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(Again) Skidmore Sees Big Gain in 2017 Applications

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I reported on this two months ago, but all day, my newsfeed has been BLOWING UP with this article heralding Skidmore as the Next Big Thing in liberal arts colleges, after we saw a ridiculous 42% increase in applications for the incoming freshman Class of 2017. I’m going to repost my earlier article because I think I made some funny jokes that most people ignored The New York Times has a much better breakdown of the numbers than this weird website that looks like somebody’s Xanga page.

Congrats to us! Now let’s all try to get jobs or something.

(via Skidmore Unofficial)

Spring Soccer Season Canceled Over Hazing Allegations

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Skidmore has canceled the men’s spring soccer season after reports of hazing, according to an email sent last night by President Glotzbach.

The incident in question—”Rookie Night”—allegedly took place on November 30 at an off-campus location. Glotzbach emphasized that “the students in question have not only endangered a number of their fellow students but also threatened the core values that bind and undergird our entire community.”

While no one was injured or hospitalized, the hazing comes at a point when colleges across the country have been cracking down on similar incidents. At Cornell, the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity was recently barred from campus after two pledges were hospitalized, while in December, almost two dozen brothers in the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at Northern Illinois were charged with hazing crimes after the death of a pledge

Campus Safety investigated the initial allegations, providing information to the Saratoga Springs Police Department and District Attorney James Murphy. In total, 28 students and 24 current members of the soccer team are undergoing disciplinary proceedings.

More as this story develops.

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Skidmore Sees MASSIVE Increase in Freshman Applications

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Skidmore spreadshitting all over the competition

Remember back when you were applying to college and you came to visit Skidmore? You oohhed and aahhed at the palatial dorm room your tour guide brought you to (Your mom: “So much floorspace!”). You salivated at D-Hall’s myriad options, each unique in its own delicious way (Your mom: “They’ve got a GREAT salad bar here!”). You saw intrepid art majors, frazzled and hard at work in a wonderfully messy studio (Your mom: “Ceramics sure looks like it could be fun!”). Then, you marveled at the gleaming gymnasium and verdant athletic fields (Your mom: “Maybe you’ll be able to swim laps before class?”).

Ah, memories of a tranquil youth; dreams of what might have been.

According to The New York Times, Skidmore received 8,126 college applications for Fall 2013, a 42 percent increase from last year’s 5,706 applications. Those numbers mark the greatest percentage increase among the colleges listed in the article.

YIKES.

What’s going on here? Has Skidmore officially jumped the shark? Should we be scared? The way I see it, there are two possible reasons: admissions is REALLY lowering the bar (“Don’t like filling out the Common App, prospective student? WELL IT’S OPTIONAL”), or we’ve suddenly become the hippest school in the country. Either way, I think it’s clear that we’ll soon be inundated with morons or losers or both. It’s like the first step towards full-on gentrification.

(via The New York Times)