This past Saturday, Avery House hosted its Interhouse party. As you probably know, Caltech Interhouses are special. We don’t just play some music and put out some beverages and chips; we construct a dance floor and much more, plus our wonderful frosh spent hours making sandwiches, brownies, and cookies.
Unsubstantiated rumor time: I heard that Caltech’s big Interhouse party (all Houses hosted an Interhouse party at the same time) used to be one of Playboy’s top college parties in the country… but big Interhouse was stopped when someone from outside the Caltech community knifed a bartender. This was maybe a decade ago. We no longer have a big Interhouse, and our smaller Interhouses no longer top Playboy’s list of best college parties (if they ever did.)
Avery’s Interhouse had a rather obvious theme:
That’s a bunny rabbit/Trojan Horse contraption. I thought it was the killer bunny from the end of Monty Python, but apparently not.
I forget what part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail this cow is from….
People in the foreground have made a moat between Avery’s inner and outer pillars, and people in the background are painting drywall. I might be one of those blurry background figures.
This is the packed dance floor, structured like King Arthur’s Round Table!
The party was great, until it was shut down by Caltech Security at 1:30 for being too loud. Apparently a neighbor a few blocks away complained?
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like: