Skidmore College has entered a new agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through hydroelectric power.
Skidmore has entered a 20-year operating agreement with company Gravity Renewables and National Grid to meet 18 percent of its energy needs with power generated at the historic Chittenden Falls Hydroelectric Facility in Columbia County, 60 miles away.
Gravity Renewables CEO Ted Rose said “mini-hydro” reutilizes existing decommissioned dams in New York and could change the way electricity is generated.
A paroled sex offender has been taken into police custody after he was located on the Skidmore College campus after a manhunt earlier today. Classes resumed normally after a lockdown was lifted, but it was a strange day on campus.
Students and faculty received a campus alert via the school website, social media, text message, and email around 7 a.m. announcing the lockdown. Students on campus were asked to stay in their rooms and remain quiet.
Around 8:30, Saratoga Springs police located Shane Harding on the campus near a trail heading into Skidmore’s North Woods.
According to a post on Skidmore College’s website, the Saratoga Springs campus remains closed this morning as State Police are conducting an evidence search after arresting 25-year-old Shane Harding. The police were searching for Harding, who was wanted on parole violation and suspected of rape in Schoharie County.
Author, editor and publisher Victor S. Navasky will draw on his most recent book when he delivers the 26th annual Fox-Adler Lecture at Skidmore College. “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power” is the title of Navasky’s talk, to be presented at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall. A reception and book signing will immediately follow in the Class of 1967 lobby adjacent to the auditorium.
Navasky’s talk has the same title as his newest book, which describes how transformative and incendiary cartoons can be. He said, “Cartoons and cartoonists are usually thought of as irrelevant, trivial, ‘not serious.’ However, that is not true.
The Princeton Review, an online magazine that assesses and ranks colleges, has scored Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs as the number one college for marijuana use in the country. The college questions the organization’s research. But what do the students think?
This weekend, Skidmore College is hosting the 25th National College Comedy Festival. The annual event was first organized in 1990 by Skidmore alum David Miner. Miner, now a television producer with credits for shows including "30 Rock", "Parks and Recreation", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", also formed the College’s first comedy group, the Ad-Liberal Artists.
Historians generally portray the 1950s as a conservative era when anticommunism and the Cold War subverted domestic reform, crushed political dissent, and ended liberal dreams of social democracy. These years, historians tell us, represented a turn to the right, a negation of New Deal liberalism, an end to reform.
Jennifer Delton argues that, far from subverting the New Deal state, anticommunism and the Cold War enabled, fulfilled, and even surpassed the New Deal's reform agenda. Anticommunism solidified liberal political power and the Cold War justified liberal goals such as jobs creation, corporate regulation, economic redevelopment, and civil rights.
In her book, Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal, Skidmore College History Professor Jennifer Delton shows how despite President Eisenhower's professed conservatism, he maintained the highest tax rates in U.S. history, expanded New Deal programs, and supported major civil rights reforms.
The New York Executive Clean Energy Leadership Insitute- or NY EXCEL - is a new program launched by Skidmore College focused on training business professionals in the Empire State about renewable energy and the opportunities surrounding clean energy investment.
The college will partner with the Syracuse Center of Excellence, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, and the Pace Energy and Climate Center.
Correction 10/11/13: The fence surrounding the array will be six-feet high, not five, as previously reported.
Greenfield’s planning board voted this week to approve Skidmore College’s application for a Planned Unit Development – or PUD. The project involves the construction of a 2-megawatt solar array on a 120-acre parcel of land owned by the college that currently contains baseball and polo fields.