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17th Annual Academic Festival (4/29)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
This could be you!

This could be you!

Tomorrow, April 28 from 9:00-4:20, the college will hold its 17th annual Academic Festival, an all-day event showcasing student achievement from nearly every department on campus.

I know you probably hear this shit and think “yo that sounds boring as fuck and classes are over,” but if you check out the schedule of events (you should), you’ll see that there’s actually a lot of cool projects going on. I won’t be featured, because I suck. But odds are some of your pals/classmates will be presenting some of the work they’ve been doing for the past semester/year.

Here’s a small sampling of some projects you can check out tomorrow:

  • “Stubborn Grapes: The Globalization of the French Wine Industry”
  • “Repurposing America’s Pastime: A Study of the Off Track Thoroughbred Programs in Saratoga Springs”
  • “The Modern Presidency and the Dynamics of American Political Regimes”
  • “A Sisterhood of Song: A Celebration of Literary Women in Music”
  • “Harry Potter and the Economics of Wage Discrimination”
  • “‘No Country But My Body:’ Dressing and Addressing the Female”
  • “Gender at Play: The Relationship between Social Integration and Self-Image Among Division III College Athletes”

Fuck. And I could go on. Every once in a while you get some proof that people do more at this school than complain about the smoking policy (still bullshit, even though it doesn’t do jack-shit) and Yik Yak about Stables never happening anymore, so swing by Academic Festival tomorrow.

The festivities begin at 9:00am (earlier than I’ve woken up all semester) and will run until 4:20. What perfect timing!

Get it? Weed.

Some (Maybe?) Helpful Hints for Fun Day 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015
Lest we forgot what the sky looked like on Fun Day last year.

Lest we forgot what the sky looked like on Fun Day last year.

Fun Day is tomorrow.

That’s really all there is to it, but while we have you here, let’s talk about it a little bit. Maybe you’re a seasoned pro by now. Maybe you’ve never experienced this sextravaganza (not a typo). Either way, it’s never too late/early to get some tips on how to get the most (or least) out of the coldest funnest day of the year. Because here at SkidUnofficial, we make mistakes so YOU don’t have to!

Obviously you’re going to make most of your Fun Day plans around your pals and how early they decide to get basic on the fourth floor of JoTo. But it’s worth thinking about the cornerstone of Fun Day…

No, not I’m not talking about pot (haha did you know there’s weed at this school?). I’m talking about the bands! Err…I mean the bands and DJs! Both! Both are equally valued on this site! Really! Honest!

Here’s the running order as of right now.

12:00 – Salmon of Knowledge
12:50 – Queen Ambrosia
1:40 – Trash Johnson
2:30 – Los Elk
3:20 – Karate
4:10 – Dope Mosely

See a band you wanna catch? Then make sure to drag your buds over to the green and soak up the tunes. What’s that? They’re not budging?! Fuck ’em! You can catch them later once they’ve done the dirty work of finding a place to lay the blanket.

But enough from me! Let me hand it over to some of my esteemed colleagues for them to share their endless bounty of wisdom.

Charmander:

It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Don’t be that person who passes out at 3pm only to wake up at 5 with a hangover so terrible it will awaken Lucy Scribner herself. Just let the day happen and the good time will roll along.

Dr. Spaceman:

Be whimsical as fuck, in both looks and spirits: if you ever publicly scorned those sexy pierced hula-hooping girls but secretly wanted to be them, Fun Day is your chance. Break out your lacy bralette and flower crowns or just go naked. Fun Day welcomes you as you are. Honestly, unless you intentionally try really hard to fuck things up, it will inevitably be a fun day for everyone. Go on all the fun bouncy rides–the grace period for it being socially acceptable to act like a kid is running out (unless you’re a freshman, in which case I hate you because I am a bitter washed-up senior), so take advantage while you can. Just enjoy everything around you, don’t fret about whether or not you look weird or if your crush is there or if you think you see your professor (I promise, you don’t [Executive Editor’s note: I saw mine last year]). Seriously, just be happy to be in the moment and check yo worries at the Case door.

