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 !
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.
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.
The fact that Skidmore is far from a “cookie cutter” school is what makes it unique to me. When I visited as a prospective student I noticed that the campus is very diverse in interests, passions, and talents of the students. No student was like any other; all students are aware of that and appreciate that diversity. Here you will find students who are studying neuroscience and art, for instance, or psychology and religion or theatre and philosophy; combinations that some may think makes no sense but with close observation makes so much sense. Our students find creative ways to make their passions and interests work together.
I mean, our alma mater is CREATIVE THOUGHT MATTERS for a reason.