Weekend Distractions CXX

Written by Jonze on April 24th, 2014

6:00pm- “I am not ‘Mutilated’”: Speaking Out Against Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Campaigns @ Davis
7:00pm- Sheldon Answers: Are American Youth Apathetic? @ Filene Recital Hall
7:00pm- 59 Seconds Video Festival @ Tang Teaching Museum
8:00pm- The Happening @ Falstaffs

6:00pm- Allie Chipkin’s Senior Songwriting Performance @ Wilson Chapel
7:00pm- Rithmos presents: ‘Twas the Night Before Fun Day… Disney Princesses and Beyoncé @ Dance Theater
8:00pm- Tang Party @ Tang Teaching Museum
9:00pm- Skidomedy Presents: A Fireside Chat @ Gannett
9:30pm- Souled Out: Lift Every Voice Final Show @ Filene Recital Hall
10:00pm- Dynamics Spring Jam @ Filene Recital Hall

12:00pm- Fun Day @ South Park Green
10:00pm- UJIMA Fun Day After Party @ Falstaffs

6:00pm- Climbing Poetree Hip Hop & Spoken Word Performance @ Case Green

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Today: Nick Confessore Lecture In Davis

Written by donttakenoBS on April 23rd, 2014

This is Nick. Say hello.

One of the perks of getting the New York Times on this campus, besides the Monday crossword puzzle, is the selection of speakers. Today in Davis at 5pm, Nick Confessore, a NYT political writer, is speaking.

Mr. Confessore led the paper’s coverage of super PACs, campaign finance issues, and political fundraising during the 2012 presidential campaign. Previously, he wrote about New York state politics and government for the Metropolitan Desk. He has also worked in the Brooklyn and City Hall bureaus of The Times.

Before joining The Times in 2004, Mr. Confessore was an editor at The Washington Monthly and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He began his career as a staff writer at The American Prospect.

It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Nick Confessore, Davis Auditorium, 5pm


Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Survival Guide to Fun Day Weekend

Written by Jonze on April 22nd, 2014
Yes.  It's a fun day.  People are excited.  Stay safe and clean up your fucking trash.

Yes. It’s a fun day. People are excited. Stay safe and clean up your fucking trash.

Ah, yes.  It’s finally time to begin preparing for Fun Day weekend.  Classes are winding down, the weather is improving, and everyone on campus is ready to blow off a little (a lot) of steam.  With a crazy busy weekend of debauchery ahead, we figured you should all get a quick rundown on how you should prepare and how it’ll all go down.

Get all of your homework done.  Seriously.  The last thing you’ll want to do is school work the day after Fun Day.  Even if you’re not planning on drinking Saturday, everyone in your life will be either exhausted, hung over, sunburnt, or some combination of the three.  It’s best to get things out of the way and give yourself time to recuperate and to watch Netflix.  Also, it’s a great chance to talk with your friends about who’s buying what alcohol for the weekend, where you’re pregaming (and gaming), and the easiest way to eat a hearty breakfast.

The Happening.  It’s Lively Lucy’s crazy ridiculous ’60s art throwback to the times of Andy Warhol and recreational acid tripping in the East Village. It’s at Falstaff’s.  Way more clubs than you can count come together for wacky, zany cross-pollenated artistic activities.  And if you’re not into that type of thing, take this as your last chance to get your work done for the weekend and to rest up.

Get your booze!  Get your food!  Take the time when you’re done with classes to stock up on your Fun Day supplies.  This includes (but isn’t limited to) alcohol, hearty breakfast food, mid-day snacks, an opaque water bottle, SUNSCREEN, enough cigarettes to get you through a week (trust me), a backpack, whatever other substances you plan on consuming, and potentially a parasol.  By this point you should know who you’re partying with and where, too.  And at night, it’s the Tang Party!  Go take a walk outside the Tang and check out some sweet student art installations.  It’s also featuring a pretty sweet lineup of student bands that aren’t on the Fun Day roster: Psymon Spine, Pooch, Triceracops, and Queen Ambrosia.  While it may be your natural inclination to drink to your heart’s content on a Friday night, we advise building up to a very slight buzz and stopping there.  You’re going to consume a lot of alcohol on Fun Day, and you want to give your body time to flush out whatever you’ve been drinking the night before, so make sure it’s not too much.


