances will include readings from poems in progress and making improvised poems while walking through the landscape.” If making improvised poems while painting with all the colors of the wind is your thing, go to this. I saw him in the Spa yesterday and he looked vaguely freaked out/chill.
His last reading will be tomorrow, Thursday, October 15 at 12:30 at the Tang.
It’s the time of year again (specifically Friday, 9pm Gannett) when The Sketchies, The Ad-Libs and Skidomedy perform for your cash. Because as my dad always says, it’s not prostitution if someone’s laughing.
Why? Because Comfest. Next to a summer class on Miley Cyrus, and a poo joke from Colbert, this is the only Skidmore event we’re actually proud to be famous for and with good reason. Besides curbing our crippling Seasonal Affect Disorder for a couple days, this February festival brings together college comedy groups from across the country as well as headlining acts like Tig Notaro, Harvard Sailing Team, UCB All-Stars, Derrick Comedy, Tim Meadows, I could go on, but the New York Times already has.
There’s a live auction after the performance where the comedians “get weird,” but don’t worry, we plebs get to get in on the laughs too. All the money goes to the festival and the auction is consistently pretty fun/ny.
Past auction items have included:
- Shaving a comedian’s handlebar mustache
- A phone call with a comedians mom
- A comedian will make a scene at the time of your choosing
- Singing telegram
- Any two comedians making out (almost always two dudes, because apparently that’s funny)
- And my personal favorite a $5 bill.
Word is they will be raffling off the very first ComFest weekend pass (usually valued at a whole $20.00 and sold out within hours of going on sale).
First three (as in triple, of triple threat) of the school’s comedy group’s will perform 10-15 minute sets.
In my experience, Skidomedy will probably serve up some high concept funny poop jokes. With a male majority, they have a sort of bro-ey cool kid vibe that tends to exhibit big characters and premises meant to show off their talented members more than their highly varied writing. Their most famous Triple Threat set included killing off one of their freshman members, and frankly I was as shocked as anyone that people cared about freshmen. MVP Set: Skidomedy Comfest 2014
The Adlibs, comprised mostly of Skidomedy members, is the only improv group featured on Friday. They always impress with quick witted one-liners, extremely attractive members (Skidmore Compliments knows what’s up) and a goofy wavelength of humor that they all seem to be on that we’re not, which is why we are not in the group, despite consistently adequate auditions. MVP set/only set available online for Adlibs: 2014 Comfest
Finally, we have The Sketchies, or as a drunk S.O. reviewer once put it “what fresh hell awaits us?” You’ve probably seen their all-black outfits and thought “why is a high school devised theater troupe is on our campus?” #showmanship. But their dark outfits are matched only by their darker comedy. This female majority group (in reverse ratio to Skidomedy—it’s not a competition but like Bridesmaids) usually starts sketches with with laaaydies lolling, but the Sketchies manage to pull unexpected punched and satirize gender and equality with vocal fry and grindlines—which are clearly more for them than they are for us. MVP Video: Cult Kickstarter
TL;DR Bring cash and go to Triple Threat. Drink until it’s funny Responsibly.
Senior Editor in Graphics, Graham Roberts will give his lecture, “Seeing is Believing: Journalism at the New York Times” on Thursday, October 15. The event is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and will be hosted by Speakers Bureau.
Roberts’s work has been recognized by the Emmy’s, the Peabody Awards, and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards, among others.
You can check out his portfolio here.
Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in Gannett.