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  • A Tour of the Hovse!

    Although Blacker Hovse as an entity is really the moles themselves, the building does tend to reflect a bit about our identity. (That’s what happens when you can paint murals on the walls). So when we found out PFE wouldn’t be happening, I filmed a tour of the hovse to show you all what its […]

  • A Slightly Farther Taco Run

    If you read Scru’s post about late night meals, you’ll know about our habitual visits to Arturo’s taco truck a few minute’s drive from campus. One day a bunch of us taco regulars got together and decided that we wanted something more for a change. Something beyond what was just around the block. Something authentic. […]

  • selected hellquotes

    You may have noticed the “Quotes” tab on the Blacker website. On this private page (called “Hellquotes”), moles can post things they hear around the house or elsewhere. Over the years, moles have posted thousands of quotes. Here are nine (names redacted).

  • Ranking Late Night Meals

    Hi, I’m Sarah C., a current mole. My favorite Blacker “tradition” is our spontaneous trips to get late-night nourishment. Whether it is a short walk to Winchells on Lake at 5am to grab freshly baked doughnuts or driving across Los Angeles to Tommy’s Chili at lightning fast speeds on the day we gain an extra […]

  • LUGE!

    Back in annals of Blacker history, there’s a short clip of Moles from the past soaring down an empty parking garage, riding the backs of majestic board-shaped wheeled vehicles. More recently (this February), Oliver and I decided we wanted some of the glory of the past for ourselves. After hunting around for a while (Blacker […]

  • So very hard to go…

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, Caltech decided to move all classes online 3rd term, and all undergraduates (except those who petition to stay for need-based reasons) must leave campus. And even though we know that’s the best choice right now, we’re all so sad to leave… So much for 3rd term activities like building Interhovse […]

  • A pretty photo of the moon

    Several weeks ago, Nathan set up his telescope in Blacker’s courtyard and aimed it at the moon, encouraging anyone around to take a peek. Here’s a photo I got… it was even more beautiful in person!


    Blacker culture can be fairly nocturnal. When I was a frosh, I was not an exception. After working until around 5am, I decided I was tired and needed a break. Rather than do the sane thing and go to sleep, I went to the lounge. Blacker lounge can be a great social hub, especially at […]

  • DEAR PREFROSH: In light of the cancellation of PFE…

    Dear prefrosh, In light of the cancellation of PFE (and on-campus 3rd term) due to coronavirus precautions, we want to explore online modes of communicating what makes Caltech the place that it is. Because Tech is a unique experience with a unique culture, not just a prestigious name. Choosing the right college is also about […]

  • Finals Week with Wagner

    Who wouldn’t want to be abruptly awaken by loud music at 7 am during finals week? Caltech has an honor code–“No member of the Caltech community shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community”–and we take it very seriously. This allows us to collaborate with one another effectively and have take-home […]

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