[Ansteorra-rapier] Question for our fearless leaders

Theron Bretz tbretz at montroseclinic.org
Thu Jan 24 09:54:36 PST 2002

> As distasteful as the idea is that the Dingo is the
> mascot of the cadets, it has been mention that it
> would be worthwhile to find out how it started.
> Does anybody know?

Hmm...second time I've fielded this one today.

The first I knew of it was at a Candlemas about a year before I got my WS
(about nine years ago).  I distinctly remember Mouse's cadet Diego (now Don
Diego of Aethelmarc) telling me that the totem animal of the cadets should
be the dingo, because (among other things) they eat their own young.  The
was he was going on about it, I'm fairly certain it was his current joke du

For what it's worth, it's a comparison I'm not that thrilled with. I mainly
bring it up to remind folks that, while there was certainly a spirit of
esprit de corps amongst the cadets back then, there was a _lot_ of
posturing, maneuvering, and back-biting as well.  Personally, I don't think
you can have one without the other given our structure, but I think folks
tend to have a bit of the rose-tinted glasses in remembering their cadet
days sometimes.


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