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How Could I have Forgotten Last Weekend… ?!

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.

 

httpv://youtu.be/y0Vq66KnZSc

 

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.

Just Another Saturday Night

Before I dove into masssive amounts of homework and post- graduate planning last night I attended two events on campus. I love discussing on-campus events because I know a concern for many prospective students is the availability of campus events that do not involve solo cups and music that’ll make your ears bleed.

Last night two students of the dance department choreographed a piece each for their independent study.  These pieces involved about 5 dancers each and were formed in The Tang‘s Pane Room*. Each piece was about 15 minutes long and blew my mind in the most interesting ways. When watching modern pieces, I must say, I sometimes think “what in the world is going on?”, “what is this supposed to mean?”.  It takes some times before I can remind myself to stop over thinking the piece and to just enjoy the work. All in all both of the pieces were quite beautiful. I made a mental note to make sure to attend more dance performnces. And I am sure there will be a few in the future. It’s fun to think that though I lack talent in the arts, there are heaps of ways in which I can enjoy the arts on this campus and reap the benifits of living on a campus that is so diverse in the interests and passions of the student body.

Below are some pictures and a short video of the piece choreographed by Emily Pacillio’12. Sorry my camera is not fancy.

 

Choreographers Emily Pacilio'12 and Sabrina Lumbert'12

Sabrina's Piece

 

More by Sabrina

httpv://youtu.be/2gmr0XaxRA8

After the dance performance I made my way over to Gannett*. Here Skidomedy, one of the campus comedy groups was performing. Skidomedy is a sketch comedy group. This performance lasted no more than an hour. From beginning to end I was laughing out loud. I loved it; I had so much fun. Talking about a comedy performance never does any justice to how funny the material actually is. I also am awful at retelling stoies so I know I will do no justice to their show. T’is why I recorded some of the show. The first video is of the group’s introduction skit. The second is what I would call “Kid Bruce Wayne”.

httpv://youtu.be/UCK7BN_QgYY

httpv://youtu.be/3T62SRGItGE

 

Like what you see? Check out more by Skidomedy.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsSkidomedy

*The Tang Teaching Museum is a museum like any other that holds professional art work (about 6 major exhibits per year). It is cosidered a teaching museum becuase of the co- collabartive work that goes on inside the museum and because the museum also has multimedia class rooms. The Tang’s Pane room is often used for fancy dinners, performances, or small exhibits. The Tang roof is a performance space. Every Friday of the summer a different band plays on the roof of the Tang.

*Gannett is an Auditorium located in one of the academic buildings. It is used for some large courses which is rare because we have such few large course; only one percent of the courses at Skidmore College have 50 students or more. Gannett is also used for guest speakers, and performance groups on campus such as the comedy groups and a-capella groups.

SPECTRUM: MASQUERADE

Dear Skidmore Pride Alliance,

Spectrum was fantastic. Thank You for such a great time !!

Love, Alta

 

As you can already tell from my “letter” to SPA, Spectrum was such a big hit !

As I was walking up to the venue I could see that Falstaffs* was packed to capacity. Once inside I could see that so many people dressed up and or wore masks. Fabric draped all the walls, flowers hung from columns, and balloons hovered over the crowd. All of which glowed under the black lights. Thanks to DJ Ramses (student, Danl Goodman’ 13) playing the best tracks, everybody busted some sick moves. I, for one, could not stop dancing. Oh, what a night !

Just another fantastic weekend at Skidmore.

 

My housemates and I made our own masks #CTM.

Some more crafty biddies.

Here are some more pictures from last night’s fun !

 

*Before the campus went dry and the drinking age rose to 21+, Falstaffs was an on campus bar. The space is now used for events including dinner, performances, and parties.