Are you there God? It’s me, the only person left on the third floor of the Lucy Scribner Library during finals week

Written by rackcity on December 18th, 2015
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Me rn

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I have watched the trailer of “Joy” thirteen times, scoured the Internet for evidence of Mary-Kate Olsen’s wedding (if you haven’t heard, there were bowls of cigarettes), and Googled “Macauly Culkin 2015,” “Jennifer Grey nose,” and “Scorpio personality traits.” I have eaten a slice of pizza from the Spa and chugged two Death Wish Coffees. I have thought about checking myself into the Mental Health unit of the Saratoga Hospital just because.

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December Weather Report: It’s A Bit Warm Out, No?

Written by Executive Editor on December 15th, 2015
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Checkup: Ode to Global Warming

A routine medical checkup assumes that you care about your general health. Casually glancing at your (Moleskine) planner indicates that you probably pay some form of attention to your studies. A cathartic vape inhale reminds you that you’re trying to cut out cigarettes. A wildly broad interpretation of the emotional state of Skidmore’s student population prompts you to take a few steps back – something we all need.

And while we all have individual experiences at school, we’re all here feeling the same thing. As in, we’re really not all that individual. We all wake up, stare at the brand name on our coffee cups [if you’re sustainable, it’s a coffee traders logo on a reusable mug and if you’re lazy it’s a weird mermaid Starbucks stamp], wonder why Skidmore has such a great reputation as a liberal arts institution, ask our parents for money, cringe at the sight of an iPhone 4, then resign ourselves to the sterile cold of the Lucy Scribner library.

Freshmen are worried about getting laid so that they can tell their friends about it. Sophomores are conflicted about whether or not to get into a “serious relationship.” Juniors are trying to get out of that wildly unsuccessful “serious relationship”(helpful hint: studying abroad is a literal ticket out). Seniors are still worried about getting laid so that they can tell their friends about it.

In a good way, the last month of the semester is a reminder that life here is cyclical — A gift of sorts. Because what’s college if your elders can’t relate with you over winter break? Time is apparently unkind.

If it makes you feel better, we all are in this together. We’re all part of the Skidmore army that gets scoffed at by the bitter baristas at Uncommon, troll Skidmore News comment sections, treks through the case walkway trenches. We fight our internal wars when we’re too stoned outside of a residency hall.

We all fit into this little niche, which is pretty fucking cool. Embrace its intricacies before you’re forced to tolerate them. So perk up, finish those finals. You’ll see the couch at home soon.

The umbrella emotion that this brief weather report exists to convey, consists of wondering why you find yourself in DA’s for the third night in a row, contradicting the conversation you just had with your friends about never going back. Well Skidmore College, I’m here to inform you that your four-year tenure is just that: another beer stain on the floor of DA’s. Yikes

One semester in the books.

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Freshman, this will all make more sense next semester when you realize school’s not “just like camp!”

 

PULSE SHOW TONIGHT

Written by Executive Editor on December 11th, 2015

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GO TO GANNETT (the one in Palamountain) @ 9 IF YOU WANT TO BE SO DRUNK THAT YOU FORGET HOW SAD YOU ARE TO BE IN AN ACADEMIC BUILDING AT NIGHT ON THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES.

But seriously, there is no better way to:

a) Pretend your finals aren’t real

b) Dance aggressively

c) Black out (just kidding)

d) Probably hear some type of rhythmic banging

e) Celebrate the end of the semester/the fact that global warming is making it totally bearable to be here

Wear your halloween costume. See you at 9.

 

POCU Stages Sit-in

Written by rackcity on November 19th, 2015
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List of demands

Yesterday evening, students came together to discuss, collectively, the racial injustice and discrimination on Skidmore’s campus and created a list of demands for the administration. This morning, the POCU staged a sit-in in front of Palamountain/Bolton and presented these demands.

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People of Color Union (POCU) “What Do We Want and Why?” Tonight

Written by rackcity on November 18th, 2015

 

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Sorry for the shitty photo but GO TO ANY THESE

This evening, the POCU will be creating a list of demands and suggestions for Skidmore’s administration. The union has also organized events through Saturday, which you can find above.

