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NYS Assemblywomen Carrie Woerner on “The Politics of Leadership in New York State’s House of Cards”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

My sources tell me this will be less about prostitutes and murder than the title would lead you to believe.

Today at 6:00pm in Davis, the Office of Leadership Activities will be hosting a talk with NYS Assembly member Carrie Woerner, who will be sharing her experiences in in the New York State local political system. Don’t know who she is?

Check out an excerpt from her bio below.

Carrie Woerner is Vice President and General Manager of MeetMax Conference Software, a division of The Wall Street Transcript. She established the software division in Saratoga Springs in 2008 and has grown it at a rate of 30% annually, creating new jobs in Saratoga County. Ms. Woerner has worked in software for nearly 30 years at firms such as Dell/Perot Systems and IBM. From 2002-2008, she served as Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation; in that role she expanded membership and donations, published a walking tour guidebook, raised funds to restore the First Baptist Church and secured a $130,000 state grant to restore historic buildings in the Beekman Street Arts District. She founded the Historic Saratoga Race Track Preservation Coalition and successfully advocated for preservation protection in the 2008 legislation related to racing in New York State.

More info on Woerner and her career in politics can be read here.

If government, business, or politics happen to be one of your interests, this very well might be of interest to you. Woerner has done some pretty cool shit in the greater Saratoga community, so stop by Davis at 6:00pm today and come with questions about the realm of business or local politics–which seems to be the only place where anything is even being accomplished nowadays. And it’s not like it’ll cost you anything.

Skidmore Student Denied Entrance to Shitty Bar Due to “Dress Code Violation”

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Shit went down on Caroline Street this past weekend—and that’s not counting the reports of a potential predatory-drugging in an unnamed bar Friday night. Kevin Berry ’15 reports that he was denied entrance to Paddock Lounge on Saturday night due to a volition of the dress code–namely, wearing a headband.

Rather than trying to parse the details together and give this the illusion of an objective play-by-play, I’ll just quote Berry’s email to the management at Paddock, which he also posted as a Facebook status:

At the door, I held out my ID in my left hand to be scanned. The bouncer saw that, I, a gay man, had painted nails and gave me a once-over that made me feel like a piece of meat. He took my ID, scanned it, it went through, and said “You gotta lose the headband.” I was wearing a zebra striped headband to hold my hair back out of my face. I asked why and he said “the dress code.” … My friend…asked the bouncer why I couldn’t have my simple headband on and he said “gangs. The dress code.” I decided to leave, and a more managerial type bouncer appeared from below, and my friend Sophie asked him again and he said “the dress code.” I told the manager-type he didn’t have to worry because I was leaving, and he gave me a good shove on my way past him.


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Gangs. Right. Apparently zebra-print is the new red and blue.

Now, I’m well aware that this is only one report of the incident, and maybe some of you question the legitimacy of the account—as people are known when things like this go down. There’s no denying that the retelling of the account is emotionally charged. But there’s just no denying that the bouncer keeping Berry—who is of age—entering into some bar in downtown Saratoga Springs is really, really strange. You hear about people getting denied because of fakes (or what might look like a fake). You hear about people getting turned away because they’re shit-housed and acting like assholes outside the place. But you rarely hear about people getting denied because of violating “the dress code” at Paddock or any other bar on Caroline Street.

You know why? Because it’s not the fucking 21 Club.

But besides that, there’s still the glaring issue that the particular person rejected was a gay college student with painted nails who was wearing a zebra-striped headband. If you don’t see any potential for correlation between the two, then you’re woefully unaware of the culture perpetuated by douchebags like that bouncer, his manager, and many of the other fucks who frequent places Paddock.

Berry has emailed the management at Paddock, but has yet to receive word from them, which isn’t really surprising. In fact, none of this is. You don’t have to dig deep into the anecdotes of Skidmore students–or others–to hear about shit like this happening downtown—and it comes from both the employees of many downtown establishments. But we now have a very vivid description of just such discrimination (yeah, that’s what it is) and a name to attach to it. So now it’s time to do what students of any progressive, forward-thinking academic institution are best at doing: boycott Paddock.

Honestly, why the fuck would you want to go here anyway?

Honestly, why the fuck would you spend your Friday night here anyway?

You don’t like the political and moralistic connotation of the word boycott? Don’t know who the fuck Kevin Berry is? Fine. Then just stop going to the shitty bar. There’s nothing for you there. It’s tacky and the music fucking blows. Give them shitty reviews on Yelp. If you’re feeling particularly motivated or indignant, contact them directly. Force them to acknowledge that what their meathead bouncer did was wrong–because it’s the respectable and right thing for any business to do. Otherwise we have every right to assume that they’re willing to turn a blind eye to shit like this, and we have every right to toss them into the trashy bin of Saratoga businesses. There are plenty of better ones that deserve your business.

