Student Panel on 2014 Hong Kong Protests (12/4)

Written by Executive Editor on December 3rd, 2014
Presented by ISU.

Presented by ISU.

This Thursday, 12/4 at 7pm in Gannett, there will be a three-student panel on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which some are referring to as “The Umbrella Revolution.” Max Leblanc ’15, Winston Cheung ’16, and Tongtian Xiao ’18 will collectively “give an overview of the situation, their stances on the issue, and the complexities of China’s relationship with Hong Kong and other autonomous regions”–with a Q&A to follow.

In the wake of a national-scale protest concerning recent racially-charged events, it’s easy to forget the larger global context of civilian-driven protests, which this movement certainly falls in.

Side note: If you’re totally in the dark about what’s going on in Hong Kong, this article provides a nice overview of the issues surrounding the widespread protest about China’s controversial role in Hong Kong elections–as well as the historical context that the movement finds itself in. These articles also cover the potential future of the movement in the wake of several of its major figures turning themselves into the authorities to signal to student protestors that the movement may have run its course.

The panel will begin at 7pm, and is set to run for about an hour. So stop by Gannett with some questions to ask for the panelists. Or just learn something.


Announcing: Skidballs and Thoroughbreasts

Written by Major Qwik on December 3rd, 2014
I never cared much for Rocky Horror, but this is sweet.

I never cared much for Rocky Horror, and I wish the spelling were right, but this is sweet.

You may recall a post from earlier in the semester calling for a body positivity blog similar to those maintained at schools like Bard and Wesleyan, where people can submit anonymous nude photos of themselves and showcase their shit without public shaming. Or maybe you didn’t. Who knows if you check this site anymore–maybe instead you woefully yearn for the “good ol’ days of Skidmore Unofficial.” Maybe you’re one of those.

Either way, somehow I missed a comment from a user named “Fad Starter” announcing that they created a blog that fit the bill (which is apparently a sign that I need to check my old Yahoo inbox from high school more often).

Enter Skidballs and Thoroughbreasts. (Not NSFW yet, as there aren’t any images at the moment, but it could become NSFW any day now.)

While I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t take my thinly veiled suggestion that the phrase “Skiddicks” be worked into the name somehow–and feel a little creeped out by the large pair of lips that makes up the top of the screen–I’m happy to see that someone took up our call to arms. So maybe help them out and submit some photos of your man-parts, lady-parts, trans-parts, or any-other-type-of-parts, if you feel so inclined. This could be cool.


John Maher ’12 Publishes Retrospective on Mark Strand

Written by Executive Editor on December 2nd, 2014

Mark Strand (via The New Yorker)

Here’s an interesting bit of alumni-related news. If you’re interested in poetry or the literary in general, you might have heard that Mark Strand, former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, passed away this past Saturday, 11/29. Plenty of major newspapers and websites have run retrospective stories and articles on the writer’s life and work, one of which has come from online magazine Neon Gods, courtesy of Skidmore alum and journalist/writer John Maher ’12.

I can’t speak for the content of the magazine as a whole, but Maher’s article–which you can read here–is well-written and generous, and it serves as a nice introduction to Strand’s work as well as a nice overview of his career–if that interests you at all. Regardless, congratulations should be sent Maher’s way for a great piece commemorating a major American literary figure.

Be sure to check out Maher on Twitter, where you can find links to some of his other material. Support the arts and those who have come before you and all that shit.


Did You Miss Beatlemore? Watch It Here!

Written by Major Qwik on November 23rd, 2014
Poster designed by Jackie Avellar '15.

Poster designed by Jackie Avellar ’15.

If you (like me) committed the Skidmore cardinal sin of missing out on Beatlemore this weekend, absolution is readily available. You can (re)live the magic in this recording of Saturday night’s Skidmore-only performance below.

[On another note: check out the music department’s livestream page for a whole slew of archived events that you probably missed as well. Shit, what with everything being thrown on the Internet, why go out anymore? Stay inside. Live your life from your computer desk. It’s safe there.]

Obviously, you should watch the entire performance, but we’ve done you the service of writing out the setlist below the video. You know, just in case you’re only watching so you can see your friend–the one you totally promised you would go, but you waited until the last minute and couldn’t get a ticket or just decided that your Northwoods apartment was too warm and toasty to schleck all the way to Zankel.

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Written by Hannibal Burgess on November 21st, 2014

This is Eddie Murphy.



Some Answers to the Starbucks Situation: Why Did Skidmore Cave to Corporate Influence?

Written by Carmen Sandiego on November 20th, 2014

Photo by Chloe Kimberlin ’17. Shamelessly lifted from SkidNews.

