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Skidmore Student Accused on Charges of Burglary and Vandalism

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Jacob Ross (TimesUnion.com)

On January 18th, the day returning students arrived on campus to begin the new semester, the Skidmore community received a safety alert from Lori Parks announcing that Campus Safety and the Saratoga Springs Police Department were investigating two Skidmore-related break-ins and burglaries in SkidShop and Sasselin Art Building.  Click to continue »

Recent Skidmore Alum Killed in Boston Bike Accident

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The Boston Globe is reporting that Skidmore graduate Christopher Weigl, 23, was kiled when he collided with a tractor-trailer while biking down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston early yesterday morning. Weigl graduated in 2011 with a degree in English. At the time of his death, he was working towards a master’s in photojournalism at Boston University.

According to The Times-Union, Weigl “participated in the Skidmore Photography Club, served as the Skidmore News’ photo editor and worked for the Skidmore Communications Office.”

If anybody wants to share a memory of Weigl, feel free to do so in the comments.

(via Boston Globe, Times-Union)

Writing Center Now Open to Townies

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Writing Center tutors conspire to ruin the fucking weekends of high school students across town

There’s a nice little article in the Times Union about the Writing Center’s recent decision to offer tutoring services to the Saratoga public. Now, middle and high school students can receive help with “classroom assignments, college entrance essays and more.”

Hours are 10am to 1pm on Saturdays for non-Skidmore students. This spells bad news for any kid in high school who’s JUST TRYING TO HAVE A RELAXING FUCKING SATURDAY after a long week of waking up at 6:30 in the goddamn morning and slogging through class all day until 5 in the fucking afternoon, but his fucking mother makes him go to this stupid fucking tutoring thing.

FUCK. How were able to stick to that schedule in high school without ripping our fucking eyeballs out?

(via Times Union)

Former Wesleyan Student Sues University, Fraternity Over Sexual Assault

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

According to the Hartford Couranta former Wesleyan student who was sexually assaulted at a 2010 Halloween party at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house has filed suit against the University and the frat. The suit alleges Title IX violations on the part of Wesleyan, and accuses the Administration of “failing to protect [the unidentified plaintiff] from dangers at the fraternity,” which she claims had a reputation for sexual misconduct and was known on campus as the “Rape Factory.”

The lawsuit claims that the Administration took no disciplinary action against the members of the fraternity, which is unaffiliated with the University. Allegedly, when she reported the assault, her RA did not even call the police, campus safety, or school officials.

The core of the suit charges the Administration with gross negligence in its inability to protect female students from sexual assault. In March 2010, months before the incident, VP of Student Affairs Mike Whaley sent out a campus-wide email warning students to stay away from the frat house because they could not “establish the safety of the premises.” As a freshman entering Wesleyan in the fall of 2010, the plaintiff was unaware of this warning.

After the assault, Whaley sent out another email on November 10, 2010 advising students to stay away from the Beta Theta Pi house and later, in March 2011, revised Wesleyan’s housing policy to prohibit students from living in off-campus houses owned by groups unaffiliated with Wesleyan. Such a sweeping revision sparked a student uproar, and  the lawsuit claims that the plaintiff was quickly outed, harassed, and targeted, with the frat’s chanting “Free Beta” outside her dorm. She soon withdrew and transferred to another school.

Of course, this whole mess simply speaks to most college and university administrators’ utter incompetence and insensitivity when it comes to dealing with allegations of rape and sexual misconduct on campus, and truthfully, there’s not a huge difference between Wesleyan and Skidmore in that respect. Given the events of last semester, it seems pretty obvious that it’s time for us to—once again—have  that same old debate over the most effective policy. We may have come a long way since this travesty, but until we get it right, nothing is going to change.

(via Hartford CourantTimes Union, and Wesleying)

Funding for Downtown Movie Theater Approved

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Movie Magic


Earlier this week, county officials approved preliminary plans to build an 11-screen movie theater at Church St. and Railroad Place, the vacant lot where the proud, noble Ghetto Chopper (RIP) once stood. This caused everyone who schlepped all the way out to Wilton for the midnight showing of The Avengers in the pouring rain to fist-pump in excitement.

The Times-Union reports that local developer Sonny Bonacio (who was named “Executive of the Month” by Success magazine in February 2007 and—let’s be real—has a name ripped straight out of The Sopranos) was granted $956,653 in tax breaks by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.*

Advocates argue that the $18 million, 24,000-square-foot theater could greatly benefit the Downtown economy, bringing more people to Saratoga and expanding the city’s tax base. However, a quick glance at the commentary on the Saratogian and Times-Union articles reveals that many are opposed to the project on anti-spending grounds.

Construction is expected to begin later this fall, to be completed by spring 2013. Bear in mind, this is only the first step, and though Bonacio has yet to contract a theater operator, the fact that he’s been able to clear all this bureaucratic red tape so early is pretty impressive.

Just so long as he doesn’t try to swindle the city out of millions, like a certain silver-tongued monorail salesman.

*There are a lot of ins and outs with this deal, but tax law is complicated and boring, so if you really want to know the details, check out the Times-Union article.
(Via the Saratogian and the Times-Union)

A Preview Of Tonight’s Open Student Forum?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

If you are soooo antsy for tonight’s ‘monumental’ open forum on inclusiveness at Skidmore that you literally cannot wait to begin reading and talking about those issues I suggest you make your way over to the comment section of this post and maybe this post.

You see, The Albany Times Union picked up and linked to our story about the letter of support written by a group of Skidmore professors which ended up bringing some ‘local talent’ to the comment section. If your interested in exactly how the crop of Saratoga residents with a predisposition to internet commenting are handling the situation those comments are a worthy read. See you at 8pm!

Charges Reduced In Compton’s Incident Case

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Albany Times Union reports today that Justin Tavarez, the Skidmore student accused of being the aggressor in a racially motivated assault in last December’s Compton’s Incident, plead guilty Tuesday to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

At his arrest Tavarez was charged with a hate crime, a felony. However, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said that “although the ‘N’ word was used, it was not intended or perceived in an offensive context by either the prosecution or the defense witnesses and therefore does not meet the statutory requirements of the crime.”

The NYS Hate Crimes Act of 2000 states that in order to elevate a crime into a ‘hate’ crime, a Court is required to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the victim was targeted because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, a definition that makes them incredibly hard to prove in prosecution.

How The College, which has been somewhat murky in its handling of the situation, will handle the case from here remains to be seen. The entire Times Union article is available here.

Professor Ginsberg on the Berlin Wall in the Times Union

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

This week marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a monumental occasion of international political importance and a turning point in the Cold War. This past week Professor of International Politics Roy H. Ginsberg had a piece in Albany’s Times Union about his impression of the Wall and his joy on seeing it fall in 1989.

The piece is available in print in the November 9th edition of the Times Union and online here.