Dogtown Afterhours

This Friday marked one my favorite Drake traditions, Dogtown Afterhours. Yeah, it’s a mysterious name, but what the event really means is that campus organizations, clubs, and students come together to spend the evening doing awesome things and having an awesome time. This year, the event consisted of events both on campus, and off to celebrate the university and our Drake neighborhood.

A view of the massive crowd during Dogtown's a cappella performances.

A view of the massive crowd during Dogtown’s a cappella performances.

I was actually working at Dogtown this year as part of the Student Activities Board. We hosted a craft room and a Dueling Pianos show that turned into a packed house of students all singing everything from Disney classics to Elton John. As if that wasn’t enough fun, there were trips to Skyzone and bowling, crazy amounts of free food, games, an improv show, and performances by all three of Drake’s a cappella groups. And fittingly, the whole night was capped off by fireworks.

It truly was awesome. And while I knew it would be, I was pleasantly surprised by just how many students were Dogtown attracted. All of the events were packed throughout the night. And the evening’s participants weren’t just first year students who had never experienced Dogtown before. In fact, I saw so many sophomores, juniors, and even seniors hanging out and enjoying the festivities, not because they were curious about what Dogtown was, but because they knew that it was one of the most fun illustrations of just how collaborative and creative this campus can be.

For more photos and information from Friday’s Dogtown Afterhours, check out the event on twitter.

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