Monthly Archives: October 2011

How Was…Caroline Busta’s ‘Choosing Criticism’ Lecture?

Before I post about the numerous Halloween festivities of the weekend, here’s a recap of yet another fascinating event at the Tang.  This past Thursday a small group of students gathered in the Somers classroom to listen to the next Alfred Z. Solomon Residency lecture, this one given by Caroline Busta ’01, a Skidmore alum and assistant editor of Artforum.

The first part of her presentation was a history of Artforum, which was founded in 1962 at a time when art was transitioning into something somewhat less accessible to the average viewer.  Art, according to Busta, “needed a community” once the recognizable figures and landscapes of yore started giving way to abstract expressionism – hence, Artforum was born not because art critics needed another realm to criticize, but because the world needed a genuine forum for discussion.

The magazine isn’t immune to controversy, as evidenced by a mini-scandal in 1974s when artist Lynda Benglis wanted a photograph of her (posing nude with a certain kind of phallic sex toy) included in the magazine.  On one hand, Artforum was concerned they’d face flack from anti-pornography groups, plus they’d have to deal with the hassle of putting the issues in plastic bags; on the other hand, it was a time at which the women’s lib movement was “kind of a huge deal” (in Busta’s words) and the magazine knew the photograph was important.  In the end, they used the photograph but positioned it as an ad – the Paula Cooper Gallery, who represented Benglis, paid for it – and solved the editorial problem.

Busta, a bubbly and bespectacled blonde who talked as fast as Usain Bolt runs, also clued us in to the daily grind of working at Artforum: long hours, going to as many gallery shows as possible, staying on top of both the microcosms and macrocosms of the art world.  Busta acknowledged her precarious position – “If I’m not willing to do the work, a thousand other people are there to take my place” – and told us that part of the reason she got the job had less to do with snagging great internships or having a bulletproof resume than it did with her simply being immersed in the New York art scene.  This is heartening news for anyone interested in working in a creative field – immersion in what you love can lead to good things.

 

CTM: Design More, Doodle More, Skidmore

Sometimes you have to take stock of your life and realize you didn’t come up with enough blog categories — hence, the first installment of CTM (Creative Thought Matters, of course), meant for all the random and cool things happening around campus that deserve some blog lovin’.

One cherished annual event here is Beatlemore Skidmania, a performance in which students and professors play Beatles songs for everyone’s listening pleasure.  (My French professor usually plays bass in one of the professorial bands.  Sadly he probably won’t be here this year, as he’s in…France.)  Skid kids go bananas for Beatlemore Skidmania, almost as bananas as the Fab Four’s original screaming fans.  Once the event actually occurs in November you’ll get the full recap from me, but at the moment, there was just a little contest for Beatlemore’s poster and t-shirt designs.  In addition to offering courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and printmaking, the studio art department also has a more electronic component: communications design.  Professor Deb Hall’s Comm. Design II class took part in the contest, and the offerings from the students are trippy and colorful and amazing — the decade of the ’60s, brought to you by Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Annie Roos '12 designed this one. So cool!

 

All the entries together. ...Imagine all the posters, living for todaaaaaay, ah-haaaaa...

The winning design by Sam Shneyer '12. Check out that yellow submarine.

[All photos courtesy of Skidmore’s website]

As you can probably see, the art department is chock-full of clever artists and designers.  Doodlers also abound here — last summer I worked as an RA for Skidmore’s Pre-College Program and got to hang out with a lot of the art students.  Pre-College alum Roni Ramirez recently drew this lovely rendering of our D-hall.

 

 

 

Trust me, if you’ve eaten in D-hall, you’d draw pictures of it for the rest of your life too.  It’s a memorable experience.  This drawing looks like it could be part of a graphic novel set at Skidmore — hey studio art majors, anyone want to take a crack at it?

