200 Days in the Life of the College

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cram & Scram

Imagine the Northeast’s greatest garage sale. Now move it to Sage Rink. (You’ll need four tractor-trailers, by the way.) Since Cram & Scram began as an annual campus re-use and recycling program in 2008 — with abandoned student items collected each May and donated or resold each August — it has reduced the Hill’s solid waste by more than 100 tons, provided tens of thousands of pounds of goods to area agencies, and given Hamilton students an incredible array of cheap, useful, distinctive, funky and downright bizarre stuff for their rooms. The 2010 sale, directed by Terry Hawkridge, assistant director of grounds, horticulture and arboretum, and managed by Claire Sayler ’12 and a team of nine other students, is the biggest yet. “We keep all items under $50 so that they are affordable,” Sayler says. Though who knows what a classic Audrey Hepburn poster might bring?