Live! takes a brief look at the changes in College over the Easter break and gives a word of warning during the exams season.
The walkway has finally complied with College's branding regulations, rebranding itself to blue and white. Over Easter a crack team of painters covered almost every wall and ceiling in white paint. Railings are now light blue, while pillars and other vertical supports get dark blue. This postgraduate wonders how long the white will last once grubby undergrads come back and stick their dirty fingers all over the walls.
Extra posterboards and a mural are due to join appear on the walkway shortly, part of College's drive to keep student posters in one place and not plastered everywhere.
Beit Quad has been re-turfed following the destruction of the grass over the winter, hopefully with a hardier variety this time. A combination of rain, snow and alcohol caused the rapid deterioration of grass leaving nothing but a muddy mess.
The Quad at least is looking far more inviting, but Live! hasn't dared venture into dBs to see if that looks any better.
Lift is Alive
The new lift in the Beit is finally open, shiny lights and all. It is currently filthy but set to be cleaned up before term starts.
Live! took a ride in the new lift earlier today and can report that it is quite deep, but not as wide as expected. The ride is a little unrefined and indicates that some additional greasing may be required!
The blue and green lights are quite soothing, but could be considered a gross waste of energy.
On 22nd April Upper Dalby Court is supposed to be finished, with the old paving replaced and foliage added to spruce the place up in advance of the Queen's visit in July. It seems that students will return from the break to find this still in progress, although the chances of the Queen being asked to help out are probably slim.
At the same as dealing with this, there is also the problem of the non-paved areas warping whenever the sun dares to shine - its a perennial feature but one which has come early this year due to the odd weather.
Finally, Live! realises that with exams coming up there will be an increase in alcohol consumption - either when they've finished, or as a way of coping. Drunken wandering through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park may follow, but we urge caution, lest you end up like the kid in this photo.
It took the fire brigade an hour to free him after he stuck his head through the ornamental wall by the Italian Fountains.