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.

What you missed at PFW

What you missed at PFW was, of course, Blacker Deconstruction.
At Deconstruction, all gather in the courtyard,
Feast on Liquid Nitrogen ice cream,

 

 And destroy pianos.
There are two pianos, one for the Moles, and one for the Prefrosh. Deconstruction is a contest between the two groups to see who can destroy their piano first. The catch is that while Prefrosh are allowed the use of sledge hammers and crowbars, the Moles can only use whatever they find in the courtyard – rocks, parts of the piano, pieces of wood lying around, ropes…
…and the tree.

 

 

 

Spoiler alert: While the Prefrosh give it their best go,
the Moles always finish first.

Frosh Project

Every year when there’s not a big Interhovse, the frosh get together and build something, with help and advice from the upperclassmen. The idea behind this is so that the frosh can learn how to use power tools and construct things, and also so that they can have fun and bond as a class.
Last year, the frosh built a palace for His Majesty Dhiraj, the King of the Lounge.
There were a few elements to the Palace – a throne room, an armory and dungeon, a moat, and a maze.

 

Working on supports for the maze.

 

The throne room coming together.
Preparing the dungeon.
Putting the final touches on everything before revealing the project to the hovse.
The finished maze.
King Dhiraj on his throne.
The finished dungeon (on the left) and armory (on the right).

 

One by one everyone in the hovse went to pay the King their respects. He sent his good subjects to the armory and those who displeased him to the dungeon.
The armory had some swords and shields.

 

The dungeon had a foam-bladed guillotine among other things.

 

Some got dumped in the dungeon.

 

Others faced the stocks.
Overall, Frosh Project was quite a success. The frosh had a great time building it and it seemed like everyone else had a great time enjoying it.