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You Asked: My brother will be starting on campus this January. I want to get him gift certificates to local hangouts. Any suggestions?

Fantastic ! Congratulations to your brother !

Okay first things first. Your brother needs at least a Skidmore sweater, mug, or snuggie. Yea, the Skid shop sells snuggies. So a certificate to the Skidmore Shop is a must.
http://bookstore.skidmore.edu/home.aspx

So many students go to Uncommon Grounds because it is a fantastic place to do homework. Bagels, coffee, and wifi. What else could you possibly need on a weekend afternoon? Nothing !
http://www.uncommongrounds.com/

Plum Dandy. Frozen Yogurt deliciousness. I really do not have to say much more.
http://www.plumdandyyogurt.com/

I really enjoy finding cool sweaters, accessories, and such in consignment shops. There is a really good one in town. Its called Eighty Twenty Boutique; the owner is really sweet and is actually lending clothes to the Fashion Show I am directing.
http://www.eightytwentyboutique.com/

I am guessing your brother likes food. I mean who doesn’t?! A really fun, easy, chill place to eat with great burgers and a fun theme is Circus Cafe.
http://circuscafe.com/

You can not go wrong in this town.

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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.

You Asked: What’s your favorite time of year?

I love Spring at Skidmore. When the weather is really nice out students sit or lay out on the grass; some are playing games or an instrument, maybe just having a quick chat. Some professors are even willing to have class out doors. And the campus always looks so beautiful with so much green and flowers everywhere.

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You Asked: Did you go abroad? Did you enjoy your time?

I DID !! I went abroad to Australia. I had the time of my life. I fell in love with the people, sights, food, EVERYTHING!! I still keep in touch with the friends I met there and am confident that I will keep in contact with them for the rest of my days. I loved Australia so much I feel the need to return after graduation.

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You Asked: Do you like the sports center?

I love the Sports Center. Its clean, cool, and up to date. The sports center is open from 7-12am on weekdays and 9pm on weekends. The center has a cardio room, two weight rooms, a pool, a main gym, two rec gyms, dance studios, a multipurpose room, and a number of racquet ball rooms. Outdoors there are tennis courts, a soccer/field hockey/ lacrosse field, a baseball field, and a whole lot of green for just about anything. So basically there are heaps of ways to make use of the sports center and anyone, athlete or not, at any time can use any part of the center. Students can also borrow equipment from the center at any time.

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Skidmore Halloweekend

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpvdAJYvofI

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and all the other mushy holidays are great but if I want really yummy food, friends and family I can always just host a potluck. But there is no way I can dress up as whatever I’d like on any casual day and eat as much candy as my stomach can handle without feeling guilty about it. Halloween Rocks!

I love spending Halloween at Skidmore. Here Halloween is a weekend long holiday. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; three days of Halloween themed fun. And for some the fun continues on to Sunday and Monday. Some students plan not just one costume but three. One for every night of fun. And here, we are pretty good at this dressing up game (except for me, this year I pulled a last minute costume together, I was Thing 1). Most costumes I spotted were either really crafty (e.g DeadMau5 head) or way clever (e.g Dressing up all four seasons).

Every year Skidmore hosts a campus wide party for Halloween, Moorebid Ball. Moorebid use to be held at Moore Hall. Moore was an off campus dormitory near the old campus, but a few years ago the building was sold. From then on Moorebid has been held in Case Center/ the Student Union on campus. It’s always been incredible. Two floors, Two Dj stations, camera booths, and a whole lot of scoping out the scene to see what everyone is wearing. The Class of 2014 is the largest class Skidmore has seen in years, thanks to them Moorebid was held in the Sports Center this year; two gyms, two Dj stations, and sick decorations. Unfortunately the event was shut down early. Apparently it got to a point where it was just way too over crowded. Safety first! It ended early but I had a good time none the less. Seeing peoples costumes is all the fun for me. After the party I made my way downtown and that in itself was a sight to see. Caroline street was, well Caroline street. Heaps of people hopping from bar to bar, lines several feet long outside of bars and clubs. Except this night everyone was dressed up. So it was just so funny to see a clown, for instance, standing beside an angel, the Macho Man, Scooby Doo, and a Cowboy to get into a venue; to people- watch and see a lumber jack trying his best to make his moves and score a squirrels phone number. Too funny.

But I promise the fun did not exclusively involve parties and such. A number of events/ activities were planned for Halloween aside from partying. For instance, Friday night I swung by a “classic horror film and pumpkin carving” event. The last time I tried to carve a pumpkin I destroyed the thing. So I made sure to skip that bit. And Yesterday children from town visited the campus with their families to trick- or – treat on campus. I was overwhelmed with cute. Everywhere I looked I saw kids as young as three running from door to dear, bucket in hand in hopes of scoring “the good stuff”, CHOCOLATE. Well, at least thats what I considered “the good stuff” when I was three. Speaking of chocolate, I’m thinking I should purchase some chocolate now at the Burgess Cafe.

 

“This is Halloween, This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!!!”

Bet that song is now stuck in your head. MUAHAHHAHA

 

Enjoy the pictures below:: THIS IS (a taste of ) HALLOWEEN (at Skidmore) !!

 

Lady Gaga. "Born This Way" video.

A Greaser

"GOTTA CATCH EM' ALL"

Thing 1.

Tony Quattro and DJ Ramses

A Lucha Libre Fighter

"Hey Arnold!"

Hannah Montana!! Get it?!! (Her name is actually Hannah)

A Jackson Pollock painting

"Give a Hoot, don't Pollute"

 

J'adore Halloween!

Nice of DeadMAU5 to show, mid tour

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.

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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.