By JORDAN REARDON
SARATOGA SPRINGS u A group of Skidmore College students is willing to take Drastic Measures to make the world around them a better place.
One of five a capella groups on campus, the singers perform on a regular basis, brightening the days of those who listen.
But the singers also have a serious cause.
Drastic Measures, a 14-member co-ed a capella group, performs for charitable contributions. Chartered in 2004, they are the newest a capella group on campus.
At the beginning of each school year, members are welcome to pitch charities to the rest of the group, and they vote on a cause. Last year, they were able to raise $2,000 for Building Futures, and this year, they will be singing for ASPIRe NY, a non-profit group that serves teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
"It's nice to go there and perform and see our impact," said senior Bryce Klatsky, who serves as the president.
Drastic Measures' repertoire consists of oldies and recent hits, as well as Beatles' songs and holiday music. The group typically performs at about 15 events a semester, including both on- and off-campus events.
One of their biggest promotions is their carolling endeavors through downtown Saratoga Springs on Halloween and during the holiday season. Their next scheduled off-campus performance will be the "North Country Start!" Heart Walk on Oct. 23. at the Saratoga Race Course. They also perform for donations by request at public and private events.
"We're really looking to have community relationships," said vice president Katie Lane.
"College students can only give so much."
Drastic Measures performs at a variety of events at Skidmore College and in the community. The group also performs for donations to their charity at private events.
Their CD "There Goes My Nap," which sells for $10, proceeds the annual charity.
To purchase the CD, or to book them, contact Bryce Klatsky at email@example.com.
For more information, go towww.skidmore.edu/student