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A busy last week of classes.

This week is the last week of classes. Today is the last day of classes.

So real.

I expected this week to be fairly simple; classes end Tuesday- I celebrate that with oversleeping Tuesday night and then a liesure study schedule for the rest of the week. But actually I am so busy. I have a number of events to attend and they are eating up huge chunks of my study schedule. I am not complaining I just realize I have to figure out when the studying will come in. This really does not get easy until it really is over.

 

Tue. 6pm Filming clips for the annual fund

 

Wed. 11:30 – 1:30 Shift at admissions

5:30-8 Senior Dinner for student callers

 

Thur. 1:30- 3 End of Calling program ice cream social

5:30 LeadershipBanquet  – I’m receiving an award . WOOHOO!

 

Fri. 11:30- 4:30 Shift at admissions

4:30- 7 Dinner with my class at my professors house-  yey for more food !

 

 

Two Events, Same Time.

Once again I am stuck having to decide between two events going on tonight that sound awesome; what to do, oh, what to do! #activecampusproblems

 

SO MUCH, ALWAYS ! AHHHH !

 

Well there is Spoken Word/ Musical Performance going on at the Tang teaching museum

http://tang.skidmore.edu/index.php/calendars/view/462/tag:2/upcoming:2

 

and at the same time Erin McKeown will be speaking at the Filene auditorium.
Erin is well-known within the queer musical circuit for her diverse sound from elegant pop to balls-out rock, sweet electronics to witty swing, for her meaningful lyrics, and her talent as a multi-instrumentalist. She has been associated with artists such as Ani DiFranco and Josh Ritter and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She is also known for being a writer, teacher, and political lobbyist for issues concerning music and technology. Erin is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center.Well there is a Spoken Word/ Musical Performance event going on at the Tang teaching museum and at the same time”  (as seen on fb invite). 

 

Now, how to split myself in two before 8pm tonight.

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.

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.

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

 

 

You asked: What is there to do on the weekends? Are there different "scenes" going on?

There is so much to do on the weekends. Actually there is so much to do pretty much every night. There are over 100 clubs and organizations on our campus that organize over 3500 events a year. These events are not limited to the weekends. There really is no excuse to ever stay in your room, when at Skidmore, saying there is nothing to do. There seems to always be something occurring whether its an all hall event within a dormitory, a guest speaker giving a lecture, a film being featured, maybe free food being served somewhere, or even a performance going on. Other events include parties, fashion shows, art exhibits, sports events, and the list goes on.
There is always something to do, something for your every mood.

Ask me anything

You asked: is there stuff to do nearby? do a lot of people go home over the weekends?

Skidmore College by no means is a “suitcase” campus. On Friday afternoons students are not eagerly looking at the clock waiting to be dismissed so they can pack their suitcase and go home. There is so much to do on campus and off campus that students enjoy sticking around for the weekends. I myself like to joke how I have not been home since I first arrived at Skidmore. On campus, every night of the week there is an event going on anything from lectures to concerts and parties. Saratoga is a great location. It is a town that can survive on its own, it does not need Skidmore students to flourish. There are tons of restaurants– everything from Italian to Asian cuisine, adorable shops, an art district, a mall and the list goes on. What is amazing is that all this continues during the summer. Summer Saratoga includes performances at the Saratoga Arts Center, Arts Festival, and the racetrack. And for the outdoorsy types, the Adirondack mountains are about 20 minutes north; a great place to do some hiking, camping and even snow sports.
SO MUCH TO DO. YOU WILL NOT GO HOME … EVER !! warn your parents.