More Than a Party: Unusual Birthday Traditions at Hillsdale

Whether they’re baking cakes, writing notes, or hiding in classrooms, Hillsdale students pour extraordinary amounts of time, energy, and love into crafting special celebrations for their friends’ birthdays.

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Closer Listening: Saturdays at Penny’s

Whether it was from a folk trio comprised of banjo, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica or a simple acoustic guitar and voice duet, the music played at Penny’s that day was a balm to the soul.

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The Center of Campus: Hillsdale’s Quad

Though the quad might look like just another patch of lawn, it’s a vibrant center of activity at the heart of Hillsdale’s community.

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‘Hillsdining’: How to Make the Most of Mealtimes During COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, eating arrangements look different this year. But, thanks to Hillsdale’s new takeout options, the possibilities for student dining are endless. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for mixing up your mealtimes.

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A History of Joys through the Dow Residence

In an odd sequence of events, I knew I wanted to live in the Dow Residence, fondly known as the Paul House, even before I had been accepted into Hillsdale. The house’s history was intriguing, but I have found something even more special in the house’s community.

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“A Moveable Feast”: Returning to Galloway

In the men’s dormitories, upperclassmen and resident assistants work hard to maintain a stable dorm culture with each incoming class of freshmen. So when Galloway Dormitory closed down for a whole academic year for remodeling, upperclassmen were understandably nervous.

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Five Ways to Keep in Touch over the Summer

Each year after dancing at Centralhallapalooza, stressing over finals, and final trips to Baw Beese, you say goodbye to your very best friends for a whole three months. You’ve invested in deep friendships at Hillsdale, so don’t let them waste away over the summer!

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Who Runs the Burt House

On any given night you can expect the same thing: a group of guys sitting around the couches, one outstretched on a reclined chair, all smiles, and a nice little handwave when someone new walks in to join the gathering. Nights at the Burt House provide a good picture of off-campus community.

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Beyond the Tea

Ask any one of the residents, and they’ll tell you why Waterman is so special. “We’re trying to make Waterman a place not to just eat, sleep, and study, but a place to actually live,” says Caroline Walker ’21.

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What It Means to Be a Hillsdale Senior

Some of this year’s most impactful seniors on campus share their wisdom on college life gained from their four years at Hillsdale.

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Dorm Life as A Reflection of Liberty

In a day and age when co-ed housing is in vogue for most colleges and universities in America, Hillsdale’s on-campus housing upholds a different tradition.

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Making Home at Hillsdale

Intentionality lives at the heart of the yet-unnamed New Dorm, which opened last fall as an upperclassman women’s dorm on the east side of campus. From the building layout, to the furniture and decor, to the young women who live inside, each detail exists to help make Hillsdale a home of its own. “We were paying attention to the aesthetic of the place, so that it feels like a home, and not an institution,” says Rebekah Dell, associate dean of women.

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