In preparation for his first official appearance at the Clayton State Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, Feb. 17, the University’s new Loch has been making the rounds on campus.
After emerging from Swan Lake in January, Loch has been seen in the Student Activities Center (taking a shower), The Loch Shop (naturally… he was buying a hoodie), in Laker Hall (taking a nap) and texting his support to basketball coaches Gordon Gibbons and Dennis Cox. Last week, Loch apparently decided to visit his “roots” and check out some Clayton State history, by stopping by to see Clayton State Archivist Rosemary Fischer in the University Archives, located in the Library. Fischer explains that Loch was checking out the record of some of his former incarnations and exploits as the Lakers’ mascot (see enclosed photo).
Much to the surprise of all parties, one of Loch’s oldest (and we do mean oldest) friends, Clayton State Emeritus Director of Student Life Rob Taylor, happened to come into the Archives while Loch was studying his displays. Now a resident of Tyrone, Ga., Taylor was on campus and was planning on doing some research on his own in the Archives, possibly in preparation of writing his autobiography, “Twenty-Five Years at Clayton State,” a work that would include Loch first emerging from Swan Lake in the early 90s.
Taylor later reported that he was looking for back issues of “The Bent Tree” when Loch realized he was there, and embraced him, obviously a case of one Clayton State legend taking another by surprise (see enclosed photo). Once things calmed down; Fischer, Taylor and Loch went to lunch at the Lakeside Dining Hall.
Loch will make his first official appearance on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Homecoming Pep Rally, which will be held starting at noon in the Commons area of the James M. Baker University Center.