Weekend Distractions CXXXVIIII

Written by rackcity on September 18th, 2015


3:30-5:00 PM – BBQueer @ South Park/Library Green

4:00-5:15 PM – Student-led Mindfulness Yoga @ Wilson Chapel

6:30 PM – Women’s Tennis vs. RPI @ Tennis Courts

8:00 PM – SEC Presents: LUCIUS + PAVO PAVO @ The Tang


1:00-3:30 PM – Seeing Beyond Speech Workshop @ The Tang

3:30-4:30 PM – Reading Affinity Atlas with Krystal Krunch @ The Tang


3:00-5:00 PM – Skidmore Community Garden Herb Planting @ Community Garden

7:00 PM – WSPN Big Meeting @ Gannett

Missing something? Let us know in the comments below. 


What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You

Written by rackcity on September 16th, 2015
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This could be you


Skidmore Unofficial Presents: What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You (A Go-To Guide for Skidmore Girls)

Four score and seven years ago your Mom and Dad (Mom and Mom, Dad and Dad, etc.) dropped you off, kissed you on the forehead, and drove away six speeds to the wind back to New Jersey (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, they’re having an amazing time without you). (There’s also a seventy-eight percent chance they’re having sex on your childhood bed right now).

Meanwhile, you are either the coolest person on campus or you’re sitting on a rock outside of Kimball crying on the phone to your BFF Jill from UMass Amherst. You may even be thinking of throwing yourself off Jonsson/Johnson Tower (I’ve been there) (don’t do it).

Whether you’re disenchanted, riddled with insecurity, or experiencing complete euphoria, below is some advice/wisdom/stupidity. Take it or don’t, it’s not like I talk to people born after 1995 anyway.

Roommates (ugh)

If you like your roommates, congratulations. I’d rather live in a fucking Halfway House than share a 10′-7″ x 19′-10″ room with two eighteen-year-old women. My friend from Bard’s roommate took a shit on her bed freshman year and she’s never been the same.


I can promise you it’s super lame if you’re still hanging with your high school friends Hudson and Jemma from Packer Collegiate Institute or whatever two point five years into being here.

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Psychology Professor Tim Kasser to Present Dowd Lecture Tomorrow

Written by rackcity on September 15th, 2015

Yep, looks like a professor

On Wednesday, September 16 (i.e. tomorrow), psychology Professor Tim Kasser will present the Charles Dowd Lecture discussing “Capitalism, Values, and Quality of Life: An Empirical, Psychological Approach.”

A professor at Knox College, Kasser mainly focuses on studying “materialistic values,” and how those values pertain to well-being.

Click here for the lengthy rundown. 

5:30 to 6:30 PM in Gannett


SEC Presents: Big Show, Fall 2015

Written by Executive Editor on September 14th, 2015

Hannibal Buress Avoiding Eye Contact

Hannibal Buress is performing at SEC Big Show 2015. Happy Monday.

When: October 2nd, Time TBD

Where: Williamson Sports Center, Skidmore College

Will I Actually Have to Spend Money: $5

Every fall semester, SEC hosts ‘Big Show’ in our friendly neighborhood gymnasium (apparently you can watch sport games there too). Big Show is always one of the grander, drunker, and more expensive events on campus, so everyone bitches and moans when it’s not what they want. The last several years have been dominated by music: Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson and Danny Brown, and Mayer Hawthorne were the big performers of the past three years. This fall, SEC is flipping the script and giving us comedy. Ha ha!

The headliner of this year’s Big Show will be Hannibal Buress, whose most recent projects include Broad City, 30 Rock, The Eric Andre Show, and Saturday Night Live for a hot second. In addition, he also had a hell of a standup set where he famously commented on Bill Cosby’s recent infamy. Here he is singing while dressed as Morpheus.

Opening for Buress will be a comedy act that is currently TBD.

Just out of pure curiosity, let us know what you think. We have our opinions over here at Skid Unofficial, but the campus’ are much more important. Please express your pleasure or distaste for SEC – we love your snarky critiques of Campus institutions.

Audience Note: Contrary to what happened at Tig Notaro’s standup set at last year’s ComFest, if a comedian calls you out during a performance it is NOT an invitation to plug your SoundCloud, LinkedIn, or Twitter handle. Spare us all the toe-curling cringe.


