What goes up, must come down

Mar 27, 2008

Seventeen hours in the making, the Up Til Dawn group's Kapla Block tower survived 10 days before falling under a barrage of squishy missiles.

It took 17 hours to build and less than 17 seconds to topple. The Kettering University Up Til Dawn group demolished the 31-foot Kapla Clock tower they built as part of their fundraising campaign for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in front of students, faculty, staff and television crews.

The tower came down just after 2:30 on Wednesday, March 26, or Reading Day at Kettering, the day before finals began. Spectators gathered along the railings surrounding the Great Court of the Campus Center to watch as the Up Til Dawn group used a pumpkin slingshot to fire stress balls at the tower to knock it down.

The first shot took a chunk out of the center of the tower but didn’t bring it down. The students claim it was their excellent engineering skill that made the tower so resilient. A second missile missed the tower entirely but tore a hole through the Up Til Dawn banner hanging from the third floor balcony.

The third shot hit its mark sending Kapla blocks raining to the floor.

The Up Til Dawn effort raised more than $6,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, according to Robert Marias, director of Greek Life and Community Service at Kettering. Next year the group would like to go for the world record and build a tower to the skylights in the Great Court (50+ feet high).

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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