Georgetown University's YAL chapter had our first big project today, where we made a free speech wall and put it right in the middle of campus. We chose the free speech wall because we felt that it would be the best, most noticeable project for our growing chapter. Georgetown also has a huge free speech problem and we felt that the wall would give students an opportunity to express their own opinions.
First, we made a run to our local hardware store to buy the materials needed for the project. It turns out that none of the three members that went had any clue about anything hardware related, so that managed to take a little longer than expect! And in the end, we ended up messing up our wood and missing a inner support, shrinking our wall by half.
However, things got easier when it got down to the sawing; the problem kicked in with the screwing. With complete novices holding the screwdriver, we managed to take a grand total of 6 hours to finally finish screwing the supports together. The problem was, of course, that this process finished literally one hour before we were scheduled to table.
We managed it in the end, of course. After lugging the supports, table, plywood, and other assorted materials a half mile to our destination, we set up in