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Rochelle Calhoun to Become Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Rochelle Calhoun

You stay classy, Rochelle.

On June 14th, President Glotzbach announced via email to the Skidmore community that Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, has been named Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University, effective September 1, 2015.

At Princeton, Calhoun will collaborate with the Dean of the College and the Dean of the Graduate School while leading six units, including athletics, career services, religious life, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and university health services. She will head up a staff of more than 300 and responsibility for a budget of nearly $49 million to advocate for student needs while strengthening community and culture at Princeton. Click to continue »

The Skidmore Unofficial “Staff” Presents: Our New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Fuck parties. I know what I'm watching tonight.

Fuck parties. I know what I’m watching tonight.

And so we come to the end of yet another year, guys. Congratulations! You survived! Perhaps unscathed, perhaps not. But you survived. And not everyone can say the same. Is that tasteless? I don’t know. Death comes to us all in one way or another, so you should be used to it by now. Happy Holidays.

Maybe right now you’re wishing more than anything that you were back at Skidmore, preparing to ring in 2015 with a night off shitty-ness at the only place that’s ever felt like home. Maybe it feels strange getting drunk with a group of people who feel like strangers at this point in spite of how close you were to them only five years ago. But take comfort in knowing that you’re where you are today for a reason. Besides, if you were back st Skid right now, you’d know you’d just be one of many humanoids cramped in the Stable staircase, probably making out with your ex the second the clock struck twelve. And regardless of how much regret will instill itself into your 2015 existence, you don’t want to start things off that way. Trust your favorite step-uncle.

Anyway, we here at Skidmore Unofficial wanted to give you a taste of what to expect from us in 2015. Not so much goals for the site–ha, you think we have a plan here?–but more personal goals for ourselves, standards that we’ll hold ourselves to as we look toward a future of limitless possibility. It’s nearly 2015, after all. And if you’re anything like me, you were casually dropping homophobic slurs and listening to Three Days Grace only 8 years ago (not sure which one is worse, tbh), so progress is possible, friends.

So, without further ado, we present our New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Click to continue »

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!!!


Dean Calhoun Addresses Robert Gardner’s Arrest

Monday, August 18th, 2014

After we emailed her yesterday asking for a comment on the recent arrest (and alleged firing) of Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Dean of Students Rochelle Calhoun has responded and indicated that we will be hearing from President Glotzbach at some point this week. You can find her full response below. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to get in contact with Dean Calhoun or any other college official on the whole affair.

Dear Skidmore Unofficial,

Thank you for your e-mail and the opportunity to address your concerns.

The College did address the incident involving a former employee immediately.  What we did not do was to immediately inform the Skidmore community that we had addressed the incident as it related to our campus.  What I want you to know is that the College takes issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct very seriously.  It is the seriousness with which we view this issue that has shaped our planned response.  We have been working on a comprehensive response to the community.  Our response to this important issue includes:

  • a clear message from the President about our institutional values and expectations
  • a new website that brings together information about our  revised policies and resources (both on-and off-campus)
  • an announcement of a series of open forums where we can come together as a community to discuss issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct and our shared community values
  • an update to the community about the incident this summer

You can anticipate receiving a letter from President Phil Glotzbach this week. We have been working diligently for some weeks now to be ready to get a message out to our community before the beginning of the new academic year.  Once you receive the letter, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any suggestions or concerns.

I appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.  I hope that we will continue to be engaged together in this important dialogue.

All the best,

W. Rochelle Calhoun
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Letter From Rochelle Calhoun Further Addresses Grant Tragedy

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Minutes after hitting publish on our previous post about Susan Kress’ letter to students and faculty, Dean Of Student Rochelle Calhoun sent an email of her own (appended below) further addressing the tragic death of visiting Boston College Sophomore Alexander Grant.

Calhoun’s letter brings to the table some of the larger questions of responsibility and health that will no doubt play a major role in The College community’s response to this tragedy. Calhoun also explains that the College’s relative silence thus far stems from a struggle with how The College “can best honor the life of Alexander Grant, respect his untimely passing and yet speak authentically about the concerns that we all share when someone dies so tragically.” Calhoun continued, “We can’t help but wonder about how we will continue to foster the kind of caring community that sees as its foundation the pillars of health, safety, care and responsibility.”

A silent vigil will be held Thursday, March 10th at 5pm on Case Walkway.

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