SGA Outlines New Anti-Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Campaign

Written by Executive Editor on February 16th, 2015

(Editor’s Note: Below is an op-ed we received from SGA President Addison Bennett and Senior Class President Soraya Attia entitled “It’s Happening Here: SGA’s Anti-Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Campaign.” While neither Bennett nor Attia write for the site–wouldn’t that be a mind-fuck and a half?–they reached out to us about publishing the piece, and we think it’s a good message to get out there, as it very much concerns all of us. That being said, we encourage you to read the memo and share your thoughts on a very important issue–either in the comments section or with Attia and Bennett personally.) Click to continue »

 

Weekend Distractions CXXXI

Written by Executive Editor on February 12th, 2015

“If you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. I am too.”
–Executive Editor

THURSDAY:
7:00pm – Seeing Sound: Drawing to Music w/ Ensemble ACJW @ Tang
8:00pm – Lecture: “The Value & the Values of the Humanities” @ Filene
8:00pm – Film Screening: Crazy, Stupid, Love @ Falstaff’s

FRIDAY:
6:00pm – Women’s Basketball vs. RPI
7:00pm – NCCF Student Show @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – An Evening of Live Music and Dance @ Dance Theater
8:00pm – Ensemble ACJW @ Zankel
8:00pm – Men’s Basketball vs. RPI
10:00pm – NCCF Pro. Show: Tig Notaro w/ Chris Thayer @ JKB Theater
10:30pm – Winter Dance: RIO! @ Falstaff’s

SATURDAY:
2:00pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Union
3:00pm – Winter Carnival @ Case
4:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. Castleton
4:00pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Union
7:00pm – NCCF Student Show @ JKB Theater
10:00pm – NCCF Pro. Show: Baby Wants Candy w/ Gentlemen Party @ JKB

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

 

A Conversation with the 2015 ComFest Producers

Written by Executive Editor on February 8th, 2015
Adam Fisher-Cox and Becca Baruc.

Adam Fisher-Cox and Becca Baruc.

I had a chance to sit down with Becca Baruc ’15 and Adam Fisher-Cox ’15–co-producers for this year’s National College Comedy Festival and members of the Ad-Libs–to discuss the process for organizing the festival, their favorite ComFest moments, and what to expect from this year’s ComFest. They’re swell folks, and we had a great conversation, so check it out below. And be sure to get your tickets tomorrow at 10am in Case. Facebook event can be found here. And check out our write-up for this year’s professional groups here Click to continue »

 

Los Elk to Release New EP

Written by Executive Editor on February 4th, 2015

Album Art by Jake LiBassi.

Los Elk have just announced the released date for their upcoming EP, Rituals, which is slated to drop on February 24th. It’s been over a year since the band dropped the second installment in their (assumedly) two-part EP series, but the band has been incredibly active touring near and far for the past year–and it’s safe to assume they made their return to the studio tighter than ever.

If you’re unfamiliar with the band and their material (chyeah right), check out their discography on their Bandcamp and be sure to add to their bounty of “likes” on their Facebook page. And, of course, check back later this month to hear what I’m sure will be another solid release from the indie-pop darlings of the Skidmore music scene.

 

The Hundred Days Dance (2/7)

Written by Executive Editor on February 3rd, 2015

7th Feb.?

You’ve been bitching about not having any details, so SGA has given you want you wanted. The Hundred Days Dance is this Saturday, February 7th at the Saratoga Hilton–even though 100 days from then will be May 18th, which is two days after commencement. But who’s splitting hairs? Not me. I’m not a jaded hair-splitting asshole. Not one bit.

Tickets go on sale today (Tuesday) and will be sold at the SGA help desk from 10am to 5pm until Friday. $5 for seniors, $7 for non-seniors, and $10 at the door. You must have your ID to purchase. But if you don’t, that’s also probably fine–because it always is.

There will also be a bar (glug glug glug), so bring some cash and your ID and purchase some of the following drinks:

  • $4 specialty cocktail
  • $7 brand cocktail
  • $5.50 house wine
  • $4.50 Coors Light
  • $6.50 imported beer

Yum. Coors Light. Didn’t want shit to get too classy in the Hilton. The CDTA will also be making a stop at the Hilton every half-hour. Because nothing will make you happier to be leaving those fucks behind in 100 days than stuffing yourself onto the bus like a herd of cattle being transported via a fucking stock car.

Alternatively, I’ll be hosting the Hundred-and-One Days Party in my apartment, which will be observing the fact that I don’t have any idea what my life will hold any of the days following graduation. Really, it’ll just consist of me taking large swigs of Evan’s and crying about how I should have snagged that Ralph Lauren internship instead of backpacking through Europe to find myself that one summer. But it could be fun?

 

WSPN Big Meeting (2/2)

Written by Executive Editor on February 1st, 2015
The coolest logo for the coolest club.

The coolest logo for the coolest club.

You’ve heard the rumors, and they’re true. The esteemed position of WSPN radio show host just might be yours for the taking. Lots of guts. Lots of glory. Lots of cred among the Clark’s-wearing, undercut-sporting demigod(desse)s.

If any of this has some ounce of appeal to you, then go to the WSPN Big Meeting tomorrow night at 8pm in Gannett. Swing on by, meet the WSPN board members, and snag an application for a radio show this semester. Look into this shit now, because I’m pretty sure they dish out the good time slots based on seniority–and it’s much better to have a 4am time-slot your freshman year than your senior year when you actually start listening to good music. So start working your way up now, noob scum.

