The Quads is one of the three first year neighborhoods that is made up several smaller buildings on the Nisbet Campus. While there are other upper class buildings located near the Quads the neighborhood is made up of Armstrong, Atwater, Baird-McClintock, Davidson-Wilson and Longsdorff. The makeup of the Quads allows students to get to know a small group of peers in their buildings while still being part of the largest of the first year community and having a chance to get to know over 300 first year students.
How to Get Involved
Email Pavan Purswani the Residential Community Director for the Quads.
Reach out to Professor Marc Mastrangelo or Chief of Public Safety Dee Danser.
Speak with your RA about how to get involved. For a complete list of Quads RAs click here.
Or email the Quads Community Association or the Programming Board and let them know you’re interested in being involved.
And No matter what make sure to like the Quads Facebook page for all of the latest information.
Quads Traditions and Additions
- Quads T-shirts– Every year first years in the neighborhood receive a t-shirt sporting the Quads crest at the time and are encourage to show Quads pride. In the past spirit days have been arranged where prizes were awarded to community members wearing there Quads shirts on those days.
- Dickinson Duel Victories– While the Dickinson Duel is relatively new to campus the Quads have won the neighborhood competition during both initial years of the competition. Every year the final group of students who helps win the competition for their neighborhood get pose with the scoreboard. The two examples of this can be seen above. This is a tradition that I think we all know that the Quads wants to continue!
- Quads Murals– An idea that came out of the Quads the Community Association this mural took two years of work to happen. While they are in the process of being completed their final resting place will be the Baird McClintock tunnel. Each canvas will convey different components of Quads and Dickinson History. One of the paintings in process can be seen above.
- The Quads Flag Promise– In any building the Quads flag hangs students are guaranteed the chance to one of the four following opportunities.
- 1. Become part of or attend a Quads Neighborhood Meeting to learn about the groups and make suggestions
- 2. Attend a faculty dinner or social event sponsored by the Quads neighborhood.
- 3. Volunteer at the Bosler Children’s Library as part of the Quads Neighbors helping Neighbors program.
- 4. Develop a relationship with a member of the Quads Leadership team (Pavan Purswani (RCD), Marc Mastrangelo (Faculty Member) Dee Danser (Chief of Public Safety), a member of the RA staff, or members of the different neighborhood groups as well as the alumni mentors for the Quads.
- Faculty Dinners-Beginning during the 2011-2012 academic year these small dinners invite students to enjoy a meal with faculty. Each dinner is catered by a local Carlisle restaurant and features a presentation about the history of different Quads buildings and performances by a Dickinson acapella group.
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors–Beginning in 2012 students in the Quads will be able to help serve the surrounding Carlisle community by volunteering at the Bosler Children’s Library. Each week a small group of students will be able to volunteer and work with the library to assist in different ways.
- The Quads Quotidian– Since the inception of the Quads as a neighborhood the Quotidian has been a newsletter that has been used to keep residents up to date on what is happening in the Quads and what the different Neighborhood groups should are working on currently. The newsletter is typically offered in different Quads bathrooms and has recently been offered electronically as well.
- Quads Programming– Every year the Quads offers a variety of different social programming for its students. This has included large tie-dying events, live music, food giveaways, dance parties, holiday cookie decorating and egg hunts for major prizes as well as Creepy Quads an annual holiday tradition and much more. Finally every year the Quads celebrate the end of the semester with a big closing event. Keep your eyes open for what it will be this year!
History of the Quads
The College authorized the construction of ten campus fraternity residences on December 10, 1960. The “Quads,” as they are known, replaced the individual houses in which the college fraternities had resided up to this time, and were first occupied in September 1964. The buildings were arranged with six halls (today known as Conway, Buchanan, Cooper, Baird, McClintock, and Longsdorff Halls) comprising the Upper Quad, and four buildings (today known as Atwater, Armstrong, Wilson, and Davidson Halls) completing the Lower Quad.
More recently the Quads has gone through two different crests both of which that have had heavy student involvement during the design process. Both crests can be seen as part of the photo montage depicted above. Each Quads building hangs a flag for the current crest of the neighborhood a feature unique to the Quads. The current crest features a lion jumping out of the letter “Q” and was unveiled during the Spring 2012 semester. So why the lion? The Quads community wanted a crest that was tied more closely to the history of the college. During the 2003 Convocation, President Durden said, “The lion symbolizes our heritage, and more importantly, our spirit.”
While over the years different buildings have been part of the first year neighborhood in the Quads the mission in the Quads stays the same. Bringing students together to form a unique community that lives, learns and celebrates together through engaged citizenship by encouraging global visions, community inquiry and making intellectual connections as active members of the community all helping to make for a purposeful and useful education.