Yesterday evening, students came together to discuss, collectively, the racial injustice and discrimination on Skidmore’s campus and created a list of demands for the administration. This morning, the POCU staged a sit-in in front of Palamountain/Bolton and presented these demands.
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Skidmore Unofficial Presents: What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You (A Go-To Guide for Skidmore Girls)
Four score and seven years ago your Mom and Dad (Mom and Mom, Dad and Dad, etc.) dropped you off, kissed you on the forehead, and drove away six speeds to the wind back to New Jersey (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, they’re having an amazing time without you). (There’s also a seventy-eight percent chance they’re having sex on your childhood bed right now).
Meanwhile, you are either the coolest person on campus or you’re sitting on a rock outside of Kimball crying on the phone to your BFF Jill from UMass Amherst. You may even be thinking of throwing yourself off Jonsson/Johnson Tower (I’ve been there) (don’t do it).
Whether you’re disenchanted, riddled with insecurity, or experiencing complete euphoria, below is some advice/wisdom/stupidity. Take it or don’t, it’s not like I talk to people born after 1995 anyway.
If you like your roommates, congratulations. I’d rather live in a fucking Halfway House than share a 10′-7″ x 19′-10″ room with two eighteen-year-old women. My friend from Bard’s roommate took a shit on her bed freshman year and she’s never been the same.
I can promise you it’s super lame if you’re still hanging with your high school friends Hudson and Jemma from Packer Collegiate Institute or whatever two point five years into being here.
Hannibal Buress is performing at SEC Big Show 2015. Happy Monday.
When: October 2nd, Time TBD.
Where: Williamson Sports Center, Skidmore College
Will I Actually Have to Spend Money: $5
Every fall semester, SEC hosts ‘Big Show’ in our friendly neighborhood gymnasium (apparently you can watch sport games there too). Big Show is always one of the grander, drunker, and more expensive events on campus, so everyone bitches and moans when it’s not what they want. The last several years have been dominated by music: Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson and Danny Brown, and Mayer Hawthorne were the big performers of the past three years. This fall, SEC is flipping the script and giving us comedy. Ha ha!
The headliner of this year’s Big Show will be Hannibal Buress, whose most recent projects include Broad City, 30 Rock, The Eric Andre Show, and Saturday Night Live for a hot second. In addition, he also had a hell of a standup set where he famously commented on Bill Cosby’s recent infamy. Here he is singing while dressed as Morpheus.
Opening for Buress will be a comedy act that is currently TBD.
Just out of pure curiosity, let us know what you think. We have our opinions over here at Skid Unofficial, but the campus’ are much more important. Please express your pleasure or distaste for SEC – we love your snarky critiques of Campus institutions.
Audience Note: Contrary to what happened at Tig Notaro’s standup set at last year’s ComFest, if a comedian calls you out during a performance it is NOT an invitation to plug your SoundCloud, LinkedIn, or Twitter handle. Spare us all the toe-curling cringe.
Originally posted in the Skidmore Unofficial Freshman Orientation Guide
The Official Unofficial Guide to Making It Through Your First Skidmore Fall Alive:
Hey, Freshmen, We wrote you an orientation guide to help you slide smoothly into the world of post-adolescent responsibility. Before you read it, make sure you play a name game or two. Get it? You probably had to play so many name games this week. Ha ha! Anyway, we hope this helps you get even more oriented and we hope you have fun at Skidmore. Make sure to sharpen your pencils and wear your fancy clothes because if you don’t present yourself as a well-dressed and academically serious student from the get-go you will remain lonely until the day you graduate and be socially under-prepared for the rest of your life. Enjoy!
In college, we have a saying. It goes: Beer before liquor, get drunk quicker. Liquor before beer, you’re a queer. Or something like that. I don’t know. Sayings are hard to remember. The point is, you’re going to get drunk and you’re going to puke. A lot. Don’t worry though, somebody else will clean it up for you. Also, that’s a good way to make friends. “Hey, are you cleaning up puke? Did you know that’s my puke?” “Oh, cool. I’m Jeffrey. Want to play video games?” That’s pretty much how it goes. We have another saying too. It goes: Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. You can do anything in college and blame it on being drunk.Literally. Anything.
