Hackers install bubbler as a salute to Beysters

Image Enlarge

Sometime on the weekend of February 18, hackers struck the Computer Science and Engineering building at U-M, installing a hot tub on the fourth floor balcony of the building.

tub Enlarge

The installation, identified on an accompanying plaque as “The Bob and Betty Beyster Bubbler,” was apparently a nod toward the Beyster’s gift of $15 million to the College of Engineering, which was announced two days prior, on Feb. 16. As a result of the gift, the CSE building is soon to be renamed “The Bob and Betty Beyster Building.” Certainly worth celebrating.

Questions remain regarding the identities of the hackers, and how they installed the bubbler — for it appeared much too large to have fit though the narrow door that opened to its lofty perch atop the building, and hot tubs are not easily levitated. But it’s too late for close examination — by Feb. 21, the bubbler had vanished as mysteriously as it appeared. We’re just wondering where the party is now.


Michigan Daily: Students Install Hot Tub on North Campus
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Bye, Bye Bubbler
Reddit: Hot tub on the Roof of the CSE Building!
AnnArbor.com: Mystery Hot Tub: Who Installed the “Bubbler” on the Roof of a University of Michigan Building?
Huffington Post: Hot Tub on Roof of University of Michigan Building is Mystery