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

Matchmaker Matchmaker Find Me An Internship?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Two Skidmore students have taken it upon themselves to help their wonderfully talented peers link up with prospective employers in the Saratoga Springs community.  Called Open Canvas, the matchmaking service pairs “students with local projects that require their unique skill set.”  Do you design websites?  Open Canvas will find you a business that needs a website!  How about social media?  Of course you fucking know about social media; you’re a college student!  Just throw some fancy words in like synergize or branding and you’ve got yourself a job as the social media coordinator for Polo Ralph Lauren!

Open Canvas is the brainchild of Ezra Levy ’15, who after being “asked to reimagine and recreate [a] theatre’s outdated branding..found a student to produce the marketing material for the art theatre which would go on to boost attendance by over 20% per week.”  Go Ezra!  He realized that Saratoga Springs businesses can benefit from a creative network like Skidmore and intenders to capitalize.  Go Ezra!

Skidmore students are invited to submit portfolios and skill sets on Open Canvas’s website.  Businesses and nonprofits can also request a “college creative” to serve their needs.

Check out Open Canvas here!

Woodlawn Apartments Fire Ruled Arson

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Over the summer, while most of us retreated from Saratoga to cushy corporate internships or our parents’ basements, the Saratoga Springs and Skidmore communities lost a true treasure.  The Woodlawn Apartments, a set of row houses that for years sheltered Skidmore upperclassmen, burned down in seemingly accidental circumstances.  The Skidmore students braving summer life in Saratoga and living in the apartments lost everything.  Laptops, books, photos, and musical instruments all smoldered in the aftermath of the fire.  Luckily, all those living there and in the surrounding houses emerged from the tragedy uninjured.

Yet in a bizarre announcement, the Saratoga Springs Police Department and Fire Department just ruled that the apartments were actually set on fire in a clear case of arson.  Police officers apparently have several strong leads pointing to a specific person or small group of people and expect to make an arrest in the case shortly.  And you thought living in a small town north of Albany was boring!

Hat tip to WNYT and Luke Conley’s Facebook Page.

MaryLeigh Releases New Single & She’s Still More Talented Than All of Us

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


Skidmore alumna and powerhouse singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan recently released a single from her upcoming debut record, Skin & Bone, entitled “Coward.”  Offering an intimate look inside her music and songwriting, her signature voice still carries weight throughout the song.  Yet the rest of the arrangement possesses a rawness that peels back the layers of invincibility her massive vocals usually create.  Once inside, we see an even more emotional artist wrestling with the classic themes of love and loneliness.

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Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Venue Rundown

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

So you’ve finally made it to college, Class of 2036. Congratulations! Music is a HUGE part of college, right? I mean your parents met at a Grateful Dead show during their freshman year at NYU and they’re the happiest couple you know, right? Skidmore and Saratoga Springs each offer plenty of great opportunities to catch some amazing (and some terrible) music. So which will it be, young Jedi? Check out Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Venue Rundown of the best and worst places to hear music.

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Saratogian: How Skidmore Changed Saratoga Springs

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

In the olden days, Skidmore students had to walk all the way across Spring Street to get drugs

Listen up, history nerds: there is an article in today’s Saratogian that will make you think and nod thoughtfully. Written by Samantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, the article outlines the importance of Skidmore in the formation of the modern Saratoga cityscape, focusing on the old Downtown campus, which was situated around the eastern end of Congress Park.

In 1903, Lucy Scribner purchased the above property, naming it Skidmore Hall, and founded the Young Women’s Industrial Club, which taught women the necessary skills to support themselves in the Saratoga off-season, when the track, hotels, and casinos were closed. In 1911, the YWIC changed its name to the Skidmore School of the Arts and began offering a wider breadth of courses.

Most of the original buildings that were part of the Downtown campus are still standing. Skidmore Hall, for example, has been converted into condominiums. These are perfect for people who want to pay $1,400 a month to live in an old dormitory. It’s all the fun of living in a studio apartment in New York City…but in Saratoga!

The whole article is pretty interesting, unveiling a little-known history that says a lot about the town as a whole. Bosshart asks a pressing question: what would Downtown Saratoga look like if calculator tycoon J. Erik Jonsson hadn’t donated the 650-acre parcel of land for the current campus?

Of this much we can be sure: students would be all over the area east of Congress Park, living in residences and heading to classes in buildings located on Circular Street, Regent Street, Union Avenue and other streets in the area.

Oh, the horror of that which could have been!

(via Saratogian)