The grossest thing Leslie Stose has seen come into the Viking Union Lost and Found is a bag full of children's sheriff badges â€“ they smelled like vomit. It's a good thing she wears rubber gloves at work.
Stose, a senior communications major, keeps an inventory on her computer and reunites students with lost possessions. In the meantime, she stores gadgets, coats and books in her cramped Viking Union office.
"Stuff from all over campus should end up here," Stose said. "That's the hope."
About ten thumb drives make it to the Lost and Found each quarter. Usually, Stose can figure out who they belong to by opening a word document.
Stose has favorite frequently lost items, underwear and the lone shoe.
"I figure, how can you only lose one of them?" she said.
Lost and found items are held for the duration of the quarter in which they're found and the following quarter. Usually unclaimed items are sold at the spring quarter Gear Grab, but this year Stose organized a rummage sale to promote the Lost and Found. On May 23, unclaimed items from Fall Quarter will be sold in VU 567 from 9 am to 1 pm.
Brand name coats, calculators and cell phones will all go for about $2 each. What doesn't sell will go to Goodwill.
Other items in the Viking Union Lost and Found that may be available at future rummage sales include a Christmas Tree, an unopened copy of "Pirates of the Caribbean,” a skateboard deck and a tent pole. Items smelling of vomit are thrown away.