Random Hall REX! by Lydia K. '14, MEng '16
Residence Exploration events at Random Hall. Your orientation booklet is WRONG. :D
Late August is upon us: the last of the graduating seniors have dissolved into the real world forever, the night air bites with a cold we haven’t felt since the last time we did p-sets, and one fourth of my Random Hall family is being abruptly replaced by strangers who still trip over the step to the front door—you! Hello, incoming freshmen! new friends! Please come visit us at Random Hall, and come live or hang out here if you fit in. Below is a list of events happening at Random this Residence Exploration period, starting with those you might not have already missed. This list is correct. The booklet they gave you at orientation is wrong. This list has many more events than the list in your puny booklet.
Tea, chain mail, math, raves. Pillow fights, python, puzzles, pancakes.
Truffles, nerf guns, chess. Chess with nerf guns. Come to Random.
|00:47-2:17||Adventures in Neverland||Never grow up! Peter Pan fights pirates, chills with mermaids, and argues with fairies. We eat all of our favorite childhood snacks!
|3:17-6:17||RHOP||Random House of Pancakes. Why are we up this late? To feed you pancakes of course! Pancakes pancakes pancakes pancakes pancakes pancakes pancakes. Wow, pancakes is a really weird looking word.
|9:17-10:17||More breakfast than your body has room for!||Read the title. You’re all bright kids.
|11:17-12:17||Did You Say Disney!?||You just can’t wait to be King. No one will tell you no, or where to go, or say you’re only dreaming. Come to Loop to rediscover tales as old as time and songs as old as rhyme. We don’t mind if you sing along. We know all of the words, too.
|12:17-13:17||Chess is a Game Best Played with Nerf Guns||Tired of the same old boring game of chess? No more! Now, just shoot your opponent to stop them from making moves. Nerf guns will be provided.
|12:17-13:17||Mexican Roulette||One out of six quesadillas has more hot sauce than any reasonable person would put in their mouth. The question is: are you feeling lucky?
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|12:47-13:47||Duct Tape Construction||Come make things out of the most awesome material known to peoplekind!
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|13:47-14:47||Crochet and Tea||Yarn + hook -> clothes! and tea! Learn how to crochet! Drink tea!
|14:17-15:17||Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream||Served steaming cold.
|14:47-3:47||CHEESE||Swiss Cheddar Brie Cottage Parmigiano Reggiano Gouda Chevre Camembert Provolone Ricotta Colby Jack Pepper Jack Monterey Jack Mozzarella Muenster Blue Havarti Limburger Feta.
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|15:17-16:17||MORE COLORS THAN YOUR HAIR HAS ROOM FOR!||Need more color in your hair? We can fix that!
|15:47-16:47||Random Jewelry Making||Store bought jewelry is so last season. All the cool kids are wearing toothbrushes and discarded electrical components.
|16:17-17:47||Rocky Horrible’s Singalong Blog||Think Dr. Horrible is a beautiful, amazing, inviolable work of perfect art? Please, please, please go somewhere else. Anyone else? Come join us in yelling obscenities at a perfectly nice Sing-Along Blog that has done absolutely nothing to deserve it.
|17:17-18:17||DFTBA||Come watch a few vlogbrothers videos and talk about how awesome nerdfighteria never forgets to be.
|17:17-18:17||Nerf Wars||Negotiations have failed. The shooting has begun. Both sides have vowed to fight to the death, and now the moment of glory is at hand. Do you have what it takes to be a hero?
|17:47-19:17||Juggling in Enclosed Spaces||What’s more fun than throwing brightly colored objects at people? Doing it at the same time as fifteen other people all packed into a small lounge. Come juggle with us! Don’t know how? We’re happy to teach you!
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|20:17-22:17||Roofdeck BBQ||Meat! Ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and more! Come eat, talk, eat, and see the awesomness of having a roofdeck. And eat! Food of the non-meat variety to be served as well.
|20:17-21:17||Let’s build a fort!||Build the finest, strongest pillow-based fortification in all the land.
|21:17-22:17||Edible Knot Theory!||Knot theory is the branch of mathematics dealing with the different ways that you can embed a circle into R^3. It provides an important set of examples for topology and is a popular area of mathematical research. Candy is a delicious substance, usually filled with sugar, which you probably are interested in consuming. How could these two seemingly extraordinarily different subjects relate? Well… CANDY KNOTS. Make (and eat) Candy Knots.
|21:47-22:47||youtube!||From autotuned news to vlogs to Minute Physics to memes to Watsky-come celebrate the youtubes!
|22:17-23:17||Crazy Chess Variants||Test your dexterity, sanity, and possibly even chess skill with some of our favorite, wacky variations on chess.
