Fourth Annual Blackerathon (2017)

Blacker’s fourth annual 24-hour Blackerathon kicked off on January 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Here are some of the projects:

Tool Room clean-up

Cleaning up and re-organizing the hovse’s tool room. (Photos taken by Talia)

Alex Reeves, Diandra

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“Sew all the things!”

Learning/using sewing machines to produce a cloak, skirt, and shirt.

Carly, Ben, Bethany, Talia

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??? (Brian), Carly, and Talia.

 

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Playing the Ride on the Tesla Coil

Using a Tesla Coil assembled this year by Tyler M to play a MIDI file of the Ride of the Valkyries.

Brian

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Brian (right) adopts a defensive stance in anticipation of being showered.

Golf cart 

Working on a golf cart using a salvaged cart base.

Jake, Francesco

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Fruit Roll-Up “Gun”

Prototyping a candy-propelling device with a motorized wheel.

Aiden, Jake

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Fruit roll-up wars after Snake Kits may never be the same.

Courtyard Planter

Planting drought-resistant, partial shade plants to liven up the plot of dirt in the courtyard.

Kalliopi

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Cotton Candy Machine, improved and upgraded

Revamping a cotton candy machine built during last year’s Blackerathon to produce more cotton candy rapidly.

Annie, David, Tyler M

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Assembling the base.
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Once the machine heated up, it took about 30 seconds to make a sizable cone of cotton candy.

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If we missed your project or you would like any images to be taken down, please email us mole-historians@blacker.caltech.edu and we’d be happy to help.

The Frosh Arrive

On Saturday, October 1st, at 5:00 PM, Blacker Hovse welcomed its 26 incoming frosh.

 

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Chris spies the photographer over Kayla and Allison’s bubble headgear.
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Moles new and old join for agar.io and a conga line in the bubble pit.

Upperclassmen put on their Saturday best to make a good impression.

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Sean models his bubble hat, as styled by Melissa (feat. cameos from Denko, Zach, Luke, and most of Michelle).

And according to tradition, the frosh gathered to adorn the President with the mud from Baxter pond.

The president, escorted out Blacker gate.
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Bethany, Cdot, and Sam lead the way with Talia in tow.

 

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Ponding is really a hovse effort.
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Nikita and Sarah prepare to throw/lower Talia in.

The frosh gave the President a much gentler toss than previous classes. Talia claim’s she’s “glad” she only got lightly tossed and “so happy” she’s not covered entirely in mud, but we suspect she’s just going easy on the new moles and trying not to insult their ponding techniques.

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Nikita and Jack discuss more efficient ponding methods with veteran Bella.

It looks like she won’t have to pretend for much longer, as the frosh are already pondering how best they could recapture her.

After showering the soap and mud off, the hovse drove to the Original Tommy’s to introduce the frosh to Tommy’s Chili. Then, clean and well-fed on chili, chili fries, chili burgers, and chili-tamale-extra-chili-hold-the-tamales, they headed back to Munth for a cult classic, The Big Lebowski. Love it, hate it, whatever – either way, it really ties the class together.