Weekend Distractions CXXXXII

Written by Executive Editor on February 17th, 2017



7pm – Ensemble Connect 10th Anniversary @ Zankel
7pm – Flurry 2017 @ Saratoga Springs City Center


8:30am – Riding: Skidmore College Show @ Riding Stables
11am –  Danceflurry @ Parting Glass
6:00pm – Sketchies and Skidomedy Auditions @ Falstaffs
7:30pm – “Random Acts of Brass” presents “Music of the Americas” @ Wilson Chapel


3pm – Sister-Show me Eternity @ Zankel

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Weekend Distractions CXXXXI

Written by Executive Editor on February 9th, 2017


5:00pm – “What in God’s Name? Religion and Politics in the 2016 Presidential Election” @ Palamountain
5:00pm – Soundmind @ Tang
5:30pm – Art and the Brain @ Filene (Canceled – will be rescheduled)
6:00pm – Middle East Documentary Series @ Spa
6:30pm – Upstate Collage Night @ Tang (postponed until Thursday, February 23, 6:30)


12:00pm – Call Your Legislators Calling Party @ Spa
6:00pm – Big Green Scream @ Williamson Sports Center
7:00pm – Comfest @ JKB
8:00pm – Bartók Series: New Orford String Quartet @ Zankel
10:00pm – Black History Month Open Mic Night
10:30pm – Saratoga Sixteen and Hip Hop Showcase @ Tang


10:00am – Skidmore Alpine Ski Carnival @ Gore
5:00pm – Wind Festival Chamber Ensembles @ Zankel
7:00pm – Yuanxiao Festival Celebration @ ICC
7:00pm – Comfest @ JKB
8:00pm – New York Woodwind Quintet @ Zankel


10:00am – Skidmore Alpine Ski Carnival @ Gore
2:00pm – Wind Festival Concert Band @ Zankel

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Skidmore’s Guide to Super Bowl LI

Written by Executive Editor on February 5th, 2017

mmmmm intimate
Let me get this straight, you go to Skidmore, you clicked on a SkidUnoffical link, and you chose a sports(ish) article?

You’re either really trying to impress that guy you met downtown who had the name of that team on a hat, you put your daddy’s fat stack of cash on the big game, or you’re horribly lost and confused. In that case, close the computer, spin around three times for good luck, lay down, dry-hump the floor, open your computer, and keep reading you brainwashed fuck.

If you haven’t heard, the dirty birds are taking on Brady and the boys this Sunday to compete for America’s ultimate prize; a chance to say “I’m going to Disney world” on live TV right after cracking skulls for five hours or however long that shit lasts.

In between all the chaos Lady Gaga will be performing the halftime show, which will give you the opportunity to actually recognize something on the screen for the first time in hours.

The game starts at 6:30 which should give you ample time to procrastinate all of your work and, finally, get blackout on a Sunday night for a sporting event you probably don’t give a shit about.

Whatever you do, don’t be that person at the party who is “just here for the commercials.” You’re not fooling anyone. 

For those of you still trying to figure out who to root for, consider this.

Reasons to root for the New England Patriots:

1. You’re from Boston or surrounding areas
2. A list has to have at least two things on it

Reasons to root for the Falcons:

1. You’re from Atlanta (but none of you are)
2. They’re the underdog and we like that, right?
3. They’ve never won a super bowl
4. They’re not the Patriots.
5. They play in a dome…that’s cool?
6. DOPE mascot

Reasons to root against the Patriots:

1. Brady and Trump are BFF’s
2. Coach Belicheck and Trump are BFF’s
3. Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and Trump are BFF’s
4. Do I really have to keep going?
5. Yes I do
6. Nevermind I don’t.
7. I think you get the picture
8. Ps deflategate
9. And also more cheating
10. Kthxbye

Reasons to root against the Falcons

1. You voted for trump.
2. You shouldn’t.

Enjoy the game!


