“FFFem: Feminist, Feminine, etc. Monologues” Writing Workshop (11/15 & 11/18)

Written by Executive Editor on November 13th, 2014
They can do it. And so can you.

They can do it. And so can you.

Traditionally, Feminist Action Network (FAN), puts on a production of The Vagina Monologues every February as part of V-Month, a month-long global movement to end violence against women and girls. This year, however, FAN will be doing something altogether different–and more personalized and unique to the Skidmore community–as they are producing a reinvented version of The Vagina Monologues using stories from Skidmore students about their experiences with “feminism, femininity, womanhood, and the female body.”

FAN will be holding workshops on Saturday, 11/15 @ 3pm and Tuesday 11/18 @ 5:30pm to help generate ideas and jumpstart the writing process for those who wish to attend.

Whether or not writers attend the workshop, however, all monologues can be submitted through this link and will be compiled and performed second semester by student actors. The deadline for submission is December 1st. Monologues will be performed anonymously, unless otherwise requested by the writer. All members of the Skidmore community (students, professors, employees, administrators) are welcome to submit. Looking at you, PG.

This seems like a wonderful opportunity for writers, actors, performers, and feminists of all types, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be part of a new and interesting project. Here’s hoping they keep Pussy Talk as a title.


Weekend Distractions CXXVIII

Written by Executive Editor on November 13th, 2014

7:30pm – Project VIS Keynote: Chip Kidd @ Gannett
8:00pm – SEC Presents: Speedy Ortiz & Jawbreaker Reunion @ Falstaff’s

5:00pm – Swimming & Diving vs. Oneonta
7:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. NEC
7:00pm – Philippa Levine: “Nakedness: Colonialism & the Human Body” @ Davis
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB Theater

1:00pm – Chess Tournament @ Pal 304
3:00pm – Choreo II Class Showing @ Dance Theater
3:00pm – “FFFem Feminist, Female, Feminine, etc. Monologues” Writing Workshop @ ICC
4:00pm – Ice Hockey vs. St. Anselm
6:00pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Ithaca
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Community Chorus & Vocal Chamber Ensemble @ Zankel
8:00pm – Circus Club Presents: The Elements @ Filene
10:30pm – The Sketchies Present: Fraternity Leave @ Gannett

2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Concert Band Performance @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the comments!


SEC Presents: Speedy Ortiz w/ Jawbreaker Reunion

Written by dr. spaceman on November 11th, 2014


It's not what you think it is.

It’s not what you think it is, but the kid’s like it.

If you can make it into Fallstaff’s without the waves of shame hitting you from your drunken antics at Spectrum, SEC has a great concert lined up this coming Thursday, 11/12. Northampton-based rock band Speedy Ortiz is headlining, with Jawbreaker Reunion opening. I don’t know anything about Jawbreaker Reunion, but their Facebook description says the genre is “Twee/Riot/Fun/High-Fives/Punk” so they seem like a fun bunch. Lots of Skidmore hip kids seem to like them, so if you want be socially accepted, you should probably like them too.

Doors are at 8:00, and the show begins at 9:00.

Give them both a listen here:

Speedy Ortiz: http://speedyortiz.bandcamp.com
Jawbreaker Reunion: http://jawbreakerreunion.bandcamp.com


Skidmore Theater Presents: American Medea

Written by Executive Editor on November 11th, 2014
Poster design by Caroline Herman '17.

Poster design by Caroline Herman ’17.

The opening of the Skidmore Theater Department’s fall main stage production, American Medea, is quickly approaching, and tickets are currently on sale. The show, written and directed by the department’s new artist-in-residence Holly L. Derr, runs November 14-16 and November 20-23.

This provocative re-imagining of the Medea myth plays out deep in the heart of Texas. When a media circus descends on the rural cow town of Corinth, TX, to cover a gruesome filicide, a community must confront its own expectations and prejudices about motherhood, identity, and gender roles in a post-modern world. American Medea is an unflinching collage of story and culture, a new American myth based on our own contemporary Medeas.

Well, this is terrifying. (Photo by Julian Klein' 15)

Well, this is terrifying. (Photo by Julian Klein’ 15)

All shows—with the exception of the Sunday matinees on the 16th and 23rd—start at 8:00pm. For information on tickets, you can call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email them at boxoffice@skidmore.edu. For online ticketing refer to Skidmore College Theater on Facebook or the Theater Department’s website. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.


Op-Ed: The Art of Acting Casual on a Small Campus

Written by Carmen Sandiego on November 10th, 2014

That face when you see someone during your frenzied walk down Case Walkway

Do you loathe the minefield which is the first floor of the library? Does the case walkway feel like a vortex of spinning faces, in which every unwanted hello sends you teetering off balance? Do you feel the itch as you are held up by the inquiries of an all too eager classmate, while your mind stays intensely focused on the growing cluster at the printer?

