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Falstaff’s Operating Committee Hosts Open Forum

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Free good and megaphones.

Do you enjoy Falstaff’s and all the debauchery events that go on in there? Do you think it’s all sorts of lame and could be a fuck-ton better?

Well, if you fall into either of these categories, the Falstaff’s Operating Committee wants to hear from you! This Wednesday (that’s tomorrow night), the FOC will be hosting an open forum in the Spa to allow students to voice their opinions on how the space can be better utilized to serve the Skidmore community. There will also be free cookies and drinks.

Falstaff’s sometimes gets a bum rap, but it’s actually a pretty great space that has a lot of potential, provided students show the initiatives to use it in the right ways. And recently reactivated Falstaff’s Operating Committee has put in some good work to reinject some prestige into the space. So help them out by going to the Spa at 6:00 tomorrow and sharing your thoughts!

Open Forum on New Student Constituion

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Anything that enables me to win gift cards to Chipotle can’t be all bad, right?

Tomorrow night in Davis, SGA will host an open forum on the new, recently-approved student constitution, where they will highlight major changes in addition to opening things up for questions and discussion.

The purpose of the new constitution has been described as follows:

This document is written for one purpose: to establish a new structure of student representation that allows student representatives to be more accessible and responsive to what you need from your College. It will allow SGA to more effectively do its job of creating programs and supporting the policies that build our vibrant campus life.

Curious about what exactly that will look like? Me too.

Voting for the official ratification of the new constitution begins online March 5th, when students will be asked to cast the ultimate vote on whether or not this document will in fact replace the old constitution. You might be unsure as to how exactly this affects your life and your experience at this college, in which case you should certainly head over to Davis between 8:30 and 9:30 and get informed.

Open Forum on Divestment THIS WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Important shit is important.

This Wednesday, the Skidmore College Task Force on Divestment will be holding two open forums at 1:00pm and 5:30pm in Gannett. The purpose of this forum is best described by the Facebook event:

Following the release of the Phase I Report, the Task Force on Divestment is holding Open Forums for the community, both to answer questions about the report’s contents, and to get substantive input from all members of the Skidmore community about their attitudes, feelings, and opinions concerning divestment.

You can access the report here.

This is important. Divestment is a complex and multi-layered issue. Divestment will effect the endowment of Skidmore. It will also reflect the values of Skidmore. Although many colleges and institutions have divested or pledged to divest, it may not be the right choice for our school. Read the report and educate yourself before attending the open forum. Showing up and saying “but the Eaaaarrrthhhh maaaaan” will help no one. With that said, attending the open forum is also a great opportunity to become educated about the issue.

Hope to see you in Gannett at 1:00pm and/or 5:30pm on Wednesday! Do it for your kids.

Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Open Forum (11/12)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

You should go.

This Wednesday (11/12) in Gannett, the Advisory Council on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct will hosting an open forum on the college’s new Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct policy (which can be read here) from 7:30 to 9:00pm. The Advisory Council is looking for student input on any concerns, suggestions, or other thoughts on the policy–or simply on how to address and prevent sexual and gender-based misconduct at Skidmore.

Come by for some of it. Come by for all of it. Just come by, because this applies to all of us.

REMINDER: Community Dialogue is Still a Buzzword

Monday, September 15th, 2014

In approximately two hours, Rochelle Calhoun will kick off a week of events hosted by the administration designed to make you (yes, you) feel more informed and involved in this little community we call Pleasantville Skidmore. All joking aside, the campus Advisory Council is hosting the first of three dialogues on the revised Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct policy today in Davis at 4pm.  Click here to read the new policy and peruse the rest of the Sexual Misconduct site, which the administration unveiled in light of the Robert Gardner arrest.

If you can’t make the dialogue this afternoon there will be a second open forum on Wednesday Oct. 8th at 12:00pm in Gannett. If you can’t make that one, then there will be another held on Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30pm in Davis. So your excuses for not attending are dwindling pretty quickly.

In addition to these dialogues, FDR-wannabe Phil Glotzbach is opening up his office to the community this Wednesday Sept. 17 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Even if you have nothing to complain about, stop by and say wassup to your esteemed President.  Of course, this is assuming you can find his office on the fourth floor of Palamountain.

Finally, this Friday the 19th at 3:30pm in Zankel, Pg and SGA President Addison Bennett will be presenting the State of the College Address, which I didn’t know was a thing.  If it’s anything like the State of the Union address, it’s sure to be filled with lies and disappointment.

And don’t forget, SGA elections are Thursday and Friday this week. Vote or die!!!


Op-Ed: What to Take Away From Today’s Open Forum with Cynthia Carroll

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

By Kelsey Nichols ’13

I was so inspired and so proud of the Skidmore community during today’s discussion after the open forum with Cynthia Carroll. For me, that was honestly the most well-spoken, intelligent, well-informed dialogue that I have been a part of during my four years at Skidmore. Enough people felt powerfully on this issue, whatever side they chose to be on, that the conversation never wavered from being educational and enlightening. We have a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and majors who have called Skidmore their home for four years (and those who have called it that for less) and that was visibly present at this discussion.

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Open Forum A Successful First Step

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Tonight’s SGA sponsored open forum on inclusiveness on the Skidmore campus was, I think it is safe to say, very successful. What became clear however was that the students at the meeting were by and large already involved and invested in the project of inclusion. And while at no point did it feel like anyone was preaching to the choir, the call to bring the discussion of issues of privilege and inclusion into common conversation was clear.

Students interested in continuing or following up with tonight’s talk are welcome to attended the newly revitalized Project Unity meetings Wednesday nights at 8pm in the ICC.

A Preview Of Tonight’s Open Student Forum?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

If you are soooo antsy for tonight’s ‘monumental’ open forum on inclusiveness at Skidmore that you literally cannot wait to begin reading and talking about those issues I suggest you make your way over to the comment section of this post and maybe this post.

You see, The Albany Times Union picked up and linked to our story about the letter of support written by a group of Skidmore professors which ended up bringing some ‘local talent’ to the comment section. If your interested in exactly how the crop of Saratoga residents with a predisposition to internet commenting are handling the situation those comments are a worthy read. See you at 8pm!