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Today Is Election Day,Vote or Die

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Do what Diddy says to do.

Do what Diddy says to do.

One of the best things about going to college—besides the fact that you’re surround by friends and coffee 24/7—is student government elections. It’s just like presidential elections, except without the corruption of interest groups, insane amount of campaign spending, and voter suppression. It’s politics at its cleanest and local-est.

Today marks the first round of elections:

President of Senior Class and Interclass Council Chair
Soraya Attia

Student Government Association President
Addison Bennett
Madeleine Kanazawa

Vice President of Student Life
Dorothy Parsons

Vice President for Club Affiars
Megan Schachter

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Charles Tetelman

Vice President for Financial Affairs
Anya (Allison) Hein
Sam Harris

Sophomore Class President
Maddison Plummer
Thabang Mapothoane

Sophomore Class VP
Kengthsagn Louis

Sophomore Class Treasurer
Julia Elstein

Junior Class President
Prince Kwanele Tsabedze

Junior Class VP
Carmen Lin

Senior Class President
Soraya Attia

Article III, Section I, Part E of the Club Affairs Committee Policies and Procedures shall be added to read:
To ensure open membership, clubs may not deny membership to anyone based on: race; ethnicity; sex; gender expression (e.g. Female a capella groups may not deny membership to any member of the Skidmore community who identifies as female solely based on their gender expression) sexuality; religion, spirituality, or lack thereof; nationality or immigrant status; physical or mental ability; body type; language; age; veteran status; marriage status; parental status; ancestry; medical condition. Club leadership, in consultation with the Vice President for Club Affairs and the Office of Leadership Activities, may apply limitations on an individual’s club activity in the interest of avoiding a true safety hazard to club members, coaches, spectators, or any other people or animals on a strictly case-by-case basis. Anyone may initiate an appeal to such a limitation to the SGA Executive Board.

The Integrity Board shall be removed from Article VIII Section 7 and added to Article IX: All-College Committees and shall be read as:
“ Section 1. The Integrity Board (IB) The Integrity Board (IB) is an established All-College Committee. The IB adjudicates cases of academic and social violations. The IB is composed of one or two faculty drawn from a pool of six faculty members appointed by FEC to serve overlapping two-year terms, three students (drawn from a pool of 10 students appointed through the Willingness-to-Serve process), the Chair (drawn from a pool of two student IB Co-Chairs appointed through the Willingness-to-Serve process), and one other member of the college staff (Note: Members of the IB also serve on the Board of Appeals). Students who wish to sit on the IB are strongly encouraged to take the Restorative Justice class headed by the Assistant Dean of Student Life prior to engaging the Willingness-to-Serve process. Those registered in the course shall sit in on the IB meetings an observer and not a speaking/voting member. After completing the course, students can apply to sit on the IB through the Willingness-to-Serve process with or without a recommendation by the instructor of the Restorative Justice course. Students chair all IB hearings. In academic integrity cases, a hearing requires two faculty members, four students, including the chair, and one staff member, and the Dean of Student Affairs serves as Judicial Counsel. In social integrity cases, a hearing requires one faculty member, four students, including the chair, and one staff member, and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs serves as Judicial Counsel.”

So Skidmore, be active. Care about your community. And vote today. You can even do it from the comfort of your window seat, or if you’re a senior, from DAs.



SGA Town Hall Meeting 11/6

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Dapper as fuck. And a little creepy.

Dapper as fuck. And a little creepy.

If you’re at all interested in putting faces to the names of people responsible for governing the school, check out SGA’s November Town Hall Meeting in the Spa this Wednesday.  There’s milk and cookies courtesy of the Plum Dandy spinoff, Milk and Cookies, and you’ll have a chance to voice your concerns about student government policies and general campus happenings.  Personally, I’m still waiting for a 24-hour library and a renovated Falstaff”s* but hey, that’s just me.

Go complain to Sam Harris about your wildest musings and analyze how the best of us handle stress.


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Skidmore Unofficial Endorses Sophomore for SGA Prez: Because Why Not?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


Unlike most other highly rated networks, we at Skidmore Unofficial try not to compromise our principles. We’re dedicated to bringing you the most unbiased, informative, and factually rigorous news in Saratoga Springs, and that’s why we don’t cover SGA elections. While The Skidmore News stoops to levels below degradation in its constant, pathetic quest to boost ratings and pageviews, we try to rise above it all. We stay away from student politics because student politics are fucking stupid.


Skidmore Unofficial is proud to announce our support for Sam Harris ’15 as SGA president. Sam is currently the VP for club affairs, and against all odds, he has decided to run for president as a sophomore. I can say with complete sincerity that this young man is going to change the way you think about student government.

This is the story of America, the story of Barack Obama and the Castro brothers, and dozens of other idealists who have fought tooth and nail against the established order (see: incumbent and physical embodiment of evil, Matt Walsh ’13). This young man has a vision, and he’s going to shove it down your fucking throat whether you like it or not.

What’s Sam’s goal, you ask? Well, it’s “to create conduits for student initiated change.”

And how does he plan on doing that?