Anonymous Confession Board:
SkidmoreUnofficial.com has an Anonymous Confession Board (ACB) where you can talk about how you have a crush on Lucas Frank or complain about your roommate’s odors. Have you seen Ghostbusters II? The ACB is like the river of pink slime that runs underneath the city and makes everyone feel unpleasant feelings. If you post on it, please try to be nice. We reserve the right to delete anything for pretty much any reason. We’re not sure how we feel about the ACB, but people tell us it’s an enormous waste of time, so we keep it around. Maybe someday some people will get married because of one of the missed connections posts. Probably not. Please be nice.Runners Up: Adderall, Absences, Arson, Anal, Alpine, Apathy
Welcome back! Before Case walkway becomes a clusterfuck of neon, mark your calendars with this semester’s SEC events. Here’s what’s in store:
(That’s tonight) – PSYMON SPINE and CANDY AMBULANCE. 8 pm, South Park Green. Skidmore’s own Psymon Spine and Saratoga’s Candy Ambulance (a 3 piece, self described indie-alt-punk band) will be playing to kick off the (academic) year. Things to look forward to: Psymon Spine’s vinyl release on 9/17.
LUCIUS. Outside the Tang. Time TBD. Indie, Brooklyn-based band. They’re currently touring with The Decemberists, and their ‘Wildewoman’ album single-handedly runs my car stereo.
BIG SHOW. Check SU in the next day or two for details on the headiner. Sorry, I’m an asshole… But it’s worth hype.
SAN FERMIN. Eight-pieced, Brooklyn-based band who have opened for the likes of the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. Their self-titled debut album came out in 2013, with Lucius contributing on vocals. Their sophomore album ‘Jackrabbit’ dropped in April of 2015, and you can listen to it here…
That’s what’s on the calendar so far. In addition, SEC is hoping to do at least one show a month in the newly re-vamped Falstaffs. The new space will host will new musical acts and hopefully bring back some alumni bands as well. As goes the theme, we can only hope that they will all hail from Brooklyn. In addition, Lively Lucy’s tends to bring in both local and Skidmore bands, so there will be no shortage of music this semester. Now, back to arranging your polaroids.
The Skidmore community received the following email from President Glotzbach earlier Saturday evening, 1/24.
I write with the sad news that Anne Tonnesen Palamountain, a legendary figure in the history of Skidmore College and a personal friend of many of us on campus, died today, January 24, in Saratoga Hospital of complications from pneumonia. She was 91 years old.
Active in Skidmore affairs for 50 years, right through this winter, Anne was the “First Lady” of the College for 22 years, during a period of dynamic change at Skidmore and in higher education nationally.
Anne came to the College in 1965, accompanying her husband, Joseph C. Palamountain Jr., who previously served as provost at Wesleyan University, when he became the fourth President of Skidmore. Whether at the side of her husband, or through her own initiatives as a fundraiser and liaison to the community, she played a pivotal role in the life of the College and in the city of Saratoga Springs.
During the Palamountain presidency, 1965–87, Skidmore built an entirely new campus and moved there in stages from its eclectic mix of older downtown buildings, ushered in coeducation, and weathered student unrest in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The era was made all the more challenging by the College’s then-small endowment and severe financial strains. With Joe Palamountain at the helm, Skidmore’s student body doubled; the endowment grew, bringing a stronger financial footing; Skidmore chartered a chapter of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa; and the College launched the pioneering University Without Walls program. President Palamountain died in 1987, following his retirement.
Anne’s involvement in the life of Skidmore is a story in its own right. Her greatest passion was building endowment for financial aid, which she saw as the most effective way to make a college education accessible to all students. In 1979 she spearheaded the launch of one of the College’s major fundraising events, the annual Palamountain Scholarship Benefit. She presided over the event for 35 years, helping the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund reach a total of $5.8 million.