These areas can be a problem for some of us for several reasons: one being that we just have too much shit to do; the next being that when we have our academic pants on its honestly frustrating to alternate between that and fraternizing; and the last being that people just seem to focus on and notice irregular behavior in these zones more than anywhere else. When I find myself burdened by the task of entering one of the densely populated areas of campus, which are generally war-zones for those who are on constant academic missions (as is common this time of year), I am usually looking for ways to go unnoticed. An example of this is Case Center (or the Times Square of Skidmore, as I fondly call it).

When I enter these said war zones, I use my primary defense mechanism: acting casual.

There are some general rules for casual behavior depending on which densely populated area of campus you find yourself.
In the library, you definitely need to pretend you’re reading a book, or at least have some type of Microsoft Word document open on your computer. Also, if you’re using a desktop, throwopen some tabs — the skidmore email, the registrar — anything that makes it look like you’re not just sitting on your phone. These precautions are guaranteed to disguise you as someone who doesn’t have time for anything — hence immunizing you to class-related interactions or other types of fuckery.

Dhall is a whole new type of war zone. This is a place where it is actually accepted, if not encouraged, to greet those who you have met once and have nothing else to talk about other than the menu options that day. In dhall, swiftness and agility is the name of the game. Upon entering, make sure you are observing the menu with feigned interest, or fumbling for your card from your bag (or pretending to “search” for it, but you actually just don’t have a meal plan). When you enter, browse the salad bar with your hands in your pockets. Even if people know you, they won’t want to approach you *yawn. When leaving, toss and apple up and catch it again with one hand, giving a friendly gun-hand motion to the swiper who let you in. And if you have stolen food, swing your bag back in forth with ease, as if you have nothing to hide.

See something on your shirt? No? Well pretend you do, and scratch that damn little spot til it glistens.you are literally defenseless.

Case Center is risky. Here, you probably want to be on your macbook pro, drinking Starbucks. You will camouflage into the background of all the other people doing the exact same thing. Or better yet, don’t go at all. Case walkway is the only place where you are literally defenseless. On Case walkway, you are the trembling bowling pin to the hundreds of bowling balls which are the miscellaneous people — your study partner from Psych 101 a year ago (is it even appropriate to say hi anymore?), the people you bonded with at a house party by stealing cereal from the cabinet (it seemed like you were going to be really close then), and all the half-friends. In order to be casual, wave and smile blankly at every single person who passes. This is the only way to be casual, yet also be sure that you are not being outright rude. Unfortunately, cigarette-smoking has become a lot less casual than it used to be. Last year, smoking a cigarette on the Case walkway would have made you a shoe-in to the casual school-week culture at this school.

I hope these tips help to provide you the invisibility cloak that you have always wanted when braving these terrible places. DODGE AWAY!!


Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Open Forum (11/12)

Written by Executive Editor on November 9th, 2014

You should go.

This Wednesday (11/12) in Gannett, the Advisory Council on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct will hosting an open forum on the college’s new Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct policy (which can be read here) from 7:30 to 9:00pm. The Advisory Council is looking for student input on any concerns, suggestions, or other thoughts on the policy–or simply on how to address and prevent sexual and gender-based misconduct at Skidmore.

Come by for some of it. Come by for all of it. Just come by, because this applies to all of us.


Saratoga County Deputy Suspended Following Civilian-Slapping Incident

Written by Executive Editor on November 8th, 2014
Protect. Serve. Bitchslap.

Protect. Serve. Bitchslap.

(Editor’s Note 11/9: An earlier version of this post mistakenly identified Glans as being a Saratoga Springs police officer, when in actuality Glans is from Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. My apologies to our readers and the Saratoga Springs Police Department for this misinformation.)

A Saratoga County deputy has been suspended without pay after video surfaced of him allegedly slapping a young man Friday night. Sgt. Shawn R. Glans, 48, reportedly confronted two young men (who were wearing dark clothes) in Halfmoon after they walked out of the woods to their vehicle, which was parked in a business lot and had received a suspicious vehicle complaint earlier that day.

After one of the young men questioned Glans’ insistence that he search his car, Glans became verbally aggressive, saying “You wanna fucking resist?” before allegedly slapping the young man. The slap can be heard, though it’s not captured on camera.

It appears that the young men then goes to unlock the car and let the officer search it, at which point Glans says to the friend filming the encounter “You like that, huh? I can get a lot more intense. … I could rip your fucking head off and shit down your neck.”