SkidMolly: 10 Things To Bring To College

  1. Christmas lights: The lights in your room are not warm, glowy, happy lights.  They are fluorescent.  Bring some warm, glowy, happy lights-on-a-string and hang them up in your room.  Every room I’ve seen with Christmas lights in it automatically seems more cheerful and better-decorated than rooms lit by dreary fluorescents.
  2. Pictures of friends and family: Going away to college means you will (probably) miss your family and friends back home.  It’s always nice to have reminders that they exist apart from Skype and Facebook, so get a bulletin board or one of those weird ribbon-board things and put up a photo collage.  Plus, you can edit your memories — if you had the Prom Date From Hell, by all means omit that picture of the awkward corsage-pinning.
  3. A flashlight: Skidmore, like the world, is not perfect.  Things malfunction.  Often these things are the lights.  Blackouts and power outages aren’t uncommon here, so a flashlight is your best friend.  You can also use a flashlight to hike into the North Woods (yes, real woods, not to be confused with Northwoods Apartments) and tell ghost stories.
  4. Your childhood stuffed animal: Don’t be ashamed.  If you’ve got a Piggie or a Star Blankie or a Winky (yes, those are my friends’ names for their own stuffed animals) you will absolutely regret not bringing he/she/it to school.  I’ve had Dog (he’s a dog) and Fuzzy (she’s a blanket) with me here at Skidmore since freshman year.  I thought about leaving them behind when I was packing — “What if my roommate thinks I’m weird? What if everyone is all mature and sleeps with body pillows instead of stuffed animals? I’m a huge baby” — but ended up bringing them.  I’m so happy I did.  Both my roommates had brought their own too.  Turns out being mature and loving your own personal Piggie are not mutually exclusive.

    Hattie Young '12 (one of my housemates last year) and I say hello to our little friends.

  5. Winter items: Snow pants, winter coat, snow boots, plastic sled, whatever you have.  If you’re from a warmer weather area, Saratoga Springs in the winter will knock your Humid Subtropical socks off.  It’s cold and it snows, so be prepared.  You never know when there will be a snow day or if you’ll end up joining Outing Club and going snowboarding at a nearby mountain.  Brrr.
  6. Dinnerware: Plates, cups, a knife and fork and spoon.  It doesn’t have to be fancy — actually, it really shouldn’t be fancy.  College students break stuff.  This is why we can’t have nice things.  Just some plastic stuff from Target will do; it’s always nice to have a plate onto which you can dump your takeout lo mein.
  7. Fuzzy slippers: The dorm rooms have carpeted floors, but it can never hurt to bring cozy things.  Bathrobes, Snuggies, extra blankets, and those squishy slipper-sock things also apply.
  8. DVDs/board games: Necessary for downtime — we’re busy bees at college, but sometimes an amount of time opens up that’s perfect for playing Apples to Apples (or Bananagrams, my favorite) or watching a movie.  If you have Jenga or Battleship in your room, you’ll be the coolest kid in school.
  9. Planner/calendar: You don’t necessarily need to bring one to school.  You can buy one at the Skid Shop if you wish.  Just have something that can help you to plan your life, write down your classes and exam schedules and otherwise make sure you’re organized enough to deal with the logistical succubus that college often is.  You don’t want to wake up one morning and discover that your a capella rehearsal and your neuroscience study group are at the exact same time on the exact same day.
  10. Alarm clock: In the same vein as the planner/calendar, this is for your academic benefit.  Bring something that will wake you up in the morning.  In fact, bring three different alarm clocks and put them in different parts of your abode.  Your roommates will hate you when all three alarms go off, but if you’ve got an Intro to Psychology exam at 9 am and you stayed up ’til 4 am studying for it, you’re going to want as many alarm clocks as can fit in your room.  Brrrring brrring!  Beep beep beep beep!!!

Around the ‘Toga: Saratoga Apple

As college towns go, Saratoga Springs is about as good as it gets: great restaurants, decent shopping, an art district, an amazing bar scene and statues of jockeys and horses on every corner.  This is a town where your Saturday can be spent hanging out the farmer’s market at noon, bopping at a concert at Putnam Den at midnight and getting eggs Benedict at Compton’s Diner at three in the morning.  It isn’t an overpopulated metropolis and it isn’t Podunk, Iowa.  Like Goldilocks: juuuuust right.

