SGA to Present ‘It’s Happening Here’ Lecture Series

Written by Executive Editor on April 15th, 2015

Poster design by Dipesh KC.

This Wednesday and Friday, the It’s Happening Here campaign will be holding a two-part lecture series to “raise awareness about how students, faculty and staff and join together to combat sexual and gender-based misconduct at Skidmore.”

On Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30pm in Davis, Tim Mousseau will be giving a lecture entitled “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation.” A Sexual assault survivor, Mousseau is an active voice on college campuses in educating students about leadership and empowering them to take a stand against sexual assault. Be sure and check him out on Twitter.

On Friday, April 17th at 3:30pm in Davis, Liz Seccuro will be giving a lecture entitled “Social Media & Sexual Violence: How Technology Helps & Harms Students & Campuses.” Seccuro is a victim’s rights advocate and author of the memoir Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice. You can find her on Twitter, as well as her website.

All these events seem both interesting and incredibly relevant to the current landscape of social activism in fighting sexual and gender-based misconduct, so we highly suggest you attend one (or both) of the lectures and support the great work SGA and many members of the community are doing.


Realign: A Painting & Performance by Becca Baruc

Written by Executive Editor on April 13th, 2015


This Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00pm in the Payne Room of the Tang, Becca Baruc ’15 will present Realign, a painting and performance to be created tomorrow night for the first time ever!

Realign presents a new, large-scale painting and performance by Baruc that reflect the culmination of her work this semester. Baruc creates her sculptural paintings by crumpling and crushing the canvas before expanding it back out and painting “straight” lines on it. Audience members will be invited to move around the room and explore the painting from different vantage points. Then a short performance by the artist will follow, further exploring themes such as perspective, balance, and imperfection.

Said canvas is currently in the process of being made in Case Gallery–so you can stop by to take a look at it this very moment–after which it will be moved to the Tang and completed before the 7:00pm performance. After the performance, the painting will be returned to Case Gallery, where it will hang until April 18.

Realign is part of a larger series of paintings and performances by Baruc on Skidmore campus this semester. In process is an installation for the entry hall of the Dana Science Center–to be completed late April–and a painting that will be a part of an Independent Study in Dance by Anastasia Eckerson ’15, on view in the Art Building, Room 308, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm, and Friday, April 24 at 6:00 pm.

The performance is set to begin at 7:30, and there will be food beforehand, so be sure and arrive early to grab some goodies before catching what’s sure to be a killer show. Also, you might remember Becca Baruc from our coverage of ComFest 2015, which she co-produced. She’s also an American Studies major and a member of the Ad-Libs. And she’s performing in this week’s Friday Night Stand-Up. Whoa! What the fuck can’t she do?


Weekend Distractions CXXXVII

Written by Executive Editor on April 10th, 2015

6:00pm – Shared Spaces Closing Reception @ Spring Street Gallery
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Skidmore Dance Presents: Sleeping Beauty @ Zankel

3:00pm – Clothing Swap Shop @ Spa
4:00pm – Fun Day Band & DJ Submissions Due @ Skidmore
4:00pm – Fun Day Poster Design Submissions Due @ Skidmore
5:00pm – Madeleine Kanazawa and Katerina Vujić Joint Recital @ Zankel
8:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
8:00pm – Element Fashion Show @ The Tang
8:00pm – Skidmore Dance Presents: Sleeping Beauty @ Zankel

2:00pm – Skidmore Theater Presents: Blood Wedding @ JKB Theater
3:00pm – Skidmore Dance Presents: Sleeping Beauty @ Zankel

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!


Skidmore Theater Presents: ‘Blood Wedding’

Written by Executive Editor on April 8th, 2015
Photo credit: Sue Kessler

Photo credit: Sue Kessler

The Skidmore Theater Department will debut its spring mainstage production, Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, this Friday, April 10th at 8pm. The show will run from April 10-12, then April 16-19. All performances are at 8:00pm, except for Sunday matinees, which are at 2pm.

