49CD18F0-967B-D704-2C157F2B1191632C
788A9C9C-E2DD-25DB-34DAB4EDCA06263B
Allison Eck Photograph

Journals

Office of Admission
800-843-2655
315-859-4457 (fax)

Valentine's Day on the Hill

February 12, 2010   If you've been reading these journals, you probably already know at least a little bit about Hamilton's a cappella groups. But if not, I'll enlighten you. Of the five, the all-male group known as the Buffers is almost universally considered the most entertaining (although I am also partial to Duelly Noted). Every year around Valentine's Day, the Buffers spend an entire day traversing the campus and serenading people either in their dorms or their classes. But they don't sing to just anyone - in order to subject your friends or love interests to such mortification, a student has to buy a "Buffergram." Since the Buffers can't be in multiple places at once, a limited number of time slots are available, and sometimes students will sign up to have the Buffers knock on their crushes' doors at as early as 5 a.m.

So I was in the middle of a nice dream this morning when I heard, far off in the distance, the ringing voices of Buffers on a mission. I found out later that they were on the third floor, singing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," to some unsuspecting recipient of this pleasant surprise. Kate told me before class that she heard it too, and we both admitted that we had kind of been hoping they were on their way upstairs to our room.

But even though neither of us got a Buffergram, just seeing them walk around in their suits and ties today put a smile on my face. There's nothing like a good old Hamilton tradition.