Rumor has it that one may have existed for a short period of time.
I can conclusively say that one did not exist before 30 March 1965.
(Blacker has complete secretarial records until that date). I know that
a Constitution did not exist after 1980. In the middle the data is
Eric Shiff (Fr: 1967, Grad: 1971), president in 1970, reports that
from 1967 to
1971 a lot of formal traditions (UCCs, dress dinner, etc) were
abandoned. He stated that by 1970 "no formal records were kept of
anything except finances." [Email dated 20 Mar 1993].
There is no other proof; just legends. However the legends also
state that all copies of rumored Constitution have long since been
Blacker has been very proud that it has not needed a Constitution
to run things. Blacker's laws can be summed up as, in the words of
Mark Montague (Fr: 1985, Grad: 1993) "No major uncools", and "the
Secretary has infinite discretion in settling roompick disputes".
that the president has free reign to do what he or she thinks is
right. Roompick rules are an oral tradition that sometimes are
voted upon by the Hovse and lately have been up to the whim of the
Why are people of Blacker called Moles
The popular legend is that people in Blacker are called Moles due to
there extensive use of the tunnels. I have not tracked this legend
down yet. I do know that the men of Blacker were called "Blackerites"
in the 1950s. The term "Moles" has been around since before 1980. I
wouldn't be surprised if Moles is a derogatory take off on Trolls. Or
because the people of Blacker were exceptionally nocturnal at that time.
(Side note: to troll is to work hard. Legend has it that the word
"troll" is because all of the study rooms used to be in the sub-basement
of Bridge. So those who worked hard spend a lot of time in the Bridge
sub-basement. And everyone knows that Trolls live under bridges...)
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FAQ author: Benjamin Smith (fr: 1989, grad 1994).
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