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Ditch Day! It happened!!

Ever wanted to be a member of the CIA or KGB? Do you like PIRATES? Or maybe you prefer anime.

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Ditch Day - Gotcha!

Last Friday, all the seniors across campus ran around the alleys of the Houses banging pots and pans yelling “WAKE UP! IT’S DITCH DAY!” Ok. Usually, we wake up 10 minutes before class, so for freshmen like us, it’s around 9:50 and then we rush off to class. What time did the seniors wake us up Friday? 7:30. In the morning. But being freshmen and hearing all the great things about Ditch Day (if you don’t know what it is, it’s one of the best days of the year at Tech), we all wake up excitedly, rush off to the lounges and search for stacks to sign up for.

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Prank Attack!

Last Friday, I woke up to a very nice message slipped under our door:

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Hawaii Here We...Come?

Ever been to Hawaii? No? Ever wanted to? Well, apparently Caltech decided we needed a nice relaxing atmosphere after our midterms, and decided to hold a Luau dinner for us. Since I’m not Hawaiian, I don’t know what true Hawaiian food is, but Caltech Dining Services gave it a pretty good shot (I think, although if you want to ask a real Hawaiian, find David. He might even show you a couple steps of the Hula). So what did we have? For an appetizer, we had Tossed Green Salad with Cherry TomatoesAssorted Fresh Fruit Spears and Whole Fruit For Entrees (here’s where it gets good) Kalua PorkShrimp SkewersHuli Huli chickenKorean BBQ Ribs (…I have no idea why this is Hawaiian, but it was good, so I’m not complaining)Steamed Rick (It says Rick on the menu..but i’m pretty sure they meant Rice)Hawaiian Poi (I don’t remember eating this. I think it was the sauce for the Kalua Pork) And last but not least: Spam Sushi. Apparently spam was the main source of red meat for Hawaii for quite awhile. Spam Sushi sounds really weird, but give it a try. It might surprise you. And Desserts? Pineapple Upside Down CakeFruit SorbetsFrozen Chocolate BananasAssorted Dessert Bars (Lemon Bars, Chocolate bars, etc.) Then we had some nice Kern’s juices, sodas and water for drinks.

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Frosh Party!

This past weekend, Ruddock decided to host a frosh party. Now, even though it’s exclusively for “frosh,” a ton of upperclassmen hang out with us as well. All of us really like to have some gambling every now and then (not with real money of course), so Ruddock let’s us hone our skills by pitting us against each other in poker, craps, roulette, the whole works. They lined up stacks of chips for us, and we can take as many as we want. (Ok, for those people who really like gambling…this may have been a little fake, but hey, it’s still pretty intense!) Plus, we got a dance floor set up outside with the Ruddock DJs and a couple of..hammers…

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Blacker Interhouse

Caltech parties. Seems like an oxymoron, right? Maybe..but we try to break that stereotype every once in awhile, and one way we do it is with Interhouse Parties.

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Pirates? At Caltech?!

Personally, I’d pick ninjas over pirates any day. But I’ve got to hand it to them: Pirates really do know how to party.

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International Day

Ever try any Korean bulgogi? What about squid balls? Or some Chinese Shao Mai (steamed dumpling variations)? No? Then International Day would definitely be fun for you. It’s hosted by all the ethnic clubs of Caltech and boasts food from Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Romania, Thailand, and Turkey. Plus, we got to see a ton of great performances, ranging from drum cadences, Chinese pop songs, and even a mixture of the east and west with some beatboxing with Korean traditional instruments. Let’s take a quick look: I forgot the name of this dish…>_<* but so light and fluffy though. Definitely worth a try if you get the chance.

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