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Budding beekeepers? What kind of weird science, or animal husbandry, is taking place here? Where and when did this occur? Did you ever do something similar at Skidmore? If you know the answer, tell us the story at 518-580-5747,, or Scope c/o Skidmore College. We’ll report answers, and run a new quiz, in the upcoming Scope.


Housekeeping 101? Betty Spoerl Eckerson ’45 well remembers her domestic duties (and believes she recognizes the student at left as Olga Massimiano Gigante ’45). Although it’s “amazing to think of it now,” she writes, “we enjoyed dorm-room custodial care in my freshman year.” But returning the next fall—ten months after the Pearl Harbor attacks and America’s entry into World War II—“we were expected to take care of our rooms ourselves,” because many Skidmore custodians were leaving to take war-related jobs. Also, she recalls, “we all had to sign up for kitchen duty—three hours a week. Squeezing the fresh orange juice was one of my chores.” Eckerson recollects the college dietitian worrying about meat rationing, “but her husband was in the meat business so she managed to serve it to us once a day.”

Kathy Rogers Wohlhuter ’71 is “quite sure that this dorm room is the same one (Skidmore Hall second floor, southeast corner) that I shared with fellow freshman Sally Stueber Merrill in 1967–68. I recognize the fire-escape door on the right side of the photo and Griffith Hall seen through that open door. In fact, the desk, chairs, and bed frame are probably the same too. The drapes were not part of our room décor. Instead, Sally and I went downtown to Farmer’s Hardware and purchased burlap and fashioned our own drapes.”