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A great question from a NYC Zinch’er.

Thank you! I’m not sure if I will transition smoothly from the city that never sleeps to a smaller town with less commotion. I always find a place to go on a leisure day; like the movies, bowling, ice skating, ect. Do you think activities like these are as easy to find up in Saratoga? Or maybe in Skidmore itself; do you find students to be pretty occupied between work clubs and outside activities?

I promise you there is so much to do. I know this is a big concern for many students who are coming from densely populated areas. There is heaps and heaps to do at Skidmroe- something every night. Evidence to this is that we have never been described as a suit case campus meaning none of our students go away for the weekend because Skidmore does not give you a reason too. Saratoga has heaps going on as well. Especially during the summer so everyone should stay for at least one summer. I think the difference between here and the city is that in the city it feels as if everything is just there, it comes to you, and you are familiar with it. Whereas here, it is helpful to be on top of everything. Read posters, check out websites, step out of your comfort zone and do not hesitate to meet new people from all walks of life. Another thing is that I feel like many NYC students expect all fun to involve dance parties. You will especially have a fantastic time if you step out of that mentality and realize a good time can be more than dancing and also include watching a show, listening to a lecture, participating in a particular club, watching a band play, etc.

And when I say be on top of things I do not mean that events are hard to find I am just saying the information is out there, pretty in your face, so it helps to keep an open eye.

And do not get me wrong about parties, those do exist here as well.

 

Junior Ring Weekend

This week is the last of the semester. Let’s take a second to let that marinate. (PAUSE) THE LAST WEEK OF THE FIRST SEMESTER OF MY LAST YEAR. Just imagine me saying that last sentence with a surprised OMG look on my face. I can’t believe it. Anyway, instead of getting super emotional about that and the thought of having finals (“Oh hello lack of sleep, its been a while. I haven’t seen you since last semester’s finals”) I’ll discuss something on the lighter side of moods, Junior Ring Weekend. I am absolutely aware that I am a bit late on giving Jr Ring some blogitty attention but who cares, a good time is worth telling no matter how late.

Last Thursday kicked off Junior Ring Weekend, organized by the Junior Class Council. JRW is one of Skidmore’s traditions. Its always scheduled for the Fall semester right before finals. I think JRW is great; planned fun during such a stressful time.

The schedule for Junior Ring Weekend was:

Thursday Dec 1st :

Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6PM on Case Green. Everyone gathered outside on the green to watch the climactic moment when the switch is turned and the holiday tree is lit. Hot cocoa and apple cider donuts were in the palms of cold and finals stressed students as they listened to the sounds of Skidmore’s a- capella groups.

Friday Dec 2nd:

Mr. Skidmore: The Search for the Modern Mr. Gatsby – 8PM at the Spa. I have actually never attended a Mr. Skidmore event but I heard its heaps of fun. I was hoping to attend this year but I am babysitting for a Skidprofessor and then a Skidcoach. Sad times; not the kids, just the missing Mr. Skidmore part. Apparently its now a tradition after the student government association decided to create an all male friendly event years ago. So I guess you could  say Mr. Skidmore is Skidmore’s Mr. America pageant.

Saturday 3rd:

Flag Football – 10AM at Wachenheim Field. I so wanted to join in on this one. But I had to attend the synagogue in town and then lead fashion show practice. I passed by the soccer field, spotted a few seconds of what looked like some really intense flag foot ball games. A tiny feeling of jealousy creeped up my back, well not actually, but you know what I mean. I really enjoy being active especially when it involves me showing off how not “girly” I am.

Junior Ring Dance:  Luck Be a Lady Tonight – 10PM in the Big Gym. The dance was a major success. I know its a tough thing to do, plan an event designed for the entire school in hopes of impressing everyone and avoiding the high school cheesy dance/prom feel. After a long semester its great to be all fancy- ful for a night. And boy can us Skiddies get down with our fancy- ful selves. The dance was held in our main gym. Walking into the space used you’d forget it was a gym. All walls were covered is fabric, decorations everywhere, a beer garden in one corner with a chandelier hanging over it, and to go with the theme poker/ black jack tables set up. Upon entering the dance students used their ticket in exchange for chips of which were used to gamble. WOOHOO. I won nothing so I have no idea why I am woohoo- ing. But the idea was awesome. The whole thing was great. I and my friends stuck around until the end, we walked out of there heels in hand, feet sore. A sure sign of a good night.
All in all, JRW was a chance of use to take the load off for a bit in preparation for the hell week ahead of us. Wish me luck. No but really, wish me luck!!

Silly housemates.

More fancy fancy

Such a handsome photo.

