In 5th week came around one of the biggest sporting events of the year for Jesus College, summer eights racing. Summer eights, for those not in the know, is essentially a four day long rowing race. Each day, rowing eights race down the river in an assigned order, attempting to bump the boat in front of them (or not get bumped!) in order to move up the order of boats on the river. The last day of summer eights as ever became a true college event, with a huge turnout of students and staff at the river enjoying the balmy weather, pimms from the boat house bar, a BBQ and lots of racing to watch.
When I first walked in, I was greeted by live music played by a jazz orchestra. At the college entrance, a red carpet was laid on the ground. This walk in gave me an opportunity to say hello to some of the ball committee who were handing out programs, but also to check out what other girls were wearing-- I was relieved to see that I wasn’t the only one who had interpreted “black-tie” to include “black-leather-jacket!” At the end of the carpet, champagne was being distributed, but I decided to hold off until riding the massive Ferris wheel which had suddenly come into view.
Trashings take place for each subject after their last exam. Before leaving exam schools, those in the know put their mortar board and jacket in a bag before leaving before the onslaught. Already thrilled having finished exams, you are greeted outside by your friends with an array of items with which they proceed to trash you, hurling whipped cream, shaving foam and paint while spraying you with prosecco or other drinks to celebrate your efforts.
This week Lola Beal (1st year, English) acted in a sell-out run of a newly written play concerning women’s suffrage in the early 20th Century. She writes: