Wafflefest TONIGHT at 8:00!

Written by Major Qwik on December 14th, 2014

Nothing you eat at Wafflefest will look like this.

Do you want to enjoy a meal without having to lie your way swipe in to dhall? Then swing by your only favorite dining hall between 8:00 and 11:00 tonight for Wafflefest, co-sponsored by yo’ waffle daddies on SGA’s Committee on Student Life and Dining Services!

If you’re (still) new here, Wafflefest is a beloved tradition here at Skidmore. You know, like Fun Day. Or complaining about not getting into Wesleyan (did I make that joke already??), but with more waffles. Lots more waffles. And dessert pizza. And doughnuts. And salad–if you, like me, are trying to keep an eye your carb intake.

It’s totally free to all students. But the line is always hella long, so you should definitely show up before 8:00 or have one of your pals keep you posted on what the line looks like. And it will be insanely packed, so have one of said pals grab you a seat. And it’ll be noisy. Real noisy. Utter chaos. Los Elk will probably be playing.

To be honest, it’s a super stressful experience (ever seen Full Metal Jacket?) but you really can’t say no to free food, and it’s kind of a rite of passage. Plus this is like the last “thing” going on this semester, so ring in the end of the semester (or beginning of finals, if you’re a masochist) with some comfort food. You’re gonna need it.

Just kidding.

(Editor’s Note: No he’s not.)

 

Headliners Announced for 2015 National College Comedy Festival

Written by Major Qwik on December 13th, 2014
You want it, you got it.

No Dane Cook, but I’ll probably go anyway.

The hype is over, or maybe it’s just beginning. The professional headliners for this year’s National College Comedy Festival have been announced, and boy is it gonna be a steamy one.

In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), comedy has this whole “scene” to it, like music and film and shit. There’s this whole layered culture surrounding it: you have your popular mainstream stuff, you have your well-but-not-super-well-known comedians, and then you have your up-and-coming comedians. And they have, like, schools you can go to and shit. And ComFest usually does a really solid job of bringing a variety of comedians at different levels of success and popularity–in addition to some great college groups.

So if you’re into comedy (or want/claim to be into it), read on and learn more about this year’s lineup (which should make for one fuck of a show) so you can have one more thing to be pretentious about. Click to continue »

 

2015 ComFest Headliners To Be Announced This Friday (11/12)

Written by Major Qwik on December 10th, 2014
Ready yourself.

Ready yourself.

That’s right. It’s almost here, lovers of funny. No, not ComFest itself. That’ll be early next semester, which at this point–what with your seemingly insurmountable pile of work that you probably have yet to put a dent in–probably seems like a couple lifetimes away. I’m talking about the announcement for the ComFest headliners!

For those of you who don’t know, the National College Comedy Festival is a huge comedy festival founded and hosted by Skidmore that brings together some of the best college comedy groups from across the country, as well as both established and up-and-coming professional acts. Past ComFest headliners have included the Upright Citizens Brigade, BriTANicKTJ & Dave, Kate Berlant, Rory Scovel, the Improvised Shakespeare Company, Derrick Comedy, and loads of others. Those names might not really mean anything to you, but they’re huge names in the realm of comedy.

The headliners for this year’s ComFest (Feb. 13-14) will be announced via the festival’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. (Wow! So many social media options! Free market! Laissez-faire! USA! We really oughta torturing people for information!) So follow those sites and keep your ears/eyes posted for the announcement and information on the professional acts (they better have some women in there, because this is the 21st century, and we’re all well aware of the fact that women are, in fact, funny).

Tickets for ComFest will go on sale early next semester, so also stay tuned for info on that. A video of last year’s first college show can be viewed below, which also contains a link to the second night.

 

Last Days of Classes/Study Days/Finals Week Distractions

Written by Executive Editor on December 9th, 2014

This is it, folks. You’ve been promising your pals that you’d go to their shit all semester, and you’ve been successfully avoided it for the past three months. But it’s time to pay the Pied Piper of Acapella/Comedy/Performance-Club Guilt. And that fucker takes no prisoners. And you definitely don’t have any excuses this time around, because your pal knows you sure as hell weren’t doing work.

It’s also worth noting that attendance at many of these events will likely yield inclusion to an after party or two–which will maximize your opportunity to make moves on that one boy/girl before the semester ends and you go back to your hometown full-to-bursting with the regret that is exclusively tied to missed opportunities. In other words: You’re running out of time, so take a chance, motherfucker.