Weekend Distractions CXXXX

Written by Executive Editor on February 1st, 2017


5:00pm – Unity Gathering @ Zankel
5:30pm – Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition Opening @ Schick Gallery
6:30pm – WSPN Big Meeting @ Gannett
7:00pm – Gala Concerto Concert @ Zankel
7:00pm – Exploring Museum Careers @ Tang
7:00pm – The New McKrells @ The Parting Glass
8:00pm – Open Mic Night @ Falstaffs
9:00pm – Trivia Night @ Spa


2:30pm – Grand Opening of Beekman Bar + Eatery @ 62 Beekman
4:30pm – Skidmore Outing Club Big Meeting @ Davis
7:00pm – Men’s Ice Hockey: Skidmore vs Castleton @ ICE Weibel Ave Ice Rink
9:00pm – This is Spinal Tap Party feat. William Hale w/ Eternal Crimes @ Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe [Ballston Spa]
10:30pm Mahadhi Walker @ Putnam Den

11:00am – CHOWDERFEST @ Broadway
10:00pm – 100 Days Dance [what you don’t know won’t hurt you]

6:30 – Super Bowl LI

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Written by Executive Editor on February 1st, 2017

What’s up daddies and children of daddies. Have you ever read The New York Times and thought, “Okay, but I wish this pertained to me specifically.”
Well look no further, dear and valued reader. It’s us, your past, present, and future favorite news source: Skidmore Unofficial. Due to a brief hiatus, you are either too senile to remember us or too young to know who we are. Our noble mission is to bring you, the skidmore student, the fun, sexy scoop on everything (and we mean everything) going on on and near our beautiful, fugly campus. This coverage is including but not limited to: concerts, club performances, speakers, open mics, comedy, campus events, sporting events, and whatever else we think you delicious skanks desperately need to know about. We pledge to maintain the highest journalistic and moral integrity while reserving the right to goof. Read to keep up with campus goings-ons, read to tell your friends that you read something today, or read because we seem like we might secretly be cute and you want to have a talking point if you ever meet us around campus.



Written by Executive Editor on April 19th, 2016


What: Earth Day Festival, Spring 2016



Who: Empress Of, Sun Ra Arkestra, Palm, Joy Again, Emefe, The Ladles, and Campo



Where: South Park Green @ Skidmore College



When: Saturday, April 23rd @ 12:00 PM



Skidmore Family Old & Young,

Come out this weekend to experience a world where Afro-Futurism meets Dream Pop!

Big ups to: WSPN, Skidmore Environmental Action Club, Skidmore SEC & Lively Lucy’s Official for presenting this precursor to F U N D A Y.

Look at this website, Empress Of, and then watch this incredible video, Space is the Place.

See y’all out on the green.


It’s Not You, It’s Me

Written by rackcity on February 9th, 2016

How I See It

It’s not you, it’s me.

I’ve been negligent.

I haven’t been writing everyday (and by everyday I mean three days per week).

I haven’t been exciting, or at least I haven’t provided you with enough interesting content to sustain you.

I haven’t been changing things up (If I write one more post about what’s going on in Gannett on Thursday…).

I haven’t been the person I promised you I would be when I took the Skidmore Unofficial Oath: to write, whether satirically or otherwise, but more importantly, to write well.  The Lord said write for Skidmore Unofficial and I did. Kind of.

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Written by rackcity on February 6th, 2016

I hope Eli still has chowder breath

Every senior SEC girl’s favorite wet dream (do girls have wet dreams??), CAMPER is playing Fallstaff’s tonight. I talked to some of them last night at DA’s and no band member ever remembered encountering me on Case Walkway in 2012. It’s okay though because I’m a self-actualized, empowered, post-pubescent senior woman now! Yeah!

HAP is also opening. I hear singer Ned Porter is catch (wink face hehe lol)

8 PM aka in 10 min


SEC Presents: Camper and (some) HAP

Written by hangnail on February 2nd, 2016

Hold onto your hats (or maybe more importantly, your pants… Lookin’ at you seniors), Skidmore. This Saturday, both Camper and two members of HAP are going to be coming through Falstaffs at 8pm. This is fucking great news.

Jake, Stephen, and Eli of Camper

Jake, Stephen, and Eli of Camper

Underclassmen (and seniors who lived under a rock freshmen year): Both Camper and HAP are bands made up of Skidmore alumni. They also set very high expectations for good music and fun for our college careers in 2013.

Here is a min-interview with Camper members Eli Dreÿfus, Jake Mazur-Warren, and Stephen Yell to talk about their new album, Stop Breathing Like That.

