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New: Colgate Cornhole

By Lauren Cassulis on April 7, 2017

With warmer weather (hopefully!) coming soon, we are excited to announce a new Colgate twist on a classic summer game: Colgate Cornhole!

We will have two Colgate Cornhole sets available at the bookstore – the traditional outdoor version, and a smaller, tabletop version for indoor parties and events. 

If you haven’t played Cornhole before, or don’t remember the rules of play, read on!

Find a nice flat surface on your backyard, in a parking lot, the beach, etc. Set up your boards directly facing each other with 27 feet between the front edges of each board. Cornhole can be played with 2 or 4 players. Pick which side of the board you’ll throw from. Pick your bags (4 for each team) and get ready to play!

Decide who goes first, then take turns throwing bags with your opponent. Your feet may not go past the front edge of the board. If they do, a foul is called and you get pelted with Cornhole bags. Also, a tossed bag may not touch the ground. If it hits the ground and bounces up on the board, remove it before any other bags are thrown. If it’s hanging off the board and touching the ground, remove that as well. When all 8 bags have been tossed to the other side, add up the score (see scoring below). If you earned the most points in that single round, your team will throw first in the next round.

Scoring is simple. After all bags have been thrown, a bag remaining on the board is worth 1 point. A bag that went in the hole is worth 3 points. Add up how many points you earned and compare them to your opponents. Equal points cancel each other out so that only one team can score per round. A game is won when a team reaches 21 points with a lead of 2 or more points. The first team to win 2 games wins the match.

Want to impress your friends and family? Check out these essential Cornhole terms.

Woody, Boarder: A bag that ends up on the board.

Cornhole, Holer, Corn in the Hole: A bag that ends up in the hole.

Dos Cornhole’s: Throwing two bags in the hole.

Holy Moly Triple Cornholy: Throwing 3 bags in the hole.

The Great Cornholio: A person that throws 4 bags in the hole. All present are required to bow down in reverence to this cornholer.

Get that corn outta my face!: A term used whenever you successfully counteract your opponent’s attempt to score. For example, when you put a bag in the hole immediately after your opponent does or when you successfully knock your opponent’s bag off the board.

Corn On The Cob: When a player puts every bag on the board.

Nothin’ But Corn: When a bag is tossed right through the hole without touching the board.

2/10: One Day Only Colgate Sale

By Lauren Cassulis on January 27, 2017


Show your love for Colgate and shop our ONE DAY ONLY store wide sale! On February 10th, everything in-store and online will be 13% off (some exclusions do apply.)


Plus, we’re introducing The Colgate Bundle! For a limited time, you can get two t-shirts and a hooded sweatshirt for only $39.99 (valued at $75). Don’t miss this great event! The bookstore will be open from 9am – 5:30pm.

Colgate Day: January 13, 2017

By Lauren Cassulis on January 5, 2017

Every Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Colgate University. But did you ever wonder just why Colgate Day is so special?

Well, in 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with 13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles. During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become known as Colgate University.

That’s not our only reason to celebrate the number 13. The university’s address is 13 Oak Drive. Our zip code is 13346. The first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13.

Even the university’s motto has a connection with 13. There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in “Deo ac Veritati,” a Latin phrase meaning “For God and For Truth.”

So we say, “Wear thirteen proudly. Live it out: Learn new things, engage with new persons, climb new hills.” And in honor of this tradition, every Friday the 13th is declared “Colgate Day.” We invite you to join us on January 13, 2017 as we celebrate the history of our great university. The entire Colgate Bookstore will be on sale (usual exclusions apply) with special savings and deals all day long!

North Pole Ninjas Story Time

By Lauren Cassulis on December 7, 2016

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on December 17th at 10:30am for a story time about the North Pole Ninjas! Hear their story, learn about the true meaning of Christmas from the North Pole Ninja Sensei, and carry out Ninja missions of your own! Story time will be followed by crafts, snacks, and photos with the North Pole Ninja Sensei! Free, and open to children of all ages.


About the North Pole Ninjas: You may not know that Santa has a team of special elves, selected for their ability to help carry out top-secret missions that are all about helping, giving, caring, and listening. Children can help carry out these top secret missions with a bit of stealth and an open heart. North Pole Ninjas is a terrific new story by Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden. The book comes with 50 special tasks packed in a special envelope – unique Ninja missions for children to carry out themselves. North Pole Ninjas also comes with a plush and huggable “sensei” to guide Ninjas on their journey. This book set is the perfect antidote to worrying about whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

December 9th: Customer Appreciation Day

By Lauren Cassulis on December 2, 2016

fgffJoin us at the Colgate Bookstore on Friday, December 9th as we celebrate YOU, our valued customers. The entire store will be 13% off (some exclusions do apply). Enjoy locally made refreshments, and enter for the chance to win a drone! We will be open from 9am – 8pm.

