Members of RCSU and ICU's Sabbatical Officers arrived on Upper Dalby Court at lunchtime to show their opposition to College's "space executive", after it decided to allocate a basement store cupboard for the RCSU office.
The decision, described by Live!'s sources as "a mistake by a junior manager", has left them with a dingy office far away from any of their academic departments, which is worse than the broom cupboard they currently have.
Shortly after noon a desk appeared outside the doors to the Blue Cube, with filing cabinets, a sofa, fax machine and monitor joining soon afterwards. By the official start time of the protest at 12:30 a full office, complete with the RCSU committee and other students, was in operation. Copies of Broadsheet were available, along with a paper petition to complement the one currently online.
While the protest was taking place ICU President John Collins entered the Faculty Building, bringing key College figures to the window to wave at the protesters below. These included Tony Mitcheson, the College Secretary; Peter Knight, the Faculty of Natural Sciences Principal and Chris Towler, who chaired the meeting where the decision was made. Mr Towler later came down to chat with the protesters.
The Rector is currently out of the country, however the Deputy Rector, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, stopped by on his way to lunch.
The protest appeared to cause a degree of concern to security initially, with the media approached to determine what was happening. Once the nature of the gathering had been established it was not disturbed, to the disappointment of those hoping to see RCSU President Jad Marrouche dragged off.
Hopefully this problem will be resolved soon, particularly with such a high profile protest sending a clear message to the residents of Blue Cube Level 4.