Two years ago a student by the name of Deandra Wint ’11 had the idea to start a Gospel Choir on campus. I mean, by then we had about 5 a- capella groups but no gospel choir. So I thought it was a pretty sweet idea. Deandra followed through with this idea and was able to actually start the gospel choir on campus; within their first year the choir had a significant number of members. I would guess around 15 members.
Open to absolutely everyone and anyone on campus, the gospel choir sings a variety of songs that are considered inspirational. The “inspirational” bit is open for interpretation. My housemate, Kadeem Brown’ 12 is the current creative director for the gospel choir and expressed the diversity amongst the group members regarding religious and inspirational views. Some students use the gospel choir as an outlet to express spirituality, some lacking in religiosity just use it as an outlet to sing really good music. There really is an energy about the gospel choir that is hard to ignore. Their spring concert was this passed wekend and audience members could not help but get up and sing or clap along. It is always such a pleasure watching them perform. Check them out for yourself !
I just realized I completely forgot to fill you in on my weekend; last weekend. Yea, that one where I did no homework. Well, last Friday I attended the Rithmos Spring Concert. The Rithmos are Skidmore’s Jazz/Hip- Hop Dance Ensemble. I think I said that right, go me ! The girls and one guy are fantastic dancers but I must say the Manmos were the highlight of the show. Manmos is the all male parody group of the Rithmos. These guys looked great in their get ups dancing to non other than Beyonce’s Girls Run the World.
After enjoying the dance performance I hurried my way to the Drastic Measures Benefit Concert. The Drastic Measure is a co- ed a-capella group on campus. Friday night they invited most of the groups on camus to sing a few numbers. The purpose was to raise money for a local organization, Saratoga Bridges. The only thing better than watching a show on campus is watching a show on campus that is organized for a good cause. And, psht ! Of coure I donated! Any way, that was fantastic. I was obviously crazy about all the groups who performed Adele songs, that would be 3 total, and still not enough for me ! Yes, I love Adele. The Treblemakers, Skidmore’s only all inclusive a- capella really blew me away with their Britney Spears mash up. Now, that, I was jamming to. Ever dance and sing in your seat while watching a performance and then stop and think “wait, I must look ridiculous ! – I should stop”. I had one of those moments. The performance was that fun. Anyways, good job Drastics on a fantastic show.
Saturday night was all about comedy. Improv comedy to be exact. The Ad- Libs gave us a laugh- tastic show. Slapped my knee a couple times. I would explain some of the jokes to you … but then it wouldn’t be funny. I mean you can’t re- enact improv, right ?!
Sorry I don’t have any videos from the Benefit concert or the Comedy Show but catch a peep at the Rithmos show.
Fact. When I was a kid, I was afraid of the dark…. wait, I just said that. Well, I mean, who wasn’t, amiright?!
Cooler Fact.Cornel West was Skidmore College’s Keynote Speaker last year. Don’t know Dr. West? No worries, read his about me and be impressed. http://www.cornelwest.com/about.html
Dr. West visited the campus at such an appropriate time. The campus was really involved in dialogues regarding diversity. These dialogues and the energy associated continued well into this year giving students the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns regarding issues that touches all of us as a community.
Dr. West speaking at Skidmore.
P.S That beautiful concert hall is located in the Arthur Zankel Music Center of the Skidmore campus.
YEY !! PULSE !! Skidmore’s only “Found Object Percussion Group“- They bang on stuff and it sounds so good !!
My housemate, Cheyenne’12 is a part of Pulse and according to her they do not have a set schedule. From what I know Pulse is in high demand and often get asked to play for events last minute so they play for SGA organized events, for other programs on campus, and for their own shows.
They are expected to have their annual Spring semester concert on April (oh its April now ! ) the 20th or the 21st.
Check out some of their stuff. Found a few videos from ’07, ’09, ’10, and ’11. Enjoy !
