Category Archives: Skidinternet

Skidinternet: Cool Skid Kids on the Blogosphere

As we all know by now, Skidmore College and the internet are both things that exist.  Occasionally they intersect, and that’s when good things happen.  Here’s a few Skid kids who blog about things that often relate to Skidmore:

KeithListensToMusic: In his spare time, this neuroscience major and Photo Club president blogs about sweet tunes.  If you don’t know what “math rock” is, just read/listen to a couple pages of his blog and you will most definitely find out.  Sometimes Keith gives a nod to Skidmore’s own musical wizards, like the band Slim Charles, whom he writes “has some of the best use of distortion I’ve heard in math rock in a while.”  Wait, you STILL don’t know what math rock is?  C’mon dude, click the link.

Caroline, A Broad: This young lady is my homegirl and housemate, so I may be biased, but Caroline’s abroad-blog-turned-everyday-blog contains some lovely insights on college life.  On Halloween at college: “We discussed our costumes in terms of tiers.  Thursday was third-tier, Friday night was second-tier, and Saturday was top-tier.  Sunday? A day of recovery, dressed up in nothing but pajamas and surrounded by textbooks.”  She often posts relics from her time abroad (get it, abroad, a broad?) in Copenhagen, like this picture of a photo shop/café where you can drink coffee while you wait for your pictures to develop.  O, Europe.

The Skidtorialist: They’ve taken a bit of a hiatus, but the ladies who run this blog sneak around Skidmore’s campus looking for fashionable lads and lasses in the same manner as street style photographers like, well, the Sartorialist.  A brief stroll through the archives reveals that Skid students are a stylish bunch, capable of hunting through boutiques and sample sales as well as Salvation Army and your grandmother’s garbage can.  One student said of her orange fluorescent chapeau, “If you want this hat you can get it at Farm ‘N’ Fleet in Platteville, Wisconsin for 99 cents.  It’s a bargain, that’s for sure.”  Also, you’ll certainly see many examples of the winter boots on parade during the winter months:

Lots of Skidmore groups and clubs do a bit of blogging as well: SEC, Lively Lucy’s (the people who organize Thursday open mic nights), the Skid Shop and WSPN Skidmore radio; plus there’s Skidmore Unofficial, which, along with compiling campus news and events, never fails to give a pleasantly sarcastic look at Skidmore goings-on.  Skidmore: we’re here, we’re weird, and we’re on the interwebs.

SkidMolly: Ten Ways Creative Thought Matters, All the Time

Below is a quick list of recent and less recent Skid phenomena that have all proved our motto, Creative Thought Matters, isn’t just a saying — it happens every day.

1) My Shakespeare professor is holding his once-a-semester Culture Day this week.  He’s going to play the violin for us.  Personal violin concert from Victor Cahn?  Super-CTM.

2) One of my writing professors, Steve Stern, had his most recent novel serialized in Tablet, a online magazine about Jewish culture.  It involves a rabbi frozen in a block of ice for hundreds of years.

3) When it snows here, people really take the concept of CTM to the next level; they make insane snow sculptures and sled down the roof of the Tang museum.

4) Two of my friends, Phoebe and Alec, recently curated an art show in the Zankel Music Center.  They managed the student art submissions, compiled a catalog of the exhibition, and orchestrated an opening complete with a jazz band playing in the elevator.

5) There’s a lot of food variety in d-hall, but I’ve seen people do some crazy Top Chef stuff to really liven up their meals: making fried rice on the do-it-yourself grill, stirring up chocolate-peanut butter milkshakes, turning sandwiches into salads and vice-versa…CTM with soy sauce and soft serve ice cream, y’all.

6) Last weekend there was a student theatre production called “Cosmicomics”  based on three different Italo Calvino short stories — director Ruth Morrison ’12 adapted the stories into scripts, arranged gorgeous lighting and sets, and generally put together a really well-done show in the JKB theater studio.

7) There’s no dearth of creativity over the holidays here.  On Thursday the Traditions Committee (yes, we have a group dedicated to various kinds of holiday spirit) helped to put on a Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Groups like our wonderful Gospel Choir performed and now the Case Walkway is all lit up, non-denominationally!

8 ) Last year a few people put together this video in reponse to the Planned Parenthood crisis.  Creative, non-apathetic responses to political issues?  Skidmore really stepped up here.

9) Back when I toured Skidmore for the first time, it started to rain right before we left the Admissions building.  I was promptly handed a Skidmore poncho.  If that isn’t CTM raingear, I don’t know what is.

10) On Friday Case Center became the Skidmore Student market; crafty and artistic students sold drawings, stickers, prints, photos, baked goods and more, and 30% of their revenue went to charity.  CTM for a good cause.