Olds Year Two: RA Edition

I spent my first year at Hillsdale living in Olds Dormitory and experienced connected community, loving friends, and vibrant social outlets there. I wanted to continue that experience and share it with the incoming freshmen.

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Baker Unknown: The Enduring Tradition of Waterman Tea

Weekly tea at Waterman Dorm spans the last decade or more. No one quite knows when it began, but before the weekly tea there was an annual party at Waterman open to all of campus.

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Cultivating Friendships That Will Last A Lifetime

By the end of freshman year, I had developed a close bond with several girls living on the upper west side of McIntyre Residence, so much so that we did not want to leave it behind come sophomore year. Koon Residence allowed us to keep our community.

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We are Upper West

From the excitement of freshman convocation to a budding sense of homesickness at the overwhelming number of strangers, to the anxiousness of already having a thick pile of reading due by Monday, the first week of college was nothing like I’d ever experienced. I found sanctuary in my suitemates’ room in the Upper West hallway of McIntyre Dormitory.

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All About Hospitality

As soon as I walk in the door, I am struck by Sue Postle’s love for Benzing. She’s bubbly and incredibly warm, and she can’t stop talking about how much the dorm’s residents mean to her.

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Community, Service, and Tradition at the “Quiet” Dorm

After Niedfeldt’s impressive showing in the Spirit Week competitions, I asked Head RA Sam Clausen to give some insight on how a quiet dorm comes up with such notable performances.

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Galloway’s “No Man Left Behind” Mentality

“We try to emphasize the ‘no man left behind’ mentality,” said Calvin, a resident assistant in Galloway Dormitory. “Everyone knows everyone, and everyone includes everyone. If I am leaving to go do something on campus, I will stop by other guys’ rooms to see if they want to come along.”

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What It Takes to Be a Hillsdale Residence Assistant

At Hillsdale, the resident assistant position is one many students would love to have but only a few get. Hannah Fleming is one of those few, an outstanding woman and the head RA of freshman girls’ Olds residence hall. She has a friend in everyone because of her ability to make people feel comfortable and valued.

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How to Turn a Dorm into a Haunted House

The idea seems pretty radical: convert an entire dorm housing two hundred guys into a haunted house for an evening. Yet this is exactly the feat that Simpson has been pulling off for the last three years; with its ever-increasing popularity each year, the Simpson Asylum event has become an integral part of Hillsdale’s Halloween celebrations.

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Spirit Week: Simpson’s Challenge

Virtus tentamine gaudet. Hillsdale College is widely known for its high-minded pursuit of excellence. But there exists one week out of the school year when students rejoice in more than just an academic challenge and lose sleep over more than just their GPA. This is Spirit Week.

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Mauck Hall: A Transplanted Community

Attempting to transplant a community is always a risky endeavor. How will the integral relationships change, and will they disappear altogether?

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A Reflection On My First Year

I came to Hillsdale only knowing one other student, and that student didn’t live on campus. I was really on my own. Except I wasn’t.

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