|23:17-24:17||All the ponies in this town are CRAZY.||Do you like ponies? I like ponies. Do you like friendship? I like friendship. Do you like magic? I like magic. Also, cupcakes.
|1:17-2:47||ALL OF TIME AND SPACE!||Come along frosh! There will be foods related to your favorite Doctor. There might be foods that are a little wibbly-wobbly, like time! (…Or jello! Thyme flavored jello?)
|3:17-6:17||RHOP||Random House of Pancakes: I’m a delicious warm pancake smothered in maple syrup. Bite me. We have almost as many pancakes as the International House of Pancakes, and you don’t have to drive to get here. See how much maple syrup you can fit on one plate.
|9:17-10:17||Meditation||Come and relax. Take a break from the crazy to catch your breath.
|10:17-11:17||Waffles and Smoothies||Perhaps one of the greatest food combinations known to mankind, threatening to eclipse even the illustrious chocolate-and-strawberries combination. But we’ll have those here too.
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|12: 30-14: 00||Housemaster Welcome Brunch||Our housemasters are the BEST! Go meet them and eat yummy food :)
|14:17-15:17||Dominate Dominion||Dominion, the (many) award winning game by Donald X is one of the best modern games ever created. If you’ve never played before come learn the rules. If you’ve played a lot…well, people here have probably played more. (We have more than a few 1000+ game alums in the dorm). So join us, and find your newest time-sink.
|16:17-18:17||Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream||Don’t try this at Harvard.
|16:17-17:17||It’s BACON!||Bacon…. Bacon! Where’s the bacon?! I smell bacon! Bacon. Bacon. Gotta be Bacon. Only one one thing smells like bacon and that’s BACON!
|16:17-17:17||Tea and Math||Tea is Warm, cookies are sweet, Math is beautiful. Come enjoy all 3!
|17:17-18:17||Nerdy Singalong||It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction with how much this event is fulfilling in creative way. If hopes and dreams are shattering apart, remember it’s gonna be the future soon, so apply forgetful functors to the past and be still alive.
|19:17-21:17||Random Hallsmeade||It’s not quite Hogsmeade, but it’s close. Come taste a few of the yummy treats you read about while we join together in our collective quest to destroy the dark lord. Butterbeer will be served.
|19:17-20:17||The Delectable Dessert Pizzaria||Tired of regular old boring pizza? Tired of bland, unadventurous desserts? Well it’s time for you to try Dessert Pizza! Come make your very own delectable doughy creation, full of sugar and spice and everything delicious!
|19:47-21:47||(Almost) Life-Sized Settlers of Catan||Come play (almost) life-sized Settlers of Catan! Hoard sheep, wheat, iron, and brick! Trade them with your neighbors or foil their plans and keep everything for yourself. Build roads, villages, and cities! And come eat marshmallow “sheep”, pretzel “wheat”, oreo “iron”, and graham-cracker “bricks” when it’s not your turn.
|20:17-21:17||Boffing on the Roofdeck||Nothing says, “Hey, let’s be friends!” like a foam sword to the abdomen.
|21:17-22:17||Chain Mail||Learn to weave metal into chains and fabrics! Make armor worthy of the thirteenth century! Also suitable for badass jewelry.
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|22:17-23:17||CS and Juice||You walk down the aisle at Shaw’s, trying to pick the optimal set of juices to buy. You can’t buy pomegranate juice without buying something sweeter to mix it with, like apple or orange, but if you buy orange juice, you wouldn’t buy orange mango as well… uh oh. You smell a boolean satisfiability problem to solve.
|1:47-2:47||Spontaneous Dessert Assemblage||Try combining Nutella, peanut butter, and bananas. Create a marshmallow-cemented structure of graham crackers and Twizzlers as a standing testament to your glory-until devoured. Or just fry things and see what’s delicious. Bring your creativity-we’ve got the food.
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|3:17-4:17||Pillowfight of DOOM!||I regret that I only have one life to give for this pillowfight.
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|9:47-11:47||Pancake PANIC||AHHHHHHHH the pancakes are attacking! We didn’t know; how could we have known? The pancakes were ALIVE. You are humanity’s last hope! You must eat the pancakes and save the cheerleader (and we all know saving the cheerleader saves the world). Join the small surviving resistance in celebrating a battle recently won over our pancake foes. What better way to celebrate victory than eating your enemy? Vegan Friendly.
|11:47-13:47||Random: The Gathering: The Draft||Come draft our custom Magic: The Gathering set with our resident Magic players. If you’ve never cast Global Thermonuclear War, now’s a good time.
|11:47-13:17||Wrapping Random Noms||Wrap fillings in wrappers. Eat. Possibly nutritionally balanced. Omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan friendly.
