Rules Dinner

Rules dinner – the dinner where we explain the dinner rules to the frosh by breaking them all.

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No sitting down to dinner before the curtains open.

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No headgear. Or selfies.

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No impersonating the president.

I’m not going to spoil all the rules (that’s for you to figure out for yourself), but I hope that this displays that Blacker dinner is serious business.

2015 Lloyd Christmas Tree Prank

This year’s pranking of the Lloyd Christmas tree saw a large present placed below it.
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Inside the present on the lower roof was the Lloyd gong.

A fake gong (read: a cardboard circle) was wrapped and placed on the stolen frame in front of the tree.

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When Lloyd refused to recover their gong from the roof and begged Blacker to do it for them, the gong was taken down, and instead placed above the Blacker fireplace.

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Power Tool Pumpkin Carving

 

To celebrate Halloween, we always carve pumpkins in the courtyard.

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Not satisfied with just “normal” pumpkin carving, we also raid the tool room for power tools to simplify (or occasionally, complicate) the pumpkin carving.


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It’s a nice¬†way to relax before the looming midterms, and pretty fun.

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2014 Lloyd Christmas Tree Prank

 

The Lloyd Christmas tree went up as usual, and it got pranked – as usual.

The frosh class built a replica of the Lloyd gong, and set up a string of net lights down Millikan. It was rigged such that when the gong was hit, the lights would light up to reflect how hard you hit the gong.

 

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A hit!

The tallest light was set not to go off unless you pressed a hidden button, allowing the frosh (and others in the loop) to impress people with their strength.

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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.