Monthly Archives: April 2012

SkidMolly: Skidmore Spring in Pictures

Lift Every Voice, Skidmore's Gospel Choir, sings at their Soul Food event.

A little Skidmore Quidditch practice?

Enjoying the sun on the green.

Hattie Young '12 presents her plan for Rephrase Dance at the Kenneth Freirich Business Competition. She came in 3rd -- congrats!

Victoria Vitale '12 plays (beautifully) at her senior violin recital.

The dancers from 'Keeping Company with Cage' take a bow.

Rae Klein '12 tending goal for women's lacrosse -- woooo!

CTM: Senior Capstones, End-of-Year Games, Lectures, Performances, Ahh!

For all you Skidmore ’16-ers who will get to experience Skid next year first-hand, know this: the last two weeks of classes are jam-packed with enough final performances, a capella “jams,” thesis presentations and spring events to require an extremely strategically planned calendar.  Here’s the breakdown of my last few weeks of the semester…

…last Friday was the Kenneth Freirich Skidmore Business competition.  Nine students presented business plans (real ones!  Professional, potentially moneymaking ones!) to a small group of distinguished judges.  My friend Hattie Young got third place for her plan for a Chicago-based dance company called Rephrase Dance Collective.  Her presentation was awesome — she had financial advisors, nonprofit organizations, educational resources, social media marketing, and dancers, all lined up and ready to go.  Watch out for Ms. Young, she’s going to go places!…

…immediately after that, I jetted off to see the women’s lacrosse team play William Smith.  (My friend [and freshman year roommate] Rae plays goalie.)  It was a tough loss, but I love getting out to Wachenheim Field and cheering for the Thoroughbreds…

…then last Saturday I went to my friend Victoria’s senior violin recital, where I got to hear a lovely bit of Beethoven, as well as an intriguing piece called “Jamaican Rumba”…

…Sunday I watched “Keeping Company With Cage,” a combination of contemporary ballet and avant-garde music. David Porter, a former Skidmore president, played piano while Skidmore dancers performed department chair Debra Fernandez’s choreography.  It was so beautiful!  Between the otherworldly piano, the graceful dancers, the Zankel setting and the cool video and lighting effects, I was blown away…

…Monday and Tuesday had Skidmore’s Speakers Bureau bringing two incredible lecturers: Letty Pogrebin, legendary feminist and founding editor of Ms.Magazine, and Mike Hale, a television critic at the New York Times.  Both had fascinating stories and great advice for college students…

…yesterday I went to a talk at the Tang about creating art-related businesses and artistic communities…

…this weekend I’ll be attending the Dance Capstone show and the Sonneteers’ (all female a capella group) last jam of the year…

As you can see, this is a busy time for Skid kids.  Pictures to come!  Happy weekend!

 

How Was…The Artifacts Mini-Concert at the Tang?

Last night there was a spoken word event at the Tang; sadly, I couldn’t stay for the main event, but I caught the opening act: The Artifacts, one of Skidmore’s most talented student bands.  The Artifacts are Jonathan Wan ’12, Zoë Brecher ’12 and Leo Cancelmo ’12, three seniors with mad skills on their respective instruments (Jon on keyboards and vocals, Zoë on drums and vocals, Leo on guitar) and a sharp ear for catchy power pop tunes.  What a treat to hear their set!  I decided to forego the Tang’s ground level and watch the show from the balcony.

Here’s their opening number:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsyM4_LkGWw

And here are some pics!  If you want more of the Artifacts, here’s their lovely new single, “Be Someone,” on Bandcamp!

Hello, Tang!

A view from the top.

Leo shreds, others bob their heads.

SkidMolly: Skidmore Facilities Facts

Hey hey hey!  First of all, if you’re in Skidmore territory for any of the Accepted Candidates Days this coming week, welcome!  Like the breakfast in Mulan, we’re happy to see you!

Here are some quick facts about the facilities here at Skidmore:

  • There are up-to-date elliptical machines and treadmills in the gym, as well as flat-screen televisions perfect for catching up on Bravo reality shows as you do your cardio.  Plus, the Williamson Sports Center has raquetball courts, a six-lane swimming pool, nine tennis courts (four of them lighted) and a human performance lab for Exercise Science majors.
  • Dana Science Center hosts a microscopy imaging center and an astrophysics lab — both are useless to me as an English major, but very useful for people studying biology and physics.
  • The art studio, Saisselin (I never learned how to pronounce that one, sadly) includes a built-in art gallery, a metals shop, a bunch of weaving looms for textiles design, and an animation studio with Linux workstations.  Five Skidmore alums worked on the movie Ice Age, so that animation studio came in handy, right?
  • The dining hall (Murray-Aikens) has a special test kitchen meant for chefs to prepare food for students with allergies or special needs, plus students can reserve the test kitchen so they can cook for themselves.
  • The JKB Theater seats almost 400 people, and the blackbox theater seats between 80 and 100 people.
  • Our basically brand-new music center, Zankel, has 54,000 square feet of teaching, practice, administrative and performance space.    There’s even an amphitheater just outside the building where students hold acoustic concerts.

The Skidmore facilities look shiny and nice, but they’re also resources for you to use, just about whenever you want to.  It’s nice to go to school at a place where we aren’t lacking much, and where we have the means to accomplish whatever we can imagine, whether that’s a laser light show to accompany a senior music recital, or a super complex biology research project, or a student-written theater performance with music and video components, or a 5K run to support charities in Saratoga.  The facilities at Skidmore definitely support the idea that creative thought matters — come visit and check them out for yourself.