Auditions Tonight!

Written by rackcity on September 13th, 2015
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If I hear that cups song one more time

If you think you’re funny or fancy yourself the next Josh Groban (ew), auditions are happening Sunday, September 13. TONIGHT.

Skidomedy Auditions

6:00 PM @ Falstaffs

Bandersnatcher Auditions

7:30 PM @ Filene

* If you don’t know where these places are located yet I suggest you ask someone that’s not wearing a lanyard or run a quick lap around Perimeter Rd asap. We’ll be sure to let you know about more events tomorrow.


In Honor of Our New Freshmen: An SU Classic

Written by Executive Editor on September 9th, 2015

If only they knew…

Originally posted in the Skidmore Unofficial Freshman Orientation Guide 

The Official Unofficial Guide to Making It Through Your First Skidmore Fall Alive:

Hey, Freshmen, We wrote you an orientation guide to help you slide smoothly into the world of post-adolescent responsibility. Before you read it, make sure you play a name game or two.  Get it?  You probably had to play so many name games this week. Ha ha! Anyway, we hope this helps you get even more oriented and we hope you have fun at Skidmore. Make sure to sharpen your pencils and wear your fancy clothes because if you don’t present yourself as a well-dressed and academically serious student from the get-go you will remain lonely until the day you graduate and be socially under-prepared for the rest of your life. Enjoy!


In college, we have a saying. It goes: Beer before liquor, get drunk quicker. Liquor before beer, you’re a queer. Or something like that. I don’t know. Sayings are hard to remember. The point is, you’re going to get drunk and you’re going to puke. A lot. Don’t worry though, somebody else will clean it up for you. Also, that’s a good way to make friends. “Hey, are you cleaning up puke? Did you know that’s my puke?” “Oh, cool. I’m Jeffrey. Want to play video games?” That’s pretty much how it goes. We have another saying too. It goes: Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. You can do anything in college and blame it on being drunk.Literally. Anything.

Anonymous Confession Board:
SkidmoreUnofficial.com has an Anonymous Confession Board (ACB) where you can talk about how you have a crush on Lucas Frank or complain about your roommate’s odors. Have you seen Ghostbusters II? The ACB is like the river of pink slime that runs underneath the city and makes everyone feel unpleasant feelings. If you post on it, please try to be nice. We reserve the right to delete anything for pretty much any reason. We’re not sure how we feel about the ACB, but people tell us it’s an enormous waste of time, so we keep it around. Maybe someday some people will get married because of one of the missed connections posts. Probably not. Please be nice.Runners Up: Adderall, Absences, Arson, Anal, Alpine, Apathy

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On the SEC Agenda

Written by hangnail on September 7th, 2015


Lucius 'Wildewoman' Album Art

Lucius’s  ‘Wildewoman’ Album Art

Welcome back! Before Case walkway becomes a clusterfuck of neon, mark your calendars with this semester’s SEC events. Here’s what’s in store:

September 7

(That’s tonight) – PSYMON SPINE and CANDY AMBULANCE. 8 pm, South Park Green. Skidmore’s own Psymon Spine and Saratoga’s Candy Ambulance (a 3 piece, self described indie-alt-punk band) will be playing to kick off the (academic) year. Things to look forward to: Psymon Spine’s vinyl release on 9/17.


September 18

LUCIUS. Outside the Tang. Time TBD. Indie, Brooklyn-based band. They’re currently touring with The Decemberists, and their ‘Wildewoman’ album single-handedly runs my car stereo.

Oct 2

BIG SHOW. Check SU in the next day or two for details on the headiner. Sorry, I’m an asshole… But it’s worth hype.

Oct 24

SAN FERMIN. Eight-pieced, Brooklyn-based band who have opened for the likes of the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. Their self-titled debut album came out in 2013, with Lucius contributing on vocals. Their sophomore album ‘Jackrabbit’ dropped in April of 2015, and you can listen to it here…


That’s what’s on the calendar so far. In addition, SEC is hoping to do at least one show a month in the newly re-vamped Falstaffs. The new space will host will new musical acts and hopefully bring back some alumni bands as well. As goes the theme, we can only hope that they will all hail from Brooklyn. In addition, Lively Lucy’s tends to bring in both local and Skidmore bands, so there will be no shortage of music this semester. Now, back to arranging your polaroids.


