Kurt McKee

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The loss of power

Posted 4 October 2006 in blackout, Jungle-Ball, northwestern-university, pool, and power

On Monday, Northwestern was hit with a terrific storm. Some places received 8 inches of rain in a few hours, and the lightning was intense. The problem was that the power to north campus went out for hours upon hours. Worse, the emergency lights went out after about an hour. Worse, the electronic locks all shut off, giving anyone easy access to the building. Worse, fire escape alarms started going off around 1:00a. Nonetheless, that power outage proved to be among my most memorable experiences in Foster House.

Within 15 minutes of the power outage, over a dozen guys had congregated to the living area. I immediately proposed that we play Jungle Ball, which met with mild skepticism. After about 30 minutes we lost the emergency lights as well, so we hooked a lone flashlight to the chandelier above the pool table and kept playing. After about an hour I reached out to set the 1 ball, and realized my hand was bleeding; several other people checked and found that they had cut up their hands as well.

All said and done, we played Jungle Ball for over 5 hours, with only a single flashlight to guide us, and I easily met a dozen people. It was a solid night.