It has been a bad week for the RCSU mascots, with the motorised mascot Jezebel ending up stranded by the South Coast and half of violate mascot Theta nearly being thrown out with the rubbish.
Goose Nearly Cooked
Theta's mishap occurred after cleaners began emptying lockers in the Sir Alexander Fleming building, next to the former Life Sciences Union office. Theta had been stored in separate pieces in those lockers for a number of years, but it appears no-one had thought to check up on the mascot during the end-of-year clear out.
Theta was discovered by chance as an RCS alumnus walked past the locker room and saw Theta piled up with the rubbish. The bulb section and part of the central rod have now been moved to a safe(r) location, following the intervention of the RCS alumnus. The RCSU had been storing Theta in separate locations and it is hoped the top section is still around somewhere, however incoming RCSU President David Charles said he had "no idea" where it might be. In landfill somewhere, perhaps?
It is rumoured that the RCS alumni will require a ransom for the return of Theta, probably involving Charles doing something embarrassing for charity to make up for such a screw-up. It has also been noted by those who had seen the Theta previously taken by Guilds that it was in fact the wrong one - that Theta had been badly scuffed up and was in quite a state, and lacked various RCSU markings. The Theta retrieved from SAF is the genuine one.
Chuff, chuff, chuff, clonk
The RCSU motorised mascot Jezebel, was left in considerably better care after getting into difficulties at the weekend. Sheared bolts meant the 4 tonne Dennis Fire Engine began to shake various vital components apart, with accompanying bad noises. After a swift rebuild at Amberley Working Museum in West Sussex, the return journey stopped very quickly indeed thanks to a banging noises coming from the engine.
College were able to come to the rescue thanks to contractors on the Eastside project (and Southside), Laing O'Rourke. A few frantic phone calls on Wednesday between College's Commercial Services and Estates divisions, the RCS Motor Club, and Laing's Select Plant subsidiary saw a low loader dispatched to retrieve the 92-year-old mascot early on Thursday morning, arriving back in College by lunchtime. It was the first time Jez had been unable to return under her own power in almost exactly a decade. Early indications are that the damage should not keep Jez off the road for too long, much to the upset of incoming DPEW Hannah Theorodorou, who commented "let it rust".
The recovery did have the rather amusing sight of the rugby team dragging Jez around - in the form of a vinyl sticker on the side of a minibus.