|12:17-14:17||Classy Tea||Join the lovely folk of Random for a pleasant tea. We’ll have tea and all sorts of sweets, presented in the most adorable manner. Think Working!! with a little bit of OHSHC. We are not, to our own disappointment, a devil of a butler. We do entertain at your leisure so come by Random Hall.
|13:17-14:47||Make your own Truffles||Chocolate with raspberry! Chocolate with vanilla! Chocolate with spices! Chocolate with mushrooms! Wait…
|13:47-14:47||ASSCARS : The Destiny Dune Buggy Challenge||Old Toroidal Hallways + Electric Buggy + Freshmen + A few bandaids and maybe a helmet = Safer than most EC events
|14:47-16:17||PREPARE FOR WAR||Come join the Random faction as we prepare to march to victory at the water wars! Cover yourself in war-paint! Prepare flying aqueous projectiles! Create funnelators of doom and deathiness! Unleash your inner berserker! Bwuahahahaha.
|16:47-18:47||Python Bee||You were probably spelling bee champions in elementary school. We know the type-didn’t miss a single letter in “Czechoslovakia”, never lost your patience when the kid in front of you had to spell “popcorn” when you had to spell “paideia”. Are you ready for a challenge of a different sort? Instead of struggling through “appoggiatura,” prepare yourselves for questions ranging from “write a function that searches through an array for the first element greater than both of its neighbors” to “write a recursive descent parser for the following DSL…” That’s not hard enough, you say? Fine. Now you have to spell your program out loud. Not enough? Live audience! Fearlessly code in front of your new peers, earning the respect and accolades you surely deserve. Come one, come all, and prove your programming prowess in the Python Bee.
|17:17-18:47||Byzantine Burritos||Have you noticed that burito often have structural failures? Have you come to accept that there will always be some probability of failure? If so you should consider how to best tolerate those faults! If you want to learn about how to tolerate N faults with 3N+1 Byzantine Generals…I mean Burritos…then this is the event for you! Come eat guacamole, southwest chile sauce, rice, bell peppers all with the assurance that we will properly handle failures! Vegan Friendly.
|18: 30-20: 00||Tuesday Night Talk||Secretly this is TNT. But there won’t be any explosions. This is to teach you how not to explode at MIT and Random. It’s going to be great. Seriously.
|20:17-23:17||Minihunt||Can’t wait till January for the MIT Mystery Hunt? Now you don’t have to! We’ve got a puzzle hunt right here at Random Hall, to satisfy your eager brains.
|20:17-22:17||Make Your Own Virus Plushie||Come learn how to sew your own hepatitis B virus plushie! All materials needed to make the plushie will be provided. Curious what exactly a plush hepatitis B virus looks like?
|20:17-21:47||A Primer on Time Travel||This is the event where you learned how to time travel. But you probably know that already; the version of you reading this description has already attended this event at REX only to travel backwards in time, where you’re now experiencing REX a second time. (Or is it a third?)
|20:17-21:17||Smoothies and Boba and Tea! Oh My!||Want smoothies? Want tea? Want smoothies made of tea? Want boba in your smoothies? Come to Random to make your own refreshments!
|21:17-23:17||Spinning on the Roofdeck||Learn and practice the creativity of applying centripetal force to poi and staff.
|21:47-22:47||Time Travel: Paradoxes and Models||Killing your grandparents isn’t so bad in some models of time travel. Come talk about such paradoxes and how to resolve them. Safety not guaranteed.
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|22:17-24:47||Sweet Rave Party||Rave-An underground party in which electronic music is played; dancing occurs in a very free-form fashion. The dress of the partygoers is quite unrestrained. –Urban Dictionary
|23:17-24:17||S’mores||Gooey, crunchy, chocolatey goodness.
|24:17-30:17||Sleeper’s Anonymous||Sleep is an addiction. The first step towards overcoming your addiction is admitting you have a problem. Sleepers Anonymous is a support group formed to help people like you overcome this addiction. Come, and we will all fight it together.
|9:17-10:17||Pancakes||Sometimes, Random Hall wants to feed you lots and lots of mostly plain pancakes. This is not that time. Have you ever had blueberry pancakes? Chocolate chip pancakes? How about spicy cinnamon pancakes?
|11:17-12:17||Alice in RandomLand||Play cards, drink tea, eat sweets and enjoy yourself.
|12:17-13:17||Dumpling Hylomorphism||Anamorphism: the building up of a structure. Catamorphism: the consumption of a structure. Hylomorphism: both an anamorphism and a catamorphism. This event? A hylomorphism on dumplings. Come learn to make them, or just perform a metabolic reduction on food.
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|13:47-14:47||Come Paint Things!||Leave your own mark in Random Hall by painting murals with us! No artistic skill needed!
|13:17 -14:17||Leftover Nitrogen||Eat our ice cream, smash our flowers…help us run through the rest of our liquid nitrogen!