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.
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.
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.)