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Spring at Skidmore

Posted: 04/30/2010

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.

That sentence, credited to poet/essayist Christopher Morley, aptly describes spring at Skidmore. The stronger sun and longer days make short work of winter’s remains, renew the campus green, and refresh the college population.

Students move outside to play, to sun, to work, and to revel in the new season.

An enduring tradition at Skidmore is the Spring Fling, one of four major weekend celebrations. Sponsored by the Sophomore Class Council in collaboration with the Interclass Council, the event this year took place April 16-17 and had a Greek theme that played out in the Olympics-style games, music, and dance. Events included tug-o-war, sack and three-legged races, balloon shave, and pie eating, as well as a 5K run that raised several hundred dollars for Haitian relief efforts.

Other campus-based spring activities included the North Woods Stewardship Day, in which community volunteers assisted with trail cleanup and maintenance to improve conditions for hiking and to prevent erosion. Skidmore's North Woods, a 250-acre area connected directly to the main campus, supports a biologically diverse animal and plant population that is important to student and faculty research. Much of area is available for public use, such as walking, running, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The stewardship days, which are coordinated by Sustainable Skidmore and take place each semester, feature trail clean up and guided hikes.

Additional spring cleaning—by student volunteers—took place at the St. John Neumann Residence, former home to retired Redemptorist order priests, on Lake Avenue in town. The home has been vacant for a year now, but yard work is still a priority so the women’s field hockey team willingly responded when a request for help with yard work came to campus in early April.

And Earth Day, the April celebration of environmental awareness and seasonal renewal, observed its 40th anniversary this year. Skidmore’s April 24 observance, hosted by the Environmental Action Club, included music, food and an assortment of other clubs offering seed planting, tie dying, a clothing swap, and related activities.

Photos by Sam Brook'12,Carolyn Raider'10,Savannah Grier'12 and Korlarp Suwacharangkul'10

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