What’s that? You don’t like the shit they play on WSPN? Well, get a show and change that! Play your music! Be the meaningless change you want to see in the world.

 

The Sonneteers Reunion Jam (1/30)

Written by Major Qwik on January 30th, 2015

The Sonneteers, circa 1953, performing their rendition of Lorde’s smash hit “Royals.”

If you’re a student enrolled at Skidmore College, you’ve likely heard or seen the Sonneteers say something about being the oldest club on campus, and the time has come for them to make good on that claim!

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm, the Sonneteers will be holding a reunion jam in Zankel. That’s right! After filled yourself to the brim with warm chowder from Chowderfest (and had a sufficiently irresponsible number of $1 sake shots from Izumi), hightail it back to campus and catch the most euphonious reunion in the tri-state area. I’d imagine the odds of members from the club’s 1947 inception being there are pretty slim, since they’re unlikely to be in any state to travel or sing. Or be alive, for that matter. But still.

Just picture it: people who have never met each other will be making music with their voices, all under the unifying force that is membership in this singing group! Skidmore clubs really do bring people together and create bonds that transcend space and time, people. That shit’s so beautiful and cross-generational I just want to cry–and I’m pretty sure I gave up my ability to feel things the second I agreed to write for this website!

Besides, some of these ladies will be traveling from great distances (great distances being NYC, I’m assuming), so be sure and stop by and give them a warm reception back to their alma mater!

Also, the jam will run from 2:00 to 3:00, so if “Experience an a capella show sober” is on your bucket list, now’s your chance to scratch it off and reassess your life goals while you’re at it. But who says you have to experience it sober? Drink on a Saturday afternoon! I’m not your mother! I’ll buy alcohol for you if you’re a minor! Fuck, I’ll pre-game this with you! Please! Tweet at  me! I’m a lonely and jaded piece of shit! I need this!

 

The 17th Annual Saratoga Chowderfest

Written by Charmander on January 29th, 2015
Look how happy they all are!

Look how happy they all are!

My iPhone says that this Saturday is going to be a low of 0 degrees Fahrenheit, so we all know what that means: Time to chowder.

For those who have never been or are way too cool to go, pretty much every single restaurant in town makes their own chowder and serves it to those poor peasant souls waiting in the cold. Each chowder is $1 a cup (3oz, according to Discover Saratoga), and from my past experience, every place serves a really delicious chowder. There are all types for all people: seafood, vegetarian, gluten-free, dessert chowder, chowder-free, and even chowder for dogs! (Yes, this does mean there are so many dogs downtown that day. If you won’t go for the chowder, go for the pups.)

This is one of Saratoga Spring’s biggest events of the year. It’s a part of the annual Saratoga Winterfest, which “brings the spirit of winter to the Spa City with a week full of live music, special events, great entertainment” (according to Saratoga.com. What even is the spirit of winter, anyway?) A lot of people from out of town come to eat chowder, because what else are we supposed to do on a Saturday? Stay inside by the fire and talk to Pg? Psht.

This event is even interactive! You–yes, you!–get to vote on what you think are the best chowders in town. Because your voice counts, you precious Skidmore student you. Each participating restaurant has a ballot you can pick up, and you get to pick the best chowder Top Chef style. Finally, watching all of those cooking shows on Food Network in the gym will finally pay off. There are lots of options to vote on, including “Best Newcomer” and “Dog Chow Down” because we care about the important things in Chowderfest. A list of past winners can be found here if you’re so intrigued.

But really, this is a great event. A lot of restaurants donate their proceeds to charities and local organizations, so you can feel like you’re helping the community by eating delicious chowder. Don’t do what I did and not go because it’s cold. You already used that excuse in the midterm elections. You’ll love it, I promise (unless you don’t like having fun, then you shouldn’t go). Besides, Izumi is doing $1 sake shots and you really can’t say no to that.

Chowderfest takes place this Saturday, January 31st from 11am-4pm. A full list of participating restaurants (including what some restaurants are serving) can be found here.

 

Skidmore Student Accused on Charges of Burglary and Vandalism

Written by Executive Editor on 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 »

 

Casting Call for Student-Made Feature Film (1/29)

Written by Major Qwik on January 28th, 2015

Close enough.

Listen up, all you narcissistic and talented fucks. Nick Shafir is a senior at who just got back from film school with a hot screenplay that he’s looking to shoot right here on the sunny, sunny Skidmore College campus. Yeah a fucking screenplay. Fuck.

Shafir has provided the following description of the film: “R.I.P. OFF is a dark comedy that on its surface tells the story of two friends down on their luck who have found themselves trying to re-sell a haunted house. However, the subtext reveals a story about relationships under stress. It’s a film that’s aware of its silly concept, but makes up for it with clever humor and heartfelt character dynamics.”

Interested? I sure as hell am. Sounds like some spooky hijinks to me. Auditions will be held tomorrow (Thursday) night in Zankel 214 from 7pm to 10pm, and upon your arrival you’ll be given sides to read for the character for whom you’re choosing to audition. Check out character descriptions and other info here on the Facebook event page. Character names include “Rolly” and “Tasty James.” Ah. One of those films.