Some might say Saratoga is at its best in the fall.  Fall is when the leaves turn pretty colors and every Saratoga coffee shop offers a pumpkin spice latte.  It’s the perfect time to visit Saratoga Apple and GO PICKIN’.  This is a very popular Skid Field Trip of sorts; freshman seminars sometimes go apple picking with their professors, and people get together to take the scenic drive up to Saratoga Apple.

You can pick half a peck, otherwise known as more apples than you’ll ever know what to do with, for six bucks on a weekday and seven on a weekend.  The farmstand also offers all kinds of veggies and maple syrup and teas.  It smells like a cinnamon-y dry-goods dream in there.  They also sell the best cider donuts you’ll ever eat, the kind of donuts you initially buy only one of but then you rush back to buy a dozen and you tell yourself the dozen will last all week but in reality won’t survive the rest of the day. It’s just the way the donuts are.

My friends and I recently took a trip up to Sar’ App’ to pick our own goodness, and after the picking was over, we hit up the donut stand.

“Do you want sugar on your donut?” the grandma-esque lady asked me.

“YES YES PLEASE.”

“Don’t bite into it yet, it’s hot!” she said, sensing my donut craving.  I ignored her and wolfed the thing.  It was hot.  She wasn’t lying.  Tongue burnt.  Worth the pain.

Pics of the picking:

Sometimes you have to wear a bag on your head.

ApPEELingly rural. (Get it? Peel? Apple peel?)

Jack McDermott '12 picks a winner.

Lily Hewitt '12 and Phoebe Pundyk '12 enjoy the cider donuts.

Oops. This is where my cider donut used to be.

Apples are not excluded from the "click it or ticket" law.

Note: Saratoga Apple also comes to Case Center every Friday with big crates of apple goodness to buy.  Convenience!  But the drive up to the actual place is still so worth it.  Bonus if you do the corn maze nearby.

Do you get to pick your roommate?

Howdy! Although you don’t get to pick your roommate, among the many things you’ll have to fill out upon getting accepted to Skidmore is a housing preference form. You’ll get to specify whether or not you want an all-female floor or gender neutral housing, whether or not you smoke cigarettes (all the res halls are smoke-free but it can still be an issue for roommates regardless), what kind of music you listen to, what time you go to bed, and other preferences that will help Skidmore figure out how to house you so you’ll be relatively compatible with your roommates. It turned out that one of my roommates played lacrosse, which I did in high school, and my other roommate was into musical theater, which was something we had in common; whether that was a coincidence or not, they do a pretty good job of trying to match roommates.

As for why you can’t pick your roommate, that’s probably owing to Skidmore’s First Year Experience program; Scribner Seminar classmates are generally housed together so you have a sort of “home base” of people in your res hall that you already know. Choosing a roommate yourself would disrupt that method of housing students. If you want to know more about the FYE program, check out their website (http://cms.skidmore.edu/fye) or ask me about specifics. Thanks so much for your question!

Ask me anything

How Was…Whiting Tennis’ Talk at the Tang?

Let’s talk Tang.  The Tang is a “teaching museum” on campus and one of the coolest, well-designed buildings in Saratoga Springs.  Every year they have new installations, plus they have a permanent collection (once I took an class on 18th-century novels and we got to look at Hogarth etchings for an hour and a half with magnifying glasses).  The Tang looks like a 3D version of one of those tangram puzzles you do in elementary school.

Last week the artist Whiting Tennis (FABULOUS NAME) was here for the Dunkerley Dialogue to talk about his Opener 22 show — it’s the 22nd installation in the Tang’s Opener series.  People got to the Tang early for coffee and art chats.

Curator Ian Berry joined him and they discussed the creepy and cool photographs, sculptures and paintings in the installation.  WT was a little shy, but when he got into whatever he was talking about, he started making hand gestures, smiling and otherwise grooving into the art talk.  It was very charming.