SU: When and how did the three of you get together at Skidmore?

Eli: Oh snap! Uhhh, me and Jake played music together in high school… Me and Stephen met on the roof of the Tang on the last night of Pre-O. We just talked about chord progressions and food for so many hours together playing music became a no-brainer. We played in a bunch of bands together before Camper. You can NEVER have too many bands.

Jake: Stephen and I met freshman year when we were both bright-eyed and bushy browed… Outside of Penfield he whispered to me the secret to being his friend (ask him if you want more details), and our eyes just got brighter from there. Also our brows got bushier.

Stephen: I met these guys freshman year. We’ve been in a ton of bands together since then, and they’re two of my greatest friends in the universe.

SU: Which professors are you hoping will make it to the show?

Eli: In my wildest dreams, Jumpin’ Joel Smith, Deb “negative space” Hall, and Anthony “cancer-blaster” Holland would make it to the show.  More realistically, if Flip Philips DOESN’T show up then why did we even come back?!

SU: How would you describe your sound/style?

Eli: When my mom’s friends ask me what kind of music I play, I say that it’s fast and loud and happy.  What I don’t tell them is that it’s also RAW AF—mom friends can’t handle that kind of truth.

Jake: Garage pop! Frantic and high-energy.

Stephen: It’s pretty emotional and cathartic (at least for us), in a fast-catchy-frantic sort of way.

SU: What made you decide to get together and do another album?

Eli: Okay well we had already *written* this record before recording it became a real conversation… Then I moved to New York and that sorta left us at a crossroads: either we don’t record the album, slowly lose touch with each other, and die in a hole, or we do record the album and stay best friends forever.

Jake: Camper has always been about fun live music that makes people happy and makes them move. We tried to capture those feelings on this album, and are really proud of it, but for us there’s nothing that quite compares to playing our songs together live. Now we get to have both!

Stephen: When Eli moved to New York, we knew it was gonna be tough to keep things moving. I’m really glad we we’re able to make it work. It shows how much we all love the band. Working on this album was a great excuse for us all to hang out and stay in touch… We had a blast making it.

SU: How is this album similar to/different from your music from a few years ago?

Eli: At Camper practice, we say, “The best kinds of songs are really really loud and really really fast.” We put out some music in college that was ~pretty~ loud and ~decently~ fast, but I think all three of us believed that we could top ourselves.  It’s hard to stop writing songs when you keep having feelings all the damn time.

SU: How much of your decision to come back on the 6th was influenced by Chowderfest?

Jake: Well people who know us know that there are few things that make us happier than being up to our elbows in chowder. Let’s just say we aren’t complaining about our first show back at Skidmore falling on our favorite Saratoga holiday. You’ll definitely find us out on the streets Saturday inhaling chowder – I know I won’t be holding back… I’m putting out my vote for Max London’s as winner this year. You heard it here!

Stephen: We actually come to Chowderfest every year. It’s one of our favorite Saratoga traditions. We’re big fans of chowder.

There you have it, folks. In addition, Ned Porter and Sam Smith of HAP will be opening. Lots to look forward to.

Where: Falstaffs

When: Saturday (2/6) at 8pm


SEC Presents: Ratking & Malportado Kids

Written by Executive Editor on January 26th, 2016

Who: Ratking // Malportado Kids

What: Rap Show

Where: Falstaffs (fuck)

When: Friday, January 29th, 8:00 PM

Ratking, New York City bred rap group of XL Records and the Letter Racer collective, will be playing on Skidmore campus this Friday. It’s going to be (lit) great. After playing LA’s newest contemporary art museum, The Broad, and before going on tour with Animal Collective, Ratking will come out of Skidmore’s eardrums.

The group consists of frontman Wiki, who recently released a solo-mixtape titled Lil Me, rapper and vocalist, Hak, and producer and (kind of) rapper, Sporting Life, who released his own mixtape titled 55 5’s.

I know nothing about Malportado Kids.

To whoever is in charge: Please, please, please make sure that Falstaff’s speakers don’t (1) blow out (2) stop working (3) suck, as we have seen in the past.

In an attempt to diversify their entertainment booking on campus, SEC has successfully provided Skidmore with a broad range of shows this semester. That’s pretty cool — So thanks, SEC.

See y’all at the show.