Save Saratoga Needs You and Yours To Sign a Petition

Written by Executive Editor on April 10th, 2014

First off, this guy above is the truth. Second off, politics and local legislation is messy.

Save Saratoga, the local organization fighting back on the state’s plans to build a casino in Saratoga Springs, is back at it, and wants your help. Remember weeks ago when they threw that benefit concert at Putnam Den with local celebrity Maryleigh Roohan and Bo Peep and The Funk Sheep?  And they were supposedly successful in getting the necessary support to oppose the casino? Well, like I said, politics is messy and the state has thrown the burden back on the city to gain local support.

Save Saratoga now wants your support, Skidmore students and alumni. They want you, as productive member of this community, to voice your opposition to the building of a casino. I mean, who wants to go to college in a gambling town? We’re already handing thousands of dollars over to the administration, so why give another excuse to throw money at The Man?

Sign the petition at Change.Org

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Megan McArdle Speaking At Gannett Today

Written by Executive Editor on April 10th, 2014
She's a journalist not a parachuter.

She’s a journalist not a parachuter.

Megan McArdle is a longtime journalist and blogger who focuses much of her work on economics and politics.

She had worked in economics and written about the business for a few years when, in 2003, she was brought on by The Economist as a writer, but soon became an editor when she helped launch The Economist’s Free Exchange blog in 2006. Since then she has bounced around the media scene, with a brief stint as editor of The Atlantic, staff writer at Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, and so on. Her politics are certainly right-leaning and libertarian.

She will be talking about her latest work, The Upside of Down:Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, at Gannett today at 8 p.m. 


Anita Kunz To Give Lecture At Schick Art Gallery

Written by Executive Editor on April 9th, 2014
I am super uncomfortable right now.

I am super uncomfortable right now.

This is (loosely) what Anita Kunz does; she creates art that comments on the human body and its relationship to nature and animals. She’s a steady contributor to The New Yorker, where she draws cool covers images like the puppetmaster baby. She has also done work for Time magazine, Rolling StoneVanity Fair, and The New York Times, amongst many others.

Her work is on display from now until May 2nd in the Schtick Art Gallery, the exhibition is called ”Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012.” She’s canadian, too. As a world-renowned graphic artists, Kunz will be speaking tonight at 6pm in the Schtick Gallery. The Lecture is free and open to the public. 

Oh, and she once made this image of Justin Bieber:

I'm still uncomfortable.

I’m still uncomfortable.


Be The Editor Of Skidmore Unofficial Next Year

Written by Executive Editor on April 8th, 2014
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This is real.

Skidmore Unofficial is seeking an editor. We don’t offer any college credit, or financial compensation, or even an office space to work in, but that shouldn’t discourage you. We offer a blog and a byline for you to write about Skidmore College, campus life, culture, and Phil and Marie Glotzbach, as well as maybe receiving free admission to events (or at least theatre productions). We will supply a Twitter account with 680 followers, a Facebook page with 608 likes, and a Gmail account with 247 unread messages. 

If you’re an English student with journalistic aspirations it’s a nice gig that will force you to write a lot and make judgements about things you probably normally wouldn’t give a shit about.

To apply, send a brief email with your name and class year to, along with a few writing samples. Bonus points if you decide to write up a post about an upcoming event on campus, just as you might see on the site.


Earth Day Promises Killer Musical Lineup feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

Written by Jonze on April 8th, 2014
Another Garrett Lloyd Evans design.  Kid is killing it.

Another Garrett Lloyd Evans design. Kid is killing it.

Skidmore’s annual Earth Day Festival brings together various clubs around campus to provide family-friendly “earth-centered activities” for the campus community to enjoy.  We already know about a clothing swap, an afternoon hike, free food, and a petting zoo featuring Lil’ Sebastian.  But best of all, WSPN and SEC team up to provide a killer lineup of bands to keep us entertained all day.  Check out the run down and get ready for what’s shaping up to be the best Earth Day Festival yet.


This Toronto-based trio has backed up Frank Ocean at Coachella 2012, performed live with Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, the Creator, and has produced music for the RZA, Earl, and James Blake.  They’ve also been the most exciting thing happening in jazz for the last few years.  They combine hip hop, traditional jazz, and other elements in an exciting and modern way and put on shows that will make you ruckus.

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Speakers Bureau Presents: Arun Chaudhary

Written by donttakenoBS on April 7th, 2014
A Lea Carey Original Poster.

A Lea Carey Original Poster.

I know April is busy. I get it. There’s free-cone-day, and earth-day, and drink-cause-it’s-warm-out-day. One of the best things about April, however, is the amount of FREE lectures going on around campus. This Wednesday is one of those.

Speakers Bureau is proud to welcome our Spring Keynote, Arun Chuadhary. Chaudhary was the first official white house videogpraher, a position created for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. Chaudhary traveled extensively with the President, capturing public events and behind-the-scenes moments as well as producing and packaging presidential tapings for the Internet and broadcast television.

