Elims Day (Eliminations, for the uninitiated) is to certain Events departments what Malhar Eve is to the Management departments. The college is crowded with participants and contingents of all kinds on this Sunday, and the entire college has the appearance of the Foyer at 1 p.m.

With so many foreign faces, a few mix-ups are bound to happen…

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On Elims Day, elimination rounds for two days of events during Malhar, have to be completed in just one day. This hectic day is not for the faint-hearted. It requires two very important Ps- Patience and Preparedness. We can’t help you with patience, but with a bit of training, we can make sure you’re prepared to deal with the madness that is Elims.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the day:

1) Don’t mess with the Events OCs and OGs

Pressure has this nasty habit of turning the nicest people on Earth into angry, frustrated messes. And Elims is a lot of pressure. There are delays in events, miscommunications between various departments, arguments with sponsors or participants or even co-volunteers- all of which are incredibly frustrating to deal with when you don’t have time to eat or even sit because you’re constantly running between venues. The perennially calm OGs are bound to break sometime or the other. And you don’t want to be around when they do. So try and help them the best you can without getting in their way.

If you had any pranks planned, today might not be the best day to execute them. They might not be received well.

If you had any pranks planned, today might not be the best day to execute them. They might not be received well.
From Bruce Banner to The Hulk in 0.3 seconds.

2) Always carry Mad Libs around

You never know when you might get stuck in a line or get delayed or simply, not have any work. Unfortunately, your friends might not be free when you are. Whenever you need to be entertained- at a registration desk or a classroom- Malhar Mad Libs can be your saviour. Think about it- it needs very little space, you don’t have to charge it (or feed it) and it doesn’t need Wi-Fi or a decent network (a rare commodity).

For the first time ever, we present to you,

Mad Libs: Malhar Edition-

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Let your creativity loose!

You’re welcome.

3) When you have a bit of free time, prepare for CIA 2,  get over CIA 1.

This is the part where you try to calculate your GPA…

This is the part where you try to calculate your GPA…
SO MANY NUMBERS. STOP.

…and realise you needed just two more marks (in SPC, obviously) to go up a grade point.

Story of our lives.
Story of our lives.

The first exams of the year can be scary and while there’s no way of avoiding them, it is possible to recover. Malhar work is possibly the only time you’re in such close proximity to TYs (and they’re not actively ignoring you). This is a good time to ask them for advice (without violating tip #1). Come to think of it, the Malhar family would make a great support group for falling GPAs. If you’ve had a rocky start to the academic year, you’re sure to find more people who have gone through what you have, and who are willing to help you. This is your chance to find your footing and start afresh for the next CIAs.

4) Explore college

First Year students, it is time to stop being lost in college. Find out where the gymnasium is. Take a minute to gaze intently at the ceiling in the hall, or discover the hidden depths of the stained glass windows of the chapel. There are so many hidden passageways, classrooms and shortcuts that make up the beauty of our college. Make sure you appreciate them when you walk by. Every time you think you know college inside out, it surprises you.

For instance, this particular carving of a rat that is just a touch too realistic. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
For instance, this particular carving of a rat that is just a touch too realistic. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Then there’s this particularly funky rodent.
Then there’s this particularly funky rodent.

5) Betting on how many Card-o-Lates you’ll get

Who says a stressful day can’t be interesting? Make a friendly bet based on how accurately you can predict the number of Card-O-Lates you will receive this Malhar. Whoever wins the bet, gets the loser’s chocolates. To give you the winning edge, we bring you the Card-O-Late algorithm:

No. of Card-O-Lates received =

No. of Card-O-Lates sent x Department Size x (No. of friends – No. of enemies)                                                                     Workforce Size

Simple, eh?

We hope that with all these tips and tricks in place, the Eliminations go smoothly for everybody. Here’s wishing the participants and the Workforce all the best of luck- especially for the Monday to follow.

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P.S – If you want to send us your Mad Libs, we’ll publish the best ones on The Malhar Blog!