Cadets' Mess

The official newsletter of the USS Southern Cross Cadet Corps

It’s an old tradition on Starfleet starships to use old sailing ship terms, and the common room that a division used to spend most of their time in was their “Mess.” You’d have the Engineering Mess, the Gunners’ Mess and, of course, the Cadets’ Mess. It was where sailors used to stow their gear, eat their meals, and read or play cards until it was time for lights out when they would sling their hammocks and sleep there as well!

Of course they had to be very neat—their officer would make regular inspections to make sure everything was clean and tidy. It was a very important job being in charge of the Mess.

So the next time that Mum looks into your room and says, “Who's responsible for this Mess?” you'll know that she is actually wanting to know who is the Officer of the Mess.

So, always be proud of your Mess and keep it tidy! Then you’ll have a tidy Mess!


September 2006
  • Online safety
  • Build a Hako clone of Scotty from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
January 2007
  • Space Camps
  • Build your own gold-pressed latinum
March 2007
  • Astronomy
  • Build a Hako clone of Scotty from Star Trek: The Original Series
May 2007
  • Pirates
July 2007
  • Race to Starbase 12 game
September 2007
  • New Star Trek toys
  • Build a Hako clone of LT S'Ceris of Star Trek: Intrepid
November 2007
  • Tuvok, the new teacher
  • A coloring page of Scotty from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
May 2008
May 2008 - Printer Edition
  • Star Trek toys
  • Audio plays
August 2008
August 2008 - Printer Edition
  • Make a bilby mask