The Sketchies Present: Sweet Sixteen Alumni Show

Written by Executive Editor on February 27th, 2015

Blow out your candle, Sketchies.

Did you know that The Sketchies are 16-years old? I doubt it. But like all 16-year-olds, they want you to know about it. To commemorate the landmark anniversary of the club, they’ll be holding a show tomorrow night in Gannett, featuring performances from current and former Sketchies alike.

You can check out the full list of returning alumni on the Facebook event page. They seem to range from very-recently-graduated to old-enough-that-I-can’t-find-any-mention-of-their-relation-to-Skidmore-on-the-Internet. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that Chris Fleming (who you might have seen on this Super Bowl commercial) will be in attendance. But it’s worth noting that the show will feature Michael Zegen, who you might (or might not) know from The Walking Dead, Rescue Me, or Girls. So that will be pretty cool. Maybe he’ll give you an autograph! (Don’t ask him for an autograph. He’s just a person who wants to live his life.)

Show starts at 10:30pm in Gannett. Maybe go there from the Ad-Libs Newbie Show and make it a night of laughs?

 

Addison Bennett and Soraya Attia Write Open Letter on Sexual Misconduct

Written by Executive Editor on February 27th, 2015

Thursday evening, the Skidmore community received the the following email sent on behalf of SGA President Addison Bennett ’16 and Senior Class President Soraya Attia ’15:

Dear Friends, Peers, Classmates, and all Skidmore Community Members,

As members of this community, we are writing in support of the recent efforts to bring attention to sexual and gender-based misconduct (SGBM) at Skidmore. This is an issue we have been working as SGA to address since the start of the academic year. Through the It’s Happening Here campaign and our work with the Advisory Council on SGBM, we have made strides to effect concrete policy changes that prioritize student safety and promote a zero-tolerance environment. Reina Kiefer’s readmission hearing protest on March 13 is one of the many examples of activism we have been calling for this year. We urge students to attend this peaceful protest to show our Student Body’s support for survivors across our campus. SGBM happens far too often at Skidmore and, as students, we must stand up together and work to prevent it.

It is time to become the zero-tolerance campus we wish to be. When a community member commits a sexual crime, we should not welcome that person on our campus. SGA has been working with the Advisory Council, the Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs, and other parties to make significant revisions to the SGBM policy, including:

  1. Changing sanction language to state that the College expects the SGBM Hearing Board to expel students found in violation in all cases of SGBM.
  2. When the Board does not choose expulsion, it must justify its decision in a written rationale for the case’s official record, which would be available to both parties.
  3. Expanding definitions of SGBM to include types of misconduct Skidmore does not currently account for, such as emotional and financial abuse.

Thanks to the work of the many student leaders and the responsiveness of the Advisory Council to our serious recommendations, we are proud to announce that changes along these lines and more are likely to be added to the official policy very soon.

​We know the numbers. Too many students of all gender identities experience SGBM while at college. Furthermore, the statistics available to us at this moment suggest that offenders will take advantage of other individuals more than once. According to Jed Rubenfeld in his 2014 New York Times article, Mishandling Rape, “Research suggests that more than 90 percent of campus rapes are committed by a relatively small percentage of college men — possibly as few as 4 percent — who rape repeatedly, averaging six victims each. Yet these serial rapists overwhelmingly remain at large, escaping serious punishment.” At the start of this year, we knew we needed to work toward practices that acknowledge this reality and adequately sanction all sexual offenders.

We are proud to say that progress has already been made so that students will not have to go through what Reina is going through moving forward.  However, at this moment, there are wrongs that must be corrected if Skidmore truly does hold its community values to a high standard. We are here to represent and stand by each and every student on this campus and to advocate for what is right.

​As student leaders — but most importantly, as Skidmore students — who have taken on this task of advocating for changes to our policy and culture, we have been heartbroken and humbled to hear stories from our friends and peers who have experienced SGBM at Skidmore. Whatever our policies may state, in the very real experiences of these innocent survivors, Skidmore does not always appear to prioritize their needs over those of the individuals found in violation.

To Hearing Board administrators and faculty: We implore you to remember the voice of the student body and the changes we have been advocating. Do not allow rapists to be a part of our community.

To the students: We urge you to take notice of this issue, educate yourself, and take steps to establish yourself as our ally against SGBM. We look forward to changes not only to our policy, but also to our culture, and we need your commitment to achieve that end.

