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February 18, 2010   The Hamilton College Buffers is our campus's greatest (and only) all male a cappella group. They are known for their vulgar humor during performances, fraternity-like organization and BUFFERGRAMS.

During the week leading up to Valentine's Day, the men can be found in Beinecke, selling time slots to individuals who would like the Buffers to sing to their loved ones on Valentine's Day.

Starting at 6 a.m. and continuing every 7 minutes until 4 p.m., the Buffers surprise (or "surprise") a lucky individual or group with a song chosen by the sender.

This year some of the songs to choose from included: Africa; Love Me Tender; Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours; Cecilia; Sexual Healing; and I'll Make Love to You.

As close friends of several of the individuals in the group, Eva, Maddy and I signed up to receive a Buffergram on Friday morning at 7:03 a.m. Since we all knew we were receiving it, we invited all of our friends to the Minor common room to be serenaded.

We woke up at 6:30, wildly knocked on each others doors, made sure we looked semi-decent and put on a pot of hot water for tea.

At 7:00 (3 minutes early) the common room was filled with men singing I'll Make Love to You. At this point in my life, not much beats being serenaded with a love song by twelve men. Okay, okay, maybe the trips to Europe and Asia, graduating high school, Class & Charter day, all of my birthdays are better than this — but you get what I mean.

By 7:05 the magic was over. We waved the boys off and wished them luck with the day. As for my friends and me? We all crawled right back into bed and slept, probably dreaming about our Buffergram.