Rotation is upon us! And that mean a lot of rotation dinners. For each house, the dinners will be different (as each dinner reflects on the house’s personality) but I can give a hint at what Blacker’s is like.
Before dinner, our head waiter calls out all the dinner rules - of which there are many. There’s a very long list, but some of them include no frolicking, no singing (especially in rounds), and no capes. After which, everyone sits down such that prefrosh have upperclassmen looking after them to “make sure” none of them break the rules. Of course, this doesn’t always happen so those upperclassmen take the fall for the prefrosh at the end of dinner.
Blacker has a waited dinner, so you’ll always see waiters frantically navigating around tables trying to get everyone’s orders - there are usually a lot of them, especially with the excited prefrosh, so the waiters really have their work cut out for them. The President then holds announcements at the end of dinner so the house can be informed of any goings on around campus in general. The time for announcements is also a great time to have long running jokes and conversations before the waiters announce whomever will be taking dumps that night.
During rotation, dumps are done execution style, so all the upperclassmen who have broken rules - or had their prefrosh break the rules - line up on the steps to be hosed down for their wrong-doing. Afterwards, there are a couple of events in Blacker courtyard, as well as a showcase of the things that some people in the house have made during their time here.
Depending on the house and style of room that you choose, rooms can look pretty different at Caltech. Generally, the south houses (Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Ricketts) have similar options, and the north houses (Lloyd, Page, Venerable) are similar in their room styles as well. Rooms in Bechtel and Avery tend to look different from the north and south house rooms as well. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing an example of what a Fleming (south house) single generally looks like, and how I’ve chosen to decorate mine.
Now, based on the title you may be wondering what kind of story this will be. As you will soon find out, it’s a story of adventure born out of the pure, dark chaos that fills the minds of sleep deprived Caltech undergrads.
I’m starting a new miniseries on the blog – Film Club! Each episode, I’ll share a short clip from a popular piece of media, and then completely dissect and overanalyze it, because let’s face it, I’m doing it in my head already anyway. You say “buzzkill.” I say “science.” We’ll kick things off with a clip from Gravity Falls I discussed a bit in my previous post: Season 2 Episode 12, A Tale of Two Stans. If somehow you haven’t watched this show yet (?!)… spoilers incoming!