Ditch Day

The seniors were right, ditch day was tomorrow!
Many shenanigans were had on the best day of the year, and here’s some of the highlights.
Hot-wiring a car on the James Bond stack.

 

Defusing a nuclear bomb on the James Bond stack.
Attached to a rope running all around a room, the Doctor Who stack tries to find the end.

 

A paint war in the Doctor Who stack.

 

The Half Life 3 stack constructs a vehicle.

 

JR Mole’s Day Off stack finds Batman!

 

Solving a puzzle with jolly ranchers on the Perplex stack.

 

Mud wrestling on the Teddy Roosevelt stack.

 

Bioshock the Interhovse

Blacker Hovse little interhovse this year was themed Bioshock. The lounge and dining hall were Bioshock 1 and 2, while the courtyard was the domain of Bioshock Infinite.
The dance platforms in the courtyard spread out to encompass the two trees in the courtyard. We had two “rope” bridges as part of it, and a double-decker section of the platforms.
Jeff and Jessica work on the platforms around a tree.

 

About half of the platforms are pictured here. You can see the rope bridges nearly finished.
We also had a giant angel statue in the courtyard, pictured here in progress.
The dining hall was made to look like the lighthouse from both games. We had a bathysphere, a giant bust of Andrew Ryan, and a banner reading “No Gods or Kings, only Man.”
The bust in progress and the finished bathysphere.
The Lounge was themed as Kashmir restaurant. We had tables with food set up, an old school projector showing screenshots of the game, a vending machine, a vita-chamber, various posters from the game scattered about, and a floor to ceiling mural of Rapture.

 

Part of the lounge, with the mural on the back wall and posters and projector pictured.

 

After Interhovse was over, we had a few dinners on the dance platforms.

 

 

Spooling Adventures

We acquired a lot of small spools in the courtyard, which led to the creation of large towers of spools in the courtyard.
This was the creation of the initial stack of spools:

 

 

 

It didn’t fall!
Through the next day, people would knock the stack of spools down and rebuild them. Soon after, people started climbing up on the spools as they were stacked. It made a pretty fun game.
Climbers were on rope for when the tower toppled under them.

 

 

 

 

As more and more people tried to stack the spools, it got harder and harder as the spools started to crack and warp. Eventually, only broken parts of spools remained in the courtyard.

 

Space Mining the Big I

Every other year all the houses band together to put on Big Interhouse. Each north house (and Avery) pairs with a south house to make a party in the courtyard of the south house, and all these parties are held simultaneously in one night.
This year, Blacker paired with Lloyd to have Space Mining the Big I.
Here’s some pictures of construction:

 

Brian making the electronics for the glowing crystals.

 

Frosh putting together the glowing crystals.
Catherine working on the dome that was going to be over the dance platforms.

 

Annie painting the dance platforms.
The dance platforms, mid-construction.
Putting the dome up.

 

More dome construction + Happy Milica
And here’s the finished product (all these pictures were taken the day after the party):

 

Dance platforms, dome, and DJ platform.

 

The back of the dance platforms.

 

More dance platforms!
We had a crashed spaceship in the courtyard.

 

A drill, for the space mining. It spun around!
Satellite, that also rotated!

 

Space Jellyfish, which we decided were the alien life on the space mining asteroid.

 

The mural was of a cave on the asteroid.

 

We built a sketchy mining card track in the lounge.

 

Gon(e)do(o)r

In Blacker’s alley called Tunnel, there’s a room named Gondor. It’s usually a frosh double, and this year lots of puns were made about the name.
Recently, a number of frosh decided that Gondor’s door should be gone, so they made it happen.

 

Gondor, sans door.

 

After removing it from its hinges, they decided that the best place for the gone door was the courtyard.

 

Namely, hanging in the courtyard.

 

The eye of Sauron was drawn on the whiteboard.

 

“The courtyard is Moredor EOM”
The people of Gondor/Gonedoor were confused.

 

Oh Christmas Tree

 

In December, Blacker Hovse gets a Christmas tree for the lounge. It’s hung upside down and decorated with a wide variety of items (usually found lying around in the lounge).
Yes, the ladder is hanging from the tree in this picture. No, Andrew is not hanging from the tree in this picture.

 

Last year’s tree, decorated with a Tesla Coil, broom, broken CDs, and more.

 

Halloween 2014

This Halloween, the frosh decided to dress up as the upperclassmen of Blacker. They kept their plans a surprise until dinner, when they all showed up with costumes and name tags. Some stayed in character the entire dinner.
After dinner, other people in the hovse dressed up and went to Blacker’s annual Halloween party at the off-campus alley.

 

Pranking a Physics Lecture

On the last day of the Ph1a lecture, a group of mole frosh decided to liven the class up with a prank. Having got permission from the Prof to interrupt class, they worked to install a Vanishing Cabinet (from Harry Potter) in the lecture hall.

When the lecture rolled around, there was indeed a Vanishing Cabinet there. But that was merely the beginning…

Near the start of the lecture, a student walked out and proceeded to sit down and take notes.

But then some Death Eaters showed up, escorting the student out.

 

A little bit later, some more students entered the room, looking for the Death Eaters.

 

 

And near the end of lecture, a Hogwarts professor showed up to give the Prof a letter.

It was good fun all around, and definitely livened up the last lecture.