One theme of his work is the relationship between manmade structures and nature: the way people can’t ever seem to keep their houses tidy, the way trees and branches overtake buildings, the way architecture can mimic natural forms.  One of the first photographs he showed was one he had taken in Seattle of a white house with a washer and dryer sitting next to it; it all looked pretty banal until he explained that it looked like a “mother bear with her two cubs” and explained how fascinating it was when inanimate objects take on personalities.  From that point on, it was easy to see the human (and animal) qualities in his work.  One sculpture looked like a “rhinoceros hut”; a tar-covered wooden sculpture resembled a pet dog.

 

Photo courtesy of the Tang website.

The Whiting Tennis installation is absolutely worth seeing if you come up to check Skidmore out — if you don’t recognize the Tang for its odd shape, you’ll see one of the artist’s sculptures right outside.  If you can’t make it, here’s a virtual panorama of the show.

SkidMolly: Res Halls and Apartments

So you want to know what your res hall/dorm room/living spaces are going to be like?  My journey through Skidmore res hall living is similar to the trajectory of most other students here, so to give you an idea of what it’s like, here’s a year-by-year tour in words and pictures of the different places in which I’ve lived at Skidmore.

FRESHMAN YEAR: A triple in Howe-Rounds.

Triple rooms might be the bane of many a first-year’s existence, but I look at my triple experience as a county fair of sorts: sometimes it was easy and fun (like a carousel), sometimes it was a little uncomfortable (like riding the Tilt-a-Whirl after eating a corn dog) and sometimes it was absurd (like watching the pig race) but it was always entertaining and we all came out alive.

Awww, baby Molly! So eager to start college!

That's my freshman roommate Rae, drinking caramel sauce with a straw.

To use another extended metaphor, decorating when sharing a room with two other people is like making a smoothie.  You’re mixing all of your individual flavors together.  Sometimes your design senses are in harmony — like a mango peach pineapple smoothie, yum.  Sometimes your aesthetics aren’t so compatible and that’s when you get the dorm room equivalent of putting bananas, spinach and pomegranate in the blender together.  My room, Howe 134, often clashed.  It was okay.  Part of the experience and chaos of freshman year.

Oh, and it should be said: all dorm rooms come with a bed, desk, and closet/wardrobe space for each resident.  The Tibetan peace flags, octopus lamps, wall pops and posters of Bob Marley/Audrey Hepburn are all up to you.

SOPHOMORE YEAR: A single in Jonsson Tower.

I was an RA in a single room — living the sophomore dream.  My room had a killer view (I was on the tenth floor) and I was living by myself at school for the first time, which means many a night was spent making hot chocolate and enjoying the relative silence.

Badly lit, but check out that window seat.

The downside of not having a roommate is missing that special roommate camaraderie, but it was easily remedied by turning my single into a haven of tranquility, a little Zen room in the sky, a place to recover from the stress of the sophomore slump.  The sunsets from the tenth floor certainly did the trick.

JUNIOR YEAR: Scribner Village, woo wooo!

Scribner is one of the apartment complexes Skidmore has for upperclassmen, and it’s an upgrade and a downgrade at the same time.  Upgrade: living in a Scribner apartment means getting your own kitchen and living room, living in a community with fellow upperclassmen and picking the people you want to live with. Downgrade: Scribner was built 30 years ago as temporary housing and as such has a very “temporary” quality, to put it kindly.  My apartment, Hickory A, was like a bunk at a summer camp.

Part of a birthday celebration. We were all happier than we looked.

Scribner is down in the middle of a wooded area, so acorns rained down upon our roof and squirrels terrorized the Dumpsters.  Things flooded, things broke.  Some of it was our fault, like the time my housemate put dish soap in the dishwasher and white fluffy foam gushed out onto the kitchen floor.

Scribner was an exercise in survival.  We decorated it the best we could, had potlucks and movie marathons, and made it our own.

Soooo many DVD covers. 'S what happens when Blockbuster goes out of business.

Hickory A and the rest of Scribner are like Charlie Brown, or the Mets: lovable losers.  By the time you prospective students get here in the next couple of years, Scribner will be bulldozed and replaced with shiny new apartments, but it will always be remembered fondly by those who lived in those dingy boxes.

