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Outing Club Big Meeting TONIGHT

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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!

Tuesday, 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. 

Dr. Nagaraja Harshadeep to Present Environmental Studies Lecture

Monday, 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

Friday, 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. 

Psychology Professor Tim Kasser to Present Dowd Lecture Tomorrow

Tuesday, 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

SEC Presents: Big Show, Fall 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Hannibal Buress Avoiding Eye Contact

Hannibal Buress is performing at SEC Big Show 2015. Happy Monday.

When: October 2nd, Time TBD

Where: Williamson Sports Center, Skidmore College

Will I Actually Have to Spend Money: $5

Every fall semester, SEC hosts ‘Big Show’ in our friendly neighborhood gymnasium (apparently you can watch sport games there too). Big Show is always one of the grander, drunker, and more expensive events on campus, so everyone bitches and moans when it’s not what they want. The last several years have been dominated by music: Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson and Danny Brown, and Mayer Hawthorne were the big performers of the past three years. This fall, SEC is flipping the script and giving us comedy. Ha ha!

The headliner of this year’s Big Show will be Hannibal Buress, whose most recent projects include Broad City, 30 Rock, The Eric Andre Show, and Saturday Night Live for a hot second. In addition, he also had a hell of a standup set where he famously commented on Bill Cosby’s recent infamy. Here he is singing while dressed as Morpheus.

Opening for Buress will be a comedy act that is currently TBD.

Just out of pure curiosity, let us know what you think. We have our opinions over here at Skid Unofficial, but the campus’ are much more important. Please express your pleasure or distaste for SEC – we love your snarky critiques of Campus institutions.

Audience Note: Contrary to what happened at Tig Notaro’s standup set at last year’s ComFest, if a comedian calls you out during a performance it is NOT an invitation to plug your SoundCloud, LinkedIn, or Twitter handle. Spare us all the toe-curling cringe.

Auditions Tonight!

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
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If I hear that cups song one more time

If you think you’re funny or fancy yourself the next Josh Groban (ew), auditions are happening Sunday, September 13. TONIGHT.

Skidomedy Auditions

6:00 PM @ Falstaffs

Bandersnatcher Auditions

7:30 PM @ Filene

* If you don’t know where these places are located yet I suggest you ask someone that’s not wearing a lanyard or run a quick lap around Perimeter Rd asap. We’ll be sure to let you know about more events tomorrow.

In Honor of Our New Freshmen: An SU Classic

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

If only they knew…

Originally posted in the Skidmore Unofficial Freshman Orientation Guide 

The Official Unofficial Guide to Making It Through Your First Skidmore Fall Alive:

Hey, Freshmen, We wrote you an orientation guide to help you slide smoothly into the world of post-adolescent responsibility. Before you read it, make sure you play a name game or two.  Get it?  You probably had to play so many name games this week. Ha ha! Anyway, we hope this helps you get even more oriented and we hope you have fun at Skidmore. Make sure to sharpen your pencils and wear your fancy clothes because if you don’t present yourself as a well-dressed and academically serious student from the get-go you will remain lonely until the day you graduate and be socially under-prepared for the rest of your life. Enjoy!


In college, we have a saying. It goes: Beer before liquor, get drunk quicker. Liquor before beer, you’re a queer. Or something like that. I don’t know. Sayings are hard to remember. The point is, you’re going to get drunk and you’re going to puke. A lot. Don’t worry though, somebody else will clean it up for you. Also, that’s a good way to make friends. “Hey, are you cleaning up puke? Did you know that’s my puke?” “Oh, cool. I’m Jeffrey. Want to play video games?” That’s pretty much how it goes. We have another saying too. It goes: Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. You can do anything in college and blame it on being drunk.Literally. Anything.

Anonymous Confession Board:
SkidmoreUnofficial.com has an Anonymous Confession Board (ACB) where you can talk about how you have a crush on Lucas Frank or complain about your roommate’s odors. Have you seen Ghostbusters II? The ACB is like the river of pink slime that runs underneath the city and makes everyone feel unpleasant feelings. If you post on it, please try to be nice. We reserve the right to delete anything for pretty much any reason. We’re not sure how we feel about the ACB, but people tell us it’s an enormous waste of time, so we keep it around. Maybe someday some people will get married because of one of the missed connections posts. Probably not. Please be nice.Runners Up: Adderall, Absences, Arson, Anal, Alpine, Apathy

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On the SEC Agenda

Monday, September 7th, 2015


Lucius 'Wildewoman' Album Art

Lucius’s  ‘Wildewoman’ Album Art

Welcome back! Before Case walkway becomes a clusterfuck of neon, mark your calendars with this semester’s SEC events. Here’s what’s in store:

September 7

(That’s tonight) – PSYMON SPINE and CANDY AMBULANCE. 8 pm, South Park Green. Skidmore’s own Psymon Spine and Saratoga’s Candy Ambulance (a 3 piece, self described indie-alt-punk band) will be playing to kick off the (academic) year. Things to look forward to: Psymon Spine’s vinyl release on 9/17.


September 18

LUCIUS. Outside the Tang. Time TBD. Indie, Brooklyn-based band. They’re currently touring with The Decemberists, and their ‘Wildewoman’ album single-handedly runs my car stereo.

Oct 2

BIG SHOW. Check SU in the next day or two for details on the headiner. Sorry, I’m an asshole… But it’s worth hype.

Oct 24

SAN FERMIN. Eight-pieced, Brooklyn-based band who have opened for the likes of the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. Their self-titled debut album came out in 2013, with Lucius contributing on vocals. Their sophomore album ‘Jackrabbit’ dropped in April of 2015, and you can listen to it here…


That’s what’s on the calendar so far. In addition, SEC is hoping to do at least one show a month in the newly re-vamped Falstaffs. The new space will host will new musical acts and hopefully bring back some alumni bands as well. As goes the theme, we can only hope that they will all hail from Brooklyn. In addition, Lively Lucy’s tends to bring in both local and Skidmore bands, so there will be no shortage of music this semester. Now, back to arranging your polaroids.