Shifting into Mom Mode: If you’re going to be drinking that day, PLEASE take advantage of the food available. I didn’t my freshman year, and let’s just say I left a little gift near the Burgess tables. (Puke. The gift was puke.). Also, seriously, wear some fucking sunscreen. I know not everyone is as pale as me (OMG!!! I just gave my identity away! Hahahah just kidding, everyone at this school is a porcelain-white girl), but when you are drunkenly lying in the sun for like 5 hours, you WILL get burnt. Get turnt, don’t get burnt. No matter what the weather, I guarantee a Fun Day for all or your tuition money back (just kidding, Glotzbach needs the infinite tuition money for lifeblood).

Major Qwik:

There’s no shame in calling time-out and taking a break from the festivities. You might say that you’re going to see every band/DJ’s setlist, but odds are that probably won’t happen. Be realistic. Take care of yourself. If you’re hungry, head to dhall. If you need to load-up on water, head back to your dorm with a pal and have a h2h featuring vulnerability you never knew you had and will likely never see again. Now, of course, by “water” what I really mean is  MALIBU MALIBU ALL DAY WOOOO YOU ARE YOUNG AND IT IS FRESHMAN YEAR AND DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS?

(No, it doesn’t. You’ve peaked.)

Anyway, the point is that the aforementioend whimsical hula-hoopers will still be there when you get back. This shit really does go on for a while. So don’t worry about missing “the best part” while on your break. The whole day is the best part! Unless you don’t get the sunglasses. Then it’s best just to pack up before something really bad happens. Oh, and if you DO get sunglasses, don’t fall asleep with them on.Basic shit, but you’ll think your Uncle Qwik later. The weather app on my iPhone currently has a sun icon for Saturday, so it WILL be out for the majority of the day, presumably (as opposed to the 15 glorious minutes it was out for last year).

And another thing: don’t pull any of that “I’m just going back to my dorm to take a quick name then I’ll wake up RARIN’ TO GO” shit. That’s not going to happen. If you fall asleep on Fun Day, you won’t wake up. No, I don’t mean you’ll die (though for fuck’s sake don’t do that either). I mean you won’t wake up until Fun Day is over. And if that’s the case, well, you might as well have died.

Oh, and if you find yourself thinking “Well golly, this girl/guy sure is cute, let’s lickity-split and go to my SUPER SECRET SEMI-PUBLIC SEX SPOT” at any point past 2:00, don’t bother. It’s more than likely that your super secret semi-public sex spot isn’t all that super secret, and at least two other couples (or triads? Fun Day, remember?) will already be bumpin’ uglies. So unless you feel like negotiating the space (sharing is caring, after all), I suggest you get more creative or just have sex in a dorm like the good Christian boy/girl you know yourself to be.

Hannibal Burgess:

“Fun Day is the only day where if you don’t look like an idiot, you look like an idiot.”
–Ghandi

And if you haven’t found that interesting enough, here’s 14 fun facts about Robin Adams! The more you know. (Edit: The link is down. But here’s his website in case you still need to fill your RA quota for the week!)

Weekend Distractions CXXXVIII

Friday, April 17th, 2015

FRIDAY:
7:00pm – Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
9:40pm – Friday Night Stand-Up @ SPA
10:00pm – Pulse Pep Rally 2015 @ Davis
10:45pm – The Sketchies Present: “What Party?” @ Gannett

SATURDAY:
12:00pm – Earth Day Music Festival @ South Green
1:00pm – Senior Recital: Emily Przysinda @ Zankel
2:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
4:00pm – Jenny Kim Piano Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Voyages: A Senior Trombone Recital by Sam Kastner @ Zankel
8:00pm – Spring Dance Concert @ Dance Theater
8:30pm – Skidprov Presents: Animal House @ Filene
9:00pm – Accents Reunion Jam @ Wilson
9:30pm – ACA Presents: Poetry & Comedy @ SPA
9:30pm – Skidmore Theater Friends Reception & After Party @ JKB
10:00pm – Treblemakers Present: Space Jam ft. NYU Vocaholics @ Filene

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Community Garden Work Party @ Community Garden
7:00pm – Senior Recital: Hannah Lipton @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

Skidmore Theater Department Presents: Friends Reception & After Party

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Anyone remember Panic! at the Disco's second album? This poster reminds me of that.