SENIOR YEAR: Northwoods — the ultimate.

Northwoods is the other apartment complex.  Living in the Northwoods apartments is like Swiss ski chalets without the pain of actually having to go skiing.  Note the recycling bins and compost buckets.  Also that door under the big 5 leads to the laundry room.  Huzzah!

Here is our kitchen/dining room.  Note the squishy butterfly chair, chili pepper lights and surfeit of coffee-making appliances.

The living room.  Note the Skidmore blanket (school spirit, cozy-style), neutral-colored couches and chairs that avoid offending anyone’s sensibilities, and  rolling hill/grassy knoll in the background.

My bedroom.  Note the book and notebook sitting on my bed, representing several hours of library work.

So that’s where I live now.  This little tour has made me nostalgic…hope you’ve enjoyed it!

 

 

SkidMolly: Skidmore A to Z

Here’s a li’l A-Z guide to some Skid vocabulary; know this stuff and you’ve practically got a college degree already.  Study up y’all.

A Capella — Skidmore has six a capella groups: the Sonneteers (all-female), the Accents (all-female), the Drastic Measures (co-ed/charity), the Dynamics (co-ed), the Bandersnatchers (all-male) and the Treblemakers (co-ed/all-inclusive).  These groups sing without any instruments in the background.  They sing all the time.  You’re going to leave a capella jams singing things like “dooo be dooo be dooby” and “la la laaaa shoom ba da ba” for the rest of the night.

Burgess — the café in Case Center.  They sell coffee and snax.  If you have a class before 10:10 am you will absolutely hit up Burgess on the regular, as early classes necessitate replacing at least 60% of your blood with caffeine.

Chicken Finger Fridays — it sounds silly.  Or mundane.  What’s the big deal about chicken fingers, right?  Wait until you hit up D-hall on Friday and see mounds of perfectly golden chicken fingers as far as the eye can see, complete with the dipping sauce of your choice.  These aren’t your mushy, super-processed, high school cafeteria-grade chicken fingers either.  These are the real deal.  When I was a junior I got a modified meal plan just so I could eat at Chicken Finger Friday.

D-hall — the dining hall.  I did SCOOP for my Pre-Or (see below) and all of the upperclassmen PAs were talking about “D-hall”.  “What is D-hall?” I, the naive first-year, asked.  “Uh…the dining hall,” they said.  So that’s the great story about how I learned to call the dining hall D-hall.

Elevator (Jonsson Tower) — Jonsson Tower is a residence hall and, at eleven stories, happens to be the tallest building in Saratoga.  Thus it is the only res hall with elevators, making it the top choice for lazy people everywhere.  Hot tip: take the ‘vator all the way up to the Penthouse and check out the nice mountain view.

Fun Day — on one of the last days of the spring semester, SGA puts on a massive daytime event involving student bands, bouncy castles, “sumo wrestling”, freeze pops, and the longest barbecue grill-line I’ve ever seen.  Everyone has gone stir-crazy from staying inside all winter so the ladies put on their bikinis, dudes wear lacrosse pinnies (whether or not they actually play lacrosse), and everyone enjoys the sunshine and eats hot dogs and does other stuff.  So Fun Day is…the best day at Skidmore.  Hot tip: snag the free sunglasses ASAP.

The Green — the huge stretch of grass closed in by Howe and Rounds Halls, D-hall, and Case Center.  Good hangin’ out place.  Frisbees everywhere.  Occasionally someone will bust out a slackline and that’s when things really get crazy.

Health Services — they’re in the basement of Jonsson Tower.  They do a little bit of everything: take care of you if you have swine flu, prescribe meds, do physicals for people about to go abroad, test for STDs, dole out birth control, and generally make sure the Skid population is happy and healthy.

Intramural Sports — people play them.  Tennis, softball, basketball, volleyball, whatever.  Quidditch practice has started too.  Don’t abandon your shin guards and lacrosse sticks just because you’re not playing at the varsity level.

Junior Ring — a semi-formal dance at the end of fall semester.  Hot tip: save your prom dresses, ladies.

