The once-strained relationship between the town and the College is beginning to grow. Recent efforts facilitated by Dickinson President William Durden have helped this process immensely, and the growth of the town of Carlisle is encouraging these efforts. Whether attending a film at the Carlisle Theater, eating at restaurants, shopping at the popular Clothes Vine boutique, or grabbing a drink at Alibis, students are frequently seen in the area around High Street patronizing local businesses. As developments of upscale neighborhoods are being constructed all along the town’s borders, Carlisle is swiftly becoming one of the most decorated and advanced municipalities in central Pennsylvania.
Yet, Carlisle is still not the ideal college town. While it has its share of bars, restaurants, and movie theaters, there is virtually nothing else to do downtown on weekend nights, which is the reason most Dickinson students stay on campus for weekend activities. There are no nightclubs or under-21 hangouts, and the town pretty much shuts down after 10 p.m. However, efforts are being made, by both the college and Carlisle Borough, to increase the availability of activities in town on the weekend.