I just spent two hours in the duty office pouring over old yearbooks, student handbooks, clippings from the IDS newspaper, scrapbooks, and an assortment of random old photos.
Interesting things I found out about my dorm:
- In 1985, an IDS article reports on a student who, for 5 bucks, would write and mail you a fake letter from your parents. The US Post Office had no problem with his side job, but RPS did. They shut his inventive little business down because students are not allowed to run a commercial business out of their dorm room.
- In 1990, a small group of students gathered outside in the courtyard and proceeded to burn two American flags. There was a significant outcry from other students, and community meetings were held in the coffeehouse, while other students across campus wrote flaming letters that were published in the IDS, condemning all Collinsites, because we were (and still are, apparently) a bunch of Marxists who have no appreciation for the flag and what it stands for.
- Our annual Viennese Ball was originally called the Viennese Waltz
- Collins Fest, our annual spring festival in the courtyard, was originally a Renaissance Fair, complete with fencing!
- Ralph Nader paid us a visit in November of 1978, and a flurry of articles and photographs of the event are all over the place in the archives.
- In the late 80s, student protests were held here to fight against the administration, who were threatening to kick Collinsites out of their dorms on the Hill, reserving it for the psychology department’s office space. Gatherings, marches, and speeches at meetings all worked to save the Hill (my new location next year) from a doomed existence as office space.
Basically, this place is the coolest, and I wouldn’t want to live any place else on campus. Collins is my home away from home.
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