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My Old House: 124 Evanston

2:00 PM  Jun 1st, 2016
by Ryan Wilker ’16

Although the residents of 124 Evanston might not have kept their house as clean as they should have, the mess didn’t stop them from becoming life-long friends, said Nick Hummel ’02.

Hummel lived at 124 Evanston with Tom Zientak, John Surso, Lou Cioffi, Aaron Sorrentino and Jay Harrison — all members of the Class of 2002.

“We thought the house was awesome, after having to live off-campus in Irving Commons for our junior year,” Hummel said.  “The house had three bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room and, most importantly, a front porch. We were also able to use the basement when we were there and turned it into a VIP lounge with shag furniture and vinyl records on the wall.”

Hummel explained that one night, while he and Zientak were asleep, their roommates decided to cover the whole downstairs of the house — floor, furniture and walls — in tin foil.

“Being a house of six guys, it stayed like that for about a week before someone decided to clean it up,” Hummel said.

Another moment that Hummel and his roommates remember is being together in the house on Sept. 11, 2001.

“We can remember watching the news as things unfolded that morning and listening to the sonic booms of the jets being scrambled from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,” Hummel said.

The residents have continued to stay in touch since their time at UD.

“We grew to be best friends, best men in each other’s weddings and godparents to children. UD was great, and we try to get back as often as possible,” Hummel said, adding that he recently attended a UD basketball game and visited with the current residents of 124 Evanston.

“Most of my best memories of UD involved the guys in that house,” Hummel said.

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