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Op-Ed: East Avenue Rape Updates and the Campus Response

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Ed. Note – I would assume that a headline about “rape” is probably sufficient, but I’ve been advised to include a “Trigger Warning” anyway.

Allow me to be serious for a moment.

There have been a few developments in the the ongoing scandal over the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s huge mishandling of the September 1 rape investigation. Last Friday, Lucian McCarty wrote a post on his City Desk blog at The Saratogian calling attention to comments made by Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen, the city official who—along with Police Chief Chris Cole—made the final decision to withhold virtually all information related to the rape for over a month. Mathiesen has repeatedly engaged in shameless victim-blaming in an attempt to skirt responsibility, saying (once again) that “walking alone on a street at that time of night may not be advisable for a woman who is alone.”

Now, I’m all for common sense, but the irony of the Public Safety Commissioner telling the women of Saratoga Springs to take their lives and well-beings into their own hands is just a little too much to bear. The attitude is, essentially, “we can never, ever stop rape, so the only realistic thing to do is place the full burden of responsibility on you.”

Sage wisdom, ladies. You’d better padlock your door and crawl under the bed, because the Saratoga cops are too busy beating the shit out of random strangers in bar fights on Caroline Street to do their jobs and protect you.

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Op-Ed: Questions and Lessons From Middlebury

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

A kind tipster informed us about this fascinating little incident that recently caused a tempest over at Middlebury College.

So, a brief summary starting from the beginning…on October 12, in preparation for a visit from the Dalai Lama, a group of five students from the self-proclaimed “Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee” (DLWC) authored a fake press release and sent it to hundreds of students, faculty members, and members of the local press via email. The release (titled “Middlebury College Divests from War in Honor of Dalai Lama Visit”) averred to be from the College’s “Office of Communications.”

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Moorebid: A Tremendous Pain in the Ass

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

So at this point, SGA’s plan to charge $10 for a mere 800 Moorebid tickets has pretty much made the rounds across campus, so I won’t belabor it or anything. If you’re into sweating a lot and throwing yourself into freshmen, then I guess it sucks, but alas, life goes on.

Anyway, people are getting awfully pissed off on the Facebook page, and watching the SGA people jump through hoops to assuage the backlash is both entertaining and kinda sad, like watching a guy on stilts try to put out a grease fire. As a result, a rival Facebook group appropriately titled “Occupy Moorebid – Operation Case Center” became active a few days ago.

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Skidmore is the 43rd Best College in the Country and You Really Shouldn’t Care

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

In addition to having a freshman class that is the largest, most diverse in history, Skidmore was recently named number 43 on US News & World Report’s annual list of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. Cool, we moved up six spots since last year.

Every August, Skidmore either rises or falls in the rankings for weed, happiness, dorms, college radiobeing too expensive, blah blah blah, et cetera et cetera. The lists are completely inane and endless, and I’m surprised we haven’t been ranked on how quickly we ejaculate yet. Still, the organizations compiling these lists are supposed to be reputable and fair-minded, so there is the perception that the actual content is statistically sound; after all, just about every high school senior relies on them in some way while applying to college.

The fact is, rankings are absolutely pointless and tell us nothing about Skidmore itself because they are at once misleading, oversimplified, arbitary, and flawed.

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Skid News: “More Drinking on Campus Will Solve Problems”

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Eons ago in the 1980s, Falstaff’s held a bright future. Originally conceived as a campus bar to bring the students of Skidmore together, during planning and construction, the New York State drinking age was raised from 19 to 21. Rather than just enforce the new law, the Administration abandoned the bar plan and decided Falstaff’s would better serve the community as the weird, generally unappealing place it is now.

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