‘Ode to 136 Pt 5

1000 Nights in 136.

            Spending three years with Sean in 136 is the most cherished times that I will ever have, and that I will never forget.  The people, friendships, camaraderie, hangouts, and trials and tribulations made 136 the place that everyone knows it is.  It was the best place to live at the University of Delaware.  It was the place that everyone wanted to be any day of the week.  It was the place where friendship, bonding, joy, happiness, and comfort reached its peak.  But what truly took 136 to the mountain top over those 1000 nights is that it was the home for the best person that I have ever met, Sean Locke.

Everything Sean did––his conversations, jokes, mannerisms, dance moves, ideas, and just his presence––took good times at 136 and made them unforgettable great times.  He is the reason why 136 was the place to be any day of the week, the reason why people called 136 the best, and the reason why people will forever call 136 home.  Those who visited 136 one time, ten times, or a hundred times will tell you that they had a great time, they laughed, they danced, they met new people, and that they simply felt at home.

Sean’s light was the backbone to all it then, and it will continue on forever in Sean’s house.  He will continue to bring happiness, friendship, joy, laughter, and comfort to anyone who walks into Sean’s house for their first time or their 1001st time.

With love,

Kyle Lynch

‘Ode of 136 Pt 4

Dear 136,

The thought of trying to put into words how important, influential, and amazing my time was at 136 is not only daunting but seems nearly impossible. It feels as if there is no perfect way to capture all of the memories, time spent with friends, little conversations between classes, etc. that would do it justice. There are too many good times to recount. So, let me try and summarize it short and sweet up here, before I go into some more detail below:

136 – 1 house, 3 years, 6 new brothers.

The three years I spent in that house will undoubtedly be some of the greatest, most memorable times of my life, and the six roommates I had throughout that time will be my best friends for life – my brothers.

As Sean once wrote on the stairs of our house, “136 will always be home.” And while, yes, I felt an unbelievably close bond to the 6 others who lived in the house, it was by no means home to just us. Our doors were always open to any and all friends. It was rare to ever find the house occupied by only the 7 actual residents, and I know that many others hold 136 within a special place in their heart, as it was home to them too. Everyone knew you could stop by whenever, invited or unannounced, and stay for however long you wanted or needed. Behind this welcoming persona and the backbone of the house was, of course, Sean. As we know, people were drawn to hanging out with him. He was charismatic, caring, and, simply put, a fun person to be around. Sean would always be the one who would organize or invite our friends over and would always put others first. Sean took it upon himself to make sure that everyone that we were with was having a good time, and he’d do anything he possibly could to make sure that that was the case. No matter how bad a day you’d had or how stressed you may be about that upcoming exam, project, presentation, interview, or whatever else may be worrying you, Sean would always find time, no matter what he had going on in his life, to talk with you, joke with you, and simply help you forget about the stress. He had an uncanny ability to help you realize that nothing was ever really as big or important as it seemed in the moment, and he brought you back to reality and what was really, in the end, important: the fact that we were currently experiencing the best 4 years of our life, in the best house on campus, surrounded by our brothers and our best friends.

There are far too many great memories at 136 to go through them all. Some of the best nights that I can remember, though, were the more relaxed Summer nights, when the campus was empty and no other UD students were around. We’d spend these nights on the front or back porch with a close group of friends just reminiscing on old times, joking around, and creating new memories together. Or the nights that Sean would gather us all in the family room, make us wait up until midnight for the newest album from Drake to be released, and then subsequently have us listen to the album on repeat all night until 2AM. He would then repeatedly play that album throughout the upcoming weeks, non-stop, until we were almost tired of hearing it (the same could probably be said for Bieber albums as well). Or the countless games of Ping-Pong we’d play in the living room or Spikeball in the backyard. All of which, of course, got extremely competitive and probably resulted in a class or two getting skipped, or study time being forgone for “just one more game.” Of course, that one additional game would inevitably turn into a best of 7 series, and undoubtedly would end with some yelling and protests from the losers. But, looking back, I wouldn’t trade that time spent and those memories made for anything in the world. As a matter of fact, I wholeheartedly wish that I could have lost to Sean one more time in ping pong or Spikeball, or listened to “Views,” “Take Care” or “Love Yourself” just one more time while telling him he needed to find some new songs to play, or have shared just one more beer with him on the front porch of 136 – one more night, one more laugh, one more memory.

As I said above, Sean coined the term “136 will always be home.” But it is no longer just our home. It is incredible that we are opening it up to all of the students at the University of Delaware and is exactly in line with what Sean would want us to do. Although the doors were always open before, the ability and reach of “Sean’s House” is going to be so impactful on campus. I truly look forward to hearing more about all of the good it will do throughout our campus and the plethora of students that it will help. I could not think of a better way to carry on Sean’s light and spirit of inclusiveness and positivity. Sean used to take on the burden of shouldering all of our problems, always putting our feelings first, and helping all of us feel better all by himself. Now, “Sean’s House” will have an entire staff to take on this important challenge for our whole campus. I’m looking forward to the opening and for everyone to get to experience and understand why 136 truly is home!

-Hydie, 136 Family Member

‘Ode to 136 Pt 3

One Thirty Six.