Yes, people will be in headdresses and minimal clothes, keep your composure, it’s Fun Day

It’s here!  It’s Fun Day!  Take a look at  your daily schedule:
8:15am- Wake up!  Crack a beer and make a mimosa cuz it’s time for Fun Day!  Start slow and steady to stay safe.
8:40am- Shower beer.  Fucking do it.
9:15am- Off campus?  Time to get the fuck on campus so you’re not designating a driver the morning of Fun Day.  Bring cab fare.
9:30am- Breakfast.  Whether it’s dhall or cooking in the apartments, make sure you eat a great breakfast.  Maybe try a Bloody Mary or just have another PBR and a shot of Crystal Palace
10:20am- Begin preparing the day’s worth of drunk juice.  For my friends and me, that is a gin bucket.  Take a large plastic bin and empty in it three of the cheapest handles of gin you can find.  Pair that with seven bottles of Fresca, a bag of quartered and squeezed limes, and a bag of ice from Stewart’s.  Stir and drink.
11:00am- Apply sunscreen.  Use the nasty spray stuff to cake yourself and some nicer cream shit for your face.  Why am I even telling you this?  You’re a college student!
11:20am- Partake in an outdoor activity as you make your way to the green.  Bocce, frisbee, a rousing game of catch, I don’t give a fuck.  Just make sure you’re on the South Park Green (that’s the one behind the library, not in front of dhall) by noon.  Get your spot, grab some free sunglasses courtesy of SGA, and try not to throw up on Robin Adams.  Throw up on Josh Nelson.
12:00pm- Beardo Otter takes the stage!  Woo live music!
12:50pm- OJ Johnson DJ set. Re-up on booze from your dorm.
1:15pm- Eat something hearty and with lots of protein and carbs.  Drink some water while you’re at it.
1:20pm- There will be a naked run.  You will see your Outing Club friends naked.  Just keep drinking and it will all end soon.
1:40pm- Bo Peep and the Funk Sheep plays!  More live music and dancing!
2:30pm- DJDLi (Daniel Li) DJ set. Try out the bounce house!
3:20pm- Los Elk plays!  The trifecta of animal themed bands is complete!
4:10pm- Lt. Surge (Allan Brown & Zach Gordon) DJ set. Are you still safe?
5:00pm- Nap.  Seriously.  Crash, pass out, and get some sleep to get the drunk out of you.  You’ve been sitting outside in the sun consuming ungodly portions of alcohol all day.  Give your body a break.
8:00pm- Eat something.  Preferably greasy and from Char Koon.  Drink a lot of water, take some Tylenol, and try to get your body started briefly.
9:00pm- Take a SOBER walk outside.  You’re too tired to drink or smoke some pot still.  The fresh air will do you some good.
9:45pm- It’s make-or-break-o’clock.  Decide if you’re going out or not.  I will not.  You may, but be respectful of the people who went way harder than you and still can’t move.
1:00am- Go the fuck to sleep.

Take a personal day.  For once you don’t have to do anything on a Sunday.  Stay in bed, watch some Netflix, and snack your ass off throughout the day.  Perfect chance to catch up on Game of Thrones.  Drink lots of water.

And there you have it!  Just remember to stay safe, know your limits, and have a great weekend.  Try not to spoil this for the future Skidmore generations…



WOOD(worth)STOCK: A Skidmore Music Scene Showcase

Written by Executive Editor on April 21st, 2014
Everybody's favorite band will be here. And Marc Woodworth, so you gotta go.

Everybody’s favorite band will be here. And Marc Woodworth, so you gotta go.

