Monthly Archives: September 2011

How Was…Late Night with UCB and Ad-Libs?

A mysterious entity at Skidmore known as “Late Night” lurks in the shadows, hiding in dark corners and emerging only to bring us awesome performers so we can all laugh and be amused at certain times of the weekend.  It’s not so bad.  Late Night exists solely for our entertainment!  No complaints!  Last Saturday the Late Night show included our own Ad-Libs, an improv comedy group sort of like Whose Line is it Anyway? but way less cheesy and without Wayne Brady.  Ad-Libs brought the chuckles.

Improv comedy is precarious and somewhat terrifying to watch — one fudged joke and it all goes to hell.  The fun part is being implicated in the terror, because that just amplifies the funny jokes.  You can feel the audience rooting for the comedians, too.

Next up were a few members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a NYC bastion of Chicago-style longform improv.  They talked about their most embarrassing moments, and many of those moments involved youthful foibles with gross-out endings.  We were the perfect audience: adults in age, adolescents at heart.

That guy plays one of the TGS staff writers on 30 Rock!  He was kind of disgusting and really hilarious.  Enjoyable stuff, made all the more enjoyable because the comedy show was in the Spa, a mere 20 feet away from all kinds of late-night snax like chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks.  Nothing goes with belly laughs like a belly full of fried meats and cheeses, am I right?

Skid Vid: Skidmore Men’s Soccer

A quick rundown of Skidmore sports: there are 19 official teams (riding, tennis, swimming & diving, etc.) and, for those who’d prefer dialing down the athletic intensity, there are all kinds of club and intramural teams.  We’re Division 3, we play in the Liberty League, and our mascot is a very friendly Thoroughbred horse.  Sports are fun.  Yesterday I saw a poster for Skidmore Quidditch, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a full Quidditch team going by the end of this semester, Quaffles and Beaters and all.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEUDEaR_2G8

I took this video from last Tuesday’s men’s soccer game against Cazenovia.  We lost 1-0 but it’s only the beginning of the season.  Here are some things I like to yell at soccer games:

“WOOOOOOO!” “YEAH SKIDMORE!” “GO SKIIIIIIIIIID!”

I may be a bit athletically challenged (it’s been a long time since high school lacrosse, and a really long time since that one champion season of second-grade softball) but you won’t find anyone louder in the cheering section.  Listen close in the video, you might hear a vuvuzela or two.

A Day in the Life

Thursdays: for me, they’re way busier than Wednesdays, kind of busier than Mondays, and not as busy as Tuesdays. Here’s my Thursday.

9:25 Accompany friend Caroline to the Atrium for pre-class coffee. The Atrium is the front segment of the dining hall, a little convenience store where you can buy coffee, snacks, Hot Pockets and delicious tubes of chocolate chip cookie dough. And hey, Dunkin’ Donuts donuts for sale.

It’s rainy today. Rain at Skidmore means half the campus is prepared and the other half forgets to look outside before exiting the res halls. There are rain boots and soggy sneakers in equal proportion. The tree on the green is turning all autumnal!

9:40 Go to class – Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Romances. Professor Cahn likens Richard II to today’s politics. If Henry Herford has the charisma of a Clinton or an Obama, our friend Richie the Second is more like…John Kerry. Class is entertaining; at one point, Prof Cahn waves his hands around and says, “You can’t miss this line! Your whole day will be ruined!”

So much stuff to do: submit art for a gallery show, vote for Student Government Association Positions, go to a concert at Putnam Den...

11:10 Go to next class – 20th Century African American Novels. We’re reading Their Eyes Were Watching God. Discussion is good – our professor guides us without getting dictatorial. I also love that this course is taught by the head of the English department and he still managed to learn all of our names. He even went around our circle and got ‘em all right. We golf-clapped for him.

12:30 Go home and eat a quick grilled cheese sammich before hitting the library. I’m writing up some discussion notes for my senior English seminar and working on a review of the latest Das Racist album. Library is peaceful.

3:40 Senior seminar on James Joyce’s Ulysses. We all have to take turns leading the discussions and today’s my turn. We talk about nightmares, Hamlet, the Odyssey, milkmaids, med students, Catholicism, drinking black coffee, and making fun of poets. It goes well. The nine of us in the class all have to write 40+ page papers by the end of the semester. SCARY STUFF INDEED.

5:15 The annual Fox-Adler book arts lecture is the next building over: Irvin Ungar talks about the Polish artist Arthur Szyk, who did everything from medieval-style illuminated manuscripts to anti-Nazi propaganda cartoons to an illustrated Haggadah. The colors Szyk uses are brilliant – Ungar shows us a really charming picture of men with cotton candy hued turbans.  Once Szyk’s art was on a billboard in Times Square — does that ever happen anymore?

Ungar also tells us a story about how he got Szyk (who died in 1951) a show in the German Historical Museum in 2008 by sheer luck; the museum director had just had a cancellation, and Ungar proposed the show to him at the opportune moment. The whole lecture was fascinating, especially owing to Ungar’s oratory prowess. Real books aren’t dead, y’all.

6:30 Snag complimentary cheese cubes from lecture reception, then head home just in time for massive rainstorm. It is dumping buckets outside. Make tea and watch telly.

Hello!

I’m Molly O’Brien, class of 2012.  Welcome to my blog!  I’m so excited to start introducing all of you prospective students to Skidmore College.  A personal introduction is probably in order so you can get to know about the person who’s transmitting all this information to you across the blogosphere.

I’m an English major and French minor.  My involvement at Skidmore is all over the place: I’ve been an admissions ambassador, I’ve worked in the dining hall, I’m involved with Residential Life, I’ve been in Cabaret Troupe shows and occasionally I dabble in the Random Acts of Crafts club.  When not partaking in school things, I write fiction and music reviews, get lost in fashion blogs for hours, and occasionally go bowling.

I consider myself a "creative" bowler.

There will be a little bit of everything on this blog: interviews with students and campus leaders, profiles of cool clubs and organizations, recaps of Skidmore events, fun things to do around Saratoga Springs (Skidmore’s upstate NY home), and personal stories.  Any suggestions you have are welcome — pop ’em in the comments section.  And of course, feel free to ask me anything about Skidmore.  I’ll be updating regularly, so check here often.