Collis is Dartmouth's Student Center (full name: Collis Center for Student Involvement), and Collis Craft Nights are the most underrated events on campus. If you are looking for chill artsy Friday nights, these are the events for you.
- No. 1
Orientation: Collis Kickoff Night
During orientation week, the Collis Center hosted a “Collis Kickoff Night,” where they had everything: karaoke, bingo, live music, trivia, food, video games, even laser tag—but my favorite part of the night was making crafts! I made a String Art of the Dartmouth D, which is still in my dorm as decor!
- No. 2
In October, the Collis Student Center hosted “Sweater Weather” on the Collis Patio, with cider, donuts, live music, and crafts! I made this pumpkin-shaped pillow, which sat on my bed for the rest of fall term.
Also: Collis Patio is one of my favorite places to study in the fall!
- No. 3
The week before Halloween, the Collis Student Center hosted workshops for people to make their own costumes. The Student Center provided all materials and tools, had instructional workshops for different types of costumes, and even hosted a Halloween fashion show for people to show off their costumes!
- No. 4
Build a Bear
Collis After Dark hosted a Build-a-Bear night, where students could pick and stuff their own stuffed animal! I went with a few friends, and I made Harry the Moose!
- No. 5
STUDIO SUDIKOFF CRAFT NIGHT
Studio Sudikoff is a brand new student lounge on the ground floor of the Sudikoff building, which has recently been repurposed to hold the Music and Theater Departments while the Hop (Hopkins Center for the Arts) is closed for renovation. Though this event didn’t take place at the Collis Center, it was still hosted by Collis After Dark. There were lots of crafting stations—crocheting (+tutorials), bracelet making, origami, coloring, painting, and more! I gave myself a 45 minute time limit to recreate Starry Night for a bit of dorm decor—I don’t think I did too bad! (I did omit the village for time, but other than that!).