It was a Monday evening. Around the corner from High Street Kensington there is a restaurant where a bunch of 11 or so guys and one girl are occupying a long table, eating hamburgers and drinking cocktails. Topics of discussion are ranging over most areas, and people refuse to only speak to those sitting next to them but also to those at the other end. This is the start of the ISE Bowling Night.
It is known that ISE 2 is a very social year, organising events and generally hang out quite a lot together. In an attempt to get the other years together as well, they started arranging an ISE-all-years Bowling event. Despite the reputation of Imperial, or of our department/course, there were about 20something turning up (about a fourth of the three years invited). Only 2 or 3 ISE3 students dared showing their faces, 5 ISE freshers were there and then the rest were ISE2. There was some confusion in the beginning when everyone had to pay their share and get shoes, choose lane and a ball. Not that you were ever locked to your lane, the beauty of bowling is after all that you can walk over and chat to your neighbouring lanes while waiting to be called on when it’s your turn.
The ISE crew (minus me)
I was on a lane together with our year rep, Sam, and a bunch of ISE2 guys: Chris S., Olivier, Chris T., Richard and Nicolas. As I’m about to go for my first turn, Olivier reminds me that I’m after all the only girl on that specific lane, and ask me if I’m ‘afraid’. The statement was slightly demolished as I smash down as many as everyone else, and end up third in both games (for our lane at least, I think I came fourth overall). Something we hadn’t really noticed during the actual game was then whenever you scored a strike or a spare, a machine started printing small yellow tickets. For us it might have been because the machine didn’t work properly, so we got all the tickets at the end. Now, we did collect a fair amount of these tickets and saved them, to ‘buy’ an ISE mascot.
Before we started looking at the different options we had a second thing to do: bumper cars! They are hilarious already as it is, but add to this that more or less everyone around are people you know. As always, it was too short, but still extremely fun! Due to some problems with a few of the cars, some had to wait for the next round, but they seemed to have a good time anyhow as it more meant that they get to go two times, one whilst driving and one whilst just sitting next to someone else. Now, it was finally time to chose a mascot! It turned out that we had gathered approximately 320 tickets, so investigation on what we could get for it started. I stepped aside for a second, and smiled at the site. There were about 15 guys, leaning slightly over the desk trying to chose the best teddy bear. All really keen, involved and had opinions. Eventually, they picked a small white bear holding a heart, immediately planning on embroider “ISE” on the heart. The love for the ISE bear has started, and we’re looking for somewhere in the department to have it on display (it’s for all years!). If there are any lecturers or other staff members from EEE who happen to read this and have a suggestion, feel free to send an email or add a comment!
Looking for the right mascot
ISE Bear Love (click on it for larger version)