The Proboscis
Monday, September 29, 2003
  Beau Update

As reported last week, the missing fiberglass head of Fightin’ Weevils mascot Beau Weevil is still missing.

Campus Police Chief Tommy “T.R.” Randolph said the investigation is continuing, and is still being treated as a theft. “At this time, our investigation is continuing. We are monitoring several people, who we are not at liberty to divulge about, who we think might have been involved. Or not. But we are not calling them suspects. Right now.” Chief Randolph refused to be more specific. “I can’t say nothing else.”

When questioned about reports that the head had been seen hanging from a traffic light in Columbus, Mississippi, Chief Randolph remained tight-lipped. “I don’t know nothing about that.”

Jeanine Pendergast, a junior marketing major and Phi Mu from Hunko’s Bluff, Alabama, is the student who gives life to the beloved curculio, and she is understandably distraught. “That was, like, everything to me. And at the game Saturday, I had to use something my sisters made out of paper mache, which was just so sweet of them to make for me, but it’s still not like my real head. Every time the phone rings, I hope it’s someone calling about it. But it never is.”

Her mother, Mrs. Jewel Dean Pendergast, is shocked at what has happened to her daughter. “I am shocked at what has happened to Jeanine,” she said. “I send my baby away to a fine school and someone steals her only head. We may have to take some action ourselves.” Mrs. Pendergast would not elaborate, although her husband is a partner in the firm of Pendergast & Pluckgett, attorneys practicing in the field of real estate title research.

Another potential witness was questioned by Campus Police on Thursday last, although no new information was forthcoming.

All students and faculty are asked to contact Campus Police at ext. 4-9981 if you have any information about the perpetrators of this alleged crime.

The head is described as being a fourteen pound fiberglass replica of a boll weevil head with a three foot long proboscis. It was reported last week that Miss Pendergast had written her name in blue Sharpie marker on the back inside surface, as well as her telephone number and her dorm room number. This information was incorrectly reported, in that she used a generic blue permanent marker, more than likely produced by a company in Taiwan or Indonesia, and not one produced by the Sanford Corportation of Bellwood, IL. THE PROBOSCIS regrets this error.  
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