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Whew, these past two weeks have been intense, without any time to write another blog. I suppose it’s necessary to write about why I haven’t been writing then!
Mainly, it’s because Ruddock’s interhouse party is this weekend and I have been helping as much as possible for the past two weeks (though not as much as one of the other freshmen, who has put in over 30 hours easily).The official theme now is Island Paradise, and together with the volcano, plane, hut, and all of the theme-provoking painted wallboards, we might get close to looking like an island. Construction has been working hard, and most things are up now, with two days to go. Here’s some pictures of the rough underbelly we’ve built for the party:
First a picture from about a week ago:

And now:
The dance floor is completed! It was harder than it looks to put down- the platforms underneath aren’t necessarily level with each other.

The plane:

It’ll have propellers at some point (see below). It may not look like much right now, but once art gets finished with it, you’ll believe it’s an actual plane. Plus… it’ll have wing tip lights! Haha, I didn’t expect us to do more than paper mache and paint, but apparently we make it real here in Ruddock.

Talking about lights, an upperclassman is setting up the wiring for the volcano. We will have a smoke machine and possibly more lights underneath the volcano fabric to create the effect.

The top of the volcano currently..

We also have a raised platform in front of the volcano.

The Ruddock crest will go in front of the platform, mimicking flowing lava of course (see below). A few other wall boards are resting beside it,waiting for positioning later.

And don’t forget the hut! It’s an awesome piece of construction, and we’re going to reinforce the hut later on and keep it in our lower courtyard for years to come. It will be cool to have a piece of my first OPI (that’s what we in Ruddock call our interhouse party) last through my four years here.

Teo Wilkening