An avid traveler, Anne over the years attended Skidmore events across the country. She was named an honorary alumna of the Class of 1973 and received an honorary doctorate from the College in 1997. In 1986 she received an alumni award for outstanding service to Skidmore and in 1987 received the College’s Denis B. Kemball-Cook Award from the board of trustees. She was a member of the advisory committee for the development of the Tang Teaching Museum, and the museum’s Palamountain Gallery was named in her honor. In 2004, she was awarded Skidmore’s Lucy Scribner Medal, given for selfless service to others and a commitment to the community.
Within the greater Saratoga Springs community, Anne was a visible and active leader whose work was recognized by a wide range of organizations. In 1994 she received the President’s Award of the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities, and in 1999 she was presented with the Woman of the Year Award from Soroptimists International of Saratoga County. In 2001 she received the Kathryn Starbuck Award for community service and in 2003 was honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation for her commitment to education and the community.
Anne was a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award of the Saratoga County Bar Association and was twice honored with resolutions by the New York State Assembly. She has served as board president of the Lake George Opera and as a board member of Yaddo and WMHT public television. Over the years, she was affiliated with Planned Parenthood, the Saratoga Springs League of Women Voters, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Action Council, and the National Museum of Racing. She regularly attended events supporting charities and nonprofit organizations in the Saratoga Springs region.
Fond of international travel, Anne served as U.S. delegate to the Pan-Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association, attending meetings and conferences in various countries of South East Asia.
Anne is survived by two sons, Bruce K. Palamountain and Bromley C. Palamountain.
Anne will be greatly missed by the Skidmore Community. In her memory we will carry on the important work of the Palamountain Scholarship Fund and its goal of access to higher education.
A memorial service is scheduled on Wednesday, May 13, at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Details will be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the Palamountain Scholarship Fund, Office of Advancement, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Our deepest condolences to Palamountain’s family, and our sincere appreciation to everything she has done for the entire Skidmore community for so many years.
Skidmore may have just found a way to nurse its wounds following an abhorrent ranking on a list recently made by The New York Times charting the most economically diverse top colleges. The U.S. News and World Report (you know, that source you claim to absolutely despise yet find yourself still checking even four years after your college application process is over) has released a list of the “10 Colleges That Award International Students the Most Financial Aid,” and Skidmore made the cut.
Skidmore, which has an 8% international student rate, reportedly awarded financial aid to 98 international students during 2013-2014, and the average aid package awarded was $53,600–approximately 90% of the estimated cost of attendance for the 2014-2015 year. (Just to save you a bit of math, the number I was working with for that calculation is $59,942, also known as a fuck-ton of money.)
Just as a point of comparison, here’s some overall financial aid statistics lifted straight from the school’s financial aid website:
- The average 2013-14 first-year financial aid package was $38,600.
- The range of the packages was $2,000 to $58,000.
- 44% of students received need-based grants.
- 56% received some form of financial aid.
- 48% were given the opportunity to work on campus.
Given the fact that both economic and ethnic diversity are constantly points of discussion being brought up around Skidmore (both in the admissions office and in public forums), this recent good news is interesting–and just might instill a bit of faith that Skidmore is doing something right. As mentioned US News article, international students don’t qualify for Stafford or Perkins, both of which can provide up to $5,500 a year to undergraduate students. The article claims that much of the student-aid that is awarded to international students is merit-based (as opposed to need-based) at most schools, though there’s no way to tell if that’s the case at Skidmore as well.
In fact, the only information the website offers on the matter is the fact that “Skidmore is also able to offer a very limited number of financial aid awards to students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States,” so it would be quite interesting to know how whether these select few are chosen based on their academic record, their demonstrated need, or a combination of the two. At the very least, this “ranking” challenges the problematic assumption–made by many–that all international students are paying the full sticker price to attend Skidmore, which might challenge the assumptions we make about people’s economic backgrounds.