When the average person has a free room in their apartment they find someone or something to fill it. And the average person will use the spare room for storage, an entertainment space, or a study. We believe in Creative Thought Matters. So when a few Skidmore students had a spare room they turned it into a gallery. Located on Washington street, close to the center of town, The Red Room Gallery is a great idea come to life. I attended an opening this past weekend and was in love with every bit of this concept. I walk up to the last floor of this small apartment building and am greeted with delicious treats and wine. The apartment itself is spacious and very well decorated. I walk into the gallery, a small room at the far end of the apartment; I was surrounded by red walls and the wonderful work of Ashton Lecraw’ 12. Ashton’s submissions to the gallery, “Animal Behavior, Human Obsession” marked their third exhibit. The females who started this project are all Skidmore students but the space is not exclusive to Skidmore students. Submissions from local artists are also welcome. I was in awe of my friends talent but also in awe of the gallery in itself; just the idea of transforming something so simple to something that is so beautiful and celebrates the work of local artists.
Check out the Red Room Gallery blog. http://redroomgallery.wordpress.com/
The Big Green Scream, an event held during the end of the basketball season, is the biggest sports event of the school year. Students and locals often support Sidmore athletics teams but there never seems to be a sports event that can fill the stands like this one. The Big Green Scream is extremely fun. Sports events are always fun. Who doesn’t want to watch and support their friends as they put all their hard work on the court. The fun is oddly paired with sentimental moments as the seniors are honored for their dedication to the team in past years. The gym was decorated with the action shots of males and females who are soon to graduate; soon to leave their jersey and number behind on the Skidmore College campus. Each athlete was called up, center court, and greeted by their family as their photo was taken. For the last four years I have been attending basketball games, I have witnessed these athletes grow on the court. It was rewarding attending this event and seeing the athletes receive credit for being such great athletes- juggling school, work and sport. This like many other events during this time of the year is apart of a long process of the school year coming to a close. And for us seniors, college coming to an end.
The males basketball team, with family, center court.
A few words from the coach and the game against Union College begins. Our girls put up a good fight but unfortunately lost by a few points. Our males played a strong game all the way until the end. Up by 10 at one point, tied at another, and then back up again. The last time we played Union we lost on their court. I’m sure our males wanted to make up for that loss. Some highlights include a back to back block by freshman Connor Merrill and a beautiful dunk by senior Melvis Langyintuo; all contributing to what turned out to be a win. The Big Green Scream also offers chances to win sweet prizes including athletic wear, a flat screen television, and an I-pad. Winning prizes requires simple tasks such as asking questions pertaining to environmentally friendly facts and or completing a 3- point shot.
Ronald Solis' 12 attempts a free throw shot for a prize.
Olga Beltre' 12 and I watching the game closely
The Ujima Step team with some half time entertainment.
Up by 12 the game was over once we had possession with seconds left on the clock. The males playing exhanged hand shakes as signs of good sportsmanship and the Skidmore men made their way over to friends and family waiting in the audience.
I am hoping our males can bring all this energy to Wednesdays game.
The days until graduation are winding down fast and I feel as if everything around me is a reminder of this. I am sure the world is not out to get the over emotional bits of me, I’m sure it’s just me but it’s somewhat fun to point this stuff out. Some of the reminders are completely random and others are not. Last Friday’s 100 Days ’til Graduation Semi- Formal is probably one of the least random reminders that graduation is around the corner. I mean, this is an annual event. The senior class committee every year rents out a fancy ball room located in town and charges $5 for tickets for senior students and $10 for dates. We, the senior class, clean up and for some its the cleanliest they have looked in months; some people have no time to lose on showers and looking good when there are thesis to get done. Well maybe the lack of showers in months is a bit much but you get where I am going with this. Either way it is always heaps of fun to see friends out of the usual flannel tops, Skidmore sweatshirts, and damaged jeans and in some bow ties, suits, pearls, and dresses.
99.9% of the senior class lives in the Northwoods village on campus so the senior class council organized to have two huge buses shuttle students to and from the event. I mean these were your everyday cheese buses right out of an episode of the Magic School Bus, made not so every day, filled to capacity with screaming over- excited and over- dressed seniors. So of course the party starts on the bus with a few laughs a few songs to scream at the top of our lungs. I found it interesting how this event looks and feels and of course just is so different now that I was experiencing it as a senior. Its more of a “this is my event” kind of feeling. Which is understandable, I just had to throw that thought in there since I have attended this event as a junior. The meaning behind it is not there as it is when you are a senior.