Chaudhary was a key member of Obama’s New Media team during the 2008 campaign. As the New Media Road Director, Chaudhary oversaw the team responsible for capturing the day-to-day life of the future president in video and stills. He and his team set a new standard in documenting history, delivering crucial images to the public from the road in real time.

With the birth of Skidmore’s first ever documentary studies program, this lecture will discuss the intersectionality of film, journalism, and politics.

Take a break from basking in the decently warm 55 degree weather and head on down to Gannett at 7pm. There will be snacks.

Speakers Bureau is on Facebook and Twitter.


Weekend Distractions CCXI

Written by Executive Editor on April 3rd, 2014

6:30pm- Tap & Drum @ The Tang
6:30pm- Print Making Tutorial w/ Dylan Callahan @ Print Making Studio
7:30pm- Cabaret Troupe Presents: Little Shop of Horrors @ Filene Hall
8:00pm- Steven Stern Reading @ Davis Auditorium

7:30pm- Cabaret Troupe Presents: Little Shop of Horrors @ Filene Hall
8:00pm- So You Think You Can Capstone @ Dance Theatre
8:00pm- Eva Hagan Senior Clarinet Recital @ Zankel

9:00am- 5K Cheetah Chase Fun Run @ Case Green
2:00pm and 8:00pm- So You Think You Can Capstone @ Dance Theatre
7:30pm- Cabaret Troupe Presents: Little Shop of Horrors @ Filene Hall
8:00pm- “On The Record” Performance and Dialogue @ Falstaff’s
9:00pm- North and South Dakotas CD Release Party (With Otter) @ Putnam Den

3:00pm- “On The Record” Performance and Panel Discussion @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm- Quick Fix (Dave Slitzky, Will Sacks, Andrew Koehler) Senior Recital @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the comments


Jamming with Javelin: An Interview With George Langford ’02 and Tom Van Buskirk

Written by Executive Editor on April 3rd, 2014
The guy on your right is the one who went here and got drunk in the woods a bunch of times.

The guy on your right is the one who went here and got drunk in the woods a bunch of times.

George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk are cousins from Providence, RI, but together they are Javelin. Their well-received 2010 release No Mas first earned them recognition for their use of cut-and-paste samplings combined with Van Buskirk’s distorted falsetto. Their sound, self-described as “flipping through a radio,” is best heard in the heavily circulated single “Vibrationz.” It’s no wonder, then, why Hi Beams – their latest off of David Byrne’s record label, Luaka Bop – took fans and critics by surprise. Described by some as a total departure from their previous work, the 2013 release swapped their trademark samples for ten entrancing pop songs. Though Hi Beams may not sound like the Javelin we thought we knew, its thoughtful lyrics reflect on pertinent subjects like social media (“Friending”) and a man’s quest for a more meaningful existence (“Airfield”). Hi Beams is yet another demonstration of Javelin’s fearless ability to go where the changing times take them.

WSPN sat down with the duo before their performance at Falstaff’s last Saturday, March 29, which was sponsored by The Skidmore Entertainment Committee. Homecoming band HAP opened with a lively set full of new songs and old favorites. It was a night to make Skidmore students proud; not only did recent Skidmore graduates Ned Porter and Stephen Yell (both Class of 2013) return to play as one-half of HAP, but also George Langford, the drumming-half of Javelin, returned to Skidmore for the first time since graduating in 2002.

With the steady pulse of raindrops over our heads, Javelin talked about how they refuse to make music videos (with the exception of their 16-minute epic western, “Canyon Candy”), the moment when you know you’ve made it as a band (Dan Deacon will tell you so), and their favorite Talking Heads album (answer: it’s a trick question). Most importantly, we talked about George’s time at Skidmore, as he sat in the very same venue where he spent many of his weekend nights “dancing.”

WSPN: Do either of you have a favorite track on the new album?

Tom: I like “Airfield,” it sticks with me. We aren’t songwriters per say, but Airfield was kind of the first natural song that came out. We wrote it from a character’s perspective and, well, there’s a whole backstory really. I was thinking that there’s a guy who lives in California, he has a boring job that pays the bills – I pictured it in a chemistry lab – but he is just brimming with all these feelings that his life is not fulfilling enough. Then George had made an instrumental called “Airfield,” so I was like, okay, he lives by the airfield and he’s just this unfulfilled guy watching planes take off and all he can think about is how he wants to escape his existence.

George: We had a really great video idea for that song. It never happened.

To shoot it on a runway?

George: Yeah!

Tom: There’s more to the story [laughs] but I started to see how songwriters write. You think they’re the ones saying what they’re saying when they say “I,” but it’s not really them. They’re writing for someone else or an amalgam of people, which is easier to express.

I wanted to ask you both about a specific song off of Hi Beams called “Friending.” When did technology and social media come into play with your music?

