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Bloggin’ for Skidmore

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Earlier today, we received an interesting email from a freshman asking Skidmore Unofficial to plug his Administration-sponsored/subsidized blog. Enjoy and take from it what you will.

More importantly, how long has the School been paying kids to blog for them? Did anybody else know about this? I didn’t, but it’s admittedly pretty funny. They seem to be directed at prospective students looking for a “candid take on Skidmore.” Here’s the tagline:

Wondering what it’s really like to go to Skidmore College? What the classes are like, what there is to do outside of class, what students like? Here’s your chance to connect to a Skidmore student! Find out from current students and members of Skidmore community what life is like here on campus.

I can only imagine the things these guys can’t say on their blogs. Wouldn’t it be more interesting if they were actually honest? For example:

  • “Ate dinner at D-Hall and had to sit on the toilet for eight whole hours afterwards :(“
  • “I spent fourteen dollars on laundry in Wilmarth, and my clothes are still soaking wet/smell like a carcass.”
  • “Campo busted down our door like the DEA and everyone got written up for being in the same room as a six-pack :(“
  • “On the frigid walk to class today, my genitals crystallized and shattered into a thousand icy shards.”
  • “I’ve exhausted all of my upperclassmen/Scribner Seminar contacts, and I still can’t find anything to do tonight. Better break out Seinfeld and cry myself to sleep ;)”
Regardless of how you feel about this endeavor, I urge you to check out Bob Carlton’s SkidShop tumblr if you’re not a fan already. I’ll plug the shit out of it all day, because it’s consistently hilarious and informative, and acts as a breath of fresh air from the usual Skidmore Propaganda.

The Skidmore Facebook App: “Because the World Needs More Social Networks”

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Skidmore has launched a new app on the Facebook, and as far as I can tell, it’s basically a social network within a social network. So meta!

Right now, the app is mostly being used by students, alumni, and Skidmore propagandists to announce to the internet that they like “Muse,” “nerdiness,” “laughing,” “travel,” “Jonsson Tower,” and “pre-orientation,” among other interesting things/concepts. That’s great! I like “water,” “Scribner bathrooms,” “speaking,” and “New Deal legislation.” Maybe some of our interests align and we can develop an online relationship? Please?

Am I missing something here? In theory, I guess it could be pretty useful with regards to alumni connections (and subsequent nepotism), but isn’t that what Linkedin and actual human contact are for? Apparently, there are private groups for freshmen Seminars (or, a social network in a social network in a social network), but I was unable to infiltrate them after two minutes of clicking on things hacking. Cool idea, considering the school doesn’t already pay for online course management software. Oh wait.

To be fair, it’s kind of funny going through the people listed in your class year and being shocked by how many of them you’ve never seen before in your life.