As we entered the venue some made their way toward the delicious treats …including a chocolate fountain. Wait, what?! Yes, a chocolate fountain. Others went toward the bar- 21 and over! Niether of those were my first move. I went for the dance floor. By the time I arrived there were enough people busting some serious moves on the dance floor, some already with heels in hand. The DJ was fantastic. Of course I do not take a dance break until I am in unbearable foot pain and that pattern goes on through out the night with a bit of getting chocolate wasted during my breaks and small talk with my well dressed friends. By the time the dance was over I was way too tired. I hopped on that Magic School Bus, skipped the stop on Caroline St. which is filled with more bars than one can imagine and made my way back to Northwoods straight into my bed.
Overall the dance was everything I needed it to be.
*More photos coming soon.
Caity and Kadeem
Photo is a must before exiting the house.
"I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, saying AYOOOO!"
It is still the beginning of my last semester at Skidmore. Sad times. I spent my winter break trying to rest, though not too much of that happened. During my breaks I usually work as a hostess at a Cuban Restaurant in Times Square- Havana Central Times Square. I was working 35 hr weeks. When I was not working I spent my time catching up with alumni. Because I have been at Skidmore / Saratoga for so long, I have recently been experiencing NYC a little different. By the time I left for Skidmore years back I was so over the over- the- top city pace. To the point where I longed to be back at Skidmore whenever I went to visit NYC. I realized now whenever I go back I spend a lot of my time with the awesome network I have developed since being at Skidmore. I am now re- experienicing NYC through my Skid- friends. And I now love NYC again and actually enjoy myself when I visit.
Co- directors, Nenesi Ibru and Xavier Hatten, and I walking during the credits.
When I returned to campus after winter break. I felt well rested and ready to tackle some unfinished business. One task being the Ujima Fashion Show. For several years, 22 to be exact, Ujima, the African- American and Carribbean Awareness group at Skidmore has organized a fashion show. The show is held during Black History Month. It is a fun event that shares information on Black History and helps develop a lasting relationship between the Saratoga Community and the campus. The event is public and local businesses participate in the show. I have been apart of this event since freshman year. This year was my second time directing as opposed to modeling. The directing process is definitely stressful and involves planning every little detail of the show. Directing the show most definitely tested my organizational skills, professionalism, and commitment. Despite the last minute running around the show was an absolute success. The process was fun but I am so glad it is over. No more daily phone calls to businesses, no more running practice, no more 3 hour meetings with my co- directors. The entire thing was surreal.
Remember Stomp, the Broadway percussion group? Maybe some of you are a tad bit young to remember, so go ask your older siblings or parents if they remember. Maybe they’re still around I’m not sure. If you don’t know them, hey check them out now. No really, open up a new tab ! ….. (waiting, waiting, waiting)
Cool huh? Well Skidmore has it’s very own banging on stuff that “once was loved then was garbage and now is an instrument” group, PULSE. It’s pretty cool. No, its really cool. Watching their shows are just so much fun; it’s just about impossible to stay still. You have to do that like “uh this is a great beat” head bob thing or burst out into dance. Many of the students are already musicians and are in band/s but others have never touched an instrument in their life and just enjoy making a crap ton of noise, I can sympathize with that. Funny story, I actually tried out for Pulse as an eety weety lil’ freshman during the period of my life when I wanted to join just about everything I could fit into my schedule. But, yea, I auditioned and didn’t make it. Sad, I know, now I know what those American Idol contestants feel like (“wait, whahh? whatya mean I’m not good enough?! My mom told me I have the voice of an angel”). I learned later that the executive board committee then pretty much recruited anyone who auditioned that wasn’t afraid to kind of just get in there and play (during one of the audition stages we got in a circle and people were expected to get in the middle and pick an object to play). Like I said I was an eety weety lil’ freshman so I never “just got in there”. I was too shy 🙁 womp womp. But no worries because now I am not longer a shy froshy I am a bold senior ! and about the need to fulfill my obsession with banging on things and making noise, I just decided to bang on my dorm furniture and drive my roommate nuts. No, just kidding….maybe.
Check out Pulse performing below.
Skidomedy teamed up with Pulse for a pre performance skit.