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CTM: Skidmore Student Market

Today is a fabulous day for three reasons: it’s the last day of classes for the semester (WOOOO!), it’s Friday (WOOO-WOOO!) and it’s Skidmore Student Market Day.  Two seniors, Katie Humphreys and Alex Maddalena, devised the Market as a collaboration between the radio station, WSPN, and the studio art club, PROARTS.  Since its first go-round back in October it has bloomed into a full-on Friday extravaganza of arts, crafts, vintage clothes and baked goods.

 

Nick Mittelstead ’12 — the Artist Formerly Known as Prints.

The market is a sweet opportunity for Skid kids to sell their goods and make some pocket change.  Skidmore is home to a heck of a lot of art students, jewelry makers, knitters, crocheters, bakers and candlestick makers, so there were a lot of interesting doodads up for sale.  One student sold hand-beaded hair accessories.  There were a few miniature thrift stores offering everything from fluffy pink sweaters to one particularly fabuous beaded flapper dress.  Hot cider was up for grabs, as were a plethora of holiday-flavored biscotti from Caitlin Allen ’12, who this year started her own cookie business.  I sampled a scrumptious Peppermint White Chocolate Chip.  Sooo good.

 

Caitlin, holding down the fort at the Cait’s Cookies table.

I also snagged a couple of Christmas gifts and got a peek at the Skidmore Spur, the annual nude calendar.  Yeah, that’s right.  Skidmore’s illustrious Photo Club snaps 12 different clubs ‘n’ organizations, all completely in the buff (with some creative cover-ups).  And the proceeds go to charity!  This year’s effort is a masterpiece, and that’s the naked truth.  Pun intended.

 

Students millin’ around at the Market. (Hey, is that Reg?)

Chatting it up, selling cool earrings.

 

Evan Cohen '12 takes a break from art-selling to munch on a Cait's Cookie.

A good time was (presumably) had by all.  If you’re touring Skidmore on a Friday, make sure to check out the student wares in Case Center!

People Who Like Things and Do Things: SkidTV, again!

I’ve already professed my undying devotion for those zany kids at SkidTV, but after watching this ad, I’m just going to have to do it again.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGuS_8NLLds

Two things I learned from the ad are that 1) that green screen is rad, and 2) Thiviya, the girl in the video, has an endearing screen presence.  Just another nugget ‘o’ gold from SkidTV.

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.)