All us angry liberals may have forgotten about how pissed off we were at the beginning of the semester when we came back from the summer to a big mean corporate parasite disguised as Burgess Cafe. But the question still stands: why did Skidmore decide to snatch up a corporate chain on campus rather than support local businesses–or perhaps help us save some money by keeping Burgess coffee relatively cheap? Based on an interview a friend of mine conducted with Mark Miller, head of Dining Services, I have a couple possible answers.

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Weekend Distractions CXXIX

Written by Executive Editor on November 20th, 2014

8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB
8:00pm – Lively Lucy’s Presents: Bobmore Dylanmania @ Falstaff’s

7:00pm – Stompin’ Soles Show @ Dance Theater
8:00pm – Beatlemore Skidmania @ Zankel
8:00pm – Rithmos Halftime Show @ The Spa
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB
9:00pm – Stompin’ Soles Show @ Dance Theater
10:00pm – Friday Night Stand-Up @ The Spa

1:00pm – Swimming & Diving vs. Utica
2:00pm – Beatlemore Skidmania @ Zankel
2:00pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Babson
3:00pm – SKooJ Hip-Hop Dance Workshop @ Dance Studio 1
8:00pm – Beatlemore Skidmania (Skidmore-Only Show) @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB

2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB

Missing something? Let us know in the comments!


TEDxSkidmoreCollege Returns with New Faculty & Student Speakers (12/3)

Written by Executive Editor on November 19th, 2014

12/3. 7pm. Zankel. Be there.

December 3rd will mark the return of TEDxSkidmoreCollege, as students and faculty will collaborate to present the second annual installment in the lecture series.

For those of you who are unfamiliar TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a set of global lecture conferences formed under the mantra “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Speakers have ranged from presidents, authors, scientists, and a slew of other occupations. There’s no end to the topics you could be discussing that could spur a friend to say “Oh my gosh, I have to send you an AWESOME Ted Talk on this!” If this has never happened to you, you probably need smarter friends.

Developed in 2013, TEDxSkidmoreCollege is part of the TEDx series, a program designed “to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.” This year, under the organization of Sarah Green ’16, the event will feature Skidmore professors Gordon Thompson (Music), Reba Howard (Chemistry), and Sheldon Solomon (Psychology) as the speakers on the faculty side of things, and Gavin Burger ’15 and Marcella Jewell ’15 have just been announced as Skidmore’s inaugural student speakers.

Read more info on this year’s event page. Tickets can be purchased (very easily) through the school’s Vendini page. If you missed last year’s very successful debut of TEDxSkidmoreCollege, you can watch the videos and read info about the speakers here.


Lively Lucy’s Presents: Bobmore Dylanmania (11/20)

Written by Major Qwik on November 18th, 2014

Jesse Hardman ’15

Are you totally over The Beatles? Would you take Blood on the Tracks over that overrated and derivative piece of trash Sgt. Pepper’s anyway? Is the intimate and cozy feel of Falstaff’s more appealing to you than the impersonal expansiveness of the Ladd Concert Hall? Do you think Paul McCartney talks funny?

If any/all of these are the case, well, chill out. You can like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, because both are seminal cultural figures and played large roles in developing music as we know it today. And you can still go to Beatlemore this weekend. But Bobby isn’t the focal point of the school’s biggest annual event, so the old reliables Lively Lucy’s are giving him a major shout-out this Thursday, 11/20, with Bobmore Dylanmania.

The evening will consist of some folks playing short sets of their favorite one to three Bob Dylan songs. I sure hope someone performs this seasonal gem. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Should be fucking awesome. Lively Lucy’s always finds cool ways to switch things up every now and then, so be sure and swing by Falstaff’s this Thursday at 8:00pm and support them and anyone performing.


Eskimo Sister Releases Debut Single “OK”

Written by Major Qwik on November 17th, 2014

Is that a cucumber?

Twee-Pop/Lo-Fi band Eskimo Sister have finally graced us with a recording, so swing on over to their Bandcamp and give a listen to “OK.” This is a hot one, as it features the line: “i cut myself shaving and it was the best thing to happen all week,” so hop on that name-your-price download right now.

Eskimo Sister formed at the beginning of this semester. It addition to their debut performance at the student band showcase back September, they saddened up the rickety Falstaff’s stage just the other week when they opened for Kitten Forever. The band features Brandon Dyer ’15 (featured bassist for Free Cake for Every Creature), Johnny Murphy ’15 (formerly of Yo Soy Milk, presently of Johnny Murphy), Giulia Morrone ’15, and Eric Lemaire ’15.

Concerning their future, the band wrote on their Facebook:

uhh I guess we’ll be sporadically recording songs whenever we feel like it and releasing them whenever they sound good. we don’t know what the album will be called yet but there’s going to be one. unless we break up, which is entirely possible. actually, never mind, we’re probably not going to release any more music.


Sounds promising to me. They also tweet, and they don’t suck at it. Like them on Facebook and keep an eye out for future material/performances/amusing status updates.