The oldest all-female collegiate a cappella
group in America. Its origins date back to the era when being at a "Seven Sisters
" school meant lots of discreetly chaperoned husband-snagging events co-hosted by the Ivy League
universities. The Poofs were founded in 1936 by a bunch of Smith
ies who heard the Yale Whiffenpoofs
sing, at a Yale-Smith picnic, and thought they were swell
Back in the day, the Poof repertoire consisted mainly of Sinatraesque tunes like "Softly" and "Manhattan," sung in barbershop-style four part harmony. These days, they do everything from hip-hop to Pat Benatar.
Smith, like many other small Northeastern liberal arts colleges, boasts a rather curious a cappella scene. Along with the rugby team, the Smiffenpoofs and their cohorts seem to fill a void left by the absence of football stars, and to provide a socially acceptable outlet for obsession that crosses all boundaries of sexual preference and rationality.