A mysterious safe which baffled Univ students for over a decade has finally been opened this week. Breaking into the safe cost over £100 more than the amount found inside.The safe has been in the JCR President’s office since the late 1990s, but none of the current Univ staff can remember the safe being opened and its origins remain unclear.A motion proposed by the JCR President to open the safe was passed during the first JCR meeting of term, as University College students voted almost unanimously to spend £180 on a locksmith.The safe was opened during the middle of last week, but JCR President Dan Tomlinson ratcheted up the tension by refusing to reveal the contents of the safe until Sunday’s JCR meeting. Curiosity levels were running high prior to the revelation, as Tomlinson was seen “looking excited” about the safe’s contents.Sunday meeting was attended by over 50 students, who watched with anticipation as Tomlinson played them the video link of him opening the safe for the first time. Breaking into the safe had proved to be far from straightforward, as the locksmith worked at the lock for over an hour before resorting to drilling though it.The safe contained, according to Tomlinson, “just a bit more than £70”, all in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins. Though this constituted a loss to the JCR accounts of around £110 Tomlinson remained upbeat, telling Cherwell, “It was quite exciting for everyone to find out what was inside: though we didn’t make our money back it was definitely worth it!”The JCR Treasurer agreed that the expenditure was worthwhile, saying, “Obviously it was disappointing that we didn’t find a few gold bars in there, but I think it was better to open it and make sure.”Most JCR members seemed prepared to overlook the damage to the JCR budget. Second year PPEist Nadia Odunayo commented, “The enjoyment experienced when the Univ community watched it together in the JCR was technically worth more than the monetary amount put forward to open it.”However, some questioned the wisdom of spending such an extravagant amount on a locksmith. Thomas Cole, a second year historian, described himself as “disappointed” with the money wasted. He said, “I was prepared to give it a go with a crowbar and hammer for £20. The money could have gone on something far more important, such as outrageous rugby stash.”The money from the safe has now been paid into the JCR bank account. There appear to be no particular plans for how to use it, with the JCR treasurer commenting that it would simply be made available for spending “like any other money”.
Manchester City face an anxious wait to discover if David Silva can play a part in the last four games of their Barclays Premier League season after the Spaniard was stretchered off in the 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Ridgewell’s loss would be a further blow to the Baggies who will now go into Saturday’s pivotal Hawthorns clash with West Ham just three points above the relegation zone. Mel said: “The most important thing we can do is focus on Saturday which is really like a final for us. “It really was as difficult game after conceding in the third and 10th minutes and we had to change everything we’d been working on during the week. After that the team did really well.” And Mel questioned the decision of referee Phil Dowd to rule out a Matej Vydra strike which would have levelled the score at 1-1 due to a marginal offside decision. Mel said: “We’ve seen the images on the TV and it was very tight, and every time there is a tight decision it seems to go against us.” “He got a kick some weeks ago and every week he has played the game with pain. It is hard to tell without the doctors giving their assessment but hopefully it will be a short-term injury.” Silva’s injury took the gloss off a workmanlike performance from City which moved them to within six points of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. Fears of a repeat of Wednesday’s slip-up against the Black Cats were extinguished by a lightning start in which Pablo Zabaleta headed a third-minute opener and Sergio Aguero struck a sweet second past Ben Foster with 10 minutes on the clock. The Baggies responded well and Graham Dorrans reduced the deficit with a magnificent strike but Pellegrini’s men effectively wrapped the game up before the break when Martin Demichelis got a rather fortunate touch to Samir Nasri’s left-wing corner. Looking ahead to the title run-in, Pellegrini added: “It is exactly the same as last week – we knew when we had two or three games postponed it would be difficult for us to be at the top of the table and to feel we are the team that has more chances. “We lost the game against Liverpool and we knew we wouldn’t depend on what we are going to do between now and the end of the season – but we have a duty to win our games.” Baggies boss Pepe Mel revealed defender Liam Ridgewell is a doubt for the remainder of his side’s relegation run-in after hobbling off in the dying moments with a knee injury. Ridgewell will undergo tests at the club on Tuesday but Mel said: “We have a feeling he may go on to miss the rest of the season. We will have a look at the tests tomorrow but the feeling is he won’t be able to play.” Press Association Silva fell after a tangle involving Morgan Amalfitano and Billy Jones in the 67th minute of the Etihad Stadium clash and early indications are that the midfielder has suffered another recurrence of the ankle injury which has been troubling him in recent weeks. City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “We will see tomorrow what has happened. David played the last three games with pain in his ankle and that is why it wasn’t possible for him to play against Sunderland (last week).