You know how when you watch the X Games it seems as if the athletes are super human, impervious to injury or failure? Well, freestyle snow sports are dangerous fucking endeavors in which bones are broken on the regular and death is never too far from a tragic reality.
The story of Kevin Pearce makes this utterly clear. At 20-years-old, Pierce was a prized snowboarder, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Winter X Games. He was Shaun White great, slated to be his main competition in halfpipe at the 2010 winter olympics. But all those wide-eyed aspirations and opportunities were abruptly cut short when Pearce suffered a debilitating head injury while trying to pull a cab double cork in a pipe in Salt Lake City. It was, at the time, a boundary-pushing trick that few were capable of, though, one that is now commonplace for any high-status snowboard competition.
The Crash Reel is a 2013 documentary about Pearce’s snowboarding life: his promising rise and harrowing fall. It’s full of fearless feats of insanity and the heart-wrenching results those risks can cause.
The Crash Reel is being screening April 16th (Wednesday), at 7 p.m. in Davis Auditorium
This is literally the first time I’m seeing anything about this.
Tonight at 7pm, the Asian Cultural Awareness Club will be hosting Liberty in North Korea (or LiNK), who will be doing a presentation on the on-going human rights crisis in North Korea. On their webpage (which I would highly recommend you check out), the people of LiNK say, “We exist to empower the North Korean PEOPLE as they drive progress inside their country.”
If you know anything about what goes on outside the United States, you probably know at least a little bit about the many human rights violations faced by the people of North Korea. Essentially, there’s some messed up shit happening in the country and LiNK is all about rescuing and empowering refugees as they cope with an oppressive regime and try to make better lives for themselves.
There’s a pretty high chance that you wrote some shit about being a good global citizen when you applied to Skidmore and whatever other liberal arts colleges you got waitlisted at, so this is where you can make good on that promise, folks.
Go to Davis Auditorium (no, not Emerson, the other one) at 7pm tonight to hear more about LiNK as they talk about “not only the challenges of living under an oppressive regime, but also the potential of the people and what they are doing right now to change the country from within.” The whole thing should run under an hour, so take a break from Upworthy homework and learn something tonight.
Tonight (Tuesday), April 15th, 7pm, Davis Auditorium.
Hannah Perrine Mode graduated in 2011 and is now the Creative Manager & Design Lead at Shellhammer Co. For that alone, we applause. But what’s more, she got her job because of her personal Instagram account. Mode’s an artist and at the start of the year began a campaign to draw and post a picture a day. She draws, paints, watercolors, etc.
Lately, Mode has receive some publicity, being featured in a Fast Company article and subsequent Business Insider piece about the values of social media marketing. She’s proof that you can use your social media accounts to build your “personal brand.” The benefits of Twitter have been proven time and time again by writers, journalists, bloggers, whatever you want to call it, but Instagram is starting to prove useful for artist and designers.
So not only is there a glimmer of hope that you seniors will actually be able to find a real person job, but your Instagram (cleaned of excessive selfies, of course) may be the key to future employment. Frightening, I know.
Okay, so maybe I’m late to this, but regardless, it is important and in need of sharing.
HappyHourSaratoga.com is a valuable downtown resource that offers a day-by-day layout of the best happy hours in Saratoga. It chronicles some of the most frequented bars downtown, what their hours are, deals they offer, and a few specials. In addition, they have a “happening now” update box that will tell you where the best happy hour is in real time. For example, right now at 12:38 p.m. on a Monday, the best deal is at Clancy’s Tavern, where their happy hour runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with 50 cents off all regular priced drinks.
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?
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.
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 Stone, Vanity 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:
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 Editor@SkidmoreUnofficial.com, 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.
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.