Dozens of community members gathered in front of Collis Wednesday evening, eager to listen to the colorfully dressed and enthusiastic Czech music ensemble Muzicka, which is on its debut trip to the United States. Violins, a viola and a bass strummed lively tunes alongside a clarinet and a flute, but the center of attention was the cimbal, a traditional Eastern European folk instrument that a casual observer might mistake for a table. The musician strikes the strings stretched across the table’s top with small beaters, creating traditional Eastern European folk music. The group is called a cimbalovka in Czech, meaning an ensemble focused on the cimbal. The band’s playful costumes and spirited songs piqued the interest of passing students who stopped to watch and snap photos on their phones before continuing on their way or settling in to listen to the group over Collis stir-fry. Violinist Elizabeth Shribman ’10 is participating in Muzicka’s 25-day tour of the Northeast. Shribman speaks fluent Czech and lives in the Czech Republic. Despite the band’s lack of English lyrics, the crowd continued to grow as two members of the group began to run and skip in traditional dance. Lexi Krupp ’15 said she was… Read more »
Students in Hanover for summer term will have one less DDS location to choose from. Courtyard Cafe will be closed this term, as it typically has been for the past few summers. “We realized with only a quarter of students on campus, we didn’t need to have 100% of the dining halls open,” said David Newlove, Director of Dartmouth Dining Services. Because of the popularity of Collis Cafe, and the variety and capacity of ’53 Commons, closing Courtyard Cafe proved to be the most economical decision for the summer. Within ’53 Commons, students will also find that the options are reduced. Both the Pavilion and Worldview stations are closed for the summer. The employee hours are shifted from the closed stations to extended evening hours. From 8:30 pm to 10 pm every night, The Grill, The Hearth, the salad bar and the dessert bar will be open in ’53 Commons to fill the late-night dining option gap created by Courtyard Cafe’s closing. Additionally, the operating hours of Collis Cafe have been altered from last term’s schedule. Late Night Collis will close at 12:30 am, an hour earlier than in past terms, and open at 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, according to the… Read more »
After 4 months of renovation, Collis is back! Does the renovations solve problems regarding insufficient space and student traffic? Here are what some students think about the new Collis: “It used to look so dingy. It looks more open and cheery, and I love the food. Pasta is the best, and they have coolest ice cream too.” –Peter Saisi ’16 “[I think Collis is] bad. It looks nice, but it doesn’t fix any of the problems. The lines are just as long. Even last term, there was never a line for stir-fry. I guess I got used to that. Now you have to wait 30 minutes for stir-fry and it’s just obnoxious” — Slok Carpenter ’16 “They need to figure the lines out.” — Bernie Susskind ’13 “Way too crowded. It would be really nice if there was more seating available. More seating is needed in the facetime-y areas. It would be better if that water was in a more centralized area for facetime and so I can stay hydrated throughout the day” — Christine Kanoff ’15 “I think there is more space, but they don’t seem to have kept the same amount of seating as before.”… Read more »
The Collis Center for Student Activities is finally open again, and the whole campus is celebrating. But you may have been too busy thoroughly enjoying your reunion with non-pre-cooked stir-fry to notice that Collis Café is not the only part of the building that got a makeover this winter. The second and third floors of Collis have been repainted, and many College offices have left the building for other on-campus spaces. The lounges and public areas upstairs will now remain open until 2 a.m., when Collis closes. The renovations also added new heating and cooling units to better regulate the building’s temperature. These changes will leave more room for student organizations to move in and make the space their own. “I think what’s nice is that we’ve been able to dedicate more space to students for them to use for extended amounts of time,” Eric Ramsey, director of the Collis Center, said of the renovations. Students have already begun to migrate back to Collis’ upstairs floors to study and hang out, despite the fact that it has only been open for a few days. “I’m glad the space is open, because it’s so convenient to do work in Collis. I… Read more »
We’re about three weeks into Winter term and that means Collis Miniversity classes have already begun. Miniversity, a program founded in 1985 by Lori Bamberger ’85, offers fun and educational classes each term, often taught by Dartmouth students. This term, “Ukelele for Beginners,” “Vinyasa Yoga” and “Experiencing the Qu’ran” are only some of the classes for which students have signed up.
Although 16 classes were open for registration, only eight are actually taking place this term. Over winter break, I learned how to knit, and I was hoping to sneak into the “Knitting for Winter” class to learn some purling techniques. To my dismay, I shortly found out that the knitting class — along with seven other classes — had been canceled due to low enrollment numbers…. Read more »
With renovations being done on the cafe at the Collis Center for Student Involvement to improve its original outdated layout, students have mixed feelings on the new, temporary dining area that has taken over Collis 101 and Collis Common Ground.
Here’s what some of them had to say…. Read more »