Great Dome R2-D2 Hack
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May 17th, 1999 - CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--MIT students, who couldn't insulate themselves from the _Star Wars_hysteria even while studying for finals, joined the hype by converting the Great Dome into an oversized replica of the droid R2-D2.
MIT Assistant Safety and Environmental Officer
David M. Barber received a memo that describes the hack's safety features,
how it works, how the panels are constructed and mounted, and provides
directions on how to remove the cables. The memo, addressed to "Imperial
Drones," is signed "Rebel Scum." A dozen donuts were also left at the scene
for Mr. Barber and Gary F. Cunha of the MIT Department of Facilities, who
inspected the hack together. "It
is one of the more professional hacks I've seen from a structural and safety
standpoint," said Mr. Barber. "They went to great pains to protect the
Dome. The material is very light and the wind will blow through it, not
billow up behind. It is colorfast and won't run in the event of rain. The
whole thing is very well done."