To survivors: We admire your strength, and we offer you our advocacy as peers and friends. Please know that you have the support of an overwhelming majority of students and their representatives through SGA. We respect the difficult burden that you must bear, and we hope that the increased attention drawn to this issue will serve to combat without causing further harm.

We hope that our friends, peers, and classmates become our allies in setting Skidmore’s community standards on sexual and gender-based misconduct to a level as high we believe they should be.

Sincerely,

Soraya and Addison

 

Weekend Distractions CXXXIII

Written by Executive Editor on February 26th, 2015

THURSDAY:
7:00pm – String Faculty Concert @ Zankel
7:00pm – ArtWork: Careers in the Visual Arts @ Tang
8:00pm – Film Screening: Walkout @ Library Viewing Room
8:00pm – Lux Deluxe & Salmon of Knowledge Live @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Sex Mythbusters: What You Didn’t Learn in High School @ Ladd 206

FRIDAY:
3:30pm – Ad-Libs Improv Auditions @ JKB Theater
6:00pm – Shared Spaces Opening @ Spring Street Gallery
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
8:00pm – Jan Vinci & Reiko Uchid Performance @ Zankel
8:15pm – Film Screening: Dear White People @ Gannett

SATURDAY:
6:00pm – Film Screening: Pretty Faces @ Davis
7:30pm – Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Union @ Vernon Arena
8:00pm – The Genki Spark Performance @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
9:30pm – Ad-Libs Newbie Show @ Wiecking Basement
10:30pm – The Sketchies “Sweet Sixteen” Alumni Show @ Gannett

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad @ JKB
8:00pm – Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Quintet @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

 

Protest Against Readmission Hearing Scheduled for March 13th

Written by Major Qwik on February 25th, 2015

The hand says it all.

With over 1300 people invited on Facebook and YikYak buzz aplenty, you’ve likely heard about the Readmission Hearing Protest by now, but just in case, you haven’t, here it goes…

On Friday, March 13th, at 2:00pm, the school will holding a hearing for the readmission of a student convicted of three violations of Skidmore’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (who had thereby been suspended from campus for a year), which both the student in question and his victim will be attending. As a response to the hearing–in addition to the perpetrator’s violation of his sanctions when he visited campus last weekend–the victim is holding a peaceful and silent protest that same day at 1:00pm, right before the hearing begins, in the space right outside Gannett. Click to continue »

 

Open Forum on Divestment THIS WEDNESDAY

Written by Glotzbach's Evil Twin on February 24th, 2015

Important shit is important.

This Wednesday, the Skidmore College Task Force on Divestment will be holding two open forums at 1:00pm and 5:30pm in Gannett. The purpose of this forum is best described by the Facebook event:

Following the release of the Phase I Report, the Task Force on Divestment is holding Open Forums for the community, both to answer questions about the report’s contents, and to get substantive input from all members of the Skidmore community about their attitudes, feelings, and opinions concerning divestment.

You can access the report here.

This is important. Divestment is a complex and multi-layered issue. Divestment will effect the endowment of Skidmore. It will also reflect the values of Skidmore. Although many colleges and institutions have divested or pledged to divest, it may not be the right choice for our school. Read the report and educate yourself before attending the open forum. Showing up and saying “but the Eaaaarrrthhhh maaaaan” will help no one. With that said, attending the open forum is also a great opportunity to become educated about the issue.

Hope to see you in Gannett at 1:00pm and/or 5:30pm on Wednesday! Do it for your kids.

 

Los Elk Release ‘Rituals’

Written by Executive Editor on February 24th, 2015

Moments like this don’t actually happen in real life.

Throw up your antlers and bust out those credit cards, folks, because Los Elk‘s new EP, Rituals, has hit the world wide web for streaming.

Featuring three new tracks–two in their usual yet tight-as-ever upbeat sound, and one slower jam that just shreds at the end–the dancey-rock quartet shows that their time on the road and in the studio has done them well. The production is sleeker than ever, and the songs showcase an impressive amount of musical complexity that separates the band from most artists that produce material this infectious.

For fans of the band’s previous efforts (which you probably are), you’ll find plenty to love in the 10 minutes that this release spans. And if you’re not a fan, well, I have to go to a class that starts in two minutes, so I really can’t think of anything clever to balance that out.

Check out an acoustic version of the “Neighbors,” the EP’s second track, below. And check out the new release–which can be downloaded for a modest $3–on the band’s Bandcamp.