The first word that comes to mind when I hear that number is “Home” Whether I see it on a lock, during a sports game or in a movie– my mind immediately goes to the last place I ever called home.  My sophomore year of college I was lucky enough to receive a phone call from my soon-to-be best friend Sean asking if I wanted to move there.  It was the best decision of my life.

The memories I had in that house will live with me forever.  It was the place where I truly felt happy, like nothing else mattered when I was there.  Not to mention the friendship and bonds I built that will last a lifetime.   I used to get jealous when my friends called it “Sean’s House” 5 years ago, but it was Sean’s house then and now it will be officially called that forever.  He was our captain, our glue, our fearless leader.  He was my hero.  My role model.  The only person I ever strived to be exactly like.  We brushed our teeth together every night, woke each other up for 8am’s (only to go back to sleep), and stayed up as late as possible in the family room because we didn’t want to lose another day in the house.

Sean opened up to me about what he was going through.  I haven’t told many people that.  This was hard for me to type without breaking down.  It was very hard for me to know how to react.  If Sean’s House existed then and professional help was easily accessible maybe he would still be here and I wouldn’t be writing this and my heart wouldn’t be permanently broken.   I never want another family or friend group to go through what the Locke’s or my friends had to encounter. Ever.  No one deserves that.  I wouldn’t wish the pain we endure on a daily basis on anyone.  I hope and know that Sean’s House will save lives and save the sufferings of countless family members and friends in the University of Delaware community.

And that’s why my heart is full of pride and joy to call 136 West Main St. – Home.

‘Ode to 136 Pt 2




Warning, the following is rated PG.

Let me take us on a quick trip down memory lane.

Some of my favorite memories include hanging out with the boys in the living room, Sean making us listen to the new Justin Bieber/Matt Hill, and road trips in 2014 to watch Sean and UD basketball. I didn’t enjoy when Sean would send out a group text to the house chat stating “We have a meeting tonight in the living room. My dad is serious this time…..”. This then led to 136’s most dreaded day, “Landscaping Day”.

After our lecture on the couches, it was required that we cut the grass, and basically landscape the entire house. Luckily, my dad was willing to help and offered to come down on a Friday morning at 8 am. I was the first one awake as usual, and headed out back to get to work. My dad starts to fire up the chainsaw and cut down weeds that now have grown into 8 foot trees. Let’s just say it was a late night for the boys, and here comes everyone out back to get to work. It was a day that we definitely did not want to be a part of, but looking back I may have left out a few details of Landscaping Day, but that stays with the 136 crew. 

It is actually pretty ironic that Landscaping Day was one of my favorite memories considering here we are 5 years later doing the same thing. With the help of all the volunteers,  SL24: UnLocke The Light, and the light that Sean cast on others, his legacy will be able to help others and make sure that 136 is a place that makes them feel safe as it made me feel when I lived there.

-Eric, 136 Family Member

Ode to 136 Pt 1

April 4, 2014- Your average Thursday night where Sean once again insisted we over-dress

Ode to 136

Greg Cella

An Ode to 136.

136 West Main St. The first place on earth I truly called my home.  The first and only place on earth I have encountered where brotherly love, friendship, and genuine joy rushed through your body as soon as you entered the door. 136 was my first happy place where I could go after I  bombed an exam or had a terrible day and have a brother to talk to or simply goof off with to forget my problems.

December 23, 2015- The 136 Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

To its core, 136 was not only the best house house to live in on the University of Delaware’s campus, but it WAS Sean’s house. It was then, is now, and always will be. Sean was the glue that kept us all together.  Sean was the one who everyone wanted to be around when they came over.

Sean was the one who made the phone call to Mr. Locke to explain that the place was looking spotless regardless of all the people that were in the house the evening before.

As I’ve had the chance to think about it more, Sean’s House is the perfect name for 136. Sean’s warm, accepting persona perfectly exemplified what 136 was all about.  It was a place you would come home to & just feel better about yourself because you know your buddies would be there waiting to put a smile on your face.  It was a place where anyone, regardless of friend group, sports team, fraternity, social background, or physical appearance could come and simply enjoy themselves. It was a place where love and happiness were constantly present, regardless of the pressures & anxieties that all college students inevitably encounter.

October 14, 2016- Vintage Sean Locke- White Vans, adjusting his styled hair, the classic “Slocke Face”. 

The groundwork for what Sean’s House would evolve into has always been present, and that groundwork was laid by Sean Michael Locke- the greatest friend & person I have ever known. 

As I look back on all the great times I had with Sean & all my aces in this house, it makes me incredibly proud to know 136 will continue to make a positive impact on anyone who chooses to step foot inside.  I know I will personally stop by the house regularly to feel that warm, joyous feeling again and again.  Most importantly, I truly hope all the staff, volunteers, friends, and students that choose to stop by are able to share that same feeling every time they step foot into The Mecca. 

-Greg Cella, 136 Family Member

Greg Cella

Greg Cella

Greg Cella is the 136 Family Member that always kept his room the cleanest. After graduating from the University of Delaware, he started his Financial Planning practice with Diamond State Financial Group. If he isn’t on the golf course, he’s probably at the beach with his family & friends or waiting on the 76ers to finally complete the Process. He still listens to old Drake albums regularly, just like his buddy Sean would want him to.