- Caltech students fired a celebratory blast Tuesday from the Fleming
cannon to mark its return from the Massachusetts Institute of
Undergraduates at MIT had poached the cannon as a prank three
weeks ago. It was reclaimed April 10 by 23 students and seven alumni
from Fleming House, who traveled to Cambridge, Mass., and rolled the
roughly 2-ton cannon - festooned with a mock MIT class ring - onto a
flatbed truck for the trip back to Pasadena.
The Caltech team left a tiny replica in its place on the MIT campus.
For most of the past 34 years, the 130-year-old cannon sat in front of the Fleming House.
The latest stunt marked a resurgence of cross-country jousting between the elite schools.
Last year, Caltech students went to Cambridge and
handed out carefully folded MIT T-shirts to prospective students that,
unbeknownst to the recipients, said on the back: "Because not everyone
can go to Caltech."
The cannon's trip to Massachusetts was the second time the
relic was moved from Caltech. Twenty years ago, Harvey Mudd College
undergraduate students managed to spirit it away to Claremont.
The cannon is set to be fired again today after a meeting of Caltech's Board of Trustees.
- From staff and wire reports