A Post Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving, a day dedicated entirely to giving thanks to all things we appreciate in this world, of course not assuming we don’t give thanks every day of the year; For eating unbelievable amounts of food, observing semi awkward encounters between family members who have not spoken since, well last Thanksgiving; For the exciting feeling you get at the sound of tin foil wrapping the left overs you are sure to eat for the next three days, MmMmMm turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches; and lets not forget, for the countdown to the dangerous but oh so worth it Black Friday sales.

Okay, so maybe I am a little late on talking about the giving thanks, food, business but whether or not I hit the nail on describing your family’s thanksgiving I do hope it was a splendid holiday. I love left overs so if you’d like to overnight a dish, send it to me at my Skidmore address, please and thank you!

And in the spirit of giving thanks I will list the things about Skidmore I am thankful for not in any particular order.

1. I love who I have become in the last few years and I am thankful for the friends who have helped me get here

2. Professors who let me sit in their office for hours until I ‘get it’

3. Courses that hit me upside the head and open my eyes to things I have never taken notice of before

4. Great om nom noms at the Dining Hall. What would life be like without Chicken Finger Friday, hmmm maybe a few pounds lighter

5. The opportunity to take whatever class I want

6. The pretty landscape

7. Window seats in every dormitory of which my best friend insisted on sleeping in when she visited

8. Not having to share  a bathroom with an entire floor when I lived in the dorms

9. Northwoods (junior/ senior houses located on campus). I love my beautiful apartment

10. The Spa (fast food eatery located in the student center), being open always right when I need it, for my 1am munchies

11. Financial Aid. Need I say more?

12. Summer Housing. Who doesn’t want to stick around for the summer and lose a few bucks at the race track

13. Alumni Network. Someone’s going to hire me

14. Student Employment. There was always the option of not being broke

15. The sports center. I’m still trying to work off that freshman fifteen. Its been three years

16. For Australia

17. For covered walkways and buildings that are connected

18. For never being bored because there is so much to do

19. Being located in the beautiful Saratoga Springs

20. For not being a cookie cutter campus

I can go on for a long time but talking about left overs earlier has me wanting some right now. I’m thinking I should head towards the fridge now. But I will end by saying, most of all, I am thankful for Skidmore giving me an experience of which I will forever look back on and think, college was amazing…. can I do it again ?! ….. no but really, how do I do it all again?!!

Mediation Training!

This past weekend while most people were catching up on overdue homework, friends, and sleep I was in mediation training. Meditation Training is a one credit, 30- hour training, split in to two weekends, eight hours per day. Yes, eight hours (10am- 6pm) of learning effective conflict resolution skills. The first day, Saturday, was long. I mean, very long. I think I may have put too much thought into the eight hours bit. Once I got over it time flew. Take a peek at the course description.

ID 141.    Mediation Training    1
Mediation is a conflict resolution process that is used in close cooperation with the courts. Cases such as small claims court disputes and parent/teen conflicts are often referred by the courts to mediation by trained volunteers. The mediation training is a partnership with Mediation Matters, a nonprofit agency in Saratoga Springs that provides mediation services and receives its funding from the New York court system. This training will certify students as volunteers enabling them to mediate campus disputes through our own peer mediation program as well as cases referred to Mediation Matters by the courts. This is an intensive 30-hour training using film clips, role plays, readings, and discussion that focuses on building facilitation skills.

D. Karp


I am sure the thought of having to be in the same room with 30 people for eight hours straight, four days, may turn people away but I am so glad I did not shy away. Many of the students take the course because they would like to mediate for Fight Club, a conflict resolution/ mediation group on campus. I decided to take the course because my post- college plans involve counseling, I also thought “state certified mediator?, well that sounds super cool!” So I get that often times there is an end goal to taking the course but the skills learned in the course I just really great to have for well, life. I kind of feel like once I am done with the course I am going to feel a bit like super woman wanting to resolve all of my friends minor disputes “Let me see if I get what you are saying, so you are upset because she ate your last box of cheesy mac, and you think he is a jerk because he leaves his socks in the living room?” So maybe I will make the relationships around me flow better but what I look forward to most is being able to use these skills when working with at- risk youth; disputes between troubled teens, or between parents and teens. And I know that a 30 hour training is not all, this stuff truly takes years of practice; of listening mediating what can be some pretty intense and emotionally draining disputes. Listening to Duke Fisher and David Karp share some of the disputes they have dealt with in the past, I would stop and think how I could hardly imagine being in a room with two people that upset at each other. But I would like to get to that point.

I am really looking forward to the next/ last two days of training. I will keep you posted on how they go !

 

P.S So upset I could not get into the Life Guard and CPR training course. I could have been a mediating life guard!

A Week in My Shoes.

Monday* (“Oh no its Monday again!”)

Religion and Culture 11:15- 12:10

Tuesday (“Am I really supposed to get all this done by the end of the week?”)