Keurig Coffeemaker — when you go to the Admissions building for your tours and interviews, the coffee maker uses K-cups!  If you don’t drink coffee, might as well start now.  Sorry, this was a stretch.  I couldn’t think of anything else for K.

Lucy Scribner Library — the source of all student productivity on campus.  Come to the library to Get. Stuff. Done.  There’s a café, a ton of computers (both Mac and PC), a writing center where you can get help on papers, great librarians, a s*&#load of books, individual and group study rooms, and window seats with cozy chairs.  Oh, and the third floor is silent.  I’m blogging in the library as we speak.

MB 107 — the intro class you need to take if you’re going to be a Business major.  It involves making/presenting business plans and from what I’ve heard, it’s really intense.  Not for the faint of heart.  When you see girls wearing business casual skirts and boys wearing ties and suit jackets, that’s when you know it’s the presentation day for MB 107.

Off-Campus Study (Office Of) — where you go when you want to study abroad or do an exchange.  Here’s a sampling of places you can study: France, England, Spain, China, Australia, the Netherlands, Peru, Ecuador, Ghana, Senegal, Vietnam, Turkey.  59% of the class of ’11 studied abroad. That’s a lot of people.  Hot tip: study abroad.

Pre-Or — programs you can do before starting your freshman year.  SCOOP is probably the most popular; it’s an outdoorsy camping/hiking/canoeing program with different degrees of outdoorsiness depending on how willing you are to live for three days without an actual toilet.  There are on-campus Pre-Ors with the theater (theatre?) department, the Skidmore newspaper, and programs involving volunteering, music writing, and other good things.  Great option if you want to leave for college a few days early!

Questions — have more?  Ask me! I don’t bite.

RAs — your res hall will have an RA on each floor.  You can tell your RA lots of stuff: “I’m homesick,” “I hate my roommate(s),” “My ceiling light isn’t working,” “I’m struggling with an eating disorder,” “The people next door are making too much noise,” “I’m stressed ouuuuutttttt,” and so on.  RAs are concerned with your wellbeing and safety; they are not police officers or party poopers.  I was an RA in Jonsson Tower my sophomore year and can say with experience that RAs are special people who are there to help.  Hot tip: when you meet your RA, give ’em a bear hug.

SGA — Student Government Association.  Class presidents, secretaries, treasurers, social chairs, and so on.  They plan events, they regulate regulations, they do lots of stuff for the student body.  Last weekend we had Oktoberfest — the cats at SGA had games on the green, a dance at Falstaffs, a Dunkin’ Donuts study break, and even a beer tent for us legal folks.  SGA has that whole “of the people, by the people, for the people” thing going on.

Thoroughbreds — that’s us.  We used to be the Wombats but wombats aren’t very distinguished or intimidating (still charming though).  Our mascot goes to games and wears a horse suit and will give you a high-five if you want one.

Uncommon Grounds vs Saratoga Coffee Traders — the ongoing battle of where to go off-campus for coffee.  Uncommon Grounds has a crazy selection of bagels and a good, studious/comfy atmosphere but sometimes the service is rough.  Coffee Traders has wrap sandwiches named after famous racehorses, not to mention amazing hibiscus iced tea and a miniature candy store in the back, but it doesn’t have as much seating as Uncommon Grounds.  I like to split my time between the two.  Both of their bacon-egg-cheese bagels are a Saturday morning necessity.  Also, don’t you dare go to Starbucks.

Vagina Monologues — the Feminist Action Network puts it on every year, student-acted and student-directed.  Great for people who love theater and people who love women.

WSPN — the Skidmore radio station.  You can host your own radio show (first-time DJs usually get a time slot at like 4 in the morning) and theme it or just play whatever random songs you want to play, but beware putting your music on shuffle and risk playing “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” for all the world to hear.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

X-ercize Science — NOT how it’s spelled, but the Exercise Science major is one of the fastest-growing majors at Skidmore.  We’ve got some crazy bone density measuring device that’s only at two colleges: Skidmore and Stanford.  ‘Nuff said.