Tom: Well, certain tech words like “friending” or “trending” or like the word “blog”… they’re just so ridiculous and stupid. So, in the song when I say those words in that tone, I was thinking how ridiculous do I sound saying these words seriously? Just because we put so much energy into them.

You specifically? Or more like the all-encompassing “we?”

Tom: I think everyone, yeah, the big “We.” It seems ridiculous when you look at it from a different perspective, how much energy people put into projecting themselves into this medium. But it’s very meaningful as well, which you can’t poo-poo. It really forms a large part of people’s lives.

George: Yeah, I still feel a little weird about it, but at the same time I check it a lot. But at the same time it’s business, and that’s the game you have to play.

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Want To Be A Doctor? Go Talk To These People!

Written by Executive Editor on April 2nd, 2014
You, too, can be JD if you go to this event.

You, too, can be JD if you go to this event.

Believe it or not, there’s a Pre-Health Club on this campus. They don’t put on any concerts or sponsor big events with free food or bring super famous people but they do have one main event each semester, and it’s tomorrow. Here’s the description of the event, courtesy of the Pre-Health Club:

What are you doing after graduation? Are you trying to be a doctor/nurse/vet/physical therapist?

Come to the Health Admissions Panel next Thursday, April 3 from 5:30-7:00 on the 2nd floor of the Dining Hall. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from and meet admissions representatives from graduate schools such as medical, veterinary, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapist, and public health schools. As always, there will be plenty of snacks – we look forward to seeing you there!​

Also, I think it’s important to add that it is flu season and there will be medical students and professionals at this event so it might be a good place to get a free consultation, just a thought…

Thursday, April 3rd from 5:30-7:00pm, 2nd Floor of D-Hall


What’s On The Record and Why Should You Go See It?

Written by Executive Editor on April 2nd, 2014
A lot of people did a lot of things to make this happen.

A lot of people did a lot of things to make this happen.

There’s a new thing happening at Falstaff’s this weekend. It’s not a concert, not a play, but an event that’s being called “an original campus-wide performance project.” It’s an interdisciplinary performance that brings together students and academics from IGR, Bias Response Group, Office of Student Affairs, American Studies, and the Theatre Department. Months of preparation have gone into this complex, multifaceted performance.

The whole thing is very complicated, blurring the line between theatre, documentary, and oral history.  It’s a fascinating new experiment of a project that begs many questions.

Julie Mandel-Folly, a senior American studies major and English minor, has been involved in this project as a writer since early last semester. She has worked extensively with Rochelle Calhoun, Beck Krefting, and the Bias Response Group to cultivate a wealth of transcripts that she then curated into monologues and dialogues to be performed on stage.

This project is titled “On The Record” and it premiers on Saturday night at 8pm at Falstaff’s. Reserve a spot by calling 518-580-5760 or email

We sat down with Julie to learn a little bit more about what has gone into this project. Check out our chat:

SU: So…tell me what this is about?

Julie Mandel-Folly: So last spring Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Student Affairs (if you’re familiar), was inspired by Eunice Ferreira’s Black Theatre class and a performance that had happened on campus where someone performed and then had an interactive talk-back/dialogue situation afterwards. She also does the Bias Response Committee with Beck [Krefting]. So the three of them, along with Kristie Ford from IGR, decided that an effective way of getting information about bias incidents and how they affect Skidmore and the larger Saratoga community would be through a performance piece followed by a facilitated dialogue by IGR. So, last semester I worked in Rochelle’s office getting in contact with people who have been involved in bias incidents on Skidmore’s campus: victims, perpetrators, and then a lawyer in town, and a police officer in town. I got their permission to be interviewed and…did you ever take Diversity In The US (An American Studies course that culminates in an ethnographic examination of someone’s life) with Beck?


Okay, so you know that ethnography project? Well, instead of writing about a family member or friend, a couple of students–ten of them–interviewed these people who we had contacted, those who volunteered to have their stories be told. So we had all these transcripts—like twenty page long transcripts—coming in last semester and then we’d have these meetings with me, Beck, Rochelle, Eunice Ferreira, Kristie Ford, Jenny Mueller from IGR, and then Emma Bridges ’14. Emma collected, last spring, people’s unreported bias incidents on campus and made a booklet out of them—so she’s been involved in the project a little bit longer than I have. And Ariel Branden ’14 has been taking pictures, this past semester, of places where bias incidents have occurred on campus and in town.

We’ve been in the process of putting this performance together since last semester: working on exactly how we want it to look, the tone of the show, etc. Over break and the beginning of this semester, I was responsible for taking these long, long transcripts and making them into monologue form.

And then we have a team of directors: Isabelle Howard (who’s a freshman theatre major), Brandon Bogle (who’s a sophomore theatre major), and Emily Moler (who’s a junior theatre major). They are our directing team. Our cast has been working with our directors since the beginning of the semester to explore the text and realize that when they’re acting, they’re not playing characters. They have to respect that this is what has happened to people.

It’s a very interdisciplinary, cross-campus group of kids, people from all different disciplines, different races, etc.

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