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.

 

How to Build Your Interhovse

As you may or may not know, Little Interhouse is an party that each house builds and puts on once a year. Blacker’s Interhovse is always third term, and the hovse gets together to build something we deem awesome every time. This year’s theme was How to Train Your Dragon. We built our dance platform to be like the training arena in the movie, paper mached three large dragons, made two small houses, a giant mural, food worthy of the norse gods, and more. Here’s a collection of photos from Interhovse and its construction.

First night of construction, over a month before the party.
Building the dance platforms.

 

Safety Officer Yurko.
The important procedure of testing the strength of the wood through dueling.
Dance Platform Planning and Design 101 with Andre.
Catherine working on the support structure for one of the dragons.

 

Kit cloth macheing that dragon.
Both cloth and paper mache was used.

 

Mary painting it.
Kerry working her magic on the mural.
Moving the raised dance platforms.

 

Keegan working on another dragon.

 

Of course, the night we were due to paint the dance platforms, it rained, so we made Giant Fort the Interhovse.

 

The view from underneath. Almost the entire structure was painted under the fort.

 

Tots and Acid building a house.

 

Decorating the lounge.

 

Another paper mached dragon, hanging from the lounge ceiling.
The finished two-headed dragon in the courtyard.

 

Toothless! On the RA balcony.

 

The cutest sheep.

 

The food table (and finished mural).
The most delicious meatballs I have ever eaten. They took hours to make.
The finished Interhovse!

 

 

 

Another Courtyard Inventory

3 years after the last inventory; let’s see what’s changed.

1 bored frosh with a laptop
1 bored senior with a camera
1 Blacker House Ct. street sign, hanging from the north gate

8 wooden pallets
n pieces of wood scavenged from other pallets

Bored frosh is not bored enough to count all this.

1 quick release, hanging from a tree
2 ladders
2 wooden spools
3 carts
2 grills
1 ping pong cannon
1 PVC cannon
1 small semi-functional trebuchet, from Ditch Day

The grill actually works (who would’ve guessed?). Ping pong and PVC cannon are to the right.

4 pieces of the hot tub
1 large piece of black plastic (for the hot tub)

Hot tub pieces, and one of the couch swings.

2 couch swings
1 “normal” swing, hanging from the tree
2 hanging rings
1 hammock, currently on the ground
1 bench
1 hose
2 workbenches

1 rolley chair
1 table saw
2 miter saws
2 hand carts

One of the hand carts.

1 drill press
4 large red buckets
3 smallish green buckets
1 orange home depot bucket
1 metallic bucket
2 broken red work lights
2 functioning yellow work lights
1 table

1 thing of vegetable oil
1 roll of paper towels
1 part of a hard drive
2 extension cords
1 giant cardboard tube

You can also see 2 carts, 1 spool, and 1 grill.

2 lofts’ supplies
8 bags of corn starch
1 mysterious hat, which may or may not have been chucked out the library window

2 full bags of soil
2 open bags of soil
2 watering cans
8 plants each in their own bucket
1 partially deconstructed dome-ish thing

Plants! As well as other things. The dome-ish thing is in the corner.

4 bags of sand
2 face masks
1 pair of safety glasses
1 measuring tape
1 roll of duct tape
1 tennis ball (2 when this list started, but one was relocated to the library)

4 pieces of scrap wood
1 empty flower pot
6 filled flower pots
1 shovel
1 broom
1 bizarre piston thing

A really large paperweight.

2 strands of rope
1 pot on a stick
3 bikes
2 long boards
1 air compressor
1 planter with plants that occasionally disappear

This used to be filled with plants, then one day, was randomly and completely empty. Housing didn’t even know why.

 

 
That’s all that I came across, but by the time you’re reading this, there’s probably another set of things in the courtyard. And so it goes…

 

We even cleaned it recently and everything.