Tradition, passion and violence are at the core of this true story about a love that can never become a marriage. BLOOD WEDDING is rooted in the land, and in it’s people’s desire to cling on to tradition in changing times. Underneath the landscape of this play is the rumbling of the early days of the Spanish Civil War and Lorca’s poetic resistance.

Tickets are $8 for Students & Seniors and $12 for General Admission. Contact the Skidmore Theater box office at 518-580-5439 or for tickets, or purchase tickets online.

(UPDATE 4/10/15: The Saratogian recently did two great write-ups on the show, which you can check out here and here.)


LINE Release Party at the Tang (4/8)

Written by Executive Editor on April 8th, 2015

Fucking yeah.

Thursday, April 9th, the Tang will be hosting the release party for this year’s issue of LINE, Skidmore’s art review magazine. The release party will feature free food and copies of the magazine, as well asperformances by Katherine Anzola ’17, Reece Robinson ’18, Bree Hassell ’18, Phoebe Radcliffe ’18, and the Skidmore Jazz Ensemble  (feat. Ian Bakerman ’15, Jack Mullin ’17, Danny Pravder ’16, Jake Ratkevich ’16, and Anna Smith-Sargent ’17).

The event will run from 5-7pm in the Tang. Be sure to check out the Facebook event, which features sneak peaks of some of the art featured in this year’s magazine. SkidNews also recently did a club profile on LINE, which you can read here to learn more about the magazine and what goes into making it.


Weekend Distractions CXXXVI

Written by Executive Editor on April 3rd, 2015

7:00pm – Cabaret Troupe Presents Urinetown @ Filene
7:00pm – Easter Gala @ Wilson
8:00pm – RAICES Arts Festival @ Spa
8:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
10:00pm – Awkward. (AKT Final Show) @ Gannett
10:00pm – “Missy Elliott” ft. Sonneteers & Banders @ Wilson

2:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
7:00pm – Cabaret Troupe Presents Urinetown @ Filene
8:00pm – Senior Dance Capstone @ Dance Theater
8:00pm – International Cultural Show: Pangea @ Spa

12:00am – Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Missing something? Let us know in the replies!


Cabaret Troupe Presents: ‘Urinetown’ (4/2-4/4)

Written by Executive Editor on April 2nd, 2015

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Tonight, April 2nd, Cabaret Troupe will premiere their production of Mark Hollmann’s Urinetown, which will run until this Sunday, April 4th.

A Tony-Award-winning musical, Urinetown takes place in a society where corporate control has made it “a privilege to pee.” “Urinetown raises the question of how to properly respond to a crisis,” says director Cal Lane ’16. “While it may seem like none of the characters know what they’re doing, they are not stupid. In fact they are so motivated by a singular passion that they simply can’t see anyone else’s viewpoint.”

Performances are this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9April 2-4) all at 7pm in Filene Auditorium. The show is entirely free and student-run. It looks like Cab Troupe’s really come a long way since their legendarily atrocious production of Cabaret, so be sure to stop by and check out the show.


Jason Houle to Discuss “Student Loan Debt and the Pursuit of the American Dream”

Written by Executive Editor on April 1st, 2015

Photo by Eli Burakian

Dartmouth College scholar and sociologist Jason Houle will present a talk entitled “A Generation Indebted: Student Loan Debt and the Pursuit of the American Dream” Thursday night, April 2nd, at 7pm in Davis Auditorium.

Organized by Assistant Professor of Sociology Andrew Lindner, Houle’s talk will discuss the causes and effects of outstanding student debt, which he writes “[currently] totals $1.3 trillion and has doubled since 2007, surpassing credit card debt.”