Writing Rock is a hidden jem of the Skidmore English Department. Offered every-other semester or so by Marc Woodworth (Avid music and cultural critic, author of Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousands 33 1/3rd book, and associate editor at Salmagundi), Writing Rock is an intensive writing workshop about the history and current state of music journalism.

Students learn how to analyze, critique, and report on popular music and artists. As part of the course, each student picked an on-campus (or Skidmore-affiliated) band to profile. You can read those profiles at SkidmoreWritingRock14.Wordpress.com

The class is organizing a showcase to present the bands that they have written about. There are 11 bands and solo artists that will be performing short sets. The line-up includes:

Quick Fix
Free Cake for Every Creature
Amir Rivera-Lieberman
Elliot Daniels
Melissa Chilinski
Phil Ortiz
Ryan Meczywor
Ethan Carpene
Katie Martucci
Ian Bakerman

Wood(worth)Stock is tomorrow, Tuesday the 22nd, at the amphitheater outside of Zankel at 5 p.m. Rain location: Falstaff’s. 


Weekend Distractions CXIX

Written by Jonze on April 17th, 2014

7:00pm- LINE Art Review Magazine Release Party @ Tang Teaching Museum
8:00pm- Fundraiser for Saratoga County Outreach @ Putnam Den
9:30pm- Triceracops and EVOLFO DOOFEHT @ Falstaffs

2:00pm- Women’s Softball vs. St. Lawrence University @ Softball Field
4:00pm- Women’s Softball vs. St. Lawrence University @ Softball Field
7:00pm- Accents Spring Jam @ Gannett
8:00pm- Strange and Familiar Places: Spring Dance Concert 2014 @ Dance Theater
8:00pm- Rubblebucket @ Zankel
10:00pm- #Trebsprblmz: Treblemakers Spring Jam @ Filene Hall
10:30pm- ULTIMATE Friday Night Stand-Up @ SPA

11:00am- Tommy Corcoran’s Senior Voice Recital @ Zankel
12:00pm- Men’s Baseball vs. Union College @ Baseball Field (Double Header!)
1:00pm- Women’s Lacrosse vs. RPI @ Wachenheim Field
1:00pm- Men’s Tennis vs. Williams College @ Tennis Courts
2:00pm- Men’s Baseball vs. Union College @ Baseball Field (Double Header!)
2:00pm- Strange and Familiar Places: Spring Dance Concert 2014 @ Dance Theater
2:00pm- Matt Gaydar’s Senior Composition Recital @ Zankel
5:00pm- Laura Pendleton’s Senior Voice Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm- ELEMENT Fashion Show @ Tang Teaching Museum
8:00pm- Strange and Familiar Places: Spring Dance Concert 2014 @ Dance Theater
8:00pm- 100 YEARS OF DRASTICS (10th Year Anniversary Jam) @ Filene Hall
8:00pm- Katherine Murphy’s Senior Flute Recital @ Zankel
9:30pm- [AKTV] @ Gannett
10:00pm- Pulse Final Show @ Davis
10:00pm- Sonnets Spring Jam @ Filene Hall

All Day- Easter (Go egg hunting)


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CTM Photo and Video Contest Winners

Written by Executive Editor on April 17th, 2014

If you’ve walked through the Dhall atrium, you’ve probably seen these photos displayed, as well as signs that say “Video Contest Winner” with one of those QR Code things that tell the NSA where you are at all times. Well, here they are.

Above is the first video winner, a collaborative effort between Daniel Li (director), Chris Beckett (cameraman/editor), and Skidmore’s street dance crew 213 Crew. The other winner is Dorothea Trufelman, with a film entitled “Moving Pictures:”

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BADBADNOTGOOD Tears Up Earth Day, Sits Down For Interview

Written by Jonze on April 16th, 2014
Alex Sowinski of BADBADNOTGOOD plays in front of an epic sunset.  Photo by Matt Schonfeld

Alex Sowinski of BADBADNOTGOOD plays in front of an epic sunset. Photo by Matt Schonfeld