Anyone remember Panic at the Disco’s second album?

This Saturday, April 18th at 9:30pm in the JKB Theater, Skidmore College Theater will host its annual friends reception and after party to celebrate their donors and patrons, as well as their past season and the work they’ve been doing in the JKB.

Following the 8pm performance of Blood Wedding, there will be a circus-themed reception/party in the JKB lobby–featuring a photo booth, free food/drinks catered by Putnam Market, and exhibitions of “students’ hidden talents and rare oddities on spectacular display.” Party admission is free, but if you present your ticket for the 8pm Blood Wedding performance, you get a free raffle ticket. Wow!

In addition, there will also be performances in the black box by Hardy? (formerly known as The Hardy Boys) and The Salmon of Knowledge.

SGA to Present ‘It’s Happening Here’ Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Poster design by Dipesh KC.

This Wednesday and Friday, the It’s Happening Here campaign will be holding a two-part lecture series to “raise awareness about how students, faculty and staff and join together to combat sexual and gender-based misconduct at Skidmore.”

On Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30pm in Davis, Tim Mousseau will be giving a lecture entitled “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation.” A Sexual assault survivor, Mousseau is an active voice on college campuses in educating students about leadership and empowering them to take a stand against sexual assault. Be sure and check him out on Twitter.

On Friday, April 17th at 3:30pm in Davis, Liz Seccuro will be giving a lecture entitled “Social Media & Sexual Violence: How Technology Helps & Harms Students & Campuses.” Seccuro is a victim’s rights advocate and author of the memoir Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice. You can find her on Twitter, as well as her website.

All these events seem both interesting and incredibly relevant to the current landscape of social activism in fighting sexual and gender-based misconduct, so we highly suggest you attend one (or both) of the lectures and support the great work SGA and many members of the community are doing.

Realign: A Painting & Performance by Becca Baruc

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Sexy.

This Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00pm in the Payne Room of the Tang, Becca Baruc ’15 will present Realign, a painting and performance to be created tomorrow night for the first time ever!

Realign presents a new, large-scale painting and performance by Baruc that reflect the culmination of her work this semester. Baruc creates her sculptural paintings by crumpling and crushing the canvas before expanding it back out and painting “straight” lines on it. Audience members will be invited to move around the room and explore the painting from different vantage points. Then a short performance by the artist will follow, further exploring themes such as perspective, balance, and imperfection.

Said canvas is currently in the process of being made in Case Gallery–so you can stop by to take a look at it this very moment–after which it will be moved to the Tang and completed before the 7:00pm performance. After the performance, the painting will be returned to Case Gallery, where it will hang until April 18.

Realign is part of a larger series of paintings and performances by Baruc on Skidmore campus this semester. In process is an installation for the entry hall of the Dana Science Center–to be completed late April–and a painting that will be a part of an Independent Study in Dance by Anastasia Eckerson ’15, on view in the Art Building, Room 308, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm, and Friday, April 24 at 6:00 pm.

The performance is set to begin at 7:30, and there will be food beforehand, so be sure and arrive early to grab some goodies before catching what’s sure to be a killer show. Also, you might remember Becca Baruc from our coverage of ComFest 2015, which she co-produced. She’s also an American Studies major and a member of the Ad-Libs. And she’s performing in this week’s Friday Night Stand-Up. Whoa! What the fuck can’t she do?

LINE Release Party at the Tang (4/8)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Fucking yeah.

Thursday, April 9th, the Tang will be hosting the release party for this year’s issue of LINE, Skidmore’s art review magazine. The release party will feature free food and copies of the magazine, as well asperformances by Katherine Anzola ’17, Reece Robinson ’18, Bree Hassell ’18, Phoebe Radcliffe ’18, and the Skidmore Jazz Ensemble  (feat. Ian Bakerman ’15, Jack Mullin ’17, Danny Pravder ’16, Jake Ratkevich ’16, and Anna Smith-Sargent ’17).