“Student loan debt has risen rapidly over the past several decades, and today the average young adult can expect to leave college with nearly $25,000 in debt,” Houle also says. “In this talk, I summarize the sociological literature on student loan debt among the current generation and explore the causes of the rise in student loan debt, the immediate and long-term consequences of debt, and what can be done about it.”

Houle is a sociologist interested in social disparities in mental health and well-being, processes of social stratification and mobility, and life course sociology. His work has been featured in New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Pacific Standard CNBC/NBC News,, and Al Jazeera. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2011 to 2013. He joined the faculty at Dartmouth College as an assistant professor of sociology in July 2013. He also brews a killer Belgian IPA, apparently.


Letter from the Executive Editor

Written by Executive Editor on April 1st, 2015
Started from the bottom.

Started from the bottom.

Dear Students, Alumni, Community Members, and Readers:

We are reaching the end of an era. As I peel around the bend and into April, I’ve been thinking about my time at this school. The legacy I’ll leave as a member of this esteemed community. You don’t know who I am yet (that will change as you read on), but I’m sure you’ve thought of it. After all, this school population is only about 2,800 students, so it’s inevitable that you must have passed by me on Case walkway, eaten near me in the Spa, or perhaps bumped into me at a party or two. Perhaps you’re worried that you’d be the subject of a tweet. Perhaps you’re always on guard, never trusting even your closest friends for fear of having it broadcasted on this esteemed site into the endless ether of the Internet.

I want that to end. I’m tired of living in secret. I’m tired of huddling over my laptop in a dark corner on the third floor of the library. I will no longer be known simply as a has-been student politician or the guy who has the same name as that Islamaphobic atheist. Or the inspiration for the guy from Ratatouille. That’s no way to live in my last few weeks at this school. I’ve said some shit. I’ve blown the whistle on some of my classmates, my fellow community members. I’ve stirred the ever-boiling pot of controversy–sometimes opening wounds that many would rather just heal over.

Now it’s time to pay it forward. If this site has offended you, caused you any inconvenience, upset the equilibrium of your time at this school for any reason, I invite you to let me know. Email me. Approach me at the SGA Help Desk. Punch me in the face. Let’s start a dialogue. I can’t promise that it will make it better, but let’s at least begin the process of making reparations where we can.

I am proud to be leaving Skidmore. I am proud of my myriad of accomplishments. I am proud of all the strange, strange hats I’ve worn in my time here. And I am proud of myself for bravely throwing off the armor of anonymity.

Ever yours,

Sam Harris
Executive Editor, Skidmore Unofficial

P.S. Don’t forget to vote on Thursday!


SkidNews and Folio Co-Host Student Reading (4/2)

Written by Executive Editor on April 1st, 2015

The password will be “Palomino.”

This Thursday night at 9pm, Skidmore News and Folio will be teaming up to bring you “Speakeasy,” an evening of student readings in Wilson Chapel. Is your heart heavy with forlornness over that best friend you’ve been crushing on since your “Can Literature Save the Environment?” Scribner Seminar with whom it will simply never ever be? Then sign up to read that poem you wrote about him/her and invite him/her to the reading! This is the chance you’ve been waiting for! There’s less than two months in the semester! It can be something like this really shitty movie.

Or if you’d like to sit, listen, laugh, sob, and maybe roll your eyes when appropriate, that’s great too! Real talk, this is a great opportunity. For creative writers, there’s approximately zero opportunities to read original work of any sort (we all know no one goes to Lively Lucy’s Open Mics for anything besides Bon Iver covers anyway), so there should be lots of good shit coming to the surface from your peers. Plus there will be refreshments as well!

If you’re interested in reading some original work, contact Cara Dempsey at or Nicole Smith at with your name, contact info, and a 2-3 sentence bio. They ask that all readings be under 5 minutes long, so make sure you time that shit and don’t be that guy who goes on and on. I don’t care if you’re this generation’s Toni Morrison: I’m a millennial and my attention span is the length of a fucking millipede.

Find out more info on the Facebook event page.