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Ensemble ACJW Returns to Skidmore for Spring Residency

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


Ensemble ACJW, a part of The Academy — a program involving Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, returns to Skidmore for a musical and cultural residency. Most music students recognize the young and talented performers as those random people who come to music theory class and sit in with the orchestra once a semester. But recently the ACJW collective has begun to spread from Zankel into the community.

The fellows will be playing, lecturing, and interacting throughout Saratoga Springs and the Skidmore campus over the next few days (check out the calendar of public events below). My personal favorite? The open poetry reading at Northshire Bookstore Thursday at 7:00 PM. It’s not very often you can pull an Amiri Baraka (RIP) and have your work read with professional accompaniment. So English majors, I highly recommend you put down the Chaucer for a second and stop by.

The whole residency concludes with Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Friday night. ACJW never leaves home without a composer and a piece to premiere for us Skid kids, so schedule date night around this. You won’t want to miss it. Besides being some of the most exciting and entertaining musicians in New York right now (that’s right – not just classical musicians, ALL musicians; come at me bloggosphere), they’re wonderful people and enthusiastic performers.

Here’s there full public schedule:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 6:00pm- FLASH MOB! @ D-Hall (that’s when I’ll be eating dinner. I love eating while people make fools of themselves)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 12:15pm – Library Informance @ Scribner Library (holy fuck who names these things) 5:00pm- Student Composition Readings @ Helen Filene Ladd Hall (go student composers go!) 7:00-9:00pm- Poetry Slam @ Northshire Bookstore

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1:00pm Ensemble ACJW Open Dress Rehearsal @ Ladd Hall (aural pregame of the concert) 7:00pm- Pre-Concert Talk @ Ladd Hall (oh is Gordon speaking??) 8:00pm- Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW (date night!!)

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Library to be Renovated

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

This is legitimately the best picture of the library I could find on Google

Today, the refreshingly efficient Junior Class President, Matt Walsh, sent an email informing students of the School’s decision to renovate the library. Justifiably, Walsh and SGA seem a little upset that this is the first the student body has been informed of arguably the biggest administrative construction initiative since Zankel:

My response to that was – “this is happening now?” and “why didn’t I know about this?”  Many students I have since spoke to were also unaware of this coming to fruition.

In any event, here’s the tentative plan the IT/library heads put forward at last night’s Senate meeting:

  • 250+ more seats
  • 10+ more study rooms (some with flat screen TVs)
  • A system to reserve study rooms (no definite plans yet)
  • Lots more group tables
  • More computer stations
  • More individual study rooms
  • Better access to power outlets
  • Media viewing room (think small scale movie theater)
  • A courtyard outside the library (you can see construction now)
  • Moving GIS lab to library and expanding
  • Moving Media Services to library
  • Nearly doubling the amount of Media Services space
  • Expansion of Writing Center
  • Lots and lots of technology
  • Hopefully done by the end of THIS summer
  • Construction is from 7am to 3pm daily

Most of these ideas are great, with more seats, computers, and a study room reservation system standing out among them. Regardless, the fact remains that construction has already begun and we’re only hearing about it now. Also, it would be nice to know how much this is all going to cost, and what the noise and dust will be like in the coming months.

To be honest, the way the Administration’s gone about this seems a little heavy-handed, but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt if they actually follow through on their promise of “lots and lots of technology.” Not really sure what to make of that, but everybody loves technology, right? Maybe they’re getting one of those amazing touchscreens from Minority Report! Perhaps an underground particle accelerator lies in our library’s bright future! Your guess is as good as mine, but the possibilities are endless.

Free Research Help From Our Lovely Librarians

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Are you also totally shitting your bed researching for your thesis/capstone/research paper et. al.? Well guess what? Scribner Librarians are available for free research help Monday – Thursday, from 10:45 – 11:45am and 3:15 – 4:15 pm in Case Center, in addition to regular hours at the Library reference desk!

These people went to school to learn how to research and are probably a lot better at it than you and me so we should just swallow our pride and ask them where to find (and how to read) tax code information for the New York City area or whatever. ya heard?

More information here.