All in Editorial

College Admissions Boards Are Supporting Peaceful Protesters

On Feb. 25, Skidmore College publicly stated that high school students suspended for peacefully protesting will not be penalized by admissions, joining the rank of other universities -- including Brown, Brandeis, and Northeastern -- that have made similar statements. This move proves the validity of youth movements, but also brings into question how to effectively protest, especially for the Skidmore students not protected.

Pronouns in the Classroom: Balancing Sensitivity and Progression

Through an email sent out to all tour guides, the Admissions department announced students may now include their prefered pronouns on their name tags. At Skidmore, most students feel liberated to be themselves; finding comfort in the support of their peers -- a support they may not get at home. However, one student’s experience cannot determine how others will react to similar situations.

Louder Together: Forgotten Voices of #MeToo

These past few months have signaled a switch in power. Women of all ages, backgrounds, and statuses have united together to form an impenetrable strength against their assaulters and abusers. However, these conversations seem to lack a whole set of important voices. While we feel conflicted about pitying the male perspective, these movements will benefit from discussing when and where men fit into the conversation.

Safety Assurances Pass Test During Campus Lockdown

For many students on the Skidmore campus, the event Monday, in which a 16-year-old Wilton teen was suspected to be in possession of a handgun after disappearing near Daniels Road following a domestic dispute, was a first with respect to campus lockdowns. Monday’s partial shutdown of campus highlighted the commendable ways in which campus safety and other technological assurances serve to successfully combat potentially dangerous situations.

If You Really Want Change, Vote Local

Voter suppression, gerrymandering, and voter apathy keep politically opinionated citizens away from the ballot box-- particularly in local elections. Any Skidmore student can easily register to vote in Saratoga Springs. Given the salience of local political action, there's no excuse not to.

General Education Requirements Fall Short in More Ways

In continuing our recent coverage of the new General Education proposal that will dictate all-college requirements, we write on shortfalls in the requirements for language study.  The Board agrees that learning a foreign language is important for global citizenship, but feels the proposal fails to make the case that foreign language “provides insight into cultural differences” and “provides an alternative means of perceiving the world.”