The two young men have been found and interviewed, and they reported that they were let go after showing the deputy the receipt for the .22 caliber-rifle, which they had purchased earlier that day.

Concerning the incident, Glans told the Times Union on Saturday “I’m all about doing the right thing. I had to go to that point because of the factors that came into play. There was a gun that was involved (that) I spotted in the vehicle.”

“I was concerned. It was a public safety issue,” he goes on to say. “If I had to do it all over again … I’d probably do the same thing. If I knew the camera was there, no, because it does look bad.”

Sheriff Michael Zurlo has been reported saying he was “very disturbed” by the video: “I don’t condone activity as it’s portrayed and we’re going to look into it and we’ll handle this quickly and swiftly.”

As of right now, it appears that the young men have not filed a criminal complaint, so there is an internal personnel investigation, after which more information will be released.


Pride Alliance Presents: “Spectrum: Inferno” (11/8)

Written by Executive Editor on November 8th, 2014
That's Toby Maguire under "Greed," right?

That’s Toby Maguire under “Greed,” right?

Tonight at the strange hour of 10:05, the Pride Alliance will be holding their annual installment of Spectrum, a rave-style dance that provides students of all identities a safe space to strut their stuff, show their weird, and just be really smashed. Things got so weird that last year they moved the location from Falstaff’s (the traditional location) to the small gym, but this year all is right and the dance has been reunited with everyone’s favorite dried-out bar.

This year’s title is “Inferno,” which is no doubt a reference to Dan Brown’s fourth installment in his Robert Langdon series, which carries the same title–and which The Guardian described as “dreadful, abounding in malapropisms and solecisms, leaden restatements of the obvious and naive disinformation about the reality outside the bat-thronged belfry that is Brown’s head.” Buy your copy here!

On the real, though, this theme for this year’s Spectrum is “seven deadly sins,” so come with your most creative (or laziest) interpreation of lust, pride, wrath, sloth, envy, gluttony, or greed. Or if you’re feeling particularly deviant, I found this list of “76 things banned in Leviticus,” which includes such gems as “cross-breeding animals” and “failing to include salt offerings to God.” You’re welcome.

The event description says “get as sinful as possible,” but since some might interpret that as an invitation for murder or some similar atrocity, be sure to take it down a notch when necessary.


Skidomedy Presents: “Definitive Evidence of a Loving God” (11/8)

Written by Major Qwik on November 8th, 2014

All other poster designers can pack it up for the semester.

The eleventh hour is upon us. Go to Gannett tonight well after the point-of-no-sober-return to catch Skidomedy’s big show of the semester: “Definitive Evidence of a Loving God.”

If you caught the sketch comedy group’s set at Triple Threat, then got a brief taste of what to expect  from the group, who are looking stronger (and probably bigger) than ever. There was mugging. There was a couple singing in a park while a dude was shanked after, you guessed it, getting mugged. There was high school bullying. There was a little girl writing about her sexual frustrations in her diary: “I’M SO GODDAMNED WET IT’S LIKE I SAT IN SOUP ALL DAY!”

It was funny shit. And all new material written by this semester’s line-up, so just imagine what an hour’s worth of this stuff will do to you! It might make you feel better. You know. About that thing that happened last night.

And besides, as we’ve alluded to before, any comedy group that’s essentially been told by the administration “we’re watching you” because they’ve done so much controversial and edgy shit is SURE to make for a good time.


Weekend Distractions CXXVII

Written by Executive Editor on November 6th, 2014

6:00pm – Double Drops: Remix Party @ Tang
7:00pm – Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Filene
7:00pm – Fatal Assistance Film Screening & Director’s Talk @ Davis
8:00pm – Lively Lucy Presents: Kitten Forever & Eskimo Sister @ Falstaff’s
8:00pm – Ad-Libs & Drastics In the Dark @ Gannett
8:00pm – Harvest Festival @ Case Green

5:30pm – Lecture: Todd Miller, Author of Border Patrol Nation @ Davis
7:00pm – Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Filene
8:00pm – Lively Lucy’s Presents: Psymon Spine & Zula @ Falstaff’s
8:30pm – Skidmore Halfbreds vs. Le Moyne @ Ice Rink

1:00pm – LL Championship: Field Hockey vs. William Smith @ Wagner Park
6:00pm – ACA’s 3rd Annual Cultural Night Market @ Case 1st Floor
7:00pm – Cab Troupe: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ Filene
8:00pm – Skidmore Orchestra Performance @ Zankel
10:05pm – Spectrum: Inferno @ Falstaff’s
11:00pm – Skidomedy Presents: Definitive Evidence of a Loving God @ Gannett

Missing something? Let us know in the comments!