TUESDAY:
2:00pm – “I Can’t Breathe” Drop-in Session (2:00-7:00) @ ICC
8:00pm – SkidTV 2014 Fall Showcase @ Davis
8:00pm – Ujima Step Show @ Filene

WEDNESDAY:
12:00pm – WIB Pop-Up Shop @ Case
5:30pm – “Hope and Anger: The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond” @ Tang
6:30pm – Awkward Kids Finding Their Voice @ Gannett
7:00pm – The Accents go BROgue (Winter Jam) @ Davis
8:00pm – GUACAPELLA: The Skidmore Dynamics Winter Jam @ Gannett
8:30pm – “The Ad-Libs Save Camp” Improv Big Show @ JKB
9:30pm – Pulse Final Show @ Falstaff’s
10:00pm – The Bandersnatchers Present: Mourning Wood @ Filene

FRIDAY:
8:00pm – “The Houses We Build and Break” @ Falstaff’s

SATURDAY:
3:00pm – “The Houses We Build and Break” @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – “The Houses We Build and Break” @ Falstaff’s

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

 

Skidmore Featured in Chance the Rapper Tour Video

Written by Executive Editor on December 5th, 2014

Chance the Rapper has released a tour compilation video of his recent Verge Campus Tour entitled “SoXDay,” which features a guest appearance from a very (somewhat?) familiar sports field.

Check out the very beginning of the video below to see Chance arriving at Skidmore, watching a soccer game, and getting a hearty greeting from the Pulse van.

 

SEC Presents: Slow Magic & PSYMON SPINE (12/5)

Written by Major Qwik on December 5th, 2014

It’s like Deadmau5, but good.

Tonight at 9pm, everyone’s favorite lovingly unapproachable entertainment company will be presenting yet another deck Friday night show to begin this jam-packed weekend. Co-sponsored by SEC and Lively Lucy’s, Skidmore veterans of chill wave PSYMON SPINE, who have shaped up to be one of the semester’s most active and beloved bands, will be opening for Slow Magic, a killer electronic act who wears a fucking zebra mask.

Both bands are super rad, and Falstaff’s will be the place to be starting at 9pm. So take your favorite Uncle Qwik’s word for it and swing by. Maybe you’ll dance up to a whimsical girl with bangs (or a whimsical dude with that one haircut all the dudes at this school have now), who will then change your life forever with an evening you’ll never forget. And pressure you to try cocaine for the first time. But don’t do that. That happened to my friend in Belgium and it fucked him up real good. Don’t do drugs, even if it might involve you getting laid.

I don’t know, I just could see something like that happening at this show. Doors are at 9pm.

 

Unofficial Guide to Junior Ring (2014 Edition)

Written by Major Qwik on December 4th, 2014
Middle school me is going crazy right now.

Middle school me is going crazy right now.

This weekend marks the annual Junior Ring, presented by the Junior Class Council, featuring co-sponsoship by Late Night and Falstaff’s Operating Committee. Junior Ring is a staple of the Skidmore experience, and it comes at a perfect time in the–oh fuck it I give up on trying to make all these events seem important and like they serve a bigger purpose in the grand scheme of the Skidmore experience (whatever the shit that means).

Suffice it to say that Junior Ring is happening this weekend, and it’s theme is “World Tour.” Here’s the lowdown.

The weekend begins Friday night at 7pm with the annual Mr./Ms. Skidmore competion. Designed to be a mockery of beauty pageants (which have, at this point, been solidified among one of the world’s worst social constructs), Mr./Ms. Skidmore is a series of tasks/questions/sections that culminate in the winner being crowned as the next “Skidmore superstar.” It’s worth noting that people have to get nominated in order to compete, so you know that approximately 78% of the contestants will have been nominated by their friends as some sort of joke and are just doing it to be good sports.

Hosted by comedy duo Rey and Lemay, the evening is sure to be entertaining and filled with lots of moments that blur the ever-so-fine line between “this is funny and ironic” and “this is douchey and mastrubatory as all hell.” Someone will probably be wearing a dress. Some dude will probably lip sync or dance to Britney Spears or play an ironic folk cover of a trashy pop song (you totally won’t see it coming). But hey, it’s in the Spa, so it doesn’t get much easier to slip out once you see who you came to see and decide that you’ve seen enough skin to last you the winter.

Saturday night from 10pm-2am is the main event: the Junior Ring Dance. This year’s theme is “A Night in Paris,” and if you had as sexually repressed an adolescence as I had (see: still have), you certainly don’t need me to tell you why that name is so (un)fortunate. Seriously. Does anyone on the Junior Class Council have access to Google? This is why you don’t use Bing.