Faculty and staff discounts will stack on all sales.

November 18th: FLASH SALE!

By Lauren Cassulis on November 17, 2016



This Friday, November 18th, shop our huge flash sale! The entire store will be 13% off for one day only.

*Sale excludes textbooks, Alex and Ani, computer department items, S’well, Eno, consignment, and sale items.

Better Than Black Friday: Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale

By Lauren Cassulis on October 27, 2016

Colgate University faculty and staff, save on Apple, Beats and more with our exclusive, one-day Apple sale on November 17th just for you! We have many of the latest demo’s on site – come try them out! The first 20 attendees will be entered to win doorprizes. Refreshments will be served.

Check out some of our EXCLUSIVE sales and specials:

FREE tax (One day only – exclusive for faculty & staff)
$25 off in-stock iPads
$50 off Apple Computers
$100 off in-stock Beats (wired & wireless)

Want to make a reservation on a limited supply product? Reserve today, and simply pick-up your purchase on 11/17. Call Rebecca Dowsland at 315-228-7776 or email her at rdowsland@colgate.edu.

Halloween in Hamilton

By Lauren Cassulis on October 21, 2016

The-great-pumpkinJoin us in Hamilton, NY as we celebrate our first annual village-wide Halloween Party! Enjoy some spooktacular fun with costume competitions, crafts, trick-or-treating, and a movie! Safe fun for the whole family. Check out the full schedule of events below.

From 3pm – 4pm, head over to the Colgate Bookstore for an “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” Halloween Party! There will be pumpkin crafts, snacks, and goodie bags.

Then, don your costume and join the Costume Parade down Lebanon Street downtown block from 4pm – 4:30pm. Local shops will hand out candies and treats as the children parade in costume to the spookily decorated Hamilton Movie Theater.

Starting at 4:30pm, the Hamilton Movie Theater will play the 1995 film, “Casper” (rated PG) for FREE, thanks to our generous sponsors: Ego Boutique, Rusch’s Bar & Grill, Yogate Frozen Yogurt, No. 10 Tavern, Colgate Inn, Oliveri’s Pizzeria, Hamilton Eatery, Katie Fargo Skin Care, Evergreen Gallery and Gifts, New York Pizzeria– “Slices”, Julie’s Shear Perfection, Steph Boutique, and JJs Salon. The theater will be staffed and safe despite the spooky decorations, so we encourage parents to support the local businesses that made this event possible.

After the movie, stop outside the Colgate Inn’s warming station for a free post-movie hot chocolate or coffee before heading off through Hamilton for a night of safe, fun trick-or-treating.

Please note that the prizes for the costume winners will be handed out AFTER the movie at the Hamilton Movie Theater.

National Student Day: October 13, 2016

By Lauren Cassulis on October 7, 2016

622a5480f1abb37830ee98e8eee34dfcOn Thursday, October 13th, the Colgate Bookstore will be observing National Student Day, a celebration of college students and all their hard work. Colgate University students stop by the Colgate Bookstore, show your Gate Card, and receive 13% off your entire transaction.
Snap a selfie and you could win $100 while helping support student scholarships! Here’s how it works:

1.) Snap a selfie in the Colgate Bookstore.

2.) Post to Twitter or Instagram between Sept. 22 and Oct. 20. Use#SMILEforNSD and be entered to win a $100 campus store gift card.

For every accepted entry (up to 5 per person), $1 will be donated to Scholarship America, up to $5,000.

Thought Into Action: Traditions

By Lauren Cassulis on September 9, 2016

We are excited to carry a new unnamed-5product: Colgate University bracelets! Student Mike Vitale (’19) is the founder of “Traditions”. Check out their mission statement below.

“With Purpose” only begins to define the attitude we share in designing unique, inspiring clothing and accessories for college campuses nationwide.  Our team is made up of ambitious Colgate students, not the world’s most renowned fashionistas or trademark designers, in order to ensure that we don’t simply slap a school logo onto the fabric that’s been laying around in a massive warehouse for ages.

On the contrary, we custom create from our own ingenuity the pieces in each school’s collection, with a focus on the symbols, stories and traditions that make each 12196110_907890099280481_8546086032136519250_nuniversity undeniably special in their own right.  Our mission as a lifestyle brand is to fill the needs of each individual bookstore when the big box companies won’t deliver.  In addition, we aim to branch out our network as a students for students company, whereas a percentage of the profits made from Traditions will be placed into the well suited hands of Financial Aid at each respective school, to pay it forward when someone affiliated with the university chooses to purchase from our brand.  Today, we ask YOU to begin Dressing With Purpose, starting with Traditions.