Preview of first annual State of the College Address: student participation, sexual assault and more

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Photos by Meredith Simonds, Co-Arts Director

By Andrew Shi, Editor-in-Chief

The first, annual State of the College Address will give students a peek into the plans and intentions of the college administration and the Student Government Association. Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, the event will include speeches from President Philip A. Glotzbach and SGA President Addison Bennett '16.

In a preview of what is to come, Bennett summed up the main message of his speech to be, "the state of Skidmore is one of potential and growth. Making our school the way we want it to be will require all of us (students included) to buy into a culture that cares and works for Skidmore."

Much of the speech includes a plea to students to participate in campus life, especially the student government, whether that be through elections, which were held on Thursday, Sept. 18, or by direct communication to SGA officials.

Bennett's speech will also touch upon the summer's arrest of a Campus Safety official for sexual assault, last year's failed motion to increase wages at Skidmore, the minimum which hovers well below that of New York's mandated minimum, and the introduction of  a Student Activity Financial Aid Fund to help clubs pay for additional expenses when the alternative would be the exclusion of student participation due to socioeconomic disadvantages.

It is not yet determined what Glotzbach will speak about, but his speech will likely mention the recent smoking policy that was rolled out, and the stronger, more aggressive sexual assault policies implemented in conjunction with (but not because of, according to the administration) the nationwide, collegiate initiative called for by the Obama administration.

Speeches will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A from students and faculty. There will also be prizes, giveaways and food. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

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