Evolutionary Psychology 8:10-  9:30

Religion and Culture 11:10- 12:30

Psychology of Religion 2:10- 3:30

God/Body/Beauty 3:40- 5:30

Wrk.Annual Fund 6:30- 9

Wednesday* (Yey, HumpDay!”)

Wrk.Annual Fund 6:30- 9

Thursday (“So Happy Its Thursday; So close!”)

Evolutionary Psychology 8:10-  9:30

Religion and Culture  11:10- 12:30

Psychology of Religion 2:10- 3:30

God/Body/Beauty 3:40- 5:30

Friday* (“THANK GOODNESS ITS FRIDAY!”)

Wrk.Admissions Tour 1- 2:30

Saturday* (“To homework?, or to rest and fun?! “)

Direct Ujima Fashion Show Practice 1- 3

Sunday* (“Wish weekends were longer”)

 

*There is a great chance that during some part of the time I do not have work or class on this day I am baby sitting for a Skidmore professor or coach.

Skidmore Halloweekend

 

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Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and all the other mushy holidays are great but if I want really yummy food, friends and family I can always just host a potluck. But there is no way I can dress up as whatever I’d like on any casual day and eat as much candy as my stomach can handle without feeling guilty about it. Halloween Rocks!

I love spending Halloween at Skidmore. Here Halloween is a weekend long holiday. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; three days of Halloween themed fun. And for some the fun continues on to Sunday and Monday. Some students plan not just one costume but three. One for every night of fun. And here, we are pretty good at this dressing up game (except for me, this year I pulled a last minute costume together, I was Thing 1). Most costumes I spotted were either really crafty (e.g DeadMau5 head) or way clever (e.g Dressing up all four seasons).

Every year Skidmore hosts a campus wide party for Halloween, Moorebid Ball. Moorebid use to be held at Moore Hall. Moore was an off campus dormitory near the old campus, but a few years ago the building was sold. From then on Moorebid has been held in Case Center/ the Student Union on campus. It’s always been incredible. Two floors, Two Dj stations, camera booths, and a whole lot of scoping out the scene to see what everyone is wearing. The Class of 2014 is the largest class Skidmore has seen in years, thanks to them Moorebid was held in the Sports Center this year; two gyms, two Dj stations, and sick decorations. Unfortunately the event was shut down early. Apparently it got to a point where it was just way too over crowded. Safety first! It ended early but I had a good time none the less. Seeing peoples costumes is all the fun for me. After the party I made my way downtown and that in itself was a sight to see. Caroline street was, well Caroline street. Heaps of people hopping from bar to bar, lines several feet long outside of bars and clubs. Except this night everyone was dressed up. So it was just so funny to see a clown, for instance, standing beside an angel, the Macho Man, Scooby Doo, and a Cowboy to get into a venue; to people- watch and see a lumber jack trying his best to make his moves and score a squirrels phone number. Too funny.

But I promise the fun did not exclusively involve parties and such. A number of events/ activities were planned for Halloween aside from partying. For instance, Friday night I swung by a “classic horror film and pumpkin carving” event. The last time I tried to carve a pumpkin I destroyed the thing. So I made sure to skip that bit. And Yesterday children from town visited the campus with their families to trick- or – treat on campus. I was overwhelmed with cute. Everywhere I looked I saw kids as young as three running from door to dear, bucket in hand in hopes of scoring “the good stuff”, CHOCOLATE. Well, at least thats what I considered “the good stuff” when I was three. Speaking of chocolate, I’m thinking I should purchase some chocolate now at the Burgess Cafe.

 

“This is Halloween, This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!!!”

Bet that song is now stuck in your head. MUAHAHHAHA

 

Enjoy the pictures below:: THIS IS (a taste of ) HALLOWEEN (at Skidmore) !!

 

Lady Gaga. "Born This Way" video.

A Greaser

"GOTTA CATCH EM' ALL"

Thing 1.

Tony Quattro and DJ Ramses

A Lucha Libre Fighter

"Hey Arnold!"

Hannah Montana!! Get it?!! (Her name is actually Hannah)

A Jackson Pollock painting

"Give a Hoot, don't Pollute"

 

J'adore Halloween!

Nice of DeadMAU5 to show, mid tour

You Asked: Does Skidmore have intramural sports?

Skidmore has both intramural sports and club sports. Both of which are heaps of fun. All the fun and excitment of being on a sports team without the long distance traveling and pressure of being an all star. Some of these sports include volleyball, raquetball, basketball, softball, tennis, and football. Joining an intramurals sports team is actually really popular on our campus. Students who join get really into the game, making uniforms and inviting friends to watch. I have played intramurals tennis and had a great time and I have only seen and heard great things from other intramural sports teams.
Joining an intramural sport is something I would totally recommend. Its fun and a great way to meet people.

