Ello ello! How’s it going? I write to you feeling extremely ill! The college plague has gotten me at last. Every February, various kinds of colds, flus and bugs zoom around campus faster than a speeding text message. It’s gruesome. I’m overcoming it with a steady stream of tea and sweatpants pockets bulging with Ricolas.
For your Wednesday entertainment, might I suggest watching these Skidmore-related videos? This first one has to do with our dance department. Our dance program is really good; it’s conservatory-level training that students can still pair with other liberal arts studies. (Like if Juilliard had a baby with Wesleyan.) We get lots of cool guest choreographers and collaborators, students can take technique classes and choreograph their own pieces, and occasionally there’ll be a REALLY stellar dance concert like last semester’s, which was a collaboration between Skidmore’s orchestra and a bevy of Skidmore ballerinas. Yep, that’s right: Swan Lake. Here’s the rehearsal video.
Next, here’s a video of a performance at the Tang Museum two years ago. There are plenty of performing groups to join on campus — a capella groups, Japanese drumming, tap dancing, Irish dancing, gospel choir — but Pulse might be Skidmore’s most unique performers. These clever percussionists drum on whatever they can find: recycling bins, trash cans, random metal objects. And they’re really good at it! This is not some lame toddler banging on a soup tureen! Watch them in action at the ever-gorgeous Tang.
Lastly, I started my own little video series (employing some Jenna Marbles-style editing) called Weekend Update. I figure I might as well tell you what I’m up to myself, y’know, face-to-face, one-on-one, just me and you, having a one-sided conversation. If this is successful, I’ll start answering questions with videos too. So send me your questions!!! And watch my vid.
Hope those who applied to Skidmore are surviving the long wait for decision letters. It’s brutal. Occupy yourself by reading the #StudentChat we did with the College of St. Rose; there are lots of tips and tricks and 140-character doodads. There will be more to come on that front, too. Toodle-ooo!