You can also add your voice via a Google Doc here.

If you are cognizant of the racism and discrimination that people of color face at colleges and universities and/or would like to make Skidmore a safer place for students of color, please do consider attending.

7:00 PM in Emerson 

#SkidmoreStandsWithMizzou #ConcernedStudent1950

 

Three Skidmore Students Hit by Drunk Driver

Written by rackcity on November 1st, 2015

Yesterday night, three Skidmore students were struck by a drunk driver on Clinton Street. Michael Hedges, a first-year student, has passed away while two other students, Toby Freeman and Oban Galbraith, remain in intensive care. President Glotzbach’s remarks can be found here. There will be a campus gathering at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening.

We extend our thoughts to the students and families involved, as well as to the entire Skidmore community.

 

Paul Farmer to Give Fall Keynote Lecture

Written by rackcity on October 27th, 2015

Speakers Bureau will host their fall keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Farmer on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in Zankel. A prominent physician and anthropologist, Farmer is the founder of Partners in Health, a global health organization, and serves as Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has also done extensive work in Haiti, i.e., he is better than Dr. Oz.

Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff and are available for FREE at the Zankel box office or the Case Desk.

 

 

San Fermin to Perform at Zankel Tomorrow Night

Written by rackcity on October 23rd, 2015
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Creative direction is a career

“I knew of San Fermin before they came to Skidmore.” Yesterday in class, this scary thought entered my head. I don’t like when my hipster (asshole) shows.

The New Yorker has noted the band’s “epic and emotion-laden rock… glorious and operatic vocals, electronic break beats, horns, strings, and other flourishes.” For those of us who have no musical sensibility, take these two lines from the song “Sonsick:”

Now I know it’s just another fuck, ’cause I’m old enough
Sell lies like they’re only drugs, here to pick me up

If the above doesn’t sum up my time here as a jaded, moderately attractive young woman at a leafy (dark) liberal arts college, I don’t know what does.

It’s guys too talented for their own good. It’s girls that take acapella too seriously. It’s San Fermin. And it’s tomorrow night at Zankel.

For the Facebook event, click here.

Saturday, October 24th at 7 PM

 

Skidmore Theater Premiers “Our Town”

Written by VirgoClown on October 22nd, 2015
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The real star here is that thick-ass tie.

Tonight through October 28th, you have the chance to see Our Town in the JKB’s Black Box theater.  Now, you might be thinking to yourself one of two things:

1) “OH OUR TOWN, SO GLAD TO SEE THE THEATER DEPARTMENT JOINING LITERALLY EVERY OTHER THEATER EVER/MY HIGH SCHOOL IN PUTTING ON A SHOW THAT EVERYBODY WHO HAS BEEN TO SEE A PLAY BEFORE HAS ALREADY SEEN.”

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2) “Bro, what the FUCK is Our Town?”

Regardless of where you are on this spectrum, check it out because it means a lot to a lot of people and it’s being directed by a straight-up MADMAN (avant-guarde director Phil Soltanoff) who the last time he was at Skidmore made a group of puppets actors mime the whole Death of a Salesman movie (you know, that one you probably watched in high school) on stage for two hours with the movie playing in the background.  And if that’s not theater, I don’t know what i–wait, is that theater?  Fuck it, the show is two hours and there’s still time to go out drinking after.

“Our Town” runs from October 22nd through October 28th. Performances are at 8pm except the Sunday matinee (2pm). To reserve seats, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439, email boxoffice@skidmore.edu, or go to their Facebook page.

 

October Poem 2015 at the Tang

Written by rackcity on October 14th, 2015
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DFW is that you????

Artist and poet Joshua Beckman has been at the Tang this week leading “site-specific explorations in poetry and performance responding to the landscape, architecture, history, and creatures of Saratoga Springs. Lunchtime poetry readings/performances will include readings from poems in progress and making improvised poems while walking through the landscape.” If making improvised poems while painting with all the colors of the wind is your thing, go to this. I saw him in the Spa yesterday and he looked vaguely freaked out/chill.

His last reading will be tomorrow, Thursday, October 15 at 12:30 at the Tang.