To increase civic engagement by holding students to higher
standards, igniting the drive for leadership, and ultimately
strengthening the voice of individuals, SGA, and the student body as a

You are witnessing the rebirth of democracy, folks. When you go to the polls tomorrow, vote Harris. He’s making SGA more interesting just by being there (feel free to use that as your campaign slogan, Sam).

SGA Elections: Round II (FIGHT!!!)

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The hellsteed itself

Skids Scribner—the equine motherfucker who haunts your nightmares—has informed me that Speech Night for Round II of SGA elections will take place on Wednesday night, where he’ll spring for unlimited pizza and snacks. Maybe this fucknose ain’t so bad after all.

Voting is important or something, so after Speech Night, be sure to check your email for a ballot. “Polls” will be open until 11:59pm on Thursday night, and voting booths will be placed in Atrium and the SGA desk in Case.

SPEECH NIGHT: Wednesday March 27, 6pm @ D-Hall (second floor)

(via Facebook)

SGA Website Hacked

Monday, January 28th, 2013

This hack could also double as a Diablo-centered Angelfire site circa 1998.

This weekend, the SGA website—a very important online resource that all Skidmore students and members of the greater Saratoga community check regularly—was infiltrated by an (allegedly!) Anonymous-affiliated hacker going by the name of Donnazmi. It’s all very exciting!

One can only assume that this attack was part of a calculated effort to retaliate against corrupt, opaque government institutions worldwide. It would seem that President Matt Walsh and the vampiric gangsters that make up SGA have quite a lot to answer for.


(via SGA)

Sign Up for SGA Elections and Make a “Difference”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Could be you someday

The country is slogging neck-deep through Silly Season, so this seems to be as good a time as any to plug SGA.

There’s an optional info meeting for Round 1 Elections tomorrow at 6pm in Ladd 307, followed by a mandatory meeting for all candidates on Friday at 5pm. Self-nominations are due at the SGA office on Friday at 4:30pm. If you’ve been staring woefully at the blank space under “Leadership and Activities” on your resume, then this might be your solution.

I myself am running for Northwoods Senator on the long-dormant Occupy Case Walkway ticket. I’m a successful entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in the private sector, and I’m committed to getting Skidmore back to work!


Yes, I may be a tireless public servant, but I’m also a churchgoing family man. My loving wife, Babs, and I have taught our three wonderful children, Bucky, Hephzibah, and little Rowley Jr. that traditional values are what first made Skidmore the school it is today. It’s those same values that my own father—a hardscrabble quinoa farmer from the great town of Wilton—taught me as a boy, and it’s those values that will continue to make Skidmore the greatest liberal arts school on the face of the Earth!

[Applause, chants of "SKIDMORE! SKIDMORE! SKIDMORE!"]

Info meeting on Wednesday, September 12 in Ladd 307 @ 6pm
Self-nominations due Friday, September 14 in SGA Office @ 4:30pm
Candidate meeting on Friday, September 14 in Ladd 307 @5pm

Get Paid to Work an Unpaid Internship

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Uh huh.

Work that summer position that you want while still making ends meet.You can apply for a $2,500 stipend to cover your ass  – that’s dope. And by the by, this opportunity was developed and fought for by a former SGA president who wanted to make change or whatever. Thanks, O Motivated One! But seriously, thanks.

Apply here.  Applications due March 30th, 4:30 PM.

Details in full from El Prez Jono after the jump:

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My Dialogue Will Go On and On

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The White House often holds press conferences for, shall we say, icky decisions and loaded topics late on Friday afternoons. The idea is that people are heading out for the weekend, the news media is chillaxing, and therefore you might get lucky and have the whole thing fly under the radar, at least until Monday.

That’s not to say that this email from the SGA President was meant to sneak past you, but we are heading into spring break and everything, so… My point is, don’t not read it. The quick summary, for those of you sunbathing or whatever: Jono and Rohini stand by their event and clarify that SkidNews and SGA are not collaborating on a panel.

Frankly, I was expecting more of a response – it’s been a week since ‘Live and Let Dialogue, Part I’.

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We Be Needing A New VP for Diversity Affairs

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The current VP for Diversity Affairs will be going abroad next semester, presumably to get exposure to more diversity, and the SGA is going like, “whaaat! we need somebody do to that stuff!” So there is an election happening.

This sort of election is usually run in the spring semester, but the SGA was all like, “the elected candidate would probably appreciate having time to prepare for this important role, so let’s vote him/her/zim in this semester.”

FYI: As per SGA policy, only senators (past or current) may run for this position (Executive Committee members require senate experience – email with Q’s).

So, if you want to vote for someone who can address the diverse array of diversity affairs on campus, come to Speech Night on Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 and check it out. And since you’re there, stick around for the SkidShop’s incredibly awesome Fashion Show, which starts at 8:00 (more on that later). Voting will be on Thursday, Dec. 8th.

Skidmore Lip Dub? We Can Only Hope!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Remember this little gem? That’s all I can think about, after seeing this mysterious email in my inbox this morning…

SkidTV and SGA have been working on a video and would like YOU to be a part of it :)
This Friday, November 18th at 3pm, we will be filming a scene on CASE GREEN that requires as many people as possible. 
Please join us for this special event and bring all your friends! And we will have FREE Chili for everyone there. Get Excited!!

I even kept the cute color formatting from the email!