I first heard of BADBADNOTGOOD in the winter of my freshman year.  My roommates were giving me a hip hop education, and everyone I knew started listening to Odd Future rappers Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.  We listened to and watched everything we could find online.  A random YouTube search took us to a video of three kids still in music school.  Clearly set up in a classroom reminiscent of Zankel, the three began playing the opening chords to Tyler, the Creator’s “Bastard.”  The next thing I know they’re shredding through Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade,” but never how I had heard it before.  Gone were the drum machines, synthesizers, and vocals.  Inserted in their stead were acoustic piano, electric bass, and drums.  Jazz chords, and soloing, took the arrangement by storm building the song to a huge climax.  And just like that, I was hooked.

One viral video later, the trio quickly released their first record, BBNG1.  Buzz soon formed, and we learned that the three were jazz performance students at Toronto’s Humber College.  Almost overnight, an outpouring of love came from the hip hop community.  Tyler, the Creator played, soloed, and improvised with them.  Giles Peterson became an early fan and included them in his Worldwide Awards in London, England.  They released BBNG2, and then Frank Ocean called upon them to back him up at Coachella.  They’ve produced for Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, and currently have much more in the works.  In anticipation for their first label-backed release BBNG3, off of Innovative Leisure, they headlined the annual WSPN Earth Day Music Festival.  Before their jaw-dropping, mosh pit-inducing set, we got to show them around Zankel and give them a jazz student’s inside look at the Skidmore music department.  After we got to show off for a sec, the whole crew sat down (along with their producer, Frank Dukes) for a rousing conversation about performance, hip hop, and what it means to be a jazz kid in 2014:

So which one of you at the end of BBNG 1 was like “Fuck Giant Steps, I hate that song?” 

Matty: It was Alex.

So as a drummer why do you hate “Giant Steps” so much if you don’t have to deal with the chords for it? 

Alex Sowinski: Well I don’t really hate “Giant Steps” anymore. I don’t really hate it. It’s actually a pretty fucking badass song originally

Matty Tavarez: I mean I don’t think any of us really hated the song. I think we hated the performance practice of it. It’s like “Can you play ‘Giant Steps’?” You know what I mean? But it’s actually not that difficult…if you go to music school. It’s stupid that people talk it up.

Alex: I was just being stupid and getting fed up with Jazz school.

Matty Tavarez: Yeah, we were in Jazz school and everybody’s like learning their new triadic elements and shit.

Do you think you’ve gotten a lot more from being out of that conservatory/Jazz school community? 

Alex: Yeah, one hundred percent, definitely. We’ve learned a thousand times more from being out of school for the last year and a half.

Chester Hansen: It’s just such a small part of music that you focus on in school and once you branch out into other things you realize how much more there is.

Did you guys get shit for the kind of Jazz you were playing from your professors? 

Alex: I mean the funny thing is, when we were in school we weren’t really playing stuff like that. It was literally like goofing around and jamming. The only time we played it for our professors was the one assignment we did with [Chester] basically, which, yeah, we got shit for.

Matty: It wasn’t like we were the dudes around town. It was more just us goofing around in our free time.

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LINE Magazine Release Party This Thursday

Written by Executive Editor on April 16th, 2014
So many cool LINES on this poster.

So many cool LINES on this poster.

LINE, Skidmore’s only art review magazine, will be holding it’s release party this Thursday. LINE is a student-run publication that reviews artwork around campus. They review art in the Schtick Gallery, Case Gallery, as well as the Tang. In the past LINE has been a per-semester publication, but this year the editors decided to expand the size and span across the school year. They’ve revamped their image and created a more cohesive and far-reaching publication.

The event will be held in the Tang and will feature live music by Skidmore’s own Otter, Jennifer Florence, Ethan Carpene, and the Accents. In addition to live music there will be food and drinks. And, of course, there will be free copies of LINE.

Tang Museum Atrium on Thursday, April 17 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. 


An Interview With The Boys Behind The Award Winning Leaf Pile Media

Written by Executive Editor on April 16th, 2014
These guys, right?

