We have also recently come into possession of the Design Report of the concrete fountain erected in Suds (POETS equivalent at U of T).
It’s a humorous read, modelled in the fashion of any true Engineering report. It includes safety concerns, implementation details, and technical specification of the concrete mix used. Throughout the document are lighthearted jokes and statements of admiration for our prank rival.
You can read the full document here.
We have recently had the invoice given to EngSoc for the Brute Force Committee’s Sword in the Stone come into our possession. Here it is:
$700 to produce the sculpture. That’s certainly cheaper than the cost of many of the other art pieces around campus (even if it didn’t last as long).
We’ve also determined from the design document for the UW Fountain in SUDS, that the inner sanctum of the statue contained a bottle of beer, a package of Twinkies, and a calculus textbook.
Still no word on where the sword ended up…
As well as being covered in sod, and covered in sand, POETS has also had every surface covered in aluminum foil.
Just in time for Halloween, this prank occurred in the early morning of October 31, 2004.
The Spirit of WTF has not been able to determine those responsible, but one could easily hazard a guess that it was the handiwork of the infamous Non-Existent Action Committee.
[Sorry about the late posting -Editor]
On the morning of November 22, the Non-Existent Action Committee, uWaterloo’s most mysterious prank group, sneaked into POETS and turned the engineering bar into a beach.
Complete with sand toys, beach balls, inflatable rafts,and even a palm tree, the stunt lifted the spirits of the students who happened across it.
This is not the first time that NEAC has chosen POETS as a target. Previously they have covered every surface with turf (twice!), and wrapped the entire bar in tinfoil. With so many successful attempts, we have to wonder how they continue to get in. :P
[All photos by Michael Seliske]
[This week’s update is brought to you by our friends at The Warrior Wiki]
The year was 1987 and the university had been written up as the school without spirit in publications like the Toronto Star. It seems the University administration decided to solve the negative press with a renewed focus on a traditional cheerleader squad. This however did not do much to excite the student population, some of whom felt that the traditional cheerleader team “just didn’t seem to represent the true spirit of the University of Waterloo.”
“It was all very peppy, very preppy, very administration-approved.”
Several students got together and decided they were going to do something about it. They choreographed a synchronized dance routine to the song “Nine to Five”. [Editor’s note: Which one?] During half-time at the Naismith Classic basketball game, they marched out unannounced and unauthorized and performed, as the band (who was in on it) provided the music.
The stunt was a huge success with the students (and administration it seems) and it went on to perform many times.
They were all invited back to the university in 1997 as part of the university’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
The names of some of those involved:
Angela Chambers, Ken Jones, Chris Kitowski, Suzanne V. Langdon, Peter Houston, Dave Till, Steve Hayman, John Sellens, Heidi Leblanc, Brian Dickson, Peter Coo, Peter Carette, Linda Carson, Paul McKone
Check out a more detailed version of the story here, or on The Warrior Wiki.
We can thank Conrad Grebel for this week’s small, but tasteful, prank:
Cheesy Kraft Dinner Prank
By Lynn Thomas
Grebel: a place filled with innovative ideas, hard work, and good old Kraft Dinner. These are classic components of university life, but also the makings of an epic prank. In November of 2009, Andrew Alkema wrote an e-mail to Pepsi, inquiring about the possibility of becoming a “university representative.” Essentially, Andrew asked Pepsi to send him free stuff, and in return he would utter a satisfied ‘ahhh’ every time he drank Pepsi in the presence of other impressionable university students. When he posted this letter on Facebook, an inspiration hit Ryan Hildebrandt. With the help of Laura Stobbe, a ‘Kraft University Representative program’ was concocted and Andrew was asked (from a legit @ kraft email of a friend on co-op) if he would like to be involved when it started a few months later. Needless to say, Andrew said “yes.”
In January 2010, Ryan purchased one of every type of Kraft dinner stocked at the grocery store and mailed them to Andrew, who shared it with friends and e-mailed detailed evaluation reports and comments to his “Kraft correspondent”. Several weeks later, a photo contest and video contest for “all” Kraft representatives was announced. Andrew’s enthusiasm for winning a lifetime supply of Kraft Dinner and $10,000 (the photo contest and video contest prizes respectively) increased and Laura convinced him to make an announcement at Commie supper asking for assistance. With this help, he submitted 10 pictures and a 60 second professionally edited video, both of which prominently featured Kraft Dinner, himself, and other members of the Grebel community.
At the talent show following the Winter 2010 banquet, in front of gathered residents, associates, staff, and other honoured guests, the prank was revealed in all its epic-ness as Andrew stood onstage, completely shocked as he realized there was no real contest.
However, they wouldn’t have the last laugh. Due to a strange turn of events, Kraft Canada found out about the prank and sent Andrew a plethora of Kraft paraphernalia including: 1 backpack, 7 t-shirts, 400 stickers, and 140 boxes of Kraft Dinner.
-Grebel Now, Fall 2010
It seems that a group of UW engineers have constructed this fully functional concrete fountain at the Sandford Fleming Building of the University of Toronto.
It may or may not have been a form of payback for UofT leaving a Sword in the Stone on our campus two weeks ago.
Who you gonna call?
[Update: We have confirmation that this was done by Alexander Kelley, Assistant Marketing Manager for Feds]
Looks like someone has been having a little fun with the directory board outside of the Imprint office in the SLC.
For those who don’t know: Peter Venkman
Some photos of when UofT’s Brute Force Committee when they installed a miniature version of The Sword In The Stone sculpture outside of Carl Pollock Hall.
Full story can be found here.
The remnants of the miniature Sword In The Stone Sculpture that was left on campus by UofT’s Brute Force Committee prank group. We are told that the concrete base contained a message and a gift.
The full story can be read here.