Sydney Magruder’ 14 (Dance and Sociology double major) reads by the fireplace of the atrium outside the dining hall.
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 !
Just wanted to say a few words about my awesome housemates.
We are R.A.C.K. Rachel, Alta, Cheyenne, and Kadeem.
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/
I have not met a person who is not down to earth.
Remember the video I made where I asked a bunch of current students to tell me and well, all of you, why they decided to come to Skidmore? Well its about time I posted a new one. Sorry for the wait. I meant to have this up by…..well, lets just say two days ago but the point is, its up now for your viewing pleasure.
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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?!!
I thought it would be a cool idea to start a few video series. The first one being on the question “Why did you choose Skidmore?”
So every so often I will collect video responses from students on campus, make a video, and upload it. Here is the first of this series. Some people I totally threw off guard so excuse their awkwardness.
I completely forgot to post about my weekend. Here are a few high lights.
I think I may have said this already but my family was unable to make it for Celebration Weekend. I was not too upset but I did frown once or twice when seeing parents everywhere, even in town. As I was doing homework in Uncommon Grounds* I received a text from Amber Butcher’ 12: “Dinner with family 630p. Meet at Hattie’s”. Of course I got excited. Hattie’s is a Southern restaurant in Saratoga Springs. Hattie’s is where you can find the best friend chicken you will ever sink your teeth into. The restaurant also won a throw down against Iron Chef Bobby Fley. Anyways as I was having dinner I had one of those feelings where time seems to slow down for all the right reasons. I was apart of the Butcher family and was so grateful for it. The frown I had for not having family visit was washed away with good laughs over southern cuisine.
I am sure heaps of my friends would have done the same with their families.
The point being through Skidmore I have gained more family than one could imagine.
One other awesome thing. One of my favorite shows is Arrested Development. Apparently I am not the only one. I attended an AD themed party on campus. So many people dressed up: CTM !!
*Uncommon Grounds is a really popular coffee shop located in the center of town; right on Broadway. UG is definitely a favorite. I am really into the dim lighting and art. UG also has free wireless and amazing honey walnut cream cheese. My only complaint: I smell like bagels every time I come out of there.