V for Vendetta / Guy Fawkes Day at MIT
|Location:||All over the Infinite Corridor, and in the UA meeting room on the fourth floor of W20.|
|Date:||November 5, 2007|
November 5th is Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, in celebration
of the foiling of the November 5, 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow
up the Palace of Westminster. It featured prominently in the graphic
novel and film V for Vendetta.
On the morning of November 5th at MIT, all over campus there appeared V masks covering faces on posters, statues, and murals. (The masks were attached without causing damage to the underlying surface, in keeping with hacking ethics.)
That evening, a large group of hackers dressed as the character V marched down the Infinite Corridor to the tune of the 1812 Overture, across Massachusetts Avenue, into the Student Center, and invaded the MIT Undergraduate Association Senate meeting. After a brief musical introduction from the 1812, their apparent leader gave a short speech.
"Remember, remember the fifth of november / the day that the wanking was caught / Under no condition / Should the laptop prohibition ever be forgot. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."
With this, the hackers fired party poppers into the air and exited the senate chamber.