Ask me anything

THE HUNT


THE HUNT: A scavenger hunt organized by the outing club. The outing club is one of the, if not the, largest club on campus. They organize weekly outing trips every weekend including rock climbing, snow boarding, and camping. What’s great is that if you do not have any of the equipment for a trip you are more than welcome to email the club list to find someone who does and is willing to lend you the equipment. Club members can also pick and choose which trips they’d like to attend. So like I was saying, this club organizes a scavenger hunt. Forty teams of five pay a small fee to sign up, of which I am sure goes to charity and are given a list, two pages long with tasks to compete. Sometimes the tasks are really obscure  and teams are expected to be as creative as possible. Well, the only way to win is to be extremely creative. As many teams do, my team made uniforms. We were the “Sailor Scouts” so we dressed like sailor moon characters. I was Sailor Jupiter. We also choreographed a dance routine to two original songs. This event goes on for an entire day. Some of the tasks are time sensitive. One of which stated participants had to behave like velociraptors on a street corner in town at exactly 6:17 pm. The sight of about 100+ students on a street corner behaving raptor like was too funny. The sailor scouts also flash mobbed inside a local Stewarts.  Unfortunately, the sailor scouts did not win but we had a hell of a time and that’s all that matters. Later that night we just continued the fun at a post- Hunt dance party.

The Sailor Scouts

The 21 Club

Guessing this team's costume was a onesy

 

You asked: I consider myself pretty conservative, but don’t want to miss out on the "college experience," are there opportunities at skidmore to have fun and meet people who do not have sex, drink, do drugs etc?

I must start by saying this is a great question and a concern for much more students during their college search than people may think.
The answer is yes, there are so many opportunities at Skidmore College to meet people that do not involve sex, drugs, and alcohol. The social scene at Skidmore College is not in any way overwhelmed by parties, sex, drugs or alcohol and I think it’s because there is so much to do on our campus, so many clubs to join and events to attend. Skidmore has over 100 clubs and organizations that organize over 3500 events per year. None of the clubs/ organizations on our campus are binding. So you are more than welcome to join the email list but attend as many or as few events as you’d like. And you can join as many email lists as you’d like. Joining the email lists and attending events of numerous clubs is a great way to meet people. The events organized by clubs/ organizations range from community service to lectures, to dinner events, performances, and film screenings (The list does not end there). None of which include sex, drugs, or alcohol.
Other ways to meet people include joining an intramurals teem and attending your dormitories all hall events. There is always the classic sitting at a new table at the dining hall every time you eat. Everyone at Skidmore is really friendly. Throughout my years I also met people through jobs I worked. What I loved was that everywhere I went I could meet people from all walks of life.
I guess the message I am trying to get across is that there are many alternatives for fun and meeting people on our campus other than hooking up drinking and getting high. I am sure there is a chance that all of these do occur throughout the campus but because there is so much to do here such behavior does not dominate the social scene.

Ask me anything

* I must add, Skidmore College is a substance free campus. All dormitories are substance free. R.A’s, H.R’S, and campus safetly make rounds evey night throughout the campus to make sure students follow these rules. 21 year old students who liive in a house/ senior housing on campus are allowed to posess alcohol.

OKTOBERFEST: “Back to the Era of Oktoberfest”

This past weekend marked Skidmore’s annual Oktoberfest. A weekend of various just for fun events organized by the Interclass Council and the Senior Class Council. The schedule was as follows:
 

  • Oct. 6th: Karaoke Night (Spa) & Midnight Dodgeball (Case Green)
  • Oct. 7th: Oktoberfest (Case Green) & SEC’s TV on the Radio Concert (Gym)
  • Oct. 8th: Ironman Contest (Case Green) & Dancing with the Victorians: Semi-formal dance (Fallstaffs)
  • Oct. 9th: Dunkin Donuts Study Break (Case Center)

The Iron Man competition was my favorite. I participated but did not place 🙁 Sad times. Apparently I’m not the best at potato sack racing, pie eating, balloon tossing, football throwing, or wheel ball racing. Though not so bad at arm wrestling. Notice how I was lame at everything but one as task in the competition. Sounds like I need to step it up; some more gym time in my future?

P.S Completely unrelated- but I updated the “Tower, Banderboys, Pizza” post with a clip of the Bandersnatchers singing. Check it out !

Melissa '12 and Sergio ' 12 sing a duet during KaraokeThe Ref maks calls during midnight dodgeball

Tv on the Radio

Sammy '13 and Becca ' 13 dance it up during Tv on the Radio

Skylar ' 12 whips her hair back and forth for Tv on the Radio; Get it gurl !

Why not climb such as gorgeous tree while waiting for the Iron Man competition to start

Dj Carrnage pumps up the volume during the competition

 

Football toss

I decided to join some spectators for this photo