The event will run from 5-7pm in the Tang. Be sure to check out the Facebook event, which features sneak peaks of some of the art featured in this year’s magazine. SkidNews also recently did a club profile on LINE, which you can read here to learn more about the magazine and what goes into making it.

Cabaret Troupe Presents: ‘Urinetown’ (4/2-4/4)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Dope logo.

Tonight, April 2nd, Cabaret Troupe will premiere their production of Mark Hollmann’s Urinetown, which will run until this Sunday, April 4th.

A Tony-Award-winning musical, Urinetown takes place in a society where corporate control has made it “a privilege to pee.” “Urinetown raises the question of how to properly respond to a crisis,” says director Cal Lane ’16. “While it may seem like none of the characters know what they’re doing, they are not stupid. In fact they are so motivated by a singular passion that they simply can’t see anyone else’s viewpoint.”

Performances are this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9April 2-4) all at 7pm in Filene Auditorium. The show is entirely free and student-run. It looks like Cab Troupe’s really come a long way since their legendarily atrocious production of Cabaret, so be sure to stop by and check out the show.

Jason Houle to Discuss “Student Loan Debt and the Pursuit of the American Dream”

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Photo by Eli Burakian

Dartmouth College scholar and sociologist Jason Houle will present a talk entitled “A Generation Indebted: Student Loan Debt and the Pursuit of the American Dream” Thursday night, April 2nd, at 7pm in Davis Auditorium.

Organized by Assistant Professor of Sociology Andrew Lindner, Houle’s talk will discuss the causes and effects of outstanding student debt, which he writes “[currently] totals $1.3 trillion and has doubled since 2007, surpassing credit card debt.”

“Student loan debt has risen rapidly over the past several decades, and today the average young adult can expect to leave college with nearly $25,000 in debt,” Houle also says. “In this talk, I summarize the sociological literature on student loan debt among the current generation and explore the causes of the rise in student loan debt, the immediate and long-term consequences of debt, and what can be done about it.”

Houle is a sociologist interested in social disparities in mental health and well-being, processes of social stratification and mobility, and life course sociology. His work has been featured in New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Pacific Standard CNBC/NBC News, InsideHigherEd.com, and Al Jazeera. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2011 to 2013. He joined the faculty at Dartmouth College as an assistant professor of sociology in July 2013. He also brews a killer Belgian IPA, apparently.

SkidNews and Folio Co-Host Student Reading (4/2)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The password will be “Palomino.”

This Thursday night at 9pm, Skidmore News and Folio will be teaming up to bring you “Speakeasy,” an evening of student readings in Wilson Chapel. Is your heart heavy with forlornness over that best friend you’ve been crushing on since your “Can Literature Save the Environment?” Scribner Seminar with whom it will simply never ever be? Then sign up to read that poem you wrote about him/her and invite him/her to the reading! This is the chance you’ve been waiting for! There’s less than two months in the semester! It can be something like this really shitty movie.

Or if you’d like to sit, listen, laugh, sob, and maybe roll your eyes when appropriate, that’s great too! Real talk, this is a great opportunity. For creative writers, there’s approximately zero opportunities to read original work of any sort (we all know no one goes to Lively Lucy’s Open Mics for anything besides Bon Iver covers anyway), so there should be lots of good shit coming to the surface from your peers. Plus there will be refreshments as well!

If you’re interested in reading some original work, contact Cara Dempsey at cdempsey@skidmore.edu or Nicole Smith at nsmith@skidmore.edu with your name, contact info, and a 2-3 sentence bio. They ask that all readings be under 5 minutes long, so make sure you time that shit and don’t be that guy who goes on and on. I don’t care if you’re this generation’s Toni Morrison: I’m a millennial and my attention span is the length of a fucking millipede.

Find out more info on the Facebook event page.