Of course, this doesn’t negate the fact that $59,942 is way too much money, especially if we’re not even getting a Fall Fun Day out of it.
6:00pm- “I am not ‘Mutilated'”: Speaking Out Against Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Campaigns @ Davis
7:00pm- Sheldon Answers: Are American Youth Apathetic? @ Filene Recital Hall
7:00pm- 59 Seconds Video Festival @ Tang Teaching Museum
8:00pm- The Happening @ Falstaffs
6:00pm- Allie Chipkin’s Senior Songwriting Performance @ Wilson Chapel
7:00pm- Rithmos presents: ‘Twas the Night Before Fun Day… Disney Princesses and Beyoncé @ Dance Theater
8:00pm- Tang Party @ Tang Teaching Museum
9:00pm- Skidomedy Presents: A Fireside Chat @ Gannett
9:30pm- Souled Out: Lift Every Voice Final Show @ Filene Recital Hall
10:00pm- Dynamics Spring Jam @ Filene Recital Hall
6:00pm- Climbing Poetree Hip Hop & Spoken Word Performance @ Case Green
Missing something? Let us know in the comments
Ah, yes. It’s finally time to begin preparing for Fun Day weekend. Classes are winding down, the weather is improving, and everyone on campus is ready to blow off a little (a lot) of steam. With a crazy busy weekend of debauchery ahead, we figured you should all get a quick rundown on how you should prepare and how it’ll all go down.
Get all of your homework done. Seriously. The last thing you’ll want to do is school work the day after Fun Day. Even if you’re not planning on drinking Saturday, everyone in your life will be either exhausted, hung over, sunburnt, or some combination of the three. It’s best to get things out of the way and give yourself time to recuperate and to watch Netflix. Also, it’s a great chance to talk with your friends about who’s buying what alcohol for the weekend, where you’re pregaming (and gaming), and the easiest way to eat a hearty breakfast.
The Happening. It’s Lively Lucy’s crazy ridiculous ’60s art throwback to the times of Andy Warhol and recreational acid tripping in the East Village. It’s at Falstaff’s. Way more clubs than you can count come together for wacky, zany cross-pollenated artistic activities. And if you’re not into that type of thing, take this as your last chance to get your work done for the weekend and to rest up.
Get your booze! Get your food! Take the time when you’re done with classes to stock up on your Fun Day supplies. This includes (but isn’t limited to) alcohol, hearty breakfast food, mid-day snacks, an opaque water bottle, SUNSCREEN, enough cigarettes to get you through a week (trust me), a backpack, whatever other substances you plan on consuming, and potentially a parasol. By this point you should know who you’re partying with and where, too. And at night, it’s the Tang Party! Go take a walk outside the Tang and check out some sweet student art installations. It’s also featuring a pretty sweet lineup of student bands that aren’t on the Fun Day roster: Psymon Spine, Pooch, Triceracops, and Queen Ambrosia. While it may be your natural inclination to drink to your heart’s content on a Friday night, we advise building up to a very slight buzz and stopping there. You’re going to consume a lot of alcohol on Fun Day, and you want to give your body time to flush out whatever you’ve been drinking the night before, so make sure it’s not too much.
It’s here! It’s Fun Day! Take a look at your daily schedule:
8:15am- Wake up! Crack a beer and make a mimosa cuz it’s time for Fun Day! Start slow and steady to stay safe.
8:40am- Shower beer. Fucking do it.
9:15am- Off campus? Time to get the fuck on campus so you’re not designating a driver the morning of Fun Day. Bring cab fare.
9:30am- Breakfast. Whether it’s dhall or cooking in the apartments, make sure you eat a great breakfast. Maybe try a Bloody Mary or just have another PBR and a shot of Crystal Palace
10:20am- Begin preparing the day’s worth of drunk juice. For my friends and me, that is a gin bucket. Take a large plastic bin and empty in it three of the cheapest handles of gin you can find. Pair that with seven bottles of Fresca, a bag of quartered and squeezed limes, and a bag of ice from Stewart’s. Stir and drink.