Yoga Club — we have one.  Join it.  Downward-facing-dog your life away.  Namaste.

Zankel — our new music building, replacing a sweaty, humid old music building.  Zankel looks like the world’s most beautiful hospital.  The main performance hall is supa dupa fly.  Also it’s another place to bring performers (as if we needed any more); last year we had Jenny & Johnny and Ani DiFranco, plus a bunch of classical concerts I happen to have missed.

There you have it.  Any further questions about any of these entities, drop me a line in the comment box or ask me via Formspring.

How Was…SEC Big Show w/ TV On The Radio?

SEC is Skidmore’s Student Entertainment Company, and they’re responsible for pulling in all the big acts we see, including the revered Big Show of the semester.  Past Big Shows have included Grizzly Bear, Talib Kweli, JFK from MSTRKRFT (a show heavy on consonants), Janelle Monáe, Dan Deacon, Dead Prez and Girl Talk.  This year SEC really outdid themselves and snagged TV On The Radio.  The show was bananas.

The show was in the big gym in our athletic center; these dudes blasted the huge room with so much sound that I thought my eyes were going to pop out of their sockets.  Everyone freaked out when TVOTR played “Staring at the Sun” and “Wolf Like Me,” but people were generally excited as it was.  Fridays are when you let the stress go, and what better stress-relief than semi-moshing in a large crowd of fellow Skiddies?

Because I am a sneaky person, I gradually weaseled my way closer and closer to the stage, trying to get a better view of all the trombone-blowing, tambourine-shaking and guitar-shredding that was going on.  Only caveat of the night: tall guys!  Why you gotta stand in the front?! (said in a Marlon-Brando-in-the-Godfather-style accent). You’re at least six feet tall, can’t you see over all our heads anyway?

But at last I made it to the second row.  They launched into a Fugazi cover and I was smooshed in a very energetic and sweaty mosh pit.  Elbows flew but no injuries were sustained.  Pretty sweet.

So thanks TV On The Radio for including Skidmore in your massive jams.  ‘Twas another successful Big Show.  And what do people do after Big Show and before heading downtown?  They get fried, cheesy sustenance at the Spa.  I never saw so many giddy people mowing grilled cheeses and cherry-picking french fries from each other’s plates.

People Who Like Things and Do Things: SkidTV

Presenting the first installation of People Who Like Things and Do Things, in which I’ll be writing about clubs and organizations that happen to tickle my fancy.  First up is SkidTV, a club devoted devoted entirely to television-related student pursuits.

Turn any television at Skidmore to channel 16 and you’ll see SkidTV in all its glory.  Sometimes they play “Shave Talk,” sometimes they’ll replay a lecture on campus you might have missed, and in the wee hours of the morning, there’s usually a continuous shot of a lava lamp, globulating away to the tunes of WSPN, Skidmore’s radio station.

How to get involved in the club?  Attend SkidTV’s weekly meetings, learn how to use the camera equipment provided by media services (they have a green screen!) and come up with ideas for TV shows — tons of people have channeled their inner Aaron Sorkin or Matthew Weiner toward writing and directing their own television shows.

A classic SkidTV show, College is Hard, ran from 2007 to 2009 and features four of Skid’s funniest lads-slash-recent-grads, not to mention a theme song from YouTube superstar and onetime Class of ’11-er Julia Nunes.

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

Sexiled, another ensemble comedy, deals with the social awkwardness of dorm life.  Rumor has it there’ll be more episodes coming out later this year.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUz-JpZE8G0

Rachel Segal-Sklar ’12, SkidTV’s chief editor (and the funny lady playing Irene in Sexiled) has this to say about the club: “It’s a fabulous opportunity for anyone who wants to produce or be involved in TV.  You get free reign to do pretty much whatever you want and it’s a ton of fun.”  There’s also a practical side.  “It helped me get internships and figure out what I want to do in life,” she says.

Peep SkidTV’s YouTube channel here.

(By the way, I was in an episode of College Is Hard – look for me in “The Justice” at 3:11! I’m the chick who’s afraid of a mouse.)