Rochelle Calhoun to Become Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University

Written by Executive Editor on July 14th, 2015
Rochelle Calhoun

You stay classy, Rochelle.

On June 14th, President Glotzbach announced via email to the Skidmore community that Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, has been named Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University, effective September 1, 2015.

At Princeton, Calhoun will collaborate with the Dean of the College and the Dean of the Graduate School while leading six units, including athletics, career services, religious life, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and university health services. She will head up a staff of more than 300 and responsibility for a budget of nearly $49 million to advocate for student needs while strengthening community and culture at Princeton. Click to continue »


Skidmore Music Scene: Don’t Call It a Comeback (Or Call It a Comeback)

Written by Executive Editor on May 9th, 2015
They're back, and their banner is still better than yours.

They’re back, and their banner is still better than yours.

Some of you might remember the Skidmore Music Scene blog, a self-described “buffet of media devoted to Skidmore College student bands and what not.” The website debuted in the spring of 2012, filling a glaring void in the Skidmore community. When it started, the blog consisted of posts about the (at the time) big wigs of the music scene here at Skidmore, such as The Artifiacts (RIP), Punch Drunk Monkeys (RIP), The Downlow (major fucking RIP). And (obviously) Los Elk, which at the time was just a gaggle of wide-eyed bushy-tailed freshmen who covered The Killers and Foster the People. And let’s not forget Yo Soy Milk.

Never forget Yo Soy Milk.

Naturally, shit got busy with the site’s creators, and things started to peter out as they got preoccupied with real world shit and their own musical projects and just things that don’t involve starring at a computer screen (seriously, you should just close your browser right now and go outside, because it’s fucking beautiful out lately).

Anyway, moral of the story is that things have been pretty quiet on the blog for the past year,which has been a total bummer for those of who looking for updates on the latest music happenings on campus. However, the site’s been passed on, and it’s looking like the folks who are running it now are just as committed to providing a space for a sadly underrepresented aspect of campus culture. In a recent email exchange we had, the current head of the SMS blog said, “I’m hoping to make it a more active page that has reviews of new student music, discusses the state of the scene and what people want to see change in it, as well as just talk bands that people think should come through.”

Sounds great to me. Check out the blog and catch up on what’s been going on with old and new faces in the scene. You can also find an ever-expanding list of current and old Skidmore bands/artist here. And be sure to keep posted on the site and their Facebook page for updates on the latest and greatest in the Skidmore music scene–and if you have something you’d like to submit and get on the site, do so here.


17th Annual Academic Festival (4/29)

Written by Executive Editor on April 28th, 2015
This could be you!

This could be you!

Tomorrow, April 28 from 9:00-4:20, the college will hold its 17th annual Academic Festival, an all-day event showcasing student achievement from nearly every department on campus.

I know you probably hear this shit and think “yo that sounds boring as fuck and classes are over,” but if you check out the schedule of events (you should), you’ll see that there’s actually a lot of cool projects going on. I won’t be featured, because I suck. But odds are some of your pals/classmates will be presenting some of the work they’ve been doing for the past semester/year.

Here’s a small sampling of some projects you can check out tomorrow:

  • “Stubborn Grapes: The Globalization of the French Wine Industry”
  • “Repurposing America’s Pastime: A Study of the Off Track Thoroughbred Programs in Saratoga Springs”
  • “The Modern Presidency and the Dynamics of American Political Regimes”
  • “A Sisterhood of Song: A Celebration of Literary Women in Music”
  • “Harry Potter and the Economics of Wage Discrimination”
  • “‘No Country But My Body:’ Dressing and Addressing the Female”
  • “Gender at Play: The Relationship between Social Integration and Self-Image Among Division III College Athletes”

Fuck. And I could go on. Every once in a while you get some proof that people do more at this school than complain about the smoking policy (still bullshit, even though it doesn’t do jack-shit) and Yik Yak about Stables never happening anymore, so swing by Academic Festival tomorrow.

The festivities begin at 9:00am (earlier than I’ve woken up all semester) and will run until 4:20. What perfect timing!

Get it? Weed.