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One oíclock came, and it was time for our first prank. The shirts were delivered by car to the gyms, and we carried them in to a corner of the large gym, where the academics fair was being held. Shirts were then handed out to the pre-frosh. Many heartfelt smiles and thanks were returned to us as we handed out these free shirts to everybody who wanted one. After around 400 of the shirts were handed out, we then saw that some of the pre-frosh had taken the shirts out of the bags they were handed out in and had started to wear them. Feeling that it was better to make ourselves scarce then to get caught, we went out a side exit and made our way to the athletics fair. After a quick hello to the attendant at the desk, we then proceeded to hand out shirts to everybody available. Not even 15 minutes later the attendant found us and angrily stormed up to us. "Who told you to carry those shirts in here?" he asked us. To which we replied, "Some students, somewhere over there," and promptly headed for an exit.
While some of us were lying low, our courageous girls of the group were out on the steps of the Small Dome. One hour later, after handing out many of the shirts, we retired for dinner, confident in our success.
After dinner it was time for more reconnaissance. Some of our group went back to work on future pranks, while the rest spent the night on the town, or rather a night on MIT. First a palm tree was placed in the "Tomb of the Unknown Tool", the place where MIT students sign their hacks. Along with the palm tree was a note as well as our official sign in. Next were the roofs. As we soon discovered, however, we were not the only ones to think it was a good night to enjoy the roofs. On our way up, we sighted the scouts of MIT¬ís Tangerine Tours (the pre-frosh tour to the roofs and the tunnels). We decided to have a bit of fun with them and probably ended up holding the tour up a little. As the tour continued on its path, we decided on following its path and ended up becoming integrated into the tour, becoming the only pre-frosh with backpacks and wearing dark clothes. After the Jacks (the group of MIT hackers giving the tours) gave us a wonderful tour showing us exactly how to get up onto the Small Dome at the expense of listening to ancient hacks from years past, we decided that it was time to get down to some actual work.
We got back on the roofs, and made our way towards the Large Dome. Once there, some of the group began inflating the palm trees while the other part made their way over to the Small Dome to prepare a banner for the next day. This banner was intended to go over the "Massachusetts" part of the "Massachusetts Institute of Technology", changing it from that to "That Other Institute of Technology". After the banner was anchored and placed so that it could be easily lowered the next day, we joined the group on the Large Dome and placed 4 palm trees on the wall in front of the Large Dome. One other palm tree was placed outside of the large picture window looking out from the library, allowing those coming out of the elevator to see a little bit of paradise.
At this point the sun was just breaking out over the city of Boston, telling us two things. First, that we had pulled another all-nighter (our 4th), and second, that we should probably get off the dome as fast as possible. We ambled down to the lawn in front of the Large Dome and took some pictures before finally heading back and getting a few short hours of much needed sleep.
Just as we were done, we looked around and saw that the Jacks (MITís Hacker group) were acting quickly. One of them had already sprinted up behind us, but after some easy evasion and a quick wave goodbye we disappeared down a stairway. The Jacks then quickly took down the palm tree on the dome, but missed the banner until about 30 minutes later. This extra time was well used by us to take pictures and joke around as we headed back to rest for a bit.
A few hours later, we received word that, in the spirit of pranks, the MIT students had changed our sign from "That Other Institute of Technology" to "The Only Institute of Technology"; a worthy and respectable hack. This, however, got one of our members into a little bit of trouble. Trying to either change or take down the banner, he went to the roof and was promptly met by the Jacks, who were waiting for us. After taking him off of the roof, they invited him to see their style of hack.
Around 10 pm, the programming for the final prank was finally nearing completion. A low power green laser was aimed at the top of the Green building displaying the letters "C" "A" "L" "T" "E" "C" "H" in that order. This attracted much attention from passersby, including the campus police who began searching for the laser while MIT students from all around campus came by to see what was causing the commotion. Some of the students even offered some of us a tour of their dorms, and continued to be generous to us even after we informed them that we were actually Caltech students. They also invited us to an explosion planned at 11 that evening.
Soon after the laser was projected onto the Green building, the MIT campus police started appearing everywhere, as well as groups of Jacks both trying to find where the source of the laser was. Around 11, some of the group decided that it was time to turn the laser off so that the East Campus students could continue with their explosion, yet when asked where the location of the laser was, a certain group of the Jacks told us to mind our own business. Thirty minutes and 2 tries asking if they wanted us to turn it off, that group of Jacks finally let us turn off the laser "as a last chance before they were going to turn us in to the Campus Police." A very mature and selfless set of kids, Iím sure. Even once we had successfully shut off the laser, one of the Jacks thought it would be a good idea to try and DDOS our website in retaliation, and even though the programmers back at Caltech were able to block them, that select group of Jacks went ahead and tried to rub it in our face as much as they could. We would also like to say that DDOS-ing is not productive, not funny, and is not in any way under the code of conduct of pranks or hacks, and is in fact quite illegal.
After the laser was down, we decided that it would be proper to apologize to some of the Jacks that would appreciate it. Then it was time for some actual rest.