11:00am- Apply sunscreen. Use the nasty spray stuff to cake yourself and some nicer cream shit for your face. Why am I even telling you this? You’re a college student!
11:20am- Partake in an outdoor activity as you make your way to the green. Bocce, frisbee, a rousing game of catch, I don’t give a fuck. Just make sure you’re on the South Park Green (that’s the one behind the library, not in front of dhall) by noon. Get your spot, grab some free sunglasses courtesy of SGA, and try not to throw up on Robin Adams. Throw up on Josh Nelson.
Beardo Otter takes the stage! Woo live music!
12:50pm- OJ Johnson DJ set. Re-up on booze from your dorm.
1:15pm- Eat something hearty and with lots of protein and carbs. Drink some water while you’re at it.
1:20pm- There will be a naked run. You will see your Outing Club friends naked. Just keep drinking and it will all end soon.
1:40pm- Bo Peep and the Funk Sheep plays! More live music and dancing!
2:30pm- DJDLi (Daniel Li) DJ set. Try out the bounce house!
3:20pm- Los Elk plays! The trifecta of animal themed bands is complete!
4:10pm- Lt. Surge (Allan Brown & Zach Gordon) DJ set. Are you still safe?
5:00pm- Nap. Seriously. Crash, pass out, and get some sleep to get the drunk out of you. You’ve been sitting outside in the sun consuming ungodly portions of alcohol all day. Give your body a break.
8:00pm- Eat something. Preferably greasy and from Char Koon. Drink a lot of water, take some Tylenol, and try to get your body started briefly.
9:00pm- Take a SOBER walk outside. You’re too tired to drink or smoke some pot still. The fresh air will do you some good.
9:45pm- It’s make-or-break-o’clock. Decide if you’re going out or not. I will not. You may, but be respectful of the people who went way harder than you and still can’t move.
1:00am- Go the fuck to sleep.
Take a personal day. For once you don’t have to do anything on a Sunday. Stay in bed, watch some Netflix, and snack your ass off throughout the day. Perfect chance to catch up on Game of Thrones. Drink lots of water.
And there you have it! Just remember to stay safe, know your limits, and have a great weekend. Try not to spoil this for the future Skidmore generations…
2:00pm- Women’s Softball vs. St. Lawrence University @ Softball Field
4:00pm- Women’s Softball vs. St. Lawrence University @ Softball Field
7:00pm- Accents Spring Jam @ Gannett
8:00pm- Strange and Familiar Places: Spring Dance Concert 2014 @ Dance Theater
8:00pm- Rubblebucket @ Zankel
10:00pm- #Trebsprblmz: Treblemakers Spring Jam @ Filene Hall
10:30pm- ULTIMATE Friday Night Stand-Up @ SPA
11:00am- Tommy Corcoran’s Senior Voice Recital @ Zankel
12:00pm- Men’s Baseball vs. Union College @ Baseball Field (Double Header!)
1:00pm- Women’s Lacrosse vs. RPI @ Wachenheim Field
1:00pm- Men’s Tennis vs. Williams College @ Tennis Courts
2:00pm- Men’s Baseball vs. Union College @ Baseball Field (Double Header!)
2:00pm- Strange and Familiar Places: Spring Dance Concert 2014 @ Dance Theater
2:00pm- Matt Gaydar’s Senior Composition Recital @ Zankel
5:00pm- Laura Pendleton’s Senior Voice Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm- ELEMENT Fashion Show @ Tang Teaching Museum
8:00pm- Strange and Familiar Places: Spring Dance Concert 2014 @ Dance Theater
8:00pm- 100 YEARS OF DRASTICS (10th Year Anniversary Jam) @ Filene Hall
8:00pm- Katherine Murphy’s Senior Flute Recital @ Zankel
9:30pm- [AKTV] @ Gannett
10:00pm- Pulse Final Show @ Davis
10:00pm- Sonnets Spring Jam @ Filene Hall
All Day- Easter (Go egg hunting)
Missing something? Let us know in the comments