 

Eskimo Sister Releases Full-Length Debut, ‘Kids These Days’

Written by Major Qwik on February 22nd, 2015

“You waved back and then I farted”

Lo-fi/tweemo pioneers Eskimo Sister (ex-Yo Soy Milk and Free Cake for Every Creature) have been teasing you with a demo here and there (not to mention a killer twitter presence), and now they’re pleased (but probably not) to bring you their debut full-length, Kids These Days.

Featuring shared vocal duties from Johnny Murphy, Brandon Dyer, and Giulia Morrone, Kids These Days fits right in with the ever-burgeoning lo-fi scene that you might have seen showcased on this site by Free Cake for Every Creature, but Eskimo Sister injects their own brand of sadness/silliness/sweetness that makes the record a joy to listen to. I mean, come on, the opening track features the following gem of a verse:

had a dream I shot paul mccartney
the bullet went through his head
then it his morrisey
now they both are dead

And that’s just the first song on the record, folks. “Chinatown” is still one of the better and catchier tracks released in the Skidmore music scene as of late, and “Virginity Dirge” showcases Murphy’s ever-impressive penchant for alt-country, while the aforementioned opening track features some killer shreds on the part of Brandon Dyer. Stylistically, the band covers some pretty impressive ground with Kids These Days, but it’s all very much in the realm of their patented sound that fills some much needed gaps in the music scene here at Skidmore.

You can download the album for free on Eskimo Sister’s Bandcamp, so don’t hesitate to do so and make Murphy and co. a little bit happier.

 

Weekend Distractions CXXXII

Written by Executive Editor on February 20th, 2015

FRIDAY:
5:15pm – Lecture: “The Question of the Future” by Barbara Black @ Davis
6:00pm – Bellydance Workshop @ Falstaff’s
7:00pm – Banff Film Fest @ Zankel

SATURDAY:
3:00pm – Dance Workshop with Crazy Legs @ The Tang (Payne Room)
6:30pm – Hip Hop Dance Competition @ The Tang (Payne Room)
7:00pm – Student Gala Concerto Concert @ Zankel
7:30pm – Sushi Dinner & Film Screening: Jiro Dreams of Sushi @ Gannett
8:00pm – Free Show: Juliet Kleber and Colonel Seamus @ 130 Woodlawn Ave
9:00pm – AKT Presents: Improvised Movie Database @ Filene
9:00pm – Winter Warm Up @ Spa

SUNDAY:
2:00pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Clarkson
3:00pm – John Chowning Performance @ Zankel
4:00pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Clarkson
7:45pm – Oscar’s Viewing Party @ Gannett

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!

 

Lively Lucy’s Present: Iguana Mañana & Tim Lok Chan

Written by Executive Editor on February 18th, 2015

What a poster.

Tomorrow night at 8:00, old reliables Lively Lucy’s will be hosting jam extraordinaires Iguana Mañana  and Tim Lok Chan in Falstaff’s.

Little is known about the latter, but a reliable source insists “theyre [sic] not lame.” Iguana Mañana has yet to release any official recordings, but they’ve recorded a couple live performances and a practice session, which you can check out on frontman Henry Coxe’s YouTube channel to get a sampling of what they’re all about.

There’s also a YouTube video for a user named “tim lok chan.” I don’t really think that has anything to do with anything, but feel free to check those out and watch someone playing Minecraft or making shit out of rice.

Check out the Facebook event page here.

 

Skidmore Theater Presents: The Penelopiad

Written by Executive Editor on February 17th, 2015
Holy shit.

Holy shit.

Tickets are currently available for the Skidmore Theater Department‘s spring black box production, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. Directed by Emily Moler ’15, The Penelopiad opens Friday, Feb. 27th and runs until March 4th.

In a splendid contemporary twist on The Odyssey, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give a voice to Penelope, wife of Odysseus, and to her twelve maids. In this dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is unsettling. With wit and verve, drawing on the story-telling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, Atwood gives Penelope new life and reality–and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

Reservations are a must, as the show will most definitely sell out. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for general admission. Contact the Box Office at 518-580-5439 or boxoffice@skidmore.edu for ticket information, or just check out the “Get Tickets” page to directly purchase tickets.

The spring black box production is always directed by a student, so if you’re looking for some fresh theater that isn’t produced by some old fart, get your reservations now and support one of your peers who’s actually doing shit and making something cool.