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Hugo Genes sits at a long table at Sushi Thai Garden in downtown Saratoga Springs on a rainy Nov. 5 night. Stoic and sturdy with a handsomely-structured face, he greets us warmly as we walk in for the dinner-dialogue, an event sponsored by the MDOCs program and Associate Dean of the Faculty Ron Seyb. After this dinner, Genes will adjourn to Emerson Auditorium, to premiere his latest feature-length independent film, Collegetown.
One of the largest protests in Washington, D.C. history took place last weekend on Saturday, March 24th. This recent wave of student activism has also been taking place at Skidmore in a variety of forms, and it has been responded to respectfully by members of the administration.
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.
On Feb. 2nd , the Skidmore community came together for a Solidarity Vigil for Immigrants and Refugees. As students and faculty filed into the auditorium, their stance on Trump’s recent executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” was clear.
SkidAction is a group of students who, through an intersectional lens, are motivated to make Skidmore a more inclusive and progressive institution.
While the political culture we have each played a role in enabling at Skidmore is most harmful to those with dissenting points of view, it is damaging to all of us in the long run—and counterproductive for efforts to achieve the progressive policy goals many of us share.
The face, a hyper realistic likeness of the senator, was made out of peanut butter packets that had been emptied and molded.
As a community, we cannot, in good conscience, continue to engage in a tradition with such barbaric roots.
As opposed to slacktivist actions on social media, in-person protests can be effective, if done well.
This Tuesday, the People of Color Union (POCU) hosted a school-wide walkout to support students affected by racism at the University of Missouri. The gathering began at noon on Case Green, and by 12:10, a large crowd of Skidmore community members was clustered in front of the dining hall.
Sure, the knowledge that there will be more officers present might dissuade one student from trying to assault another, but since incidents of this nature typically happen behind closed doors, it’s unlikely that the increased presence of officers will make a difference.