Continuing the tradition of welcoming a new RA in style.

     We had heard that Lucas, the new Blacker RA, was moving in on Friday, and many conversations were held on the topic of pranking him. The ultimate decision was made to remove the door inside the Womb RA apartment that led to the bedroom and bathroom and replace it with a wall. A group of us sprung into action Thursday night to make this happen. A Home Depot trip in the evening provided the necessary drywall and tools, and we got to work around 10pm. Everything in the bedroom was moved into the living room, save a set of drawers and the bedroom door (taken off its hinges and laid against a wall). The living room was to become the bedroom.
Moving things to the living room.
Everything in place to begin.
     The doorway was filled with drywall, which was plastered into place and then painted to match the walls. We moved the couch that was already in the living room in front of the new wall to hide the lack of trim at the bottom. The final effect, after on and off work until 6am, was a nice smooth wall. A final touch was a banner (reading “Welcome to Blacker Hovse”) and a cake in the bedroom, to be discovered by the RA once the wall had been demolished


2×4 frames were used to hold the drywall in place, and plaster was used to cover its edges.



The master of plaster puts some finishing touches in place before it was time to paint. Going to IHOP is the recommended way to kill time while plaster dries.


The couch was blocking the lack of trim.


What the other side of the wall looked like.
This awaited Lucas in the bedroom.

When Lucas first arrived, he took a look at the room and thought that Housing had screwed him over and put the wall there themselves. He went straight to the housing office to complain and returned with two employees. While he was finding Housing, we left two sledgehammers and a face mask near the apartment. After a brief discussion in the hallway, both Lucas and Housing realized it was a prank (overheard near the end of the conversation: “Well there are sledgehammers outside this door…”). After talking to a few Moles, Lucas took the sledgehammer and went at the wall. It turned out to be a good thing that we’d put two sledgehammers outside the door, because the first one ended up going through the wall (I quote: “You guys came prepared”). He went from angry at Housing to thoroughly enjoying the prank, and was also happy to find the banner and cake awaiting him in his bedroom. The resulting mess was cleaned up that night.


What are these doing there?
Not even moved in and already tearing the place down!
Success! (For the RA. For us, it was time to clean up.)

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