These guys, right?


As freshman year suitemates, Ian VanNest, Walter Barber, and Andrew Zimmerman spent hours examining and analyzing comic books, graphic novels, cartoons, and video games. They shared a love for depictions of fictional worlds. Not unlike other freshman living in the dorms, the three envisioned creating something bigger–something that rivaled the card games, video games, books, and cartoons that they admired. Though, for many freshman, dreams like that are intangible; you move on, lose touch with those freshman year friends, and the hopes of creating together evaporate into the impending stress of real world responsibility.

But Ian, Walter, and Andy never lost touch or forgot their plans. They’ve lived together since freshman year and haven’t stopped creating. They’ve developed a world called Hara and its corresponding game, “Champions of Hara.” And they’ve created a platform to hold that world, Leaf Pile Media, a “transmedia start-up.”

On the weight of Leaf Pile, and their fictional world, they won Skidmore’s fourth annual Kenneth A Freirich Business Competition. With $20,000 freshly in the pocket they hope to create a conglomerate of media ranging from graphic novels (in order to tell the full story), board games (to get people involved with the characters), animated shorts, mobile games, etc. etc. etc. There are no boundaries for what they can do with Leaf Pile, if there were, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun.

We caught up with Walter and Ian to talk about the development of their game and media company, the business competition, and plans for the future.

So when you guys lived together freshman year, were you coming up with this game?

Walter: No, we weren’t making the game yet but in a lot of ways the inception process was starting. We used to [indulge] and sit around and just cram over comic books and read stories and look at the graphics and just be like “Ohhh!” and flip the page and be like “Ohhh!” Just getting so hyped about these stories. Or craming around the TV playing video games at night and just being so into it and so analytical of it. And so this world that we’re putting out right now didn’t start until junior year, but the creative team was coming together.

When you were coming up with this game did you ever think you would enter the business competition?

Ian: It wasn’t the first goal, no, but then we talked to someone who has become sort of a mentor, Devin Low, who used to be one of the head developers for Magic The Gathering.

How did you meet him?

Walter: He’s actually my brother’s old friend from elementary school into high school and we were like lets get this meeting. And he actually just made Marvel’s most recent game. He works for PopCap Games now, they did “Plants vs. Zombies.”

Ian: So he looked at our game and was like, “You guys have something cool here, but you could do way more with this little story if you develop it.”

Walter: He was basically like if you actually want to do this, well a game will get you nowhere. You need to think about the story, the brand, the franchise, the characters—you need to make that real. And from there, that was like the start. And then we started talking to Sam Schultz, who is the kid who won last year, about how to make money.

Ian: We started to realize we don’t just have a game, we have a business.

Walter: Well, still hoping.

Ian: Yeah, still hoping. I mean, a couple millionaires told us that we have a good idea so that’s a good place to start.

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Screening The Crash Reel Tomorrow In Davis

Written by Executive Editor on April 15th, 2014

You know how when you watch the X Games it seems as if the athletes are super human, impervious to injury or failure? Well, freestyle snow sports are dangerous fucking endeavors in which bones are broken on the regular and death is never too far from a tragic reality.

The story of Kevin Pearce makes this utterly clear. At 20-years-old, Pierce was a prized snowboarder, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Winter X Games. He was Shaun White great, slated to be his main competition in halfpipe at the 2010 winter olympics. But all those wide-eyed aspirations and opportunities were abruptly cut short when Pearce suffered a debilitating head injury while trying to pull a cab double cork in a pipe in Salt Lake City. It was, at the time, a boundary-pushing trick that few were capable of, though, one that is now commonplace for any high-status snowboard competition.

The Crash Reel is a 2013 documentary about Pearce’s snowboarding life: his promising rise and harrowing fall. It’s full of fearless feats of insanity and the heart-wrenching results those risks can cause.

The Crash Reel is being screening April 16th (Wednesday), at 7 p.m. in Davis Auditorium