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Grinnell Cribs Crawl: The High Life

1008 High Street is in shambles, the people leaving it on weekend nights are usually in shambles and Zac Ellington ’10, Ross Preston ’10, Alysia Vallas ’10, Chloe Moryl ’10 and Jerome Simmons ’10 are so proud of these conditions they’ve dubbed their 150-year-old abode “Shambalot.”

Although all very close, the bunch is less traditional than their neighbors in Binary house when it comes to meals. “We do a lot of communal snacking, but we are all so busy it’s hard to do sit down dinners,” Vallas said.

The Shambalot residents endorse the concept of bringing a welcoming and fun vibe back to High Street and they have already started the process. “Last weekend was the first one in like month that we haven’t gotten a keg at least one weekend night,” said Ellington.

They have also proposed a High Street progressive party that would move between roughly six or seven houses throughout the night, much like students pass from room to room in their dorms. Every house has a part of it that just draws people to gather there and socialize, and for Shambalot, it’s easily the front porch, which has an assortment of comfortable chairs lined up.

“At any given time you can come out to the porch and there we will be people chilling out here and doing homework,” Vallas said. “I spent my summer there,” Ellington said.

In addition to the humans, 1008 High Street is home to a—most likely female—duckling named Scooter who Vallas bought for a $1.50 on way to school this year. House training is a bit of an obstacle. “You can feel it start to wiggle and then you know it’s time, so you bring it to its pen” said Vallas, “Or sometimes you underestimate the wiggle time and get it all over you.”

So come to 1008 High Street, if you want to feel welcome and see a duck roaming around—just don’t be afraid to leave in shambles.

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