Anyway, the evening is just a dance in the Big Gym. Pretty similar to prom, if you had one of those or have yet to push it into to the darkest depths of repression. There will be “great music with a twist” (uh-oh), “French delicacies, and a vineyard.” So be sure to bring your campus event card if you have one (you don’t). Rumor has it that members of the Junior Class Council will be producing your wine by stepping on grapes with their bare feet and pouring it into a glass before your very eyes, but that has yet to be confirmed. There will also be a red carpet photo-op area. So be sure to look classy, get sloshed, and find a cutie to French with for the night (hahaha someone please find and smooch me so I don’t have to go home alone for the fourth year in a row).

Tickets can be purchased until tomorrow (Friday) at 5:00pm in Case for $8, and then at the door Saturday evening for $10. Find a cutie to bring for a date and get ready for a night you’ll never forget. Because you’ll never have remembered it in the first place.

Sunday morning will round out the weekend with a “Study Break in Spain.” There’s really not much else to say about that. Stop by Falstaff’s at noon to enjoy some soothing Spanish guitar, free espresso shots, and assorted desserts while you think about what you did last night. College, am I right?

There’s also other shit going on this weekend (it’s pretty packed, because a lot of clubs/groups are getting their last shows in for the semester, so check that out in our latest Weekend Distractions.

 

Weekend Distractions CXXX

Written by Executive Editor on December 4th, 2014

THURSDAY:
8:00pm – Lively Lucy’s Open Mic Night @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Student Panel on 2014 Hong Kong Protests @ Gannett
8:00pm – Skidmore Guitar Ensembles @ Zankel

FRIDAY:
5:00pm – Vigil for Tuğçe Albayrak @ Case Center
7:00pm – Junior Ring: Mr./Ms. Skidmore Goes to Vegas @ The Spa
7:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. Norwich
7:00pm – Skidmore Jazz Ensembles @ Zankel
8:00pm – Drastic Measures Winter Jam: Game of Tones @ Wilson Chapel
8:00pm – Winter Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
9:00pm – Sonnetteers Winter Jam @ Filene Hall
9:00pm – SEC Presents: Slow Magic & PSYMON SPINE @ Falstaff’s

SATURDAY:
4:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. St. Michael’s
5:00pm – Winter Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
8:00pm – The Treblemakers Present: Jamma Jamma Trebsilon @ Filene
10:00pm – Junior Ring Dance: A Night in Paris @ Williamson Sports Center

SUNDAY:

12:00pm – Junior Ring: Study Break in Spain @ Falstaff’s
2:00pm – “FFFem” Writing Workshop @ Library Viewing Room
2:00pm – Skidmore Wind Chamber Ensembles @ Zankel
4:00pm – Skidmore Wind Chamber Ensembles @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore String Ensembles @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

 

Otter Releases New Single: “Thieves”

Written by Executive Editor on December 4th, 2014

Photo by Gretchen Schwab ’14.

Skidmore music scene legends Otter (formerly known as Beardo, but that’s old news) have debuted their latest single, “Thieves,” which was recorded at their recent video shoot with Fireworks Production. This might be one of the best tracks the band has released, as it features tight four-part harmonies (seriously, everyone in this band sings), killer production, and a grooving solo from Matt Gaydar ’14.

Also included as a B-side is the most recent incarnation of the band’s live hit “Pocket Lips.” So be sure and give that a listen to see how the band has developed one of their classics.

Check the single out and download it (along with the bands previous material) on their Bandcamp page. The video from which the audio was lifted can be watched below.

 

Student Panel on 2014 Hong Kong Protests (12/4)

Written by Executive Editor on December 3rd, 2014
Presented by ISU.

Presented by ISU.

This Thursday, 12/4 at 7pm in Gannett, there will be a three-student panel on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which some are referring to as “The Umbrella Revolution.” Max Leblanc ’15, Winston Cheung ’16, and Tongtian Xiao ’18 will collectively “give an overview of the situation, their stances on the issue, and the complexities of China’s relationship with Hong Kong and other autonomous regions”–with a Q&A to follow.

In the wake of a national-scale protest concerning recent racially-charged events, it’s easy to forget the larger global context of civilian-driven protests, which this movement certainly falls in.

Side note: If you’re totally in the dark about what’s going on in Hong Kong, this article provides a nice overview of the issues surrounding the widespread protest about China’s controversial role in Hong Kong elections–as well as the historical context that the movement finds itself in. These articles also cover the potential future of the movement in the wake of several of its major figures turning themselves into the authorities to signal to student protestors that the movement may have run its course.

The panel will begin at 7pm, and is set to run for about an hour. So stop by Gannett with some questions to ask for the panelists. Or just learn something.